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Bill would curb nondisclosure agreements in sex harassment

Jan. 27, 2020 6:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to the downfall of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, joined state lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday to push a bill to curtail the use of nondisclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment. Carlson, whose...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania's governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Jan. 27, 2020 5:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New...

Lawmakers to hold public hearing on Baker health care bill

Jan. 26, 2020 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing this week for a sweeping bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that would overhaul the state's health care system. Baker said the bill would cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers while requiring walk-in...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT New Haven Register Connecticut needs a viable Republican Party Jan. 23 The unsettling saga of Robert Hyde, a Connecticut resident who may or may not have been involved in a plot against a U.S. ambassador, has raised questions about the president and his...

Lawmakers hold hearing on immigrant 'sanctuary state' bill

Jan. 24, 2020 9:37 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are hearing testimony Friday on a proposal that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. The Safe Communities Act is meant to limit interaction between local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among other things, the bill would prevent...

Senate bills would dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled bills Thursday that Democratic leaders say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The transitioning of cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power and the jump-starting of efforts to supply...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, delivers his state of the state address in the House Chamber as Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, behind left, and Senate President Karen Spilka, right, look on, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts governor releases $44.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would tack on an extra fee for ride-hailing trips and modernize the way the state collects taxes. The spending plan for the 2021 fiscal year that begins July 1 would also create a new oversight board of the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, waves at the conclusion of his state of the state address in the House Chamber, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Baker outlines goals in State of Commonwealth address

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state's reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing opportunities and upgrading the state's public transportation system. Baker outlined the goals Tuesday during his State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts...

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after a private meeting with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, in Providence, R.I. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has apologized for using the word “rant” to describe U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's remarks Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Baker apologizes for calling Pressley's MLK speech a 'rant'

Jan. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker apologized Monday after he used the word “rant” to describe remarks from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Pressley, a Boston Democrat, had delivered a speech about inequality and the unfinished fight for civil...

Gov. Baker to deliver annual state of the state address

Jan. 20, 2020 9:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to deliver his annual state of the state address at a time of growing challenges for Massachusetts. Baker is expected to touch on some of those themes during his televised address Tuesday. The red hot economic boom of recent years in the eastern portion of the...