State House News Service
According to the report, the reduction of 1 percentage point in the growth rate of driving miles over the next 15 years would generate a combined savings of $2.3 billion annually. The reduction would also prevent an estimated 23.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere from 2015 to 2030.
The House and Senate moved into their winter recess on Wednesday night without a deal to raise caps on solar power that advocates say are hindering solar development across the state.
Employers and education institutions would be prohibited from forcing workers or applicants to share their social media passwords or access to their accounts under a bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday.
“The main obstacle there is making sure there are enough accessible vehicles,” a state transportation official said.
Of the $1.9 million yield from the sale of Rockwell’s 1941 painting “Willie Gillis in Convoy,” 50 percent would go toward scholarships for students pursuing the arts and 50 percent to students pursuing academic endeavors.
Activists and key senators maintain that the 2013 tax law was meant to cap fare hikes at 5 percent every two years, while a key House chairman and the Baker administration say it clearly caps fare hikes at 10 percent every two years.
The Democrat said in a statement the decision not to run for a fourth term in the Senate “was one of the most difficult I’ve made.”
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg had said he planned to push for inclusion of $10.9 million for UMass in a future spending bill after university officials committed to using $5 million for financial aid for high-needs students if the funds are approved.
The move to include LGBT-owned businesses in contracting and procurement opportunities alongside those run by women and people of color is a first-in-the-nation effort, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The Legislature’s 2015 close-out budget bill did not include anticipated funding to cover retroactive pay increases for UMass faculty and staff unions.
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 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.