Massachusetts lawmakers are set to take up a budget bill that calls for $115 million in new spending while also transfering money from the state's "rainy day" fund to offset a projected shortfall in tax revenues.
Another week, another set of title changes. Hillary Clinton will be “former” Secretary of State, and it’s now “Secretary” John Kerry, thank you very much. William “Mo” Cowan will be Senator for the time it takes to vote in a permanent replacement.
Governor Deval Patrick delivered his 5th State of the State address Wednesday night. He revealed an ambitious tax, education, and transportation proposal. Callie Crossley spoke with WGBH's Adam Reilly, and Access Strategies Fund executive director Kelly Bates about the policies and politics he laid out in his address.
It was a highly anticipated and yet still surprising announcement during the State of the Commonwealth address last night: Governor Deval Patrick proposed a significant increase in the state income tax and a hefty cut to the sales tax. WGBH's Anne Mostue had this report from the House Chamber.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick plans to recommend sweeping reforms in health care benefits for retired state and municipal employees, changes that are estimated to save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years.