House advances $1.7B housing bill

Earlier this month, acting Senate President Harriette Chandler vaulted housing into the top tier of priorities in the Senate this session, warning that Massachusetts is at risk of losing its reputation as a national leader unless it addresses its longstanding housing affordability problem.

Mariano: Trump’s Medicaid work requirement is only half-baked

“Unfortunately, while the overall idea has considerable merit, in my opinion, the Trump proposal is only half-baked. Rather than a thoughtful program that will accomplish the laudable goal of helping more people get back to work and off of government assistance, this program is thin on program details and lacks the financial wherewithal to make it work.”

Editorial: A short life to learn from

Jayden Morley was badly abused as a 2-year-old. But then his luck turned — and lasted as long as his broken body could. His story points out how ordinary things like love, family, acceptance can make all the difference.

On Beacon Hill: Looking ahead to a taxing 2018

Taxes and wages loom as major election year issues in 2018, when state voters could rule on proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, cut the 6.25 percent sales tax to 5 percent, and impose a 4 percent surtax on household incomes above $1 million per year.

Baker releases budget funds earmarked by Legislature

“After reviewing year-to-date tax revenue collections, including preliminary December results, the administration has determined that there is sufficient revenue to support earmark spending and has released its hold on those spending items,” a spokesman wrote in a statement to State House News Service.