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Posted on May 14, 2022

05/14/2022 Saturday Scoop: Senate releases budget proposal, session countdown begins

Happy scorcher, friend! I hope you are keeping well-hydrated, staying cool, and lugging all your fans and/or AC units up from the basement….

Posted on May 07, 2022

05/07/2022 Saturday Scoop: What overturning Roe means for MA

It is with anger, fear, and solidarity that I write you today. The news of the impending repeal of federal abortion rights is shocking and….

Posted on April 30, 2022

04/30/2022 Saturday Scoop: House rejects Baker’s tax cuts, passes progressive budget

After just three formal sessions, the House  passed  their budget on Wednesday, which came across the finish line at $49.7 billion.  And the….

Posted on April 16, 2022

04/16/2022 Saturday Scoop: House releases 2023 budget, 1,500+ amendments

House Ways & Means released their draft of the  2023 budget  on Wednesday, totaling around $50 billion. This marks the official start of the….

Posted on April 09, 2022

04/09/2022 Saturday Scoop: Senate staffers make historic bid to unionize

Flowers are in bloom, buds are popping up on every tree in sight, and most exciting of all – spring municipal elections are just around the….

Posted on April 02, 2022

04/02/2022 Saturday Scoop: Lyft & Uber’s anti-worker effort turns to the State House

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. And in the Massachusetts Legislature, April hearings bring May budgets (although I….

Posted on March 26, 2022

03/26/2022 Saturday Scoop: New report shows evictions largely affecting POCs

When was the last time a report commissioned to study an issue in Massachusetts came back with good news? I don’t know, but it certainly….

Posted on March 19, 2022

03/19/2022 Saturday Scoop: House letter rips Baker for criminal justice reform failures

A 75 degree day, buds emerging on trees, and the beautiful if incessant birdsong outside my window can only mean one thing: spring has….

Posted on March 19, 2022

State House Report: Democracy in Decline

“If anyone were to ask me about whether or not to run for office [ in the Massachusetts State House]. I would first give them a long list….

Posted on March 12, 2022

03/12/2022 Saturday Scoop: House passes funding for Ukrainian refugees

The two year anniversary of Governor Baker declaring a state of emergency due to Covid-19 came and went during an otherwise slow news week….

Posted on March 05, 2022

03/05/2022 Saturday Scoop: Mariano and Spilka clash on personal priorities

It’s March, so you know what that means: hopes of spring mixed with the harsh reality of more winter. It also means the State House has just….

Posted on February 26, 2022

02/26/2022 Saturday Scoop: What you need to know about Baker’s tax cuts

School vacation week is usually a quiet one for the State House, and this week was no exception; with no formal sessions, official business….