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11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

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Must-Reads

The 2016 Presidential Vote: A Look Down in the Weeds » Sabato's Crystal Ball If Hillary Clinton had won the presidency — and she took the popular vote by nearly 3 million — the narrative of the 2016 election would be far different. Rather than the storyline being…

South Dakota Legislators Seek Hasty Repeal of Ethics Law Voters Passed » New York Times A ballot measure approved in November set campaign finance restrictions on politicians and created an independent ethics commission to oversee them.…

States Vie to Be Part of Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Spending Sprees » New York Times Governors, both Republican and Democrat, are eager to get their hands on money for infrastructure projects. Everyone has a list, and a need.…

CALIFORNIA VS. TRUMP: LA RÉSISTANCE COULD FALL VICTIM TO LA RÉCESSION » WIRED America is a meta-democracy, made up of 50 partially contained sub-republics. California is the most populous, prosperous, and—in the face of the Trump administration's hard-right policies 

How Trump's media obsession could collide with regulation of it » Axios There is a faction inside the White House, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, who do not have a romantic view of Silicon Valley and want to find ways to punish companies that create wealth, not …

A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump's Inauguration » YouTube (Sorry, MassTrac and MassInsider readers, but we gotta laugh, right?)…

Trump cabinet nominee Steven Mnuchin is also registered to vote in two states » CNN (CNN)Donald Trump's nominee to head the Treasury department, Steven Mnuchin, is registered to vote in two states, a CNN KFile review of paperwork obtained through open records requests in New York and…

Baker budget proposal seeks to return to pre-ACA health care options » Politico BOSTON — In his budget message on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker called for a return to the commonwealth's health care law before the Affordable Care Act was passed, reclaiming the state's origi…

Hughes re-elected as MassGOP chair, vows to take down Warren in 2018 » Politico NEWTON — MassGOP party chair Kirsten Hughes was re-elected to another two-year term on Wednesday night, fending off a challenge from insurgent conservative businessman Steve Aylward. …

Galvin tells Trump 'put up or shut up' about unproven voter fraud claims » Boston Globe The state's top elections official challenged President Donald J. Trump to “put up or shut up” with his false claims about election fraud, describing the misstatements as a personal affron…

“We will not be intimidated by a threat to federal funding. . . we will not retreat one inch,” Walsh said. “To anyone who feels threatened or vulnerable, you are safe in Boston.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Commenting on President Donald Trump’s threats to pull federal funding to sanctuary cities.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

In Trump's unfounded voter fraud claim, a familiar pattern » Boston Globe President Trump on Wednesday elevated an unfounded conspiracy theory about last fall's campaign to its highest level yet, saying that he will ask for a “major investigation” into his repea…

Trump could possibly return to torturing terror suspects » Boston Globe President Trump is poised to put a harsher and more isolationist stamp on US policy toward Muslims, with a temporary halt on America's longstanding tradition of welcoming refugees from war torn countr…

President Trump vows to take aggressive steps on immigration » Boston Globe President Trump on Wednesday issued executive orders cracking down on undocumented immigrants across the United States and moving to strip federal funding from the sanctuary cities that protect them, …

Trump cracked down on environmental agencies, and the Internet fought back » Boston Globe Trump administration crackdowns on the flow of information out of federal environmental and parks agencies have created an Internet backlash and made a cause celebre out of social media accounts purpo…

Arizona senator targets local nonprofit Greenagers as example of government waste » Berkshire Eagle A U.S. senator from Arizona has put a local nonprofit in his cross-hairs. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has cited Great Barrington-based Greenagers in his "Wastebook" that targets what he believes are ex…

Elizabeth Warren responds to Trump's executive orders: Why not declare January 25 as 'Anti-Immigrant Day?' » Boston.com In the wake the early local backlash to President Donald Trump's executive orders Wednesday, Massachusetts's most outspoken Trump critic waited until the evening to make a statement. And when it came,…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Defends Her Vote For Ben Carson As Housing Secretary » CBS Boston

Trump wants 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for wall » CNN

Top State Department officials asked to leave by Trump administration » WCVB

Business

TD Garden cuts ties with firm accused of beatings » Boston Globe By the time Jake Meehan quit his job as an Allied private security guard at TD Garden, he said he had complained to his supervisors at least three times about the abuse of the homeless inside North St…

Why have markets soared since Donald Trump's election? » Boston Globe The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 20,000 mark Wednesday. Yawn. These round-number milestones are totally arbitrary.…

Law would limit pot industry's influence » The Eagle Tribune State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell wants to limit the marijuana industry's influence in crafting laws regulating the drug's legal use. …

Marijuana legalization leads to rethinking of Massachusetts alcohol laws » The Republican

Biz lobby says Baker's "fair share" assessment lacks fairness » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Sanctuary cities blast Trump's immigration actions » The Metro West Daily News Cambridge, Boston, Somerville and other "sanctuary cities" found themselves in President Donald Trump's crosshairs Wednesday.…

DAILY POLL: The state assault-weapons ban » The Enterprise A gun rights group, along with individual gun owners and retailers, is challenging the state's 1998 assault weapon ban in federal court, arguing the law unconstitutionally infringes on the right to be…

Insiders see civil legal aid demand rising under Trump » State House News Service

East Boston Protesters Unfurl Pro-Immigrant Banner » Boston Magazine

Crimes

The cold, hard facts on scrap metal theft » The Berkshire Eagle No. 2 scrap copper was bringing $1.75 a pound Tuesday at Perlman Recycling in Pittsfield. A sturdy cardboard bin of it sat half-filled on a pallet inside the company's South Merriam Street facility, n…

Education

Harvard endowment fund will cut half of its 230 employees » Boston Globe In a massive overhaul of the Harvard University endowment fund, its new chief executive will lay off half of the investment group's 230 employees and transfer more money to outside firms, in an effort…

Hungry for more than education » Commonwealth Magazine It's no secret that a good portion of those attending college here and around the country struggle to make ends meet, but it's rarely talked about – or addressed – that the traditional s…

Bill would put end to standardized testing » Boston Herald The bill, filed by state Sen. Michael Rush of West Roxbury and backed by the teachers union, would implement the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission, which says the state u…

Bill takes aim at Native American-themed mascots » Boston Globe Efforts to ban the use of Native American-themed school mascots have divided Massachusetts communities. Now, a measure introduced in the state Legislature is likely to rekindle the debate.…

Worcester school officials worried about higher price for Advanced Placement exam » Worcester Telegram The end of a federal subsidy that helped lower the cost of Advanced Placement tests for low-income students has city school officials worried some high-schoolers may not be able to afford to take the …

Environment

Mass. politicians, activists place environmental woes on EPA exec. order » The Metro West Daily News The loss of jobs and damage to climate change research are among the concerns of Massachusetts activists and politicians after President Donald Trump issued an executive order earlier this week that b…

Trump team mum on international climate summit planned for Boston this year » Boston Business Journal

Gaming

Massachusetts Introduces New Online Lottery Bill » OnlinePoker.net

Health Care

Families Fight For Nursing Care As House Approves Pay Raise For Legislative Leaders » CBS Boston A major pay-hike package for top legislative leaders and judges cleared a key hurdle on Wednesday.…

Obamacare's real impact, and why it shouldn't be repealed » Nashoba Publishing When President Barack Obama entered the White House, America was enduring the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with the entire financial system on the brink of collapse. Contributing …

Baker's Health Price Cap Plan May Be Seen As A Hybrid Between A Free And Regulated Market » WBUR

Housing

Homeless families in motel shelters all but over in Danvers » The Salem News Just two homeless families with six children are living in motel rooms in town as part of the state's emergency assistance program, according to the town and the state Executive Office of Housing and …

Human Services

Shelters under pressure as homeless numbers soar » Boston Herald As city officials and volunteers spread across the city for the annual census of the homeless in Boston, Danielle Doherty stood outside the State Street MBTA station, where she has spent her nights si…

Insurance

Gov. Charlie Baker defends proposed $2,000-per-worker health insurance fee » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday defended a controversial proposed assessment on employers who do not offer health insurance. Baker said the charge is necessary to address a flaw in the Affordable Care…

Judiciary

Holding Firm: The Supreme Judicial Court In The Age Of Trump » WGBH News In recent days, how many of us have said or heard something like this: “Even if President Trump goes after basic civil rights and liberties, things won't get too bad here. After all, this is Mas…

Labor

Worcester County wages grew 3% in 2016 » Worcester Business Journal The average weekly wage in Worcester County grew 3.4 percent to $992 between 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Legislative

Will Gov. Charlie Baker veto the pay raises Massachusetts lawmakers are proposing for themselves? » The Republican Back in 2014, right before he became governor, reporters asked Charlie Baker what he thought about lawmakers considering an increase in their pay.…

Senate could veto-proof pay raise bill » Boston Herald The controversial $18 million pay raise package sprinting through the State House is getting “a lot of support” in the Senate, where lawmakers today could steel it against Gov. Charlie Bak…

Did your state representative vote to raise pay for top lawmakers? Here's the roll call » The Republican Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday quickly voted to increase the pay of their leaders, judges and other government officials.…

Amid bipartisan cheer, contentious items on Beacon Hill agenda » Boston Globe “There's no Democrat or Republican,” Somerset Democratic state Representative Patricia Haddad told the State House News Service after Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth add…

'Challenging' budget season » Tewksbury Town Crier Although marijuana was the “hot topic” of the night, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Michael Day had other important subjects to discuss when they visited with the Board of Selectmen this week.…

Baker hints at pay raise veto » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said little has changed to sway him since he threatened to veto a legislative pay raise bill two years ago, but said he'll wait to see the final legislation now making its way throu…

BACON HILL: Democrats Ram Pay Raise Bill Through House » New Boston Post House lawmakers on Wednesday acted quickly along party lines to ram through a complex $18 million package of legislative, judicial,and constitutional office pay raises, marking the end of a speedy pro…

Voters won't be able to repeal proposed raises for lawmakers » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker strongly hinted Wednesday that he would veto the controversial pay raises that legislative leaders are rushing through the House and Senate this week, a gesture that could be fu…

Attleboro area lawmakers balk at pay hike » The Sun Chronicle Local lawmakers lined up against legislative leaders Wednesday, voting against 40 percent pay raises for the leaders.…

How state reps from the Brockton area voted on pay hikes for politicians » The Enterprise The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday calling for about $18 million for bigger stipends and increased salaries for state officials. Here's how state representatives f…

Baker casts shade on pay raises, but Dems have veto-proof majority » The Herald News In its first major decision of the new session, the Massachusetts House rammed through a nearly $18 million package of pay raises for the Legislature, judges and the state's six statewide constitution…

Pay hike anger » The Sun Chronicle Local lawmakers lined up against legislative leaders Wednesday, voting against 40 percent pay raises for the leaders. …

Fattman begins second term in State Senate » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

State Senate OKs Bill Raising Pay For Top Lawmakers » CBS Boston

State Senate passes veto-proof pay hike 31-9 » Boston Herald

Mass. Legislature Approves $18 Million Pay Package » Beacon Hill Patch

Higgins joins board for state women legislators' caucus » Leominster Champion

House backs $18M in raises for Mass. Legislature » Sentinel & Enterprise

Massachusetts Senate OKs bill hiking pay for top lawmakers » WHDH

Did your state senator vote to raise pay for top Mass. lawmakers? Here's the roll call » The Republican

Local Government

Mayor Walsh Vows To Keep Boston A Safe Place For Immigrants Following Trump's Orders » WBUR As President Trump launches the crackdown he promised on immigrants living in this country illegally, some mayors in Massachusetts are promising to stand up to the president.…

Boston mayor vows to use City Hall to shelter immigrants » Sentinel & Enterprise Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said if necessary he'll use City Hall to shelter residents who feel threatened by actions announced by President Donald Trump targeting so-called "sanctuary cities." The Demo…

Northampton councilor pushes local minimum wage law for city workers » The Republican City Council Vice President Ryan O'Donnell said Wednesday he will file a measure to ensure that municipal workers are paid at least the state minimum wage.…

Court filings link Marty Walsh to Boston Calling organizer meetings » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is named in new federal court filings that place him in meetings with Boston Calling music festival organizers, with the documents also revealing close adviser Joyce Linehan has …

'Sanctuary City' mayor fights back » CBC Player

Bourne selectman suggests registry for owners of vacant retail property » Wicked Local Cape Cod

Opinion

You said it all in those Women's March signs » Boston Globe I went to the Boston march on Saturday planning to write an opinion piece. But as I watched the signs go by, I realized that tens of thousands of people had already gotten together and written it.…

How to defend human rights in the Trump era » Boston Globe THE WOMEN'S March and demonstrations throughout the country last weekend served notice on President Trump that if he persists in assaulting human rights, he will face massive resistance.…

Have they no shame? » Boston Globe I've been thinking a lot about the nuns this week. Being Catholics of a certain era, we were well acquainted with shame, courtesy of the clergy that tended to our educations. …

Trump's bipartisan 'bold step' on TPP applauded » The Lowell Sun The Sun's Jan. 22 editorial ("Chance for progress at the White House") was fascinating. Before Donald Trump's first day of business in the White House, you already opined that naysayers wouldn't give …

The tragedy of killing TPP » Boston Globe With a stroke of the pen, President Trump has eliminated one of the most significant poverty-reduction measures that would have been enacted this decade.…

Editorial: Baker's budget vision » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker came into office pledging reform and in several areas — the MBTA and the Department of Children and Families, for example — he has delivered. Now he has the MBTA's tro…

Governor Baker, veto this pay hike! » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATORS are about to pull off the Great Pay Heist of 2017. …

Our Opinion: State of state, and of Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle

Editorial: Time to approve Amherst school plan » Amherst Bulletin

Our view: Baker vows to help cities, towns in many ways » The Daily News of Newburyport

Override or no, Baker should veto raises (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Walsh rails against Trump, calls immigration actions 'direct attack' » Boston Globe In some of his strongest comments yet, Mayor Martin J. Walsh lambasted President Donald Trump's threats to pull federal funding to sanctuary cities and pledged Wednesday to shelter undocumented immigr…

Protesters hang banner over entrance to Sumner Tunnel » Boston Herald A banner asking people to imagine the impact on society of "One Day Without Immigrants" was hung on a footbridge over the Sumner Tunnel gateway in East Boston at first light this morning.…

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey blasts President Trump's 'sanctuary cities' stance as 'irresponsible' » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ripped into President Donald Trump's administration for saying they plan to kill federal funding for "sanctuary cities" across the country.…

Massachusetts' Top Election Official Calls Trump's Voter Fraud Claims 'Outrageous Lies' » WBUR Massachusetts' top election official railed against President Trump's repeated uncorroborated allegations of voter fraud, calling them "outrageous lies." Secretary of State William Galvin said he was…

Mayor Joseph Curtatone says Somerville 'will not waver' despite President Trump's sanctuary city order » Boston.com President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday intended to pull federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.…

Did Governor Baker Take A Shot At President Trump? » CBS Boston Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered his annual State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night, and outlined his plans and priorities for 2017.…

Trump Signs 'Sanctuary City' Crackdown; Somerville in the Crosshairs » Peabody Patch President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a promised executive order cracking down on the more than 300 sanctuary cities across the country – including Somerville. Details of the order are spa…

SouthCoast reacts to Trump's action on border wall » South Coast Today The Standard-Times went out into the city's North End and downtown neighborhoods Wednesday to ask people how they feel about President Donald Trump signing an executive order that calls for a border w…

Boston, Somerville Mayors Defiant After Trump's Sanctuary City Orders » Boston Magazine Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curatone took a stand against Donald Trump Wednesday after the president announced a blockbuster executive order to target so-called “sanctuary …

Mass. Republicans stick with Kirsten Hughes as party chair » The Republican

Why (almost) everyone wants to fight over sanctuary cities » Boston Globe

Public Health

State Sen. Richard Ross supports new Defibrillator Law » Wicked Local North Attleborough State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, joined colleagues in supporting the passage of new legislation relative to automated external defibrillator access on school grounds in Massachusetts.…

Public Safety

Norfolk Sheriff's Office welcomes legislative delegation members » Wicked Local Dedham The Norfolk Sheriff's Office welcomed members of the county's legislative delegation for an informational visit to the correctional center recently.…

State Finance

Baker explains, addresses budget disconnect » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER STEPPED BACK from the numbers in his fiscal 2018 budget on Wednesday, and tried to explain why the state keeps struggling to balance revenues and spending even as the economy is hum…

Charlie Baker's $40.5B budget may hike employers' health costs » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is pitching his $40.5 billion budget proposal as a vehicle to reset major parts of the state's health care system, moves that could mean $300 million in new costs for employers as e…

Governor rejiggers funding for the T » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER'S BUDGET PROPOSAL for the coming fiscal year calls for giving the MBTA about $60 million less to cover its operati…

Baker Proposes Record $40 Billion Budget That Would Restore Parts Of Original Mass. Health Reform Law » WBUR As questions loom from Washington over how possible changes or a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker has put forth his budget proposal for the upcoming fis…

Baker seeks 4.3% spending boost » The Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a $40.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, boosting state spending by around $1.655 billion while also calling for reforms to the health insurance market and t…

Baker to file budget plan, repeats pledge to oppose taxes » Nashoba Publishing As Republican Gov. Charlie Baker prepares to take the wraps off his latest state budget proposal, he's again promising to fight any broad-based tax increases on Massachusetts residents. The spending …

Sanchez says corner office has filed a "health care budget" » State House News Service

5 things to know about Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.5 billion FY18 budget proposal » The Republican

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth » iBerkshires Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year. Baker highlighted wo…

Mass. House OKs pay hikes for politicians, judges » WCVB The Massachusetts House has approved a bill calling for nearly $18 million in annual pay raises for legislators, statewide elected officials and judges.…

Transportation

A long view on an immediate problem » Lynn Daily News Item No one was surprised on Wednesday to find state Sen. Thomas M. McGee listening attentively as a state long-range transportation planner talked about Massachusetts' transit spending goals over the next…

Neighbors, sleep-deprived and coughing, want trains out » Andover Townsman Freight trains have been parking — engines on — overnight and on weekends on a stretch of recently constructed railroad track in Andover, keeping residents awake at night and prompting a…

Utilities

Entergy report to NRC focuses on equipment failures » Cape Cod Times An incident report submitted by the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website Wednesday is still being reviewed by the federal agency and wil…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Hyde Park state rep faces dogged battle over abandoned, decaying rec center in Stony Brook Reservation » Universal Hub

Bump Calls on Office of Court Interpreter Services to Improve Payment Processes » The Valley Patriot

Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services » iBerkshires

Healey Joins 16 Other AGs To Defend CFPB » Banker & Tradesman

Recreational weed in Massachusetts: Changes could be coming » The Metro West Daily News

Enviros hope judge will reject eminent domain deal for pipeline through Otis State Forest » The Republican

Massachusetts Governor Hiking Taxes To Rescue Failed Health Reform » Forbes

Baker must join fight against Trump's excesses » Dorchester Reporter

School mascot legislation should be intercepted » The Sentinel & Enterprise

Mass House approves expansive pay raise bill » Boston Herald

Baker submits $40.5 billion budget, seeks to charge out-of-state online retailers » Boston Herald

Baker calls for $4K business tax credit » Worcester Business Journal

Baker budget includes $300m from new fee on businesses » Boston Globe

President Trump takes aggressive steps on immigration » Boston Globe

Seven Massachusetts tech companies raised $110M this week » Boston Business Journal

AG vows strong defense as gun owners sue to end assault weapons ban » Boston Globe

Baker casts shade on pay raises, but Dems may have veto-proof majority » State House News Service

Judge Charlie Baker on results, not rallies » Boston Globe

Boston lawmakers, advocates continue pushing for criminal justice reform » Bay State Banner

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