Boston: State House Weekly Recap

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Higher education, local aid and fixing the state’s broken transportation system after its recent meltdown seems to be Governor Charlie Baker’s top priorities, according to his 2016 budget proposal that came out this week.

The proposal, which has been sent to committees for review, calls for $40 million more funding for the Department of Children and Families, a nearly $65 million increase in transportation funds and a 3 percent uptick for higher education campuses.

But the governor hopes to slash spending by three percent or $1.1 billion by establishing an early retirement program, a tax amnesty program for first time filers as well as more than $750 million cut from MassHealth.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he is behind the governor’s efforts to reduce the rising costs at MassHealth, which DeLeo says are “unsustainable.”

Small businesses across the Commonwealth took a beating during this winter’s historic snowfall with an estimated sales drop of 24 percent.

Meanwhile the recent storms cost the MBTA around $36 million in lost revenues and additional costs due to clean up and poor service.

MBTA officials are still debating whether it will be reimbursing passengers for the weeks of severe delays and cancellations.

U.S. Congressman Bill Keating says another round of federal disaster relief funds for the state’s groundfishing industry is expecting to flow in this month.

The total funds are projected to add up to $8.3 million dollars in order to offset the state’s depleted fish stock and strict catch limits.

The Cape Wind project has backed out of plans to build a public marine staging area in New Bedford due to delays after the termination of two major power purchase contracts.

Boston City Council President Bill Linehan will be heading a special committee on the 2024 summer Olympics, which had its first meeting earlier today.


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About Paige Sutherland

Paige Sutherland was a State House reporter for WATD, and left WATD full-time in March, 2015. She will continue to update WATD time-to-time on relevant New Hampshire news.