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Top Court Officials Sound Alarm Over Baker Budget

March 26, 2015
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants (Stephan Savoia/AP)

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.

Education Chief Recommends State Takeover Of Holyoke Schools

March 24, 2015

Mitchell Chester said “persistent and pervasive” problems in the school district make receivership necessary.

Despite Snow, Mass. Home Sales Were Up In February

March 24, 2015

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.

State Leaders Want Independent Review Of Boston 2024 Plan

March 23, 2015

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.

AG Healey Details Opposition To Marijuana Legalization

March 23, 2015

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.

Boston 2024 CEO Cautions Olympic Venue Plans May Evolve

March 17, 2015
Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024, at WBUR (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Venue locations might not be nailed down even by the time Boston 2024 makes its final submission to the International Olympic Committee.

Connector Gains New COO, Corner Office Adviser

March 12, 2015

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. Baker Fills 2 Connector Board Seats

March 12, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker named insurance executive Mark Gaunya and business consultant Rina Vertes to serve on the Massachusetts Connector Authority Board.

600,000 Tons Of Salt Later, Mass. Snow And Ice Costs Hit Nearly $130M

March 12, 2015
Salt is loaded into a pickup truck at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a major winter storm that hit the state in February. (Elise Amendola/AP)

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.

Give Baker Short-Term Control Over ‘Broken’ MBTA, Report Finds

March 11, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

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.

Still ‘Many Unanswered Questions’ On Boston Olympics Bid, Gov. Baker Says

March 09, 2015
The Boston 2024 logo is displayed on a screen before a January news conference about the bid. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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.

Keolis Plans To Put More Trains Back Into Service Monday

March 06, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Baker Deputies Outline Plan To Tame MassHealth Costs

March 05, 2015

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 Resist Baker Push On MassHealth

February 09, 2015

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.

Quincy Medical Center’s Closure Set For Friday

December 24, 2014

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.

With Late-Term Order, Gov. Patrick Carves Out Money For Public Art

December 10, 2014
One of the new public murals created in Boston. (Zoe Sobel/WBUR)

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.

State, Feds Reach Five-Year, $41.4B Health Care Accord

November 01, 2014

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.

Mass. Lawmakers Hear Calls For Ebola Training

October 16, 2014
A licensed clinician participates in a CDC training course in Alabama earlier this month for treating Ebola patients. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

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.

SJC Sets ‘Presumption’ Of Misconduct In Dookhan-Related Guilty Pleas

March 05, 2014

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.

Coakley: Dookhan ‘Appeared To Be Proud’ Of Her Work

September 28, 2012

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Annie Dookhan may have had professional pride in mind when she allegedly misidentified drug lab evidence.

Amid Crime Lab Crisis, DPH Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach offered his resignation over the weekend and Gov. Deval Patrick accepted it on Monday.

Improper Drug Testing Leads To Closure Of State Crime Lab

August 30, 2012

State police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols in drug testing, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.

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