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Steven A. Baddour

Senior Vice President of Government Relations – ML Strategies / Special Counsel – Mintz

SABaddour@mlstrategies.com

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Steve’s government relations practice focuses on advising clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on a wide range of issues at the state and federal levels. As part of Mintz's Litigation Practice, Steve represents public and private sector clients in complex civil litigation matters. In both these roles, he uses his knowledge of government and the law to benefit clients in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.

A former Massachusetts State Senator and former Assistant Attorney General, Steve has strong bipartisan relationships throughout the Massachusetts government. He was consistently ranked one of the highest rated members of the legislature by the Commonwealth’s business community. Over the course of a decade in the Senate, Steve fought to strengthen laws that protect children, the elderly and disabled, and was widely known as a thoughtful voice on transportation, budgetary policy, and fiscal responsibility. During his time in the Senate, Steve served as the senate chair of the joint committee on transportation, the vice-chairman of the joint committee on the judiciary, the vice chairman of the senate ways and means committee and chaired numerous conference committees.  

When his clients’ needs extend to DC, Steve is able to leverage his strong relationships with members of Congress from Massachusetts and throughout New England to work with our DC-based lobbyists on federal issues for clients.

Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law (JD)
  • University of Massachusetts (BA, cum laude)

Viewpoints

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With less than a year to go until the end of formal sessions on July 31, 2020, Massachusetts legislators are back in action this month to begin tackling a robust policy agenda. We are poised to see action on both new and pending legislation this fall on a number of priority policy areas.
On Wednesday, April 11, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.991 billion budget for FY2019 that represents an increase of $1.24 billion, or 3.1 percent, above FY2018 spending levels. The budget proposes $83 million more in spending than Governor Charlie Baker recommended in the FY2019 budget he filed in January.

Governor Baker Files FY2019 Budget

January 30, 2018| Alert

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion budget proposal for FY2019. The plan, commonly referred to as House 2, is the fourth Baker has proposed since assuming office and increases spending by 2.6% over FY2018 levels.

Alcohol Task Force Releases Final Report

January 23, 2018| Advisory

The Task Force that Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg commissioned to review the alcohol industry in the Commonwealth issued its final report on December 27, 2017.
On Tuesday, October 17, Massachusetts Senate leaders released comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions significantly impacting industry stakeholders.
Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal sessions will end until 2018.
On Tuesday, December 6, Governor Charlie Baker, under his Section 9C authority, ordered $98 million in mid-year cuts from the $39.25 billion FY17 state budget. The administration has warned of budget imbalances for months and this action aims at aligning state revenues, which have lagged throughout the year, with projected spending.
Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth.

Events

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Nov
8
2019

The Road Ahead: 2019 AAA Transportation Funding Summit

Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Norwood, MA