Mass. buoys transportation security following Manhattan bus bomb

Massachusetts planned to up the visibility of law enforcement at transportation hubs following the detonation of a bomb in New York City’s main bus terminal Monday, but Gov. Charlie Baker said there were no known threats to the state.

On Beacon Hill: Mr. Baker goes to Washington

“I think it would be a bad idea,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren about President Trump’s threat to cut key health funding, responding to a softball lobbed across the plate by the state’s senior senator in what sounded like a coordinated back-and-forth designed to bloody the president. Baker sat in the middle of five governors as the de facto leader of the pack. Also, McGovern, Chandler, Markey and Grabauskas.

Charlie Baker

On Beacon Hill: Free, but not welcome, speech

Business and political leaders united to condemn white nationalists and racism in advance of yesterday’s “free speech” rally on Boston Common. A resolution, a proclamation and even an idea to remove the Yawkey name from an MBTA station and street outside of Fenway Park were among the results. Plus McGovern, Healey, low license plate lottery, a huge month at Plainridge and more.

State leaders expect potential budget-crippling $575M tax revenue shortfall, documents show

The disclosure documents affirm the suggestion by legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker that the fiscal 2018 budget, the subject of most of the focus on Beacon Hill so far this year, will need to be substantially reworked. Bills passed by the House in late April and Senate last week will need to be overhauled.

While Worcester line lags, MBTA’s commuter rail performance ticks up

Last week’s on-time performance of 94.1 percent was the best since the week that started in December 2014 and ended in January 2015. The four-week average on-time performance of 92.8 percent was also the best since January 2015, according to Keolis Commuter Service.

On Beacon Hill: March Madness, Murphy’s Law and Trumping the budget

Trump’s $1.1 trillion spending plan would slash federal research funding, Meals on Wheels, environmental protection and on and on and on. “It’s not just bad for Massachusetts,” Gov. Baker said. “It’s bad for the country.” Plus, MBTA, legal pot and more daylight.