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Ayla Brown, who will sing national anthem, calls boycott by performers 'insane' » Boston Herald Before she's belted out a single note at tonight's "Heroes Ball" salute to servicemen, singer Ayla Brown is vocalizing dismay over what she calls the "insane" boycotting of President-elect Donald Trum…

Setti Warren Calls for Transparency in Beacon Hill Budget Talks » Boston Magazine As Beacon Hill lawmakers prepare to hammer out a budget next week, Setti Warren has called for greater transparency in the process, and warned against using one-time revenue sources to shore up budget…

State weighs more cash for Berkshire Innovation Center » The Berkshire Eagle A high-ranking state official said Thursday that the state is "very close" to determining whether it will provide additional funding to construct the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield. …

Why women are marching on Washington » Boston Globe Two big things happened the day after the election. First, we learned that Donald Trump was the second man in recent history to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote big-time. Second, we …

Lawmakers need to slow down their pay hike push » Boston Globe AN UNACCUSTOMED urgency crackles in the air on Beacon Hill, where little of legislative substance normally takes place in January. The reason? That cause so dear to the legislative heart: a pay hike. …

HealthCare.Gov Enrollment Tops 8.8 Million » Roll Call More than 8.8 million Americans signed up for 2017 insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov as of Jan. 14, 2017, about 100,000 more than over a similar time frame last year. …

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Tells Trump Protesters to Build Movement » The Wall Street Journal On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied protesters in a speech outside Trump International Hotel in Manhattan. …

A score card for tracking Trump's economy progress » Boston Globe On Friday, when Donald Trump takes the oath of office, he also takes responsibility for the future of America. Starting now, it's his job to shape foreign policy, oversee the economy, and address our …

“When the time is right and we get a full briefing about the pay issue, myself and other fiscal conservatives will make more of an issue of it,’’

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about the attempt of Beacon Hill legislators to pass huge pay raises for themselves during yesterdays Ways and Means hearing.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The Cautionary Tale of Samantha Power » Commentary Samantha Power had been waiting her entire adult life for this moment. “To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes,” the outgoing U.S. amb…

So what will Donald Trump say in his inaugural speech? » Boston Globe After the Marine Band plays, after the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, and after Donald Trump raises his right hand under what is forecast to be a rainy sky, he will approach a podium like 44 president…

Girl Scouts face uproar over Trump parade » Boston Globe Heather Leavell, a fourth-generation Girl Scouts troop leader and proud mother of an 8-year-old Brownie, could not sleep the night after she found out the Girl Scouts would be marching in Friday's ina…

Business

Massachusetts Representative seeks to close loophole in private gun sale law » WWLP 22 News Natick state Representative Democrat David Linsky spent months reviewing the state's private gun sale laws. He plans to file a bill to require private sales to be conducted at a licensed gun dealer, b…

Education

STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns » The Republican The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees.…

3 Hombres – Baker, DeLeo, And Rosenberg – May Hold The Fate Of Mayor Walsh's Education Plan In Their Hands » WGBH News It wasn't the official kickoff of his campaign, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh laid out an ambitious election year education agenda this week that could shed light on a forward-looking strategy for reel…

Challenge of education 'personalization' discussed » Worcester Telegram As an education think tank and members of state boards called for more personalization in learning Thursday, the state's top education official cautioned of potential "danger" ahead in setting expecta…

Gaming

Plainridge Park Casino didn't damage Mass. Lottery sales, UMass Amherst report says » The Republican The opening of Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slot parlor in Massachusetts, did not ding state lottery sales, according to new report from UMass Amherst.…

Housing

MassHousing conflict? » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S CONFLICT of interest law seems pretty straightforward. A public official may not participate in any matter in which she or a member of her immediate family has a financial interest. But re…

Legislative

Pols on Beacon Hill make case to jack up salaries » Boston Herald State lawmakers, decrying their nearly $70,000-a-year pay as substandard to a “living wage,” appeared to prime the pump yesterday for a raft of hefty Beacon Hill salary hikes for legislati…

Quick and quiet hearing on salaries report » Commonwealth Magazine ONE OF THE authors of a report recommending higher compensation for the state's top elected officials said on Thursday he was “surprised” a joint legislative panel took two years to hold a…

State commission, the public weigh in on compensation for elected officials » WWLP 22 News It's a controversial issue. A state commission believes the governor, state lawmakers and other public officials are underpaid.…

Beacon Hill Lawmakers Start Looking Into Potential Pay Raises » WBUR Beacon Hill lawmakers waded into potentially treacherous political waters Thursday as they started the ball rolling on what could become significant pay raises for legislative leaders and statewide of…

Public hearing may set stage for legislative pay hike » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill lawmakers waded into potentially treacherous political waters Thursday as they started the ball rolling on what could become significant pay raises for legislative leaders and statewide of…

Local Government

Friday declared Tom Sannicandro Day in Ashland » The Metro West Daily News While most will remember Friday as Inauguration Day for the 45th president of the United States, people in Ashland have something else: Tom Sannicandro Day.…

Her time: City Council President Elaine Milo joins a growing list of female leaders in Salem » The Salem News "Thank you, Madame President... I'm glad I was able to say that for the first time." Though it was brief, Ward 4 Councilor David Eppley's choice of words at the city's inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 5 m…

No promises made about more funding as Holyoke officials, firefighters discuss truck brownouts » The Republican ire Chief John A. Pond said Thursday his department would need an extra $300,000 to end brownouts of fire trucks through the end of the fiscal year June 30.…

Brockton mayor files plan to pay back taxpayers for $7,850 for flowers, other purchases » The Enterprise The campaign committee of Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter filed a document with a state agency on Wednesday detailing $7,850 in flower purchases and other expenditures that he made using city money - th…

Opinion

Who's Afraid of Donald Trump? » New Boston Post Democrats are so gloomy you'd think we were about to inaugurate Abraham Lincoln.…

Demands must include immediate plant closure » Cape Cod Times Thank you for your Jan. 13 article "NRC sets date for public meeting."…

Robichaud: Republican women show solidarity in D.C., too » Boston Herald Women from across the nation packed the headquarters of the National Federation of Republican Women in suburban D.C. yesterday, with one glaring absence — nobody attended from the Bay State.…

Politics

Most Voters In Massachusetts Have Dim View Of Trump As He Prepares To Take Office » WAMC

Bay State voices join the action » Boston Herald Thousands of people are expected at rallies today and tomorrow in Boston and around the state to ?either celebrate or protest Donald Trump's inauguration.…

Upper Cape Republicans Set To Celebrate Inauguration » Cape News As Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as America's 45th president in Washington, DC, today,, Friday, January 20, many Republicans and others on the Upper Cape are celebrating not only a new Repu…

Who will be at the Women's March in Boston? Everyone, it seems. » Boston Globe Finding who from Boston will be at the Trump inauguration felt like an exercise in futility. Hardly anyone planned to go, but now I know where everyone will be: the Boston Women's March.…

Meet a few of the people behind the Boston Women's March » Boston Globe Thousands of people — including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh — are expected to participate in the Boston Wo…

Public Safety

Security guards at TD Garden can no longer eject homeless » Boston Globe Private security guards who patrol TD Garden have been told they can no longer eject homeless people from North Station commuter rail platforms and waiting areas that are surrounded by the sports comp…

Lynn state legislators back police over Baker » Lynn Daily News Item State Sen. Thomas M. McGee and state reps Dan Cahill and Brendan Crighton are fighting Baker administration cuts to funding for the Lynn Police Department's Behavioral Health Unit.…

Police chief takes blame for erroneous 'most dangerous' label » Cape Cod Times Police Chief Paul MacDonald has taken full responsibility for a coding error that created the appearance there was an unusual spike in crime and put the town on a list of the country's most dangerous …

State Finance

Future of film tax credit uncertain in the next state's budget » WWLP 22 News People who work in movie and television production are urging state lawmakers to keep the film tax credit in place. The incentive is meant to attract production companies to use Massachusetts location…

State Government

State treasurer sets sights on alcohol reforms » Boston Business Journal Charged under a new ballot law with assembling a marijuana regulatory body, the state's treasurer has also turned her attention to a more established intoxicant, forming a task force to review the sta…

Taxation

Jamie Eldridge files legislation to increase earned income tax credit » Wicked Local Acton 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…

Transportation

Lyft to begin pickups at Logan Airport Feb. 1 » Boston Globe Logan International Airport will soon be open for Lyft, and Uber may not be far behind, as one of the last major US airports to limit usage of the popular ride-hailing services made plans to lift its …

Mass. law would tax autonomous vehicles by the mile » Boston Globe A bill set to be introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature Friday would allow self-driving cars on public roads, but impose a mileage-based tax on their use, allow some large municipalities to ban t…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Will Mass. lawmakers succeed in raising their own pay? » Boston Globe

Greenfield Community College expanding presence in Hampshire County » Amherst Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

Treasurer sets sights on alcohol reforms » WWLP 22 News

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

Film industry proactively lobbying to protect tax credits » Gloucester Times

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

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

This 35-Year-Old Mayor From Indiana Is Wowing National Democrats » The New Republic

Amherst eyes $23M town budget » Amherst Bulletin

Less bias, more truth » Andover Townsman

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

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

States Take on Gas Taxes and Infrastructure » CQ Roll Call

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SB1843 - An Act further promoting energy efficiency and green jobs

SB1865 - An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth

SB717 - An Act relative to creating a statutory housing restriction and providing remedies related to statutory housing

SB618 - An Act establishing a public health insurance option

SB1020 - An Act to protect trade secrets and eliminate non-compete agreements

SB1851 - An Act relative to renewable energy portfolio standards

SB1153 - An Act improving local decision making

House Actions This Week: 3230

Senate Actions This Week: 1756


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