Politics

MassHealth OKs postpartum depression screening

MassHealth OKs postpartum depression screening

Providers to be reimbursed in 2016

Beginning next spring, MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, will reimburse health care providers for the costs of screening women for postpartum depression. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito made the announcement at a State House event on Monday to increase awareness of postpartum depression. The event targeted state lawmakers, health care providers, and community advocates working with(...)

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Boston 2024 promises a lot at ‘minimal risk’

Boston 2024 promises a lot at ‘minimal risk’

Benefits include jobs, new housing, taxes, 2 new neighborhoods

BOSTON 2024 on Monday promised an Olympics that will produce more than 60,000 jobs, 8,000 housing units, tens of millions of new tax dollars, two new neighborhoods, and the missing link in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace – all at “minimal risk” to taxpayers. Steve Pagliuca, the chairman of Boston 2024, said every financial projection(...)

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Walsh is flush

The Herald‘s Matt Stout reported on Sunday that Mayor Marty Walsh is proving to be very popular among campaign donors and voters. The Boston mayor’s campaign finance report for the first two weeks of June showed a hefty haul of $244,000, though the actual fundraising for that period was $192,000, with $52,000 a carryover that(...)

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Democrat Ash loads up on GOP staffers

Democrat Ash loads up on GOP staffers

Many hired by Baker administration are former Republican candidates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has won plaudits for bringing Democrats into the fold as he built a senior team around him, but the governor’s administration has also provided refuge for some loyal party activists and several failed Republican candidates looking to regroup after faltering at the ballot box. The latest examples come(...)

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SJC paves way for income inequality debate

Now that the Supreme Judicial Court has cleared the way, the House and Senate (and Gov. Charlie Baker, too) can start debating income inequality in Massachusetts and how to address it. The SJC ruled on Monday that tax policies contained in the Senate budget are there legally. Under the state constitution, the House must originate(...)

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SJC sides with Senate on money bill

SJC sides with Senate on money bill

Rules that sweeping tax measures were legally included in budget

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT on Monday unanimously ruled that the House budget proposal is a money bill under the state constitution, a decision that means the Senate was legally within its rights to include several major tax initiatives in its version of the fiscal 2016 spending plan. The decision doesn’t mean the Senate’s sweeping tax(...)

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What’s a money bill?

What’s a money bill?

Answer may hinge on 137-year-old SJC opinion

THE LEGAL BATTLE between the Massachusetts House and Senate over the constitutional authority to raise taxes in this year’s budget hinges on interpretations of a 137-year-old Supreme Judicial Court advisory opinion. In briefs filed with the current members of the SJC, the House and Senate agree on the basic facts of their dispute but differ(...)

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