State House News Service
Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget would lead to more severe service cuts in the Judiciary than during the “darkest days” of the Great Recession, requiring hundreds of layoffs and court closures, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants told House and Senate budget writers Wednesday.
Mitchell Chester said “persistent and pervasive” problems in the school district make receivership necessary.
Single-family home sales in Massachusetts rose nearly 4 percent in February, a month that will go down in the history for its record snowfall totals.
Citing the risk that cost overruns will be handed to state and local government to deal with, Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders say they would hire an outside consultant to help evaluate the Olympic bid.
Attorney General Maura Healey said her opinion was informed by conversations with attorneys general from Washington and Colorado, where voters passed marijuana legalization referendums in 2012.
Venue locations might not be nailed down even by the time Boston 2024 makes its final submission to the International Olympic Committee.
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.
Snow and ice removal costs stand at $129.3 million, coming in $22 million over budget, according to a top transportation official. The MBTA’s interim general manager said the state has used 600,000 tons of salt this winter.
Contracts for MBTA expansion projects should be suspended for the rest of the year and Gov. Charlie Baker should be given short-term control over the embattled transit agency until a more thorough rescue plan can be developed for the T, a prominent Boston think-tank recommends.
Gov. Charlie Baker still has questions about a push for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, as the nonprofit behind the bid continues to bring onboard former Patrick administration officials.
The company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail says 15 trains that have been out of service in recent weeks should be back in operation on Monday.
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.