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9:30am 2017 Annual BLIND Day, Great Hall

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

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Petrolati

Must-Reads

Initial 2018 House Ratings » Sabato's Crystal Ball Democrats have a path to winning a House majority next year, but that possibility is highly dependent on variables over which they have effectively no control. That's the takeaway from our initial rat…

Mark Cuban on businessman Trump: "I thought he was an idiot" » Axios Whether he'll run in 2020: "I don't have an aspiration to be a government politician." But when asked if he was "clearly thinking about it," Cuban enthusiastically replied, "yea" and added, "there's n…

The man who helped save HealthCare.gov wants a bipartisan solution to health care » The Washington Post Andy Slavitt, who helped rescue the HealthCare.gov website after its botched roll out in fall 2013 and became a top health-care official in the Obama administration, is launching a new effort to bring…

Auditor's report now over budget » Boston Herald A study lawmakers ordered nearly five years ago to see if the state's health care law is reining in costs is turning into its own budget-buster, with plans to arrive a year late and carry a projected …

COALITION BACKING BAKER IN HIS PUSH FOR HEALTH INSURE ASSESSMENT » State House News Service Close to two dozen health care providers, faith groups, community organizations, labor unions and advocacy groups voiced support for Gov. Charlie Baker's controversial proposal to levy per-employee as…

State audits identified $17.6 million in improper MassHealth payments in a year » The Republican Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump's office identified $17.6 million in questionable or potentially fraudulent MassHealth payments between March 2016 and March 2017, according to an annual report rele…

What Trump cut in his budget » The Washington Post On Thursday, the Trump administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal, which details many of the changes the president wants to make to the federal government's spending. The proposal cove…

Fidelity, other companies huddle with AG Healey on reducing student debt » Boston Business Journal The businesses are part of a working group started by Healey's office and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The group plans to issues recommendations on how to drive down student debt by this su…

“Nobody I know really cares whether we call it Obamacare or Trumpcare or Ryancare, and quite frankly, we’ll end up in a better world when we call it none of those things.”

Andy Slavitt - Top Health-Care Official in the Obama Administration

on bringing bipartisanship back to health-care restructuring

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Where's the story on Trump's taxes? » Commonwealth Magazine Certain people over a certain age recall the old Wendy's slogan that became a pre-internet viral cry for whenever someone offered something without substance. “Where's the beef?” is a phra…

Trump calls ruling against ban 'unprecedented judicial overreach' » Boston Globe A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump's ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House and signaling …

Father of Trump deputy treasury pick at center of family dispute » Boston Globe James Donovan, a Goldman Sachs banker, is about to take the hot seat as President Trump's nominee to the number two job at the Treasury Department.…

Trump Unveils 'Hard Power' Budget That Boosts Military Spending » WBUR The Trump administration's new budget blueprint aims to quantify the president's nationalistic agenda in dollars and cents. The plan, released Thursday morning, calls for significant increases in mili…

House Intelligence Chair Says He Doesn't Believe Trump Tower Was Wiretapped » WBUR House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says he doesn't believe "there was an actual tap of Trump Tower," contrary to claims made by President Trump. And the top Democrat on the House commi…

President Trump's Racist, Plutocratic Populism » WBUR If you're a liberal Democrat who believes the government should help the common person, you are the ideological child of William Jennings Bryan. His 1896 presidential campaign took the then laissez-fa…

ON HOLD: Trump defends travel ban after revised order suffers 2nd defeat in court » Eagle Tribune President Donald Trump defended his new travel ban in Nashville following a second setback in the courts Wednesday. "We're going to win. We're going to keep our citizens safe," the president said a…

Trump's budget: What's he adding, cutting » State House News Service President Donald Trump's governing blueprint represents the most ambitious effort to cut domestic spending and pare back the federal government since former President Ronald Reagan came to Washington,…

House GOP health bill facing fresh committee test » State House News Service The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising the GOP health care overhaul, hoping to keep a rebellion by conservatives and moderates from snowballing an…

Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor » The Washington Post President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens …

Massachusetts Helped Kill the Travel Ban Again » Boston Magazine

Business

Pretending your pet's a service animal? That could soon be illegal » Boston Globe

A new lease on life for Kenmore's Citgo sign » Boston Globe The Citgo sign will remain atop its longtime home in Kenmore Square after the petroleum company reached a deal with its new landlord Wednesday, ending a months-long standoff that had threatened one of…

What The Data Tell Us About H-1B Visas In Mass. » WBUR Immigration is at the center of an intense U.S. policy debate. And the next big political fight may focus on H-1B visas — which allow U.S. companies to hire college-educated foreign workers. L…

Education

It's time for a student loan bill of rights in Massachusetts (Guest Viewpoint) » Mass Live A college degree has never cost so much. Since the Baby Boomers were students, the price of a diploma has shot up more than 1,000 percent. As a result, it's becoming impossible for middle class famili…

Environment

Sen. Eric Lesser: Public comment will be allowed at next Quabbin rattlesnake meeting » The Republican Unlike last month when no public comments were allowed at a meeting of the Rattlesnake Review Working Group, audience members will be allowed to speak when the panel meets again next week, according t…

Federal

Federal Reserve Raises Key Interest Rate, Signals 2 More Increases This Year » WBUR The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee has voted 9-1 to increase its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point and said it aims to raise interest rates twice more by the end of t…

Health Care

Audit: MassHealth spent $17.6M on fraudulent payments » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump said that there has been $17.6 million in fraudulent MassHealth billings in the last year alone, a state audit has uncovered.…

Commission recommends more state involvement in health insurance contracts with private hospitals » The Republican A commission tasked with developing recommendations to address the cost disparities among health care providers released a 138-page report on Wednesday. …

What The House GOP Health Bill Would Mean For Mass. » WBUR At least half a million Massachusetts residents are among the 24 million Americans who the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says would no longer have health insurance by 2026 under the Ho…

Pelosi Says Democrats Have A Responsibility To Look For Common Ground On Health Law » WBUR When Democrats held a majority of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi was the House speaker, she helped pass the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, a…

For Cash-Strapped Millennials, Trump's Health Plan Won't Bring Relief » WBUR Like many of the young Americans who came of age during the Great Recession, I constantly worry about money. It is the governing anxiety of my life. The fiscal obligations of being a “young prof…

Groups call for levies on firms that fall short on health-insurance » Sentinel & Enterprise

Gov. Charlie Baker alarmed by President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to NIH » The Republican

Insurance

Health care unions, advocates support Gov. Charlie Baker's employer health insurance fee » The Republican

Judiciary

Justice Margot Botsford retires from Supreme Judicial Court » Boston Globe Justice Margot Botsford retired from the Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday, ending a decade of service on the state's highest court.…

Plan to reduce recidivism good start, but more work needed » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Kelli DiLisio, clerk-magistrate in Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court, nominated as Juvenile Court justice » The Republican

Labor

Bills would protect Massachusetts medical marijuana patients from losing job over drug test » The Republican At the same time as Massachusetts' highest court is considering the question, state lawmakers will also be debating whether to pass a new law to protect medical marijuana patients at work.…

Baker says workforce development key to success » South Coast Today Charlie Baker's term as governor had yet to eclipse 50 days when he traveled to his first National Governors Association meeting in 2015, he told those at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Techn…

Legislative

Rep. Gifford honored by Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association » Wicked Local Wareham Amidst 225 attendees of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association's 28th Annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show, Association President Keith Mann announced and presented the organization's 2017 Legisl…

Cape Lawmakers, Business Owners Discuss Economic Priorities Over Breakfast » Cape News The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce hosted a Legislative Breakfast Forum on Monday morning, March 13, at The Pilot House Restaurant and Lounge next to the Sandwich Marina.…

From patent trolling to ranked-choice voting: WMass lawmakers file bills » The Republican With thousands of bills filed for the 2017 state legislative session, Western Massachusetts lawmakers have been busy advancing their priorities.…

Sen. Moore Receives Top Marks for Environmental Voting Record » The Shrewsbury Lantern

Ehrlich to lead Joint Committee on Export Development » Wicked Local Marblehead When new legislative committee assignments were handed out in January, state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, received one she said would truly put her skill set to work. …

Marijuana lobby poised to spend more to defend Bay State law » Nashoba Publishing Marijuana advocates spent millions of dollars to put a legal marijuana law in place in Massachusetts last year, and indicated Monday they are willing to spend more to protect the law approved by almos…

Rep's cash contributions, sloppy records cited in disposition agreement » State House News Service

Local Government

Can you be a Cambridge councilor and lead the Chamber of Commerce? Some say no. » Boston Globe David P. Maher has a good job. Two, actually.…

Boston's Iconic Citgo Sign Will Stay In Kenmore Square For 'Decades To Come' » WBUR Boston's iconic Citgo sign is staying put. Developer Related Beal said in a statement released by the mayor's office that the Kenmore Square fixture "will remain in place for decades to come." In Au…

Opinion

Media fail to shine light in costly dark places » Cape Cod Times This is Sunshine Week, dedicated to fearless reporting and hectoring government officials to provide transparency in their actions and deliberations. Massachusetts is far from a model in this area, as…

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged » Commonwealth Magazine IN MAY OF 2016, I was named co-chair of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, a 23-member group consisting of legislators, insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders. …

Boosting financial literacy in Gateway Cities a must » The Lowell Sun The ABCs of preparing for the cost of a college education can't be taught too soon, and what better way to convey the need for that financial literacy than right in the classroom?…

Letter: Brain Injury Association backing increased funding » Worcester Telegram With March being National Brain Injury Awareness month, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts continues to highlight its fourfold mission of support, education, prevention, and advocacy.…

Making a point about pink triangles » Boston Globe REGRETTABLY, IN her March 14 letter “Let's see parade route lined with pink triangles,” Abby Hafer suggested pointing the triangles downward.…

Our Opinion: Shining a light on government actions » Berkshire Eagle Democracies can't function in the dark, from the local to the state to the national levels. Assuring that democracy flourishes is the joint responsibility of the press, the public and government.…

Anti-Trump talk — even at my mother's funeral » Boston Globe WHEN IT COMES to battling Donald Trump, no ground is sacred.…

'Trumpcare' could kill an extra 50,000 people a year » STAT News When President Trump tweeted last week about “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill,” it was clear to us what he meant by “our.” The American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) will we…

Our view: Tell lawmakers what you think » Gloucester Times Today, local residents will have a rare opportunity to speak directly to the legislators putting together next year's state budget. They should jump at the opportunity. …

Shining the spotlight » Cape Cod Times Even though there's snow on the ground in much of the Mountain West, the Midwest and Northeast, it's Sunshine Week across America, the annual celebration of open government (or, in some cases, the mou…

MBTA mechanics and allies rally to protect taxpayers, workers, riders from further transit privatization » The Somerville Times By International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW) Local 264 …

Politics

Jackson faces uphill campaign to unseat Walsh » Boston Globe Before Councilor Tito Jackson sat for a shave and trim, his South End barbers insisted that he do a few jumping jacks, biceps curls, and push-ups.…

How Trump's Election Is Energizing Democrats In A Central Mass. Town » WBUR The election of President Trump is galvanizing grassroots political resistance across the country. It's true across Massachusetts, including in the central part of the state, where Trump carried more…

Ex-Speaker DiMasi seeks easing of probation conditions » Lowell Sun Former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore DiMasi is asking a judge to ease his probation conditions months after he was freed from prison under a compassionate release program. DiMasi, 71, was rel…

State official, former GOP director dies suddenly » Boston Globe

MassGOP former leader dies at 44 » Boston Herald

State Government

Here's what Maura Healey thinks about the travel ban ruling » Boston Globe Local immigration advocates Wednesday night praised a Hawaii federal judge's temporary restraining order against President Trump's revised travel ban against those traveling from six Muslim countries.…

State commission debates permanent time zone shift » Boston Herald Businesses would make more money, crime rates would drop and more energy would be saved — but kids would be walking to school in the dark if the state permanently shifted to Atlantic Standard T…

Legislators hesitant on sanctuary state bill » Milford Daily News Several organizations are throwing their support behind a bill that would make Massachusetts a so-called sanctuary state, including most area Democrats, but some in the Milford area have yet to sign t…

Question for panel: Is time right for permanent daylight saving? » State House News Service Many New Englanders celebrate every March when the clocks jump ahead one hour for daylight savings.…

Legislature probing permanent Daylight Saving Time » The Sun Chronicle A special commission to consider doing away with changing the clocks twice a year in the Bay State heard from experts Wednesday about the benefits of permanent daylight saving hours. …

Debate over state ethics marked by apprehensive tone » State House News Service

Taxation

Did Donald Trump leak his own tax returns? » Mass Live After a lot of hype, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow just revealed two pages of Donald Trump's 2005 tax return. But viewers who were hoping for a smoking gun were let down. The return showed Trump paid $38 mill…

Transportation

A world-class city, five days a week » Boston Globe IF THE MBTA shut down its commuter rail lines on certain weekends so it could knock out an agreed-upon list of repairs, riders would grumble, but they'd understand.…

MBTA, take note: No other major commuter rail closes for whole weekend » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's new proposal to save money by eliminating commuter rail service on weekends would make it unique among the 10 busiest commuter rail systems in the coun…

Proposal to cut weekend trains denounced » State House News Service A proposal to cut weekend commuter rail service received sharp criticism Tuesday, with most state and local officials saying the proposal was a move in the wrong direction. …

MA: Proposal to Cut Weekend Trains Denounced » Mass Transit

Utilities

Shutesbury opts for fiber optic network; rejects Charter cable offer » The Republican The Shutesbury Board of Selectmen has rejected a proposal from Charter Communications to build a cable network within its borders, saying the town should take take available state broadband grants and…

Offshore wind firms split on size of initial contract » Commonwealth Magazine THE THREE COMPANIES vying for Massachusetts offshore wind contracts sharply disagree on how big the initial procurement should be, but they are united in their belief that electricity generation and t…

WMass communities awarded $1.4 million for clean energy projects » The Republican

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