Sizable shelter funding gap between projected costs and Mass. House lawmakers' proposed budget
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by Carrie Healy
6d ago
The Massachusetts House budget makes $500 million available to cover emergency assistance shelter costs for FY'25. The House budget debate is set for Wednesday, April 24 ..read more
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Could Massachusetts lawmakers upstage the much-anticipated eclipse this week on Beacon Hill?
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by Carrie Healy
1w ago
While an expected Massachusetts House budget redraft is expected, and talks are ongoing over a FY'24 spending bill, the solar eclipse might distract lawmakers, if only for a few moments, from focus on these and other pressing legislation ..read more
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No fooling on gun reform, bottle deposits and marijuana pardons at the Massachusetts Statehouse
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by Carrie Healy
3w ago
Gun reform lawmaking in Massachusetts will continue with urgency behind closed doors. We get the scoop on that and other stories from State House News Service reporter Chris Lisinski ..read more
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Is implementing a time limit on stays in the Mass. emergency shelters the right fix?
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by Carrie Healy
1M ago
As lawmakers around the country struggle with an over-capacity emergency shelter crisis, Mass. lawmakers wrestle with reform and time limits in the only state in the country that guarantees access to shelter ..read more
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Mass. Senate stares down early education, childcare bill; soon to tackle spending bill
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by Carrie Healy
1M ago
The Massachusetts Senate this week takes its second run in three years at a bill to expand access to early education and fortify that sector's workforce ..read more
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Massachusetts is taking part in Super Tuesday, but it's looking pretty sleepy
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by Carrie Healy
1M ago
Voters will cast ballots for a presidential candidate and vote for party representation in many districts across the commonwealth ..read more
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For fifth time, Mass. senators will vote to update school sex education guidelines
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by Carrie Healy
1M ago
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate will take up a bill to reform and codify the state's framework for sexual health education. The chamber has passed similar legislation four times previously ..read more
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Massachusetts' high court confirmation hearing will give Western Mass. a voice, but not a nominee
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by Carrie Healy
2M ago
The confirmation hearing for Gabrielle R. Wolohojian on Wednesday will be the second Supreme Judicial Court pick by Gov. Maura Healey of a nominee from eastern Mass. The last SJC justice from western Mass, Francis Spina, stepped down in 2016 ..read more
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The state's shelter system is overwhelmed. What can Massachusetts lawmakers do?
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by Carrie Healy
2M ago
An attempt by Congress to sort out the immigration issue fell apart last week. The question of how Massachusetts' governor will handle the ever increasing number of unhoused families seeking shelter in the Commonwealth, continues to be top-of-mind for many across the Baystate ..read more
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On Massachusetts gun law reform, lawmakers in search of common ground
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by Carrie Healy
2M ago
There are a number of key differences between the bill approved by the Massachusetts House last fall, and what the Senate passed last week. That could lead to a lot of work for a conference committee between early February and late July ..read more
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