Charlie Baker

Baker eyes $200M for roads, Warren nets endorsement

It’s pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. Also, Setti Warren’s gubernatorial campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters’ association in Newton.

More reports of Hefner misdeeds spur concern, calls for Rosenberg’s ouster

The Boston Globe reported that despite a purported firewall, Bryon Hefner had access to the Senate president’s email; lobbied for and then against an earmark for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, where Hefner worked for a time; and gave direction to Rosenberg’s staff. “If those allegations are true, then I don’t see any way he could remain Senate president,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.

On Beacon Hill: Eleventh month, eleventh hour

Whatever the ultimate reason (human nature, justification for a full-time Legislature, and a lack of absolute deadlines are suspected), the House and Senate again headed into the final few days of formals for the year having put off for November what they could have accomplished in February, May or September. Plus, Warren, Franken, McGovern, Galvin and altered police reports.

Cannabis Commission requests $7.5M for FY18, industry rollout

The commission’s request, submitted to the legislative leaders and the governor’s administration last week, includes $3.6 million in operating funds and another $3.9 million in capital funds.

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.

On Beacon Hill: The Justice League

The idea of criminal justice reform has been held out for years by Beacon Hill legislators as a worthy and necessary goal. But putting the pieces together has been a difficult puzzle to assemble — until the Senate pressed a key piece into place Friday. Alas, House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a different justice matter on his plate. Plus McGovern, Warren, Healey, Baker and economic growth.

On Beacon Hill: Bowling for dollars

For the second straight week, House leaders put dozens of votes on the floor to override $9 million more in spending vetoes, bringing the amount of money Democrats are looking to pour back into the $39.4 billion state budget to $284 million. Then it was the Senate’s turn. Plus, McGovern, Baker, Chandler, Moore and Puerto Rico.