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Anti-Abortion Group Worries Trump Will Depress Turnout Among Pro-Life Voters » Roll Call A leading anti-abortion group is undertaking a major effort to help one of the Republican Party's rising Congressional stars, worried that Donald Trump's presence on the ticket could depress turnout a…

Mass. makes progress in containing health care spending » Boston Globe The growth of health care spending moderated in Massachusetts last year, the state reported Wednesday, a sign that its ground-breaking experiment to rein in medical costs is making tentative progress.…

Turmoil at Suffolk is an example of what not to do » Boston Globe Suffolk University's leadership turmoil could jeopardize its long-term success and financial health by discouraging applicants and donors and distracting professors and staff, according to a report fr…

Write-ins and withdrawals complicate Primary Day » Politico BOSTON — Primary day may be a bit more complicated than voters on the South Shore and down the Cape are anticipating. …

Primaries offer a glimpse into Nov.'s charter school vote » Boston Herald Key races in today's largely low-profile primary election contests may serve as harbingers for the massive and expensive battle looming in November over lifting the charter school cap. …

Why do white men love Donald Trump so much? » The Washington Post The rise of Donald Trump has put the focus on one particular demographic: men. In a provocative post entitled “What the hell is going on?” the economist Tyler Cowen argued, “The cont…

Being smart is not enough » Commonwealth Magazine When we say a city is smart, we generally mean that it has adopted one or more software solutions to resolve problems or improve efficiencies. The International Organization for Standardization issue…

"Like the emergency loan fund we launched following record snowstorms, this Drought Emergency Loan Fund will provide affordable working capital to small businesses grappling with the aftermath of extreme weather."

Governor Charlie Baker

Announcing a new Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund

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Business

For City Hall Plaza, a less ambitious plan » Boston Globe An effort by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to enliven City Hall Plaza, the underused civic space at the center of Boston's downtown, is turning out to be less ambitious than originally envisioned, after the c…

State Launches $1 Million Loan Fund To Aid Farmers Affected By Drought » WBUR Up to $1 million in micro-loans will now be available to Massachusetts farmers struggling under the impacts of a widespread and historic drought.…

State, federal loans available to drought-stricken farmers » Wicked Local Concord While a few days of rain haven't been enough to reverse the fortunes of drought-stricken farms, another form of relief is on the way.…

What's next for Paul Dacier after helping 'change the world' as EMC's top lawyer » Boston Business Journal Long-time EMC Corp. General Counsel Paul T. Dacier is leaving the company now that it has merged with Dell, and is looking for another position as an attorney with a company or a law firm.…

Mementos for sale from the IndyCar race that never will be » Boston Globe In what seemed like an instant, IndyCar zoomed into Boston's consciousness in 2015, backed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and fueled by high-octane promises of a “Boston Grand Prix” that would s…

Are There Too Many Managers In The Workforce? » WBUR Managers and administrators now make up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. workforce, and researchers writing in Harvard Business Review think that may be too many. They argue that excess bureaucracy in th…

State lunches $1M loan fund to aid farmers affected by drought » The Recorder Up to $1 million in micro-loans will now be available to Massachusetts farmers struggling under the impacts of a widespread and historic drought. The launch of the Drought Emergency Loan Fund, announ…

Baker announces drought loan fund » Boston Globe

Crimes

5 deportations in 10 years for suspected drug dealer » Boston Herald A Dominican immigrant and suspected drug dealer who has used at least 14 aliases while in this country has been deported a whopping five times over the past decade — four of them from Massachus…

Education

Language learning bill still in play, backers differ over its odds » Lowell Sun Dueling language in House and Senate bills updating the state's English language learning law - passed by voters more than a decade ago - has left key backers with mixed opinions about whether it can …

ITT closes schools, strands 500 Mass. students » South Coast Today ITT Technical Institutes, the for-profit technical college with two campuses in Massachusetts, closed its doors at the start of the new school year, locking out more than 500 Bay State students.…

Four appointed as trustees at Bridgewater State » Wicked Local

Katie Stebbins appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Charlie Baker » The Republican

Environment

Yarmouth, Plymouth Receive State Grant Funding To Improve Water Quality » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker's administration recently awarded $346,292 in grants to a handful of communities in the Commonwealth to fund water quality projects, and Yarmouth and Plymouth are among the reci…

Federal

Harvard-Inspired Sexual Assault Response Bill Passes in House of Representatives » Harvard Crimson The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a Harvard-inspired bill to preserve rights of sexual assault victims, bringing the legislation one step closer to law.…

Health Care

23 Massachusetts hospital CEOs, public officials named to state commission to study healthcare price variation » Becker's Hospital Review A number of Massachusetts hospital executives and public officials will serve on a special commission to study various factors contributing to price variation in physician, hospital, diagnostic testin…

Massachusetts healthcare pricing panel members named after ballot measure fizzles » Healthcare Finance News Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker of has named eight appointees to the 23-member Special Commission to Review Variation in Prices among Providers, a group that was formed after a ballot initiative was …

High drug prices drive increase in Massachusetts health care spending » The Republican Health care spending in Massachusetts grew by 3.9 percent in 2015, a slightly larger increase than state officials had hoped for, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Health Info…

Here are the Walgreens stores where you can dispose your unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Walgreens executives on Wednesday unveiled a list of thirteen Massachusetts stores that will have receptacles in which you can dump your unwanted, unused or expired prescription…

Massachusetts -- Just Barely -- Misses Health Spending Target Again » WBUR Massachusetts came really close last year. …

Mass. health care spending up 3.9% » Commonwealth Magazine Spending on health care in Massachusetts rose to $57.2 billion in 2015, growing more slowly than in 2014 but for the second straight year outpacing the benchmark set under a 2012 cost containment law,…

Massachusetts Gov. Baker Signs Historic Insurance Mandate to Cover HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy » The Rainbow Times After two decades of legal battles, nearly all insured Massachusetts residents will soon be able to receive coverage for medical care for a disfiguring side-effect associated with medications used to …

Housing

Developer proposes 52 studio apartments for older homeless » Boston Herald A Milton developer is proposing a 52-unit studio apartment building in Dorchester that would house older homeless tenants and be staffed and managed by Boston's Pine Street Inn.…

Human Services

Centro: Audit caught us in “bureaucratic crossfire” » Worcester Mag In response to an audit recommending the social services agency pay back more than $50,000 in state funding and develop new procedures to stop misuse of government money, Centro, based on Sycamore Str…

CENTRO says it was 'caught in the crossfire' in state audit » The Republican Worcester-based community organization, CENTRO, has released a statement condemning a recent state audit centered on the group inappropriately accepting funding for adult foster care from MassHealth.…

Judiciary

State consumer-protection laws protect companies, too, at least when it comes to their vehicles, court rules » Universal Hub The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well.…

Labor

UMass labor center loses director, some funding » Boston Globe A nationally respected center for labor studies at UMass Amherst has lost its director, and the university removed someof its funding — putting the center's future in apparent jeopardy while wo…

Boston labor leaders rally in support of MBTA and area janitors » Bay State Banner At Greater Boston Labor Council's Annual Labor Day Breakfast, union leaders and elected officials rallied in support of laid off MBTA janitors and the 15,000 property service workers bargaining over t…

Local Government

Rumors swirl that Attleboro mayor to quit for state job; not so, Dumas says » The Sun Chronicle Maybe the out-of-control rumor mill from the presidential campaign is filtering down to the local level.…

Worker shortage forces Worcester to study pay raise for laborers » Worcester Telegram The city administration is being encouraged to look at boosting the pay for laborer positions, especially those that require a commercial driver's license, because the city is having difficulty fillin…

Churchill Street solar array permitted despite significant opposition from abutters » Berkshire Eagle After two meetings and a site visit last week, the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday approved a 2.25-megawatt solar power facility on Churchill Street, despite opposition from several neighbors.…

Worcester council wants greater restrictions on local Airbnb sites » Worcester Telegram City councilors Tuesday night called a draft ordinance to regulate the short-term rental of rooms in single-family homes for overnight lodging a good starting point, but some fear it may not go far en…

Milton official says necessary permits obtained for Sen. Joyce's home » Patriot Ledger A review by Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan has concluded the necessary permits were obtained for work on state Sen. Brian A. Joyce's Hinckley Road home.…

Bullying accusations fly at Ashland Board of Health meeting » The Metro West Daily News Simmering tensions over meeting minutes led to a confrontation at the Board of Health meeting Tuesday that expanded to accusations of bullying.…

An Ice Skating Path And Outdoor Holiday Market Are Coming To City Hall Plaza » WBUR So the Ferris wheel is out, but an outdoor ice path is in. It's part of a plan to give Boston City Hall Plaza a major face-lift — and make it more inviting to the public.…

Opinion

The real Hillary needs to fight the one Trump made up » Boston Globe JUST ASK MICHAEL Dukakis or John Kerry what happens when a presidential candidate decides to spend August in the Berkshires or Nantucket.…

The new face of terrorism — from the grand to the mundane » Boston Globe TIME FLIES, AND so, unfortunately, do terrorists. …

These primaries do matter » Boston Globe Man, this primary election sure looks inconsequential, doesn't it?…

Editorial: Primary voters – it's all up to you now » Gazette Net Across the Valley on Thursday, citizens who have registered to vote can fulfill one of their most important duties in a democratic society: Hiring leaders.…

Marty Nathan: Responding to climate change emergency we face » Gazette Net Recently the Massachusetts legislature passed the long-awaited Omnibus Energy Bill.…

Editorial: Budget gamble a bust » Boston Herald Lawmakers may be on vacation or on the campaign trail or too busy working their second jobs to have noticed, but state tax collections are lagging behind projections just two months into the fiscal ye…

Get out to vote: Officials expect low turnout, but Berkshire voters have choices to make » Berkshire Eagle "I think we'll have an 8 to 10 percent turnout, with localized pockets of 15 to 20 percent," said Secretary of State William Galvin in an Eagle interview. "Voters aren't going to come out if there's n…

LETTER: Marchand understands that not all scars are visible » Sentinel & Enterprise My brothers and I were children of the '80s.…

Unions, retirement boards out of touch with town's fiscal realities » Andover Townsman

“I know nothing”: Thwarting school choice in Massachusetts » New Boston Post

Other

Presidential forum proves no matter who wins, America loses » New York Post So Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared one after the other last night for a half-hour on NBC to talk about being commander in chief. Polls will tell us who “won”; frankly, I have no …

Weld to address Emerson students on Thursday » New Boston Post Libertarian vice presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld will return to Boston Thursday to address students at Emerson College.…

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo praises revitalization of downtown Worcester » MassLive

Crosby selected on represent gaming commission fantasy sports panel » Lowell Sun

Politics

Galvin offers municipalities weekend-voting grants » Wicked Local Marblehead

Primary day in Massachusetts » WWLP 22

It's time to vote » Lynn Daily News Item Polls for today's primary election open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. as voters narrow the field for the Nov. 8 final.…

Hampden County sheriff's race: former state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger endorses Mike Albano » The Republican Former Massachusetts Attorney General and ethics crusader Scott Harshbarger has endorsed Michael Albano for Hampden County sheriff.…

413 for HRC to hold grand opening of Northampton Hillary Clinton campaign office Friday » The Republican Local supporters of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates will officially open a regional 413 for HRC office Friday to help coordinate campaign efforts in the final week…

Democratic rep hopefuls spar in Sun debate » Lowell Sun State Rep. Rady Mom became animated in defending his first-term record in a debate Wednesday, telling his two challengers in today's Democratic state primary election that building relationships in th…

Sen. Eric Lesser jumps out in fundraising lead over challenger 'Chip' Harrington as candidates spar over finance sources » The Republican Democratic Sen. Eric Lesser has jumped out to an early fundraising lead against Ludlow Republican James "Chip" Harrington as the candidates prepare for an election day showdown in the First Hampden an…

Hampden County sheriff's race: Guide for voters » The Republican Hampden County voters on Thursday will choose a Democratic nominee for sheriff, to appear on the November ballot with Republican John Comerford and Independent James Gill.…

Four Central Mass. House races on primary ballot today » Worcester Telegram Voters in four Central Mass. House districts will head to the polls Thursday in Democratic primaries. The majority of state Senate and House seats do not have primaries and will be decided in the Nov.…

From The Cape To Cambridge, 5 Races To Watch Thursday » WGBH It's a paradox. The airwaves are awash in political news, yet political experts say voter turnout in Thursday's state and county primaries might hit a historic low. …

Former US Rep. Barney Frank to headline October fundraiser in Holyoke » The Republican Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will deliver keynote remarks at a Democratic fundraising reception at the Delaney House next month, local party officials announced Tuesday.…

Accusations fly in Taunton state rep's race between Shaunna O'Connell and Estele Borges » Taunton Gazette The gloves have come off in the race for state representative in the Third Bristol district.…

Interest in state primary limited to several local races » Sentinel & Enterprise This is primary election day in Massachusetts but with no statewide races on the ballot voter interest is expected to be limited to a few hotly-contested local races. Polls open around the state at 7…

Editorial: Primary day — today » Boston Herald It's a Thursday, rather than a Tuesday, and there are precious few contested races, making the whole thing rather confusing. But there are primary elections in Massachusetts today — and voters …

Rival slams Pacheco for Bridgewater State job bid » The Enterprise

Whelan Endorses Cummings For Sheriff » Cape Cod Online Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings has been endorsed by State Representive Tim Whelan.…

STATE PRIMARY: Galvin turnout could fall below 10 percent » Wicked Local Hanover

Turnout at just three percent in Boston for unusual primary election » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls in an unusual Thursday primary election, picking candidates in party contests for members of Congress, state legislators, governor's councilors, county sh…

Public Safety

Judge Will Decide On Boston Police Body Camera Dispute By Friday » WBUR A Superior Court judge will decide by Friday whether to grant an injunction, sought by a Boston police union, that would further delay a body camera pilot program.…

Attorney argues cops with body cams more susceptible to attacks » Boston Herald Officers strapped with body cameras could be more susceptible to physical attacks while on duty, an attorney representing Boston patrol cops said yesterday as he tried to persuade a judge to halt the …

A finger on the trigger warning » Commonwealth Magazine College campuses, often held up as the ideal locales for free-flowing discussions, are circling the wagons around students some say are too sensitive to hear discussions on issues that could trigger e…

State Government

Massachusetts State Officials May or May Not Begin Enforcing Public Records Law Again » PINAC

AG applying for meningitis victims compensation funds » Wicked Local Westborough Officials in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office say they are in the process of applying for some $40 million in federal funds that will eventually be available for victims of the 2012 fungal …

New website will detail state payroll, spending data » Boston Globe Massachusetts' notoriously opaque state government is about to get more transparent, with the launch of a website detailing state payroll and spending data.…

Maura Healey begins probe of firearm makers » Boston Herald Trouble is brewing in New England for gun manufacturers.…

Taxation

Amnesty program recovers $136.8 million in unpaid taxes » Taunton Gazette The state recovered more than $136 million in unpaid taxes from more than 9,000 people through the Department of Revenue's two-month tax amnesty program this year, surpassing the program's goal of col…

Transportation

State unveils Highland Ave. improvement ideas » The Salem News The state Department of Transportation has unveiled its plans to improve safety and traffic flow on Highland Avenue: adding bike lanes, a landscaped median, and ending the heavily used “zigzagâ…

Few takers show up at toll hearing » Lynn Daily News Item he auditorium at North Shore Community College was mostly empty on Wednesday night when state officials briefed a handful of residents on how electronic tolling will impact North Shore commuters and m…

Temporary E-ZPass sign-up center attracts lots of drivers » WWLP 22 E-ZPass transponders flew off the shelves on Wednesday at Springfield's Hungry Hill Senior Center.…

Coming soon to your community: bridge repairs » State House News Service Municipalities will likely be able to apply by mid-month for bridge repair funding through a program established this year by the governor and Legislature, the Department of Transportation told lawmak…

Correia, legislative delegation to talk South Coast Rail Friday morning » Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II will be joined by the city's legislative delegation to make an announcement related to South Coast Rail Friday morning.…

Boston commuter rail operator fires 6 workers » The Associated Press (AP) The company that runs the Boston area's commuter rail system has fired six employees for fudging their time cards.…

At Logan, Some 9/11 Tributes Go Unnoticed By Most Of The Flying Public » WBUR At Boston's Logan Airport, some tributes to the passengers who died on the two planes that hit the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, are plain to see, but they often go unnoticed by the flying public.…

Utilities

Costly New Bedford terminal eyes wind energy tenants » Martha's Vineyard Times Built at a cost of $113 million during the Patrick administration, the 26-acre New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal has three new potential users who public officials hope will help grow a new industr…

Mass. Marine Terminal To Become Hub For Offshore Wind Support » North American Wind Power Massachusetts' Baker-Polito administration has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with DONG Energy, Deepwater Wind and OffshoreMW to lease the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as a staging and deploy…

Cape Downwinders to Call for Pilgrim Closure at State House Rally » Cape Cod Online The Cape Downwinders will hold a rally Friday in Boston calling for the permanent closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.…

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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