State House News Service
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’s median price for a single-family home hit $1.2 million in 2014, up from $667,500 in 2005.
Gas prices in Massachusetts shot up 11 cents a gallon over the past week, an increase analysts attributed to rising crude oil costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.