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State report on nursing home wages is lacking » Boston Globe

They've been squaring off for years. Now New York's attorney general is emerging as the leader of the Trump resistance. » Politico It is early January, and Eric Schneiderman is sitting in his 25th-floor office above Lower Manhattan, doing his best Donald Trump impression, puckering his lips into a duck face, scrunching up his nos…

Tech industry opposition to Trump travel ban escalates » The Washington Post SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry's opposition to President Trump escalated Thursday as corporate leaders drafted a letter warning of the economic risks of his immigration policies, Uber's chie…

Donald Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank Law, Fiduciary Rule » The Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Friday plans to sign an executive action to scale back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law, in a sweeping plan to dismantle much of the regulatory sy…

Democratic Legislature Slaps Aside Gov. Baker's Veto Of Beacon Hill Pay Hikes » WGBH News As expected, Democrats in the Legislature overruled Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of significant pay raises for legislative leaders Thursday. …

Hundreds attend interfaith gathering to work for justice, save health care law » Boston Globe Hundreds of people from about 50 faith-based organizations filled a Jamaica Plain church Thursday night to renew a call for equality and justice at a time of uncertainty under President Donald Trump. …

Two top Republicans open to repairing Obamacare ahead of repeal » The Washington Post Two top Republicans long expected to lead the Senate's role in repealing the Affordable Care Act said publicly this week that they are open to repairing former president Barack Obama's landmark health…

Pilgrim opponents not backing down » Cape Cod Times Tuesday's tense meeting between federal regulators and the public was arranged to allay concern over a mistakenly released in-house email characterizing the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as poorly run…

Meet the judge who will hear the Boston legal challenge of Trump's ban » Boston Globe The federal judge who will hear the closely watched Boston legal challenge of President Trump's immigration ban is known as a no-nonsense jurist who takes a conservative but reasonable approach to cas…

Lawmakers override Baker pay raise veto » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Thursday overrode Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of legislation authorizing big salary increases for lawmakers, constitutional officers, and judges. The Senate also sweetened the pa…

Massachusetts' Other Liberal Rising Star » The New Republic

"One of the key roles of elected officials is to protect the people’s hard earned tax dollars. Authorizing this drastic salary increase with limited debate defies this obligation and places an undue financial burden on the people of Massachusetts,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking after the House and Senate voted to override his objection of the pay raise bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Nordstrom won't sell this season's Ivanka Trump merchandise » SeattleTimes.com Nordstrom said Thursday it is not going to sell this season's Ivanka Trump merchandise, apparently winding down its relationship with the controversial brand that has spurred boycott threats and conce…

With unity elusive, GOP talks more of repairing ACA » Sentinel & Enterprise While insisting they've not abandoned their goal of repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans are increasingly talking about "repairing" it as they grapple with disunity, dr…

Conway sites 'massacre' that didn't happen » Sentinel & Enterprise A top aide to President Donald Trump has cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened as a reason why the administration's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is…

Business

After divorce, NBC Boston and WHDH both stumble in January » Boston Globe One month after NBC pulled its programming from WHDH-TV (Channel 7) and launched a new Boston affiliate as a standalone channel, both stations are confronting low ratings, according to new data from N…

Bitter Boston sports radio rivals could soon have the same owner » Boston Globe Entercom Communications Corp. and CBS Corp. said Thursday that they have agreed to merge Entercom with CBS Radio, a deal that would create the nation's second-largest radio group and shake up the Bost…

A protectionist whine » Commonwealth Magazine In January, the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission suspended the licenses for several days of Total Wine in Everett and Natick, outlets run by the country's largest alcohol retailer, Total…

New law looks to keep conflict minerals out of Massachusetts » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker joined peace advocates to celebrate the passage of a bill focused on how Massachusetts does business with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.…

Governor Charlie Baker to speak at Chamber's Annual Meeting » Tewksbury Town Crier The Reading-North Reading Chamber will host Governor Charlie Baker as the keynote speaker at their Annual Meeting. The breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 A…

Trump's tough talk on federal workforce puts Boston area in the crosshairs » Boston Business Journal

Over 500 people at Mass. companies, institutions affected by Trump travel ban » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

Cardinal O'Malley stands in solidarity with Muslims over travel ban » Boston Globe The state's most powerful political and religious figures met Thursday with Muslim leaders in an extraordinary display of a coalescing opposition to President Trump's immigration order.…

Bills Across The Country Could Increase Penalties For Protesters » NPR From the Black Lives Matter movement to environmentalists trying to stop new oil pipelines to the recent Women's March against President Trump, the past year has been filled with large, often spontane…

Mass. Senate passes non-binding resolution rejecting Trump immigration order » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday expressed its opposition to President Donald Trump's order on immigration and refugee policy by passing a resolution calling on Trump to rescind the order that "pr…

Education

Worcester schools see nearly $21M funding gap next year » Worcester Telegram The district's initial estimates show schools here facing a nearly $21 million gap between what they'll be able to spend next year and what their needs will be, a problem the financial chief blamed on…

Budget would ease schools' benefits burden » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker's new budget bill includes new funding to help school districts deal with rising costs of health insurance and employee benefits, a move he described this week as a "down payment" o…

Why is UMass part of the federal immigration case against President Donald Trump's immigration order? » The Republican

Environment

Mt. Zion at Quabbin still in mix for rattlesnakes; state seeks input on plan » Worcester Telegram A statewide timber rattlesnake conservation proposal that may establish a colony at Mount Zion at the Quabbin Reservoir will incorporate five existing rattlesnake populations from the Berkshires to th…

Federal

House Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales To the Severely Mentally Ill » WBUR On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill.…

Human Services

Bipartisan effort brings results on 'hotel homeless' » Salem News Credit bipartisanship, compassion, and determination for the successful effort to move impoverished Bay State families from those crowded spaces in Route 1 hotels and motels to more suitable transitio…

Insurance

Employers Fear GOP Health Overhaul Could Damage Job-Based Insurance » WBUR Through years of acrimony over the relative merits of Obamacare, one kind of health insurance has remained steady, widespread and relatively affordable: Employer-sponsored plans.…

Judiciary

Pot advocates fume over proposed changes to law » Salem News A raft of proposals to limit the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana is infuriating pot advocates who say lawmakers are trying to eviscerate key provisions of a voter-approved law.…

DA Quinn pledges to do 'best job I can' for Bristol County » South Coast Today Thomas M. Quinn III was sworn in Thursday as Bristol County District Attorney, completing a long, two-year road that saw him go from acting district attorney to appointed DA before winning election la…

Judge will decide whether to extend temporary block of travel ban » Boston Globe

Labor

State report on nursing home wages is lacking » Boston Globe

Legislative

Did your state representative override Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of a pay hikes package? Here's the roll call » The Republican Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House on Thursday quickly voted to override Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of pay raises he called "fiscally irresponsible."…

Mass. Legislature overrides pay raise veto » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday quickly overrode Governor Charlie Baker's veto of an $18 million pay package that provides huge salary increases — 45 percent or more for some —…

House beats back bid to limit Speaker's terms » Lowell Sun After passing pay raise legislation that critics said would further empower House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the House on Thursday rebuffed a bid to restore a rule limiting the House leader to serving eigh…

Keller @ Large: Will Pay Raise Vote Come Back To Haunt Legislators? » CBS Boston It's a done deal. Eighteen million dollars worth of pay raises for legislators, judicial branch officials and constitutional officers are in the pipeline after the legislature easily overrode Gov. Cha…

With veto overruled, lawmakers' pay raise now a done deal » Worcester Telegram State lawmakers steamrolled Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of pay raise legislation Thursday, delivering big salary increases for themselves, six statewide constitutional officers, and scores of judges.…

Lawmakers Receive Pay Raises As Gov. Baker's Veto Overruled » WBUR Massachusetts lawmakers steamrolled Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of pay raise legislation Thursday, delivering big salary increases for themselves, six statewide constitutional officers, and scores of ju…

Rally Aims to Turn Protest into Legislative Change » BU News Hundreds of sign-wielding protesters gathered together in the snowy Boston Common Wednesday for the Safe Communities Act Rally to demand that state legislators fight back against federal immigration p…

BACON HILL DENOUEMENT: Democrats Successfully Defy Baker Pay Raise Veto » New Boston Post In the end, not even the risk one Beacon Hill Democrat made when he took to the House floor to try and convince his colleagues to reconsider their votes on a controversial pay raise bill made a dent i…

House sets aside term limit issue » South Coast Today After passing pay raise legislation that critics said would further empower House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the House on Thursday set aside a bid to restore a rule limiting the House leader to serving ei…

Mass. Senate passes non-binding resolution rejecting Trump immigration order » Sentinel & Enterprise The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday expressed its opposition to President Donald Trump's order on immigration and refugee policy by passing a resolution calling on Trump to rescind the order that "pr…

State lawmakers' salaries determined differently in other states » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts lawmakers approved a 40 percent increase in pay for themselves and other public officials last month, saying higher salaries help attract and retain top government leaders.…

Newton Mayor Says $18M Pay Package Could 'Shake Confidence in Beacon Hill' » Grafton Patch

GOP lawmakers must decide whether to accept raise they rejected » WWLP 22 News

Mass. Senate responds to Presidential Executive Order » Cape Cod Today The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to condemn the recent Executive Order issued by President Donald J. Trump which bars entry to the United States for certain nationals …

Local Government

Montigny: State pier transfer is moving ahead » South Coast Today The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) may be transferring management of the New Bedford State Pier to a new management team and Sen. Mark Montigny said he favors the move.…

New Yarmouth administrator hitting ground running » Wicked Local Yarmouth Yarmouth's new Town Administrator Dan Knapik is no stranger to public life, having served on the City Council of Westfield before becoming mayor there, and later working in Gov. Charlie Baker's admini…

Dartmouth, New Bedford named 'green communities' » South Coast Today Dartmouth, New Bedford, and 28 other communities have been designated as "green communities" by the Massachusetts Department of Engergy Resources, making them eligible for grant money for renewable en…

Opinion

Empower school districts to lift themselves up » Sentinel & Enterprise No matter how well or poorly a school district performs, there's constant pressure to either improve that standing or maintain that proficiency.…

It's immigrants who make Boston a world-class city » Boston Globe With apologies to Dunkin' Donuts, America runs on immigrants. Without those who come here seeking a better life, our economy would lose its jolt.…

Bannon plus Flynn on NSC makes for combustible mix » Boston Globe TOSSING OUT the rule book might work in politics, but it's eminently dangerous when it comes to national security.…

Doing what is just for immigrants » Boston Globe NEW TIMES teach us about new duties. This aphorism certainly applies to immigration. …

Nobody gains when antidiscrimination law crushes useful startups » Boston Globe Safr, a ride-hailing company for women, is planning to open for business in Boston next month.…

'I am now a Republican': a Trump foe — and lifelong Democrat — explains his shift » Boston Globe I GREW up a Democrat. My dad, determined to get Nixon out, ran Henry “Scoop” Jackson's 1972 Ohio primary campaign. In the 36 years since Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan, I have voted De…

The wrong way to raise legislators' pay » Boston Globe Some people say stagnant incomes are a major economic problem in this country. The Massachusetts Legislature decided to do something about that Thursday.…

Editorial: Pay raise windfall for Legislature » Gazette Net The Massachusetts Legislature couldn't have written a worse script for good governance than the way it rammed through pay raises for its leaders, statewide elected officials and judges.…

Letter to Editor: Taking Umbrage with Legislature's Pay Raise » Stoneham Patch Dear Editor, I know the national political situation is a bit precarious these days, but I was truly shocked at the audacity of the vast majority of our Massachusetts State Legislature, including our …

The Argument: Were state leaders right to delay by six months the start of recreational marijuana sales? » Boston Globe In November 2012, voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot question to legalize medical marijuana, with the intent of having 35 dispensaries up and running by the end of 2013. The legislature did not i…

King Robert (DeLeo) and the Beacon Hill Pay Heist » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker: A Steady Hand at the Tiller of Our Ship of State » Lynn Journal As we were listening to Gov. Charlie Baker deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the legislature last week, it occurred to us how refreshing it was — an…

Newton lesson can be Massachusetts win » Lynn Daily News Item Setti Warren wants to be the second Democrat named Warren to hover like a bright star shining above Massachusetts' political landscape. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren strode onto the national political…

PETER LUCAS: Moulton taking noisier path upward than Kennedy » Lowell Sun It would have been a much clearer path to glory for a couple of Massachusetts Democrats had Hillary Clinton been elected president.…

Rubin: Pay raise package done the wrong way » Boston Herald

Politics

Some Patriots fans are wavering because of Trump » Boston Globe For years, Chuck Daly served as a dedicated and unflinching New England Patriots supporter.…

Public Health

The 'Nantucket Effect'? Latest Cancer Stats Find Island's Death Rate Has Plummeted » WBUR This story is part of our "This Moment In Cancer" series. Sign up here to get series updates in your inbox. …

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey says she's not taking pay raise Massachusetts lawmakers just approved for her » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office said Thursday she isn't taking the pay raise that comes as part of a package state lawmakers approved earlier in the day.…

Attorney General Healey won't accept pay hike » Boston Herald Atttorney General Maura Healey has rejected the $45,000 pay raise tucked into the controversial pay package that lawmakers rammed into law yesterday with a veto override, giving hefty pay hikes to jud…

Mass. Senate rejects immigration ban » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday expressed its opposition to President Donald Trump's order on immigration and refugee policy by passing a resolution calling on Trump to rescind the order that "pr…

Tourism chief aims to use his private-sector experience to win back market share » Boston Business Journal Francois-Laurent Nivaud is executive director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. …

Healey, Goldberg to turn down pay raises » Worcester Telegram

Galvin will take a portion of his pay raise » Boston Globe

Transportation

TransitMatters outlines Faster Forward initiative » Commonwealth Magazine WE AT TRANSITMATTERS were a bit startled to hear the assertion, made in the governor's recent State of the Commonwealth address, that while “the MBTA's historic failure during the winter of 2015…

Quincy receives grant for commuter ferry » Patriot Ledger The city on Thursday received a grant of more than a quarter-million dollars that will go toward bringing a more permanent ferry service from Squantum Point Park to downtown Boston.…

Utilities

Weymouth compressor station opponents take case to Baker's office » Wicked Local Weymouth Warning of the potential for a catastrophic disaster and the toxic effects of leaking gas, South Shore activists called upon Gov. Charlie Baker to stand up against a Weymouth gas compressor station ap…

Massachusetts to fight Eversource's proposed rate hike » Legal Newsline

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

New Barnstable District Court Judge Confirmed » Cape Cod Online

Polito disapproves of “walling off” state and country » WWLP 22

'Down payment' stirs ed funding debate » Worcester Telegram

Gov. Baker's Red Tape Review Continues Bipartisan Dance » WBUR

House overrides Gov. Baker, votes yes on pay raise » Boston Herald

Trump's immigration order unites unlikely allies » Eagle Tribune

Bedford software firm laying off hundreds of employees » Boston Business Journal

Women's Fund partners with MassMutual, state treasurer's office to empower young Springfield women » MassLive

Massachusetts Senate passes resolution opposing President Donald Trump's order on refugees » MassLive

Mass. Senate passes non-binding resolution rejecting Trump immigration order » The Valley Dispatch

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar » Commonwealth Magazine

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

HB58 - An Act relative to the compensation of public officials

SB1880 - An Act creating 21st century Massachusetts clean energy jobs

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB9 - Joint Rules governing the 2017-2018 legislative sessions

SB889 - An Act relative to synthetic drugs

HB69 - A message from His Excellency the Governor

SB1070 - An Act relative to penalties for underage possession and use of marijuana tobacco and alcohol

SB1103 - An Act providing access to full spectrum addiction treatment services

SB1242 - An Act ensuring consumer choice and equal access to eye care

House Actions This Week: 58

Senate Actions This Week: 49


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