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 in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

It’s February school vacation in Massachusetts, and it’s the first full week that legislative committees have membership and chairs.

Cathy Judd-Stein is the new chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The new boss at the Massachusetts Gaming commission chairs her first meeting this week with no shortage of issues to tackle.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spoke at Manchester Community College during her first presidential campaign swings in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

With some formalities out of the way, Massachusetts lawmakers try to get moving. And the state is due for some more attention this week on the national stage.

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

In Boston this week, families and shelter providers from around Massachusetts will ask Governor Charlie Baker to put another $30 million for rental housing vouchers in his proposed budget.

In Leicester, Massachusetts, Cultivate workers help customers at the counter during the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts cities and towns are negotiating some big money for marijuana businesses. Some regulators say it's perhaps too much money.