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Must-Reads

John Kerry: What We Got Right » New York Times Many of President Obama's critics say the United States is in decline. But he leaves the world, and the country, in better shape.…

Davos Elite Fret About Inequality Over Vintage Wine and Canapés » New York Times Power brokers are in the Swiss Alps to discuss how to make globalization more lucrative, but there is no appetite for redistributing wealth or empowering workers.…

Democrats, don't take your ball and go home » Boston Globe VICTORY IS sweet, as the Chicago Cubs reminded us during their joyful White House meet-up with President Obama. …

How to Do Journalism in Trump's America » The Nation After Donald Trump's victory, a debate broke out among journalists about where they should focus their attention during his presidency: on the Trump administration itself, with its mogul-rich cabinet,…

State mulling new benchmarks after healthcare costs rise » Worcester Business Journal After two years in which healthcare spending has grown more rapidly than the Massachusetts economy, state officials will now decide whether to keep or raise a lower growth target for next year.…

Citizens for Limited Taxation group rips Massachusetts lawmakers for exploring increase in pay » MassLive Citizens for Limited Taxation is blasting Massachusetts lawmakers who are interested in reviewing their compensation levels. …

Dems jockey for big money control - Liberals raise concerns about efforts by Clinton enforcer David Brock. » Politico The tug of war between Hillary Clinton's supporters and the progressive left is spilling over onto a new front: control of liberal big money. …

Commonwealth's confounding clutter of commissions » Boston Globe There are just too many of them. At nearly 700, the number of state commissions and boards in Massachusetts far exceeds the number in states of similar size. Four states — Michigan, Missouri, M…

Massachusetts has more CEOs than plumbers: Bay State jobs by the numbers » Boston Business Journal More people in Massachusetts can run your company than can fix your toilet. That's according to a Business Journal analysis of data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, detailing the jobs tha…

Guy Glodis, former Bay State pol, talks about his new bar, The Ballot Box » Worcester Mag Guy Glodis, the former state rep, state senator and Worcester County sheriff, is opening the doors on a new, political-themed bar in Worcester's Canal District. …

Boston Globe asks Trump to stop jailing, deporting immigrants in secret » Boston Globe The Boston Globe called on President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to make immigration arrests and court records public, a historic step that would shine light on a system long shrouded in secrecy.…

States Take on Gas Taxes and Infrastructure » CQ Roll Call

"I understand the value of making political statements, but I think they're more valuable when they'll have, they'll produce an effect," she said on Boston Herald Radio. "Maybe it will make a few people think that you're highly principled, but what will it achieve? It won't achieve anything, so I would regard it as a rather empty gesture."

Auditor Suzanne Bump

Commenting on the decision of certain members of Congress to boycott President-Elect Trump's inauguration.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Rep. Capuano plans Trump inauguration boycott » WCVB A second member of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation has decided to skip the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.…

Mike Capuano Isn't Going to the Inauguration Either » Boston Magazine Representative Mike Capuano Wednesday added his name to the list of Democrats so concerned about Donald Trump and his presidency that they have decided to sit out the inauguration.…

Kennedy stands by decision to attend Trump's inauguration » Boston Globe Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III on Tuesday stood by his decision to attend Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, even as scores of other House Democrats have said they will boyco…

Inaugural crowds are sure to be huge — but how huge? » Boston Globe Donald Trump says his inauguration will have ''an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.'' Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new pre…

Michael Capuano reverses course, won't attend inauguration » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano reversed course yesterday, deciding to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration after all, as the nation's capital braces for an impending clash of pomp and protes…

Tom Price vows health coverage won't be stripped » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump's choice for health secretary, Representative Tom Price, promised in his nomination hearing Wednesday that the new administration will not strip health coverage from milli…

WBUR Poll: As Trump Takes Office, Most Mass. Voters Are Even Less Confident In Him » WBUR It's clear that President-elect Donald Trump has failed to sway public opinion in Massachusetts, a blue state that overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in November. …

This 35-Year-Old Mayor From Indiana Is Wowing National Democrats » The New Republic Pete Buttigieg impressed at Wednesday's debate for DNC chair. Congressman Keith Ellison and Labor Secretary Tom Perez did not. …

Business

Legislature considering changes to legal marijuana law » Fox 25 News It's only about two months old, but the legislature is discussing a rewrite of the state's new marijuana law. …

MIT closes $750m deal to redevelop Volpe Center in Kendall Square » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has closed on its purchase of the massive Volpe Center site in Kendall Square and will now push forward with its plans to turn the federal research park into …

UMass Lowell hands extend reach of ARM » Lowell Sun UMass Lowell, home to one of the most advanced robotics-testing centers in the nation, will be a partner in a $250 million robotics institute -- with the goal of producing new technologies and opportu…

Lynn poised for opportunity » Lynn Daily News Item When it comes to real estate development, the city has lots of potential but faces huge obstacles.…

Massport gets three bids to oversee Logan Airport shops, restaurants » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Port Authority has received bids from three companies to manage Logan Airport's commercial real estate, a deal that eventually could lead to dramatic changes to the airport's mix of …

Frustrated by BYOB delay » Boston Herald Frustrated restaurant owners looking for a BYOB business boost have more months to wait after city officials approved new rules allowing licenses, but now need to create the application paperwork.…

SEC settles with 10 firms over 'pay-to-play,' including two from Mass. » Boston Globe As the Obama administration nears its end, the Securities and Exchange Commission this week wrapped up settlements with 10 investment firms that allegedly ran afoul of pay-to-play rules barring their …

Cigarette smuggling in Mass. is up sharply, study says » telegram.com In 2014 nearly one third of cigarettes in Massachusetts had been smuggled into the state, a sharp uptick over prior years, according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation.…

Film industry proactively lobbying to protect tax credits » Gloucester Times

Crimes

TD Garden security accused of abuse against homeless » Boston Globe Michael Hathaway didn't even have time to shield himself from the blow. The security guard gripped Hathaway's cane with both fists and smashed it across his face, according to security footage of the …

Education

Walsh's universal pre-K plan faces hurdles » Boston Globe In his quest to provide all 4-year-olds with high-quality preschool programs, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has floated several ideas for funding, from the radical (selling off City Hall) to the less creative…

Worcester school chief Binienda: School day walkout not OK » Worcester Mag Worcester Public School students who leave school in the middle of the day without permission Friday, Jan. 20 will face “consequences,” the head of schools is warning two days ahead of a p…

Greenfield Community College expanding presence in Hampshire County » Amherst Bulletin

Environment

Dredging finally begins at Crystal Lake » The Salem News The dredging and restoration of Crystal Lake is underway and city officials set Wednesday afternoon aside to celebrate a project long in the making.…

Health Care

Walgreens to pay $200,000 settlement for lapses with opioids » Boston Globe An investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey found that some Walgreens pharmacies failed to monitor patients' drug use patterns and didn't use sound professional judgment when dispensing opioids …

Panelists predict potential 'devastating' impact to Mass. hospitals if Affordable Care Act is repealed » MassLive With the U.S. Congress poised to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act , health care professionals from across the state gathered at the UMass Medical School's Albert Sherman Center to discuss the…

Human Services

State closes inquiry of Worcester nonprofit Mosaic » telegram.com The state attorney general's office said it will take no further action against a small nonprofit that found itself at the center of a political maelstrom over the past two years.…

Dimock Center project to provide detox to 1,000 more patients annually » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

State's highest court orders prosecutors to drop weak Dookhan cases » Boston Globe The state's highest court on Wednesday ordered prosecutors to drop a large portion of the more than 24,000 drug convictions affected by the misconduct of former state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan, i…

Springfield Mayor Again Pushes Bail Reform In New Legislative Session » WAMC Criminal justice reforms are expected to be debated in the Massachusetts legislature during the two-year session that began this month. Already, one bill has been filed at the request of a mayor who …

Mass. High Court Outlines 'Road Map' To Deal With Dookhan Drug Cases » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court has outlined a procedure to address the thousands of criminal cases compromised by former state chemist Annie Dookhan. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys are claiming …

Labor

Massachusetts unemployment drops to lowest rate since 2000 » Boston Business Journal The state's unemployment rate stood at 2.8 percent in December, the lowest it has been in 16 years, the Executive Office of Labor and Development said Thursday.…

Mass. jobless rate hits 16-year low » Lowell Sun

Legislative

Sen. Adam Hinds announces aides in Williamsburg » The Recorder Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will maintain a second district staff office in Williamsburg for added accessibility for constituents in the 52-town Berkshire-Hampshire-Franklin-Hampden District. …

Tax foes vow to fight big pay raises for state leaders » The Sun Chronicle The Legislature intends to hold a hearing Thursday on a plan to give top state officials pay raises ranging from 35 percent to 70 percent, and Chip Faulkner of Attleboro promises to be there to fight …

While pols away, pay hike hearing in play » Boston Herald The sudden revival of a proposal to give the state's two top lawmakers and constitutional officers a hefty pay hike has caught both supporters and critics by surprise, including some now grumbling abo…

Lawmakers, activists outline anti-poverty measures » WWLP 22 News Bills increasing the state's earned income tax credit, establishing paid family and medical leave and limiting certain debt collection practices are among the measures lawmakers plan to push this sess…

Lawmakers to hold hearings on pay increase for key political office holders » WWLP 22 News On Thursday, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will take a closer look at research that suggests elected officials are underpaid. This hearing comes as top state leaders are dealing with budget cu…

Will Mass. lawmakers succeed in raising their own pay? » Boston Globe At first blush, the sudden attempt by Beacon Hill leaders to pass huge pay hikes for themselves appears to face serious hurdles: a potential gubernatorial veto, a conflict of interest prohibition, and…

Beginning of 2017-18 legislative session is upon us » Leominster Champion

Rep. seeks alignment of tobacco, pot and alcohol purchasing ages » State House News Service

In hearing on pay raises, legislators say they want to spread the money around » Boston Herald

Local Government

Former Blandford tax collector accused of stealing $150K in court Thursday » WWLP 22 News A former tax collector for the town of Blandford is due in court Thursday.…

Secret soccer stadium plans rile electeds » Bay State Banner Mayor Martin Walsh's administration and the University of Massachusetts appear to have secretively negotiated with the New England Revolution's owner, Bob Kraft, to plan a soccer stadium for Columbia …

Amesbury spending millions on water system » The Daily News of Newburyport The city has already invested $7.5 million in water pipes over the last three decades, said Public Works director Robert Desmarais, in response to a recent report from state auditor Suzanne Bump that …

City: Tools needed to deal with coyotes » Gloucester Times A Gloucester police officer spotted a coyote on the prowl near one of the giant wind turbines in Blackburn Industrial Park.…

Attleboro councilor eyes regulations for ride-sharing services » The Sun Chronicle Numerous and highly publicized assaults and accidents emerging from the burgeoning ride-sharing industry has prompted a city councilor to see if rules can be written that will enhance the safety of th…

Pittsfield Police Chief questions impact of proposed 'Trust Act' on department » Berkshire Eagle A law designed to reassure immigrants that they need not fear interaction with local authorities could violate federal law, jeopardize the police department's grant funding and unnecessarily tie the h…

Once A Campaign Talking Point, Walsh Ethics Committee Quietly Ceases Activity » WGBH News At his 2014 inauguration, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivered a speech outlining his goals and promises to the city, among them a pledge to create a special committee to bring a new standard of transpa…

Storm runoff running up big bills for Greater Lowell cities, towns » Lowell Sun

City officials: No red flags with tourism bureau » Worcester Mag

Amherst eyes $23M town budget » Amherst Bulletin

Opinion

Our View: Push for Beacon Hill pay raises an unseemly grasp for taxpayer cash » Eagle Tribune Just days after gaveling in a new session of the Legislature, lawmakers are taking up an issue that is clearly near and dear to their hearts — their salaries.…

Editorial: A pay grab on tap » Boston Herald Beacon Hill really does have its own special sense of timing.…

A president who looked like me » Boston Globe LIKE MANY people, I first heard the name Barack Obama when he was an Illinois state senator at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. …

EDITORIAL: Solve the state's real problems » The Sun Chronicle The state has a number of serious problems facing it, including the struggle to adequately fund education and its falling revenues. But those issues must be too demanding to figure out, so Massachuset…

Less bias, more truth » Andover Townsman

Politics

Charlie Baker is heading to DC for Trump inauguration celebrations » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker is heading to Washington to attend a ball and other ceremonies marking President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.…

MA Democratic Party Names Martinez Executive Director » Go Local Worcester Massachusetts Democratic Party has named Veronica Martinez Executive Director, announced chair Gus Bickford on Wednesday. …

Brianna Wu intends to run against Stephen Lynch in 2018 » Boston Globe He might have just been sworn in, but Congressman Stephen Lynch already has a fight on his hands for 2018.…

For many in Mass., Trump's big day is no celebration » Boston Globe A “flash mob” of ukulele players will descend on South Station. Comedians will roast the sorry state of affairs at a show called “What a Joke” and give the proceeds to the ACLU…

Cyr Policy Summit Rescheduled to March » The Associated Press (AP) The event, which was postponed due to the blizzard earlier this month, will bring together community stakeholders, elected officials, business leaders and residents to discuss the important issues fac…

Gamergate victim challenging Lynch » Boston Herald Gamergate victim and computer programmer Brianna Wu has announced she is challenging U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston).…

Groups come together to protest Donald Trump, promote socialism in Boston » Boston Herald Pushing a socialist agenda and saying they fear a Trump administration, thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the Common tomorrow night to protest the inauguration.…

Gov. Baker's Inauguration Schedule Includes Stop At VP-Elect's Indiana Inaugural Ball » Dedham Patch Gov. Charlie Baker, who cast his vote for neither President-elect Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, is en route to Washington, D.C., for this week's inaugural festivities.…

New WBUR poll shows what Massachusetts voters are saying about Donald Trump » The Republican

Public Health

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts? Holds 2nd Annual Advocacy Day » Peabody Patch

State Finance

Two local legislators want to ban lottery aid from towns that don't allow ticket sales » The Sun Chronicle Two local lawmakers want to stop towns from receiving state aid generated from the lottery if they refuse to allow the sale of lottery tickets.…

State Government

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey encourages civic engagement at Springfield town hall » MassLive During her fourth town hall since November's election, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday night stressed that civic involvement will be a necessary check on any federal policy th…

AG Healey Speaks Out Against Trump EPA Admin Pick » Banker & Tradesman

Treasurer sets sights on alcohol reforms » WWLP 22 News

Transportation

High-speed travel: One woman's plan to bring the Hyperloop to SouthCoast » South Coast Today Want to have dinner in Washington, D.C., tonight but you're home in Dartmouth and Westport? No problem. Just hop in the Hyperloop and you'll be there in a half hour. After dinner, the trip back home w…

Why does our transportation system stink? Ask Connecticut » Boston Globe IF YOU'RE wondering why American infrastructure stinks, don't just look at Washington, D.C. Look at what's going on right now in southeastern Connecticut. …

Utilities

Local water, sewer repairs come at a hefty cost » Gloucester Times Aging water and sewer pipes will cost Massachusetts communities nearly $18 billion in upgrades, according to an auditor's report that is prompting calls for state intervention.…

New England electricity prices 47% higher last month than national average » MassLive Households in New England paid electricity prices last month that were 47 percent higher than the national average, according to federal data released Wednesday.…

AG Healey wants to keep electric bills from rising » WWLP 22 News Some rate-payers are angry after Eversource filed a request to raise rates for customers in Massachusetts. If approved, it means electric bills will jump a total of about 10% for western Massachusetts…

Our Opinion: Eversource fails to justify rate request » Berkshire Eagle Eversource's argument that because it has improved some of its services it should be allowed to hit residential customers with an increase of about $11 on an average monthly bill isn't impressing Atto…

Cape Wind's $88,000 lease payment shows project is still alive » WWLP 22 News For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purcha…

Safety system at Pilgrim compromised » Cape Cod Times Two dampers designed to automatically close so radioactivity can't escape into the environment in an emergency failed to fully shut when tested during a routine maintenance check at Pilgrim Nuclear Po…

Eversource customers could face higher electric bills » WWLP 22 News Eversource customers could be forced to pay more for electricity. The energy company is asking the state to approve an increase in its distribution rate for western Massachusetts customers. The propos…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

GLORIA VARRASSO, Braintree: Gov. Baker gives out raises like candy » The Enterprise

Walsh tries again for pre-kindergarten expansion » Boston Globe

Focusing on the optics of a pay raise » Commonwealth Magazine

School Committee may need to reduce proposed budget by $3 million » Wicked Local Norwood

Maura Healey, 8 other attorneys general urge rejection of EPA nominee » The Metro West Daily News

State Street to pay $64M to end criminal, SEC fraud probes » Boston Business Journal

'Everything is on the table' in sweeping review of state alcohol rules » Boston Globe

Bump on inauguration: 'If I were a member of Congress, I would be attending' » Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker to attend Indiana Inaugural Ball as guest of Mike Pence » The Republican

Former Patrick aide will be executive director for state Democrats » Boston Globe

Bay State education secretary praises Salem's turnaround » The Salem News

Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano becomes second delegation member planning to skip Donald Trump's inauguration » The Republican

GOP should heed Baker's warning on health care reform » Boston Globe

Black, Latino lawmakers want end to mandatory minimum sentences for drugs » WWLP 22

Economist sees tug-of-war effect in Trump's policies » State House News Service

Enviro activists hope state will step up under Trump » State House News Service

New director chosen to help lead Mass. Dems » State House News Service

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