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Must-Reads

Partners HealthCare's CEO joins meeting with Trump » Boston Globe The head of Massachusetts' largest health care system joined other prominent hospital executives in a meeting on Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to repeal the Affordable Car…

Favorable view of Mass. health costs undone by the data » Boston Globe DAVID TORCHIANA, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, once again has recited Commonwealth Fund analyses of federal survey data showing that Massachusetts health insurance premiums are a lower sha…

Why Christie Hopes For Big Trouble For The Trump Administration » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS It's Wednesday, and as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the New York Times reports how Gov. Chris Christie is banking on the Republican administration having a disastrous first ye…

Trump Seeks Credit for 5,000 Sprint Jobs SoftBank Touted Earlier » Bloomberg Politics U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sought credit for Sprint Inc.'s commitment to create or bring back 5,000 jobs that the carrier says are part of broader U.S. hiring plans previously announced by Japa…

How could so few legislators pass a marijuana delay? » Boston Globe Just a half-dozen Massachusetts legislators passed a measure Wednesday that delayed, by six months, the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts. …

Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg defends rushing bill delaying retail marijuana implementation » MassLive Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Wednesday defended lawmakers rushing a bill delaying retail pot shops to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

"For example, most of us who've looked at this don't have a clue whether there's enough money from that tax rate to actually pay for setting up the agency, for doing the licensing, for doing the enforcement and there also have to be considerations for public safety and for public health,"

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the legislature's decision on Wednesday to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores.

News By Category
Business

For 2017, what's next in tech » Boston Globe If you're already bored with your holiday gifts, hang tight: 2017 promises to be the year when some long-awaited technologies finally come into their own.…

GE Moves HQ To Boston, MGM Casino Construction Continues In 2016 » WAMC One of the world's biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016. Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.…

Legislature fast-tracks legal change to expand biotech park for incoming Calif. company » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to enable the expansion of a California biologics company into Worcester.…

Intarcia gets another $206M and announces a new disease target: HIV » Boston Business Journal

Bars must boot holiday revelers at 2:30 a.m. » Boston Herald

Exclusive: How 3 HBS Alums Plan to Transform Supermarkets with Robots » BostInno In early December, Amazon gave the world a sneak peek at what the future of grocery shopping could look like. …

Solarize Mass shines light on opportunities in Cummington, Goshen, Windsor, Worthington » Berkshire Eagle Rosemary Wessel knew for years that solar energy would eventually power her small house in Cummington, lowering her electric bills and helping save the planet. Finally, 2017 may be that year. Wesse…

Unemployment drops, jobs rise locally in 2016 » Nashoba Publishing Soon after the national unemployment rate pushed north of 10 percent in 2009, it started to drop. Seven years later the national unemployment rate is half that. The Massachusetts rate dropped from 10…

Legislators push for pot shop delay » The Salem News Lawmakers are pushing for a six-month delay on rules leading to the state's first-ever retail pot shops, saying that the framework passed by voters in November didn't leave for enough time to set up l…

Legislature votes in virtually empty informal session to delay sale of recreational pot » The Sun Chronicle The Legislature voted Wednesday to delay major aspects of a law approved by voters that legalized recreational use of marijuana, but it happened before a virtually empty chamber and local lawmakers we…

Massachusetts delays opening of recreational marijuana stores until July » The Washington Times While it's now legal to possess or home-grow marijuana in Massachusetts — thanks to a ballot initiative passed by voters this year — residents are going to have to wait longer to legally…

Education

Boston-area campuses receive a schooling in hate » Boston Globe Is shouting anti-Semitic insults while throwing a cup of beer a hate crime? …

Lowell School administrators demand pay for longer walk to work » Lowell Sun The Lowell School Administrators Association is demanding money to walk an extra distance to work each day, saying a recent change in parking garage locations is costing them time and energy and exten…

New dorm helps drive Salem State revenue increase » Boston Business Journal Salem State's operating revenue jumped by 6 percent year-over-year on the back of income from a new dormitory and a larger haul in tuition and fees.…

Environment

President Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments » MassLive President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of pu…

Federal

U.S. senators: Russia should be sanctioned for election hacks » Lowell Sun U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email…

Health Care

Mandated drug-disposal programs arrive in 2017 » Wicked Local Georgetown A new law will soon mandate pharmaceutical manufacturing companies that either sell or distribute medications to provide Massachusetts residents with more opportunities to dispose unused, unwanted pil…

Pembroke Hospital Cuts Psychiatric Beds After Staffing Criticism » WGBH News A for-profit psychiatric hospital that's faced repeated criticism from Massachusetts regulators has reduced its patient capacity by more than a third, blaming a shortage of doctors.…

Human Services

Crane Memorial Center: Cuts hobble Pittsfield nonprofit's reach for recovery » Berkshire Eagle Boston giveth. And Boston taketh away. With a promised $75,000 in state funding, an all-volunteer Pittsfield nonprofit had hoped to take a great leap forward, finally getting help writing grants and m…

Labor

Minimum wage to increase to $11 an hour in the New Year » WWLP 22 New Year, new minimum wage. Massachusetts businesses, large and small, are getting ready to give hourly employees a $1 raise to $11 an hour on Sunday. …

AG: Minimum Wage Will Increase On Sunday » Banker & Tradesman

Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It? » WBUR The Great Recession ended 7 1/2 years ago, and job gains have been steady since, but greater demand for workers is only starting to increase pay. The increases are still relatively modest, and the da…

Legislative

While supporting legalization, Senator Barrett welcomes breaks on retail sale » Wicked Local Lexington Though not part of the vote, Senator Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, supported the delay for retail sales of recreational marijuana which passed the House of Representatives and Senate Wednesday.…

Postpartum depression commission named after Amherst Rep. Ellen Story » MassLive For approximately 15 percent of women, the period after giving birth can be an extraordinarily difficult one emotionally, even if the baby is wanted.…

Lawmakers Delay Key Provisions Of New Massachusetts Pot Law » CBS Boston The Massachusetts Legislature approved a six-month delay of several key provisions in the state's new recreational marijuana law, including the licensing of pot shops, angering backers of the voter-ap…

Watertown legislator criticizes marijuana sales delay » Wicked Local Watertown

Lawmakers to get 4.2 percent raise for next session » State House News Service

Local Government

Keller @ Large: How Other Cities Deal With Those Who Don't Shovel Snow » CBS Boston The WBZ-TV weather team is all over what looks like the first significant storm of the winter Thursday night, and while it looks like Boston will be spared the worst of it, you know it's just a matter…

Year in Review: Town keeps fighting 40Bs » Daily Times Chronicle Many people will complain that 2016 was a terrible year. They'll point to the terrorist attacks around the globe (including the latest one in Germany), mass shootings in America (Pulse Nightclub in Or…

Governor signs Reading senior property tax exemption bill » Daily Times Chronicle Governor Charlie Baker has approved legislation authorizing the Town of Reading to establish a means-tested property tax exemption program to provide financial relief for residents who are 65 and olde…

Falmouth selectmen: Housing project too big » Cape Cod Times Attorney for $5.5M Falmouth proposal says developer open to 'legitimate concerns.'…

Opinion

Mandatory minimums play a role in criminal justice system » Boston Globe RE “HARSH 1980s laws, meet cautious 2016 politics” (Editorial, Dec. 22): I had the opportunity to represent the 11 elected district attorneys on the working group to the Council of State G…

Editorial: A welcome delay on pot » Boston Herald When the need is urgent enough Beacon Hill actually manages to move reasonably swiftly. Gov. Charlie Baker should quickly put his signature to a bill delaying implementation of some aspects of the new…

He'd take single payer health care over Partners » Boston Globe RE “FIRST, do no harm” by David Torchiana, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Opinion, Dec. 19): In understanding Partners, a touch of history may be relevant.…

Editorial: Overturning the voters' will on pot legalization » The Metro West Daily News Lame-duck legislative sessions have a bad reputation for good reason. They come after an election but before a new legislature is sworn in, which minimizes accountability. …

Editorial: Selling out Israel » Boston Herald Not content to preside over the most serious breach in the historic friendship between the United States and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down yesterday, insisting the United Nations …

John Kerry's ninth-inning rally for Mideast peace » Boston Globe John Kerry devoted his first year as secretary of state to a passionate, relentless, exhausting, and ultimately failed quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace, so it's not surprising he'd dedicate a swan …

New urban rail — not soon » Wicked Local Belmont Commuters and transit advocates have hoped for many years that we could create a new kind of subway-like "urban rail" service that would offer new rapid connections to and within Boston. …

Politics

Unions bolstered L'Italien's reelection bid » Andover Townsman Healthcare unions spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year to help the state's incumbent Democrats fend off challengers in the Nov. 8 elections.…

House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Wednesday passed a bill (S 2524) that would delay the licensing of retail marijuana outlets by six months, which could push the regulated sale of pot well into 2018. Possession…

Lawmakers move to push back legal marijuana sales approved by voters » Berkshire Eagle The process for licensing retail marijuana shops would be delayed by six months under legislation that surfaced first on Wednesday in the Senate before clearing both branches, the result of which coul…

Baker: Retail pot delay `perfectly appropriate' » Berkshire Eagle Saying the tax rate on legal pot sales is one area that "really needs some work" in the voter-approved marijuana law, Senate President Rosenberg on Wednesday defended a proposed six-month delay of key…

State Legislature Votes To Delay Recreational Marijuana » iBerkshires The state Legislature voted to push back the timeline for the opening of recreational marijuana shops. On Wednesday in an informal session with just a few lawmakers present, the Legislature fast-tra…

Mass. House And Senate Agree To Delays In Retail Pot Shop Licensing » WBUR The process for licensing retail marijuana shops would be delayed by six months under legislation that surfaced first on Wednesday in the Senate before clearing both branches, the result of which coul…

Public Health

Dry Ice Program to Kill Rats in Boston Shut Down by Federal Officials » NECN Federal officials have shut down a program that was pioneered to control the rat population on the streets of Boston.…

Public Safety

Brockton police overtime budget cut $250k by state » The Enterprise State grants for staffing are being cut by $200,000 from last year's total. …

Sheriff-elect rounds up his posse » Lynn Daily News Item With just nine days until he is sworn in as Essex County sheriff, Kevin Coppinger has made three appointments to his leadership team.…

DCF joins probe after another teen found dead in East Boston » WCVB The Department of Children and Families is joining the investigation after a teen's body was found in East Boston on Saturday. Advertisement The body of Luis Fernando Orellano Ruano, 18, was found ne…

How The Perceived 'War On Cops' Plays Into Politics And Policing » WBUR The darkest moment for American police this year was July 7 in downtown Dallas, when police officers doing security for a peaceful protest march suddenly found themselves under attack. And those weren…

State Government

Baker-Polito administration awards over $1 million in Community Compact grants » Andover Townsman The Baker-Polito administration recently awarded more than $1 million in grants from the Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, focused on efficiency and regionalization efforts …

Baker-Polito Administration announces seafood marketing program partnership with Massachusetts Farm to School » Sampan The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)'s Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program has partnered with the nonprofit Massachusetts Farm to School Project t…

Baker thinks his stable cabinet will hold through first term » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker will start the second half of his first term with his senior leadership team and Cabinet essentially in tact, a run of stability for the Republican administration that's not always …

Baker calls 6 month marijuana law delay “perfectly appropriate” » WWLP 22 Saying the tax rate on legal pot sales is one area that “really needs some work” in the voter-approved marijuana law, Senate President Rosenberg on Wednesday defended a proposed six-month …

Massachusetts' supervisor of public records abruptly resigns » Boston Herald Shawn A. Williams, who was tasked with policing transparency as the state's supervisor of public records, has left his position, marking an otherwise abrupt change just days before a new public record…

Massachusetts considers reviewing purchasing policies related to Congo 'conflict minerals' » MassLive

Marijuana supporters urge Baker to reject 'shameful' delay bill » Herald News

Taxation

Massachusetts one of few states that has not adopted fed tax deadlines » Gloucester Times With just a week to go unto the legislative session resets, accountants are pushing the House Ways and Means Committee to advance a state tax code change that they say will reduce uncertainty for taxp…

Transportation

Logan sets passenger record despite fewer flights » State House News Service For the sixth year in a row, Logan International Airport has broken passenger records, celebrating passenger number 36 million of the year on Wednesday.…

Senate bill aims to keep kids out of front seats » Sentinel & Enterprise Children under the age of 13 would be banned from riding in the front seat of cars in most situations under a bill that's on the move in the Senate late in the 2015-2016 session.…

With new 'snow manager' and extra equipment, Keolis promises it's set for winter storm » Boston Globe

Self-driving car hits Boston streets next week » Boston Globe

Utilities

As Fios comes to Boston, Comcast holds its fire » Boston Globe Verizon Communications Inc.'s rollout of its Fios service in Boston so far hasn't a triggered a price war among cable and Internet service providers.…

Eversource reports spending $940 million on Massachusetts power grid in 2016 » MassLive Eversource Energy in 2016 invested $940 million to improve and maintain the Massachusetts power grid, the company announced this week.…

Somerset secures more funds to offset lost power plant tax revenues » Herald News The town will continue to receive state funding to help offset tax revenues lost from the closing of power plants.…

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

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