Week In Review: State Budget, Heroin Crisis, SWAT Teams

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A memorial was held at the Boston State House today to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP/Elise Amendola)
A memorial was held at the Boston State House today to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP/Elise Amendola)

The state's $38 billion budget was approved by both the House and Senate this week. It aims to close this years projected $1.8 billion shortfall.

"The legislature chose not to raise taxes and fees to close that budget gap, but instead pursued a series of reforms and belt tightening that we thought was a better way to go," said Gov. Baker.

The budget now sits on his desk, awaiting vetoes and amendments. It includes a reduction in state spending growth, an extension of a tax credit for low-income workers and a three-year suspension of the "Pacheco Law."

"We're very pleased with those items as well as attacking issues such as, most importantly, substance abuse and providing more funds for early education and other investments," said Mass. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.


Renee Loth, editor of Architecture Boston and columnist for The Boston Globe.

Callum Borchers, reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets @callumborchers.


Radio Boston: Documents Outline Regional Policing Agency’s Use Of SWAT Teams, Other Tactics

  • "On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts released new documents about the use by some local police forces of SWAT teams, armored vehicles and military-style assault weapons."

Radio Boston: Budget Includes Temporary Suspension Of Privatization Law For MBTA

  • "State lawmakers are taking a vote on a $38.1 billion budget agreement Wednesday. Among the key measures is a change to a 22-year-old law about privatizing government services."

The Boston Globe: Heroin Use Spikes Among Women, Higher-Income Groups

  • "Rebecca Kaczynski doesn’t fit the traditional image of a heroin addict. The daughter of a bank vice president and an assistant school principal, she grew up in a loving, intact, upper-middle-class family in the Central Massachusetts town of Dudley."

This segment aired on July 10, 2015.


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