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Business lobby holds new sway on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe For Danielle Beitz, a Westfield gas station attendant, the final months of her pregnancy were hellish. Her bosses refused to supply a stool when she worked the cash register, she said. They forced her…

Criminal justice panel working toward year-end policy debate » State House News Service Discussions of recidivism and community supervision slated for this fall are among the final steps in a process policymakers hope will result in reforms to the state's criminal justice system. …

Charlie Baker, still wicked popular » Boston Globe The news, in brief: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is popular.…

Containment Of Farm Animals: A Primer On Question 3 In Mass. » WBUR One of the four ballot questions Massachusetts voters will decide on this November seeks to put an end to what advocates call "cruel confinement" of calves raised for veal, breeding pigs and egg-layin…

Clinton campaign memo outlines map to victory » Politico NEW YORK — Staring down tightening polls both nationwide and in the battleground states, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook on Monday circulated a private memo to donors, supporters …

Political Notes: Wolf, Peake endorse Cyr in Senate race » Cape Cod Times EASTHAM — After nearly a year of speculation, outgoing state Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, has endorsed a candidate he hopes will take his place in January. …

Branches moving forward with ethics-lobbying commission » State House News Service The stalemate between the House and Senate over Speaker Robert DeLeo's proposed review of the state's ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws has ended.…

T offers plan to boost Red Line service » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS on Monday outlined a plan to dramatically improve service on the Red Line, but to execute the plan they said the existing procurement for new rail cars would have to be expanded to incl…

"He was horrified," Clark told reporters after her breakfast speech. "He really just sort of started sputtering, and he said to his staff member who was standing there, 'Did you know she was in Congress?' And she said, 'Well, I saw her pin.'"

Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Recounting the time Paul Ryan didn't know she was a member of Congress

News By Category
Business

MVCC Fall Business Expo set for Wednesday » The Eagle Tribune The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold three events in one day on Wednesday, Sept. 21, centered around its Fall Business Expo. …

Long empty Worcester State Hospital site to be redeveloped into biomanufacturing space » Boston Business Journal It's sat empty since it closed in 1991, but Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced today that the former Worcester State Hospital will be redeveloped into "prime biomanufacturing space."…

H&M discards downtown store » Boston Herald Amid a turnaround in Downtown Crossing, one longtime retailer has pulled out, closing its store after 15 years in the shopping district.…

NBCUniversal buys local station that could play role in NBC Boston » Boston Globe NBCUniversal has agreed to buy a low-power television station that could play a role in how the network launches its own Boston station in January.…

Divided over Walmart Supercenter: Proposed retail operation gets mixed reviews from Morningside area » Berkshire Eagle Those against a Walmart Supercenter say it will hurt small businesses, create unwanted traffic and is unnecessary.…

Last Kmart in the Berkshires will close in December » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire County's only remaining Kmart store will close in December, according to the national retail chain's parent company.…

Economic development breakfast postponed by Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce » The Republican The economic development business breakfast of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed to Feb. 8, an official said Monday.…

Education

Healey: 'I am very skeptical of the charter movement' » State House News Service Attorney General Maura Healey has not yet articulated a position for or against the ballot referendum expanding charter schools in Massachusetts, and Congresswoman Katherine Clark on Monday said she o…

Retailer warns high school track 'in jeopardy' after Reggie Lewis Center upheaval » Boston Business Journal Longtime Boston-area retailer Marathon Sports is stepping into the controversy over the recent dismissal of the head of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, warning subscribers to its email lis…

University Achieves Gold Standard for Sustainability » UMass Lowell News UMass Lowell has earned a gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for its campus-wide sustainability efforts, becoming only the third higher education institution in t…

Charter school advocate, former education secretary Arne Duncan to speak at Smith College » The Republican Charter school advocate former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak at Smith College Wednesday in an address titled "What I've Learned from Children."…

How Mass. Teachers Confront Racial Injustice In Class » WBUR Teachers from throughout the state gathered this summer at a middle school in Stoneham to learn how to talk with their students about race. It was part of a program put together by Primary Source, an …

Edify: Mass. Educators Look For New Ways To Teach The History Of Race In America » WBUR When it comes to the question of how to teach the history of race in America, there are no easy answers. Still, more and more teachers in Massachusetts agree that whatever the right way is to approach…

Pittsfield: BCC welcomes former ITT Tech students » Berkshire Eagle

Environment

Judge suggests Exxon, Massachusetts attorney general talk about climate change case » Dallas Morning News Can Massachusetts investigate whether Irving-based Exxon Mobil came clean years ago about its scientists and global warming?…

Middlesex County Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Area » Canton Patch

Federal

Congresswoman: House speaker didn't know me » State House News Service Months before a sit-in in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan did not know the Melrose Democrat who rallied her party to challenge one of the most basic aspects of Republican leadership this summer: con…

US, Europe could see waves of refugees » Boston Herald The potential collapse of an agreement for Turkey to shelter millions of Syrians and others from war-torn Middle East regions is raising fears that another wave of refugees could be heading for the U.…

Wells Fargo CEO fights to save job » Wells Fargo, long seen as the banking industry's golden child, now find itself in the unusual position of bracing for a public tongue-lashing from angry lawmakers.…

Bills would defend consumers' right to leave bad reviews » The Washington Post Congress is defending your right to Yelp.…

Federal loan could help Newbury build new police station » Newburyport News Selectmen met recently with James Lavin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program to learn more about grants and low-interest loans that are available to small communities like…

Health Care

FDA approves Sarepta's disputed drug, overruling staff and advisers » Boston Globe Overruling its own staff and advisers, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, delivering a victory for families of hundreds of young b…

Behind the Sarepta drug approval was intense FDA bickering » STAT News The run-up to Monday's approval of a Sarepta Therapeutics drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy was marked by unusual bickering inside the Food and Drug Administration, where debate over a key sci…

Human Services

CENTRO says the nonprofit group did nothing illegal after meeting with state auditor's office » The Republican CENTRO has maintained that the company did nothing illegal and is reaffirming that statement following a meeting with high-level staff at the state auditor's office.…

Judiciary

Criminal justice panel working toward year-end policy debate » New Boston Post

Labor

BCC gets $200K for offshore wind workforce study » South Coast Today Bristol Community College will get nearly $200,000 in state funds to study workforce development for the emerging offshore wind industry, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced Monday.…

Tackling retirement insecurity » Commonwealth Magazine “Can you have a good life if you don't have a good job?” That was the provocative headline on a Sunday Review piece in Sunday's New York Times by author Michael Lind.…

Disabled, caregivers rally against hours cap » State House News Service

People with disabilities, personal care attendants upset about new state policy » WWLP 22

Legislative

Aide for Rep. Silvia cited for campaign finance infraction » The Herald News A legislative aide for state Rep. Alan Silvia has been cited by the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.…

Rep. James Dwyer named Legislator of the Year » Wicked Local Woburn Rep. James Dwyer, D-Woburn, was recently named Legislator of the Year by the New England Police Benevolent Association.…

Local Government

Can't wait to vote against [fill in blank here]? Your chance is soon. » Boston Globe Boston officials launched a website Monday giving voters all they need to know about early voting.…

North Adams must match state Historical Commission's $50k award for Notre Dame Church repairs » Berkshire Eagle he city has been awarded $50,000 from the state for emergency repairs to the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church on East Main Street, and now must match it with $50,000 of its own.…

Medway town counsel: Officials did not violate Open Meeting Law » Wicked Local Medway In response to a complaint filed last week, town counsel said during a Board of Selectmen meeting that officials did not violate open meeting laws while making appointments to a town committee.…

Woburn city clerk questions early voting laws; asks Healey to review constitutionality » Wicked Local Bedford With early voting set to begin for the first time in Massachusetts in 35 days, the city clerk in Woburn wants Attorney General Maura Healey to weigh in on the law's constitutionality, questioning a sy…

Much support, some concern at public forum for Northampton refugee resettlement » The Republican Representatives of Catholic Charities and the city of Northampton spoke during an hourlong presentation on plans to resettle 51 refugees to the city next year. They were met with an hour of questions …

Quincy setting more traps to help combat rat problem » Patriot Ledger The city has significantly stepped up its rat-trapping efforts in recent months, thanks largely to increased funding in its rodent-control budget.…

Spencer selectmen hear medical marijuana pitch » Worcester Telegram Selectmen said they want to hear from residents before they decide whether to vote no opposition to a medical marijuana dispensary in town.…

Opinion

Obama can't win White House for Clinton » Boston Globe PRESIDENT OBAMA is a powerful voice for Hillary Clinton. But all his eloquence and advocacy can't win an election for her.…

Terrorism has been democratized, so too must counterterrorism » Boston Globe Since 9/11, the United States has adopted a range of law enforcement and intelligence strategies aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks.…

The MFA's awesome vision for Boston night life » Boston Globe When 7,000 people flock to a museum on a weekend night, there's more to it than just the art.…

Why terrorism won't undermine us » Boston Globe The speedy capture of a suspect in the terror bombing in New York City on Saturday was a testament to the immense capabilities of law enforcement. …

Editorial: A toast to progress » Boston Herald Ten years after the law changed, restaurant-goers in Massachusetts may still be unaware that they're allowed to take home an unfinished bottle of wine — after the restaurant first jumps through…

Who's going to bet against Baker? » Commonwealth Magazine

Our Opinion: Residency rule is needless and wrong for city » Berkshire Eagle

War on drugs - we're in it for the long haul » Lowell Sun No state has done more to combat deadly opioid abuse than Massachusetts. And it could be argued that no newspaper has done more to highlight this crisis and those committed to overcoming it than The S…

Don't Believe the Charter School Hype » Esquire

Charlie Baker sustains his popularity (Editorial) » The Republican

Other

After bombings, Trump and Clinton target each other » Boston Globe The bombings in New York and New Jersey triggered a heated presidential campaign exchange Monday, as the candidates reacted to the fear and emotion of another domestic terror attack by painting each o…

Expedite Lottery gaming guidelines » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the right call recently by appointing a panel to craft comprehensive regulations to oversee online gambling and the fantasy sports industries.…

Business leaders try to sort out Clinton vs. Trump policies » Boston Globe With the presidential election just seven weeks away and the first debate between the nominees scheduled for next week, business leaders will be training a close eye on the economic policies and plans…

Wynn Angered by Revere Slots Parlor Proposal » Casino.org Steve Wynn's troubles in Massachusetts continue as he seeks to expand his empire on the East Coast. …

Don't Blame Millennials for This Scarily Close Election. Blame Baby Boomers. » The New Republic

Politics

Curt Schilling agrees to settlement over 38 Studios » Boston.com PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and others agreed to a $2.5 million settlement to end their part of a lawsuit brought over Rhode Island's disastrous $75 million de…

Congresswoman Katherine Clark says she's still 'wrestling' with Question 4 on marijuana legalization » The Republican Mass. Congresswoman Katherine Clark said Monday she's still struggling with how to vote on the marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot as Question 4.…

Acting's a Big Part of the Party Chair's Job, which Puts McGee at Disadvantage » JD Supra A week ago yesterday, Tom McGee announced he would not be a candidate this November for a second four-year term as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. The election of the chairman and oth…

Here Are America's Least (and Most) Popular Governors » Morning Consult Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) remains the least popular governor in the latest edition of Morning Consult's Governor Approval Rankings, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), already viewed unfavor…

New poll: Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker is still popular, Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy is not » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker still ranks among the most popular governors in America, a new survey says.…

Baker: Trump, Clinton haven't changed his mind about temperament, believability » The Salem News

Public Health

Opioid-related deaths increased by 350 percent since 2000, report finds » The Daily Free Press The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased by 350 percent in the past 15 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Baker-Polito administration.…

Is Boston enforcing any of its recent tobacco bans? » Boston Globe Boston has taken a number of steps in recent years to try to curb tobacco use in public places.…

5 states could legalize recreational marijuana use this year — here's what we know » Business Insider

Public Safety

Attorney to head chief probe » Gloucester Times A Wakefield attorney who has worked on a contracted basis with the city of Gloucester in the past is now formally heading up an investigation into still-undefined personal issues that led to last week…

FOX25 Investigates: State never suspended school bus license of accused child rapist » Boston Herald A disturbing crack in the licensing system keeps the state from tracking when school bus drivers are arrested on felony charges and FOX25 Investigates found one driver was allowed to keep his license …

Boston Sees Increase In Police Presence Following New York-Area Bombings » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker says law enforcement is prepared in light of any possible threats related to the bombings in the New York area. The governor says state officials asked transit police to bump up th…

State Government

AG Asked to Assess Mass. Early Voting Law's Constitutionality » Canton Patch

Transportation

Privatization supporters urge MBTA board to pursue opportunities » Berkshire Eagle A week after organized labor supporters crowded a meeting of the MBTA's control board to protest privatization of MBTA jobs, a group of elected officials spoke up in favor of privatization at a T boar…

T could pour hundreds of millions into boosting Red Line capacity » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority could spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a new batch of Red Line cars, a move that officials say would possibly increase capacity on the line by ab…

To take on Uber, Cambridge taxi operators ask city to ease rules » Boston Globe Taxi companies have routinely called foul on cities for allowing app-based ride services like Uber to cruise the streets without facing the same local regulations that govern cabs.…

Lynch: Rail system vulnerable to attack » Boston Herald The bustling rail system connecting Boston and the Northeast Corridor is a “soft target” for terrorism that remains one of the most difficult to defend, say experts and officials who are n…

MBTA signs lucrative ad contract » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S OVERSIGHT BOARD approved a new advertising contract on Monday that is expected to generate at least $136 million over the next five years with no cash outlay required by the transit authori…

MBTA Considers Upgrading Full Red Line Fleet To Boost Capacity By 50 Percent » WBUR The bustling Red Line, the MBTA's busiest subway line, could transport an additional 10,000 passengers an hour and keep the time between trains to about three minutes if the agency upgrades the line's…

Feds issue policy guidance on automated vehicles » State House News Service The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday is issuing policy guidelines governing the testing and deployment of automated vehicles, including recommended areas for states to consider in order to…

MBTA targets tree problem to improve Green Line service » State House News Service The MBTA has a bit of a tree problem. In the last year, T service has been interrupted because a tree limb has fallen into the right of way 21 times. Eighteen of the branches, and with them delays, ha…

MBTA targets Green Line tree problem » Sentinel & Enterprise The MBTA has a bit of a tree problem. In the last year, T service has been interrupted because a tree limb has fallen into the right of way 21 times. Eighteen of the branches, and with them delays, h…

Utilities

Protect Sudbury to host community meeting about power line project » Wicked Local Sudbury A local group opposed to a planned Eversource power line project in Sudbury and Hudson is hosting a community meeting Thursday, Sept. 22 at Goodnow Library.…

Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal » Green Tech Media The government of Massachusetts released a study last Friday that lays out the costs and benefits of energy storage, setting the stage for a storage mandate that is yet to be determined.…

Pilgrim activists again plan Statehouse rally » Cape Cod Times For the second time in less than two weeks, watchdogs of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plan to rally on the Statehouse stairs Wednesday and again attempt to deliver a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker …

Pilgrim nuclear plant back to full power » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was back to full power Monday after shutting down 13 days earlier, initially because of a water leak into the reactor's containment building.…

Councilors ready to crack down on double utility poles » Eagle Tribune

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Feature Story

Largest Line-Items

By Jurgen Kern

What are the largest items appropriated in the annual state budget for the Commonwealth? As the chart below demonstrates, they're all concentrated in three areas: (1) health care costs, (2) local aid, and (3) debt service. These are the billion dollar items in our $42.5 billion state budget, and you will notice that three of the top four belong to MassHealth. Read More »


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