... Bump stock ban hung up in House-Senate process dispute ...... Senate advancing health care reform while working outside of joint committee process ...... As tax reform heats up, Neal is Boston Chamber's guest on Oct. 27 ...... The goal on health care is to "get a significant bill to the governor's desk," Rosenberg says ...... Galvin aide leaving State House to work as Marshfield's town administrator ...... Eric Linzer leaving MAHP to work as CEO of the New York Health Plan Association ...
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LATEST PAY FLOOR EMERGING AS FLASHPOINT IN HEALTH CARE COST DEBATE

Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate's health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospital heads cheered them as a potential lifeline. Read More

Mass. General Hospital President Peter Slavin told a Senate health care working group their proposed bill would be an "unfair legislative attack" at MGH and Brigham and Women's. He testified alongside Brigham and Women's President Elizabeth Nabel. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res

TWO BIDDERS COME IN UNDER GREEN LINE EXTENSION THRESHOLD

Two of three companies in the running to design and build a new trolley line to Somerville certified they can do the work within the MBTA's threshold of $1.319 billion, allowing the roughly $2.2 billion project to move forward and letting T managers breathe a little easier. Read More

John Dalton, program manager for the Green Line Ex

John Dalton, program manager for the Green Line Extension, told reporters he was "relieved" when he learned Monday that two of the three firms competing for the contract certified they could do it within the budget. [Photo: File/Katie Lannan/SHNS | Hi-Res


VIDEO | BAKER WORKING WITH SHORT LEGISLATIVE TO-DO LIST

Gov. Charlie Baker has lowered his expectations for the final three-plus weeks on the Legislature's calendar before its seven-week holiday recess. Baker in July demanded action on a major Medicaid savings proposal by mid-September and has filed at least 10 non-budget related bills since January that are still awaiting consideration. On Monday he sounded like a governor resigned to accepting a slower pace in the Legislature. Read More


MBTA TESTING TECHNOLOGY TO SPEED FLOW OF BUSES, TROLLEY

Transit vehicle, coming through. That's essentially what trolleys and buses have been electronically telling certain traffic signals over the last few months as part of a pilot to speed up transit along city streets. Read More

An MBTA map highlighted four proposed transit sign

An MBTA map highlighted four proposed transit signal priority pilot corridors. [Courtesy/MBTA] | Hi-Res


SENATE SESSION – MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

Monday brought no breakthrough between the House and Senate on a spending bill that includes language aimed at banning bump stocks and must be passed so the state can close the books on fiscal year 2017 by Oct. 31. The House and Senate remain at loggerheads over the mostly routine supplemental budget, or at least over the path forward. The Senate enacted bills Monday to name a bridge in Sturbridge and the service road that connects the Charlton State Police barracks to the Mass. Pike in memory of State Trooper Thomas Clardy, who was killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2016. The Senate also passed bills Monday allowing eight additional liquor licenses in Burlington and increasing the Boston Public Library board of trustees from nine members to 15. Read More


PERSONNEL FILE - MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

... A senator's chief of staff is headed back to DCR ... A former DCR commissioner has started at Boston Harbor Now after a stint at Kinder Morgan ... Martha Coakley's former press secretary has gone to Solomon McCown ... Massachusetts sheriffs have elected their next leaders ... A veteran of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is Setti Warren's new organizing director ... A state university professor is head of an international wildlife organization ... Read More


BAKER PREDICTS "STRONG DOCUMENT" FROM OPIOID COMMISSION

Gov. Charlie Baker believes the Trump administration is serious about combating the nation's opioid epidemic, contradicting some concerns expressed Monday by former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy who said he's worried the White House won't follow through with serious response to the problem. Read More


VIOLATION DISCLOSURE COULD SAVE WORKERS' LIVES, BILL BACKERS TESTIFY

A year and two days after Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins died working in a trench on Dartmouth Street in Boston, their families came to the State House to call on lawmakers to take action to protect other workers in the state. Read More

Deceased workers were remembered on a quilt at Wor

Deceased workers were remembered on a quilt at Workers' Memorial Day in April on the State House steps. [Photo: Sam Doran/File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


CONDUCT COMMISSION ACKNOWLEDGES COMPLAINT AGAINST JUDGE

The Commission on Judicial Conduct on Monday publicly acknowledged it has a complaint pending before it in connection with allegations made against District Court Judge Thomas Estes in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by Tammy Cagle. Read More


HOFFMAN

CANNABIS COMMISSIONER WEIGHS IN AGAIN ON HIS QUESTION 4 VOTE

Had he known then what he knows now, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman might not have voted to keep marijuana use illegal for adults last year, he said Sunday. Read More


LINZER LEAVING MAHP FOR NEW YORK COUNTERPART

Veteran health care lobbyist Eric Linzer is leaving the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans after 16 years to become the next president and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association, the organization announced Monday. Read More

Eric Linzer testified Monday afternoon at a Senate

Eric Linzer testified Monday afternoon at a Senate health care reform hearing. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

As lawmakers look to leaders in their own branches to negotiate a closeout budget for fiscal 2017, the House dealt exclusively with local bills on Monday, including two bills to name a bridge and a road after the late Trooper Thomas Clardy, who was killed in a 2016 traffic crash. Rep. Paul Donato, who presided during the session, announced from the rostrum that Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth Michael Maresco has been appointed town administrator for Marshfield. Maresco has been a fixture in the chamber during House sessions, standing toward the rear near the door to the Member's Lounge. Read More


SEPTEMBER MEDIAN SALE PRICES: HOMES $362,000, CONDOS $341,000

The median price of a single-family home in Massachusetts climbed again in September, the 18th consecutive month with an increase, and September home sales fell to their lowest level since 2014, the Warren Group reported Monday. Read More


BUSSE

ELDRIDGE DRAWS CHALLENGE FROM HARVARD BIZ SCHOOL OFFICIAL

A Harvard Business School administrator plans to run for state Senate next year, framing herself as a Republican in the mold of Gov. Charlie Baker as she prepares to challenge one of the Legislature's more progressive Democrats. Margaret Busse, a Republican of Acton, announced Monday that she will run for the Middlesex-Worcester District seat held by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, whom Busse refers to as "the self-styled Progressive incumbent." Read More


Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

ADVANCES - WEEK OF OCT. 22, 2017

While House plans are still murky, Massachusetts senators are finally set, 10 months into the session, to begin formal deliberations on two signature issues - criminal justice reform and health care. Read More


STATE RELEASES 182-PAGE PROPOSAL IN BID TO ATTRACT AMAZON

From the home of the New England Patriots to a mall in Leominster to oceanfront property in Lynn, 26 different sites in Massachusetts want to host Amazon's second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs that will accompany it, according to a proposal state officials released Friday. Read More


RATE SHOCK UNDERSCORES NEED FOR SINGLE PAYER, DEM GUV CANDIDATES SAY

As they make their case for shifting to single-payer health care, two Democrats hoping to seize the Corner Office next year are pointing to soaring premium increases for individuals who purchase insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP – "S"-CAPADES

The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. Read More

After organizing a hearing on proposals to ban bum

After organizing a hearing on proposals to ban bump stocks, Sen. Michael Moore waited several minutes on Wednesday for other senators and attendees to arrive. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


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