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Severe dysfunction alleged in Suffolk Probate » Boston Globe On any given day at the Suffolk Registry of Probate and Family Court, 20 to 30 files could go missing. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in unprocessed checks sat in boxes, stapled to filings, and stuf…

Trump May Have Pushed Dutch Voters Away From Populism » The New York Times Britain's vote to leave the European Union and President Trump's election "lead to uncertainties," one researcher said.…

Is Trump Sabotaging Obamacare? » Politico President Donald Trump often blasts Obamacare as a total disaster, a pathetic failure doomed to implode. But sometimes he adds a twist, suggesting that instead of trying to fix the situation, Republic…

How will Congress repeal and replace its own Obamacare? » Politico No one really knows where lawmakers are going to have to get their health insurance under repeal. …

Sources: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams » CNN Money The Wall Street Journal columnist who called Hannity the "dumbest anchor" on Fox News is a "jackass," according to Hannity. The forensic psychologist who suggested a blood vessel had popped inside Han…

State gets good grades from bond-rating firms » Boston Globe Top officials in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker are crowing about key fiscal watchdogs affirming the state's second-from-highest bond rating. …

Many mandated health care audits never done » Boston Herald The state Department of Revenue hasn't done — and may never do — a review of different health care plans that state lawmakers ordered under their expansive 2012 health care cost containm…

“They must know sabotage won’t work now that they control Washington. It’s like Colin Powell said about Iraq: You break it, you own it.”

Steven Ullmann, a health policy professor at the University of Miami business school.

On the possibility of President Trump sabotaging Obamacare

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Beltway Politics

Trump boosts security budget while slashing anti-poverty programs » Boston Globe President Trump submitted a budget Thursday that would radically reorder how federal taxpayer money is spent, steering billions of additional dollars toward the military while slashing money for poor …

Is Trump silencing Ryan like he did Romney? » Boston Globe If you follow the logic of an unnamed White House staffer in the Atlantic, the whole idea that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was being considered to be President Trump's secretary of state…

Trump Embraces One Of Russia's Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism » WBUR President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he's criticized: say that someone else is worse. This week, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Republicans' health care plan wo…

Former Trump National Security Adviser Was Paid To Advise Russian Firms » WBUR President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, collected more than $50,000 from Russian companies, including a Kremlin-backed television network, according to documents released in…

Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable » WBUR Advocates for the poor say the budget plan the Trump administration rolled out on Thursday would be a kick in the shins for low-income Americans. Sheryl Braxton, who relies on public housing, explain…

Trump's campaign insults complicate Merkel's visit » State House News Service If President Donald Trump wanted a close working relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he had a funny way of showing it during his presidential campaign. Trump, who will welcome Merkel t…

Baker calls Trump's NIH cuts "alarming" » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said he finds cause for concern with many of the proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's budget blueprint released Thursday, including an "alarming" reduction in federal research …

Sen. Warren fields supporters' questions in Worcester “office hours” » Worcester Mag Senator Elizabeth Warren thrilled a crowd of fans at the Worcester Public Library this week, and answered a series of questions from constituents worried about the state of the country under President…

'Culture Is A Fragile Thing': How Trump's Cuts To Arts Funding Would Affect Mass. » WBUR People in the Massachusetts arts and culture ecosystem have been dreading the Trump administration's budget proposal since rumors of arts funding cuts emerged a few months ago. Then, in his budget ou…

Gov. Baker: Trump's Travel Ban, Budget "Bad For Massachusetts" » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker called several elements of President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal “alarming,” particularly cuts to the National Institutes of Health or NIH. “It's not ju…

Rep. Capuano Calls GOP Health Care Bill "Pure Politics" » WGBH Congressman Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) called the GOP's new healthcare bill “pure politics” during an interview on Boston Public Radio today. …

Business

Security company, guard sued over alleged assaults of homeless at North Station » Boston Globe Four homeless people who say they were assaulted by guards at North Station last year sued a former guard and the security company he worked for, Allied Universal, on Thursday, alleging the company's …

On Boston's skyline, signs can be a tricky business » Boston Globe Jeff Immelt wanted a headquarters sign that could be seen from Mars.…

Animal advocates move to end retail sales of dogs, cats » Gloucester Times Pet stores could be banned from selling dogs and cats in Massachusetts under proposals that animal welfare advocates say will curtail inhumane breeding operations.…

Trump cuts could bleed North Shore nonprofits » Lynn Daily News Item President Donald Trump's proposal to scrap more than $50 billion in federal funding for social programs would have a catastrophic impact on residents, according to nonprofit executives and City Hall.…

Civil Rights

MIRA statement on federal courts blocking travel ban » Sampan Federal courts have blocked the Trump administration's travel ban, finding that even though the new Executive Order (EO) is slightly different, it is motivated by religious bias, just like the EO that…

Education

A charitable gift, a divorce, an angry ex-wife: WPI faces lawsuit over donation » Boston Globe Before his ex-wife discovered his offshore account in Switzerland, Bob Foisie was Worcester Polytechnic Institute's dream donor.…

Charter school fight headed to high court » Boston Herald The fiery charter school debate — fought in the halls of the State House and at the ballot box — will now go before the state's highest court in a massive case that focuses on how far Ma…

Western Mass. schools receive $1.1 million in life sciences grants » WWLP 22 News Schools across Western Massachusetts are getting more than $1 million dollars to improve their science, technology, engineering and math programs.…

Campbell's bill would boost civics education » Eagle Tribune Campbell's bill, an act to promote and enhance civic engagement, is also sponsored by state Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester. The legislation seeks to create a flexible requirement for civic educa…

Teachers union rally calls for action on PCBs in Worcester » State House News Service The city teachers' union Thursday continued to put pressure on the School Committee to drop its appeal of a state decision allowing the association to test for potentially hazardous chemicals in two c…

Arriving At Boston Public Schools: More Accurate — And Inclusive — World Maps » WBUR Picture a wall-size world map. What do you see? What you are imagining is most likely not the type of map going into Boston Public Schools Thursday. Social studies teachers in the second, seventh an…

Environment

Trump's attack on environment is attack on communities of color » Commonwealth Magazine TWO WEEKS BEFORE the commencement of President Trump's reign of error, the New York Times reported that in an effort to undermine strong public support for policies to prevent climate chaos, an organi…

Federal

Your View: Sheriffs' zeal makes matters worse » South Coast Today Hats off to Rep. Antonio Cabral for submitting a bill, that if passed, would prohibit Sheriffs Hodgson and MacDonald from working with Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) to engage in deportat…

Health Care

Hospital changes affect 160 workers » The Salem News North Shore Medical Center has notified approximately 160 employees of “job elimination or transition,” according to hospital officials.…

Seres to launch new drug trial to treat hospital infections » Boston Globe Seres Therapeutics Inc., which last summer lost more than two-thirds of its value after reporting disappointing test results for what would be the first drug based on microbes that inhabit the human b…

House panel approves troubled GOP health care bill » State House News Service The House Budget Committee voted narrowly Thursday to advance the troubled Republican health care bill, with defections by three GOP conservatives underscoring the obstacles party leaders face in mane…

Housing

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: City's homeless number could quadruple under President Trump's proposed budget » The Republican Officials in Massachusetts were anything but quiet on Thursday in reaction to President Donald Trump releasing his 2018 fiscal budget proposal.…

Judiciary

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power » WBUR At most Supreme Court confirmation hearings, questions focus on hot-button social issues — abortion, affirmative action, same-sex marriage — and the hearings next week on Supreme Court n…

The New Rulings Against Trump's Travel Ban: What Was Blocked And Why » WBUR President Trump's second attempt at a "travel ban" was supposed to go into effect Thursday. Instead, the central components of the executive order have been blocked by judges on opposite sides of the …

Labor

Can a worker be fired for using medical cannabis? » Metro

Legislative

Rep. Hogan reappointed House health committee chair » Wicked Local Maynard Speaker Robert DeLeo has reappointed Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, as the House chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health for the 2017-18 session. …

Local Government

AG: Southampton selectmen violated Open Meeting Law in discussing firefighter Kyle Miltimore » The Republican The Board of Selectmen violated state Open Meeting Law when it took steps behind closed doors to fire Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Miltimore, the Massachusetts attorney general's office has ruled.…

Recreational marijuana moratorium will go to Shrewsbury voters » Worcester Telegram The Board of Selectmen Thursday night agreed to put a article on the May 15 town meeting warrant to establish a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses.…

Register of deeds calls for investigation » The Salem News In the wake of an arbitrator's findings that some two dozen documents filed last September at the Registry of Deeds by a Hamilton man were forged, the Essex South Register, John O'Brien, is calling fo…

TRUMP BUDGET: Merrimack Valley arts programs listed » Eagle Tribune MASS. CULTURAL COUNCIL-FUNDED PROGRAMS 2016: Partial funding by the National Endowment for the Arts Andover (total) - $38,328 Andover Choral Society - $3,800 Northeast Document Conservation Cente…

North Andover named Green Community » Wicked Local The Baker-Polito administration recently awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $478,755 to North Andover, Rockport and Salisbury. …

Chicopee study to examine joining departments » The Republican A long-discussed proposal to join some city and school departments will be studied with the help of the state and a university program.…

Opinion

Secretary Tillerson has dealt with dictators. Why is he scared of a free press? » Boston Globe WHAT IS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson afraid of?…

Editorial: Analysis paralysis » Boston Herald Perhaps the $2 million, five-year, yet-to-be-completed analysis of the state's health care cost containment law will serve as a lesson to Beacon Hill: When you try to beef up legislation with make-wor…

It's time for a student loan bill of rights in Massachusetts (Guest Viewpoint) » The Republican 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.…

Baker on March Madness: Arizona will win » Eagle Tribune After touring the Boys & Girls Club and shooting baskets with kids in the club's gym on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker made a big announcement: His predictions for how March Madness will play…

Editorial: Boston needs infrastructure upgrades, and that means money » Boston Business Journal If Boston's civic and business leaders want to have a city where flights in and out of town are easily accessible, and where infrastructure problems won't prevent workers from getting to work on time …

ViewPoint: Federal government must help fund affordable care » Boston Business Journal Unlike many states, Massachusetts has long had a commitment to universal access to health care.…

When potential lions become lambs at the Statehouse » Lowell Sun Yes, Gov. Charlie Baker did veto the hefty, controversial pay raise the Massachusetts Legislature approved for itself.…

ViewPoint: Uber pilot program drops cost for customers » Boston Business Journal Under the pilot, The Ride contracts with Uber and Lyft to provide transportation when appropriate. Previously, the MBTA used fully equipped vans for most trips, even though Ride users require wheelcha…

OUR OPINION: The MBTA's unacceptable budget solution » The Enterprise State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the proposed MBTA budget should prompt serious debate about the future of the transit agency. "We need to ask questions, hard questions, about wha…

Politics

In Faneuil Hall, a call to service for a new generation of women » Boston Globe In Faneuil Hall, where Samuel Adams and other great male patriots met to plot the nation's path to independence, a bipartisan panel of women who ran for statewide office in Massachusetts issued a call…

Warren offers mild criticism of Baker » Commonwealth Magazine US SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN offered mild criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday, suggesting that she would like to see Republican governors put more pressure on President Trump and members of the GO…

Governor sees how Haverhill keeps kids off streets » Eagle Tribune He handed his suit coat to a staffer and took a few shots to warm up. Once his fifth free throw attempt hit the bottom of the basket, Gov. Charlie Baker found his groove. He then traded shot for sho…

The Weekender: Irish kicks, elder punks, and political jokes » Boston Globe Hey there! Ni fhaca me la fada thu! (Whoa, my spell check does not appear to enjoy Gaelic, so let me go ahead and switch back to English.) Long time no see! …

West Springfield Rep. Michael Finn agrees to settlement over campaign finance violations » The Republican

Public Health

In Between Life And Death, Opioid Use Can Cause Dozens Of Injuries » WBUR Trouble started for Lisa when she took a blood pressure pill and one to control seizures, along with methadone, a drug used to help wean patients off heroin. "I inadvertently did the methadone cockta…

State Finance

Five issues to watch in NY budget talks » lohud The Journal News State budget talks will begin in earnest Monday with just two weeks to go before the state's fiscal year starts April 1. …

A budget hearing with a view » The Salem News Budget hearings might not be the most exciting events, but no one could argue with the setting for Thursday's discussion on Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.5 billion proposed spending plan.…

State Government

Boston: AG Healey Hails Ruling Putting Trump Travel Ban on Hold » 95.9 WATD Attorney General Maura Healey is hailing a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that put President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on hold.…

A win — possibly! — for government transparency » Boston Globe In a possible win for government transparency, the latest turn of events in the Globe's quest for records from the governor's office could have far more wide-reaching implications for future records r…

Gov. Charlie Baker 'disappointed' with National Weather Service after Winter Storm Stella predictions » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that he was "disappointed" in the National Weather Service after reports emerged that meteorologists did not release information about computer models showing potentia…

Transportation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren backs high-speed rail connecting Springfield, Worcester and Boston » The Republican Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday pledged to push Capitol Hill leaders for infrastructure investments and offered her support for high-speed rail linking major cities in Massachusetts.…

Deep potholes are creating problems across western Mass. roadways » WWLP 22 News It's that time of year when massive potholes start eroding the road surface, making for a bumpy and dangerous ride.…

With commuter rail cut, we'd be unique! » Commonwealth Magazine Plenty of bragging goes on around here about Massachusetts exceptionalism. We walk with a little bit of swagger, and often for good reason. U.S. News & World Report even confirmed that we're the best …

Massachusetts members of Congress oppose commuter rail cuts » WCVB Massachusetts members of Congress are criticizing a proposal to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service and end thousands of door-to-door rides for disabled passengers. The entire, all-Democratic…

Baker: MBTA service cuts should be last resort » Gloucester Times

Utilities

SMART start? Massachusetts utilities, solar at odds over proposed incentive program » Utility Dive

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

MA: Proposal to Cut Weekend Trains Denounced » Mass Transit

State official, former GOP director dies suddenly » Boston Globe

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

Massachusetts Helped Kill the Travel Ban Again » Boston Magazine

MassGOP former leader dies at 44 » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SD2121 - An Act relative to post-retirement earnings of public retirees

HB2174 - An Act expanding access to telemedicine services

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB72 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.

HB2784 - An Act providing for an investigation and study by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation regarding the implementation of Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2013 (Right to Repair Act)

HB2823 - An Act to promote economic development and market access for emerging businesses

HB2308 - An Act for justice reinvestment

HB2181 - An Act relative to substance use disorder diversion and treatment

HB304 - An Act to promote autonomy and success in schools

House Actions This Week: 37

Senate Actions This Week: 42


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