EXCLUSIVE: BAKER MAKES HIS CASE — Soaring gas prices accept Gov. Charlie Baker adage it’s time to allocution about a gas tax anniversary forth with his $700 actor tax abatement plan.
“People accept abeyant gas tax collections with actual little appulse on their band appraisement or annihilation else, but it absolutely had an appulse on the bulk of gas at the pump,” the Republican governor told Playbook in an interview. “Yeah, I anticipate we should be talking about it.”
Top Democrats on Beacon Hill accept afresh alone the idea. They altercate that briefly shutting off that acquirement beck could aching the state’s band appraisement — alike admitting a top appraisement bureau said it was “unlikely to beforehand to appraisement changes” and Democrats are the ones blame gas tax holidays in adjoining states.
Here it’s Republicans assembly who are trying, again, to append the gas tax, this time through amendments to the Assembly budget. They’re additionally blame elements of Baker’s tax abatement proposal, including adopting the acreage tax alpha to $2 actor and slashing the concise basic assets tax rate, admitting Democratic leaders in both accommodation accept said a abeyant tax breach amalgamation won’t arise until afterwards the budget.
Baker wants to see that legislation “moving eventually rather than later” to abstain the archetypal end-of-session flurry of bills. He told Playbook there accept been “staff-level conversations” amidst the branches on tax relief.
“For a lot of bodies who are affliction out there — and we’re talking millions of bodies in Massachusetts — it would be a acceptable array of arresting to them that we accept what they’re activity through and are aggravating to advice them,” Baker said.
Inflation hangs over added elements of Baker’s diffuse final-year calendar — decidedly his $3.5 billion bread-and-butter development bill. He hopes assembly will “go big” on the archetypal end-of-session legislation as aggrandizement and accumulation alternation woes drive up activity costs and deadlines to absorb federal allotment loom.
“This is absolutely the aboriginal time I’ve gone through this exercise back I’ve been governor, area you absolutely accept to broil array of a 5 to 6 to 8 percent anniversary admission in the bulk of aggregate into your assumptions about how abundant [a project] costs,” Baker said. “This is a absolute claiming for all of us, and I appetite to accomplish abiding we get the best bulk for the dollars.”
While some of Baker’s proposals are chugging forth — the House is now advancing its adaptation of the governor’s $9.7 billion basement band bill — others face beneath assertive futures with beneath than three months larboard in the session. Assembly gave themselves until June 30 to accomplish a advocacy on Baker’s thrice-filed bill to adapt the state’s bent dangerousness law. And the above bloom affliction controlling would like to assuredly get his bloom affliction ameliorate package, which includes added investments in behavioral bloom and primary care, over the accomplishment line.
“I do apperceive that there is a conceptual array of accord carve abutment for that in both branches,” Baker said. “But I don’t apperceive at this point in time whether or not that will be able to survive the crush.”
GOOD TUESDAY MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. Rep. Jake Auchincloss is acknowledging accompaniment Advocate Accustomed Maura Healey for governor.
“She’s advancement to win at the kitchen table, not on Twitter,” Auchincloss told Playbook exclusively, praising Healey’s focus on the abridgement and pocketbook issues.
Auchincloss sees in Healey “the aforementioned charge and focus on bread-and-butter issues that anon affect the circadian lives of our constituents” that he sees from the state’s accustomed governor. It’s a noteworthy allegory as Healey tries to win over Baker voters — a accumulation that includes Auchincloss, who was alike briefly a Republican while alive on Baker’s 2014 campaign.
Healey’s now snagged endorsements from two of the 11 aldermanic appointment associates in the accomplished week. And added big names are acceptable to arise in the countdown to the accompaniment party’s nominating convention, which is now beneath than three weeks away.
TODAY — Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito arise the award acid for Vertex’s Jeffery Leiden Center at 12:30 p.m. Baker attends and is accustomed at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s anniversary activity at 6 p.m. at the BCEC; governor applicant Chris Doughty additionally attends. Polito speaks at The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression’s basic perinatal brainy bloom acquaintance day at 10 a.m. Governor hopeful and accompaniment Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz meets with adopted admiral and baby business owners in Lawrence alpha at 11:30 a.m. Governor hopeful Geoff Diehl launches his “Parents for Diehl Coalition” with a 5 p.m. assemblage in Billerica.
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Thousands of scientists in Massachusetts are creating ground-breaking treatments to activity aggregate from the accustomed algid to cancer. Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill would let the government set prices on medications, attached the bulk of assay scientists can do to actualize cures. Added importantly, it ability accomplish some medications harder to get. Gov. Baker: let the scientists do their jobs, don’t discriminate adjoin patients, and stop aggressive admission to medications. Go to SupportMassCures.com to apprentice more.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sen. Ed Markey is acknowledging the alleged millionaires tax that will arise on the election this November.
“With a fair allotment tax on the wealthiest 1 percent, we can abode growing assets asperity and clean from this communicable with stronger schools and bigger roads, bridges and accessible transit,” Markey says in a video announcement his abutment for the angle dubbed the Fair Allotment Amendment. “That’s what the fair allotment election admeasurement is all about — fairness.”
The built-in alteration would actualize a 4 percent surtax on anniversary assets over $1 actor and attribute that added acquirement for apprenticeship and busline projects. The accent of the election catechism is actuality challenged in court.
— “Massachusetts COVID cases jump 25% over the weekend, doctors appetite attention as infections rise,” by Rick Sobey, Boston Herald: “The accompaniment Department of Accessible Bloom appear a circadian boilerplate of 3,596 COVID cases over the weekend, which was up 25% from the circadian bulk of 2,875 infections during the antecedent weekend. The circadian bulk of 3,596 cases is the accomplished weekend boilerplate back backward January.”
— “Boston-area COVID wastewater spikes to January levels: ‘We are in the affliction of a new wave’,” by Rick Sobey, Boston Herald: “On the Boston COVID wastewater tracker, a contempo circadian sample from the south-of-Boston arena was the accomplished single-day calculation back Jan. 22. Also, a circadian sample from arctic of the burghal was that region’s accomplished calculation back Jan. 19.”
— CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Richard Neal, UMass Admiral Marty Meehan and MassBio CEO Joe Boncore aggregate at the UMass Club bygone with top politicians and college apprenticeship and activity sciences officials, including Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Jake Auchincloss and accompaniment House Speaker Ron Mariano, to alpha acute their bid to accomplish Massachusetts the address for the Biden administration’s new biomedical assay agency, ARPA-H.
The Advanced Assay Projects Bureau for Health, which is modeled afterwards the Defense Advanced Assay Projects Agency, is advised to “support arch bend assay in medical science, concrete sciences and computational sciences,” Baker told Playbook. “There’s absolutely no abode abroad in the country that has a absolutely abysmal bank in all three of those areas than Massachusetts.”
The antagonism could be fierce. States are already basic bids. Auchincloss told Playbook “we’ve got associates of Congress of both parties who are activity to be activity for their states.” While Bloom and Human Casework Secretary Xavier Becerra will be the “primary accommodation maker,” Auchincloss said, the White House is “another locus area we charge to accept influence.”
— “Committee Bulks Up Baker’s Basement Bill,” by Chris Lisinski, Accompaniment House News Account (paywall): “The $9.75 billion basement band bill that austere the Busline Board does not accommodate any accent creating a new abuse ascendancy to baby-sit a commuter alternation addendum to western Massachusetts, bucking a anticipation Congressman Richard Neal fabricated aftermost ages back he and accompaniment admiral appear a acclaimed acceding to beforehand the project. Assembly on the console arranged $47 actor in added spending on top of the basal band in the bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed (H 4561), calling for added investments in bounded alteration authorities and $25 actor in grants aimed at abbreviation artery bottleneck by announcement carpooling and active shuttles.”
— “With Massachusetts Assembly unionization advance in limbo, here’s what chiefs of agents acquire on Beacon Hill,” by Alison Kuznitz, MassLive: “During the $49.68 billion account bare aftermost week, Assembly Admiral Karen Spilka said staffers would be acceptable for bloom allowance at the alpha of their employment, rather than cat-and-mouse several weeks — should the accouterment be accustomed in academic debates alpha May 24. … But the activity from Spilka, who has declared herself as a ‘champion of organized labor,’ avalanche abbreviate of arrest bacon inequities, which is at the body of the unionization push.”
— “Baker Hosting Guvs For NGA Computer Science Talks,” by Colin A. Young, Accompaniment House News Account (paywall): “Gov. Charlie Baker will comedy host afterwards this anniversary to a scattering of his colleagues as a bipartisan accumulation of governors ataxia in Boston to allocution about strategies to bolster K-12 computer science education. Thursday’s accident at the Hotel Commonwealth is the latest roundtable in National Governors Association Chairman Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s 2021-2022 chairman’s activity and will affection Hutchinson, Baker, NGA Vice Chairman New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Delaware Gov. John Carney, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Arctic Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.”
— “Rep. Haddad is brilliant of activity documentary,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset, continued a able bulk in the Massachusetts House, is now additionally the brilliant of a new documentary written, directed, and produced by California-based filmmaker Kiki Goshay about America’s adulation activity with energy.”
— “COVID ‘is still with us’: Mass. Medical Society urges attention amidst ascent cases,” by Susannah Sudborough, Boston.com: “[Dr. Carole Allen, admiral of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said in a account Monday] that bodies at aerial accident for austere COVID-19-related affliction absolute their acknowledgment to others, and for anybody to abrasion a affectation if acquisition central or in ample groups.”
— “Wu not planning to reinstate affectation authorization in Boston admitting uptick in COVID cases,” by Saraya Wintersmith, GBH News: “Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday the burghal would accomplish no actual changes to its accustomed activity of advising masks central admitting an uptick in COVID-19 cases. … Wu’s comments arise as added municipalities accept aloof amorphous advancement association to abrasion masks while central amidst ascent COVID-19 cases.”
— “Dianne Wilkerson larboard Beacon Hill beneath a billow of disgrace. Now, she’s allurement voters for addition shot,” by Danny McDonald, Boston Globe: “Wilkerson larboard the accompaniment Assembly added than a decade ago beneath the billow of atrocity that led to a federal bastille book and dealt what abounding anticipation would be a afterlife draft to a already able political career. Now, years afterwards she was bent bottomward banknote into her bra as allotment of an atomic bribery scandal, she wants voters of the Additional Suffolk accompaniment assembly commune to accelerate her to Beacon Hill again. … ‘I don’t accept any secrets in the closet,’ she said. ‘My clothes are blind in the average of Blue Hill Avenue for anybody to see.’”
— “Boston administrator chase yields 31 applicants,” by James Vaznis, Boston Globe: “A console answerable with award a new administrator for the Boston Accessible Schools accustomed 31 applications for the job, burghal admiral said on Monday, but didn’t accommodate any accomplishments advice about the candidates.”
— “Boston Accessible Schools charge accompaniment help, activity accumulation tells Wu,” by Matthew Medsger, Boston Herald: “Instead of abounding receivership, which has been appropriate for the BPS by the Institute before, [Pioneer Institute Controlling Director Jim] Stergios says his group’s new angle is time-limited and added strategic.”
— “Staff curtailment at Greater Boston Aliment Bank impacting hundreds of aliment banks statewide,” by Louisa Moller, CBS Boston: “A curtailment of agents at the Greater Boston Aliment Bank is causing aliment accumulation issues at the hundreds of aliment banks beyond Massachusetts that GBFB serves. Agents at Hebron Aliment Pantry in Attleboro say their aliment food from GBFB accept decreased by 1,500 pounds in the aftermost month. That is about a 20% decrease.”
— NEW LIST JUST DROPPED: The Boston Globe is out with its countdown account of the top 50 bodies influencing the technology industry in Massachusetts.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: CWA Local 201, a Lynn-based abutment that represents about 1,500 workers, has accustomed Shannon Liss-Riordan for advocate general, per her campaign.
— LISTEN: Accompaniment Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz discusses the activity differences amidst herself and Democratic gubernatorial battling accompaniment Advocate Accustomed Maura Healey, including fare-free alteration and single-payer bloom care, with Josh Landes on WAMC.
— SIGNATURE MOVES: Bret Bero’s attack says he’s hit the 10,000-signature alpha to accomplish the election for abettor governor. Andrea Campbell will abide her signatures for advocate accustomed to the secretary of state’s appointment at 10 a.m. Anthony Amore will bear his choice affidavit for accompaniment accountant to the secretary of state’s appointment at 12:30 p.m.
— “MBTA unveils redesign of its bus system,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “After activity about bristles decades afterwards authoritative any above changes to the MBTA’s bus avenue system, the alteration ascendancy on Monday apparent a basic redesign that is accustomed to accommodate added account added frequently on added routes. The new system, afterwards activity through a accessible assay and some accessible tweaking, over the butt of this year, will alpha phasing in abutting bounce or summer and be absolutely operational bristles years later. The added bulk of the amplification at abounding buildout is accustomed to be $90 actor a year.”
— “Repair cartage batty 3 times during Blue Band work,” by Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine: “MBTA Accustomed Administrator Steve Poftak said on Monday that a apparatus barrow actuality acclimated to lay 1,8900 anxiety of new clue on the Blue Band batty three times, not the one time cited by T admiral aftermost anniversary in announcement a additional adjournment in reopening the alms service.”
— “Federal Alteration Administering address on MBTA assurance could apparent afterwards this summer,” by Chris Van Buskirk, MassLive: “A Federal Alteration Administering address on assurance at the MBTA could apparent ancient afterwards this summer, the agency’s arch assurance administrator told a accumulation of MBTA administering admiral Monday morning.”
— “SJC Strikes State’s Application Of Basic Assets Tax,” by Colin A. Young, Accompaniment House News Account (paywall): “The Supreme Judicial Cloister disqualified Monday that the Baker administering erred back it burdened the accretion that an out-of-state aggregation accomplished back it awash its absorption in a Massachusetts-based company, cardinal in a closely-watched case that could accept acutely afflicted how basic assets taxes are applied.”
— “Lowell abettor burghal administrator to footfall bottomward Friday,” by Alana Melanson, Lowell Sun: “As the departure of above Burghal Administrator Eileen Donoghue’s administering continues, Abettor Burghal Administrator Kara Keefe Mullin is the abutting to depart. … Keefe Mullin has accustomed a position aural the accompaniment Appointment of Biking and Tourism.”
— “A citizen is suing to force Williamstown to move its anniversary boondocks activity to a beyond area because of COVID concerns,” by Scott Stafford, Berkshire Eagle: “With COVID cases afresh surging beyond the Berkshires, a citizen is demography acknowledged activity to try to anticipate the boondocks from convening the appointed anniversary boondocks activity on Tuesday night at Williamstown Elementary School.”
Massachusetts is a booming biotech ecosystem. Its scientists and advisers are developing ground-breaking treatments to activity aggregate from the accustomed algid to cancer.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill imposes government prices on medications, which would again absolute the bulk of assay scientists can do to actualize lifesaving treatments. By ambience medication prices, it additionally agency politicians adjudge which patients and diseases are added important than others.
State bureaucrats should not be arena doctor. Back the government imposes bogus prices from the top-down, some patients can lose admission to their medications. Seniors, the disabled, and the chronically ill are best accessible to these policies.
Gov. Baker: let the scientists and doctors do their jobs, don’t discriminate adjoin patients, and stop aggressive admission to medications. Go to SupportMassCures.com to apprentice more.
— “Brookline schools to reopen Tuesday afterwards district, agents abutment ability acting agreement,” by Carrie Jung, WBUR: “Public schools in Brookline are reopening Tuesday afterwards the Brookline Educators Abutment and the academy board accomplished a acting acceding for a new contract. Negotiations on Monday lasted added than 12 hours and concluded aloof afterwards 4 a.m. Tuesday.”
— “Across Massachusetts, buried corporations are blasting up single-family homes,” by Jenifer B. McKim, GBH News: “In 2021, business entities purchased about 6,600 single-family homes beyond the state, added than 9 percent of all single-family homes sold. That’s about bifold the bulk of such purchases a decade ago, according to a GBH News assay of abstracts provided by the Warren Group, a absolute acreage abstracts assay firm.”
— “Healthcare industry leaders booty a ‘dollars and cents’ admission to arrest ancestral disparities in care,” by Tori Bedford, GBH News: “A abstraction commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation aims to actuate the banking appulse of ancestral disparities in care, a crisis affronted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
— “Cape Cod’s abridgement of aborticide casework dates from 2008, and armament best biking times, advocates say,” by Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times: “While women in Massachusetts will advance the appropriate to an aborticide whether or not the U.S. Supreme Cloister overturns Roe v. Wade, association of the Cape and Islands accept faced geographic obstacles to abundance aborticide casework for years. ‘The abutting admission to aborticide affliction is over 90 afar away,’ accompaniment Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said.”
— “‘Motherhood mobilization’: Mass. woman starts Free Formula Exchange,” by Marta Hill, Boston.com.
— “MGC releases April gaming acquirement numbers,” by Amy Phillips, WWLP.
SPOTTED — Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) assuming for a account with GOP governor hopeful Chris Doughty in Massachusetts over the weekend.
TRANSITIONS — WWLP’s Jodi Reed is now Bristol County Bureau Arch for NBC10 in Providence (and congrats to Reed on her engagement).
— GBH News’ chief analytic anchorman Jenifer McKim is now agent analytic editor.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — to Ralph Neas. Happy belated altogether to above Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey and to Kayla Scire, who both acclaimed Monday.
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