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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am ESC of New England Annual Celebration of Service, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm An Announcement Relative to the MassWorks Program in Rural Communties, Grand Staircase

Birthdays: Rep. Edward Coppinger, Rep. Ronald Mariano

Must-Reads

Police chiefs urge a 'no' on Question 4 » Boston Globe THE UNFORTUNATE position taken by the Boston Globe editorial board in support of Question 4 underscores the very problem that plagues the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana — the question wh…

No easy fixes for MassHealth insurers » Boston Globe Can private insurers cover Medicaid patients without going broke? …

Excitement high as Atkins faces challenge from Brady » Lowell Sun As the Nov. 8 election draws near, the 14th Middlesex state representative race is heating up. …

Law firm 'bonuses' tied to political donations » Boston Globe Jon Tester didn't come all the way from Montana for the scrambled eggs and bacon. The US senator, virtually unknown in Boston, was in a conference room at the Thornton Law Firm that June morning to ca…

Report: Strong Mass. economic growth faces headwinds ahead » State House News Service With Beacon Hill leaders puzzled by tax collection trends, a new report reflecting continued economic growth in Massachusetts takes a stab at explaining the causes of recently slumping sales tax recei…

"I’m not convinced yet that the rate that’s in the proposed law is sufficient to cover all those expenses, but assuming we reach the point that the voters pass it and we now know that we will have a rate that will cover all that, I’m open to going beyond that,"

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the proposed 3.75% tax on marijuana sales if question #4 passes

News By Category
Business

GE creating new $32B company with Baker Hughes » Boston Business Journal General Electric and Houston oil field giant Baker Hughes plan to create a new, publicly traded oil and gas company with assets from both firms.…

Will DraftKings and FanDuel finally merge? » Boston Business Journal Speculation that two of the leading fantasy sports websites could soon merge reached its peak on Friday, when a report emerged from ESPN saying that Boston-based DraftKings and New York's FanDuel coul…

When there's no credit history, some lenders use Boston firm's character tests » Boston Globe Businesses use personality tests to screen workers, and dating apps use them to match partners. But can they help banks find worthy borrowers who lack a traditional credit history?…

The 'gig economy' is a lot more than Uber, but can it last as is? » Boston Globe Uber drivers and part-time hoteliers are barely a ripple in the sea change that is transforming the way Americans work in the age of the “gig economy.”…

DraftKings, FanDuel merger could be 'imminent' » Boston Globe A long-rumored merger between the country's top fantasy sports startups could be getting closer to reality, with ESPN reporting Friday that a deal between DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. was imminent…

Co-Working: Work Spaces Beyond Starbucks And The Home Office Expand In Boston » WBUR Nuclear chemist Mike Hanson endured grueling conditions at the federal research facility where he worked in upstate New York for over two decades.…

Pot-legalization advocates hopeful for first foothold in Northeast » South Coast Today Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voter…

Study: Port of New Bedford has $9.8 billion value » South Coast Today The Port of New Bedford had a $9.8 billion economic value in 2015 and generates more than 36,000 jobs in the region, according to a new state-funded study that city and waterfront leaders hope will sp…

Devens land rezoning could create pharmaceutical space » Wicked Local Harvard

Civil Rights

Federal court ruling may affect church lawsuits from Southbridge, Fitchburg » Worcester Telegram The national organization that filed a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts on behalf of churches in Southbridge and Fitchburg, challenging whether houses of worship should be considered public accommodat…

Education

Many charter schools lag in enrolling students lacking English fluency » Boston Globe Massachusetts charter schools bill themselves in television ads as golden opportunities for disadvantaged students trapped in failing district schools, but charters often leave behind one of the most …

A vote for students » Commonwealth Magazine AT THE OUTSET, I make two admissions: I am not a fan of making public policy via ballot initiative and my children currently are enrolled in private, independent schools. I suppose I should make a thi…

'Tremendous impact:' UMass Dartmouth nationally recognized for civic engagement » South Coast Today UMass Dartmouth recently earned — for the fourth consecutive year — a top 20 national ranking for civic engagement. The school was one of four higher education institutions in…

Mitchell D. Chester vaguely supporting charters » Boston Herald The state commissioner charged with approving charter schools is offering veiled support for allowing for more of them, saying the state should “expand what's working” just days before voters deci…

Boston charter schools to launch common application » Boston Globe Boston charter schools — taking a page from the college admissions world — plan to launch an online common application Tuesday to make it easier for families to apply.…

Incomplete or inaccurate state data muddies charter school debate » The Republican Incomplete or inaccurate data maintained by the state — this time involving the number of special education teachers employed by charter schools — is again muddying the debate over charter school …

Teachers' unions want charter school ad starring Baker removed » Boston Globe

Environment

State sets possible date to reopen harbor for shellfishing » Cape Cod Times State marine fisheries officials announced late Friday that Wellfleet Harbor could reopen for shellfish harvesting as early as Nov. 17.…

Health Care

Physician payments for corporate board seats are uncommonly lucrative » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Area legislators overwhelmingly oppose marijuana question » Lowell Sun The vast majority of legislators in the Greater Lowell and Fitchburg areas oppose Question 4, the statewide ballot issue that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those ages 21 and old…

Local senators (mostly) follow the leader » Sentinel & Enterprise This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local senators voted with their party leadership.…

Local Government

Resident wants ordinance to limit truck traffic » The Recorder Bernardston resident Frank Ribeiro proposed enacting an ordinance to limit truck traffic on town roads during a Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday.…

Salem councilors cancel Black Friday » The Salem News By shooting down one store, the City Council has made a promise to them all: There will be no early birds on Black Friday this year.…

Voters in Amherst will be quizzed about lowering the drinking age » State House News Service

Opinion

Editorial: Balancing the Senate » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Senate has been a bastion of liberalism — as eager to raise taxes as to thwart school choice. Its tiny band of Republicans has been no match for the overwhelming number of Democrat…

Should the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station be closed now? » Boston Globe Pilgrim is ranked among the least-safe nuclear reactors in the country. It should close now, not after three more years of risky operation.…

Boston noise study underscores health concerns we've known for decades » Boston Globe RE “IN the ear of the beholder” (Ideas, Oct. 23), about Erica Walker's study of noise in Boston neighborhoods: It has been known for at least 50 years that noise is a public health hazard, causing…

The fatal expense of American imperialism » Boston Globe THE SINGLE MOST important issue in allocating national resources is war versus peace, or as macroeconomists put it, “guns versus butter.”…

Legalization, education would help keep marijuana away from kids » Boston Globe I HAVE two teenage daughters. Marijuana is easily available to them, and I don't like it.…

Question 3 will benefit people as well as animals » Sentinel & Enterprise In response to the Sentinel & Enterprise's editorial on Question 3, the ballot measure would simply set a commonsense standard for animal welfare by allowing farm animals enough room to extend their l…

The Republican endorses Hillary Clinton in presidential contest (Editorial) » The Republican Is Clintonism pragmatism? Back in 1992, when a then-young Bill Clinton burst onto the national scene, he did so as a new kind of Democrat…

The Conservative Intellectual Crisis » The New York Times I feel very lucky to have enterested the conservative movement when I did, back in the 1980s and 1990s.…

The Republican endorses Eric Lesser for new term in state Senate (Editorial) » The Republican The Republican endorses Eric Lesser for a new term as Massachusetts state senator for the First Hampden and Hampshire District.`…

Eldridge for senator » Lowell Sun The state's GOP establishment has been criticized for its inability to field candidates in many legislative races, so for that, we're glad to see four-time incumbent Jamie Eldridge at least faces an o…

Politics

Outside money flows for Mass. ballot items » Boston Globe High stakes battles to legalize marijuana and expand charter schools have sparked a tsunami of spending on Massachusetts ballot-question campaigns, much of it from out of state, already eclipsing the …

Saugus State Rep forum Thursday » Lynn Daily News Item The Daily Item will sponsor a candidates forum Thursday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium with the two state representative candidates whose names will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.…

Millions in political donations fueled by matching bonuses at Boston law firm » OpenSecrets.org Jon Tester didn't come all the way from Montana for the scrambled eggs and bacon.…

Gov. Charlie Baker campaigns for James 'Chip' Harrington, fields questions on charter schools and high speed rail » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hit the campaign trail for Republican State Senate candidate James "Chip" Harrington on Sunday, stopping at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant in Springfield to greet supporters and w…

POLITICS: Joan Meschino lists key endorsements » Wicked Local Scituate Joan Meschino earned the endorsements of Congressman Stephen Lynch and former State Rep. Garrett Bradley in her bid to become the next state representative for Hingham, Hull, Cohasset and North Scitua…

Rearranging the electoral map » Commonwealth Magazine MAPS ARE ONE OF THE OLDEST WAYS known to humankind to illustrate a location or make a point. Like the great Medieval stained glass windows depicting scenes from the scriptures, maps can be a powerful…

Manning-Martin touts corrections » Lynn Daily News Item Anne Manning-Martin is touting her experience in the world of corrections and as an elected city official in her campaign as the Republican nominee for Essex County Sheriff.…

Stretch run for Higgins, Ardinger in Leominster rep race » Sentinel & Enterprise In the weeks since the September primary, clear differences have emerged between the two candidates looking to represent the 4th Worcester District.…

Gifford, Hewins compete for 2nd Plymouth District seat » South Coast Today The race for the 2nd Plymouth District seat pits two women against each other: Wareham seven-term Republican incumbent Susan Williams Gifford and seven-year Carver selectmen member and 15-year conserv…

Governor Baker campaigns for Republican candidates across the Commonwealth » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker came to Springfield Sunday to campaign for Republican state senate candidate James “Chip” Harrington.…

Obama endorses Lesser in race against Baker-backed Senate candidate » State House News Service

Eric Lesser, James 'Chip' Harrington hit air waves in State Senate race » The Republican

Question 2 gets nod from prominent pro-charter Dem » State House News Service

Cape GOP Holds Pre-Election Rally » Cape Cod Today

Gov. Baker Endorses Donald Wong » Wicked Local Saugus

State Sen. Eric Lesser, Rep. Jose Tosado endorse Springfield's Community Preservation Act ballot question » The Republican

Millennials share their concerns with lawmakers » The Recorder

Here's who's funding the campaigns for and against legal marijuana in Mass. » Boston Business Journal

Public Safety

Family disputes police account in killing of South End man » Boston Globe Hope Coleman called for an ambulance early Sunday morning to come to her South End apartment and take her mentally ill adult son to a hospital.…

Unusual policy allows Massachusetts Environmental Police to interrupt shifts to work private details » Lowell Sun For a decade, the Massachusetts Environmental Police have operated under an unusual paid-detail policy that national law-enforcement experts warn could jeopardize officers' commitment to public safety…

State Government

3 western Mass. communities receive 2016 MassWorks Grants » WWLP 22

Gov. Charlie Baker guest at Rotary Club event » Wicked Local Bedford

Middlesex County fuels 4.4 percent increase in voter enrollment » Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker calls for investigation of Boston law firm's reimbursement of political donations » The Republican

Taxation

What You See On The Marijuana Ballot Question May Not Be What You Get » WGBH If voters approve the legalization of recreational marijuana at the polls this year, what appears on the ballot may not be what the state actually ends up with. …

Transportation

Bridj offers MBTA late-night service » Commonwealth Magazine A private transit company that already shuttles people around greater Boston during the daytime has proposed to do th…

T officials: No new revenue needed now » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS GATHERED in public on Friday to brainstorm a strategic plan for the future, and they quickly concluded that new revenue to fund capital improvem…

Ameridial pitching MBTA on outsourcing call center operations » State House News Service The MBTA last month adopted a process to consider unsolicited proposals from businesses and organizations, with a top T official declaring the transit agency "open for business."…

MBTA in late-night service talks with private vendor » State House News Service A private transit company that already shuttles people around greater Boston during the daytime has proposed to do the same at night, in a partnership with the MBTA to provide a late-night transportat…

No E-ZPass? You'll Get A 6-Month 'Grace Period' As Mass. Shifts To All-Electronic Tolling » WBUR With the state's switch to all-electronic tolling, drivers without an E-ZPass transponder will get charged more. For Massachusetts drivers with an E-ZPass, rates will stay the same or go down. (You c…

From grease to specialized license plate covers, drivers try to beat all-electronic tolling license plate capture technology » The Republican Across the country people have tried all sorts of ways to trick all-electronic tolling technology from capturing their license plates in order to avoid paying a toll, but officials in Massachusetts sa…

Highway officials warn Monday's Mass. Pike commute could be backed up due to toll plaza demolition » The Republican Drivers using the Massachusetts Turnpike to get to work this week might simply want to find another way to get there, highway officials said Sunday as they discussed the progress of all-electronic tol…

Mass Pike drivers: Expect delays as toll booth demo continues » WCVB State officials are warning drivers who use the Massachusetts Turnpike to brace for significant delays Monday.…

MBTA in talks with Boston startup about late-night service » Boston Business Journal A private transit company that already shuttles people around greater Boston during the daytime has proposed to do the same at night, in a partnership with the MBTA to provide a late-night transportat…

Baker administration awards $8.8 million for rural road and bridge projects in Massachusetts » The Republican

Utilities

Hancock Shaker Village getting greener: Community Solar project underway » Berkshire Eagle Construction of a community solar project is well underway to benefit Eversource customers throughout Western Massachusetts. The three separate solar arrays being installed on the grounds of Hancock …

Tidal turbine tests edge closer to reality » Cape Cod Times A test site for tidal turbines is one step closer to coming to the Cape Cod Canal after the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative was approved for a preliminary permit by the Federal Energy Regulatory…

Six renewable projects advance in New England Clean Power procurement process » The Republican

Tariff system in works as tensions build again over solar subsidies » State House News Service

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/31

Birthdays: Rep. Edward Coppinger, Rep. Ronald Mariano

9:00am ESC of New England Annual Celebration of Service, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm An Announcement Relative to the MassWorks Program in Rural Communties, Grand Staircase

Tuesday - 11/1

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Bill Driscoll's Countdown to Election Day Fundraiser

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Bill Driscoll's Countdown to Election Day Fundraiser

Wednesday - 11/2

Birthdays: Rep. Adrian Madaro

5:00pm Rally for Rep. Dan Cahill

5:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr with Senator Ed Markey

5:00pm Rally for Rep. Dan Cahill

5:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr with Senator Ed Markey

5:30pm Women for State Rep. Candidate Moses Dixon Fundraiser

5:30pm Women for State Rep. Candidate Moses Dixon Fundraiser

6:30pm Autumn Fundraising Reception for Norfolk County Register of Probate Patrick McDermott

6:30pm Autumn Fundraising Reception for Norfolk County Register of Probate Patrick McDermott

7:00pm Countdown to Election Day Fundraiser for Rep. Ed Coppinger

7:00pm Countdown to Election Day Fundraiser for Rep. Ed Coppinger

Thursday - 11/3

Birthdays: Rep. Susan Gifford

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Harvest Pizza Party & Fundraiser for Rep. Michelle DuBois

5:00pm Harvest Pizza Party & Fundraiser for Rep. Michelle DuBois

8:00pm Democratic Election Night Party with Congressman Jim McGovern, Sen. Mike Moore and Rep. Dan Donahue

8:00pm Democratic Election Night Party with Congressman Jim McGovern, Sen. Mike Moore and Rep. Dan Donahue

Friday - 11/4

Birthdays: Rep. Kenneth Gordon

8:00am Breakfast for State Rep. Candidate Kara Nyman with Mayor Marty Walsh

8:00am Breakfast for State Rep. Candidate Kara Nyman with Mayor Marty Walsh

8:30am Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jen Migliore with Congressman Seth Moulton and Speaker Bob DeLeo

8:30am Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Jen Migliore with Congressman Seth Moulton and Speaker Bob DeLeo

10:00am Women Veteran Appreciation Day, Memorial Hall & Nurses Hall

12:00pm Luncheon for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr with Mayor Marty Walsh

12:00pm Luncheon for State Sen. Candidate Julian Cyr with Mayor Marty Walsh

4:15pm Meet and Greet for State Rep. Candidate Jen Migliore with Congressman Joe Kennedy III

4:15pm Meet and Greet for State Rep. Candidate Jen Migliore with Congressman Joe Kennedy III

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Jason Lewis with Congressman Seth Moulton

6:00pm Fundraiser for Sen. Jason Lewis with Congressman Seth Moulton

6:30pm Hillary Clinton Celebration with Cher

6:30pm Hillary Clinton Celebration with Cher


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