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10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY 2018 Budget Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Jose Tosado with Speaker Robert DeLeo and Sheriff Nick Cocchi

5:30pm Mayor Joe Petty's St. Patrick's Day Party

6:00pm A Night on Emerald Isle with Patrick McDermott

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Provost

Must-Reads

Is this the guy to take on Partners HealthCare? » Boston Globe When Kevin Tabb took over as chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center more than five years ago, he came with an impressive resume — except for one notable gap: Tabb had never bef…

Obamacare replacement bill's burden on poor brings out critics on all sides » Boston Globe Many health care analysts say that the negative effects of a proposal to roll back Barack Obama's signature 2010 health care legislation would fall mainly on low-income people, a fact that has set off…

Partners gets a fiscal health warning » Boston Globe Wall Street's three major debt rating firms are warning Partners HealthCare to stem financial losses or risk a downgrade of its credit rating. …

Health Groups Denounce G.O.P. Bill as Its Backers Scramble » The New York Times Influential medical groups warned that the plan would lead to a rise in the uninsured, leaving House Republicans scrambling to marshal support.…

Exclusive — Sen. Rand Paul on Paul Ryan's Obamacare Lite: Speaker 'Trying to Pull the Wool Over the Eyes of the President' » Breitbart Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a top conservative in the U.S. Senate, unloaded on House Speaker Paul Ryan's Obamacare 2.0 replacement plan—that does not repeal Obamacare—in an exclusive intervie…

Abortion opponents take message to Baker press conference » State House News Service With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday …

Can a Republican governor support Planned Parenthood? » Boston Globe Conservatives have bristled against Governor Charlie Baker's pledge to replace Planned Parenthood funding with state dollars if Washington pulls its support for the program. But even the most disappoi…

Patrick ally joins Setti Warren's team » Boston Globe An old ally of former governor Deval Patrick has landed in Newton Mayor Setti Warren's as-yet-unannounced campaign for governor. …

Gov. Joe Piscopo? Candidates in two states try to use lessons learned from Trump. » The Washington Post The appeal of Donald Trump-style populism could soon be tested by another celebrity candidate with no governing experience: Joe Piscopo. …

Panel hears support for lower health care cost growth benchmark » State House News Service Representatives from hospitals, the insurance industry and business groups struck a near unanimous chord Wednesday in urging state officials to adopt a lower target for measuring growth in health care…

Hospitals Coalesce Into Formidable Opponent Of Obamacare Repeal Bill » Talking Points Memo Flexing their muscle in the political battle over Obamacare repeal, a coalition of of hospital groups and systems sent a new letter to Congress dated Wednesday expressing "significant concerns" about …

Gov. Charlie Baker: Bomb threats to Jewish institutions are 'destructive and disturbing' » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said state government is working with the FBI and law enforcement to investigate recent bomb threats made to Jewish institutions in Massachusetts and to protect residents. …

Wheels spinning in Mass. around Trump's infrastructure plans » State House News Service A federal infrastructure spending bill could breathe new life into mothballed transportation expansion projects in Massachusetts, and - if a Lynn Democrat gets his way - provide an easier way for the …

‘‘There’s no question the goal is to substantially reduce the federal commitment to providing subsidized care for the low-income population. The very population that voted for Trump, the working class out there who are in the positions of not having good employer-sponsored coverage anymore or ever, they’re going to end up worse off.’’

Len Nichols - Health Policy Professor at George Mason University

on the Obamacare replacement bill’s burden on the poor

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump is trying to charm former Senate foes » Boston Globe Little Marco. Lyin' Ted. Lightweight Lindsey Graham.…

GOP dog catches the health-care car » Commonwealth Magazine The Republicans have finally rolled out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but the long-awaited health care fix may need some immediate resuscitation efforts. Opposition from conservative…

Trump Reportedly Selects Jon Huntsman As U.S. Ambassador To Russia » WBUR President Trump has reportedly offered former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the job of U.S. ambassador to Russia. Huntsman has been a U.S. ambassador twice before, in Singapore (1992-1993) and China (2009-20…

Trump Administration Says Illegal Border Crossings Declined In February » WBUR The Department of Homeland Security released new data late Wednesday showing that illegal southern border crossings diminished in the opening weeks of the new Trump administration. The new figures in…

In first challenge to new executive order, Hawaii sues to block Trump travel ban » Berkshire Eagle President Donald Trump's revised executive order barring citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the United States confronted its first legal challenge late Tuesday, the day a…

Top judiciary panel senators ask DOJ, FBI for Trump wiretapping warrant applications » Berkshire Eagle Two leading Senate Judiciary Committee senators are asking the FBI and the Department of Justice to hand over any warrant applications related to possible wiretaps of President Donald Trump and his te…

Legal challenges stack up against new travel ban » Boston Globe

Business

GE CEO Jeff Immelt's total pay dropped — again » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt reported $27.5 million in total pay in 2015, according to a regulatory filing released Monday — a decrease from the previous year's total of $3…

At Boston Naturalization Ceremony, CEO Tells Fellow Immigrants 'The American Dream Is Alive And Real' » WBUR That was the message from an immigrant as he addressed 200 other immigrants from around the world as they became U.S. citizens on Wednesday. Mohamad Ali, the CEO of Boston-based Carbonite, a data bac…

Carbonite CEO calls immigrants 'best of humanity' in speech at Boston naturalization ceremony » Boston Business Journal Carbonite CEO Mohamad Ali was set to speak to a group of about 200 immigrants Wednesday afternoon as they become citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library …

Pot panel targets June for bill » Berkshire Eagle The Legislature's new marijuana committee will begin its work in earnest later this month with an "overview" hearing at the State House before holding similar hearings elsewhere in the state, the com…

Baker administration talking to businesses about changing MassHealth employer fee proposal » MassLive

Civil Rights

Hundreds rally in Harvard Square against new Trump immigration order » Wicked Local Cambridge Hundreds crammed into Harvard Square March 7 to protest President Donald Trump's second executive order on immigration in a rally organized by the Harvard Islamic Society.…

Crimes

Three Boston area Jewish centers are targets of bomb threats » Boston Herald Three Jewish institutions in Massachusetts were targeted yesterday in the sixth nationwide wave of such bomb threats since January, prompting the head of the local Anti-Defamation League to call for s…

Education

Baker, former ambassador and first Hispanic surgeon general to speak at Salem State commencements » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker, former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, and Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female and first Hispanic surgeon general of the United States will be the featured speakers at Salem Stat…

MWCC center dedicated in honor of former Sen. Brewer » The Sentinel & Enterprise

Environment

Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less » Boston Globe Over the past decade, the state Department of Environmental Protection's enforcement of air and water quality rules has fallen off sharply, as the agency's workforce shrunk by nearly a third, accordin…

Baker renews push for water quality bill; Worcester manager on board » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday touted legislation to bring Massachusetts in line with 46 other states by allowing the state Department of Environmental Protection to administer a federal water qualit…

Health Care

5 Key Takeaways From The GOP Health Overhaul Plan » WBUR

Charlie Baker is concerned about GOP health plan's financing » Boston.com Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday his administration was still reviewing details of the health care bill rolled out by GOP leaders in the U.S. House, but he expressed concern about potential …

GOP health plan threatens care access, Neal says » Berkshire Eagle As a congressional committee on Wednesday prepared to take up health care legislation offered as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, knocked the plan as …

Abortion foes protest Baker over Planned Parenthood support » Sentinel & Enterprise With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday …

House panel approves health bill » Lowell Sun House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer g…

Lepore: Admin open to "other ideas" to address rising MassHealth costs » State House News Service

Housing

Baker touts zero homeless families in Brockton hotels; mayor sees 'unfair' drawback for city's finances » The Enterprise During his 2014 campaign to become the governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker pledged to get the number of homeless families living in hotels and motels throughout the state down to zero.…

Insurance

Officials aim to find solutions to fluctuations in insurance costs » The Sentinel & Enterprise

Judiciary

Medical Aid In Dying, Narrowly Voted Down In Mass., May Be Decided In Court » WBUR Roger Kligler, a retired doctor who lives in Falmouth, Mass., doesn't want to die, he says. But he has terminal prostate cancer, and when death does approach, he wants some control. "I want the court…

Judge Elspeth Cypher confirmed to Supreme Judicial Court » MassLive The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Judge Elspeth "Ellie" Cypher to the Supreme Judicial Court, clearing the path for the 58-year-old Assonet jurist to join the high court bench.…

Chism lawyer, a longtime public defender, nominated to Juvenile Court » The Salem News A member of the defense team for convicted teen killer Philip Chism has been nominated for a Juvenile Court judgeship by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Labor

Can a worker be fired for using medical marijuana? Massachusetts SJC to consider question » The Republican The Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday will take up the question of whether a business can fire an employee for using medical marijuana outside of work. The case, Cristina Barbuto vs. Advantage Sales…

Mass. unemployment rate at 3.2 percent in January » State House News Service

Legislative

Cusack led pot panel meets, targets June for committee bill » Wicked Local Braintree The Legislature's new marijuana committee will begin its work in earnest later this month with an "overview" hearing at the State House before holding similar hearings elsewhere in the state, the comm…

Weymouth state senator refuses pay increase » Wicked Local Weymouth State Sen. Patrick O'Connor, R-Weymouth said he would not accept a $27,000 pay increase and a $7,500 per diem hike even though 12 of 13 Republican state representatives are accepting a salary boost th…

Early voting costs weigh on local budgets » The Salem News The state's first foray into early voting was lauded as a success, but it was a costly one for cash-strapped local governments. Cities and towns spent nearly $720,000 on early-voting costs that should…

Local Government

Study: Revere needs human resources department » Lynn Daily News Item A new University of Massachusetts study calls on the city to create a Human Resources Department, saying it's critical to the operation of a large municipality.…

Boston Celebrates International Women's Day » WBUR A number of rallies and events took place around Greater Boston on Wednesday to mark International Women's Day. Some women also wore red, took the day off of work or avoided shopping at businesses no…

Lawsuit against Veolia moves into discovery phase » Wicked Local Plymouth If you listened carefully during last week's selectmen's meeting you might you might have heard Town Manager Melissa Arrighi make a little news about the town's other "sewer line," its pursuit of lega…

Opinion

Planned Parenthood Perks — With These Salaries, They Need Our Money? » New Boston Post Late Monday afternoon the Speaker of the Massachusetts House quietly publicly concluded what he should've known all along: the state budget is unbalanced, revenues are down, and leadership would not …

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide » Berkshire Eagle Eversource Energy's rate hike request would be punishing for the Berkshires if approved. …

If lawmaker is not a climate science denier, then how does one explain his actions? » Boston Globe REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR Smith claims that he has never denied that carbon emissions contribute to climate change — the question, he says, is to what extent they do (“It's not anti-science to…

An innovative, practical solution for preserving the health and well-being of the homeless » Boston Globe On any given night, nearly 20,000 people in Massachusetts will find themselves bedding down on the streets or sleeping in an emergency shelter. …

A matter of judgment » Boston Globe A THOROUGH psychiatric exam assesses for mood and psychosis. It also assesses for thinking. The screening tests can feel a little fly-by, like hovering over a very large piece of territory before deci…

There's no bull in the message behind 'Fearless Girl' statue » Boston Globe Perhaps the turning point of gender equality in corporate America will come down to the simple but powerful act of commissioning a piece of art.…

Clive McFarlane: Picking up the pieces of foreclosure crisis » Worcester Telegram The two-family home at 175 Lincoln St. had been an eyesore on one of the city's major thoroughfares for years.…

LETTER: Republicans must speak out now » Wicked Local Plymouth How much longer must we wait for the Republican party to speak out against this president? Daily leaks regarding connections between the Trump campaign and Russia should be enough evidence to convince…

Linsky: Level the economic playing field for everyone » Wicked Local Sherborn This week, I am proud to join progressive state legislators from across the country in the State Innovation Exchange #FightingForFamilies Week of Action.…

Moran: Post-speech advice for Correia, Baker and Trump » The Herald News Shortly after the start of each calendar year, news aficionados look forward to revisiting a time-honored political ritual. It's the occasion when elected leaders stand before the people to provide wh…

Editorial: 'Best state' designation well earned » Wicked Local Middleton The state of Massachusetts, the state where you live and work, was recently named the best state - "best" being subjective - in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.…

Politics

Ban on gay veterans in Southie parade suddenly renewed » Boston Globe Organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston unexpectedly reinstated a ban on a group of gay veterans Tuesday, a move that sparked outrage among politicians and prompted corporate donors…

Emotional Baker nixes walking in St. Pat's parade » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER indicated on Wednesday that he will probably not march in the Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because OUTVETS, a group of gay veterans, is not being allowed to participate. In re…

Along The Political Red Line In Central Mass., Voters 'Wanted Change' » WBUR Although we think of Massachusetts as a solidly "blue" state, more than a million of the state's residents voted for President Trump in November. Trump's support came mostly from Plymouth County sout…

Parade Organizers To Vote Again On Allowing Gay Veterans Group To March » WBUR Organizers of South Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade say they will hold a second vote Friday on whether to allow a gay veterans group to march, after their initial vote denying the group spark…

'Refugee Resettlement in Western Massachusetts' focus of talk at MCLA » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will add to the Berkshires' conversation on refugee resettlement with a free talk this Thursday (March 9) at 5 p.m. in Room 218 of the campus' Murdock Hall. Kath…

Baker speaks out for inclusion of gay veterans » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday in saying he would boycott the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade if any veterans groups, including OUTVETS, is denied the right to p…

Anti-abortion activists assemble in Massachusetts State House on International Women's Day » MassLive As hundreds of women gathered in Downtown Crossing to rally for women's rights and reproductive rights, more than a hundred activists took to the Massachusetts State House with a separate agenda.…

Abortion opponents take message to Baker press conference » Berkshire Eagle With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday…

OutVets' parade ban bring pols' backlash, a new vote » Boston Herald Organizers of the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade are set to call another vote tomorrow on their controversial move to ban a gay veterans' group from the march — a decision that wa…

Patrick ally joins Setti Warren's team » Boston Globe An old ally of former governor Deval Patrick has landed in Newton Mayor Setti Warren's as-yet-unannounced campaign for governor.…

Republican operative gets big RNC post » Boston Globe Jim Conroy, senior political adviser to Governor Charlie Baker, wanted to be the Republican National Committee's northeastern regional political director so bad he applied for the job twice — a…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker will not march in St. Patrick's Day parade if gay veterans group excluded » MassLive Boston Mayor Marty J. Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker will not participate in the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade unless organizers reverse their decision to prohibit a gay veterans group from marching.…

US Senate race weighs on Baker's team » Boston Globe

Public Health

Advocacy Group Files Death With Dignity Suit on Behalf of Falmouth Man » Cape Cod Today The issue of physician-assisted suicide goes before a Massachusetts judge today after an advocacy group filed a suit on behalf of a terminally ill Falmouth man.…

State Finance

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on $40B Spending Plan » The Associated Press (AP) Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are reviewing Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed $40.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.…

Budget cuts not off table as $$$ continue to trail estimates » State House News Service

State Government

AG Healey addresses immigration and civil rights concerns at Somerville Town Hall » Wicked Local Somerville Concerned citizens seeking information on a range of issues packed Somerville High School on last week, excited to see Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who will be running for reelection i…

Massachusetts joins other states in fight against latest Trump travel ban » Boston Business Journal

Healey to join Washington lawsuit challenging new Trump travel ban » Boston Globe

Galvin: Climate on immigration could harm Mass. 2020 Census count » Taunton Gazette

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters » Boston Globe

Utilities

State considers taking over federal water quality program » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a bill on Wednesday to give the state control of a water quality protection program that is currently run by the federal government.…

Gov. Baker Wants Greater Control Over State Water Supply » US News and World Report Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he said will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply.…

Not For The First Time, Mass. Governor Pushes To Run Federal Water Program » NEPR Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is again pushing an environmental bill that — if funded — would allow the state to take the reins of a federal water protection program.…

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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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