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Must-Reads

State asks for bids in $2 million North-South rail link study » Boston Globe State transportation officials began soliciting bids Wednesday to study a proposed rail tunnel connecting North and South stations, a long-discussed project that would create an unbroken rail route fr…

STATE BUDGET CLIMATE MAY FORCE MORE COSTS ON PUBLIC HIGHER ED STUDENTS » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 1, 2017....Despite seven years of economic growth, the Beacon Hill budget climate in 2017 has so far not translated into major increases in funding for public higher educati…

Creating a Fox News for the left » Columbia Journalism Review Donald Trump would not be president today were it not for the help of Fox and Friends. Their frenzied cheerleading for the birther candidate and their relentless bashing of Hillary Clinton wasn't the …

Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy » The Republican SPRINGFIELD -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of passenger rail in his state, is now advocating for enhanced rail service from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston. …

Diehl: Trump not bluffing on sanctuary cities » Boston Herald President Trump's vow to de-fund sanctuary cities from coast to coast isn't an empty threat and officials should be planning their budgets accordingly, state Rep. Geoff Diehl said this morning during …

'Trade is like oxygen' to the Bay State, head of AIM says » The Salem News PEABODY — Associated Industries of Massachusetts President and CEO Richard Lord talked transportation, trade and other issues with North Shore business leaders Wednesday, giving them a sense of…

Under siege, Liz Warren backpedals on Ben Carson » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren went so far as to post a 500-word explanation on Facebook defending her support of Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, but she is having second thought…

Harvard Pilgrim reports deeper operating losses, blames Obamacare » Boston Business Journal Despite a nearly 15 percent in revenue, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care suffered wider operating losses last year, citing high pharmacy costs, more claims, and several programs of the federal Affordable C…

Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health, and Fallon post losses for 2016 » Boston Globe Three of the state's four largest nonprofit health insurers suffered operating losses last year, which they blamed on the growing costs of medical care and prescription drugs. …

Regulators have levied $321 billion in fines on banks since crisis » Boston Globe Regulators have levied financial penalties of $321 billion on banks globally since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, a new consulting report found. …

“It seems clear to me the next four years will bring inevitable change to a thriving Massachusetts economy that sometimes seems worlds away from the middle-class disaffection that led to his election.”

Richard Lord, Associated Industries of Massachusetts President and CEO

Giving North Shore Business Leaders a Sense of How The Trump Administration Might Impact The State's Economy

News By Category
Beltway Politics

AG Sessions' Talks With Russian Envoy May Conflict With Senate Testimony » WBUR Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while an adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump last year, spoke twice with the Russian ambassador, a source familiar with the matter tells NPR's Carrie Jo…

Why deporting undocumented immigrants could slow US economy » Berkshire Eagle If President Donald Trump's hardline stance on illegal immigration leads to large-scale deportations, among those hurt could be the U.S. economy. That's the view of many economists, who say the Unite…

Justice Dept: Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador in 2016 » Lowell Sun Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign season last year, contact likely to fuel calls for him to recuse …

Justice Department should uphold existing state marijuana law, Elizabeth Warren and other senators say in letter to Jeff Sessions » The Republican

Business

ICA plans major expansion — across the harbor in East Boston » Boston Globe The Institute of Contemporary Art is planning a major expansion — across the harbor in East Boston, in a large dilapidated industrial space once occupied by a copper pipe shop.…

Bob Kraft played key role in new Beacon Hill exports panel » Boston Globe Before the Patriots wrapped up their fifth Super Bowl title, team owner Bob Kraft had some other local business to which to attend.…

5 Key Findings From The Massachusetts Innovation Economy Index » WBUR Massachusetts is one of the fastest growing tech states in the country, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Tech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency. "Let's be hone…

ICA Plans To Expand Across The Harbor And Into East Boston's Industrial Shipyard » WBUR When leadership at the Institute of Contemporary Art decided it was time to expand as part of its strategic plan, the solution ended up being just across the water. On Wednesday, the museum announced…

We're No. 1? The Trouble With U.S. News And World Report's Ranking Of The Bay State » WBUR I think I hear the duck boats being fired up for another parade. No, not for another sports championship, but for Massachusetts being ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for outcomes for citize…

Pot panel seeks taxation to raise revenue, kill black market » Boston Herald The co-chairs of a legislative committee reviewing the state's new recreational marijuana law said Tuesday that when it comes to taxing sales of the drug lawmakers will look to strike a balance betwee…

Senate, AIM look to reset relations with public caucus » WWLP 22 News While gender pay equity legislation wended its way through Beacon Hill last session, the executive committee at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts was concerned.…

Civil Rights

Transgender students will be protected, Gov. Baker says » Martha's Vineyard Times Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts expressed disappointment with the Trump administration's new transgender policy, and state Attorney General Maura Healey invited President Trump to visit Massachuse…

Education

STUDENTS PRESS FOR STATE $$ TO HELP AFFORD COLLEGE » State House News Service [Coverage Developing] Despite seven years of economic growth, the Beacon Hill budget climate in 2017 has so far not translated into major increases in funding for public higher education, leaving stud…

Budget might push more costs on public higher ed students » Newburyport News Despite seven years of economic growth, the Beacon Hill budget climate in 2017 has so far not translated into major increases in funding for public higher education, leaving students and families stru…

UMD chancellor finalist Robert E. Johnson: 'Whatever you're thinking I want to hear it' » South Coast Today There was a strong turnout Wednesday for the first of three days of interviews for the job as chancellor at UMass Dartmouth.…

Healey advises schools to educate students regardless of immigration status » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory Thursday, reminding school districts statewide that children have a right to primary and secondary education regardless of immigration status.…

Officials pursue answers to education funding inequities » The Landmark Selectmen and advisory committee members met with resident Atty. Tim Corcoran at a Feb. 21 meeting to discuss what he had discovered about Princeton's loss of Chapter 70 education funding, particularl…

UMass students gather in Boston to advocate for higher-education affordability » The Daily Collegian Students from public universities and colleges in Massachusetts gathered in the State House in Boston to advocate against rising tuition and schooling fees on Wednesday for Advocacy Day.…

PHENOM's Public Higher Education Advocacy Day highlights need for affordable tuition » The Daily Free Press Hundreds of people congregated at the Massachusetts State House Wednesday morning for Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, where student activists lobbied their legislators for a debt-free public hig…

White supremacist group spreads fliers around UMass campus » WCVB A white supremacist group says it posted fliers around a university campus in Massachusetts with slogans including "Protect your heritage," ''Serve your people," and "Let's become great again."…

AG reminds schools of ed access protections for immigrants » State House News Service

Environment

Public barred from speaking at Quabbin rattlesnake meeting » The Republican State wildlife officials say they want feedback about their plan to populate a Quabbin Reservoir island with timber rattlesnakes -- but at Tuesday's forum, the 18-member panel reviewing the idea said …

Mass. lawmakers consider pesticide restrictions to limit bee die-off » South Coast Today A type of pesticide many beekeepers blame for mass bee die-offs would come under tighter regulation under a bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature in January. …

State vows quick replies on rattlesnake plan » Worcester Telegram At the request of two legislators, the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will make comments, questions and survey responses to the Rattlesnake Conservation Plan available as soon as possible.…

Health Care

Gov. Charlie Baker: Health care discussion with Congress, Trump administration a 'one-way street' » The Republican Fresh off of health care briefings with congressional Democrats, Republicans and administration officials in Washington, Gov. Charlie Baker said federal officials appear to be gathering information as…

Housing

Homeless advocates urge state to spend $50-million on homeless care » WWLP 22 News

Human Services

Teen parents press for pregnancy prevention, parenting program $$$ » State House News Service

Judiciary

Baker nominates Gloucester attorney to be family court justice » Gloucester Times A Gloucester attorney who has focused her private practice on issues of divorce, child custody and estate planning has been nominated for a state judgeship.…

Mandatory sentences need reform, ex-cons and officials say » South Coast Today One by one, rehabilitated ex-convicts took the podium at Nurses Hall in the Statehouse to share their stories of an uphill road to reintegration in society. Jumaane Kendrick was in and out of prison,…

Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking » NECN A new bill on the table at the Massachusetts State House would clear the names of sex trafficking victims, many of whom often face prostitution charges that follow them for the rest of their lives. …

Panel convenes on criminal justice reform bill, report and next steps » Bay State Banner The day after Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill taking up the Council of State Governments' recommendations on curbing recidivism, the Boston Bar Association gathered a panel of state judicial and l…

Report of Justice Center enters debate on Beacon Hill » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Legislative

Pot Panel on Beacon Hill Seeks Balance on Taxing Drug » Cape Cod Today The head of a legislative committee reviewing the state's new recreational marijuana law says he hopes to find the “sweet spot” when it comes to taxing legal sales of the drug.…

State lawmakers work to bring more businesses to Massachusetts » WWLP 22 News State senators are exploring ways to bring more businesses to Massachusetts. …

Local Government

Restaurant owner announces City Council bid » Lynn Daily News Item Taso Nikolakopoulos is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for an at-large seat on the City Council.…

Sens. Richard Ross, Karen Spilka to host seminar » Wicked Local Natick State Sens. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, announced that they will host an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit at 1:30 p.m. March 6 at the at the Na…

Area senators to host 'Commonwealth Conversations' Tour » The Landmark Senators Harriette L. Chandler (D- Worcester), Ryan C. Fattman (RWebster), Anne M. Gobi (D- Spencer), Michael O. Moore (D- Millbury) announced recently that the “Commonwealth Conversations 2017 …

Opinion

Editorial: Protest the issues, not the presence » The Tufts Daily Last week, Governor Charlie Baker was invited to speak at Tufts as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life's Distinguished Speaker Series. …

Trump ducks responsibility for Yemen raid » Boston Globe THE MOST powerful moment in President Trump's speech to Congress came after he introduced Carryn Owens, the wife of US Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in a covert mission in…

Trump's baptism into America's political religion » Boston Globe WHEN IT comes to American political speeches, I'm a fan of brevity. Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address registered a bare 703 words. That was as the bloody Civil War was nearing its end.…

Restore the farm » Cape Cod Times Many long-time residents of Sandwich cherish fond memories of carting their young children to picturesque Windstar farm, up on a hill in Forestdale, to pick pumpkins or just to enjoy a slice of the qu…

Columnist Marty Nathan: Massachusetts leads on renewable energy » Gazette Net I am sitting on my porch reveling in the glorious, sunny day. It is 72 degrees. I am in my shirtsleeves, my neighbor just biked by in shorts and my friend will soon bring her 6-month-old for a walk. S…

Letter: Kudos to Healey for fight against Trump » Gloucester Times

Baker-Trump relationship impact overrated (Editorial) » The Republican

LETTERS: Support the Safe Communities Act » Wicked Local Mansfield

Politics

The best content to influence voters » facebook business This (Toomey PA Senate campaign) campaign used a made-for-Facebook, audience-specific content strategy to significantly shift voter intent and increase favorability for a US Senate candidate from Penn…

Presidential climate change » Commonwealth Magazine About an hour-and-a-half before President Trump delivered his most presidential speech to date, Greater Boston host Jim Braude offered viewers a prediction based on New England weather. “If you…

Public Health

Many Boston public schools are said to have bad air » Boston Globe A city report says that more than half of Boston's schools are plagued by poor or deficient air quality, which studies have linked to low student achievement and high rates of asthma.…

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Holds Opioid Crisis Forum » Cape Cod Today The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe held their first opioid crisis forum on Tuesday night at the Community and Government Center.…

Public Safety

New England Gov. blames Mass. city for majority of drugs » WCVB New Hampshire's governor is blaming Massachusetts for the majority of the drugs in the Granite State.…

Sununu: N.H. opiate problem begins in Lawrence » Eagle Tribune New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday blamed Lawrence for the opiate problem in his state and said he may go “across borders” to plug a pipeline that he said is bringing drugs  

Sununu: Sanctuary Lawrence fuels N.H. drug deals » Boston Herald New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu yesterday blamed the Bay State city of Lawrence — and its sanctuary city status — for helping fuel the drug trade in his neighboring state, saying there's…

State Government

Paul DeRensis reappointed to Local Government Advisory Commission » Wicked Local Randolph Paul DeRensis, Canton town counsel and outside legal counsel to the town of Randolph, was recently reappointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to a ninth term as a member of the Massachusetts Local Government A…

Massachusetts in 'no man's land' on legal marijuana, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican As Springfield police officers shuttered a store handing out marijuana for "free" while charging an admission fee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged the state is in a "no man's land" four …

What do the governor's constituents call to talk about? » Boston Globe What do constituents call Governor Charlie Baker's office to talk about? That, dear reader, is something we may never know.…

Policy details may spoil talk of harmony between states, feds » Lowell Sun The buzzword among governors gathered in the nation's capital over the weekend seemed to be "flexibility." All the governors want it, and the White House wants to give it.…

Baker administration will pay Massachusetts municipalities' 2018 early voting costs, if needed » The Republican If the Baker administration decides that early voting is an unfunded mandate on Massachusetts cities and towns, the state will find a way to pay for it.…

Maura Healey joined counterparts for meeting with Trump Tuesday » Milford Daily News It wasn't on her public schedule but Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday met up with her recent nemesis, President Donald Trump.…

Maura Healey met with President Trump, says she was disappointed by lack of specifics » Boston.com Maura Healey made an unexpected White House visit Tuesday with a national group of attorneys general to meet with President Donald Trump. She left unsatisfied by what she heard.…

Governor Baker appoints members of Black Advisory Commission » Bay State Banner Governor Charlie Baker last week announced appointments to a new Black Advisory Commission, a group of people of African descent charged with weighing in on matters of concern to black communities acr…

Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support » The Huffington Post With 2017 state legislative sessions fully underway (and in some cases already drawing to a close), ranked choice voting is becoming an increasingly popular proposal. …

Baker urges cooperation after second guv targets Lawrence » State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker calls November charter school vote a 'mistake' but respects voters' will » The Republican

Transportation

Massachusetts solicits bids in potential $1.5 million rail study to link Boston's North and South Stations » The Republican Massachusetts officials are taking another step in looking at linking North Station and South Station, two major transportation hubs in Boston.…

MA transportation system is falling behind » Commonwealth Magazine ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, our infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization and expansion, from our roads to bridges, to trains and buses, to subway and rail stations, to bike paths and more. In…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Colleges rush to protect immigrant students » The Hill

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A snapshot of the Governor's State of the State address, 2017.

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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