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Must-Reads

Where will the start-up money come from to regulate Massachusetts' marijuana industry? » MassLive The nascent recreational marijuana industry in Massachusetts will, one day, bring in revenue to cover the state's costs of regulating and licensing pot shops. But first, the state will have to set up …

Know your chickens — and your eggs » Boston Globe MY MOTHER keeps chickens — a mixed flock of tawny Buff Orpingtons, black-and-white-feathered Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, and some rather histrionic long-necked Araucana hens from South Ame…

Markey throws his support behind the medical bill opposed by Warren » Boston Globe Senator Edward Markey on Monday threw his support behind the latest version of the 21st Century Cures Act, federal legislation that includes $1 billion for opioid recovery and treatment programs. …

Nicholas M. Nikitas, developer who ran for lieutenant governor; at 66 » Boston Globe In January 1986 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Nicholas M. Nikitas asked Massachusetts Republicans to take “a leap of faith” as he announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor. …

HUD job to pit Carson ideology against long-standing housing policy » The Washington Post Donald Trump's selection Monday of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development sets up what could be a collision between the nominee's philosophical aversio…

Carson Is New Sign Trump Plans to Govern From the Right » New York Times Announcements of several of President-elect Donald J. Trump's cabinet posts are helping to define his approach to issues at home.…

Economists say uncertainty over Donald Trump, Brexit vote could affect Massachusetts budget » MassLive The Massachusetts economy remains strong, and economists are predicting modest growth in state tax revenue next year.…

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations » The Boston Globe A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General Hospital and …

Speaker Robert DeLeo will not rule out new taxes in 2018 Massachusetts budget » MassLive BOSTON House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, refused to say on Monday whether he would consider tax increases as part of the fiscal 2018 budget. …

"For me to talk about new taxes or no new taxes right now is a little bit premature and should wait until we see exactly what that revenue number is going to be and where it stands relative to putting our budget together."

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the fiscal 2018 budget after the annual consensus revenue hearing held by Ways and Means.

News By Category
Business

Activists call for equal opportunity in Mass. cannabis industry » Metro Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley wants to ensure that people of color have equal access to jobs and business opportunities in the Commonwealth's emerging marijuana industry.…

Want loyal employees? 'Do the right thing,' InkHouse CEO says » The Boston Globe Getting ahead in the public relations world is simple, according to Beth Monaghan, chief executive of the Waltham agency InkHouse: “Traditionally, the way it is done is working yourself to death…

Amazon launches a grocery story and nixes the checkout line » The Boston Globe Amazon on Monday announced that it will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store called Amazon Go, an ambitious bid by the once online-only retailer to gobble up more of Americans' shopping dollars by ta…

Chris Kimball pushes back at America's Test Kitchen, claims he was forced out » The Boston Globe Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball's dramatic divorce from Brookline media company America's Test Kitchen isn't just getting ugly. It's getting expensive, too.…

Will NBC Boston reach over-the-air viewers? » The Boston Globe Senator Edward Markey is raising questions about the biggest shakeup in the local television scene in two decades, asking Comcast Corp. whether its new NBC station in Boston will fail to reach some vi…

Martha Coakley is named partner at Foley Hoag » Boston Business Journal Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has been named a partner at Foley Hoag LLP a year and a half after joining the Boston law firm.…

Carrier hikes prices after agreeing to keep jobs in Indiana » The Boston Globe Carrier Corp., the maker of air conditioners that was persuaded by President-elect Donald Trump to abort plans to close a US factory, is increasing prices to stay competitive as higher costs weigh on …

Mass. business confidence hits highest level in more than a year » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Rep. Katherine Clark, Religious Leaders, Talk About Embracing Diversity » Milton Patch On December 3, 2016, Congresswoman Katherine Clark convened a panel discussion on embracing diversity and community based action steps for serving as strong allies in the face of intolerance with Eva …

Boston students' protest raises rights question » Boston Herald Boston students who defied the mayor to protest President-elect Donald Trump are now facing just a slap on the wrist for walking out during class, and legal advocates, calling the kids courageous, say…

For High Schoolers Brought To U.S. Illegally, Planning The Future Is Trickier Than Ever » WBUR Hundreds of Boston high school students took to the State House and Boston City Hall Monday with a list of demands about public education, immigration and racism, in the wake of the election of Donald…

Education

Salem State meets $25 million fundraising goal » The Salem News It was a long road, but Salem State University has finally crossed its $25-million finish line.…

Worcester panel to look at later high school start times » Worcester Telegram A School Committee standing committee Monday night agreed to put together an advisory committee that will be charged with figuring out a way to move back start times for secondary school students.…

UMass law gets full accreditation » State House News Service

Environment

Opponents of the Blue Hills deer hunt deliver signatures to Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive Opponents trying to stop the ongoing controlled Blue Hills deer hunt delivered over 1,000 signatures to Gov. Charlie Baker's State House office on Monday, arguing that allowing hunters into the reserv…

Health Care

Obamacare architect details why Republican replacement won't work » Boston Business Journal Jonathan Gruber has been critical of Republican replacements to the Affordable Care Act, but with the appointment of Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services, his criticisms have gotten mor…

Housing

Mayor Walsh to push new tenant protections » The Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh is wading into the contentious fight over renters' rights in Boston, proposing new rules that he hopes will protect tenants from unreasonable evictions without unfairly tying the…

Foreclosures up nearly 50% since October » State House News Service The nearly 10,000 foreclosure petitions filed over the first ten months of the year mark a 9.3 percent increase over the same period in 2015 and the more than 5,000 completed foreclosures year-to-date…

Walsh Files Petition Aimed At Helping Tenants Facing Eviction And Gathering Housing Data » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is seeking city council approval for a new effort to help tenants facing no-fault evictions.…

Insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield to receive $40M more under Obamacare program » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Cape and Islands District Attorney Named in Public Records Lawsuit » Martha's Vineyard Gazette Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey has sued three district attorneys, including Cape and Islands DA Michael O'Keefe, alleging they failed to comply with the state public records law.…

SJC law and order streaming live today » Boston Herald The state's highest court is taking justice on the road today when it streams live on YouTube from Lawrence District Court.…

Senior justices happily give shirt off their back to 'Junior J.' » Boston Herald In the hallowed chambers of the John Adams Courthouse, where justices on the Supreme Judicial Court make their toughest decisions, there's a tradition that signals the transfer of power — and i…

Attorney General Maura Healey's office sends note to Dudley on Muslim cemetery conflict » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office has weighed in on whether Dudley should hold a town-wide vote on the controversial issue involving a Muslim cemetery proposed by the Islamic Societ…

Labor

Report: The pay gap between men and women in the Bay State is shrinking » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Senate leader confirms parts of pot law may be delayed » The Boston Globe A top Massachusetts lawmaker Monday confirmed legislators are talking about delaying aspects of the measure to legalize marijuana, a ballot initiative approved by more than 1.7 million voters last mon…

Marijuana law delay eyed by legislative leaders » State House News Service House and Senate leaders will make a decision in the coming weeks whether to push for a delay this month in key pieces of the marijuana legalization law without waiting for the next Legislature to com…

3 Things To Watch For That Could Delay Or Alter The Marijuana Law » WBUR Beacon Hill is abuzz over what changes might be made to the voter-passed law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Lawmakers, who opted not to take up legalization via legislation, are now con…

Mass. police recognize deMacedo as its Legislator of the Year » Wicked Local Pembroke State Senator Vinny deMacedo, R–Plymouth, was named the Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Police Association on Thursday, Oct. 27 for his efforts advocating for police officers and pu…

Local Government

AG's office cautions Dudley against town-wide vote in cemetery dispute » The Boston Globe The state attorney general's office has cautioned the Dudley Board of Selectmen that holding a town-wide vote on a proposed Muslim cemetery -- as local officials had said they needed -- could violate …

Billerica Town Meeting to vote on moratorium on recreational marijuana » Lowell Sun You'll be able to smoke marijuana in your home in less than 10 days if you're at least 21 years old, and cities and towns can't do anything about it.…

'Hate-free zone' resolution facing Holyoke City Council vote » MassLive The City Council will be asked to adopt a resolution declaring that Holyoke is a "safe and accepting" hate-free zone Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.…

Petition seeks vote on making Worcester a sanctuary city » Worcester Mag “Sanctuary City” is a loaded term in today's political climate. The designation, loosely-defined, means cities will not use their resources to aid in the enforcement of federal immigration…

Another tax hike coming for Quincy homeowners » Patriot Ledger Rising home values, an increase in the city budget and a lingering snow-removal deficit will contribute to another significant increase in Quincy's property taxes.…

City starts search for two replacements » Lynn Daily News Item Wanted: a city clerk and a police chief. The pay is north of $100,000.…

Boston mayor: 5-cent store bag fees make no sense » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is opposing a 5-cent fee on all bags at grocery and convenience stores, questioning the proposed price and whether it would significantly reduce waste in the city.…

Brockton mayor reimburses city for personal purchases » The Enterprise Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter apologized on Monday for “mistakes” he made spending taxpayer funds to buy flowers and suits for people, after the city auditor made a list of recommendations…

Councilors support purchase of carnival site by eminent domain » The Salem News City councilors once again supported buying the Derby Street “carnival lot” for $1.4 million, but the race is on to get the purchase inked by the end of the year.…

Boston Police Plan To Buy Social Media Monitoring Software Draws Criticism » WBUR Privacy rights advocates are speaking out against a Boston Police Department plan to spend $1.4 million on software that will help officers scan social media websites. At a city c…

Opinion

China is a psychological problem » The Boston Globe Never have Americans faced a foreign policy challenge as complex as the one China now poses. For the first time since we became a world power, we face a rival with a far greater population and, soon, …

Our view: Finally, tough questions asked on Essex Sports Center deal » Gloucester Times The Essex Sports Center opened last month and already there are questions surrounding its financial viability.…

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren walks away » Boston Herald It has broad bipartisan support and contains many benefits for her home state — but U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't interested in compromising on a pending medical innovation bill, not if it m…

Donald Trump's mistaken microeconomics » The Boston Globe PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump is a taking a victory lap after helping to keep some 800 Indiana jobs from migrating to Mexico — and tweet-threatening a future tariff attack on firms that make suc…

John Seven: Toxic rhetoric underscores need to push back » Berkshire Eagle For being winners of the presidential election, Trump voters sure are angry.…

Other

Treasurer Deb Goldberg to push for online Massachusetts Lottery games » MassLive Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg will continue to push lawmakers to allow the state Lottery to run online games.…

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings » PBS Newshour As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his “Thank you” tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellow…

Jeff Sessions' Coming War on Legal Marijuana » Politico On Election Day, eight states voted to legalize recreational or medical marijuana, bringing the nationwide total of medical states to 29. …

Politics

Hundreds of students walk out of Boston schools, colleges » The Boston Globe Hundreds of students from Boston high schools and local colleges walked out of class Monday to rally on Boston Common, calling on local political leaders to speak out against President-elect Donald Tr…

Students take anger over Trump to Baker's office » State House News Service Denouncing positions held by President-elect Donald Trump, Boston public school students on Monday called on Gov. Charlie Baker to do the same and to adopt policies they said would protect their peers…

From Whispers Of Anti-Semitism To The Interests Of Israel, Boston Jews React To Trump's Win » WBUR Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton is a liberal temple. Of its more than 300 members, Rabbi Toba Spitzer knows of just one who voted for Donald Trump. In a spirit of reflection, she opened up …

Maura Healey offering Arlington liberals action plan for Trump presidency » Wicked Local Arlington

Public Safety

Advocates protest BPD spying tech » Boston Herald Civil liberty advocates rallying around the hashtag #NoBPDspying streamed into a City Council hearing yesterday to protest the Boston Police Department plan to buy $1.4 million in social media monitor…

A nuclear reminder » Commonwealth Magazine For most of those who live and play on Cape Cod Bay and the northern coast at the New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders, the cement structures housing aging nuclear generators have become just anoth…

Trial postponed for retired Springfield Police Det. Kevin Burnham, accused of stealing over $385K from evidence room » The Republican

State Finance

Tax hikes not rules out as budget process begins for fiscal 2018 » State House News Service In 2009 lawmakers raised the sales tax. Four years later, tax hikes increased the cost of gasoline and tobacco. Could 2017 be the year for the next tax hikes?…

Citing 'tremendous' impact, Pittsfield Public Schools sparks conversation on school choice » Berkshire Eagle Choice is powerful." That's the message of a new advertising campaign launched by Pittsfield Public Schools aimed at reversing a long period of declining enrollment.,0,,,0,0,306,0,0,0,0,0,,,11,0,2016-…

Tax hikes not ruled out as budget process begins » The Associated Press (AP) As the fiscal 2018 budget season kicked off with a revenue outlook hearing on Monday, state officials with broad power over state tax policy did not rule out tax increases, and expressed a range of pe…

Economists say uncertainty over Donald Trump, Brexit vote could affect Massachusetts budget » The Republican But there is much economic uncertainty both nationally and internationally, with the election of President-elect Donald Trump and the vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Those fact…

Slow revenue growth shapes Mass. budget talks » Berkshire Eagle Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years, and heightened consumer and business confidence, state budget managers have had to scramble this fiscal year and last to adjust as state tax collectio…

Speaker Robert DeLeo will not rule out new taxes in 2018 Massachusetts budget » MassLive House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, refused to say on Monday whether he would consider tax increases as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.…

Tax hikes not ruled out as budget process begins » Sentinel & Enterprise In 2009 lawmakers raised the sales tax. Four years later, tax hikes increased the cost of gasoline and tobacco. Could 2017 be the year for the next tax hikes? As the fiscal 2018 budget season kicked …

State tax revenues in fiscal 2018 will grow by less than 3 percent » Nashoba Publishing State tax revenues in the next budget cycle will grow by only 2.65 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, marking another year of sluggish collections and again dampening the en…

State Government

Gov. Baker says Massachusetts is prepared for winter weather » WWLP 22 News Governor Baker told 22News that the sight of snow will capture his attention, probably for the rest of his life. …

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Rivals let bygones be bygones » Wicked Local Wareham As old and new grudges were buried last week under the arcane details of legislative sausage-making and the prospect of good health care for veterans, mistrust regarding pot seeds began to sprout and …

Bills on which legislators and Baker agreed » Sentinel & Enterprise This week, with the end of the 2016 session only weeks away, Beacon Hill Roll Call, in the first of a series of special reports, looks at some of the bills that were approved by the Legislature and si…

T officials want janitor contracts cleaned up » Commonwealth Magazine MEMBERS OF THE board overseeing the MBTA lambasted the private vendors who took over the transit agency's cleaning operations, suggesting the contracts should be voided after the companies cut back wo…

Fed judge rules AG Healey must appear in Texas for Exxon deposition » Boston Herald

State pension fund director's pay bumped to $430,000 » State House News Service

Taxation

Officials: Massachusetts won't reap pot taxes in next year » WCVB Massachusetts officials aren't expecting any quick financial windfall from the state's new recreational marijuana law.…

Transportation

Boston's traffic fatality reduction plan needs more $$$, coalition says » State House News Service The City of Boston's 2015 plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes by 2030 requires more funding and a more focused effort to redesign "hot spots," or areas where there have been a hig…

T officials blast cleaning companies for cost-cutting » Boston Globe When the two cleaning companies contracted by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority cut costs this fall, they slashed the hours — and in the process, health insurance — for doze…

Lyft offering a ride to the T » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS, ALREADY heartened by improvements in transportation for the handicapped by taxis and private ride-hailing companies, are entertaining a proposal from Lyft to launch late-night on-deman…

MBTA Janitors Dissatisfied with New, Cost-Saving Contract » WGBH News MBTA Janitors complained of a lack of supplies, hard overnight shifts and a loss of benefits since the MBTA switched to a cost-saving cleaning contract in September.…

Keolis GM sees challenges, opportunities ahead for rail service » State House News Service

Utilities

Power line to link Canada, New England gets key US permit » The Washington Post A power line planned to run under Lake Champlain and link suppliers in Canada with consumers in southern New England has won a key federal permit.…

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