State of Politics: New fentanyl law puts first 2 behind bars, Gonzalez eyes funds for governor bid as Healey deflects rumored run

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

TWO PLEAD GUILTY IN STATE’S FIRST CONVICTION UNDER FENTANYL LAW

In the first conviction under the state’s new fentanyl trafficking law, two Lawrence men pleaded guilty on Friday to running a trafficking ring out of a home in that city, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday

Regla Santana, who also goes by the name Miguel Carrasquillo, and Antonio Rivera were both sentenced by Essex Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler to terms of three to four years in state prison, less than half of what prosecutors recommended for sentencing.

“Fentanyl caused opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts to skyrocket to nearly 2,000 last year,” Healey said. “My office is continuing to work hard on all fronts to combat this epidemic, including going after drug traffickers who pump this deadly drug onto our streets.”

State of Politics: Immigrants get a boost, legal pot gets a blog, state Dems get a Falchuk

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

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SURVEY: IMMIGRANTS MAKING BIG CONTRIBUTIONS TO MASS. ECONOMY

Immigrants are receiving lots of support from elected officials in Massachusetts in the face of executive orders from President Donald Trump targeting refugees and undocumented individuals. A new survey reaffirms one of the reasons why.

Analysts at WalletHub used 18 metrics to determine which states benefit the most from immigration and concluded that immigrants are having the fourth biggest economic impact in Massachusetts. California, New Jersey and New York ranked one, two and three, according to survey results released this week.

Massachusetts ranked first in percentage of jobs created by international students and the economic contribution of international students, fourth in the percentage of foreign-born science, technology, engineering and math workers; and seventh in percentage of Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants or their children.

State of Politics: Legislative pay raise, Eversource rate hike, DraftKings’ bet on itself

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS RENEW PAY RAISE DEBATE

Two of Beacon Hill’s most powerful committees will sit jointly for a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 18, on a 2014 report that recommends pay raises for public officials and concluded compensation of constitutional officers and legislative leadership was “outdated and inadequate.”

The House and Senate Ways and Means committees announced their plans for a noon hearing.