A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to put a "biogenic carbon deferral" into place in 2011 that would postpone regulating the carbon emissions from biogenic sources for three years.

The temporary deferral was set to expire in 2014, when EPA is due to release a decision on the future regulations of biomass energy after the results of a 3-year study on carbon emissions associated with bioenergy sources.

Dan Wolf wants to go from the cockpit to the governor’s office. Wolf is a state senator from Cape Cod, and one of the founders of the regional airline Cape Air. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in an increasingly crowded field of candidates who want to replace Governor Deval Patrick who is not seeking re-election next year. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, Wolf says he began Cape Air as a mechanic and pilot, which gives him the right experience for the governor’s job.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed the fiscal year 2014 budget into law and vetoed millions of dollars dedicated toward transportation and local aid in a bid to pressure lawmakers to accept his revisions to a still unresolved transportation finance bill.

Governor Patrick addressed reporters at a press conference after signing the $33.6 billion spending plan. He paid specific attention to programs that aim to close the achievement gap, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent youth violence. 


Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The 66-year-old Markey on Tuesday beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer.

The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican former Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown pulled out a surprise victory that year, though he lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November.

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced new leaders of several key Health and Human positions.

Secretary John Polanowicz said that the new team is “strong and experienced” and will help the Patrick administration “advance goals around health care access, youth violence prevention, and strengthening our safety net services.”

Stacey Monahan was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. Monahan had served as Interim Commissioner following the resignation of Daniel Curley in February.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.

The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.

The bill, filed by Democratic State Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, would seek to raise the Bay State’s minimum wage to $11 dollars over three years. Pacheco said that although the $3 increase may seem dramatic, the amount more accurately reflects the value of the minimum wage in 1968 adjusted for inflation.

Several school districts in Massachusetts are receiving funding to improve vocational and technical training programs as part of a state sponsored grant program to prepare students for the modern workforce.

BOSTON (AP) — Businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez and veteran U.S. Rep. Edward Markey will face each other in a special election in Massachusetts for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by John Kerry.

  The special election primaries in Massachusetts are just a few days away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s still unclear what impact the Boston Marathon bombings will have on the race.