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STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS – MORNING EDITION – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

MBTA REPORT TOPS BUSY DAY AHEAD ON BEACON HILL

After releasing tidbits from his task force that examined the MBTA, Gov. Charlie Baker at 10:45 a.m. plans to release the group’s full report, which will accelerate debate over the future of the T and possible legislative and administrative solutions to its problems. State senators have a formal session planned Wednesday but the most interesting aspects of their assembly may occur behind closed doors. Senators concerned about impacts on state services from Gov. Baker’s early retirement program for state workers will apparently have a chance to talk to administration officials about their questions during a pre-session caucus. The House also has a formal session planned, with representatives-elect Hannah Kane of Shrewsbury and Adrian Madaro of East Boston set to be sworn in and bring the House up to its full 160 members. The branches on Wednesday could also send Baker a $200 million road repair bill. Other highlights: Boston 2024 officials hold another private meeting with lawmakers, food bank and homeless service provider advocates plan lobbying activities, the Governor’s Council holds a “public policy forum” with Parole Board Chair Charlene Bonner, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh presents his fiscal 2016 budget proposal to the Boston City Council. Out in Worcester, the UMass Board meets with an agenda that includes consideration of board policies relating to compensation of senior administrators; establishment of the Deval Patrick Chair in Social, Political, and Economic Innovation at UMass Boston; establishment of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UMass Lowell; and collective bargaining talks in executive session. – Michael Norton/SHNS

ANALYSIS PEGS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER SAVINGS AT $1 BILLION

The state’s 49 community health centers generate annual savings of more than $1 billion, according to an analysis marked for release Wednesday as part of lobbying activities planned at the State House. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers’ economic impact analysis measures savings associated with preventive and primary care that helps patients avoid emergency room visits, hospital stays and higher-cost specialty care. League officials also plan to honor a pair of lawmakers who stand to influence the development of health care policy this legislative session. Committee on Health Care Financing Chairs Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. James Welch will be recognized at a noon gathering in Great Hall, as well as Rep. Nick Collins and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz. A legislative briefing is planned at 10:15 a.m. in Room 222. – Michael Norton /SHNS

HEALEY FEATURED AT “PROGRESSIVE POWER HOUR”

Attorney General Maura Healey emerged from the November elections as a potential rising star for the Democrats, who lost the governor’s office, and next week will be featured during a “progressive power hour” sponsored by a local business group. According to the Alliance for Business Leadership, Healey will launch its news series at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Shorelight Education, 2 Seaport Lane, Suite 500 at World Trade Center E. The alliance’s executive director is Jesse Mermell, who was director of communications in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration. – Michael Norton /SHNS