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Revenue report means Baker's December spending cuts may stand » State House News Service The prospects for House and Senate Democrats to reverse even some of the mid-year budget cuts Gov. Charlie Baker made in December are getting bleaker by the month. …

At least 93 employees made $1m or more at Mass. nonprofits » Boston Globe At least 93 employees at tax-exempt nonprofits in Massachusetts made more than $1 million in 2014, according to a review by the Wall Street Journal of newly released data from the Internal Revenue Ser…

Understanding the proposal for replacing Obamacare » Boston Globe The proposal reaches into virtually every corner of the health care marketplace, with tweaks and innovations likely to affect millions of Americans. …

Planned Parenthood can keep its funding - if it stops providing abortions » New York Times The organization gets hundreds of millions from the government every year that goes to women's healthcare. It is not allowed to put that money towards abortion services. Planned Parenthood said it won…

Restoring budget cuts will be 'very difficult,' DeLeo says » Boston Globe Sluggish state revenue collections last month make it less likely that lawmakers will restore $98 million in spending cuts that Governor Charlie Baker imposed, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Monda…

The Health Bill You've Waited For » The Wall Street Journal 'ObamaCare is collapsing,” President Trump said during his address to Congress last week, “and we must act decisively to protect all Americans.” House Republicans have heard the pres…

Conservatives pan House Obamacare repeal bill » Politico A handful of House conservatives on Monday evening criticized GOP leaderships' newly released Obamacare replacement bill, foreshadowing trouble for the repeal effort even after leaders tried to assuag…

The Republican Health Care Plan Includes A Tax Break For Insurance CEOs » BuzzFeed Insurance industry execs are getting a new tax break on salaries above $500,000 as part of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.…

DeLeo to support bill accommodating pregnant workers » Boston Globe House Speaker Robert DeLeo plans to tell the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that he will support a bill that would require companies to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant emp…

Expect delays: In Mass, we now have to wait months for public information requests » Dig Boston It's been almost three months since the updated public records law took effect in Massachusetts, and it is an important moment to remind readers that we're still screwed on the transparency front and …

Trump support adds new dimension to paid leave push on Beacon Hill » State House News Service Some Bay State Democrats found themselves with an unlikely ally in President Donald Trump last week, as he took a moment in his first address to Congress to tout paid family leave.…

Speaker DeLeo proposes using pot revenue to help opioid addiction » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants to set aside some of the tax money generated by the sale of recreational marijuana for a fund that will help Bay State residents struggling with opioid a…

“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions. Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

Dawn Laguens - Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America

On President Trump telling Planned Parenthood funding can stay if abortion goes.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

New Trump travel ban aims to withstand court challenge » Boston Globe President Trump scaled back his executive order barring migrants from several predominantly Muslim countries Monday, in an attempt to insulate the controversial rules from a flurry of legal challenges…

Massachusetts Democrats criticize President Donald Trump's revised travel ban » The Republican Hours after President Donald Trump released a revised version of his travel ban, some liberal groups and Democrats in Massachusetts were already crying foul.…

WITH POLL: Revised Trump order restarts debate over immigration, refugee restrictions » Wicked Local Weymouth A revised executive order signed by President Donald Trump Monday removes Iraq from the list of countries whose nationals will face restrictions on entering the United States.…

Critics rip new travel ban, vow to wage court battles » Boston Herald President Trump's revised temporary travel ban — crafted in hopes of pleasing judges that ruled against his earlier version — still faces serious legal challenges and a long road ahead, …

Trump's Revised Travel Order Addresses Some Concerns, But Mass. Advocates Say Intent Is The Same » WBUR President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday that temporarily blocks citizens from six majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S., revoking and replacing an earlier order which…

'Fear' of President Trump greatly exaggerated » Eagle Tribune We have all now received extensive instructions about the “takeaways” from President Donald Trump's first address to Congress. They are predictably partisan. Many Republicans fell back on…

Top Trump security advisor faces questions in rare hearing » Sentinel & Enterprise The senior Army officer tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security adviser faces questions from senators during a rare closed-door meeting amid intense scrutiny of the White House fo…

How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules » ProPublica The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the Trump administration is enforcing the president's executive order on ethics.…

Business

Ads show Eastern Bank's true colors on social issues » Boston Globe At a time when many companies are trying to sidestep political controversy to keep all of their customers happy, Eastern Bank is embracing its socially liberal bent.…

Mayor Walsh Proposes 152 New Boston Liquor Licenses » BostInno Mayor Marty Walsh's office announced today a proposal in conjunction with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley that would add 152 non-transferable liquor licenses to the City of Boston as part of "an ongoin…

Proposal Would Up Boston Liquor Licenses, With Emphasis On Underserved Neighborhoods » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley on Monday announced a proposal to grant the city additional liquor licenses, and to ensure that most of the new licenses go to typically und…

National Consumer Protection Week presentation to be held in Framingham » The Metro West Daily News The Consumer Assistance Office MetroWest and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is hosting a presentation Thursday as part of National Consumer Protection Week.…

Meehan calls UMass lifeblood of state's economy » Sentinel & Enterprise Holding up the University of Massachusetts system as an economic engine, UMass President Marty Meehan said the school acts based on a different motivation than private colleges and has taken on increa…

Committee to vote on pot dispensary next week » Sentinel & Enterprise City councilors spoke in favor of holding a March 13 vote on Prime Wellness Centers' special permit request to open a medical marijuana dispensary during a Legal Affairs Committee meeting Monday night…

State sues Lowell tax preparer for fraud » Lowell Sun A Lowell tax preparer has been ordered to halt his business after allegedly filing more than $2 million in fraudulent deductions and pocketing more than $150,000 for himself, the state's attorney gene…

Education

UMass President Marty Meehan criticizes federal immigration policy during State of the University address » The Republican On the day that U.S. President Donald Trump released a revised version of his temporary ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan used h…

Meehan says UMass one of state's biggest economic engines » South Coast Today Holding up the University of Massachusetts system as an economic engine, UMass President Marty Meehan said the school acts based on a different motivation than private colleges and has taken on increa…

Teachers, legislators debate education issues » Eagle Tribune Sanctuary schools, a millionaire's tax, a $15 minimum wage, increased Chapter 70 funding, paid family and medical leave: A+. Charter schools, standardized tests, easing the standards for receivership…

Meehan says UMass important to economy » Sentinel & Enterprise Holding up the University of Massachusetts system as an economic engine, UMass President Marty Meehan said the school acts based on a different motivation than private colleges and has taken on incre…

Becker college prez chosen for UMass-Dartmouth chancellor » State House News Service

Environment

Panel discusses climate change policies in Massachusetts » The Daily Collegian Approximately 60 people gathered in Gordon Hall at the University of Massachusetts on Monday to discuss the state of climate policy in Massachusetts and what the future may hold.…

Energy Savings Can Be Fun, But No Need To Turn Off All The Lights » WBUR A new company is doing more than just monitoring electricity use. It's making tracking your electrical data fun. Steve Reed, of San Diego, says he signed up for free with OhmConnect. He was eager to…

Health Care

How the world's richest doctor gave away millions — then steered the cash back to his company » STAT News The world's richest doctor had just made a $12 million gift to the University of Utah. Members of the university community were urged to come thank him. And so, a crowd gathered.…

Amid Obamacare repeal talk, Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to protect Massachusetts community health centers » The Republican As Washington lawmakers continue to talk through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging to protect community health centers, saying they're o…

DeLeo opposes Baker's caps on hospital cost growth » Boston Business Journal ?At least one lawmaker has concerns about proposals in Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2018 budget, saying plans to restrict growth on hospital reimbursement rates could cost the state jobs.…

GOP Bill Would Repeal Obamacare Taxes And Penalties, Keep Some Subsidies » WBUR After years of waiting, it's finally here. The Republican plan to reshape the Affordable Care Act — what they call "repeal and replace" — kills the requirement that everyone buy health …

With $25 Million Gift, Boston Medical Center Creates Hub For Addiction Medicine » WBUR State, local and federal officials gathered at Boston Medical Center Monday for the formal announcement of the largest private donation in the hospital's history: $25 million to help combat addiction.…

Patient at center of right-to-die case gets some good news » Boston Globe

Commission conflicted over health care pricing solutions » State House News Service

Housing

Cambridge proposes Airbnb-type rentals be owner-occupied » Boston Globe Concerned that short-term rentals on sites such as Airbnb are affecting the city's already tight rental market, Cambridge officials are considering limiting such rentals to owner-occupied residences.…

Are American Suburbs Dying? » WBUR Business Insider makes the argument in a series this week that American suburbs as we know them are dying. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with the project's editor, Ashley Lutz (@AshleyLutz).…

Human Services

State commits to funding Megan House » Lowell Sun The state has awarded the Megan House Foundation annual grants that will cover around 80 percent of the addiction treatment program's annual costs.…

How local senators have voted on immigration » Lowell Sun LOWER TUITION RATES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H 57): Senate, 25-12, rejected an amendment that would prohibit illegal immigrant students from paying the preferred, lower in-state tuition rates and fees …

Labor

Mass. business group supports modified bill to protect pregnant workers » Boston Business Journal The Associated Industries of Massachusetts says it's worked out a compromise with backers of a bill that died last session to require employers to make accommodations for workers who are pregnant.…

Local Government

Longmeadow School Committee member Michael Clark won't seek reelection » The Republican Longmeadow School Committee member Michael Clark will not seek reelection. Clark, who was first elected to the committee six years ago and has served as chairman and vice chairman, said during an inte…

State senators to bring 'listening tour' to Central Mass. » Worcester Telegram The initiative, called the Commonwealth Conversations and led by Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, Sen. Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, in…

Ashland health board pens letter to the governor on pot law » Wicked Local Ashland The Board of Health wants state officials to know that it's not happy with the current state of the recreational marijuana law.…

Opinion

The shameful selling of Ryan Owens » Boston Globe “Sentimentality,” wrote James Baldwin in 1949, “is the mark of dishonesty.” …

After a protest turns violent, Middlebury finds a teaching moment for free speech » Boston Globe THE BUCOLIC Vermont campus of Middlebury College was rocked by a student protest last week that turned violent, leaving a professor injured and prompting much-needed soul-searching by the administrati…

Prevengeance shall be mine! » Boston Globe It may be too late to catch the much-praised dark comedy/horror film “Prevenge” in the theaters.…

Peter Lucas: When Maura Healey says 'no,' why does it sound like 'yes'? » Lowell Sun Methinks the lady doth protest too much. The lady is, of course, Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, and the protest is that she will not run for governor against incumbent Republican Gov. Char…

Letter: Judges' rulings come at a cost » Gloucester Times Your editorial justifiably criticizing a recent decision by Judge Timothy Feeley in a criminal case (”Fraud conviction should bring jail term, restitution,” March 3) will have lasting valu…

Editorial: Boston's booze pitch » Boston Herald

Politics

Dem governor hopefuls visit North Andover » Wicked Local Melrose Former CeltiCare CEO Jay Gonzalez, Newton Mayor Setti Warren and author and environmental activist Bob Massie attended the North Andover Town Democratic Committee's Annual Scholarship Breakfast Sunday…

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Sheriff Nick Cocchi to headline reception for Rep. Jose Tosado » The Republican House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, and Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi will headline a fundraising reception for State Rep. Jose Tosado, D-Springfield, this Thursday.…

Public Health

Speaker DeLeo proposes using pot revenue to help opioid addiction » Boston Business Journal

State Finance

Restoring budget cuts will be 'very difficult,' DeLeo says » Boston Globe Sluggish state revenue collections last month make it less likely that lawmakers will restore $98 million in spending cuts that Governor Charlie Baker imposed, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Monda…

Massachusetts tax revenues come in below expectations » WWLP 22 With just four months left in the fiscal year, state lawmakers want to restore spending in areas cut by the governor. But that could come to a halt after disappointing tax returns last month.…

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker will take a 'good, hard look' at President Donald Trump's new travel ban » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he had not yet read President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, but he reiterated his position that Massachusetts benefits from immigrant communities…

Read Maura Healey's response to Trump's revised travel ban » Boston.com President Donald Trump signed a revised immigration order Monday, after the original version was blocked last month by a series of court rulings. Despite some changes, Massachusetts Attorney General M…

Towns, cities start seeing effects of state regs overhaul » Wicked Local Weymouth Using the 6-month-old Municipal Modernization Act, several communities have begun lowering speed limits on local roads, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new law.…

AG: 'I'm not interested in' photo op with prez » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday said she refused to pose for a photo with President Trump at a recent conference, instead vowing to fight his policies and uphold “the rule of law” …

Cyr Policy Summit at Cape Cod Community College Saturday » The Barnstable Patriot On Saturday, March 4, state Senator Julian Cyr will host a Policy Summit at the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College from 1 to 5 p.m. The summit will focus on discussing the various aspect…

Trump support adds new dimension to paid leave push on Beacon Hill » Lowell Sun Some Bay State Democrats found themselves with an unlikely ally in President Donald Trump last week, as he took a moment in his first address to Congress to tout paid family leave. Workers rights, a…

State treasurer seeks guidance from feds on recreational marijuana » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts Doesn't Like Travel Ban 2.0 Either » Boston Magazine

Taxation

Guvs see South Dakota case leading to SCOTUS online sales tax ruling » State House News Service

Transportation

MBTA officials hope to save $26 million in bus maintenance costs » Boston Globe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials said Monday they want to solicit bids to privatize several of their nine bus garages to save about $26 million annually, a prospect that prompted d…

Boston to unveil transportation plan for future » Boston Globe The future of transportation in Boston includes fewer cars on the road, heavy reliance on public transit, and lots of so-called microhubs, one-stop access points where commuters can share a bus, bike,…

June 26 Public Reopening Set For Springfield's Union Station » WAMC The countdown is on to the public re-opening of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts following a $95 million dollar restoration.…

US Rep. Richard Neal: Federal funding for Union Station would be impossible in today's DC » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal had a two-letter answer Monday when asked if he could obtain federal funding for Union Station in today's Capitol Hill. "No," he said.…

RMV picks Route 1 site » Lynn Daily News Item A site on Route 1 South has been selected as the new location for a Registry of Motor Vehicles branch, according to a Facebook post from state Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers).…

Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is showing no signs it will push the Legislature for an extension of the MBTA's three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law, which regulates how state agencies can pri…

Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR received the green light on Monday to launch a five-year campaign to cut down on fare evasion and increase ridership, with the $9 million-a-year cost slated to come f…

Boston Outlines 58 Projects To Increase And Improve Its Transportation Options » WBUR Visions for Boston's transportation future include fewer cars on the road and more people biking, walking and using public transit. These goals are outlined in the city's Go Boston 2030 Vision and Ac…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor LePage to address Mass. conservatives » Boston Globe

Substance abuse beds for pregnant women planned for Pittsfield » The Republican

Charlie Baker, The Abortion Governor » New Boston Post

North Shore Medical Center to cut 200 jobs at Salem, Lynn campuses » Boston Business Journal

Attorney General Maura Healey to give Mount Wachusett Community College's commencement address » State House News Service

Scant discipline follows prosecutors' impropriety in Massachusetts » New England Center for Investigative Reporting

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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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