Chris Lisinski

Reporter, State House News Service

Stories by Chris Lisinski

Lawmakers in agreement on prison construction moratorium

Baker says proposal would hamstring correctional system

MassDOT setting aside $20m to help recruit engineers

Package includes 10.3% salary increase, $5,000 signing bonuses

More than half of lawmakers face no challenger this year

Trend of minimal competition on Beacon Hill is continuing

31,000 defendants to split $14m in settlement

Criminal convictions vacated in wake of drug lab scandal

East-West rail ‘elephant in the room’

Lawmakers show little urgency on new rail authority

Expect delays: Overhaul planned for Sumner Tunnel

MassDOT says roadway is 'well beyond patches and repairs'

State to seek (more) fed funding for I-90 Allston project

Inflation taking toll -- cost of Cape bridge replacements could double

East-West rail authority not in transpo bond bill

Could be added as bill moves through the Legislature

Toll, gas tax revenues at 95% of pre-COVID levels

High gas prices don't seem to be deterring drivers

Poftak confirms FTA safety investigation at MBTA

T didn't disclose investigation until letter leaked to Globe

UMass Lowell promotes Chen from within

Helped elevate university's research status, wants to take it to top level

Senate passes license bill with veto-proof majority

Polls show public is split on giving licenses to undocumented

US Senate committee deadlocks on Robinson

Republican questions Framingham rep's desire to lower electricity costs

House Democrats refuse to budge on tax relief

Defeat budget amendments to cut gas, capital gains, estate taxes

Senate passes climate bill, adds offshore wind boost

Amendment doubles the size of procurements over next decade

Quincy mayor skeptical on fare-free buses

Koch, MBTA Board member, worries about fiscal cliff

Different fare payment approach at new GLX stops

Riders will need validation receipts as service begins Monday

Baker proposes $9.7b infrastructure bond bill

Includes $3.5b in match money to vie for competitive fed grants

Senate seeks fixed date for bus electrification

Poftak said more money needed to transition more quickly

Poftak says show me the money

Low-income fare could cost $50m to $100, he says

MBTA nearing a financial cliff

Agency forecasts a budget gap of $230m in fiscal 2024

Masks no longer mandated on school buses

Face coverings still required on most public transportation

State seeks OK to forgive UI overpayments

Acosta asks Walsh for 'blanket waiver' on all non-fraud benefits

New link to improve access to SNAP benefits

MassHealth applicants will be able to apply for food at same time

Senator demands answers on Mattapan trolleys

MBTA says lead paint, COVID caused 2-year delay in makeovers

License bill heads to House floor on 14-3 vote

3 panel members, including Sen. O'Connor, reserve their rights

Lawmakers urge pause on pursuing collections

Seek time to untangle guidance on unemployment insurance overpayments

Koonce, seeking commutation, takes full responsibility for killing

Says his life will be forever dedicated to giving back to society

Municipal officials slam Polito local aid projection

Say 2.7% increase is not enough given rising state revenues