Beacon Hill In 5


Beacon Hill In 5 is a weekly check-in at the Statehouse from New England Public Radio. Get a quick look at the week ahead in politics and government in Massachusetts with Carrie Healy, NEPR’s Morning Edition Host, and Matt Murphy with the State House News Service.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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It's a tough time to be a state trooper in Massachusetts -- at least if you're a state trooper accused of falsifying overtime paperwork.

The remains of a home that collpased on Chickering Road in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on September 13, 2018.
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Officials and residents in three eastern Massachusetts communities spent the weekend dealing with cleanup and recovery after natural gas problems triggered fires and explosions.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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It's the first full week of lame duck season in Massachusetts. Last week the state saw its primary elections. 

A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
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The Massachusetts primary is coming up on September 4. In addition to some big state races, we've got an eye on some hot primaries for the U.S. House and Senate.

Gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez, left, and Bob Massie attended a Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee event.
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It's crunch time for Massachusetts candidates -- many of whom are just hoping voters know they exist.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in July 2018.
State House News Service

The Massachusetts primary elections are just three weeks away. Is Governor Charlie Baker now ready to start campaigning?

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts legislature has called it quits for the year -- kind of.

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With very little time left before Massachusetts lawmakers finish this two-year legislative session, last week marked the start of Senator Karen Spilka’s Senate presidency.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation in a file photo.
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The Massachusetts state budget is sitting on Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Now the big question: what's he going to do with his veto pen?

One hundred dollar bills.
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Last week, we talked about the Massachusetts budget. Another week has elapsed. Are the expectations any better that the conference committee might make a deal this week?