Posted inBook Review

The Book of Baker

The first of two takes on the new book by the state’s governor and his former chief of staff.  Here is the second, a look at the Baker playbook from Bob Massie, a former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor and candidate for governor. IT IS QUITE rare for a governor to write a book while […]

Posted inTransportation

W. Mass. showing clout on East-West rail

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, with the help of US Rep. Richard Neal, is starting to flex some muscle on the region’s holy grail of transportation — East-West rail. At a meeting in Springfield on Tuesday, officials from western Massachusetts secured Gov. Charlie Baker’s support for a long-sought rail connection running from Pittsfield to Springfield to Worcester, where […]

Posted inEconomy

Climate, downtowns, housing focus of Baker spending bill

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday filed a $3.5 billion economic development bill that focuses on climate-related projects, downtown revitalization, and housing. The bill is chock-full of specific local projects, a strategy likely aimed at getting the support of individual lawmakers – and getting municipal officials to lobby their lawmakers to pass it.  The bill relies […]

Posted inUncategorized

Baker administration offers UI overpayment relief

THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT of Unemployment Assistance will be in touch with Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Unemployment Insurance claimants in the coming days to detail state and federal relief options that the Baker administration said Thursday would resolve about $1.6 billion or roughly 71 percent of overpayments. There are about 353,000 outstanding cases of workers who […]