The head of Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange testified on Capitol Hill Thursday, along with the directors of five other state exchanges. A Republican-controlled subcommittee is examining the most troubled of the websites, set up under the Affordable Care Act.
In an embarrassing moment for Health Connector chief Jean Yang, Oklahoma Republican James Lankford produced the minutes from a meeting of the Massachusetts health connector’s steering committee:
Jared Remy, son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, stands beside his attorney Edward Ryan Jr., left, during arraignment Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., on murder and assault charges in the death of his girlfriend Jennifer Martel. Remy pleaded not guilty in the stabbing of Martel at their Waltham apartment on Aug. 15.
Credit AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool
Suavely presiding over South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian American from Dorchester, redeemed Southie’s gritty honor Sunday.
Dorcena Forry would be the first to say that she didn’t do it alone. South Boston’s political establishment -- Congressman Stephen Lynch, former State Senator Jack Hart, and State Representative Nick Collins, who last spring lost a fiercely fought special election to Dorcena Forry -- worked hand in glove to make the breakfast a study in harmony.
State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry became the first black woman to host the South Boston St. Patricks Day breakfast this year, a hosting gig that has been held by the State Senator from the First Suffolk district for decades.
When State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry won her seat for the district representing South Boston (and a swath of Dorchester) last fall, she found herself immediately thrust into a swirling controversy- not about election results, or raising taxes, or rising crime, or any of the other issues that might plague politicians- but about hosting South Boston's annual St Patrick’s Day breakfast.
Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday to ban the practice of secretly taking photographs up the skirts of women in public just one day after the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a man who took cell phone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate the law.
Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates on Wednesday pressed Massachusetts lawmakers to change the law to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
The hearing room was standing room only and both sides offered impassioned testimony.
The sponsor of the bill, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, argued changing the law would allow people to commute without fear and decrease the number of uninsured drivers on the road:
Environmentalists say a bill making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature could put the quality of state ocean water at risk.
A water infrastructure bill recently passed the state senate with little fanfare. But environmentalists say that tucked into the bill is a provision that rolls back protections for ocean sanctuaries that have been in place for four decades.
The bill would allow the dumping of treated wastewater into state ocean waters, a practice that has been banned.
ack Clark of Mass Audobahn society said he’s highly concerned.
Massachusetts has the lowest tipped wage in New England, at $2.63 per hour. Now, as the state legislature debates a minimum wage hike for other workers, there’s talk of increasing the minimum pay for tipped workers, too.
The state House of Representatives has expelled state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is serving a six-month jail sentence after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend.
The 146-5 vote came after less than two hours of debate. The expulsion takes effect immediately.
Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, addressed the chamber prior to the vote, again declaring his innocence. He said he chose not to heed calls to resign after his conviction because "an innocent man doesn't quit."
Henriquez left the chamber immediately after speaking. He was not allowed to vote.
The disappearance and presumed death of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver has brought new scrutiny to the state’s Department of Children and Families. An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered that children receiving DCFservices are about six times as likely as other Massachusetts children to die from maltreatment.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the failure of the Department of Children and Families to keep track of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy was inexcusable, but has provided the state with an opportunity to re-examine the agency.
Patrick met on Monday with representatives of the Child Welfare League of America, which he asked to conduct an independent review of the agency. He later told reporters that he’s asked the league to report back by the spring.
Jeremiah Oliver has not been seen by relatives since September and is feared dead.
A Massachusetts state representative has been convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend and been sentenced to six months in jail.
Democrat Carlos Henriquez of Boston was convicted Wednesday in Cambridge District Court of two assault and battery charges. He was acquitted of a third assault and battery charge, as well as larceny and witness intimidation charges.
The woman told police Henriquez punched and choked her.
A new statewide report finds Massachusetts may have wasted as much as $27 billion on unnecessary medical expenses in 2012.
The report by the Health Policy Commission estimates that nearly four out of every $10 spent on health care in Massachusetts is wasted. One of the largest parts of that – about $700 million - went towards readmitting hospital patients who could have stayed home if they'd had better discharge planning.
Lynne Nicholas, president of the Massachusetts Hospitals Association, said this is something hospitals are trying to address.
A new report says Massachusetts cities and towns have shed more than 15,000 jobs in the past six years, and pension obligations, health care and borrowing costs will continue to squeeze budgets for the foreseeable future.
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities face a total of $45 billion in unfunded liabilities and meeting those responsibilities could divert resources from schools, public safety and other services.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Friday, as he does each month for his "Ask the Governor" segment. On this month’s docket was a range of topics.
Many callers were particularly interested in asking the governor about the fallout from the Jeremiah Oliver case and the workload of DCF social workers:
There was no presidential contest, no major turnover in Congress, and just two states held gubernatorial races in 2013, but Massachusetts seemed to be in a perpetual state of special election. That, coupled with this year’s contentious Boston mayoral race – made for some juicy political headlines.
After talking about the issue for years, the Massachusetts legislature could soon take up gun control legislation.
There are dozens of proposals before the legislature including one from Governor Deval Patrick to limit gun purchases to one a month and require background checks at gun shows. Lawmakers held public hearings through the summer, but there's been silence since.
On the eve of the anniversary of the Newtown shootings, Speaker of the House Robert Deleo released a statement saying "we are poised to take action."
Massachusetts revenue officials told lawmakers today to expect modest economic growth next year, while warning there are a lot of uncertainties. The state will use the forecasts to determine how much revenue to count on for the next budget.