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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...

Bill aims to have more students eating school breakfasts

Jan. 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A push to expand school breakfast programs in Massachusetts is making its way through the Legislature. The Massachusetts Senate this week unanimously approved legislation aimed at increasing participation rates in the programs. The bill would require public schools with 60 percent or more of...

Governor announces bill to overhaul state police

Jan. 16, 2020 2:25 PM EST

NEW BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at overhauling the way Massachusetts State Police hires, promotes and disciplines troopers, and includes jettisoning a mandate that the agency's commander be appointed from within. The proposed overhaul comes as the agency...

State police union agrees to GPS tracking with new contract

Jan. 15, 2020 7:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts State Police union agreed to adopt GPS technology that tracks police cruisers in exchange for modest pay raises in the latest contract agreement with the state, according to officials from both sides of the negotiations. The State Police Association of Massachusetts, which...

Ruling means city can't deny refugees over mayor's objection

Jan. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Refugees will continue to be placed in a Massachusetts city where the mayor is strongly opposed to the newcomers after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that local governments can’t be granted “veto power” over the resettlement process, a refugee resettlement agency said...

Bill aims to protect those with developmental disabilities

Jan. 15, 2020 5:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would create a state registry that identifies individuals who have been credibly accused of abusing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts House. The bill would require the state's Disabled Persons Protections...