State House News Service
Democrats and Republicans came together over a compromise to put the MBTA under the authority of financial control board for at least three years, but no more than five years.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo delivered a major win for Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon, committing himself to the creation of a management control board to oversee the MBTA in the face of opposition from Senate leaders.
The state Senate voted in favor of an amendment that would expand the earned income tax credit for low-income families and the personal tax exemption for all taxpayers.
Keeping up pressure on senators resistant to his MBTA reforms, Gov. Charlie Baker met with three transit riders Monday morning and used their experiences to pepper his calls for action.
“What I and the governor do not expect you to be is a fiscal and management control board for the MBTA,” Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told the reconstituted state transportation board Wednesday.
The Obama administration has quickly denied Gov. Charlie Baker’s appeal for additional federal disaster money to help the state and municipalities pay for the estimated $350 million in expenses racked up over the harsh winter.
Sen. Brian Joyce, a Milton Democrat and early ally of Rosenberg’s in his quest to become president last year, has been under fire for the past week over alleged conflicts of interest.
A community college president, a deputy higher education commissioner and a former Boston mayoral candidate are finalists to succeed outgoing state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.
UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin Meehan, who will take over in July as the next president of the UMass system, said 53 percent of UMass Lowell graduates in a recent class took at least one online course and it’s an area he hopes to expand.
An additional $29 million is needed to meet the goal of lowering caseloads to a 15 to 1 ratio for each social worker, Jason Stephany, a spokesman for the union that represents workers in the agency, said, asserting that many workers are carrying 20- or 25-family workloads.
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 Patrick administration early Friday evening announced a five-year health care deal with the federal government worth $41.4 billion, which will succeed a three-year $26.75 billion waiver agreement that expired June 30.
As nurses raised alarms that they are untrained and ill equipped to handle cases of Ebola virus, Massachusetts hospital officials said Thursday that the health crisis emerging from West Africa demands a unique response.
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.