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Connector chief says Commonwealth Care $$$ "outside my purview" » State House News Service More than $50 million intended to increase health insurance coverage has been targeted as a budget-balancing measure, and officials are tight-lipped on why that money is available for use. …

What Trump Could Learn From Berlusconi » Politico Is Donald Trump the American version of Silvio Berlusconi? As the New York Times, Washington Post and Guardian have recently noted, the former prime minister of Italy is one of the closest precedents …

Should Thomas Finneran get his pension back? » Boston Globe An attorney for Thomas M. Finneran sparred with a state lawyer Thursday before the state's highest court, which is considering whether the disgraced former House speaker should get his pension back fo…

A tipping point for criminal justice reform » Boston Globe MARK TWAIN made famous the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. …

$15 minimum wage could squeeze workers on public assistance » Boston Globe If it succeeds, a campaign to raise the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15 an hour could put more money in the pockets of low-income workers and create a path to self-sufficiency. But for some families…

Facing criticism, Gov. Charlie Baker defends mid-year budget cuts » The Republican Facing criticism from advocacy groups and Democratic legislators over his recent budget cuts, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday defended those cuts as necessary to balance the budget in light of weak rev…

Mass. Sheriffs' Association falling flat on transparency, audit finds » The Republican Anyone interested in obtaining up-to-date information on the Massachusetts prison population or grant funds going into the state's various sheriffs' departments might be in for some frustration. …

The White House's claim that 800,000 manufacturing jobs were added during Obama's presidency » The Washington Post According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States stood at 12.561 million in January 2009, when Obama became president. As of November, according to pr…

Biden: Democrats Must Show More 'Respect' to Working-Class Whites » Roll Call Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the Democratic Party is not “showing enough respect” to white working-class men while rejecting the notion that racism prompted that bloc of voters …

Trump won with half as much money as Clinton raised » Politico Hillary Clinton outraised Donald Trump two-to-one. It didn't matter. …

"I recall how we all hoped that no one in Washington would pay attention to the work of the regional offices, so we could continue to carry out the mission of the agency."

Lauren Stiller Rikleen

On working at the EPA when head of the agency did not believe in environmental protection.

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Business

Broker-dealers are failing to supervise rogue brokers, says Massachusetts regulator William Galvin » Investment News Broker-dealers that hire rogue brokers — those with checkered disciplinary records — are failing to properly supervise them, and could be hurting investors because of their lax self-poli…

Bristol-Myers Squibb settles with Mass., other states over Abilify marketing » Boston Business Journal Bristol-Myers Squibb on Thursday struck a $19.5 million settlement to resolve claims by 43 states, including Massachusetts, that it marketed an antipsychotic drug to elderly patients and children for …

Globe names new chief executive » Boston Globe Doug Franklin, a former door-to-door newspaper subscription salesman who later served as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and chief financial officer of media conglomerate Cox Enterprises…

Table talk: Boston restaurateurs dish about their businesses and the region » Boston Business Journal Boston restaurateurs sit down to talk about the region's economy, its policies and the changes they've seen.…

The List: Largest business advocacy & lobbying groups in Mass. » Boston Business Journal Ranked by total revenue as reported for each organization's most recently reported tax-filing year…

Business leaders are anxious to avoid an angry call from the president-elect » Boston Globe Bill George knows all about pressure from big government. When he was chief executive of medical device giant Medtronic Inc. in the 1990s, he decided to close a plant in France and move jobs to more c…

Sheehan steps down as CEO of Globe » Commonwealth Magazine THE BOSTON GLOBE on Thursday shuffled its top management, bringing newspaper executive and publisher Doug Franklin out of retirement to replace Mike Sheehan as CEO. Franklin, 59, is the former execut…

Mass. business leaders will talk to 16 select Israeli companies in more 'intimate' round robin event » Boston Business Journal

It's a budding business down on the tree farm » Boston Globe

Education

Expanding vo-tech education 'critical' to Mass. economy: report » Metro More than 3,000 Massachusetts students were left on waiting lists last year for state vocational training programs, a sign of the growing demand for an education that can connect students with high-pa…

UMass students want trustees to address sanctuary campus issue, divestment, tuition » The Republican University of Massachusetts student groups are hoping that faculty, students and others turn out at the UMass Board of Trustees meeting Friday to call on officials to make UMass a sanctuary campus, am…

'They Just Want To See Me Smile': Teen Who Lost Home In Cambridge Fire Finds Support At School » WBUR A couple of nights ago, 16-year old Isaiah Robinson went to basketball practice. He's shooting guard for Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Today he went to school, just as usual. Isaiah is a junior at Rind…

Gov. Baker nixes Rep. Haddad bill on school hiring, firing decisions » Taunton Daily Gazette

Environment

State Awards Over $744,000 For Conservation Partnership Grants » Capecod.com The state announced over $744,000 in funding for local land conservation projects across the Commonwealth.…

Boston Releases Climate Change Plan As Trump Nominates A Skeptic » WGBH News Boston officials released a report Thursday warning of the impact climate change and sea level rise could have on Boston, and detailing steps the city can make to become more resilient. …

A Cautionary Tale For The EPA » WBUR “I survived the Ice Queen's Acid Reign.” Those were the words on the front of the T-shirt that made its way around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency immediately after its administr…

Federal

Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to ease dilemma faced by these two Boston Marathon bombing survivors » Boston.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill Wednesday that she says would make it easier for victims of terrorism to seek specialized care at military health care facilities.…

Health Care

Biogen trial data boosts hopes for its Alzheimer's drug » Boston Globe Biogen Inc. lifted the hopes of Alzheimer's patients and their families last year when early-stage clinical trial results showed an experimental drug slowed the mental decline of a small number of pat…

Insys execs charged with bribing doctors » Boston Herald Federal prosecutors have brought racketeering charges against former top executives of a pharmaceutical company for allegedly bribing doctors across the country to prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medi…

Owner of Mass. psych hospitals in cross hairs » Commonwealth Magazine Some accounts sound like a step into the Twilight Zone, with people who arrived for free mental health assessments finding themselves in locked psychiatric wards without even realizing they had been a…

Why Partners HealthCare hemorrhaged $108M last fiscal year » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Market Knocked This Real Estate Startup Down » BostInno Lesson learned: Just because a consumer audience is jazzed about a startup doesn't mean it will be a viable business. Ask Wizio, a venture we profiled last fall that captured the hearts of Bostonians …

Human Services

The desperate and the dead: Homelessness » Boston Globe It felt like they had chased the dream forever: to keep the homeless man in the red sneakers off the streets.…

Insurance

AG Healey says she'll sue if needed to protect the state's health care market » Boston Business Journal Attorney General Maura Healey is prepared to protect the Massachusetts health insurance market from upheaval, even if it means suing the federal government.…

Judiciary

Gov nominates two for Superior Court » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker on Dec. 7 nominated two former assistant district attorneys to seats on the Superior Court bench, though councilors said the governor may have to re-nominate them come January. …

Exxon subpoenas Newton law firm » Boston Herald The legal battle that's entangled Attorney General Maura Healey's investigation of Exxon Mobil is bleeding into other corners of the court system, now enveloping a boutique law firm in Newton.…

Labor

High court affirms privatization in case brought by union » State House News Service

Legislative

SJC justices grill Thomas Finneran lawyer » Boston Herald A lawyer for ex-House Speaker Thomas Finneran faced a barrage of pointed questions yesterday from the state's top court, which is weighing whether the former pol with a felony conviction deserves his …

Local Government

Pittsfield Health Officials Wait for Council Comments on Needle Exchange » iBerkshires It is very unlikely the City Council will change the mind of the Board of Health when it comes to opening a needle exchange. But, the board does want to wait until the council has a chance to weigh in…

Ware selectmen OK 'slum' designation for downtown » The Republican Selectmen on Tuesday voted to designate the downtown business district and surrounding residential streets a slum and blight area as a means to procure government grants.…

Mayor Walsh says gov's budget cuts raise concerns » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he's concerned about statewide budget cuts announced earlier this week by Gov. Charlie Baker, particularly those pertaining to state reimbursements for educational funding i…

Falmouth selectmen consider ban on recreational pot shops » Cape Cod Times Selectmen haven't taken a formal vote but the board is considering putting a question on the May annual election ballot that would ban recreational pot shops from opening in town.…

Boston prepared to do battle with Old Man Winter » Boston Herald Tens of thousands of tons of salt, as many as 840 pieces of snow- and ice-removal equipment, and a new truck designed to melt snow when it hits the ground are among the tools ready to be dispatched as…

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt calls for temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities » The Republican Mayor Will Reichelt has called for delaying implementation of the state's new recreational marijuana law to give West Springfield time to plan and craft zoning changes necessary to accommodate the reg…

Opinion

Repealing the Affordable Care Act — fact vs. fiction » Boston Globe AS THE NEW administration and Republican allies in Congress plan their agenda for 2017, repeal of the Affordable Care Act is front and center. …

Shocker: Further open records reform needed » Boston Globe AS SHE stood before a group of area newspaper publishers last Friday, Attorney General Maura Healey said: “Government accountability and transparency are as important as they've ever been."…

Editorial: Peter Kocot, Maura Healey advocates for public records » Gazette Net The Massachusetts Public Records Law, once one of the weakest in the country, is significantly stronger due to the work by state Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton and Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Baker wants to prove he's tough on spending, but at what cost? » Boston Globe Khristopher Reed had been drifting for a long time when he found his way to an unusually unique culinary program a few months ago.…

Benton: GOP gets a grip on spending » Salem News A wise man — made to seem wiser by the results of the most recent presidential election — once said that the problem with Democrats is that whenever times are good they view it as a sign…

Our Opinion: Data needed on county corrections systems » Berkshire Eagle Determining the effectiveness of the state's correctional system and identifying weaknesses can't be done without the necessary data. The Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association must do better in this reg…

Political cost of cuts » Sentinel & Enterprise A few cracks in the working relationship between Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislature have appeared over Baker's decision to slice almost $100 million from the state budget in …

Show the same concern for law-abiding citizens as you do illegals » Lowell Sun I was pleased when Charlie Baker became our governor and so far, I have approved of his performance.…

One step forward, two steps back in gender equity battle » Boston Business Journal A report released by Seattle-based Payscale shows the gap in pay is shrinking both nationally and locally for women and men with similar backgrounds doing exactly the same jobs.…

ViewPoint: Nutrition, health and wellness are now business drivers » Boston Business Journal The debut of the revised Nutrition Facts food label put sugar in the crosshairs and the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) has suggested that the sugar industry may have shaped five de…

ViewPoint: Industry and public education must partner » Boston Business Journal Strong public schools are the bedrock of healthy, vibrant communities — communities where employees want to live, work and raise their families. We also believe a strong system of public educat…

Local prohibition is still prohibition » Dig Boston Question 4, the new marijuana law passed by voters in November, gives the public too much freedom. That's the message relayed by Geoffrey Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal As…

Peter Lucas: Could Stein pour cold water on firebrand Warren? » Sentinel & Enterprise Donald Trump should invite Jill Stein to Trump Tower for a talk. Why not? He's invited just about everybody else who knocked him around in his campaign for president. So why not Stein?…

Healey's Exxon investigation runs into the Bill of Rights » Boston Globe

Other

Romney spotted near Trump Tower amid cabinet talks » New York Post Mitt Romney, still in the running for President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state, is certainly hustling for the job.…

Report: Trump weighing former Sox manager as Japan ambassador » Lowell Sun U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine for U.S. ambassador to Japan, WEEI.com reported early Friday. Citing multiple unnamed sources, the w…

Politics

Revved up for run at mayor » Boston Herald

Seth Moulton is looking for a campaign finance director » Boston Globe It's not something that a congressman usually puts on the public record, but then again US Representative Seth Moulton is not your run-of-the-mill discreet politician, one of the reasons for his high …

Investigator of Babson students a Hillary Clinton backer » Boston Herald The chief Babson College official investigating two students accused of hurling racist and homophobic slurs after President-elect Donald Trump's victory declared her avid support of Hillary Clinton on…

From Immigration To Infrastructure, Big-City Mayors Draw Up Wish List For Trump » WBUR With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban age…

Public Health

Governor slashes anti-addiction funds for Cape » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker's red pen slashed hundreds of thousands of dollars for opioid abuse prevention and treatment services on the Cape and Islands this week, including seven school-based anti-addiction …

Deadly Lowell opioid ODs outpacing 2015 » Lowell Sun The city has had 55 fatal opioid overdoses through mid-November already surpassing last year's, according to a new report from police.…

VA staff, patients defend opioid treatment » Nashoba Publishing Residents of Crescent House and staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital pushed back Wednesday against allegations that the hospital and its addiction-treatment facilities are plagu…

Why Is Charlie Baker Cutting $1.9 Million for Substance Abuse Treatment? » Boston Magazine

Public Safety

Task force to investigate handling of decapitated Lawrence teen case » Boston Globe Mayor Dan Rivera said Thursday he has set up an independent task force to look into the police department's handling of the case of Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, who was found mutilated and murdered nea…

Lawrence Mayor Announces Investigation Into Police Handling Of Teen's Disappearance » WBUR The mayor of Lawrence announced on Thursday the city would investigate how its police department handled a missing person case that ended in a murder investigation.…

It's still illegal to buy, sell pot » The Daily News of Newburyport

State Finance

State health money swept into general fund » Berkshire Eagle More than $50 million intended to increase health insurance coverage has been targeted as a budget-balancing measure, and officials are tight-lipped on why that money is available for use.…

State budget woes hit MetroWest communities » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker's mid-year budget cuts will eliminate nearly $2 million in funding spread across dozens of local earmarks for MetroWest and Milford area towns, including for education, transportati…

State Rep. Kulik critical of Gov. Baker's budget cuts » The Recorder State Rep. Stephen Kulik added his name to those of top legislators critical of Gov. Charlie Baker's nearly $100 million in discretionary budget cuts as unnecessary now for the pain they will cause.…

Internal emails show Baker administration not ruling out vehicle miles traveled tax » The Republican Although Gov. Charlie Baker in August vetoed a pilot program to test a new tax on miles traveled by Massachusetts motorists, emails obtained by The Republican show his administration is not ruling out…

Lawmakers, municipal officials fear damage from Baker cuts » Sentinel & Enterprise Sen. Jamie Eldridge sees Gov. Charlie Baker's decision to cut $98 million from the state's $39.25 billion budget as a big loss for programs aimed to help the poor, mentally ill and the disabled.…

State Government

15 Baker donors to travel with him to Israel » Boston Globe At least 15 of the business leaders set to travel with Governor Charlie Baker on his trade mission to Israel have contributed money to his campaigns for governor, according to a Globe review of campai…

Baker administration signals interest in state employee buyouts » Nashoba Publishing Nearly a month after the application deadline passed, the Baker administration on Wednesday gave its first indication of interest in a state employee buyout program they hope can lead to $25 million i…

Transportation

Is MBTA absenteeism really declining? » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA officials regularly report they are reining in rampant worker absenteeism, but the progress they report is largely an illusion created by making comparisons to 2015, when severe winter weather br…

Looking to improve parking, Boston turns to L.A. and Seattle » Boston Globe Seven years ago, Los Angeles transportation officials launched a major initiative to manage parking by increasing meter rates during higher demand. Critics in the car-loving city of 4 million grumbled…

Optimism builds for next phase of Route 79 project » The Herald News Statements by state officials have given the city new hope that the second phase of a Route 79 rebuild will take place.…

Chelsea Council, Police Look to Reduce Default Speed Limit » Chelsea Record It appears 30 is just too fast. City Councillors, led by Councillor Judith Garcia's committee, and Police Chief Brian Kyes are looking to push the default speed limit on Chelsea streets down from 30 m…

T drivers suing for bus money » Boston Herald MBTA bus drivers will have their day in court next month in their bid to win what could be millions of dollars from the transit agency for the time they spend traveling between bus assignments.…

Transition To All-Electronic Tolling Is Saving Some Mass. Pike Drivers 12 Minutes, State Says » WBUR Nearly six weeks after the state's transition to all-electronic tolling, officials say drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike are starting to reap the benefits. The Department of Transportation said i…

MBTA Green Line Extension Now Expected To Open In 2021 » WBUR The arrival time for the long-delayed Green Line Extension has been pushed back again. MBTA officials announced Wednesday night that the project designed to expand the Green Line into Somerville and …

Utilities

Plymouth leaders demand answers from NRC on Pilgrim plant » Cape Cod Times Plymouth selectmen want to know how an in-house Nuclear Regulatory Commission email containing some alarming observations about operations at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station wound up in the hands of…

Protests Continue As West Roxbury Pipeline Starts Operation » WGBH News The possibility of a deadly explosion, decreased property values, and disregard for citizen's rights — they're all reasons why residents in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, say they oppose a high-p…

More deteriorating panels found at Pilgrim nuclear plant » Cape Cod Times Nearly 900 neutron-absorbing panels used to prevent a nuclear reaction from occurring in Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's spent fuel pool could be deteriorating by this time next year, increasing the c…

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