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Must-Reads

Disgraced Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran to ask SJC to restore his state pension » The Republican Disgraced former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran wants his state pension back. …

How Trump won our Rust Belt. And how we win it back. » Boston Globe Like many in Massachusetts, I was deeply disappointed by Donald Trump's victory. But unlike many other Democrats, I wasn't surprised. …

UMass trustees board infused with new faces » State House News Service The UMass Board of Trustees got a makeover on Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Baker swore in five new members to replace several trustees closely allied with former Gov. Deval Patrick and elevated Robert Ma…

Trump again hires foreign workers for Mar-a-Lago — little change in pay » myPalmBeachPost President-elect Donald Trump is driving a hard bargain for the foreign workers who will staff The Mar-a-Lago Club this winter. …

Trump follows Obama's political blueprint » Politico Nobody wants to admit it, but the new president's early moves look at lot like the old president's. …

Baker's cuts draw blowback from Legislature » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he is unilaterally slashing $98 million from the state budget to remedy what his administration says is a gap between projected revenue and authorized spending…

“Governor Baker’s action today cuts important programs, including approximately $6 million in reductions to homelessness and housing, $1.9 million in cuts to substance abuse prevention programming, $900,000 in cuts to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services, and $400,000 in cuts to services for terminally ill children,”

Senator Karen E. Spilka

Speaking about Governor Baker's $98 million dollar budget cuts.

News By Category
Business

More cracks appear in the corporate glass ceiling » Boston Globe For years, they have been on the Boston Club's notorious “zero-zero” list: Massachusetts companies with no women in either the boardroom or executive suite.…

Why Donald Trump could save jobs but damage the economy » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump is trying to remake the American economy one business at a time. The strategy? Cajole and scold until companies everywhere decide to make more things in America.…

The 56 Mass. leaders going to Israel, and how they plan to sell Boston's business ecosystem » Boston Business Journal Dozens of the biggest names in Massachusetts' cybersecurity and digital health industries will try to woo Israeli entrepreneurs to the Boston area during the U.S.-Israel Growth Summit at Tel Aviv Univ…

Boston City Councilors Look For Ways To Keep Minorities From Being Shut Out Of Legal Marijuana Business » WBUR As Massachusetts gets set for a likely multi-billion dollar marijuana industry, some Boston City Council members are trying to make sure communities that have been harmed by marijuana prohibition are …

Buying pot legally in Massachusetts could take longer to approve » WWLP 22 News Lawmakers could slow down how soon adults will be able to buy weed. State lawmakers won't be back at work for 4 more weeks, but they can still change how soon you'll be able to buy pot.…

Mass. employers more confident following Trump win, survey finds » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts employers are more confident than they have been all year, according to a new survey from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.…

Trump's threat to cancel Air Force One order would also affect GE » Boston Business Journal Donald Trump specifically targeted Boeing Co.'s deal to build a new fleet of Air Force One presidential jets via Twitter on Tuesday. But the President-elect was effectively putting at least one other …

Abbott sues Waltham's Alere to end $5.8 billion buyout » Boston Business Journal

Education

School says no suspensions for student walkout » Boston Herald Roxbury Prep administrators are quelling student rumors that they would be suspended for walking out of school Monday to protest President-elect Donald Trump.…

UMass, union work out Labor Center deal » Gazette Net After months of upheaval concerning the future of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Labor Center, stakeholders announced Tuesday plans to restore teaching assistant positions and revamp effort…

Tragedy strikes Bridgewater State again as 7th student dies » Patriot Ledger Another student from Bridgewater State University died last week, making it seven students who have died suddenly since April. The deaths are unrelated.…

Gov. Charlie Baker names former Worcester city manager Michael O'Brien, ex-DA Elizabeth Scheibel to UMass trustees board » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday tapped Michael O'Brien, the former city manager of Worcester, former Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel and three others for the board of trustees for the …

Massachusetts students ace reading, science in global test » Boston Herald Public school students in Massachusetts stack up well against their peers around the world when it comes to reading and science.…

Former Worcester city manager O'Brien named to UMass board of trustees » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Former Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien is among the new trustees Gov. Charlie Baker named to the University of Massachusetts' top leadership board Tuesday.…

Massachusetts students score among world's best » My Fox Boston Massachusetts students are in a league with the top-scoring nations in the world, according to new test results released by the state.…

S&P rating agency warns of credit impact of Massachusetts charter school expansion » The Republican A second ratings agency has warned of the danger that having too many charter schools poses to city and town credit ratings.…

SG passes proposal urging BU become “sanctuary campus” » The Daily Free Press The Boston University Student Government passed a proposal at its final meeting of the semester Monday evening that supports an existing petition to make BU a “sanctuary campus.”…

New school program in Worcester aims to foster stronger parent involvement » Worcester Telegram & Gazette It's a Tuesday evening, and the students have long gone home, but Worcester East Middle School still has a class in session. Standing in front of a group of around 25 parents last week, school guidan…

Environment

Appalachian Mountain Club moving to Charlestown » Boston Globe The Appalachian Mountain Club on Monday closed on the purchase of a prominent building in Charlestown's City Square, where it will move its headquarters after nearly a century of running its operation…

Health Care

The Power of Will: A cure and a crisis » Boston Globe The opulent, gold-leafed ballroom was packed. Leading pediatric oncologists had come from around the world to the conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., along with dozens of parents of desperately ill chi…

Repealing Obamacare won't fix health care » Commonwealth Magazine “ALL BUREAUCRACIES, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, are the same” is a motto I have lived by for years, and it applies to the health care and health insurance bureaucracies. I purchase a full price ind…

In Berkshires, another barrier to medical marijuana: Few doctors in county can prescribe it » Berkshire Eagle Larry Spatz of Lanesborough couldn't sit by and see a family member in such pain.…

Housing

Worcester foreclosure starts drop 25% » Worcester Business Journal Foreclosure starts in Worcester County dropped by 24.7 percent in October, beating the state average and marking continued decline in foreclosures, which had been on the increase until September.…

Walsh Uses New Law To Give Boston Homeowners A Break » Banker & Tradesman

Judiciary

State's high court gets down to business on Lawrence retreat » Boston Herald The right to counsel may be expanded in Massachusetts, and brave veterans — still hearing the echoes of war — could get extra leeway from judges when they are brought up on criminal char…

Concord Attorney Nominated to Mass. Superior Court » Concord Patch

Andover, Concord attorneys nominated for Superior Court » State House News Service

Labor

The 'Fight for $15' persists in Massachusetts and beyond » Bay State Banner

Legislative

State Lawmakers Could Push Back Pot Legalization Before the New Year » Boston Magazine Soon, legal marijuana will be the law of the land in Massachusetts. But when remains an open question.…

Finneran pension battle before judges tomorrow » Boston Herald Ex-Speaker Thomas M. Finneran's fight to win back his pension has reached the state's highest court, where justices tomorrow will hear arguments about whether the former pol's lies on the stand should…

Local Government

Walsh proposes lower Boston property taxes » Boston Globe Boston homeowners are likely to see their property tax bills shrink by the end of the year under a proposal that would expand the city's residential exemption for the first time in 17 years.…

Billerica officials consider pot shop delay » Wicked Local Billerica Billerica officials are looking for options to delay the opening of recreational marijuana facilities in town for at least a year after local and state approval on Nov. 8.…

SJC decision means New Bedford must pay back wages for 2009 furloughs » South Coast Today A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling means the city will have to pay back employee wages from a 2009 furlough of City Hall workers.…

Anti-hate resolution in Holyoke debated but not voted despite listing of groups that merit protection » The Republican The City Council Tuesday debated and referred to committee instead of voting on a resolution to declare the city a safe and accepting hate-free community.…

Balance of power key in Framingham charter debate » The Metro West Daily News The power of the mayor, the composition of the School Committee and the hurdles citizens must clear to initiate recalls and other ballot measures were among the concerns raised at a public hearing Tue…

Advocates pitch for pot shop licenses in Boston's minority areas » Boston Herald Advocates trying to help minorities cash in on the state's legalized marijuana industry want City Hall to set aside pot shop licenses for neighborhoods that have historically seen the most weed arrest…

Mayor backs tax break for homeowners » Boston Herald A new tax break backed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh aims to help soften the blow of rising property taxes for homeowners at a time when real estate values are soaring in the city.…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno vetoes citizen Police Commission » The Republican The City Council's vote to establish a five-member Police Comission was immediately vetoed by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Tuesday, setting the stage for an override attempt and potential legal battle.…

Planners weigh marijuana moratorium options » Daily Times Chronicle

Opinion

The strong business relationship between Israel and Massachusetts » Worcester Business Journal Governor Charlie Baker's upcoming visit to Israel carries on an important tradition of our state leadership—one that highlights the strong economic relationship between Massachusetts and Israel…

There is one China and one Taiwan. Let's all stop pretending otherwise. » Boston Globe AS A CANDIDATE and a president-elect, Donald Trump has compiled a long list of follies, gaffes, and outrages.…

Michael Flynn's fevered imaginings » Boston Globe If there's one lesson we've learned in the campaign just past, it's that America is fed up with political correctness. …

Please, can't self-driving cars rise above Bostonians' reckless ways? » Boston Globe RE “NOTE to self-driving car: Rage takes you far here” (Page A1, Dec. 2): I suppose it is practical, but it is also disappointing, that the nuTonomy partnership with the city on self-drivi…

ExxonMobil fighting a losing battle in countersuit » Boston Globe THE BOSTON Globe reported that ExxonMobil has countersued Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, claiming her investigation violates its First Amendment free speech rights (“ExxonMobil cou…

Mass. AG oversteps in what plays as political theater » Boston Globe ATTORNEY GENERAL Maura Healey pandered to her liberal base by suing ExxonMobil over climate change. …

This clash is not how taxpayer wants his money spent » Boston Globe IN THE article “ExxonMobil counterattacks Healey over climate suit,” Attorney General Maura Healey says her attack on the company is “not about changing climate policy.” …

Editorial: Whining in the streets » Boston Herald Memo to would-be student protesters: Next time check the weather forecast first.…

Carr: Have funds, will travel for those on the dole » Boston Herald Massachusetts' EBT card holders are spending welfare cash in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, while patronizing or at least accessing ATMs in liquor and tobacco stores, beauty salons…

Editorial: Law on whose side? » Boston Herald We're accustomed to politicians giving evasive answers but during a visit with Massachusetts newspaper publishers on Friday Attorney General Maura Healey brought obfuscation to a whole new level. We j…

Other

Democrats relish battle with GOP over Medicare » Boston Globe Within days of Donald Trump's election, left-leaning donors were asking Erica Payne: What's the plan for Granny?…

What Would Ben Carson As HUD Secretary Mean For Mass.? » WBUR On Monday, Donald Trump tapped retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development. …

Warren is lone dissenter from Mass. delegation as Cures bill moves forward » Boston Business Journal U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has come out strongly against the 21st Century Cures Act bill, but every other federal lawmaker from Massachusetts is now backing the medical research and drug development l…

Lawmakers wrapping up work, eyeing the exits » Lowell Sun Lawmakers are spending plenty of money and are greasing the way for retired Gen. James Mattis to be President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of defense as they race toward adjourning the battle-scarre…

President-elect Donald Trump says Mitt Romney still under consideration for secretary of state » The Republican

Politics

AG Maura Healey: Donald Trump should not take office until he addresses conflicts of interest » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, said Republican president-elect Donald Trump should not be able to take office until he addresses reports of conflicts of interests between his…

Healey tries to buck up disappointed Democrats » Boston Globe Buck up the troops. Assuage some fears. Address a group of politics activists who are, for the time being, without a candidate to support.…

Meditating on liberty » Commonwealth Magazine WE DID NOT invent America – we inherited it. What are the core elements of our inheritance, and are they at risk in an era when many of the norms of political behavior we have come to expect ha…

Latino-Vote Party looks to rally voices of Mass. Latino communities » Berkshire Eagle

Public Health

Parents want to limit screen time, but not for themselves » Boston Globe As electronic screens have become increasingly prevalent in households, parents have scrambled to impose limits on the amount of time their children spend viewing them.…

Public Safety

$44,000 spent on police probes » Gloucester Times The city of Gloucester has paid legal bills totaling more than $44,000 to date for investigative costs tied to the cases of former police Chief Leonard Campanello and police Sgt. Sean Conners —…

State Finance

Battle brews over Baker's midyear spending cuts » Politico Key legislative leaders are pushing back against a midyear move by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to trim the state budget, an action that House Speaker Robert DeLeo says negates overrides the le…

Could Mass. impose tax on sodas? » Boston Globe Among the proposals facing the Legislature in the new year: a plan to impose a tax on soda.…

The state won't see tax revenue from recreational pot sales in FY18 » WWLP 22 News The state will not assume new revenue from recreational marijuana sales for at least another year and a half, according to the state's Department of Revenue.…

Baker, nervous about budget, cuts $98m » Commonwealth Magazine LURCHING FROM ONE BUDGET PROBLEM to another, Gov. Charlie Baker moved Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match sluggish state revenues with likely spending…

Baker orders state budget cuts; Democratic leader objects » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered spending cuts to close a shortfall in the state's nearly $40 billion budget.…

Baker Orders State Budget Cuts; Democratic Leader Objects » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker ordered spending cuts Tuesday to close a nagging shortfall in the state's nearly $40 billion budget. In a letter to the Democratic-controlled Legislatu…

Backlash as Gov. Baker cuts $98M from state budget » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker today slashed $98 million in spending to help balance the state's porous budget, his office said, slicing from 140 state agencies in a move that is immediately drawing rebukes from …

Baker slashes spending, legislative leaders say cuts premature » State House News Service Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spend…

Lawmakers eye reversal of Baker budget cuts » The Salem News

Emergency rules adopted as state expands e-file tax system » State House News Service

State Government

Pension fund manager's bonus just shy of $160,000 » Gloucester Times Taking home a six-figure bonus on top of a $35,000 pay hike, the state's pension fund manager on Tuesday credited the fund's roughly three months of paternity leave with helping keep his highly sought…

Maura Healey promises to fight Texas judge's 'abuse of discretion' » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey has vowed to appeal a federal judge's insistence that she appear in his Texas courtroom to answer questions about her probe of oil giant Exxon Mobil, arguing that she sho…

In Westford, Baker touts job growth, challenges ahead » Lowell Sun With the unemployment rate at the lowest level Massachusetts has seen in 15 years, Gov. Charlie Baker visited Westford Tuesday to tout the state's success so far and to acknowledge the unique challeng…

Weston Resident Named Mass. First Assistant AG » Framingham Patch Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced the appointment of Weston attorney Mary Strother as the new First Attorney General.…

Baker slashes spending » Berkshire Eagle Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spend…

Sen. Moore Announces Members of MA - Quebec Research Council » Go Local Worcester Senator Michael Moore, as well as Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Quebec National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon, announced members of the Massachusetts-Quebec Research Council on Monday at th…

Gov. Baker slashes spending with midyear cuts » South Coast Today Moving from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spendin…

Gov. Baker: More than 500 state employees apply for buyouts » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Governor Urges Infrastructure Maintenance » Bond Buyer

Transportation

R.I. singles out trucks for tolls » Commonwealth Magazine Rhode Island is embracing road tolls in an interesting way, with a plan to assess the fees only on big-rig trucks. The idea, conceived by Gov. Gina Raimondo and backed by key Democratic lawmakers, is…

Pols take quick action on speed limit » Wicked Local Roslindale After Mayor Marty Walsh announced last week that the default speed limit on city streets will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph effective Jan. 9, 2017, Boston City Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi-Ge…

Utilities

Judges say FERC 'dropped the ball' on Northeast rates » Greenwire Federal judges today faulted regulators for failing to adequately explain their decision to set a new tariff rate for Northeastern utilities to charge for services that use their transmission assets.…

NRC email: Pilgrim plant 'overwhelmed' » Cape Cod Times In an in-house email sent Monday to Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials, the leader of a federal inspection team currently scouring equipment, procedures and staff performance at Pilgrim Nuclear P…

NRC fuels concerns about nuclear plant's safety » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Haddock
  • 2 ounces salt pork (diced)
  • 2 onions (sliced)
  • 4 potatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 Bay leaf (crumbled)
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Simmer haddock in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Drain reserve broth. Remove bones from fish. Saute diced pork until crisp, remove and set aside. Saute onion in pork fat until golden brown. Add fish, potatoes, celery, bay leave, salt and pepper. Pour in fish broth plus enough boiling water to make 3 cups of liquid. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add milk and butter and simmer for 5 minutes.Serve chowder with pork dice



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