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9:00am Dental Hygiene Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am Rare Disease Day, Great Hall

11:00am Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, Hearing Room A-2

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6:00pm Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff's Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Must-Reads

Harvard ramps up lobbying as Trump is seen as threat » Boston Globe Harvard president Drew Faust is ramping up efforts to protect the university from upheaval during the Trump administration, shuttling to Washington this week to make the case for ongoing scientific fu…

How Trump voters feel now » Boston Globe We all seem to remember where we were when we heard the news that Donald Trump would indeed be the 45th president of the United States. …

The Reichstag Warning » NYR Daily On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf Hitler rejoiced, and the Nazi era began. Hitler, who had just been named head of a government that was legally formed after the democr…

Bay State's Public Schools, Health Care, Economy Stand Out » US News and World Report A sunset cruise along Boston's Charles River unravels the story and strengths of this state which opened the first public park, the first colonial college and the first American subway. The spire of H…

New England's wholesale electricity prices hit 13-year low » Boston Business Journal Mild weather and low natural gas prices helped push wholesale electricity prices last year in New England to the lowest level in 13 years, according to the region's grid operator. …

Competition with state hampers private social service employment » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, FEB. 28, 2017...Many social service providers recruit people from other countries to fill vacancies in Massachusetts, though with relatively low wages those private agencies have trouble …

Groups urge Baker to oppose possible Medicaid cuts » Boston Globe More than two dozen groups representing Massachusetts hospitals, nonprofits, labor unions, and other organizations are urging Governor Charlie Baker to oppose any federal policy changes that could thr…

Probate fight gets political: Arroyo hires top strategist » Boston Herald Embattled Suffolk Probate Register Felix D. Arroyo has recruited a top Democratic strategist and is asking the public for donations to his defense fund in an all-out political campaign against his sus…

Cabral wants fast-track bill to block funding for sheriff's ICE force » The Associated Press (AP) NEW BEDFORD — State Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral, D-New Bedford, has asked House leadership to fast-track his bill that would prohibit the use of state resources for the border enforcement activiti…

Senators Get 'Secret Hitler' Game » Roll Call The co-creator of a popular card game has sent his new game that “models the rise of fascism in a democracy” to every U.S. senator. …

Advocates warn 'dreamers' to lie low as Trump ramps up deportation plans » Washington Post Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups are advising undocumented immigrants not to enroll in a federal deferred-action program created by President Barack Obama over fears that the Trump administrati…

"It's either a conspiracy of ignorance or a culture of arrogance that would allow expansion when debt has not been paid off,"

Senator James Timilty

Speaking about the proposed Foxboro MBTA expansion.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New Study Identifies “Disconnect” between Media and Public » MU News Bureau Recently, mainstream media have faced heavy criticism from all sides of the political spectrum regarding coverage of the presidential election and other political issues. Now, researchers at the Unive…

New tactics for coal lobby » New York Times Seeking to shore up their struggling industry, the [three largest American] coal producers are voicing greater concern about greenhouse gas emissions ...(T)heir goal is to frame a new image for coal a…

Schumer to introduce rules for diverse Senate hiring » Politico Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will on Tuesday ask his caucus to adopt extensive new rules to promote staff diversity, including a version of the NFL's “Rooney Rule,” which will requ…

Republican leaders feel pressure over health care reforms » Boston Globe President Trump, meeting with the nation's governors, conceded Monday that he had not been aware of the complexities of health care policy-making: “I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably compl…

Tiba Faraj, Iraqi refugee, is Sen. Elizabeth Warren's guest for President Trump's address to Congress » MassLive Tiba Faraj, an Iraqi refugee who came to the United States in 2010, is attending President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday as a guest of US Sen. Elizabeth Warren.…

Wilbur Ross Is Confirmed As Commerce Secretary » WBUR Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was confirmed as President Trump's secretary of Commerce on Monday night by a vote of 72 to 27 in the U.S. Senate. Ross will divest from the private equity firm he fo…

Former Leader Of National Arts Fund Says Organization Should Be Protected » WBUR The future of the National Endowment for the Arts is uncertain under President Trump. Some conservative groups are calling for the NEA, which provides grants for state and local arts organizations, to…

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey ask feds for details on cutting off funding for Massachusetts sanctuary cities » The Republican Pushing back on President Trump's executive order cutting federal funding to "sanctuary jurisdictions," US Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey on Monday sent a letter to top administration officials …

Senate confirms Trump's commerce chief » Lowell Sun The Senate has confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team. Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administra…

Business

Even record profits can't stop Fidelity from offering buyouts » Boston Globe Cost-cutting helped Fidelity Investments report record annual profit earlier this month. …

A big fight is brewing over Boston's iconic Citgo sign » Boston Globe Like so many real estate disputes, this one involves a longtime tenant and a new landlord who wants to jack up the rent.…

GE's Immelt raises concern about nationalist trade policies » Boston Globe General Electric Co.'s chief executive, Jeff Immelt, shared a laugh last week with President Trump about an old golfing feat of the president's.…

Fidelity extends buyout offers to 3,000 employees » Boston Business Journal

Education

Alarmed by Trump, schools protect vulnerable students » Boston Globe Alarmed by President Trump's increasingly hostile stances, several local school departments have sought to reassure parents, students, and teachers that protections remain in place for immigrant and t…

Three new charter schools approved to open in Massachusetts, serving students from Agawam to Wareham » The Republican Charter school options are expanding across Massachusetts, after state education officials voted to approve three new charters in the state and expand the student bodies of four existing charter schoo…

High school graduation rate at all time high in Bay State » Boston Globe

Gaming

Tribes plan Connecticut casino 6 miles from Mass. border » State House News Service [Story Developing] As Massachusetts inches closer to opening its first full-fledged casino, the two tribes already operating casinos in Connecticut are ramping up their competition and announced Monda…

CT tribes plan casino 13 miles from Springfield » Commonwealth Magazine The competition for western New England gambling dollars heated up Monday when the two tribes operating casinos in Connecticut announced their plan to build a third casino about 13 miles from the plan…

Health Care

Elder advocates asking lawmakers to improve healthcare for seniors » WWLP 22 Seniors living on a fixed income say they won't have enough money to cover their medical services if ObamaCare's taken away. Those seniors believe the state isn't doing enough to help.…

Kennedy tries move to get Trump to reveal plan for repeal, replacement of health care act » The Sun Chronicle U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to try to force the Trump administration to disclose its plans for repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Kennedy, D-…

Human Services

Swift reaction across state on transgender rights » Lowell Sun There was swift reaction last week across the state to the Trump administration's rescinding of a 2016 Obama administration directive that schools treat students according to their gender identity rat…

Judiciary

DAs pressured to drop tainted drug-lab cases » Eagle Tribune Prosecutors are being pressured to dismiss tens of thousands of cases tainted by a drug lab scandal following a ruling by the state's highest court. Last month, the Supreme Judicial Court ordered dis…

Labor

Retirees rock T pension like a runaway train » Boston Herald More than half of the MBTA's top pensions are being paid to former workers who retired just last year, according to new data critics say signal that the troubled retirement fund is staring down a wave…

Legislative

Sen DiDomenico to Host Annual St Patrick's Celebration on March 3 » Charlestown Bridge

Second biz group to meet with Senate Wednesday » State House News Service

Sen. Fattman Announces Appointment to Six Committees » Somerville Patch

Local Government

Woburn clerk inquiry on early voting garners state response » Wicked Local Tewksbury Last September, while working to comply with the state's new early voting law, Woburn City Clerk William Campbell appealed to state Auditor Suzanne Bump to determine whether the law constituted an unf…

Saugus keeps its eye on attorney general » Lynn Daily News Item The town is waiting for a decision from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office on whether three zoning bylaw changes that affect the operation of Wheelabrator Saugus will be passed.…

Boston Council Prez Wu Wants Hearings By Citizen Petition » WGBH Boston City Council President Michelle Wu filed an ordinance with the City Clerk today that would, if passed by the Council, establish a mechanism by which ordinary residents would be able to petition…

Opinion

The Bella Bond story is not over » Boston Globe THE TRAGIC STORY of Bella Bond, the 3-year-old girl whose body washed up on Deer Island in June 2015, triggered candlelight vigils and public outrage. …

Lesson for Trump in 'La La Land' grace » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE sorest winner in the land, could learn something important from Jordan Horowitz, one of the producers of “La La Land.” Grace.…

Our View: Virtual ban on pardons is a problem for us all » Eagle Tribune It is hard to drum up sympathy for someone who has committed a crime. After all, we're a society that believes in “do the crime, do the time” — take responsibility for your actions …

Our view: Time to eliminate Governor's Council » Newburyport News In the end, the dust-up at the recent Governor's Council meetings at the Statehouse in Boston will amount to nothing. That's kind of like the Governor's Council itself, which has outlived its usefulne…

Chieppo: Outsourcing drives T's cost cutting » Boston Herald An historic renegotiation of the MBTA's contract with its largest union will save $750 million over 25 years and drive productivity.…

Noa's view: Acknowledging the elephant in the room » Newburyport News Of all the changes and promises President Trump is implementing in his first 100 days, the first major battle is illegal immigration and refugees. …

Editorial: Butt out, Beacon Hill » Boston Herald For better or worse the town of Tewksbury last year decided, after a heated public debate and a vote of the local school committee, to retain its high school team name — the Redmen. Dissatisfie…

Lawmakers' bill tops dentists' proposal in expanding access to care » Boston Globe THE MASSACHUSETTS Dental Society deserves credit for acknowledging the persistent oral health access problem in Massachusetts …

Politics

Cuomo tiptoes toward 2020 run » Politico After studiously avoiding the event for six years, Andrew Cuomo finally made an appearance in Washington during the presidential showcase formally known as the National Governors Association winter me…

Mayor Walsh not yet tipping hand on governor's race » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh waffled on whether he'll support Republican ally Gov. Charlie Baker for re-election as two Democratic contenders have emerged for the seat.…

A model for Baker in Maryland » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker continues his tightrope walk between owning the “R” after his name and trying to create distance with the R-occupant of the White House. The trouble is, di…

Sonali Lappin Replaces Sanjay Kudrimoti as IAFPE-MA President » India New England Sonali Lappin, current President-Elect of the Indian American Forum for Political Education-Massachusetts, has replaced Sanjay Kudrimoti as the organization's president. …

Public Health

Ehrlich seeks to get the lead out of school water » Wicked Local Marblehead State Rep. Lori Ehrlich's sponsorship of An Act Ensuring Safe Drinking Water at Schools and Early Childhood Programs, filed with Sen. Joan Lovely, should come as no surprise to anyone.…

Massachusetts suicides up 40 percent over ten-year period » State House News Service

Public Safety

Councilors seek exploration of a Fire Department cadet program » Boston Globe One year after the police cadet program was reinstated, two city councilors are exploring a similar initiative for the Boston Fire Department to help boost the number of blacks and Latinos in the city…

State Government

In boon for Baker, Mass. ranked best state » Boston Globe

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito inspected Conway tornado damage » WWLP 22 Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited the town of Conway to inspect the tornado damage and recovery efforts Monday.…

Lexicon: Acting governor » Boston Globe

Suit tests 20-day voter registration cutoff in Massachusetts » Boston.com A lawsuit challenging the state's 20-day voter registration cutoff deadline is working its way through the courts with a goal of finding a final resolution ahead of next year's elections.…

We're #1! (At least a national survey says so) » Lowell Sun It ranks 47th in affordability but when more than 60 other metrics were applied Massachusetts emerged as the best state in the country, according to rankings released on Tuesday. The state's supreme…

Lower payouts help keep lottery profits up despite declining sales » State House News Service The red numbers scattered throughout the sales and profit comparisons paint a picture of the Massachusetts Lottery that is more bleak than in reality, Lottery officials said Monday, despite January sa…

Here's what Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker talked about with Ivanka Trump at the Governors Ball » The Republican

Analysis: Policy details may spoil talk of harmony between states, feds » State House News Service

Taxation

What We Know About The Trump, House GOP Tax Plans So Far » WBUR President Trump goes to Congress Tuesday night and is expected to lay out his legislative agenda. Sweeping tax cuts, for businesses and individuals, will be at or near the top of the list for both the…

Sen. Richard Ross, State Rep. Carmine Gentile to host seminar » Wicked Local Wayland Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and State Rep. Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury, announced that they will host an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit at 11:30 a.m. March 6 at the W…

Transportation

Government looking at benefits, drawbacks of self-driving cars » WWLP 22 At some point, we might all find ourselves traveling in self-driving cars, and the Trump Administration believes the new technology has the potential to save lives.…

MBTA makes medium-term commitment to Mattapan trolley line » Boston Globe The historic 70-year-old trolleys used on the high-speed line that runs through Dorchester, Milton, and Mattapan will ride the tracks until at least the early 2020s, after the Massachusetts Bay Transp…

MBTA looking to address $50M operating deficit » Worcester Business Journal As part of a multi-year effort to reduce its structural budget deficit, the MBTA is exploring "headcount reduction" as well as contracting opportunities and reexamination of low ridership services as …

Baker, Kraft push Foxborough commuter rail service » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION and officials representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pushed the MBTA's oversight board on Monday to approve a pilot project extending weekday commuter rail servi…

Fixing the T is going to take a long time » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA AND STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS made clear on Monday that fixing the T will be a long-term project that could take 10 to 20 years and won't be finished by next year's gubernatorial election. T…

Brighton Commuter Rail Station Set To Open In May » WBUR A new Boston commuter rail station funded by shoe-manufacturer New Balance is set to open in May, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Monday. The Boston Landing station located next to th…

Baker deputy endorses Foxborough train pilot backed by Kraft money » Wicked Local Easton If the MBTA moves ahead on a pilot program, trains would run to and from Foxborough on more than just Patriots game days. The town that is home to the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium has some …

Andover residents grill transportation officials about idling trains » Eagle Tribune It may be another six months before residents see any relief from the diesel fumes, roaring engines and shrieking whistles brought on by idling trains. That's according to officials from both Pan Am …

Gillette T plan going off track » Boston Herald The MBTA's proposal to run a pilot program of daily trains to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro would cost at least $11 million, including to upgrade the tracks, injecting a new dimension to the heated deba…

Expanded Train Service To Foxboro Seen As Boon To Region, Boondoggle To Budget-Watchers » WGBH The MBTA is considering expanding Foxboro service, but some neighbors and fiscal watchdogs are dead set against shuttling commuters to the New England Patriot's entertainment center.…

Utilities

Gas prices inch down but increase expected soon » The Sun Chronicle Local gas prices are down another cent, but expect that trend to change as early as this week. AAA Northeast's weekly survey of local prices, released Monday, finds self-serve, regular averaging $2.1…

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