Articles by Steve LeBlanc

Mass. Gov. Baker: Federal Officials Encouraging on Disaster Relief

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s gotten encouraging signs from federal officials as he’s begun reaching out to them with Massachusetts preparing a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of snowstorms. Back home after a National Governors …

Incoming Mass. Attorney General Healey Targets Drug Abuse Problem

Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey said Monday she was planning a major push against heroin and prescription drug abuse, including plans to expand the Massachusetts program that monitors prescription drug use and to investigate the cost of anti-overdose medication. Healey, …

MassMutual, Hanover Among Top Donors to Baker’s Inaugural Committee

Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has collected more than $781,000 in donations from supporters to help pay for his inaugural celebrations. At least 16 companies and individuals have given $25,000, the self-imposed cap that Baker set for donations to his inaugural …

Massachusetts AG Coakley Keeps Working Despite Narrow Election Loss

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley appears determined to wrap up her eight years as the state’s top law enforcement official on an active note. The Democrat is back to work after losing her second grueling statewide contest in four years, …

Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the …

Massachusetts Will Keep State-Based Health Website

Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided last Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market. For the past several months the state …

Massachusetts Paying $35M to End Healthcare Website Contract

Massachusetts health care officials said on June 20 they’ll pay the lead contractor on the state’s hobbled health insurance website an additional $35 million to close out the contract. That means the CGI Group, which has already been paid about …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek to Ease Federal Flood Insurance Rules

When Mitch Haddad and his brother began rebuilding their family’s oceanside restaurant in Marshfield, Massachusetts, they decided to take no chances. The restaurant, which had been in the family for more than 70 years, routinely flooded — 25 times in …

In Mass., Website Woes, Technical Roadblocks Frustrate Health Care Push

Massachusetts has long held a special status in the debate about President Obama’s health care law. It was a 2006 Massachusetts law that provided the inspiration for the 2010 national law, and Massachusetts already had near-universal coverage before the federal …

Report: Massachusetts Blast Not the Fault of Gas Company

State fire investigators have concluded that a fatal explosion at a condominium project last summer was not the result of the delivery of odorless propane gas from a Westfield, Mass., distributor, as initially thought. The report from Fire Marshal Stephen …