State House News Service
The governor, who has reached similar agreements with the heads of the state’s medical schools, continues to take steps on his own to chip away at the substance abuse crisis and the proliferation of addictive opioids.
After staying out of the fray of presidential politics for months, Baker last Friday publicly endorsed Christie and expressed deep concerns about the capabilities of the two Republican frontrunners coming out of Iowa.
For the third time in a week, a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has announced plans to retire before the next full session of the court begins.
The bill is inspired by an initiative in Gloucester, where police have started helping addicts get into treatment.
The federal government last September approved transfer of about 170 acres of land in Mashpee and about 151 acres of land in Taunton into federal trust.
Gerry Cassidy, a former city councilor and longtime aide to the late Sen. Thomas Kennedy, is on track to become Brockton’s next state representative after winning one of three special primary elections held in Massachusetts Tuesday.
Baker’s budget reflects the ongoing reality that fixed costs required for MassHealth, pensions, debt service and other expenses continue to consume large chunks of new revenue
Monday was the first hearing on proposals aimed at securing another $33.2 million to $49.4 million from riders throughout the system.
The commission wants the state to implement consumer protections and ease practice restrictions for certain nurses in an effort to combat rising health care spending.
Cost-cutting on the over-budget Green Line Extension project should be “on the side of brutal” and stakeholders “need to wrap their arms around that reality,” the chairman of the MBTA’s control board said Wedn
Economists from universities around Massachusetts are endorsing a proposed change to the state constitution to establish a 4 percent surtax on residents with incomes over $1 million, a move estimated to generate close to $2 billion from nearly 20,000 filers.
Homes placed under sales agreements across Massachusetts in December were up 34 percent from the same month in 2014, according to real estate industry analysts.
Those enrolled in unsubsidized health insurance through the Health Connector will see hikes of up to 9.3 percent, while those subsidized plans will see modest decreases.
The 2014 nurse staffing law will apply to burn units and intensive care for newborns along with intensive care units for adults.
It was the fourth and final public listening session before Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid abuse task force prepares to issues recommendations to the governor in May.
Vicki Coates, a former vice president of dental management at DentaQuest, starts on Monday as chief operating officer. Patricia Wada, who has worked on state information technology projects, will take the job of special assistant to the governor for project delivery.
Gov. Charlie Baker named insurance executive Mark Gaunya and business consultant Rina Vertes to serve on the Massachusetts Connector Authority Board.
The bulk of the savings — about 65 percent — come from what officials are describing as “cash management,” a budgeting technique partly inherited from the Patrick administration that will push off $456 million in payments to the next fiscal year.
Groups representing people dependent on state health insurance programs are resisting Gov. Charlie Baker’s push for authority to make major changes in the MassHealth program.
Local elected officials have criticized Steward for the speed with which the for-profit company has moved to close the hospital after it claimed in November that it suffered financial losses and a decreasing number of patients at the Quincy hospital.
The order devotes .5 percent of the cost of construction and renovation projects on state-owned property in Boston and “gateway cities” to the preservation or creation of public art, up to $250,000.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that defendants seeking to withdraw guilty pleas because their cases were handled by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan must indicate they would have insisted on a trial if they knew about her malfeasance.
According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Annie Dookhan may have had professional pride in mind when she allegedly misidentified drug lab evidence.
Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach offered his resignation over the weekend and Gov. Deval Patrick accepted it on Monday.
State police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols in drug testing, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.