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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.

Former Basile Aide Wins Democratic Primary In East Boston Rep Race

March 04, 2015

Adrian Madaro, an ex-aide to former Rep. Carlo Basile, will now face off against Joanne Pomodoro, an unenrolled candidate, in the special election on March 31.

Baker Hopes Plan Will End Use Of Motels As Family Shelters

March 02, 2015

Gov. Baker said his budget for fiscal 2016 will include $20 million for a new fund focused on prevention and keeping families in their communities.

Cape Wind Backs Out Of New Bedford Terminal Lease

March 02, 2015

Cape Wind said the project will not be able to occupy terminal space as envisioned under its lease agreement and was therefore “amenable” to the clean energy center’s proposal to terminate the lease.

Gov. Baker’s Budget Will Include Early Retirement Push

March 02, 2015

Seeking to close a budget gap in the “ballpark” of $1.5 billion, Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget will include a retirement incentive plan seeking to shed 4,500 executive branch employees.

Group Sees $1.5B Gap In Coming Mass. Budget Year

February 25, 2015

Working off a state budget year that relied on one-time revenues and needed spending cuts to achieve balance, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates a $1.5 billion budget gap for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1.

New Report Measures Progress Under Transportation Funding Law

February 12, 2015
A Green Line train emerges from the blizzard on Commonwealth Ave. The trains are not taking passengers, just keeping the tracks open. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Greater than expected motor vehicle sales tax receipts helped carry transportation funding in fiscal year 2014 as other anticipated revenues failed to materialize and expenses outpaced projections, according to a report released Thursday.

Cambridge Leads Mass. Towns With Big Upswings In Home Prices

February 10, 2015

Cambridge’s median price for a single-family home hit $1.2 million in 2014, up from $667,500 in 2005.

AAA Reports First Gas Price Hike Since September

February 09, 2015
Earlier this year, gas prices on Jan. 7 were listed for a cash price of $1.99 per gallon in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Gas prices in Massachusetts shot up 11 cents a gallon over the past week, an increase analysts attributed to rising crude oil costs.

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.

Baker Leans On Revenues, Spending Cuts To Balance Budget

February 03, 2015

Gov. Baker says his plan is in sync with his pledge not to raise taxes or cut local aid and also does not count on draining fund from the state’s savings.

Report: Mass. Posts 3rd-Straight Quarter Of Strong Growth

January 30, 2015

The state’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 2.6 percent growth for U.S. GDP.

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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