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Baker's Budget Proposes Taxing Short-Term Online Rentals, Like Airbnb, At Same Rate As Hotels » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker intends to include in his budget due later this month a proposal that would tax short-term rentals offered through online portals like Airbnb and VRBO at the same rate as rooms rent…

MassHealth enrollment surges » Worcester Telegram Over the past decade, enrollment in government-funded health coverage under MassHealth has rocketed upward, growing by 70 percent since 2007 when Gov. Deval Patrick took office and exerting increasing…

Health Connector members ditching sky-high premiums » Boston Herald Tens of thousands of Health Connector members are switching their coverage during open enrollment, a massive shift sparked by huge increases to premiums on popular plans, state data shows. …

GOP governors fight their own party on Obamacare » Politico Several who expanded Medicaid look to protect health coverage for residents.…

Advocates sound alarm over ACA repeal, praise Baker's defense of universal health care » Politico A coalition of health care and policy advocates gathered Thursday at the birthplace of Massachusetts' health care law to sound the alarm over Washington Republicans' pending efforts to repeal the Affo…

Beacon Hill budget leaders agree on projected FY18 revenue growth » State House News Service State tax revenues will grow by 3.9 percent next fiscal year, state budget managers predicted Thursday, giving Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature about $27 billion to help build the state's fiscal…

Senate Republicans pushing changes for informal sessions » State House News Service While a deal has already been worked out between the top Democrats in the House and Senate over rules for the next session, Beacon Hill Senate Republicans are eyeing additional reforms that they say w…

Ryan Calls Trump Lobbying Ban Proposal 'Dangerous' » Roll Call Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that a proposal to extend the one-year lobbying ban for retired members of Congress to five years — part of President-elect Donald Trump's series of ethics re…

Massachusetts' high expectations for the marijuana industry » Boston Business Journal The state's work to create a recreational-marijuana industry will determine how much lawmakers might raise the marijuana sales tax rate approved by voters ­— and bad estimates could prove co…

"Massachusetts seeks flexibility to achieve the goals inherent to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid programs while meeting the needs of the state,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Urging the Republican-led Congress to allow Massachusetts to keep its mandate that residents have health care.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump? Just like candidate Trump. » Boston Globe As President Obama leaves the White House, he left this parting message: “Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes we can.”…

Comey's handling of Clinton's emails to be scrutinzed » Sentinel & Enterprise FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Depart…

Business

Legal Sea Foods chowder isn't on Trump's menu » Boston Globe Ever since Ronald Reagan rode into this town, there's been a certain custom here regarding Boston seafood. When new presidents move into the White House, the festivities include a steaming hot cup of …

Amazon on the hunt for Boston offices » Boston Globe Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it plans to add 100,000 jobs nationwide over the next 18 months. And it sounds like that could include a big expansion into Boston.…

Massport objects to height of Winthrop Square skyscraper » Boston Globe Even as they deal with nearby residents worried about shadows on the ground, the developers of a skyscraper at Winthrop Square now face challenges up in the air, too.…

Bourne Selectmen Receptive To Idea Of 'Opting Out' Of Recreation Marijuana Sales » Cape News A suggestion that the Town of Bourne can opt out, in part, to the state's newly approved law legalizing recreational use of marijuana has been warmly received by the Bourne Board of Selectmen. …

The Codcast: Retailing's clicks vs. bricks » Commonwealth Magazine

Middlesex Integrative receives certification to open marijuana dispensary in Norwood » Wicked Local Dedham

Civil Rights

MLK Jr. breakfast set for Saturday » Amherst Bulletin Gospel music that reflects the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognizing those who pursue goals and service aligned with the slain civil rights leader, will be featured at the MLK Breakfa…

Crimes

Cybersecurity could be next in line for a Senate task review » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton Flagging both potential economic development opportunities and ethical concerns, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday he is eyeing a new Senate task force to focus on cybersecurity issues.…

Education

A liberal arts college without English majors? » Boston Globe Colby-Sawyer College has all the hallmarks of a classic New England liberal arts college — the rural setting, the small classes, and quaint traditions like Mountain Day, when students and profe…

Nearly 4,500 American Career Institute students are receiving $30 million in debt relief » The Republican

Environment

NOAA grant aids Yarmouth's Parkers River project » Wicked Local Yarmouth A recent grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will save Yarmouth about $600,000 in Community Preservation Act funds earmarked for the Parkers River Bridge project. …

Northeast warming more rapidly than most of US » Boston Globe New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new findings by climate scientists at the University of Ma…

Health Care

Outlook 2017: Holyoke Medical Center brings value to the healthcare system » The Republican Last year I spoke of the value that community hospitals bring to the healthcare system in our commonwealth and the nation as a whole. I ended with a plea to our legislators to continue their support o…

Here's what Gov. Baker wants to change about Obamacare » Boston Business Journal In a letter to Congress today, Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said he wants to preserves parts of Obamacare. But he also laid out changes he'd like to see.…

Sen. Warren: Dismantling health law 'irresponsible and cruel' » WCVB U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is criticizing congressional Republicans for pushing ahead with what she called an "irresponsible and cruel" plan to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law.…

Baker defends parts of Obamacare as repeal efforts escalate » Worcester Telegram With momentum gathering behind the GOP-controlled Congress's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Charlie Baker is standing up for key patient protections in President Obama's signature hea…

Legal pot, opioid crisis come to an awkward crossroads in N.E. » Boston Globe Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year — and they both have to do with drugs.…

Obamacare supporters rally, saying 500,000 in Mass. could lose insurance if repealed » Boston Business Journal Health care advocates came out in droves on Thursday for a rally at the State House to warn that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, 500,000 residents could lose coverage.…

AIM Backs Governor's Efforts to Preserve Health Coverage » Business West The 4,000 member employers of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) support Gov. Charlie Baker's efforts to ensure that changes to federal healthcare reform permit Massachusetts to continue to …

MassHealth enrollment grew 70% in 10 years » Worcester Business Journal Over the past decade, enrollment in government-funded health coverage under MassHealth has rocketed upwards, growing by 70 percent since 2007 when Gov. Deval Patrick took office and exerting increasin…

Lahey cuts ribbon on new emergency department » Lowell Sun Malcolm Creighton interviewed for a job at Lahey 28 years ago, and noticed the "shabby" conditions of the emergency center.…

Baker Defends Parts Of Obamacare In Letter To U.S. House Majority Leader » WBUR With momentum gathering behind the GOP-controlled Congress's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Charlie Baker is standing up for key patient protections in President Obama's signature hea…

Housing

State audit finds Carver Housing Authority deficient » Wicked Local Carver Deficiencies in the way the Carver Housing Authority operates have been identified by the state auditor.…

Judiciary

How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law » Corporate Counsel The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation last week announced that the agency will make information regarding data breaches affecting the state's residents going back to 200…

Hampden County Hall of Justice renamed for Chief Justice Roderick Ireland » WWLP 22 News A high honor for a distinguished native son of Springfield: on Thursday morning, Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation re-naming the Hampden County Hall of Justice as the Roderick Ireland Courthou…

Labor

Worker Classification in Massachusetts: Uber Drives Attention to Employees vs. Contractors Blog Don't Tax Yourself » Lexology Uber Technologies, Inc. continues to fight claims all over the world that it should treat drivers it matches with passengers as employees rather than independent contractors. Since the business of on-…

Legislative

Legislative aide to sing anthem at Pats playoff game » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 11, 2017.....When Patriots and Texans fans hear the "rocket's red glare" echoing through Gillette Stadium ahead of Saturday's kickoff, they will be listening to the voice of …

Cybersecurity could be next in line for a Senate task review » WWLP 22 News Flagging both potential economic development opportunities and ethical concerns, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday he is eyeing a new Senate task force to focus on cybersecurity issues.…

Baker signs 37 new laws as he works through pile on his desk » State House News Service A Hampden County courthouse will be named for a former Supreme Judicial Court chief justice, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be charged with creating a uniform safety flag and warni…

Local Government

'This matter closed' Massachusetts attorney general assures Holyoke Council on Open Meeting Law complaint » The Republican Inclusion of an item on a City Council meeting agenda in October apparently was sufficient to address a complaint about an alleged Open Meeting Law violation and the matter is closed, the state attorn…

Tito is in » Commonwealth Magazine After keeping politicos guessing for months, and then recently saying he'd make a decision by the spring, Tito Jackson is diving into the race for mayor of Boston this afternoon, with an announcement …

Kingston police station project faces new obstacle » Wicked Local Kingston Kingston has been working to secure an act of the Legislature, as required by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to approve the land sale. Sen. Michael Brady, D-Brockton, file…

Jackson Calls For Inclusiveness In Kicking Off Boston Mayoral Campaign » WBUR Saying he has a broader vision for Boston than Mayor Marty Walsh, City Councilor Tito Jackson on Thursday formally announced his bid to unset Walsh in November.…

Silver Lake committee schedules March 9 hearing on special legislation » Wicked Local Kingston

Opinion

ViewPoint: Community-shared solar is our next opportunity » Boston Business Journal A decade ago, solar energy was a novelty here, with about 3 megawatts (MW) installed statewide. Fast forward to today, with more than 1,300 MW installed across the state, and solar energy is not only …

Carr: State's Helping cons make out like bandits » Boston Herald The state Department of Correction (DOC) is assisting about-to-be-released jailbirds in filing welfare applications so that they can go on the dole immediately upon finishing their sentences.…

The UN, Israel, and a path to peace » Boston Globe JANUARY 13, 2017 DAVIDE BONAZZI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE “This is the saddest day of my life since becoming prime minister.” The leader of Israel was referring to the moment the US ambassado…

The US needs answers on Trump and Russia » Boston Globe It will take a crowbar to pry the truth from Donald Trump.…

Our view: Registry of Deeds belongs downtown » The Salem News Enough with the squabbling. It's time for the Registry of Deeds to move from its waterfront digs and become part of the effort to ensure the preservation of one of downtown Salem's most historic and a…

Can't trust local news; my health insurance costs are up » Andover Townsman “Who can you trust?” is a question that is being asked about the media a lot recently. I have been wondering for several months about the clear bias shown in the Andover Townsman. You cons…

Ethics 101, or how to stop a slow-motion train wreck of US democracy » Boston Globe Vladimir Putin must be laughing himself silly at the slow-motion derailment of faith in American democracy he's sought to engineer. But our future president can still avert that train wreck by putting…

Tito Jackson kicks off mayoral campaign as champion of those left behind » Boston Globe Kicking off his campaign for mayor of Boston, Tito Jackson made one thing clear: He hates the deal that is bringing General Electric to Boston.…

Benton: She's still bullish on Salem » The Salem News Good moniker Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll attached to the community she leads — “hip and historic” — in her recent State of the City address.…

Letter: Baker responds well to prison riot » The Metro West Daily News Thank God for Gov. Charlie Baker. When a prison riot broke out, just before the last speech of the first African-American President and the impeding inauguration of the first KKK-supported president i…

Editorial: Slippery slope on taxes » Boston Herald It appears Gov. Charlie Baker has found a reasonable compromise on taxing short-term rentals — that is, if only the Legislature won't attempt to push that envelope.…

Shirley prison riot needs major review » Sentinel & Enterprise Passing out praise for a disaster. That's what Gov. Charlie Baker seemed to be doing Wednesday at the Statehouse while commending the efforts of correctional officers who finally regained control over…

Clive McFarlane: The shot not heard around the city » Worcester Telegram Silence. That has been the response of Justin Gabriel, owner of The Gun Parlor at 170 Prescott St, to media inquiries about his business' multiple transgressions against state guns laws.…

ViewPoint: Advanced Placement courses are essential to college, career success » Boston Business Journal According to a recent state Department of Higher Education report, by 2022, the overall rate at which young residents earn college degrees will pivot from growth to decline.…

Politics

Jackson pledges new direction for Boston in mayoral bid » State House News Service Without mentioning the mayor by name, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tore into what he said was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's misplaced focus on the city's wealthy business community as he announced …

Trump Supporters In Mass. Demand Respect From State GOP » WBUR With Donald Trump's presidential inauguration just a week away, there's a rift in the Massachusetts Republican Party. On one side are moderate and mainstream Republicans like Gov. Charlie Baker and o…

Howard Dean urges millennials to bring skills, voices into political arena » Berkshire Eagle Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean urged millennials to bring their skills and talents native to the digital age into the process of governance to ensure the continued existence of the governmental bure…

Public Safety

The good, bad, and unknown about marijuana's health effects » Boston Globe It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it's also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks.…

Worcester Awarded $494,824 to Support Youth Violence Prevention Programs » Go Local Worcester The City of Worcester received $494,824 in order to support Youth Violence Prevention programs, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. announced on Wednesday. …

Prisons giving inmates pointers about seeking disability benefits » Boston Herald Bay State prison officials are alerting inmates just before they are sprung on how to apply for welfare in a new pilot program that includes making the cons “aware of how to self-identify as dis…

Report on controversial Agawam arrest finds excessive force, untruthfulness and 'incompetence' » The Republican A lengthy report on a controversial arrest that led to the firing of three police officers highlights stinging commentary on the officers' conduct that includes allegations of excessive force, spin-do…

Plymouth County DA says homicides down in 2016 » The Enterprise Fewer homicides were investigated in 2016 than average by the State Police detectives working through Plymouth County District Attorney's office, but the number of fatal overdoses in the county is dis…

Boston Police Partner With Big Brothers Big Sisters To Mentor City's Youth » WBUR In an effort to strengthen relationships with the city's youth, the Boston Police Department is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay to launch a mentoring program that will pa…

Police data: Massachusetts sees slight bump in slayings » Berkshire Eagle Police data indicates that there were 135 killings in Massachusetts last year, two more than in 2015. The Boston Globe reports homicides rose by five in Boston last year. State police recorded 67 ho…

State Finance

Beacon Hill budget leaders agree on projected FY18 revenue growth » WWLP 22 News Gov. Charlie Baker's budget chief and the chairs of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees announced on Thursday an agreement over how much tax revenue that state expects to collect in the nex…

State Government

State police say illegal handicapped parking an honest mistake » Cape Cod Times The vehicle in which Polito was traveling, a black Ford Explorer driven by a state trooper, was spotted and photographed parked in a handicapped space outside an office building on Airport Road in Hya…

Baker's record on records » Commonwealth Magazine Over the past two years, Gov. Charlie Baker has responded to 33 requests for public records by either withholding the information in its entirety or releasing it in redacted form.…

Gov. Baker signs 37 new laws as he works through pile on his desk » Berkshire Eagle A Hampden County courthouse will be named for a former Supreme Judicial Court chief justice, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be charged with creating a uniform safety flag and warni…

Online lottery proponents renew their push » The Herald News If lawmakers pass a plan backed by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the Massachusetts State Lottery could be coming to phones and computers across the Commonwealth. Would you like a chance to play th…

Oops! Lieutenant governor's vehicle spotted in disabled spot » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts State Police driver who chauffeured Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to Cape Cod is apologizing for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled. A reporter for the Cape Cod Times photographed …

Transportation

Milford committee hoping for more bus riders in 2017 » Milford Daily News Although Finance Committee members deemed the MWRTA bus loop a success, members want to see more riders to justify spending on a second year of the program.…

Stopping in a bike lane could soon cost you $50 » Wicked Local Lexington

Utilities

NRC sets date for public meeting on Pilgrim's problems » Cape Cod Times Succumbing to pressure from the governor, attorney general, and state and federal legislators, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to hold a public meeting to discuss alarming incidents at th…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Tips on holding 2 elected seats simultaneously offered to state Rep. Bud Williams of Springfield by Rep. Aaron Vega of Holyoke » The Republican

Baker's budget will tax short-term online rentals like hotel rooms » WWLP 22 News

Baker revives Airbnb rental tax proposal » Boston Globe

Hampden County Superior Courthouse renamed for Roderick Ireland, first African-American on Mass. Supreme Judicial Court » The Republican

Voting Reforms Would Catch New York Up To Neighboring States » WAMC

Baker's budget moves remind us of Mike Pence » My South End

In letter, Charlie Baker urges Congress to save key element of health care law » Boston Herald

Walsh's Beacon Hill Agenda To Include Housing Reform » Banker & Tradesman

Key issues for this year's State Senate session: housing, services, drug abuse » Dorchester Reporter

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 542

Senate Actions This Week: 224

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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