Matt Murphy

State House News Service

Stories by Matt Murphy

Rosenberg and spouse separated

Rosenberg and spouse separated

Aide: Senator has no plans to seek divorce at this time

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEN. STANLEY ROSENBERG, back on Beacon Hill where he said he hopes to resume his work as a rank-and file senator after giving up the presidency in December, said Thursday he has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who precipitated his fall from power after being accused of sexually harassing at(...)

Read More »

State tax collections soar in December

State tax collections soar in December

Monthly revenues exceed projections by $527m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TAX COLLECTIONS IN DECEMBER left Massachusetts government flush with unbudgeted cash as revenues for the first half of the fiscal year have exceeded estimates by $728 million, shedding light on Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision this week to lift the hold he had put on legislative spending earmarks. The Department of Revenue(...)

Read More »

Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Rep. faces no formal opposition in bid to replace McGee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, but Rep. Brendan Crighton of Lynn is poised to become the newest senator on the North Shore. Crighton will walk uncontested on the ballot into the Senate seat held for the past 14 years by Lynn Mayor-elect Thomas McGee barring the emergence of a write-in candidate who would(...)

Read More »

Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Senate Ethics Committee enlists 3 from Hogan Lovells

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A TEAM OF LAWYERS, including a former federal prosecutor who helped put one-time House Speaker Sal DiMasi in prison for public corruption, has been retained by the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Sen. Stanley Rosenberg violated Senate rules in connection with allegations of sexual assault against his husband. The committee(...)

Read More »

Chandler elected acting Senate president

Chandler elected acting Senate president

Investigation ordered into allegations of sexual misconduct, Senate interference by Rosenberg husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SENATE INITIATED an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment and Senate interference by Rosenberg’s(...)

Read More »

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Now supports ban on using handheld devices behind the wheel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RISE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, giving a boost to an initiative debated for years by policy leaders and increasing pressure on the House to(...)

Read More »

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Warns of price hikes, say cost penalties not broad enough

InsuSTATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL LARGE HEALTH INSURERS are sounding the alarm on the eve of Senate debate on a health care bill that seeks to shrink the gap between rates paid to the most expensive hospitals and lower-paid providers, warning that without changes the bill would drive up costs for consumers. The insurers, including(...)

Read More »

House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

Bill bans bump stocks, provides $3m for gang initiative

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEVICES KNOWN AS BUMP STOCKS that were used in the Las Vegas shooting a month ago to turn ordinary rifles into automatic weapons would be banned in Massachusetts under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on Thursday after weeks of bickering between the House and Senate. The(...)

Read More »

House bans ‘bump stock’ devices

House bans ‘bump stock’ devices

Anything that could increase discharge rate of firearms barred

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LAWMAKERS on Wednesday moved rapidly, and some critics said rashly, to ban any device that could be used to increase the rate of discharge of a firearm. The bill’s passage came 10 days after a shooter in Las Vegas is believed to have used a “bump stock” device to rain(...)

Read More »

Income up, poverty and inequality down

Income up, poverty and inequality down

Positive news as state readies for tax and minimum wage debates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE moving toward major decisions over wages, income taxation and health care spending, new data published by the US Census Bureau Thursday shows Massachusetts to be a state with declining poverty and rising incomes that rank among the highest in the country. An estimated 65,474 fewer residents of Massachusetts(...)

Read More »