Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu have announced plans to create a bi-state voluntary paid family leave program. Scott said the proposal will help attract new workers to both states without the need to implement a state-mandated program.

In Leicester, Massachusetts, Cultivate workers help customers at the counter during the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.
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Massachusetts cities and towns are negotiating some big money for marijuana businesses. Some regulators say it's perhaps too much money. 

Massachusetts State Senate President Karen Spilka speaks with Governor Charlie Baker in a newly refurbished Senate Chamber.
State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers and Governor Charlie Baker have taken their oaths — but don't look for a lot of legislative action anytime soon.

Gov. Charlie Baker is urging patience after being sworn in for his second term as the state’s chief executive.

In his second inaugural address, on Thursday, the 62-year-old Baker spoke of unfinished work in education, transportation, housing and health care.

It may be a while before they start passing bills, but lawmakers on Beacon Hill kicked off the 191st legislative session on Wednesday.

It was more ceremony than substance as Massachusetts’ 200 legislators gathered at the State House to take the oath of office, administered by Gov. Charlie Baker. The body now includes 25 new state representatives and five new state senators. On Thursday, Baker will be sworn in himself for his second term by Senate President Karen Spilka.