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pay raises for public officials and concluded compensation of constitutional officers and legislative leadership was “outdated and inadequate.”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.