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Must-Reads

Joyce Linehan is an influencer inside Walsh's City Hall » Boston Globe The details of her father's life remain fuzzy to Joyce Linehan. He was a young man with promise when he succeeded his late father in the State House and served as a two-term state representative. But …

Texas Judge Cancels AG Healey Deposition In Exxon Mobil Case » CBS Boston BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has canceled a scheduled deposition by a Massachusetts official who has been looking into whether Exxon Mobil misled the public about the impact of fossil…

Report: Higher education in state budget eroding » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 13, 2016....Massachusetts has cut its higher education funding by an inflation-adjusted 14 percent since 2001, as both tuition and fees and student debt have increased, a new…

Probation fees pose an undue burden » Boston Globe The authors of a 1988 report to Massachusetts lawmakers exploring the idea of imposing fees on probationers acknowledged that the policy “might seem more in keeping with the correctional philoso…

Here are the best-paid business advocates and lobbyists in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal Business advocacy and lobbying groups carry considerable clout in helping shape the policies coming out of the Massachusetts State House, which in turn has a direct impact on thousands of business own…

Public Education Might Have Changed Forever » CQ Roll Call A new chapter of the decades-long school choice debate quietly began with the Nevada Supreme Court's decision to uphold a statewide school voucher system last September. But that debate could turn int…

"This is worthy of a future House and Senate investigation because we were under attack as a country and we just can’t let that go without informing the public fully of what happened and delving further ourselves into what it means. I think that’s important,”

Congressman Bill Keating

Speaking about the Russian hackers interfering with the U.S. election.

News By Category
Business

How the Mass. economy overtook Conn. » Boston Globe Connecticut is in a rut. For decades it was the unrivaled economic powerhouse of New England, leveraging its proximity to Manhattan to woo global companies and attract high-paying jobs.…

NBC to boost new Boston station signal » Boston Globe Comcast Corp. will boost the over-the-air signal for its new NBC station in Boston by adding another full-power television station to its broadcast, responding to complaints that the initial signal wa…

Mass. moves out of shadow of NYC, West Coast for Israeli cybersecurity firms » State House News Service When Lior Div and his partners were first thinking of moving the headquarters of their cybersecurity firm Cybereason from Israel to the United States, Boston was an afterthought to Silicon Valley and …

Cambridge-based global research firm relocating to Maryland » Boston Business Journal

Education

Mass. College of Liberal Arts faculty plan 'no confidence' vote for new president James F. Birge » The Republican The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Faculty Association strongly opposed James F. Birge before his appointment as school president in late 2015, saying he was "not a candidate the faculty would …

Environment

Climate Ready Boston releases latest report » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton Mayor Marty Walsh announced the release of the latest report for Climate Ready Boston, the city's ongoing initiative to prepare Boston for the impacts of climate change, on Dec. 8. The report shows th…

Connecting climate change dots » Commonwealth Magazine Attorney General Maura Healey is locked in a fierce legal battle with ExxonMobil over her request for decades of documents that might suggest the energy giant has misled the public about the impact of…

State ends controversial environmental police details » WCVB Massachusetts Environmental Police officers will no longer be allowed to cash in on a lucrative overtime perk which allows them to split their regular work shifts to accommodate paid details.…

Health Care

Health Innovator: Patients Who Are Asked About Food, Heat See Medical Benefits » WBUR New research out Monday shows that when primary care patients get help attaining basic resources — like food, housing, heat and access to affordable medicines — it leads to improvements …

Senators hosting briefing before health care trip » State House News Service State senators who are traveling to Minnesota later this week on a "healthcare cost containment trip" plan to be available to media Tuesday afternoon to discuss their plans.…

Housing

Boston Gets $30 Million To Redevelop Roxbury's Whittier Street Housing Development » WBUR The city of Boston is getting $30 million from the federal government to help redevelop the Whittier Street housing development and invest in its surrounding Roxbury neighborhood, Mayor Marty Walsh an…

Airbnb praise, concern aired before council » Boston Herald City residents saying they've been pushed out of their homes to make way for short-term rentals like Airbnb were part of a packed council hearing over the controversial money-making housing craze.…

Mayor Walsh blasted over big-bucks JP condos » Boston Herald Jamaica Plain neighborhood groups say they are disappointed Mayor Martin J. Walsh is backing a plan to add 18 condos — which could cost more than $1 million apiece — to a wooded area set…

Walsh announces $30m grant to revitalize Roxbury housing » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined local officials Monday to announce a $30 million federal grant to revitalize the Whittier Street housing development and the surrounding neighborhood in Roxbury.…

Human Services

Howard House for homeless veterans unveiled in Brockton » The Enterprise In a ceremony attended by Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston on Monday morning, the VA Boston Healthcare System and several partner organizations in the project celebrated the grand opening of …

Judiciary

Activists worried about “watered down” criminal justice reforms » WWLP 22

Ex-convicts push for sentencing reform and job investments over prison » The Republican

Labor

Boston-area residents earn grand total of $326 billion per year » Boston Business Journal If you piled up all of the money earned last year by all of the residents in the Greater Boston area, you'd wind up with a stack of more than $326 billion.…

Legislative

Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus seeks input from residents at meetings scheduled in Springfield, Boston, Lawrence » The Republican Black and Latino legislators in Massachusetts are asking residents for their input when it comes to public safety, education and economic development during a statewide listening tour over the next 10…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: A matter of right and wrong » Wicked Local Plymouth House Speaker Robert DeLeo and his band of not-so-merry Democrats tiptoed out on a limb last week made of brittle budget projections and the hopes of a snowless, crimeless, healthy winter full of Main…

Local Government

From Dominican Republic, Lantigua plots another run for Lawrence mayor » Newburyport News

Wrentham awarded grants for efforts to reduce waste » Wicked Local Wrentham

Lynn to receive $400K in PARC Grants » Lynn Daily News Item The state will provide $400,000 to complete improvements to the Lynn Commons.…

Barnstable County Health Dept celebrates 90th anniversary » Cape Cod Today In 1926, the Massachusetts legislature, at the behest of the county commissioners and citizens of Cape Cod, passed enabling legislation to establish the Barnstable County Health Department.…

State OKs grant for soccer fields in Springfield slated to be named in honor of slain police officers » The Republican The state has awarded a $400,000 grant for Mary Lynch Park in Sixteen Acres for new soccer fields and other improvements, with the park site set to be named in memory of two Springfield police officer…

Worcester Gets Piece of $7.2 Million Grant for Renovation of City Parks » Medford Patch Worcester is among the communities receiving a piece of a $7,259,512 in grant funding from the state for park and recreation improvements in Massachusetts. The grants, administered through the Executi…

Boston licensing board serving notice to bars » Boston Herald Licensing board officials are cracking down on direct booze pours into patrons' mouths in a Theater District club and overcrowding at a Brighton bar, saying they mean business about patron safety.…

Millbury moves methadone, marijuana measures to town meeting » Worcester Telegram At least two articles addressing zoning for drug-related uses, one for a moratorium on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana and one for location restrictions on opioid addiction treatme…

Opinion

Our view: Baker's cuts painful, but necessary » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker's mid-year budget cuts, announced last week, are painful but necessary. The Legislature needs to back off its grandstanding threats to overturn them and commit itself to ensuring th…

Donald Trump could be good for the economy » Boston Globe After years of hibernation, will the US economy rouse itself for a big comeback over the next couple of years?…

A teachable moment in the Babson-Wellesley Trump case » Boston Globe It seems more dumb and impulsive than hate-based.…

Other

Source: Christie wanted attorney general, declined other Trump posts » NorthJersey.com Other posts discussed included running the departments of Homeland Security or Veterans Affairs, or serving as ambassador to Italy, but Christie decided he was not a good fit for those positions, N…

Trump, Sessions struck a beneficial relationship » Boston Globe The year was 2005, and Senator Jeff Sessions was astonished by a sensational news report: A project to overhaul the United Nations headquarters in New York would cost more than $1 billion.…

Senate, House leaders issue calls for inquiry on Russian hacking » Boston Globe In a dramatic break with President-elect Donald Trump, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that they supported investigations into possible Russian cyberatta…

President-elect Trump selects former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead Energy Department (report) » The Republican President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department. That's according to two people with knowledge of the decision. The two-time presidential candida…

Trump could be blow to Taunton casino » Taunton Daily Gazette What impact will the election of Donald Trump have on whether the First Light casino in Taunton will see the light of day?…

Politics

Do Tax Cuts Bring About Economic Growth? » WBUR President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to cut taxes for individuals and corporations in order to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush …

Swing counties? Bill could put Mass. electoral votes more in play » Berkshire Eagle Rep. Shawn Dooley wants Massachusetts to play hard to get, at least when it comes to presidential politics. The Norfolk Republican last week filed a bill to change the way the Bay State metes out its…

State Sen. Thomas McGee reflects on year, talks 2017 priorities » Wicked Local Swampscott

Dem party chair bullish on Warren prez run in 2018 » State House News Service If the new chair of the Massachusetts Democrats had his way, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren would run for the White House after winning re-election in 2018.…

On The Record: Chairman of the MA Democratic Party » WCVB Gus Buckford, chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, goes on the record.…

Ex-governor Michael Dukakis endorses campaign to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg, executed in 1953 » The Republican More than 60 years after the execution of alleged spy Ethel Rosenberg, a former governor of Massachusetts has endorsed a campaign to exonerate her.…

Senator wants law mandating prez candidate tax return disclosure » State House News Service

Public Health

Senate President Stan Rosenberg eyes raising pot smoking age to 25 » Boston Herald

Here's what you can — and cannot — do when pot becomes legal Thursday » Boston Globe Despite earlier fears of a delay, marijuana will be legalized in Massachusetts on Thursday, Dec. 15. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to stroll into a store and purchase the drug.…

Officials eye raising tobacco age, vaping crackdown » Boston Herald The Bay State's vote to legalize marijuana has added urgency to the crackdown on “vaping” — the use of e-cigarettes — as state legislators worry the devices will be used to u…

Berkshires' hepatitis C rate estimated at twice national average » Berkshire Eagle Health officials in the Berkshires are moving on several fronts to combat "sky high" rates of a potentially fatal liver disease. …

Public Safety

Some guard towers closed at Massachusetts prisons » The Sun Chronicle "The Massachusetts Department of Correction recently completed comprehensive staffing and security analyses of its correctional facilities. As a result of these analyses, the DOC determined that closi…

No Widely Accepted Way To Test Marijuana Impairment In Drivers » WBUR The recreational marijuana law that takes effect Thursday does not mention driving under the influence. It's one area where State House leaders say they expect to add some requirements next year.…

Sununu: Mass., NH cops must cooperate » Newburyport News Speaking on a panel at a GOP breakfast at Atkinson Country Club last week, Governor-elect Chris Sununu listed a number of his strategies to take on the opioid crisis as he prepares to take the reins o…

Rosenberg sees potential for unregulated marijuana sales » State House News Service

State Finance

State panel will recommend $70 million increase in capital spending » WWLP 22 The Capital Debt Affordability Committee by Thursday is expected to report that Massachusetts can afford $2.26 billion of bonding for capital spending in fiscal year 2018, an increase of about $70 mil…

Baker bites into earmarks with budget solve » Berkshire Eagle A Boston counter-terror center, a green crab trapping program and the Basketball Hall of Fame felt the effects of the state's financial troubles last week as the governor cut $67 million in earmarked…

State lawmakers start work on next year's budget » WWLP 22 The Baker Administration and lawmakers are shifting their focus to drafting a new state budget. According to the Capital Debt Affordability Committee, the administration should increase capital borrow…

State revenue growth slows, sparking fear of recession » The Hill State tax revenue growth slowed in the first several months of the new fiscal year, forcing legislators and budget officials in states across the country to slash projections and spending plans while …

Gov. Charlie Baker budget cuts hit Springfield's Basketball Hall of Fame, Dr. Seuss Museum » The Republican The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield will take financial hits worth hundreds of thousands after Gov. Charlie Baker cut $67 million in earmarked spending fr…

State considering how to spend on infrastructure projects » WWLP 22

State Government

Curtatone on $50m GLX contribution » Commonwealth Magazine Somerville is now officially on the hook for contributing $50 million to the MBTA's $2.3 billion Green Line extension project, a first-of-its kind donation by a municipality for a transit project that…

Healey won't have to appear in Texas in ExxonMobil case » Boston Globe The federal judge who had instructed Attorney General Maura Healey to appear in Dallas for a deposition in an ExxonMobil climate science case canceled the order on Monday.…

Sen. Joan Lovely recognized for public records reform » Wicked Local Salem

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker meets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday in Jerusalem and talked about the economic ties between Israel and Massachusetts, according to Baker aides.…

Judge cancels order for Maura Healey Texas showdown » Boston Herald A federal judge in Texas has canceled today's deposition of Attorney General Maura Healey by attorneys for Exxon Mobil over her controversial probe into whether the oil giant deceived shareholders on …

Baker, MassTech Sign Cybersecurity Agreement With Israel's Cyberspark » Go Local Worcester Governor Charlie Baker as well as other economic development leaders signed a cybersecurity agreement between the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Israel's CyberSpark. The agreement was sign…

Israel, Mass. agree to joint research » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed an agreement with Israeli officials calling for Massachusetts and Israel to pursue joint research and development efforts aimed at bringing new products to the glo…

Attorney General Maura Healey questions Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson » The Republican

In Israel, Baker uses GE to woo companies to Mass » Boston Globe

Transportation

T to replace all Red Line cars » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA DECIDED on Monday to replace all of the older Red Line cars in its fleet rather than just a portion of them, a move that is expe…

MBTA To Replace Entire Red Line Fleet By 2025 » WBUR Transit officials have approved a plan to replace the MBTA's entire fleet of Red Line vehicles. The Boston-area transit system had originally planned to replace only the oldest Red Line cars —…

MBTA's no-bid plan barrels along to replace Red, Orange Line cars » Boston Herald The MBTA plowed ahead yesterday with a roughly $280 million no-bid contract that would replace its entire fleet of aging Red Line cars by 2023, opting to turn to the Chinese company it already tapped …

134 more Red Line cars OK'd; goal is service every 3 minutes at peak times » Boston Globe In a major investment that would sharply expand subway capacity, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority received approval Monday to replace the rest of its Red Line fleet by the end of 2023, a…

Coddling Keolis Makes Cancellations Spike Even Harder to Swallow » Boston Magazine This fall saw one of the worst patches of commuter rail cancellations since the winter of 2015—the snowiest in Boston history brought the MBTA to a standstill. This does not fit into T official…

Get In? Uber and Lyft move forward with state mandated background checks for drivers » Valley Advocate Like many college students in the Valley, Ellen Brancart and Lupe Valle rely on Uber — a smartphone app that allows users to catch rides from local drivers — to get around the Five Colle…

MBTA Approves $277M Worth of 134 New Cars, Replacing Entire Line: PM Digest » Medford Patch A Mass. Bay Transit Authority board on Monday approved replacing all current cars on the Red Line, a massive and costly effort meant to streamline the system and replace many cars that are decades old…

MassDOT shelves refinancing plan it had eyed for big $$$ savings » State House News Service An expected $60 million in savings the Baker administration hoped to achieve by refinancing transportation bonds has crumbled to almost nothing amid market volatility.…

Snubway: This may explain why you've had so much trouble renting and returning public bikes in Boston » Dig Boston By most measures, the Hubway bike-share program has had a very successful fifth year. It celebrated its 5 millionth ride and expanded deep into East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, and Roxbury.…

Utilities

A town unites in a battle against a gas compressor station » Boston Globe Every week they are out there, collecting signatures at a Stop & Shop and holding signs on Route 3A warning that a proposed gas compressor station would endanger residents' health and safety.…

Plymouth officials angered by accidental release of Pilgrim report » Patriot Ledger Meeting in emergency session Wednesday afternoon the Board of Selectmen voted to demand the attendance of a representative of the NRC at an upcoming board meeting to “explain the unauthorized re…

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