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Recent articles by Matt:

Advocates press lawmakers on redistricting, call for changes to proposed maps

Advocates and residents on Friday pressed legislative map makers to consider redrawing newly unveiled state Senate districts encompassing Brockton and Haverhill, arguing that the lines, as proposed, could dilute the political power of each of the cities’ growing minority populations. → Read More

Democratic state Senator Adam Hinds announces run for lieutenant governor

“It feels clear that we’re at a unique moment in our history, and the pandemic has exposed our greatest weaknesses, but also highlighted our greatest strengths as a Commonwealth,” Hinds said. “It’s a rare moment when you have the will to do something, and it overlaps with the resources to make progress.” → Read More

Baker appoints 5 to new MBTA board of directors after delay

The new panel will take the helm of T oversight after its last governing board, the Fiscal and Management Control Board, disbanded over the summer. → Read More

As donors await decision, Charlie Baker enjoys best fund-raising month in years

The governor raised more than $173,300 in September, marking his best month of campaign fund-raising in two years. → Read More

‘Not a very rosy picture.’ Western Mass. needs more focus, transportation funds, state auditor says

Boston on average receives nearly three times the amount of money per mile through the state’s coveted road repair program than many of the state’s rural communities, according to a state report. → Read More

Mass. Senate presses to make vote-by-mail permanent, institute same-day registration

The legislation, which could pass the Senate as early as Wednesday, seeks to make permanent measures that millions of voters embraced during last year’s first COVID-19-racked elections, including expanded voting by mail. → Read More

As incidents at T pile up, Baker defends system as ‘safe’

“The MBTA is safe. But it is old,” Governor Charlie Baker told reporters Wednesday, one day after an MBTA train derailed. → Read More

As COVID eased, a state senator running for auditor planned Greece trip on outside group’s dime

Senator Diana DiZoglio now says she will not take the trip to Athens so she can attend Democratic committee meetings. → Read More

Voters approved a tax deduction on charitable donations in 2000. The Legislature just voted to delay it again

Taxpayers have been allowed to take advantage of the small but notable piece of tax relief only once because lawmakers suspended the measure in 2002, citing a budget crunch. → Read More

Jon Santiago says he is ending his mayoral campaign, tightening historic field

An emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, captain in the US Army Reserve, and a second-term state lawmaker, Santiago pitched himself as an experienced crisis manager well-suited to guide the city out of the pandemic. But he struggled to break through a historically diverse field and beyond the South End and Roxbury neighborhoods he represents on Beacon Hill. → Read More

Claire Cronin, No. 2 Democrat in the Mass. House, nominated to be US ambassador to Ireland

Cronin, 61, was a leading surrogate and a fund-raising bundler for Biden’s presidential bid in Massachusetts. → Read More

Mass. poised to be ‘ground zero’ for high-stakes gig economy battle as potential ballot question looms

Voters may be asked to decide how Uber drivers, DoorDash delivery people, and other so-called gig economy workers should be classified under state labor law. → Read More

Over more than a decade, MBTA Police pension fund overpaid retirees by hundreds of thousands of dollars

The MBTA Police Association Retirement Plan reported having 110 retirees and beneficiaries in 2018, meaning those who were overpaid would have accounted for 22 percent of all those receiving benefits that year. → Read More

Baker signs bill extending pandemic-era policies, including to-go cocktails, expanded outdoor dining

The law will allow restaurants to sell to-go cocktails until next May and keep in place a series of other pandemic-era rules that had expired, or were slated to, with the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency. → Read More

In launching gubernatorial bid, Danielle Allen says Democrats have ‘settled for too little’ under Baker

Allen, 49, enters the field as the first Black woman to run for governor as part of a major party in state history. → Read More

Mass. Republican Party explored whether it can use its own money to pay for a candidate’s legal fees

The Massachusetts Republican Party asked state regulators if it can tap its legal defense fund to help pay costs for a candidate who is facing “legal actions initiated by a state administrative or law enforcement agency." → Read More

Massachusetts House to consider making mail-in voting permanent

House Speaker Ronald Mariano “conceptually supports” the proposal to make the option of voting by mail permanent, bolstering its chances for passage. → Read More

Massachusetts Legislature on cusp of advancing millionaires tax to 2022 ballot

With 101 votes — a threshold the Democratic-dominated chambers are widely expected to pass — the so-called millionaires tax would clear the last procedural hurdle to go before voters in November 2022, when the governor, each statewide office, and every seat in the Legislature will also be on the ballot. → Read More

‘They already had the air mattress’: Facing fewer options, DCF has planned for kids to sleep in the office

As Massachusetts’ strained child welfare system emerges from the pandemic, attorneys and staff say the long-standing challenge of finding beds for at-risk children is reaching new levels of desperation. → Read More

Mass. Senate moves to extend to-go cocktails, expanded outdoor dining, and other pandemic rules into 2022

Lawmakers need to move fast. Governor Charlie Baker plans to lift Massachusetts’ COVID-19 state of emergency on June 15, which will eventually end a string of orders meant to ease the rules on businesses as they tried to navigate the virus. → Read More