Massachusetts Legislature

Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Popularity may be tested by need for more revenues

NO REPUBLICAN in more than 60 years has governed Massachusetts for two full terms. Charlie Baker has been pretty clear about what he plans to do with the next four years, but far less forthcoming on how exactly he’s going to accomplish it. GOP governors William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Mitt Romney all felt the(...)

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Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Look who did and did not contribute to Nguyen

A correction has been made to this story. THE OVERALL OUTCOME of Tuesday’s legislative races wasn’t all that dramatic – Democrats, who already dominate on Beacon Hill, picked up three more seats – but there were some interesting trends and tidbits for political junkies. The cost of a campaign for a legislative seat typically runs(...)

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Dems pick up three seats on Beacon Hill

Dems pick up three seats on Beacon Hill

Nguyen defeats Rep. Lyons, Rausch upsets Sen. Ross

This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and the numbers stating the makeup of the House were corrected. REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER won a landslide reelection victory on Tuesday, but he had few coattails on Beacon Hill as his party ended up losing a couple seats in the Legislature. Rep. James Lyons Jr., a(...)

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Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Dempsey starts own lobbying business

Ex-lawmaker leaves ML Strategies with clients he brought to firm

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE JUST A LITTLE OVER A YEAR after ending his legislative career for a high-profile lobbying job at ML Strategies, Brian Dempsey has left the Boston firm to start his own consulting business with two former aides. “I’ve decided to go out on my own. It’s an exciting change,” Dempsey told the(...)

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Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Yes on 3 is a healthy choice

Referendum on transgender rights affects more than bathroom access

ALL OF US know that accessing basic health care and emergency medical care treatment is essential to taking care of ourselves and our families. This November, voters will have a unique opportunity to uphold a Massachusetts state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, which includes hospitals and doctors’ offices. Voting Yes(...)

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Democrats seek to increase dominance in Legislature

Democrats seek to increase dominance in Legislature

Party’s candidates have financial edge in most contested races

DEMOCRATS, who already dominate the state Legislature, have a good chance of picking up more seats on Tuesday. The numbers are in their favor. Of the 200 seats in the Legislature, only 72, or 36 percent, are being contested. That means 115 Democrats and 13 Republicans are already assured of victory on Tuesday. In the(...)

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Q1: A blunt instrument for a complex problem

Q1: A blunt instrument for a complex problem

The real question voters should be asking is, who do you trust?

THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM in America has grown from a patient-first approach into an intricate web of bureaucratic red tape. Every effort to address a health care problem must be deliberate, precise, and balanced. As a state representative, I have been deeply involved in health care policy since 2006 when I helped write the health(...)

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Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Measure would require utility to extend health benefits, deny rate increases during lockout

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE APPEARS ready to begin ratcheting up the pressure on National Grid to end its lockout of more 1,250 union gas workers, reviving a three-month-old bill that would force the utility to extend health benefits to the locked out employees and deny the company any rate increases or public money(...)

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Mass. leading way on reining in health care costs

Mass. leading way on reining in health care costs

Credit a united effort, avoidance of regulatory overreach

THE CONSTITUENCIES THAT CAME together to gain passage of the state’s landmark universal health care law in 2006 — consumers, employers, providers, insurers — were justifiably proud of our achievement. But we all recognized that an even larger problem lay ahead – gaining control over the escalating costs of health care. Looking back, we could(...)

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Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Advocates say short staff, bureaucracy creating problems for legal sales

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick(...)

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