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MBTA Tees Up Vote On Privatization Of Cash Collection » WGBH The MBTA board will vote Thursday on whether to outsource the T's cash collection and counting operation. An affirmative vote would be the first major move by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to pr…

The state's tax revenue in September was better than expected » Boston Globe Massachusetts' tax revenue in September was slightly better than expected and could lessen the severity of cuts the Legislature expects Governor Charlie Baker to make later this month. But the numbers…

WNEU poll: Opposition increasing to charter school expansion in Massachusetts » The Republican Over the last six months, public opinion has shifted on charter schools, and more voters now oppose increasing the number of charter schools in Massachusetts, according to a poll released Wednesday by…

Trump transition team and GOP lobbyists are inching toward mutual acceptance » The Washington Post Leaders of Donald Trump's transition team are slated to meet Friday with technology lobbyists to seek their input on policy, capping a string of sessions with the Washington establishment the GOP pres…

A Former Occupy Boston Activist Is Trying His Hand at Big Government » Esquire There's a story Mike Connolly tells frequently about his first memory of politics. It was around 1988, and he was eight years old, growing up in public housing in Norwood, Massachusetts. H…

Another group launches opposition to Boston Children's $1B expansion » Boston Business Journal Last-minute opposition to Boston Children's Hospital's planned $1 billion expansion is mounting with yet another group filing a strongly worded letter to the state calling for the project to be reject…

“Our cabinet and our commissioners and a lot of our senior executives, they were not chosen because of their political party, they were chosen because of their skill sets and abilities,” Baker said.

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking on accusations of campaign loyalists getting jobs at the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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Business

Pinkberry loses battle between froyo, North End culture » Boston Globe Pinkberry never stood a chance in Boston's Little Italy. …

Alnylam stops development of late-stage drug due to patient deaths » Boston Business Journal In a major blow for one of the Boston area's biggest and most valuable biotech firms, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced Wednesday evening that it's stopping development of a rare disease drug in late-…

Retail group: Lack of sales tax holiday hurt stores » The Salem News The lack of a sales tax holiday in August hurt sales at stores across the state, the head of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts said Wednesday.…

A new app asks crowds to help map bus stops for the sightless » Boston Globe Now that the novelty has worn off, you're probably not catching as many Pokemon as you used to. …

Sandwich Chamber Welcomes Former Gov. Dukakis at Annual Meeting » Cape Cod Online Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis was the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.…

MassChallenge unveils its top 26 startups for 2016 » Boston Business Journal

Landmark steaming kettle sign to return to Government Center » Boston Globe The paint is dry, the goldleaf is sparkling, and — most important — the dents are gone from Boston's historic steaming kettle sign.…

Think tank pegs cost of business tax breaks at $1B » The Republican The cost of Massachusetts tax breaks for specific industries has ballooned from around $370 million in fiscal 1996 to more than $1 billion two decades later, according to a study released Thursday by …

Award brings tax incentive to Masy for job creation » Nashoba Publishing A local company that created new jobs after a major expansion received an award to support job growth. Masy BioServices celebrated its expansion and a $150,000 tax incentive on Sept. 28. It employees…

Cranberries at 200: Market changes, drought create crisis » Nashoba Publishing All is not well in cranberry country this harvesting season, the 200th anniversary of the world's first known commercial cultivation. In the birthplace of the industry, many Massachusetts growers who…

How much do business tax breaks cost Mass.? A cool billion, watchdog says » Boston Business Journal Special tax breaks for businesses are costing Massachusetts nearly three times as much now as they were 20 years ago, with the amount of annual revenue lost to the incentives hitting $1 billion this f…

Civil Rights

Gun group protests Mass AG Healey's 'copycat' weapons ban » New Boston Post A gaggle of gun owners staked out a busy downtown street corner Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of organized demonstrations against what they claim has been an unconstitutional expansion of …

Education

The cost of the charter school cap » Commonwealth Magazine IN NOVEMBER, VOTERS in Massachusetts will decide whether to raise the cap on charter school enrollment.…

Bump: Roxbury Community College concerns may involve crimes » State House News Service

Facing Debt, Northeastern's Only Student Newspaper Makes a Plea for Help » Boston Magazine Two years after a wave of nostalgic alums, college journalism true-believers, and the odd union of car dealership magnate Ernie Boch Jr. and Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly saved Boston University…

Looking Back On 50 Years Of Busing In Boston » WBUR It's been more than 60 years since the Supreme Court's landmark case Brown v. Board of Education ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional — a watershed moment for the modern …

With Week Of Hands-On STEM Projects, Boston Middle Schools Foster Science Passions, Career Prep » WBUR A dozen kids sit at tables in a classroom at the Perry School in South Boston. Usually, it's a math class. But this week it's a lab for building monsters. "We're building an interactive friendly mons…

Charter school legal team plans to appeal dismissal of lawsuit » State House News Service The dismissal of a lawsuit that aimed to provide greater access to charter schools in Massachusetts sets up potential clashes in appellate courts as the plaintiffs' lawyers intend to appeal.…

Boston School Committee opposes charter school question » Boston Globe The Boston School Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday night opposing a ballot question that would accelerate the opening of charter schools in Boston and across the state, saying that …

Boston School Committee Votes Unanimously Against Charter Expansion » WBUR The Boston School Committee joined more than 150 other Massachusetts districts Wednesday night by approving a resolution to oppose Question 2, the ballot measure that would raise the statewide cap on …

BU Dean Hardin Coleman On Scaling Up Best Practices In Education » WBUR You hear a lot about innovation and disruption in public schools today, particularly when it comes to the debate over charter schools. But is that disruption needed? What does it look like? How do we…

Question 2 reignites charter-school debate » Wicked Local

Federal

Government contractor arrested for stealing top secret data » Boston Globe A federal contractor suspected of leaking powerful National Security Agency hacking tools has been arrested and charged with stealing classified information from the US government, according to court …

Health Care

Scientist using big data against heart disease wins $75 million award » STAT News Cancer research may be sucking up all the headlines lately, what with the White House launching its cancer moonshot and technology billionaires sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into a hot new f…

Corrected data bumps health care spending increase up to 4.1 percent » State House News Service

Housing

Boston Continues To Make Progress In Ending Chronic Homelessness, But There Are Barriers » WBUR The city of Boston is reporting good progress in its effort to end chronic homelessness by quickly matching people with housing and support services. But some barriers in the system remain.…

Human Services

Cape Cod Center for Women announces new name, new goals » Wicked Local Cape Cod Cape Cod Center for Women?s recent purchase of a larger shelter created a pleasant problem: a new name was needed to represent its expanded offerings.…

Legislators want Framingham model to go national » The Metro West Daily News When David Blais pulled his food truck up to the curb at Pusan Road, four young boys rushed forward screaming for sloppy joes.…

Judiciary

Drug Court To Open In Pittsfield, Springfield's Still On The Drawing Board » NEPR Berkshire County's first drug court opens Thursday in Pittsfield. It will be just the third in western Massachusetts.…

Green gets judgeship; others await interviews » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor's Council approved Boston lawyer Karen F. Green for a Superior Court judgeship on Oct. 5. Green, a lawyer at WilmerHale who served as chief of staff to former Gov. William F. Weld, was co…

Labor

7 Union Leaders Arrested After Protesters Shut Down MBTA Money Room » NECN

Harvard strike could be seen as a battle against the 1 percent. It's not. » Boston Globe The first strike at Harvard University in more than 30 years pits the world's richest university against hundreds of food service workers who walked off their jobs Wednesday after months of negotiatio…

7 arrested in union protest at MBTA's 'money room' » Boston Globe Seven union officials were arrested by Transit Police Thursday as the Carmen's Union set up a picket line outside the MBTA's “money room” in Charlestown, protesting a move by the T's top m…

Morton Hospital nurses authorize potential strike » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Rep. Haddad honored for wind energy legislative efforts » Taunton Daily Gazette State Rep. Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, received an award Tuesday morning for her key role in securing offshore wind's place in the state's energy legislation, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in August.…

Rosenberg missed the Fenway hoopla » Boston Globe

Local Government

Walsh gets mixed results on diversity » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has increased diversity at City Hall, but as he gears up for reelection the mayor remains short of his promise to build a municipal workforce that fully reflects Boston's populat…

U.S. ambassador tours Lowell's Cambodian community » Lowell Sun U.S. ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt toured Lowell on Wednesday, finding an expatriate community that has formed powerful local bonds but is sometimes passionately at odds over politics in their …

Town prepares for possible tobacco industry lawsuit » South Coast Today The Board of Health has learned the town could become the first in the nation to be sued by the tobacco industry for including menthol cigarettes in a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco.…

Former bicycle advocate appointed to Arlington Redevelopment Board » Wicked Local Arlington The Arlington board in charge of overseeing land use planning just got a new member.…

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Outsourcing MBTA jobs is necessary for progression » The Daily Free Press

There are key ways that the poor can be their own agents of change » Boston Globe I FOUND Jeffrey Sachs's Oct. 3 op-ed “Income inequality is expensive” to be informative, but I took issue with some of the fundamentals of his underlying premise.…

Marijuana may not be perfectly safe, but that shouldn't make it illegal » Boston Globe

In terms of open season, some animals don't catch a break » Boston Globe IT IS most interesting how society views different animals (“In geese wars, city seeks upper hand,” Metro, Sept. 28).…

Did Gary Johnson just get dumped? » Boston Globe Poor pet. You and your tender New Mexico heart believed our former governor would be yours always. “I'm a Libertarian for life,” our Bill declared just a few short months ago. You had to b…

Kevin Franck: Legislature needs to wake up, start doing job as check to gov's power » Boston Herald Someone should check John Adams' final resting place at the United First Parish Church in Quincy for signs of subterranean rotation. The chief architect of the Massachusetts Constitution may be turnin…

Editorial: Environmental 'cleanup' » Boston Herald When something is rotting you don't keep it around long enough to stink up the whole house.…

Caissie deserves re-election as Governor's councilor » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Other

If Jill Stein is so smart, why does she keep running? » Boston Globe Pulling into the wooded Lexington neighborhood of modest, modernist 1950s houses, I hope I've got the right place. My confidence on this mid-September morning rises when I spot a Prius in the carport.…

Clinton's Electoral College Lead Regenerates » Sabato's Crystal Ball As we await the second debate, it's obvious that Hillary Clinton got a bounce from the first debate and has re-established a clear lead in the presidential race. …

Bill Clinton is working Trump country » Boston Globe Bill Clinton chewed gum as he moved through a tiny, tin-ceilinged diner here in the eastern part of the state, casually gliding from one group to the next. He didn't wear a tie. He posed for photos, l…

FiveThirtyEight's 'Whiz Kid' Harry Enten represents the new generation of political journalist » Columbia Journalism Review On a Monday night in September, 2,000 people gathered at a theater off Times Square to watch five political journalists sit on a stage and talk about polls. The occasion was a live taping of the FiveT…

Report: Weld Changes Focus to Defeat Trump » NECN Bill Weld is reportedly changing his focus as the running mate on the Libertarian presidential ticket.…

Bill Weld: Media Is Publishing “Made-up” Stories About Me » Reason The underlying post, headlined "Libertarian VP Candidate Bill Weld Gives Up, Will Focus on Preventing Trump Presidency," is an interpretative summation of a Boston Globe article from yesterday.…

Bail Weld? » Commonwealth Magazine Former governor William Weld, running for vice president, is apparently feeling liberated and it has little to do with his party affiliation. Weld, never one to hew to the party line regardless of his…

Bill Weld's return to politics is brief. (That's all he can afford.) » Boston Globe Bill Weld strides confidently down Tremont Street, drawing no attention from the people walking past him. He has ditched the lawyer's pin stripe he favored two decades ago, when he dominated the domed…

The Issues: Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump On Social Security And Medicare » WBUR Social Security alone consumes nearly a quarter of the federal budget. At this week's vice presidential debate, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence spoke about how the administrations they h…

U.S. Ambassador: Lowell has 'best-organized Cambodian community' (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun U.S. ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt toured Lowell on Wednesday, finding an expatriate community that has formed powerful local bonds but is sometimes passionately at odds over politics in their …

Against Donald Trump » The Atlantic

Politics

Walsh to back Tompkins in party race » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is throwing his political weight behind Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins's bid to chair the state Democratic Party, senior Democrats said Wednesday.…

Here's how Republican State Senate candidate James 'Chip' Harrington stands on 6 key election issues » The Republican Ludlow Republican James 'Chip' Harrington outlined a series of policy proposals during a editorial board meeting with The Republican and MassLive on Tuesday, pledging to support small business, combat…

All You Need to Know about the Elections – Cape Cod » Capecod.com

Cousins won't endorse in sheriff's race » Gloucester Times Frank Cousins said Wednesday that he will not endorse anyone in the race to succeed him as Essex County sheriff, preferring to remain neutral and concentrate on finishing out his 20-year tenure.…

Chatham man joins race for Keating's seat » Cape Cod Times Incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Republican challenger Mark Alliegro, of East Falmouth, have more competition than initially thought in the 9th Congressional District general election…

Healey to visit shooting scene, stump for Clinton in Florida » State House News Service Attorney General Maura Healey plans this weekend to visit Orlando, Florida where she will stump for Democrat Hillary Clinton, march in a Pride Parade and visit the site of a popular gay nightclub wher…

PREVIOUS Fish landings Cape Ann Seafood Exchange NEXT UP Treasurer poised to pushed online lottery BOSTON — Seeing profit growth at the Massachusetts Lottery stall while the unres… Ferrante hires new legislative aide » Gloucester Times Tarr, who said he is not related to state Senate Minority Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, will act as Ferrante's district liaison. He will split his time between work at the State House in Boston and Glouce…

Healey to visit shooting scene, stump in Fla. for Clinton » Sentinel & Enterprise Attorney General Maura Healey plans this weekend to visit Orlando, Florida where she will stump for Democrat Hillary Clinton, march in a Pride Parade and visit the site of a popular gay nightclub wher…

Here's how Democratic State Sen. Eric Lesser stands on 6 key election issues » The Republican When Longmeadow Democrat Eric Lesser won his State Senate seat in 2014, he brought a list of priorities to the State House, he says.…

Former Gov. Bill Weld will hold rally at the DCU center tonight » The Republican WORCESTER -- Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, running mate of Libertarian party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, will hold a rally at the DCU Convention Center tonight at 7 p.m.…

Gov. Baker endorses James Ehrhard in Senate race with Gobi » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Michael Valanzola resigns state Environmental job after probe into cousin's actions » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Public Health

High time: As election approaches, marijuana debate heats up » Worcester Mag

WNEU poll: Majority of voters back marijuana legalization in Massachusetts » The Republican A majority of Massachusetts voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Western New England University Polling Institute.…

Recreational marijuana opponents and activists in Mass. spar over advertising to young people » The Republican The billboard features a smiling, wholesome-looking young woman strumming a guitar, surrounded by two friends. …

Pot opponents hit 'Big Marijuana' » Commonwealth Magazine OPPONENTS OF THE BALLOT QUESTION to legalize adult use of pot are pivoting their focus away from the dangers of the drug and taking aim at “Big Marijuana,” the burgeoning industry they say…

Marijuana marketing warning draws "fear campaign" retort » State House News Service Flanked by an image of a billboard advertising "Spokane's premier recreational marijuana retailer" and a print ad showing a woman smoking a joint, marijuana legalization opponents gathered outside the…

Public Safety

Woman who fought for anti-bully law after son's suicide dies » The Associated Press (AP) A Massachusetts woman who pushed for anti-bullying laws after her 11-year-old son committed suicide has died following a battle with cancer. Sirdeaner Walker was 51.…

Safe Routes to School project celebrated in Mansfield » Wicked Local Mansfield State and local officials joined civic and community members as well as representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate …

Two years after fatal fire, 'hot works' bill nears final passage » Lowell Sun

State Finance

Beacon Hill still working out details of last year's state budget » State House News Service The Legislature a week ago shipped a $187.5 million spending bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk and while the governor has indicated he plans to sign the legislation closing out the books on a fiscal y…

Baker signs spending bill to close out fiscal 2016 » State House News Service

State Government

Treasurer: Timeline for pot sales 'aggressive and costly' » The Associated Press (AP) State Treasurer Deb Goldberg is raising concerns about the November ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.…

State auditor: Money mismanagement at Reggie Lewis Center may be criminal » Boston Business Journal

Three exit amid growing EEA turmoil » Boston Herald A widening political influence and patronage scandal at a key state agency claimed three more Baker administration officials, but the governor cleared his campaign driver and the former GOP lawmaker r…

Baker administration removes two environmental officials after political retribution investigation » Politico Two people are out at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs while a third has received a warning, in the wake of an investigation into political retribution made by officials in the…

After Environmental Agency Shakeup, Baker Says Changes Are Coming » WBUR After a Department of Conservation and Recreation official was fired and another resigned, management changes are in the pipeline at the agency whose personnel has recently been at the center of a str…

Baker "thrilled" aide will no longer move to DCR » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker is "thrilled" that his deputy director of operations is no longer moving to a new post within the Department of Conservation and Recreation, he said Wednesday.…

Ex-DCR deputy boss was denied in take-home car bid » Boston Herald The ex-parks official who resigned after inappropriately using the lights and siren on his state-issued car to beat traffic once claimed it was “critical” that he have access to a vehicle …

After resignations and a termination, more changes ahead for environmental agency, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Watch for additional changes to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation in the next few days, Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters on Wednesday.…

Baker: 'Faith' in energy czar as probe finds 'unacceptable conduct' at agency » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker today said he still has confidence in the head of a state agency that has seen multiple resignations over the past week after allegations of inappropriate behavior, including an aid…

Beacon Hill Probe Finds Evidence of Attempted Coercion » Beacon Hill Patch Following the results of a probe into allegations of political retribution, Gov. Charlie Baker shared news with reporters Wednesday of a changing of the guard at the state's Office of Energy and Envir…

Gov. Charlie Baker says state Sen. Don Humason had no involvement in retribution incident at Mass. environmental agency » The Republican Mass. State Sen. Don Humason wasn't involved in the mess centered around an environmental agency staffer and claims that she faced threats and retaliation after her fiancé launched a run against Hu…

Taxation

September tax revenues remain sluggish » Commonwealth Magazine REVENUE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS on Wednesday said collections in September were 1 percent above the monthly benchmark target, but cautioned that the state is hardly out of the woods financially because t…

Mass. treasurer on pot tax: 'higher the better' » Nashoba Publishing The statewide officeholder who would oversee a legalized marijuana industry in Massachusetts says the excise tax rate on cannabis needs to be much higher -- as much as 10 times -- than what is propose…

Transportation

Driving toward a new plan for Western Ave. » Lynn Daily News Item After more than a year of study on how to improve traffic along Route 107, the state has issued recommendations that will cost more than $26 million.…

Report calls for end to 'zigzag' across Highland Ave. » The Salem News For state-level planners, shifting Highland Avenue traffic to a smaller road remains the best way of solving safety and traffic congestion problems on the choking state highway.…

MBTA votes to privatize money room » State House News Service

Mass. officials want to keep data on how fast you drove for 30 days » Boston Globe The state Department of Transportation is proposing to keep data for 30 days on how fast people drive under the Massachusetts Turnpike's new all-electronic toll gantries, raising concern among privacy…

T says hiring Brinks would save millions » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS PREPARING to turn over its cash collection and money-counting operations to Brinks Inc., the first major privatization move at the agency under special authorization granted by a 2015 stat…

MBTA outsourcing deal OK'd hours after arrests of union protesters » Boston Herald

UMass Boston, Uber considering partnership » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts Boston is considering whether to formally partner with Uber in order to bring another transportation option to the commuter school, according to Ed Lambert, the vice ch…

T cleaning contract creates political divide » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S CURRENT CLEANING CONTRACT with two private vendors illustrates how the administrations of Gov. Charlie Baker and former governor Deval Patrick are both alike and different when it comes to …

MBTA poised to award cash management contract to Brinks » State House News Service The private company Brinks would take over cash collection and counting work at the MBTA under a plan T management plans to present to its board Thursday, triggering objections from the labor union re…

MWRTA Takes Over Framingham Commuter Rail Station » Framingham Patch State transportation leaders and elected officials gathered Wednesday in Framingham to mark the transferring of management of the Framingham Commuter Rail station and its parking lot to the MetroWest …

Union promises fight as MBTA moves to privatize cash-counting jobs » Boston Globe MBTA officials will recommend Thursday that the agency award a five-year $18.7 million contract to Brink's, a major cash collection and security company headquartered in Virginia. …

Brink's tabbed in potential deal to take over money room despite union outrage » Boston Herald The MBTA is looking to slash as many as 72 jobs and outsource its much-maligned “money room” to a private contractor, a move that is already drawing threats of a legal challenge from fired…

Governor lauds improvements for Framingham commuter rail station » The Metro West Daily News State and local leaders met Wednesday to praise a new deal that gives the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority oversight of Framingham's downtown commuter rail station.…

Utilities

Water Resources Authority lays out plan to protect system » State House News Service Cast iron and steel pipes and valves integral to the tunnel system that provides 60 percent of the water to eastern Massachusetts communities served by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority are …

MWRA: Old water tunnels in poor condition » Commonwealth Magazine CAST IRON AND STEEL PIPES and valves integral to the tunnel system that provides 60 percent of the water to eastern Massachusetts communities served by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority are …

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