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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Healthy Workplace Legislative Day, Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Oversight Hearing

11:00am Hearing of the Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, Room A-1

11:00am Hearing of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, Room B-1

11:00am Meeting of Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports, Room 222

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Senator Michael Moore

Must-Reads

Obama has a job for Theo Epstein » Boston Globe After the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007, the team's then-GM Theo Epstein skipped the subsequent White House visit with President George W. Bush, citing “family reasons.” But when th…

The G.O.P.'s Health Care Death Spiral » New York Times A repeal-and-delay of Obamacare would be a "total disaster" for the individual insurance market.…

Baker plans employer assessment, price caps, benefit cuts to addresshealth costs » State House News Service Companies that do not offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker plans to offer later this month to b…

Democrats, Donors Turn Focus to State Legislative Races » Roll Call The Senate map is chock-full of deep red states, the House map skews Republican, and the presidential race doesn't start for at least two more years. …

The Alt-Right Comes to Washington » Politico East Lansing, Michigan—Lounging at the back of his tour bus in a parking lot behind the Springhill Suites, Milo Yiannopoulos, the flamboyant right-wing British provocateur known for his bleach-…

Sheriffs-ICE deal possible deport screening model » Boston Herald The decision by sheriffs in Bristol and Plymouth counties to turn some of their officers into de facto immigration enforcers could be a blueprint for how President-elect Donald Trump could enlist loca…

Prosecutors overwhelmed by child abuse reports » Gloucester Times Prosecutors are fielding a substantial rise in child abuse and neglect cases, but say a lack of money is hindering their work.…

With Trump Imminent, Pro-Choice Forces Want To Make Mass. Safe For Abortion » WGBH News Massachusetts' leading women's health advocates are urging the legislature to repeal laws still on the books that might compromise or complicate abortion access should a U.S. Supreme Court appointee b…

State Rep. Geoff Diehl On Trump's Win » CBS Boston This coming Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States–and it'll be a happy day for former co-chairman of the Trump Campaign in Massachusetts, State Rep. G…

'A tale of 2 states': Sen. Hinds discusses plans to make Beacon Hill work for Western Mass. » Berkshire Eagle Only 138 miles separate Boston from Pittsfield, but to Adam Hinds, Western Massachusetts is a world apart from the eastern part of the state. …

Lawmakers hear appeal for info about private special education schools » State House News Service

“Trump has a dream that one day our nation will be surrounded by a wall built with bigotry and hate,” the Malden Democrat said. “He has a dream that one day our nation will judge you by virtue of your race, your creed, or your country of origin — and you will be placed in a national registry.”

Senator Edward J. Markey

Speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

First on CNN: Trump's Cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it » CNN Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President…

How Cory Booker went from progressive hero to traitor in under 2 days » Vox New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was trying to walk to the men's bathroom Tuesday afternoon when about 30 immigration activists surrounded him to offer their thanks. Booker had just vowed to testify agains…

Clark says she's received 'positive' reaction to her boycott of inauguration » Boston Globe When US Representative Katherine Clark finished speaking at an event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Cambridge Monday, a voice rang out from the crowd: “Thank you for boycotting the …

Sen. Warren: John Lewis has earned right to question Trump » Boston Herald Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that Rep. John Lewis has earned the right to raise questions about the legitimacy of Donald Trump's election.…

Cabinet picks tend to lack one thing: Expertise » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump brags he's picked “the best people” to serve in his Cabinet. But as the billionaires, business leaders, and other nominees started their march through the Capi…

Warren won't say Trump is 'legitimate president' » Boston Globe The 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston Monday was unlike all those that had come before. The reason? Donald Trump.…

States can offer a lesson as GOP proposes deep cut taxes » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strat…

Elizabeth Warren Defends John Lewis, Says Trump 'Stepped over a Line' » Boston Magazine Elizabeth Warren marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by defending her Congressional colleague and civil rights icon John Lewis against President-Elect Donald Trump's latest Twitter calumny.…

Neal to attend inauguration out of respect for office » Berkshire Eagle Displaying his respect for the office of the presidency, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will attend Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.…

Elizabeth Warren, pols head for D.C. amid 'legitimate' debate » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren dodged questions about whether she agrees with U.S. Rep. John Lewis' assertion that President-elect Donald Trump is not “legitimate,” framing the awkward spot De…

Third-wave backlash: Why Trump's election has fractured feminism on American campuses » The Globe and Mail On the eve of a new presidency, women's groups are planning large protests in the U.S. capital, but the sisterhood may be more divided than united. Simona Chiose explores the political fault lines amo…

Surprise! Paul LePage Has Some Thoughts About Jim Crow » Boston Magazine

Business

Local biotech stands out in down year for venture investment » Boston Globe New England's health care sector was a rare bright spot for venture investing in 2016, growing 11 percent while other industries saw a significant decline in the amount of new money coming into startu…

Open for business: companies letting workers see it all » Boston Globe When employees walk through the lobby of Apptopia Inc., a mobile-app market analytics firm in Boston, they pass a bank of 55-inch monitors displaying the kind of data that many companies guard tightly…

Amazon now employing 1,800 in Fall River site, may be looking to add more » Taunton Gazette As big as the local Amazon facility is - and it is huge, Mayor Jasiel Correia II said - it is still growing.…

Coakley touts DraftKings during testimony » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Mass incarceration in Massachusetts topic of Martin Luther King Jr. Day talk in Northampton » The Republican Massachusetts, with its blue-state reputation, is far from progressive when it comes to criminal justice and incarceration, a leading advocate said Monday.…

Education

Millions of dollars in federal loans forgiven for 4,500 American Career Institute students » WWLP 22 News Thousands of people who attended the former American Career Institute have qualified for student loan forgiveness.…

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices' » WBUR "There's never been a moment in the history of this country where black people who have been isolated from white people have gotten the same resources," Hannah-Jones says. "They often don't have the s…

Environment

Gov. Baker Signs Legislation to Boost Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption » NGT News In a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the commonwealth, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed S.B.2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Ad…

Health Care

Gov.'s health overhaul includes employer charge, payment cap » Boston Herald

Don't offer employee insurance? Mass. firms may face penalty under Baker's plan » Boston Globe

Report: Mass. among highest in health costs, price disparities » Worcester Business Journal

Baker plans $2K health insurance fine for Mass. firms » Worcester Business Journal

Judiciary

How far should state leaders go in reforming justice? » Boston Globe A Jamaica Plain state senator who represents a diverse swath of Boston ripped into Beacon Hill leaders Monday for dragging their feet on reforming the state's criminal justice system and called on the…

Westboro clerk magistrate retires; Dudley court official to fill in » Worcester Telegram MaryAnn Pozzessere retired from serving as clerk magistrate of Westboro District Court Friday, while longtime Dudley District Court magistrate Kenneth F. Candito was tapped to serve as acting clerk ma…

State Sen. Chang-Diaz Calls For Criminal Justice Reform » WBUR State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker and Beacon Hill leadership to take increased action on criminal justice reform in Massachusetts.…

Labor

Six-figure state salaries rise, overall payroll drops » Boston Herald Six-figure state salaries are still on the rise in state government, with hundreds more raking in $100,000 or more in 2016 than the year before — with the burgeoning UMass system leading the wa…

Legislative

Mass. state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz chides Beacon Hill leaders for waiting to pass sentencing reform » The Republican Mass. state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz on Monday admonished Gov. Charlie Baker and top Beacon Hill lawmakers, saying they've moved too slowly on a promised overhaul of the state's criminal justice system.…

Cariddi Updates Maple Grove Civic Club Legislative Goals » iBerkshires State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi updated the Maple Grove Civic Club on some of the work she has done in 2016 and what she plans to advocate for in 2017.…

Six months after brain tumor, Donnelly thriving in Senate » Lowell Sun Ken Donnelly was speaking on the Senate floor in late July when his chief of staff noticed something wasn't quite right.…

Legislative leaders renewing pay raise debate » The Salem News

Local Government

Even with uncertainties, town in good shape » Tewksbury Town Crier Despite challenges and uncertainties in the future, the state of the community, as presented by the Town Manager and Superintendent of Schools, is good, with plans to make it better.…

Financial future of Union Station puts Worcester at a loss » Worcester Telegram Since Union Station reopened in 2000 after a $32 million renovation, its numbers have never added up.…

Amherst may seek more clarity in plastic bag ban » Gazette Net A town law prohibiting single-use plastic bags may be up for revision after the Board of Health last week gave a business a one-year exemption from the regulation.…

Mayor Walsh Rolls Out Proposals to Combat Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Eviction » Tewksbury Patch The "Anti-Displacement Legislative Agenda" comes a day after a challenger announced plans to unseat Mayor Marty Walsh this November. …

Opinion

Editorial: More to consider right now than abandoning daylight savings time » The Recorder The results of last year's presidential election has plenty of people looking at what they can do on the political front. One effort to emerge locally is the drive to start a chapter of the League of …

Why is Carmen Ortiz being cast as a vengeful Cruella de Vil? » Boston Globe IF YOUR NAME is Bill Weld, Chris Christie, or Rudy Giuliani, zealous prosecution triggers accolades for bravery and a successful political career.…

Destination casinos are a catalyst for development » Boston Globe WHEN THE LEGISLATURE and Governor Patrick legalized casino gambling in 2011, they developed a strategy to expand the usual benefits of casinos: Rather than simply promoting jobs and revenue, the casin…

With long-term deal, MBTA's commuter rail network could thrive » Boston Globe KEOLIS, LIKE THE two previous companies hired to operate Boston's commuter rail system, has had some rough moments .…

PETER LUCAS: Legislature opens without cloud over it for a change » Sentinel & Enterprise The Massachusetts Legislature, meeting for the first time in the new year, finally has something to celebrate.…

Jack Clarke: Time to deliver on Baker's pledge of 1 percent for nature » Eagle Tribune Last spring on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, Gov. Charlie Baker called the state's park system a "really big deal" and said there was "no question" that over the past decade "the state's disinvested in …

Groups polarized by politics find common ground (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican My two kids probably could not think of anything more torturous than being forced to watch a boring speech by the President of the United States, but I made them watch President Obama's farewell addre…

Alcohol provides template for pot regulation » Commonwealth Magazine STATE OFFICIALS NEED TO BEGIN the difficult process of implementing systemic, comprehensive regulatory oversight of retail marijuana sales. Fortunately, the existing regulatory system for the sale of …

What's State GOP Chairman Tilt About? Not What You Might Think » New Boston Post Over the past several months, even the past several cycles, various pundits have argued the divide in the Massachusetts Republican Party is about moderates vs. liberals, or more recently Trump vs. ant…

Columnist Joseph Tarantino: New hope for Americans who value freedom » Gazette Net Michelle Obama recently described to Oprah the feeling of hopelessness that she feels now grips our country. For the past two months the Gazette has been filled with nothing short of wailing and the g…

Dorcena Forry: 'Idea of resistance' vital in Trump era » Boston Herald State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston) joined Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” show yesterday to discuss the changes she wants to see in the city, from race issues to the mayor's…

Politics

I Ran for Office and Won. Here's How. » Slate You—yes, you—should be running for political office. But what would it entail, exactly? Slate spoke to four first-time candidates who won their races in November about their experiences …

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Counting down to some big days » Wicked Local Plymouth On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will become the president of the United States of America. On Jan. 25, Gov. Charlie Baker will file a budget proposal for fiscal 2018. And on Nov. 7, voters in Boston will cho…

Mass. Politicians Sound Off on Trump at MLK Breakfast » NECN One thousand people attended this year's 47th Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston, an event that had Massachusetts leaders calling on citizens to follow the lessons of King and rise up…

Local senators not among per-diem leaders » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained from the state Treasurer's Office the 2016 official list of the "per diem" travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature's 40 state senators …

Tito Jackson, in bid for mayor, says he has asked for Deval Patrick's help » Boston Herald

Public Safety

Tasers drive jump in State Police's use of force » Boston Globe The use of force by Massachusetts State Police officers nearly doubled in 2016, department statistics show, driven by troopers' widespread use of Tasers for the first time last year — including…

Five Massachusetts towns on '100 Most Dangerous Cities' list; FBI warns such lists 'misleading' » The Republican An annual ranking of the country's most dangerous cities features five towns from Massachusetts this year: Barnstable, Holyoke, Springfield, Chelsea and Fall River.…

State Finance

3 Massachusetts Universities Share In Federal Labor Grant » WBUR Three Massachusetts universities are sharing more than $500,000 in federal grants to support labor research and evaluation. The U.S. Department of Labor grants will fund research and evaluation into t…

State Government

MBTA retirement fund needs independent review, group says » Boston Globe The Pioneer Institute, a Boston think tank, is calling on the MBTA's fiscal control board to commission an independent audit of the $1.5 billion pension fund for transit workers.…

Massachusetts and 'conflict minerals' » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a resolution “directing his administration to review procurement policies regarding products that may contain extracted minerals from the Democratic Republ…

What's the Difference between a Commonwealth and a State? » Merriam Webster Are Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia all that different from the rest? …

Ethics commission seeks broader reg-writing authority » State House News Service

Moody's to pay Mass. $12 mil in settlement » State House News Service

Taxation

Airbnb says Boston missed out on millions in tax dollars last year » Boston Globe

Transportation

Can buses be cool? Transit advocates hope so » Boston Globe Stacy Thompson wants buses to be cool. It might seem like a long shot, but she's not alone.…

New law bans parking in bike lanes statewide » Boston Globe Bicycle advocates are celebrating a new statewide law that prohibits motorists from “standing” or parking in designated bike lanes, a practice riders say puts them at risk by forcing them …

Utilities

Eversource files for rate increases across Massachusetts » State House News Service

Eversource looking to hike rates statewide » Boston Herald

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