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Must-Reads

Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time » The Wall Street Journal In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, populist followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders are mounting a sustai…

'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman' » Politico Republicans need a new campaign villain — and Elizabeth Warren is looking increasingly like their choice. …

Trump Makes Surprise Appearance at Dana-Farber Fundraiser » The Harvard Crimson President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday. …

Special education schools make case for funding » Wicked Local Cambridge A proposed tuition freeze at state-regulated private schools that serve students with high needs will further squeeze tight budgets at those learning centers, special education advocates say. …

Business leaders say governor's plan for employee health insurance too costly » The Sun Chronicle Business leaders are pressing Gov. Charlie Baker to alter his plan to charge businesses $2,000 per employee if they fail to provide enough health insurance coverage for workers. …

The Big 'Brexit' Winners? Lobbyists and Lawyers » New York Times Advisers from both the Leave and Remain camps are lining up to guide business and the government on its exit from the European Union.…

Citing revenues and MassHealth, Rosenberg non-committal on sales tax holiday » State House News Service After lawmakers last year opted against granting the two-day sales tax holiday that had become an August tradition, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday offered a non-committal message for …

The UMass Culture of Bureaucracy Compromises Student, Faculty Vitality » WGBH Higher education is ground zero for America's ongoing culture war. But the battle to control the political tilt of the curriculum obscures another equally vital struggle: the contest between administr…

Why Trump's Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era?—?but the End » shift.newco.co The Brexit vote in England and then the election of Donald Trump, those two unexpected but consequential convulsions, are going to bring some big changes, many to be feared, but others to be welcomed.…

Eversource facing big Beacon Hill challenge » Commonwealth Magazine EVERSOURCE ENERGY FACES a monumental lobbying challenge this year – convincing Beacon Hill lawmakers to pass legislation allowing electric ratepayers to finance the construction of a natural ga…

What's wrong with Gov. Baker's Medicaid proposal? All of the above » Boston Globe Question: What are the consequences of the Baker administration's proposal to address the problem of soaring Medicaid rolls and expenditures by proposing to cap commercial insurance payments to provid…

"The governor’s proposal to cap commercial insurance payments to providers will create more problems than it solves."

Michael Widmer, Former President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

On Gov. Baker’s Medicaid Proposal

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Republican Senate ads cast Elizabeth Warren as face of Democratic Party » The Republican Jumping on the recent attention Elizabeth Warren has gained in Congress and as an outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a series of ads We…

Business

UK was biggest source of foreign tourists to Boston. Now it's China. » Boston Globe A record number of Chinese tourists visited Boston last year, dethroning the United Kingdom as the number one source of overseas tourists for the first time, according to initial estimates. …

City seeks private partner to rebuild former Bromley-Heath complex » Boston Globe The roofs leak, the elevators malfunction, and the heating system is old. Tenants of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments complain about people sleeping in the hallways or doing drugs, and sometimes they …

Uber finds itself 'disrupted' » Commonwealth Magazine Chances are you've never heard of Susan Fowler, but a blog post she wrote on Sunday is shaking up the ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc., one of the nation's biggest tech companies. Fowler, a s…

Amazon settles on Back Bay for Boston expansion » Boston Globe After years building a large presence near Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amazon.com Inc. is planting its flag in Boston.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Rewrite Recreational Marijuana Law » Merry Jane Two Massachusetts legislators have been appointed to rewrite the state's newly approved recreational marijuana law. Because the state's Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is an initiated state s…

Three Bays Preservation: Coloring in between the lines of a blue economy » The Barnstable Patriot The blue water economy aptly describes how Cape Codders support themselves through tourism and sustainable year-round occupations. Cape Cod's blue water economy and unique ecosystem have been around f…

Businesses urge Baker to lead on immigration issues » South Coast Today Business and tech industry leaders and civil liberties advocates are calling on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to lead efforts to make sure Massachusetts remains a safe place for immigrants and refugee…

Trump's illegal immigration moves could embolden unscrupulous employers » Boston Globe

Civil Rights

Trump lifts Obama-era transgender protections » Boston Globe President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms of their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his admi…

Federal Rollback Of Transgender Protections Prompts Concern — But No Change — In Mass. » WBUR In Massachusetts, the Trump administration's announcement Wednesday that it will rescind protections for transgender students that its predecessor issued has been met with worry and anger among LGBTQ …

Mass. transgender advocates criticize Trump's gender ID policy » Boston Globe The Trump administration's decision to rescind federal guidelines allowing transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity drew sharp criticism from local LGBTQ advocates.…

ICE rumors send child through North Shore » Lynn Daily News Item President Donald Trump's high stakes effort to target millions of undocumented immigrants has frayed the nerves of many North Shore residents.…

Immigration concerns: US Sen. Edward Markey calls emergency town hall meeting at Smith College » Berkshire Eagle U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., is scheduled to conduct an emergency town hall meeting Thursday evening at Smith College. The discussion will focus on the Trump administration's "Muslim ban, anti-…

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy oppose stepped-up deportations » Berkshire Eagle Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are using their family histories to push back against plans for stepped-up deportations of people in the country illegally. Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. …

Trump rolls back protection for transgender students » Berkshire Eagle The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal protections for transgender students who sought the right to use the public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a…

AG Maura Healey, Rep. Joe Kennedy criticize President Donald Trump's rollback of transgender protections » The Republican

Walsh blasts Trump over transgender policy in schools » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says Trump administration sends wrong message with rollback of transgender protections » The Republican

AG Healey, State Leaders Defend Transgender Public Accommodations » WBUR

Students will be 'protected' and 'safe' in Mass., Baker says » Boston Globe

Education

Special education schools make case for funding » Wicked Local A proposed tuition freeze at state-regulated private schools that serve students with high needs will further squeeze tight budgets at those learning centers, special education advocates say.…

Massachusetts tops in Advanced Placement scores » Boston Globe Class of 2016 graduates at Massachusetts high schools were tops when it came to Advanced Placement exams.…

State board to step in after UMass scraps kids' shooting program » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board is moving forward with its own program to teach shooting sports to children after the University of Massachusetts Amherst scrapped a planned program thro…

Becker College president finalist for UMass-Dartmouth chancellor job » Worcester Telegram Becker College President Robert E. Johnson is one of three finalists a university search panel on Wednesday recommended for chancellor post at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.…

Boston teachers get big-buck bump » Boston Herald More than 1,400 Boston teachers are raking in $100,000 or more a year in pay, a Herald review found, a nearly tenfold increase in that number since 2011 that one watchdog warns is not “sustainab…

Environment

Baker urged to more sharply reduce carbon emissions across region » Worcester Business Journal A coalition of lawmakers, academics and energy companies will deliver a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urging the governor to work with other northeast and mid-Atlantic states to double the…

Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested » WBUR Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters ha…

Renewable energy request bears local signatures » Cape Cod Times A handful of Cape Cod organizations and individuals were among the more than 500 to sign a letter delivered to Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday, asking him to move away from fossil fuel gas to more ren…

Federal

Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy » WBUR President Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enforce his executive orders on immigration. It wont be easy.…

U.S., Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet » Lowell Sun Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong futu…

Health Care

Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years » STAT News Case 7682299: Aug. 1, 2010. A mother gives her toddler three homeopathic pills to relieve her teething pain. Within minutes, the baby stops breathing.…

Former Bermuda premier defends his ties to Lahey » Boston Globe When he returned to his native Bermuda in the early 1990s to open a medical clinic, Dr. Ewart Brown felt as if he had stepped back in time. …

Human Services

Questions abound on immigration, resettlement » Worcester Telegram Can a GoFundMe be set up for citizenship test expenses? How do you find employment for resettled refugees? In the event of an immigration raid, where would people be taken for deportation? There were…

Judiciary

Trump's Immigration Measures Could Exacerbate Boston Court Backlog » WBUR Boston's federal immigration court has one of the largest backlogs of pending cases in the country, and President Trump's executive orders on immigration could push the court even further behind. The…

Baker Nominates Curran to Serve as Haverhill Judge » WHAV Jean Curran, an Essex County assistant district attorney, was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as an associate justice at Haverhill District Court.…

Central Berkshire District Court judicial nominee coasts through Governor's Council interview » Berkshire Eagle An Adams attorney whose passion for sports morphed into an interest in law and his rural community received a favorable reception from the eight-member panel that vets Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial no…

Justice reform bill would give prisoners route to shorter sentences » MassLive Prisoners would have greater opportunities for early release, even if they received a mandatory minimum sentence, under legislation resulting from the cooperation between all three branches of governm…

Legislative

Dot's electeds fare well with new assignments in the Legislature » Dorchester Reoprter Legislative leaders finalized committee assignments for the current session last week, and every one of Dorchester's elected representatives received a boost in assignments and salaries. …

Spilka to remain chairwoman of Senate Ways and Means Committee » Milford Daily News

Local Government

Malden going green » Lynn Daily News Item Malden Mayor Gary Christenson focuses the attention on other people in the city when he explains how Malden won a state Green Community designation.…

Finding left from right on the streets of Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item The City of Lynn was settled more than three centuries ago; more than enough time for streets and buildings to develop some unusual nomenclature.…

Moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers sought in Holyoke » The Republican The retailing, growing and distribution of marijuana for recreational use would be prohibited until Dec. 31, 2018 under a proposed moratorium the City Council is considering in order to establish regu…

Seen@ The 2017 West of the River Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast » MassLive The West of the River Chamber of Commerce held a Legislative Breakfast at the Springfield Country Club, Wednesday with more than 100 business and social leaders in attendance.…

Undocumented immigrants in New Bedford looking over their shoulders » South Coast Today Undocumented immigrants are looking over their shoulders more than ever, local sources say, following the Trump administration's directives on Tuesday to increase enforcement, speed up deportations, …

Officials look at banning pot sales » The Sun Chronicle

Mansfield town counsel reappointed to local government advisory post » The Sun Chronicle

Opinion

Checks and balances can slow Trump » Boston Globe WHEN PRESIDENT Trump was in high school, he, like the rest of us, learned about our system of checks and balances. …

How wrong was Trump about Sweden? » Boston Globe MAYBE SWEDEN doth protest too much. Two days after President Trump was ridiculed for criticizing the country's refugee policies, residents of a Stockholm suburb populated mostly by immigrants clashed …

Our view: New fentanyl law being put to good use » The Salem News Two Lawrence men were just convicted under the state's new fentanyl law. They were the first in the state to be convicted by Attorney General Maura Healey's office under the new law, which was enacted…

Editorial: Caution on crime bill » Boston Herald Some advocates won't be satisfied until the state's jails and prisons are razed and replaced with wellness sanctuaries where criminals can meditate while contemplating their misdeeds.…

Moran: Trump's wall, and Hodgson's offer, won't materialize » The Herald News A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space about the most recent example of Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson's hunger for publicity and his love of self-promotion. This particular stunt, you may recall,…

Politics

Healey talks upcoming elections, direction of country » The Suffolk Journal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has made it clear that she rejects particular actions and ideals that have emanated from the first few weeks of President Donald Trump's administration.…

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons » WBUR Scientists around the United States are getting ready to do an unprecedented experiment: They plan to march en masse in Washington, D.C., and other cities on April 22, to take a stand for the importan…

Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces » WBUR Sen. John McCain made an unannounced trip to northern Syria last week to meet with U.S. forces stationed there, his office announced on Wednesday. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Co…

Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office » WBUR Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create of wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the comin…

Lawrence police officer to run for mayor » Eagle Tribune William Green, a city police officer Mayor Daniel Rivera suspended in December while he considers bringing as many as 16 misconduct charges against him, said Tuesday he will challenge Rivera in Septem…

Healey tries to put murmurs of run for governor to rest » Berkshire Eagle Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday attempted to squash persistent chatter that she may run for governor in 2018, telling a radio audience that the role of attorney general has never been more im…

MetroWest women urge other women: Run for local office » The Metro West Daily News When Yolanda Greaves first ran for selectwoman in Ashland in 2012, there were six or seven men - plus her - running for three seats. …

Charlie Baker's money man gets next to Trump at Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser » Boston Globe

Public Health

Opioid-related deaths are on the rise in Massachusetts » The Daily Free Press The number of opioid-related deaths has continued to rise among Massachusetts residents, with an estimated 1,979 fatalities occurring in the past year, according to a Massachusetts Department of Publi…

Public Safety

How diverse are the Boston Police Department's specialized units? They won't say » Boston Globe In 2009, after criticism that the Boston Police Department's specialized units were too white, then-Commissioner Edward Davis vowed to make those squads, which include the gang, drug, and K-9 units, m…

ACLU Calls On Gov. Baker To End State's Partnership With ICE » WBUR The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to end the state's participation in a partnership program with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.…

'Grave concerns' from building inspectors on state reorganization plan » Worcester Business Journal Baker administration officials pitched their plan to eliminate the Department of Public Safety and create a new office to take over some of its functions as a step towards a leaner state government th…

N.H. Gov. Signs Law Making It Easier To Carry Concealed Guns » WBUR A license is no longer required to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under a jacket or in a purse in New Hampshire. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation Wednesday removing the requirement …

Sheriff's Department to see two percent increase in state's FY18 budget » The Reminder

State Government

Baker urged to lead on immigration » The Recorder Business and tech industry leaders and civil liberties advocates are calling on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to lead efforts to make sure Massachusetts remains a safe place for immigrants and refugee…

I-Team: Gov. Baker Reacts To Complaints That Uber & Lyft Background Checks Are Too Stringent » CBS Boston The day after Uber and Lyft drivers told the I-Team they lost their jobs because of background checks that are unfair, Governor Charlie Baker said the rules are all about public safety. “This wa…

Gov. Baker planning to launch Black Advisory Commission » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to launch a Black Advisory Commission charged with advising him on issues related to the economic prosperity and well-being of the black community in Massachusetts.…

Gov. Charlie Baker re-establishes Black Advisory Commission » The Republican

Taxation

Senate president: 'Stay tuned' on potential sales tax holiday this summer » Worcester Business Journal

Transportation

MBTA control board is on track » Commonwealth Magazine REMARKABLE PROGRESS HAS been made since a Fiscal and Management Control Board was installed during the summer of 2015 and given powers not previously available to MBTA management. Yet those accomplish…

UPDATE: Local residents report on airplane noise in Massport meeting » Wicked Local Watertown

Utilities

Utility raises concerns on emission targets » Commonwealth Magazine A TOP OFFICIAL WITH EVERSOURCE ENERGY said on Wednesday that Massachusetts was in danger of not meeting its carbon emission reduction targets for 2020.…

Gov. Baker Says Weymouth Compressor Station Decision Is Up To Feds » Framingham Patch Governor Charlie Baker says his role in the process that could result in a compressor station to Weymouth is not that big.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts senators push to end mandatory sentence minimums » Bay State Banner

Governor nominates Salem assistant district attorney to Haverhill District Court » Salem News

Senate president defends pay raises: 'I know it's not popular' » Boston Herald

Hundreds of veterans in need to benefit from $350,000 in funding from Attorney General Maura Healey » The Republican

Mass. tech leaders to Baker: Do more to counter Trump's immigration policies » Boston Business Journal

Keating Reintroduced Monomoy Boundary Legislation » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Nominee for Pittsfield judgeship coasts in council interview » State House News Service

Single-payer backers tout savings as ACA debate looms » State House News Service

Cancellation of meeting on Rehoboth gas compressor station raises questions about status of project » The Sun Chronicle

Council approves Juvenile Court judge and Devaney apologizes » State House News Service

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