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Must-Reads

John Kasich: End the Partisan Warfare on Health Care » The New York Times Republicans should ask Democrats for help in replacing Obamacare, and Democrats should say yes. That will lead to the most lasting and effective plan.…

Expect the CBO to estimate large coverage losses from the GOP health care plan » Brookings On Wednesday a pair of House Committees began considering Republicans' Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation, the first formal step toward consideration of that legislation by the full House of…

Budget cuts not off the table as revenues lag » Lowell Sun After cutting programs and services by $98 million in December, the Baker administration's budget chief on Thursday did not dismiss the possibility that Gov. Charlie Baker could make additional budget…

Budget referee may call foul on Obamacare repeal » Politico A market-oriented Republican economist could prove to be a formidable obstacle for the GOP lawmakers who appointed him. …

With Trump in White House, Some Executives Ask, Why Not Me? » The New York Times Boldface corporate names widely discussed as contenders for the next Democratic presidential nomination include chief executives like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Robert A. Iger of Disney and Marc Ben…

Dempsey: "key investments" possible without broad-based tax hike » State House News Service The state's projected fiscal 2018 budget funding, which includes an anticipated $27 billion in state tax revenue, should be sufficient to cover "key investments" without a broad-based tax increase, Ho…

Healey Warns Of 'New Threats' From DC And Beyond In Push For More Funding » WGBH News Health care isn't the only area where Trump administration policies could greatly affect the Massachusetts state budget. On Thursday, state Attorney General Maura Healey asked lawmakers to increase he…

In Central Mass. Towns, Trump Supporters Say He's Delivering On His Promises » WBUR The first weeks of the Trump administration have been marked by controversy, including a court battle over the president's first executive order on immigration, unsubstantiated accusations against a f…

Ivanka Trump's Chilean Billionaire Landlord Has Ties to Tom Brady » Boston Magazine Andrónico Luksic purchased Brady's Back Bay condos, and attended a Patriots game as his guest. Now he's suing the U.S. government. …

“If you run a company that has employed tens of thousands of people, and generated lots of profit and been undeniably successful, and you look at a sitting president who, to be honest, a lot of business people don’t have much respect for, you think, why not me?”

Stu Loeser - Press Secretary for Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

on business owners deciding to run for President of the United States

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Arab Christians In Boston Say Trump's Travel Ban Causes Stress And Strife » WBUR As people head to church, or other services, this weekend, many will no doubt be praying or hearing sermons about peace -- and politics. For one congregation, politics is something that's always on t…

U.S. Ethics Official To White House: No, These Rules Definitely Apply To You » WBUR The Office of Government Ethics has informed the Trump administration that the White House has an "incorrect" view of ethics laws. In a Thursday letter, OGE director Walter Shaub contradicted what he…

Democratic AGs mount fight against Trump travel ban » The Sentinel & Enterprise In stepping up legal challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, Democratic attorneys general are trying to use the court system to thwart the executive branch in the same way their GOP…

Business

So what's Boston's plan for the taxi industry? » Boston Globe Two years in the making and 224 pages long, the “Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan” released by Mayor Martin J. Walsh's administration this week is a wide-ranging blueprint of the city…

As head of Fidelity, Abigail Johnson faces new challenges » Boston Globe Based on family history, and her own work ethic, Abigail Johnson's tenure as head of Fidelity Investments is probably going to be a long one.…

R.I. Attorney General Kilmartin's coalition leads opposition to legalized pot » Providence Journal This year, in a sign that legalization might have more support at the State House, Kilmartin has taken his campaign across the state, warning of the dangers and encouraging towns to pass resolutions o…

Civil Rights

Springfield residents rally against hate at the city's Jewish Community Center » Mass Live Several hundred western Massachusetts residents turned out to a rally at Springfield's Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Dickinson Street Thursday evening to show solidarity with the Jewish people.…

Pressure mounts on parade organizers to allow gay marchers » Boston Globe The South Boston veterans council that barred a gay veterans group from the St. Patrick's Day parade found itself under siege Thursday, with an American Legion post withdrawing from the council and ye…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey signs onto lawsuit against President Trump's latest immigration order » Mass Live Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office said Thursday she plans to join a lawsuit against the latest version of President Donald Trump's immigration order.…

Maura Healey Is Heading Back to Court over Travel Ban 2.0 » Boston Magazine Attorney General Maura Healey just announced that the state is going to battle once more with the Trump administration over the latest attempt to close the borders to immigrants from Muslim-majority c…

Gay veterans' group in lockstep on parade » Boston Herald The leader of a gay veterans' group said he's hoping the organization running the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade will reverse its decision, but he's refusing to accept any compromise.…

Environment

Residents blast proposed Casella landfill expansion in Southbridge » Worcester Telegram A longtime opponent of the Southbridge landfill told a local legislator he needed more than the allocated two minutes to speak against a proposed expansion of the facility that Casella Waste Systems m…

Mashpee Case Poses Statewide Coastal Implications » Cape News What started as an effort by three Mashpee land owners to protect their properties from the effects of coastal erosion has turned into a case with potential ramifications for landowners along the enti…

Holyoke City Council says no to Mount Tom as possible timber rattlesnake breeding site » Gazette Net Conservationists in the state studying possible breeding sites for the endangered timber rattlesnake have added Mount Tom into the mix.…

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change » WBUR President Trump's head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming. "I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor t…

Federal

Secretary William Galvin: U.S. immigration policies could make census count harder » The Republican

U.S. Is Sending About 400 Marines To Syria » WBUR The Pentagon is sending about 400 Marines to Syria to help local fighters wrest control of Raqqa, which ISIS considers its capital. The Pentagon says the new troops will fire artillery rounds at ISIS…

High-Profile Deportations Raise Fears Among Immigrants In The U.S. Illegally » WBUR President Trump has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to dramatically widen its enforcement priorities. One of the first cases to garner national attention was that of Guadalupe Garcia de Ra…

Rep. Joe Kennedy calls GOP health care repeal bill 'an act of malice' » Boston.com Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III gave a blistering rebuke of the GOP's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act as legislators on two different house committees debated the bill throu…

Gaming

Plainridge to host richest harness horse race in state history » The Sun Chronicle Plainridge Park Casino will hold the richest harness horse race in state history July 28 with the inaugural $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot.…

MGM storms Hartford to fight competitor casino proposal in East Windsor and push for competition » Mass Live MGM showed up in force to a public hearing in Connecticut on Thursday to fight a rival tribal gaming company's attempt to build a new casino in East Windsor to compete against MGM Springfield.…

Health Care

Massachusetts hospital association CEO Lynn Nicholas to retire » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association will have a new CEO, with current chief Lynn Nicholas set to retire at the end of the year.…

Paul Ryan Sells Health Care Bill As A 'Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity' » WBUR "This is the chance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said the speaker, roving the stage with a wireless mic, gesturing at both the audience in front of him and the PowerPoint presentation b…

Housing

State ends practice of using hotels as family shelters » The Salem News There are no longer any families who are homeless being sheltered by the state in a hotel room in Danvers, marking the end of a program that has challenged the town for nearly a decade.…

Housing Assistance Corp's new CEO seeks regional collaboration » The Barnstable Patriot Alisia Galazzi, the new chief executive officer of the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod, told the Barnstable Town Council's Committee to Assess Homelessness in Hyannis this week that she has…

Human Services

Brien Center to open 17-bed Recovery Home for Women this summer » Berkshire Eagle Women in need of substance abuse treatment soon will have a recovery facility to call their own.…

Judiciary

High court mulls firing of marijuana users » Boston Herald The state's highest court is considering whether companies can fire pot-smokers, after a Massachusetts woman canned for using medical marijuana challenged her employer's drug-free policy.…

AG Healey: Mass. Will Join Legal Fight Against Trump's Revised Travel Ban » WBUR Massachusetts is the latest state to join the legal fight against President Trump's revised travel order. On Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Maura Healey announced plans to counter the executive…

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments On Medical Marijuana Firing » WBUR Massachusetts' highest court heard arguments Thursday on whether a worker can be fired for using medical marijuana. Cristina Barbuto suffers from Crohn's disease and uses medical marijuana to help he…

Labor

Lowell sewing factory to pay $1.2 million to settle alleged wage violations » Boston Globe A Lowell sewing factory has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle with state and federal authorities over alleged wage violations affecting 550 workers, including two who were fired in retaliation for …

Massachusetts added 13K jobs in January » WWLP 22 Massachusetts added 13,000 jobs during the month of January.…

US adds 235,000 jobs, unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent » Boston Globe U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, evidence that the economy remains on solid footing nearly eight years after the Great Recession ended.…

Legislative

A key state lawmaker wants more green for the Greenway. Or else. » Boston Globe Representative Aaron Michlewitz is suggesting the state could thwart the billion-dollar Winthrop Square skyscraper project if the city of Boston doesn't agree to put some of the money it would make fr…

Benton: GOP doesn't leave money on the table » The Salem News Republicans in the Massachusetts Legislature just can't catch a break. …

Flanagan speaks on stipend increase legislation » Leominster Champion State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) explained in a recent interview the vote that has been getting a lot of heat from constituents not only in this area, but also from across the Commonwealth …

Pot panel meets, plans committee bill for June » The Recorder 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 sta…

State Sen. DiDomenico appointed to Senate leadership team » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, D-Everett, recently was appointed by Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, to serve as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. …

Local Government

Town looking to hire consultant to assist with housing plan » Wilmington Town Crier The Board of Selectmen have a plan to deal with the affordable housing situation in town. More accurately, they plan to have a plan to deal with the affordable housing situation.…

Northborough selectmen approve Fiscal Year 2018 legislative priorities » Community Advocate Northborough Town Administrator John Coderre led a discussion of the town's legislative priorities at the Feb. 27 Board of Selectmen meeting, in advance of Northborough's legislative delegation's appe…

Taunton City Council gives green light to Globe tax deal » Taunton Gazette Granting a 10-year tax discount to the parent company of the Boston Globe, according to Taunton's economic development director, will help solidify a long-term relationship with a major employer.…

Several towns considering pot-shop bans » The Metro West Daily News Leaders of several local towns are thinking about following Westborough's lead in banning recreational marijuana shops.…

Flamboyant Brookfield town employee reprimanded for behavior » Worcester Telegram A town employee known for criticizing town officials on a large sign on Route 9 has been reprimanded for "inappropriate behavior."…

Ethics panel probing Rosa in Billerica » Lowell Sun For the second straight election season, the state Ethics Commission is investigating a former six-term selectman, The Sun has learned.…

JPNC to meet with DCR head over parkway project » Jamaica Plain Gazette The state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy is slated to meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) and others to discuss the long-awaited pa…

Opinion

Civics at the yarn shop » Boston Globe UPCOUNTRY, New Hampshire. I'd set out into ski country, hoping to find a pair of size-13 knitting needles, my destination a shop I had never visited. …

Parade controversy viewed through a post-election lens » Boston Globe Is it a coincidence that the members of the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston voted to exclude a gay veterans group from the St. Patrick's Day Parade after Donald Trump was elected president…

Dear Governor Sununu, visit Lawrence before you speak » Boston Globe Dear Governor Sununu, You're new at all this. You're our nation's youngest governor. You've still got a lot to learn. And, boy, does it show.…

Stripping EPA protection endangers next generation » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP'S disdain for the federal regulations that protect the air, water, and treasured wild places was never really in doubt.…

The safeguards of the Casino Gaming Law » Boston Globe IN A RECENT Globe column, I described the emerging success of the Massachusetts Legislature's strategy to make our destination resort casinos an engine of broad-based economic development.…

Column: Cicero and the Ides of March » Gloucester Times “How I could wish that you had invited me to that most glorious banquet on the Ides of March!” the heroic Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote to one of the Roman senators who stabb…

Massachusetts is No 1 » East Boston Times

Politics

GOP businessman considers run against Warren » Boston Globe John Kingston, a wealthy businessman, philanthropist, and major Republican donor, has emerged as a serious potential candidate for the GOP nomination to oppose incumbent Democratic Senator Elizabeth W…

Elizabeth Warren vote put political gain above helping Mass. » Boston Herald Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the GOP plan to replace Obama­care will hurt sick people yet she was among just a handful of senators to vote against a bipartisan Obama-sponsored health me…

Newton mayor, governor hopeful discusses his state policy vision » The Tufts Daily Setti Warren, two-term mayor of Newton, spoke about his experience and legacy as a public servant and his goals for state policy at an event on Tuesday night in Paige Hall.…

Jose Tosado re-election reception held at Tower Square » WWLP 22 A celebration was held Thursday night in honor of Springfield State Representative Jose Tosado.…

Party like it's 1999 » Commonwealth Magazine It would be fair to say the organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston made a Wacko decision. As in the late John “Wacko” Hurley, the longtime organizer of the event…

Healey: Trump leaving void she hopes her office can fill » Berkshire Eagle Predicting the federal government will step back from its prior level of enforcement of environmental protections and civil rights, Attorney General Maura Healey said her office will see an added wor…

Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade Is in Crisis Mode Over Gay Veterans' Ouster » Boston Magazine Organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston are scrambling this week after news that they voted to exclude LGBT veterans went over like a toppled pint of green beer. …

Cape Cod rotary demonstrations mark International Women's Day » The Barnstable Patriot More than 170 Cape Codders gathered at rotaries from Orleans to Hyannis to Mashpee in support of International Women's Day/A Day Without a Woman, an event dedicated to equity, justice and the human ri…

Public Safety

West Springfield police chief joins FBI director Jim Comey at Chelsea event » Mass Live West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Camurciani was among the Massachusetts law enforcement officials who joined FBI director James B. Comey for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the federal agency…

State Finance

Finance secretary targets structural balance » Worcester Telegram The annual budget hearing series began Thursday amid uncertainty and rising costs with Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore pitching lawmakers on the administration's plans to wrestle t…

Legislative hearings kick off on $40 billion fiscal 2018 state budget » Mass Live The state Legislature's consideration of the fiscal 2018 budget officially kicked off Thursday with a first public hearing at the Statehouse -- the beginning of a months-long process that will result …

State budget cuts still not off the table » Worcester Telegram The Baker administration in October, just four months into the budget year, lowered its estimate of expected tax collections by $175 million and receipts heading into the spring are trailing even the …

Budget cuts not off the table as revenues lag » The Sentinel & Enterprise After cutting programs and services by $98 million in December, the Baker administration's budget chief on Thursday did not dismiss the possibility that Gov. Charlie Baker could make additional budget…

Healey: Trump leaving void she hopes her office can fill » WWLP 22 Predicting the federal government will step back from its prior level of enforcement of environmental protections and civil rights, Attorney General Maura Healey said her office will see an added work…

State Government

Calls About Weymouth Compressor Station Flooding Governor's Office » Framingham Patch Governor Charlie Baker's office may not disclose what residents are calling about, but those who call his office are not shy about their concerns.…

Climate on immigration could harm Mass. 2020 census count, Galvin says » Berkshire Eagle The current political climate and new federal policies could make immigrants reluctant to come forward to be counted in the 2020 Census, Secretary of State William Galvin said Thursday. Testifying a…

Nashoba Tech wins $500G state grant » Nashoba Publishing All Gov. Charlie Baker could think of was that pesky white stuff. It was the crippling winter of 2015, and he was attending the National Governor's Association meeting in Washington, D.C. Baker talke…

Transportation

Lesser looking to CT for help in building Springfield-to-Boston rail line » WWLP 22 Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser is working with leaders in nearby Connecticut to push for east-west rail service connecting Springfield to Boston.…

We may be No. 1, but not in transportation » Commonwealth Magazine After crunching more than 60 metrics, U.S. News & World Report and the consulting firm McKinsey recently declared Massachusetts the #1 state in the nation. Our Commonwealth's success is …

Pols take measure of Fairmount Line » Dorchester Reporter State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and state Reps. Russell Holmes, Evandro Carvalho, and Dan Cullinane were on board to get a feel for the operation of the line during the morning commute by riding from F…

Utilities

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind » Commonwealth Magazine TWO VERY DIFFERENT strategies are beginning to emerge as three offshore wind companies prepare to vie for up to 1,600 megawatts of contracts with the state of Massachusetts. The powerhouse partnershi…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

Mass. Biotech Council leader: Worcester ready for more growth » Worcester Telegram

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

Legal challenges stack up against new travel ban » Boston Globe

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1452 - An Act to provide funding of certain collective bargaining agreements

HB2420 - An Act building for the future of the Commonwealth

HB1038 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB2229 - An Act relative to in-state tuition fairness

House Actions This Week: 862

Senate Actions This Week: 863

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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