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9:00am Association of Developmental Disability Providers Legislative Luncheon, Great Hall

11:00am Animal Bills Co-Sponsorship Fair, Nurses Hall

6:00pm State of the Commonwealth Address, House Chamber

6:30pm House Session, Formal Joint Session

Must-Reads

Judge Blocks Aetna's $37 Billion Deal for Humana » New York Times The court sided with a Justice Department argument that the merger would lessen competition for Medicare Advantage plans and health insurance sold on public exchanges.…

Rate of U.S. Abortions Hits Lowest Since Roe v. Wade » New York Times Researchers attribute the declines to increased use of long-term birth control devices, particularly among poorer women.…

Senate Democrats to Unveil $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan » New York Times Daring Mr. Trump to make good on his grand infrastructure promises, Senate Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a trillion-dollar plan to rebuild the nation's roads, railways, airports, waterways and sewe…

Angry Democrats Study the Tea Party's Playbook » New York Times [T]hey are turning to the same playbook that guided their conservative counterparts in the aftermath of Mr. Obama's election: creating or expanding a number of groups outside the formal architecture o…

Messaging App Has Bipartisan Support Amid Hacking Concerns » The Wall Street Journal Signal, a smartphone app that allows users to send encrypted messages, is gaining popularity in the political world amid rising fears about hacking and surveillance in the wake of a tumultuous electio…

Pay raise bill teed up for votes in Mass. House, Senate » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg would see their salaries increase by $45,000 a year and the governor's compensation package would grow by 65 percent under a comprehen…

Donald Trump: A pillar of ignorance and certitude » Vanity Fair Donald Trump, our 45th president, sold the electorate an America First bill of goods, when what he really had in mind was Me First. “I won,” he gloats, “therefore I can do this! I wo…

Analysis: Mass. Voters' Concerns Ahead Of Gov. Baker's State Of The Commonwealth Address » WBUR Two years into Charlie Baker's term as governor, Massachusetts residents have a lot to be happy about. …

Democratic State AGs Push to Protect CFPB From Trump » National Law Journal More than a dozen Democratic state attorneys general on Monday stepped into a fight to preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the agency prepares for potential peril under President Dona…

Christy Mihos jailed for failure to pay ex-wife » Cape Cod Times BOURNE - Former convenience store magnate and gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos was released from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility on Friday, after serving a 10-day jail sentence for fa…

MassGOP Chairman Must Be A Realist » New Boston Post Our Massachusetts Republican Party will have an election for party chairman on Wednesday, January 25. The chairman controls the state party office on Merrimac Street in Boston, where a small staff wor…

Massachusetts Sen. Eric Lesser takes new post as Gateway Cities Caucus chair » The Republican Sen. Eric Lesser, who won a second term in November, is taking the reins of the Gateway Cities Caucus. …

Lawmakers Poised To Consider Pay Raises For Top Officials » WBUR Massachusetts lawmakers are poised to vote on a package of pay raises for the legislative leadership, the governor and other top state elected officials. The bill, unveiled late Monday by the House a…

“Then I spent a bunch of time working on the speech and working on the budget in here, and that was time-sensitive stuff that I needed to get done,” he said Monday at the State House. “But, look, I think any time a big group of people gets out there and engages in the civic discourse, that’s a good thing, no matter what their point of view is.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Commenting on why he did not attend the protest in Boston.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump's America First vision » Commonwealth Magazine President Trump's inaugural speech laid out a new “America First” vision for the country that may be more in keeping with the increasingly competitive world economy.…

Group sues Trump, says he violated constitutional ban on foreign gifts » Boston Globe A liberal watchdog group filed a lawsuit against President Trump in federal court Monday, alleging that he is violating a little-known constitutional provision that bars him from taking gifts or payme…

After castigating Congress, Trump tries to get leaders behind his agenda » Boston Globe President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders Monday to gripe about his loss of the popular vote, falsely telling the lawmakers that he would have won a majority if millio…

Here's what Donald Trump did on his first day as president » Boston Globe President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using his first full work day in the White House to honor a campaign promise and, in the process, share common …

Is Donald Trump the Next Jimmy Carter? » The New Republic Donald Trump was the first Republican to win Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin since 1988. …

Trump Bans U.S. Funding For Groups That 'Promote' Abortion Overseas » WBUR It's President Donald Trump's first official act on the abortion issue. On Monday, the new president signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the "Mexico City" policy — barring U.S. aid fro…

President Trump To Cut Regulations By '75 Percent' — How Real Is That? » WBUR In a meeting with business leaders, President Trump on Monday made an eyebrow-raising claim. As part of an effort to make America more business-friendly, Trump said, "We think we can cut regu…

Business

McDonald's all-day breakfast push no longer fueling growth » Boston Globe The world's biggest burger chain said US sales dipped 1.3 percent at established locations for the final three months of 2016.…

Marty Walsh aims to get garage project out from shadows » Boston Herald The Walsh administration is committing to a planning study to guide future downtown development as part of efforts to win support for a state shadow law exemption for Millennium Partners' proposed $1 …

Civil Rights

NRA files lawsuit over ban on assault weapons in Mass. » Boston Globe The Massachusetts chapter of the National Rifle Association on Monday sued Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, contending the state's ban on assault weapons is unlawful and shoul…

State gun league suing Healey, Baker for 'copycat' rifle ban » Boston Herald The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts is suing Attorney General Maura Healey, the governor and other state officials for Healey's June ban on so-called “copycat” assault rifle sale…

Federal

Senate Democrats to propose $1 trillion infrastructure plan » Sentinel & Enterprise Senate Democrats say they plan to offer a proposal Tuesday to spend $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years in an attempt to engage President Donald Trump on an i…

Health Care

Agency that spends $2b a year wants to cap payments to hospitals » Boston Globe The state agency that spends more than $2 billion a year to provide health coverage to 436,000 public employees, retirees, and their families is pushing changes that would allow it to slash what it pa…

Future of MassHealth still unclear; national repeal efforts, costs of state health insurance program part of uncertainty » The Recorder Somewhere between the federal government's intensifying efforts to remove the Affordable Care Act and the state budget proposal to be unveiled Wednesday could be clues to what the future holds for the…

Baker, guvs talked health care funding in Washington » State House News Service A top advisor to President Donald Trump said over the weekend that the White House's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will include a drastic change to how the federal government funds Medicaid,…

Human Services

Baker to propose new spending to improve Bridgewater State Hospital » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday is expected to urge state lawmakers to approve funding aimed at sweeping changes in mental health care for approximately 250 men held at troubled Bridgewater State Ho…

State funding restored for Amherst homeless shelter » The Daily Collegian State funding for the homeless shelter Craig's Place was restored on Dec. 14 after over a month of the funds being frozen, according to a report by MassLive.…

Judiciary

Charting Resolution For Dookhan Cases, Judge Urges Cooperation » WBUR Underlining the firmness of an April 18 deadline, one of the state's top judges directed prosecutors and defense counsel to assemble a working group to begin crafting notices for criminal defendants w…

Labor

In new bill, Healey seeks to take employer-pay fights to court » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Bill proposes top pols' pay pushed to $142G » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg would see their pay jump by nearly 50 percent to a whopping $142,000 a year under a proposed bill that would also significantly …

Bridge over Route 24 to be named in honor of Menard » The Herald News The 30-year elected political career of Joan Menard will be recognized this spring with the naming of a highway structure over Route 24 in Freetown near the entry to Fall River's biopark, officials an…

O'Day prepares for new legislative session » Worcester Telegram Rep. James O'Day, D-West Boylston, took his sixth oath of office to represent West Boylston and Worcester as the House of Representatives kicked off the 190th General Session on Jan. 4.…

Sen. Lewis introduces marijuana bills » Tewksbury Town Crier Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Michael Day are scheduled to provide a general legislative update for the Board of Selectmen along with notifying them about upcoming marijuana laws.…

Lawmakers: Hike everyone's pay » Commonwealth Magazine THE TWO TOP LEGISLATIVE leaders on Beacon Hill filed a bill Monday that would boost their own pay by more than doubling the stipends they receive for their posts as well as raise the salary of every c…

Stan Rosenberg Helps Build a More Responsive Senate » Business West Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg — one of the few legislators from Western Mass. who have held that position — began his career as an aide to then-Sen. John Olver, and has s…

Metal theft bills again end up on Beacon Hill scrap heap » State House News Service Beacon Hill lawmakers have agreed for years that a new law is needed to help punish metal thieves who exchange stolen items for money at scrap yards.…

State Senate President Defends Pay Hike Plan » WAMC

Tito Jackson comes out in support of state lawmakers pay raise » Boston Herald

Speaker DeLeo defends pay hike as 'long overdue' » Boston Herald

Local Government

Attorney General finds Shirley selectmen violated open meeting law » Lowell Sun Selectmen violated the Open Meeting Law during two sessions during the summer, according to a finding released less than two weeks before a recall election.…

Figueroa for stronger community connections » Lynn Daily News Item Jaime Figueroa wants to bring the spirit of community service into City Hall.…

Cohen calls for portion of Berkshire Power fines » The Reminder Berkshire Power Plant agreed in March 2016 to a $4.25 million settlement in order to resolve criminal chargers for tampering with air pollution monitoring equipment and reporting false data about emis…

Gannon may not run for Hingham selectman re-election » The Patriot Ledger While former school committee chairman Andrew Shafter, current advisory committee member Eric Haskell and former advisory committee member Karen Johnson have taken out papers to run for selectman, Gan…

Springfield City Council approves 6-month moratorium on retail sale of marijuana » The Republican The City Council approved a 6-month moratorium on the retail sale of recreational marijuana on Monday night, shorter than initially proposed but intended to allow time to draft local regulations.…

Council backs proposal for what would be Quincy's tallest building » The Patriot Ledger The project, which would include 124 high-end apartments, still needs to go through a lengthy permitting process.…

Donoghue awaiting high school feasibility study » Lowell Sun

Opinion

Listen to Michael Moore, not Madonna » Boston Globe Want to block the Trump agenda? Heed the words spoken by filmmaker Michael Moore at the Women's March on Washington. Ignore Madonna's.…

Our Opinion: Taxing Airbnb brings fair play to hotel trade » Berkshire Eagle All who house paying visitors to the Berkshires should compete fairly. When websites like Airbnb are able to avoid paying taxes other lodging establishments must make, they exploit an unfair advantage…

Battenfeld: Baker can't ignore Trump presidency any longer » Boston Herald He won't be in the room, but President Donald Trump looms over Charlie Baker like an unwanted guest as the GOP governor delivers a pre-election-year address signaling the unofficial start of his re-el…

Can Walsh fulfill promise of preschool? » Boston Globe MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH'S long-awaited plan to provide universal, high-quality preschool in Boston is a test of one of his basic campaign promises. …

Trump wants a new NAFTA. What happens if he gets it? » Boston Globe President Trump has taken his first steps toward an “America first” approach to international trade, pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday and reaffirming his intent to re…

Hyannis West proves change occurs locally » Cape Cod Times Anyone interested in the education of our children should be concerned with the possible confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education.…

Charlie Baker can't go MIA on Trump forever » Boston Globe There were so many politicians on stage for the formal program of the Boston Women's March that I thought Senate President Stan Rosenberg might fall off.…

Our view: Feds need to help with sewer, water expenses » The Daily News of Newburyport Amesbury has spent $7.5 million in the past 30 years replacing and upgrading water pipes, but that's just not enough.…

Baker still popular in turbulent times (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Getting over the Trump » Wicked Local Plymouth Transitions of power in American politics are meant to be peaceful, unifying moments when the partisanship of campaigns are left behind, however briefly, for the greater cause.…

Gov. Charlie Baker says he supports message of Women's March attendees » The Republican Republican Gov. Charlie Baker attended President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and did not attend the Women's March in either Boston or Washington on Saturday.…

From Flash Mobs To Janelle Monáe, Women's Marches Join A New Wave Of Protest Music » WBUR Along with the sea of pink hats that flooded the Boston Common on Saturday for the Women's March came a deluge of something else: music. Somerville's Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass…

HAND: Mayoral candidate digs into own wallet » The Sun Chronicle Anyone who questioned whether Jose Lemus was serious about running for mayor got their answer last week when the political newcomer contributed $15,000 of his own money to his campaign.…

Baker 'absolutely' should have been at the women's march, Moulton says » Boston Globe

BOSTON MARCH FOR WOMEN: Plymouth marchers join thousands more » Wicked Local Plymouth

Public Health

Brockton schools apply for opioid education grant » The Enterprise Following a $200,000 settlement between Walgreens and the Massachusetts Attorney General over Walgreens pharmacies' improper distribution of opioids, the local school district is hoping to use some of…

State Finance

Baker calling for $91M increase in education aid » Lowell Sun In this week's annual budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker will call for a $91 million increase in education local aid and a $40 million boost in unrestricted local aid to cities and towns.…

State Government

State of the Commonwealth address will present stark contrast to Trump's » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, looking to cement his reputation as a practitioner of bipartisan compromise as he begins the second half of his term, will deliver a State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday s…

Legislative raises tone-deaf to public mood (Editorial) » The Republican A case could be made for giving raises to Massachusetts legislators who have not had one in 33 years. But the case made by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is surprisingly tone-deaf for a…

The NRA Is Suing Maura Healey and Charlie Baker » Boston Magazine

AG Maura Healey to 'vigorously defend' Massachusetts copycat weapons ban » The Republican

Taxation

Massachusetts commercial property-tax rates in 2017, by town and city » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

Collins and Dorcena-Forry: Time to fix Seaport's transit woes » Boston Herald While Boston's economic engine is chugging along at a record pace, some in our city are being left behind. One big reason is a lack of equity and connectivity in our public transit system.…

T praised for response to Women's March » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK and members of the MBTA's oversight board on Monday praised the authority and the state's commuter rail operator for their response to the huge crowds that t…

T building out Green Line Ext team » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS BUILDING OUT its project staff for the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and keeping on board two consulting firms that have helped steer the project to its current slimmed-…

Utilities

AG Healey speaks out against Eversource rate hike » The Recorder Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced her opposition to the $96 million rate hike sought by Eversource, saying it represents a “fight against unjustified utility profits at t…

$8.5 million state loan available for Easton wastewater project » Wicked Local Easton The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday, Jan. 23, that the Town of Easton will receive a loan for $8,585,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Baker prepares for annual address to Massachusetts residents » NBC 10 News

Environmental groups want more done on clean energy, mass transit » WWLP 22 News

Battle brewing over how to expand access to dental care » State House News Service

Growers group bombards senator with pot tweets » State House News Service

Disability advocates brief new lawmakers on priorities » State House News Service

Elder advocate blasts long-term care insurance hikes » State House News Service

Defeated on home turf, Redmen opponents seek relief on Beacon Hill » Lowell Sun

Baker's budget to add $91 million for schools, $40 million in local aid » Berkshire Eagle

Why Charlie Baker missed the Women's March » Boston Globe

Legislative leaders aiming for 40 percent pay hikes » Boston Globe

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