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.”

Polito: Commonwealth makes inroads against opioid crisis

When Gov. Charles Baker and I ran for office, the opioid epidemic was not an issue we expected to focus on. But we’ve heard heartbreaking stories from people about loved ones struggling with an opioid-related addiction everywhere we’re gone.

On Beacon Hill: Bumping heads

House and Senate Ways and Means Chairs Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. Karen Spilka managed to put aside their differences after weeks of stalemate and come to an agreement over legislation allocating the $129 million needed to shut the book on fiscal 2017. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Sanders, Moore and Murray’s legacy.