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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Rep. Louis Kafka


Legislative staffers to get raise as state worker layoffs loom » Boston Herald Hundreds of legislative staffers are slated to receive a 6 percent pay hike — at a cost of $1.3 million — in a move that comes as a still-unknown number of state employees are seeking buyouts and …

State GOP pounces on Setti Warren » Boston Globe How protective are Massachusetts Republicans of Governor Charlie Baker, who won office two years ago by the slightest margin in 50 years? …

Peyser finds ed leadership a blend of facts and friendships » State House News Service The management of the Department of Education, the Department of Higher Education and UMass, and of the Department of Early Education and Care, begins and mostly ends with the commissioners of those d…

“Donald Trump ran a campaign where he promised it would not be the establishment running the presidency, and it would be more of a unique presidency, and that’s what I think will take place here,”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about President-elect Donald Trump.

News By Category

GE, Children's Hospital form medical software venture » Boston Globe Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with General Electric Co. to produce software that will help doctors more accurately interpret brain scans of young patients.…

Business leaders bullish on Trump's talk of cutting regulations » The Eagle Tribune Massachusetts has been a bastion of opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, with many top political leaders denouncing his talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act, deporting immigrants and gutti…

Uber, Lyft agree to state background checks on drivers » Boston Business Journal

Gas prices continue to drop ahead of holidays » State House News Service


America's richest universities — including Harvard — brace for budget hits as endowments stumble » Boston Business Journal It wasn't the Great Recession, but the early investment returns coming in from America's most prestigious and deep-pocketed colleges indicate that fiscal 2016 will go down as one of the worst performa…

Racial disparity remains in school suspension rates » The Metro West Daily News A year after student suspension rates fell sharply under new statewide disciplinary regulations, the number of Massachusetts pupils suspended from school ticked up slightly in the 2015-16 academic yea…

3,200 students on vocational education wait lists » Boston Globe More than 3,000 students were on wait lists for vocational education programs in Massachusetts last year, evidence of growing demand for the specialized training that can help students find their way …


How Rhode Island's Offshore Wind Farm Affects Fishermen » WBUR Every month for the past four and a half years, Captain Rodman Sykes has sailed out to the Block Island Sound, off of Rhode Island, with his crew and a small group of scientists. They tow a fish net …

Health Care

Hospitals faulted for failing to report deaths, injuries » Boston Globe Federal regulators have faulted three large Massachusetts hospitals, along with a dozen more nationwide, for failing to properly report patient deaths and injuries that may have been caused by medical…

What happens in Massachusetts if Obamacare is repealed? » Mass Live President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul. …

Rule Change Could Push Hospitals To Tell Patients About Nursing Home Quality » WBUR Hospitals have long been reluctant to share with patients their assessments of which nursing homes are best because of a Medicare requirement that patients' choices can't be restricted. For years, ma…

Three Mass. hospitals cited in FDA patient death study » Lowell Sun Three Massachusetts hospitals are among several nationwide cited by federal regulators for failing to properly report patient deaths and injuries that may have been caused by medical devices. The Bos…


Why A Third Of Millennials Live At Home » WBUR No more 'empty nest'. A third of millennials now live at home with their parents. We'll look at what's still pushing that trend.…

Human Services

Spoiler Alert: It makes sure nothing goes to waste » Boston Globe In mid-September, the Greater Boston Food Bank received an unexpected bonanza: a donation of 11,000 organic eggs.…


Employers reward workers who shop around for health care » Boston Globe With a baby on the way in February, Elizabeth Welcome has a long and expensive shopping list: clothes, bottles, a crib, a stroller. But she's not worried about buying diapers.…


Area lawmakers in 2010 voted against National Popular Vote Compact for president » The Sun Chronicle A big topic of discussion last week in the Bay State and across the nation was whether the president of the United States should be elected by popular vote or through the current Electoral College sys…

Local Government

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: DiNatale was born Blue, but bleeds Red » WBUR THERE WAS no question who had Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale's support during Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game football between Fitchburg and Leominster high schools.…

Liquor license cap reform may have local impact » Wicked Local Stoughton For years before Stoughton submitted a Home Rule Petition requesting six new liquor licenses downtown, the town was at its cap for liquor licenses.…

Mayor: Lawrence will be okay if Trump has "coming to Jesus moment" » State House News Service It comes with a huge caveat, but Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera sees a scenario under which his immigrant-rich city will be "all set" with Republican President Donald Trump in the White House. …

Mayor: Health care plan change saves millions » The Eagle Tribune Mayor James Fiorentini said the city has avoided health insurance problem that threatened to cost Haverhill taxpayers millions of dollars and drive up insurance payments for city workers. With Haverh…


Pioneer Institute: Weisel let us see history as a vital tool » South Coast Today “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night…,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in his memoir, "Night."…

Robichaud: Republican challengers necessary to drain the Hill » Boston Herald While President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to cut our taxes to spur on the economy, Massachusetts is going in the opposite direction.…

Congress should lift embargo on post-Castro Cuba » Boston Globe FOR MORE THAN half a century, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba under an epic dictatorship that played an outsized role in the politics of the entire region.…

Big innovations require big investment » Boston Globe Of all of the purposes of government, one of the most important but often neglected is to mobilize science and technology to solve critical challenges. …

Analysis: Amid Election Fallout, a Generation Gets Push Forward » Western Mass Politics and Insight The wreckage of this month's national election has had a number of effects across the country.…

I choose not to be offended, and you should, too » Boston Globe OF THE PRAYERS that observant Jews recite each day, the one I appreciate most is offered before going to bed.…

Mitt Romney, the last person you thought you'd feel sorry for » Boston Globe Mitt Romney might be the very last person I thought I'd ever feel sorry for.…


Democrats making plans to target Mass. gov in next election » WCVB Massachusetts Democrats didn't wait for the dust to settle from a tumultuous national election before pivoting toward the state election two years hence, when the party's top priorities will include r…

Possible Democratic candidate for governor faces funding gap » Boston Herald If Newton Mayor Setti Warren plans on challenging Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, he'll be facing a daunting fundraising gap.…

Denials aside, Maura Healey could make governor run » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey — wrapping up her biggest fundraising month this year — is making the right moves with unorthodox, attention-getting actions to position herself for a run against pop…

Third party support up sharply in Mass. in 2016 presidential election » WCVB

Public Health

Massachusetts foster care system is looking for new options as opioid epidemic increases children in system » The Sun Chronicle Children, as young as newborns, are quickly becoming what some are calling the "invisible victims" of the opioid epidemic. As the …

Public Safety

Civil rights leaders fear BPD's social media tracking will target blacks » Boston Herald Civil rights groups say they want answers from Boston police on how the department will use its $1.4 million social media tracking system — citing fears that it will broadly target young blacks and …

Federal nuclear inspectors returning to Pilgrim plant » The Berkshire Eagle Federal regulators are returning to Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant for three weeks of inspections. A team of about 20 inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arrive Monday at the …

State Government

Massachusetts reports 75 percent voter turnout in 2016 election » The Sun Chronicle

Elizabeth Dewar named state solicitor » State House News Service


Service worsens on MBTA's line to Worcester and Framingham » Boston Globe The numbers back up your complaints, Worcester/Framingham train riders: Your service has been particularly bad lately.…

Zipcar founder Robin Chase on upending the status quo » Commonwealth Magazine The accelerating changes in transportation have disrupted established services and brought choices and challenges to consumers, companies, government, and advocates. And there's a growing awareness of…

Red Line service falters as MBTA readies for winter's arrival » State House News Service


Major Pilgrim inspection will examine nuke plant's response to deficiencies » State House News Service

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/28

Birthdays: Rep. Louis Kafka

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 11/29

8:30am The Role of Health Care in the 2016 Election and Expectations for the Trump Administration, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street

12:00pm 1199 SEIU / Fight for $15 Rally, Great Hall

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with J.L. Bell, State Library, Room 341

2:00pm Mass. Gold Star Family Tree Dedication, Memorial Hall

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Downtown Fundraising Reception

5:00pm State House Christmas Tree Lighting, Second Floor

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Downtown Fundraising Reception

Wednesday - 11/30

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rush

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Plymouth Public Library Otto Fehlow Meeting Room 132 South St.

Thursday - 12/1

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm World AIDS Day, Great Hall

2:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Westfield State University Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall 577 Western Ave. Westfield

6:00pm Consulate General of Japan Emperor's Birthday Reception, Second Floor

Friday - 12/2

8:00am Common Cents, Great Hall

Press Releases

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Report: More Massachusetts Employers Offering Health Insurance » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Advocates for public safety declare “Safe Communities Act” jeopardizes survivors of domestic violence particularly when judges free criminal illegal immigrants » Renew Massachusetts Coalition

MTA response to Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley’s 'Our Way Forward' report » Massachusetts Teacher's Association

States Oppose U.S. Labor Department Rule that will Undermine Workers, Enable Wage Theft » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Senator Markey Urges FTC to Require Additional Children’s Privacy Safeguards at YouTube » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Markey and Whitehouse, and Rep. Langevin Lead Legislation to Harness Offshore Wind Energy » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter

Environmental and Business Groups Call for Transportation Cap-and-Invest Program » Environmental League of Massachusetts

Moulton Joins Reps. Larson, Kennedy, Shalala and Hill to Introduce National Service Plan » Office of Congressman Seth Moulton

Time to go big on solar » Environment Massachusetts

Baker Administration Announces New Funds for MBTA » Conservation Law Foundation

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Acceleration Plan for MBTA Infrastructure Improvements » MBTA

Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act Gives Workers More Freedom to Join Unions » AFSCME

In advance of greater Boston casino opening, Middlesex Sheriff's Office announces gambling survey results » Middlesex Sheriff's Office

TODAY 11 AM: Domestic violence survivors speak out for Safe Communities Act » MIRA Coalition

House's "GreenWorks" Climate Legislation, H.3846 » American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.7 Million for River and Wetland Restoration and Climate Adaptation » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Neal, Brady Introduce Legislation to Improve and Expand Medicare » Office of Congressman Richard Neal

Banker & Tradesman: Bill Offers Big Projects Shelter from Liquor License Limits » NAIOP

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Conservation Law Foundation

Column: We Need a Carbon Pollution Fee to Combat Climate Change » Office of Senator Jason Lewis

MBTA Control Board Launches Independent Safety Review Panel » MBTA

Orange Line: Wellington to Oak Grove: Evening Trains Replaced with Shuttle Buses For Track Reconstruction » MBTA

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