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Gov. Baker should protect the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court » Boston Globe PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP will soon announce his nominee to fill the vacancy of Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, and he may have to opportunity to further reshape the court during his administration. …

Gov. Baker Says He Will Veto $18M Lawmaker Pay Raise Bill » WBUR Hours after formally receiving their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for l…

Can Trump legally strip sanctuary cities of federal funds? » Boston Globe One of President Trump's most controversial initiatives is a pledge to deny federal funds to “sanctuary cities” such as Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge that refuse to obey his strict det…

Baker to veto pay raise » Commonwealth Magazine HOURS AFTER FORMALLY RECEIVING their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for l…

New spending plan may eliminate the Massachusetts Public Safety Department » WWLP 22 News Along with a $40.5 billion spending plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed legislation shaking up state government's organization chart, eliminating the Department of Public Safety, and creating …

New Bill Would End Payment Cap For Wrongful Conviction In Mass. » WGBH News A state senator introduced legislation to eliminate a $500,000 cap on the damages Massachusetts can award to people wrongfully convicted of major crimes.…

Trump risks isolating critical neighbor with Mexico feud » Politico President Donald Trump on Thursday sharply escalated his feud with the Mexican president, torpedoing a planned visit with the foreign leader next week in the first major diplomatic dust-up of his admi…

Kremlin says Putin-Trump call set for Saturday » AP News Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to speak by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend, the Kremlin said Friday. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the conversati…

Trump Seems to Embrace Key GOP Tax Proposal » Roll Call President Donald Trump appeared to endorse a key House Republican tax proposal as he continued his opening-week charm offensive Thursday…

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes legislative pay raises » Mass Live

"One of those core responsibilities is the responsible custody of the people's tax dollars, and we will veto this legislation because given the current fiscal outlook for the state, now is not the time to expend additional funds on elected officials' salaries."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about his decision to veto the public officials pay raise bill that was just passed on Beacon Hill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Anger and confusion over Trump's wall » Boston Globe As a senator, Barack Obama once offered measured praise for the border control legislation that would become the basis for one of Donald Trump's first acts as president.…

Getting a handle on Trump » Boston Globe For Raman Srivastava, a Boston investment manager who watches over $16 billion in bonds, Twitter has never held much interest. Until now.…

Where the truth lies » Commonwealth Magazine We're not yet a week into the Strange New Era in Washington, and it's already featured enough strangeness for the first efforts trying to explain how reporters are explaining things that are not that …

Boston-area political leaders call on sanctuary cities to remain resilient » The Tufts Daily Students gathered for a panel discussion on sanctuary cities and immigration law in Tisch Library Room 316 on Monday night. The event was hosted by Tufts Democrats and featured six panelists who have …

Say no to Trump's anti-labor secretary » Commonwealth Magazine ANDREW PUZDER, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump's pick for secretary of labor prefers robots over working people. He has said that machines “are always polite, they always upsell, …

Three new leadership posts for Moulton » Boston Globe Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton hasn't forged a particularly close relationship with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, including supporting her opponent, Tim Ryan, in an intra-party figh…

Rep. Moulton: Trump hiring freeze should exempt VA » Nashoba Publishing U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is challenging one of Donald Trump's first acts as president. Moulton -- who represents Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington and other area communities -- introduced legislation on…

Business

Fall River chamber says coming name change reflects regional nature of dealings » The Herald News The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry will use a new name to recreate its identity as more of a regional chamber for area businesses.…

Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce appoints new board of directors, names new board chair » Wicked Local Marion The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce recapped its work of 2016 at its Annual Breakfast Meeting and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 25, held at TownePlace Suites Wareham Buzzards Bay in Ware…

Boston Beer founder to boycotting Atlanta fan: 'This isn't the first time we've been banned.' » Boston Globe Boston and Atlanta may not share much of a rivalry, but one could be brewing after a Georgia gas station banned the sale of Sam Adams until the Super Bowl.…

Can 'Uber for women' app really refuse service to men? It might soon find out. » Boston Globe Safr, a ride-hailing startup that will dispatch women drivers to exclusively serve female customers, is organizing private tests in Boston and plans to launch publicly this spring, despite questions a…

Recreational marijuana: Changes could be coming » Wicked Local Framingham Voters on Election Day chose to legalize recreational marijuana by a seven-point majority. But now the ultimate fate of the vote is in the Legislature's hands. …

How Boston got away with a new business tax » Boston Business Journal Under the complacent eye of business, Boston adopts the CPA property-tax surcharge.…

Mass. lawmakers join effort to put a stake through the heart of the medical device tax » Boston Business Journal Critics have said that the tax, which generates an estimated $2 billion to $3 billion per year for the government, hampers innovation and disproportionately hurts small businesses.…

Governor Baker announces agriculture grants » The Recorder Mass. Nursery and Landscape Association in Conway and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture in South Deerfield have been awarded grant money to support local crops.…

Baker's budget plan worries business groups » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker's attempt to get a handle on rising state health care costs have business groups concerned his move will hurt companies and lead to layoffs.…

Civil Rights

Gun rights activists call Massachusetts gun laws “unconstitutional” » WWLP 22 News The Gun Owners' Action League of Massachusetts, along with other groups, are suing Massachusetts, specifically the state's assault weapons ban.…

Environment

TransCanada Submits New Application To Build Keystone XL Pipeline » WBUR The company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has submitted a new permit application to the U.S. State Department. The TransCanada …

Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In » WBUR This week, President Trump's transition team put new restrictions on government scientists' freedom to communicate. The restrictions are being characterized as temporary, and some have already been li…

Health Care

Could certain opioids lead to amnesia? » Boston Globe Dr. Jed A. Barash, a neurologist, was the first to notice something puzzling was going on. Four patients over the course of three years came to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center with mysterious cases of…

Calls for compassion, pleas for funding ring out as governors tackle opioid crisis » STAT News Tis the season for “state of the state” speeches, and governors are using their platforms to take on the opioid crisis, promise improvements in mental health care — and push back ag…

Hospitals Worry Repeal Of Obamacare Would Jeopardize Innovations In Care » WBUR Much has been written about the 20 million people who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and what could happen to these patients if the ACA is repealed without a replacement. But s…

Trump administration pulls back on HealthCare.gov ads » Lowell Sun The Trump administration says it is pulling back advertising to promote HealthCare.gov as open enrollment draws to a close for this year. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement …

Mass. ready for potential ACA repeal, Baker says » Worcester Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday his administration will be ready to deal with the consequences of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, though his $40.5 billion budget plan for fiscal 2018 presumes t…

Why Gov. Baker may be wrong to penalize small businesses for Medicaid growth » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker wants to penalize companies that don't offer the bulk of their employees health care coverage, pointedly targeting small businesses. But some brokers say that plan targets the wrong…

Partners HealthCare set to acquire Mass. Eye and Ear » Boston Business Journal

Housing

City steps up production of affordable homes on vacant lots » Dorchester Reporter A city of Boston initiative aimed at building new, affordable homes on city-owned lots across Dorchester and Mattapan is accelerating this year and officials are encouraging first-time buyers to begin…

Human Services

Somali Family Resettling In Lowell Worries For Other Refugees As Trump Promises Restrictions » WBUR On Friday, President Trump is expected to freeze all refugee resettlements for up to four months. He's also expected to order a review of the vetting process for refugees coming from several predomina…

Labor

Donnelly, Donahue plan to lead push for $15 minimum wage bill » WWLP 22 News While lawmakers quickly turned attention this session to their own paychecks, advocates are hoping to build momentum behind a bill that would hike the minimum wage to $15, affecting nearly 1 million p…

Governor's budget includes $200M for workforce development » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts employers are having a tough time finding qualified people to fill open jobs. Governor Charlie Baker and state lawmakers are taking steps to help the unemployed, the disabled and veteran…

Legislative

The pay raise proposal is on its way to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. Here's what it does » MassLive Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday hustled a bill raising pay for top legislators and others to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

All but 1 area legislator support measure to hike pay for top lawmakers » Gazette Net There is never a good time for lawmakers to vote in pay raises for themselves, says Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, but that doesn't mean it never happens.…

BACON HILL, PART DEUX: Baker Will Veto Dems' Veto-Proof Pay Raise Package » New Boston Post “We in the minority appreciate the work that has been done,” state Senator Bruce Tarr, the GOP minority leader from Gloucester, told Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) moments …

Baker will veto pay raises, but can he flip votes to kill bill? » WWLP 22 News Hours after formally receiving their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for l…

Gov. Baker to veto pay raises for Mass. politicians » My Fox Boston Gov. Baker has announced that he plans to veto a pay raise for lawmakers in Massachusetts.…

Ballot question can roll back pay hikes...just not all at once » Boston Herald Fiscal watchdogs irked by the Legislature's lightning passage of an $18 million pay hike could have an avenue to challenge the veto-proof measure at the ballot box after all, offering them hope of try…

Attleboro-area senators split on big pay raise for leaders » The Sun Chronicle State Sen. James Timilty was the only local lawmaker to vote for pay raises for legislative leaders Thursday as a bill with the salary hikes flew through the Statehouse. …

Republican state lawmakers tried to block pay raise bill » WWLP 22 News In one of the first major votes of the session, both the Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill to increase their own salaries. …

Baker will veto $18M legislative pay raises » Lowell Sun Hours after formally receiving their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for l…

Gov. Charlie Baker says he's vetoing the pay raises Mass. lawmakers approved for themselves » Mass Live More than an hour after a controversial pay raise proposal cleared the Massachusetts House and Senate, Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to veto the bill.…

Baker vetoes pay raise for lawmakers; will likely be overruled » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker today vetoed the massive pay hike package lawmakers jammed through the State House this week, calling the bill "fiscally irresponsible." …

Baker Vetoes Legislature Pay Raise Bill » CBS Boston

Local Government

Amherst Town Meeting faces 2nd vote on proposed school; proponents say teachers support project » MassLive On Monday night, those who favor building a "twin" elementary school for grades two through six are hoping to convince Town Meeting to support the project despite an earlier vote against it.…

Sanctuary Cities, Immigration And The Wall » WBUR Sanctuary cities after President Trump's moves on immigration and wall.…

Mayor Alex Morse vows Holyoke will defy President Donald Trump on sanctuary city order » Mass Live Bring it, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. The three-term mayor said Thursday he will fight President Donald Trump's plan to block federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" like Holyoke where police de…

Curtatone: I'm willing to take asylum-seeker into my home » Boston Herald Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone told the Herald yesterday he's ready to open his own house to at least one illegal immigrant seeking asylum from the federal government — going a step furth…

What would it take to use City Hall as a refuge for immigrants? » Boston Globe City officials met Thursday to work out logistics in the event they decide to provide what Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling “emergency shelter” to undocumented immigrants as “a last …

Citizens may bring petition for Town Meeting vote on protecting immigrants » Berkshire Eagle The town could officially adopt a policy to protect immigrants as soon as the spring. A group of citizens may file a citizens petition to the annual town meeting in May to strengthen Great Barrington'…

Opinion

Who will define President Trump? » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP IS plunging America into an alternate reality, where “truth” is transitory and subjective. …

Trump can't impose 35 percent tariff on companies » Boston Globe President Trump has threatened companies that are considering establishing plants outside the United States with a 35 percent tariff on their exports back to the United States, including Toyota, Gener…

Editorial: A voice for a tax » Boston Business Journal So in the end, while residents voted for the tax surcharge, businesses bear the brunt of the burden. In many ways, that's fine, as businesses arguably have a duty to contribute to the improvement of t…

Our View: Keep this Conversation moving » The Herald News Seeing is believing.…

As I See It: Citizen legislature? Apparently not » Worcester Telegram John Adams, creator of the Massachusetts Constitution, believed that a legislature "should be an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large, as it should think, feel, reason, and act like th…

ViewPoint: The absurd math of the electoral college » Boston Business Journal A proportional electoral system is still flawed. But at least it's better than what we have today — and arguably is better than a straight popular-vote system, which has its own flaws, such as …

ViewPoint: Least likely to succeed can bring city returns » Boston Business Journal On the surface, few would call a young person like Giovanne Morris a smart investment. His parents showed up sporadically during his childhood. …

In birthplace of American Revolution, governor walks a fine line » Boston Globe THE GLOBE reports that Governor Baker sees progress through compromise (“Baker sees slow change bearing fruit,” Page A1, Jan. 25).…

Carr: Hey, Tall Deval, thanks for absolutely nothing » Boston Herald I hate to be cynical about this latest Beacon Hill pay heist but... Did you notice that Gov. Charlie “Tall Deval” Baker didn't come out against it until after the first vote in the House W…

The state of Charlie Baker » Boston Globe EMERGING FROM CHARLIE Baker's rhetorical report to the Commonwealth this week, Bill Weld, his one-time mentor and a long-time free spirit, proclaimed the address “the best State of the State I h…

Baker should be applauded for staying above partisan rancor » Boston Globe IN RESPONSE to Shirley Leung's commentary on Governor Baker (“Governor cannot go MIA on Trump forever,” Page A1, Jan. 24), I wish to applaud the governor for doing his job — that of…

Editorial: A cure for greed » Boston Herald After the unconscionable pay grab they pulled off this week members of the House and Senate ought to be rushing to embrace every sensible fiscal reform that is placed before them. Call it penance.…

Politics

Hughes win was critical for Baker » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker dodged a big bullet — the potential loss of control of the state Republican Party — when Kirsten Hughes pulled off a strong win in her re-election as state GOP cha…

Newton Mayor Setti Warren, potential challenger to Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, calls for veto of pay hikes proposal » Mass Live Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who is exploring a run against Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, on Thursday took aim at his fellow Democrats and called for Baker to veto a proposal to raise the pay o…

Public Health

Health Officials Report Mysterious Cluster Of Amnesia In Mass. Drug Users » WBUR Federal health officials are reporting a recent rare cluster of amnesia cases in Massachusetts in which patients also had significant brain changes that may be related to substance use. The Centers f…

Public Safety

Ex-Framingham cop accused of taking $20G from evidence » Boston Herald A probe into the Framingham police evidence room led to charges against a former cop accused of taking $20,000 in seized cash from the facility that had a secret “hide-a-key” that let cops…

Ex-cop Alan Dubeshter indicted in Framingham Police evidence room theft » Wicked Local Framingham A former Framingham Police officer who was in charge of the department's evidence room is now facing criminal charges after authorities said he used his access to steal $20,000 from the department nea…

Gun owners want silencers legalized » Newburyport News Gun enthusiasts are aiming to lift a ban on silencers, saying the devices long associated by Hollywood with gangsters and assassins have practical uses such as protecting hearing and reducing the nois…

Boston sex offenders too easy to lose » Boston Herald More than 200 Boston sex offenders — 75 of them dangerous Level 3 predators — are on the lam after failing to register with the state, and another 50 are using a loophole and listing pla…

Amid anti-Trump protests, state senator would ban state police from helping US immigration authorities » Mass Live A liberal Massachusetts state senator has introduced a bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, and would prohibit state databases…

State Finance

$40.5 billion Massachusetts health care budget filed » WWLP 22 Lawmakers will need to study the health care market reforms proposed in Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2018 budget as they decide how to respond, the most recent House chairman of the Health Care Financi…

State Government

Baker-Polito administration announces second round of Complete Streets community funding awards » Sampan Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature today announced the second round…

Baker says Massachusetts should not be 'a sanctuary state' » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday night that he does not expect Congress to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare law without replacing it with an alternative.…

AG Healey to hold Jan. 30 'town hall' forum in Hingham » Patriot Ledger Attorney General Maura Healey will hold the next in a series post-election town hall forums on Monday, Jan. 30, at Derby Academy.…

Taxation

Baker moves to collect tax on internet sales » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER IS LAUNCHING an initiative to indirectly start collecting sales tax from Massachusetts residents making purchases over the internet. The move b…

Transportation

Auto Industry Lobbyists in Boston Push Hard for Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Reform » Government Technology Self-driving cars are now restricted to a small corner of Boston, but lobbyists are already arriving on Beacon Hill to try to shape any new legislation that will expand their presence on Bay State byw…

State Sen. Eric Lesser petitions President Donald Trump for Boston-Springfield rail line fundi » Mass Live Forget about petitioning the governor for state transportation funding. State Sen. Eric Lesser is going straight to the president. Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, sent a letter to President Donald Tru…

State Sen. Eric Lesser petitions President Donald Trump for Boston-Springfield rail line funding » Mass Live Forget about petitioning the governor for state transportation funding. State Sen. Eric Lesser is going straight to the president.…

Utilities

Governor urged to oppose compressor station project in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth District 1 Councilor Rebecca Haugh said Gov. Charlie Baker needs to speak out against Spectra Energy's plan to construct a 7,700 horsepower compressor station near the Fore River Bridge.…

Decision a blow to Attleboro area foes of gas compressor station » The Sun Chronicle Opponents of gas pipeline expansion in Southeastern Massachusetts say they're unhappy, but not surprised, by federal regulators' decision to approve a gas compressor station in Weymouth.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Sanctuary City' mayor fights back » CBC Player

Editorial: Time to approve Amherst school plan » Amherst Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Boston Protesters Unfurl Pro-Immigrant Banner » Boston Magazine

Massachusetts Introduces New Online Lottery Bill » OnlinePoker.net

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB58 - An Act relative to the compensation of public officials

HB1897 - An Act relative to autonomous vehicles

HB66 - Special Procedures for consideration of the House bill relative to the compensation for public officials (House, No. 58)

SB1821 - An Act combating climate change

SB652 - An Act to promote transparency and cost control of pharmaceutical drug prices

SB16 - Text of the proposed Senate amendment (Senator Spilka) to the House Bill relative to the Compensation of Public Officials (House, No. 58)

SB136 - An Act restoring contract rights to craft brewers

SB1301 - An Act relative to enhanced fire protection in new one and two family dwellings

HD1581 - An Act to promote the safe integration of autonomous vehicles into the transportation system of the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 88

Senate Actions This Week: 140


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