Katie Lannan

State House News Service

Stories by Katie Lannan

HPC urged to weigh in on nurse ballot question

HPC urged to weigh in on nurse ballot question

Health plans: Commission should estimate cost of staffing initiative

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CITING COMPETING CLAIMS from both sides of a nurse staffing ballot question, health insurers on Wednesday asked a state agency to produce in the next month an independent analysis of the costs associated with Question 1. In a letter to Health Policy Commission executive director David Seltz, the Massachusetts Association of(...)

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Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Moulton blames 'human mistake' for gas fires, explosions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency in the wake of a series of gas fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley, handing over control of the response to Eversource in place of the local utility that Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said had been “hiding from the(...)

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Slow growth in MA health care spending

Slow growth in MA health care spending

Partners says nurse ballot question would boost its costs $140m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HEALTH CARE SPENDING in Massachusetts rose 1.6 percent to $61.1 billion in 2017, increasing at the slowest rate tracked since the passage of a 2012 health care cost control law. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, in its annual report on the performance of the state’s health care system, logged a $1.3(...)

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Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Will back Trump supporters Diehl and McMahon

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Friday that he is supporting the entire GOP statewide slate, include US Senate nominee Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump. “I’ve endorsed the ticket, which I said I was going to do months ago, yeah,” Baker told reporters. His opponent for governor, Democrat Jay Gonzalez,(...)

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Sanchez, Spilka drop immigration issue from budget

Sanchez, Spilka drop immigration issue from budget

DeLeo: 'There's really been no consensus in the House'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE INABILITY OF HOUSE AND SENATE budget negotiators to reach a consensus over immigration law enforcement doomed a budget measure that would have restricted local police from acting as immigration agents, the House’s lead negotiator said. The negotiator, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plain, and his counterpart in the Senate, Karen(...)

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DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

Call comes as House to take up opioid, education budget legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE’S ANNUAL BUDGET now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise. Massachusetts is the last state in the country(...)

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Baker says feds reviewing son’s groping charge

Baker says feds reviewing son’s groping charge

Governor 'expects' A.J. Baker will cooperate in probe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE is reviewing allegations that Gov. Charlie Baker’s son A.J. groped a woman on a plane last week, and state authorities are not involved, the governor said Monday morning. Speaking briefly to reporters in his office lobby, Baker did not discuss details of the allegations, which he said(...)

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Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Measure approved on voice vote; nears final passage

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOTH BRANCHES OF THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE have now signed off on bills that would create a new judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals. The bill (H 4539), which the Senate approved on a voice vote Thursday, would allow family or household members to petition the courts(...)

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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

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