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9:00am Mass. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Day on the Hill 2017, Nurses Hall

10:00am ACLU of Mass. Legislative Briefing, Great Hall

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Greek Cultural Day, Grand Staircase

Must-Reads

Carmen's chief sets record straight » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S TIME TO set the record straight on why the Boston Carmen's Union agreed to open up its contract with the MBTA, negotiate amendments that greatly benefit the T, and help the authority climb out of…

After pay raise, state lawmakers off to slow start » Boston Globe Nearly two months after approving their own substantial salary boost, amid claims they were underpaid and overworked, state lawmakers have sent only three minor bills to the governor's desk.…

Recreational marijuana takes center stage in Massachusetts Statehouse hearings Monday » The Republican Hearings on Massachusetts' recreational marijuana begin in the Statehouse in Boston Monday, where lawmakers will mull potential changes to the voter-approved legislation legalizing marijuana use among…

Massachusetts social service advocates call President Donald Trump's budget a 'war against the poor' » The Republican Today, there are around 200,000 poor Massachusetts residents who rely on the federal government to provide heating assistance money so they can heat their homes through the winter.…

T not sure how many weekend commuter rail riders it has » Boston Globe As the MBTA explores cutting weekend commuter rail service, there is one key fact that it would seem critical to nail down: just how many riders actually use the service on weekends.…

Mass. lawmakers consider single-payer plan amid GOP efforts to replace ACA » Worcester Telegram In the midst of a messy and contentious battle to replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, some Massachusetts lawmakers are proposing a solution they believe is long overdue: A single-payer syst…

Trump: Elizabeth Warren running against me would be 'a dream' » The Hill President Trump said in an interview broadcast Saturday night that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launching a presidential bid against him would be "a dream come true."…

“The only priority legislative leaders seems to have in mind is to personally enrich themselves."

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Beltway Politics

Trump budget shows shocking values » Commonwealth Magazine A BUDGET PROPOSAL is a statement of beliefs and priorities, a document that says, “these are the things we value.” President Trump's proposed budget says we don't value women, seniors, th…

Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class Women 'Manipulate' Maternal Leave » WBUR A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School last year, the judg…

Senate hearings get underway on Trump Supreme Court pick » Sentinel & Enterprise Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace him. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, …

Trump says Dems 'made up' allegations of Russia interference » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of making up allegations that Russia interfered in last year's election, and said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks instead. Hi…

Russia says US missile systems a risk to regional security » Sentinel & Enterprise Russia views U.S. missile defense systems being deployed in northeast Asia as a threat to regional security, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks Monday with Japanese officials in Toky…

Elizabeth Warren has 'hatred in her heart,' a 2020 challenge from her would be a 'dream,' President Donald Trump says » The Republican Asked about the prospect of Elizabeth Warren running against him in 2020, President Donald Trump said that would be a "dream come true." Trump appeared over the weekend on Fox News with Jesse Watters…

Worcester school officials, state lawmakers worried about White House budget cuts » Worcester Telegram Already faced with state and local level financial challenges, attendees at the Worcester School Committee's legislative breakfast meeting Friday morning expressed anxiety over the prospect of even mo…

Business

Visa Limits May Cause Problems For New England Resorts » WBUR Summer resorts around the nation are bracing for a tough season. Not because the tourists won't come, but because the workers might not. The reinstatement of a cap on visas for temporary workers has s…

Special Report: Mo Cowan's Senate privileges could be valuable to General Electric » Boston Herald

Legislation aims to keep Mass. family farms alive and well » Worcester Telegram The challenges Massachusetts farmers face daily are numerous - drought and temperature extremes among the most recent. With the filing of HD 3032, state Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, is among legislators i…

Education

Spurred by dot-coms, school furniture is becoming comfy » Boston Globe Teachers of another generation may have had little patience for fidgety students. …

Growth spree has the UMass Boston campus in a bind » Boston Globe It was the autumn of 2011, and the future of UMass Boston seemed bright.…

Environment

Climate Groups to Gov. Baker: Speak Up, Charlie » Public News Service With the Trump budget proposal calling for a 31 percent cut in funding to the EPA, climate activists say states need to stand up for the environment; and they accuse Gov. Charlie Baker of being silent…

Health Care

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill » WBUR For years, Republicans in Congress have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, claiming that its requirement for nearly everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine is burdensome and costl…

Penalties raise doubt on health plan prospects » Eagle Tribune The penalty provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the Republican replacement plan have created a conundrum for GOP leaders in their push for a new national health care law. The ACA, also known as…

Insurance

Here's why your car insurance might be skyrocketing » Boston Globe The price of auto insurance is once again increasing for Massachusetts drivers, and insurers are laying the blame squarely on technology.…

Judiciary

Community forum to address criminal justice reform » Wicked Local Arlington Community organizers with the Mass Incarceration Working Group of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington are announcing a community forum scheduled for 12:45-5:00 p.m. March 25 at First …

Legislative

For marijuana law, now the 'Grown-Up's Hour' » Commonwealth Magazine MANY OF US have listened to Longfellow's poem that reminds us that there “Comes a pause in the day's occupations, that is known as the Children's Hour.” Now that democracy has worked its m…

With 44 Bills To Consider, The Legislature's Marijuana Committee Begins Its Work » WBUR The Legislature's newest committee gets down to business this week, when the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy holds its first public hearing Monday at the State House. The legislators are consider…

After pay raise, state lawmakers off to slow start » Boston Globe Nearly two months after approving their own substantial salary boost, amid claims they were underpaid and overworked, state lawmakers have sent only three minor bills to the governor's desk. …

Joint committee to hold first pot hearing Monday » The Enterprise The Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville and Rep. Mark Cusack of Braintree, will hold the first of four public hearings about the implementation of the st…

Chabot: Robert DeLeo says Trump a distraction » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the Trump presidency has forced him to become a legislative “policeman” — he's been scrambling to keep outraged Democratic lawmakers focused on Bay S…

Marijuana committee rolls out hearing schedule » South Coast Today The treasurer, state gaming commission chairman, legalization advocates, and representatives from the attorney general's office and a handful of state agencies have been invited to testify Monday, Mar…

Local Government

With Gay Veterans Group Marching, Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade Rolls On » WBUR Crowds lined the streets of Boston for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday, which went off amid high spirits and without a hitch after a dispute over whether a gay veterans group could march. …

Inspector general official: Town does not have to bid contract for public access services » Amherst Bulletin A letter from an official with the state's inspector general's office is bolstering the contention by Amherst Media representatives that the town doesn't have to solicit bids for public access service…

Home-rule petition sought to control municipal lobbying » Worcester Telegram A city councilor is seeking to increase the transparency and accountability of the city government by initiating an effort to regulate municipal lobbyists.…

MMA protests home-grow, retail opt-out provisions of marijuana law » State House News Service

Opinion

Robichaud: Why does AG need another $3M? To go left, that's why » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey wants an additional $3 million for her office in the coming fiscal year. She says she needs a 6 percent increase over Gov. Charlie Baker's budget recommendations.…

Lynn's future begins tomorrow: Vote yes on schools » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy made the right call last week in petitioning a judge to postpone the special election on the Lynn school issue.…

License Mass. police officers » Boston Globe IF YOU LIVE in Massachusetts, your real estate agent, massage therapist, and manicurist are all licensed. …

Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court » Boston Globe WHEN JUSTICE Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. …

Editorial: Light dawns on Beacon Hill » Boston Herald Now that the messy business of approving massive pay raises for themselves is out of the way, the Legislature can get down to the really important stuff — like deciding whether Massachusetts sh…

Chelsea's Renaissance » Banker & Tradesman Have you been to Chelsea lately? A lot has changed in the last few years.…

HAND: Trump's budget cuts could hurt his supporters the most » The Sun Chronicle One of the more surprising angles to President Trump's budget proposal is how the general consensus in Washington seems to be that it would hurt his own voters the most.…

After the Citgo sign, more places worth saving » Boston Globe WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE at Boston University, I went to a Halloween party dressed as the Citgo sign, complete with a blinking flashlight worn around the neck.…

YOUR VIEW: T management clueless on weekend commuter rail » Wicked Local Plymouth Well, here we go again. Weekend commuter rail is under the gun because of its "high subsidy per ride" and low ridership. However, amid all the rhetoric, never once has the T looked at why customers ch…

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

Jack Spillane: Charlie Baker plays the lightning round with Standard-Times » South Coast Today Charlie Baker was in rare form at The Standard-Times editorial board this week. More open and a better politician after two years in the governorship, Baker talked thoughtfully and informedly about ev…

Politics

Keller @ Large: Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry Explains Decision To Skip Southie Parade » CBS Boston Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry gave a preview of Sunday's South Boston St. Patrick's Breakfast when she sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller this week.…

Boston City Hall turns into sanctuary for Donald Trump opponents in Mayor Marty Walsh's St. Patrick breakfast video » The Republican When President Donald Trump released the first version of his immigration order, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called a press conference and offered up City Hall as a "last resort" to protect immigrants.…

Senator 'No' » Commonwealth Magazine US Sen. Elizabeth Warren sounded a little tempered last week when asked whether she'd be campaigning hard against the reelection of the state's Republican governor, Charlie Baker, next year. …

Boston Hosts Annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, Parade » NECN The annual Boston St. Patrick Day breakfast and parade went off without a hitch Sunday as politicians cracked jokes and people from around the world marched down Broadway. …

The best jokes from Elizabeth Warren, Charlie Baker, and Marty Walsh at Boston's St. Patrick's Day breakfast » Boston.com Watch Massachusetts's top officials do their best to poke fun at Trump — and each other. …

Trump Jokes Abound At South Boston St. Patrick's Breakfast » CBS Boston President Donald Trump was the most popular target at the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, where Massachusetts politicians traded barbs and zingers Sunday morning.…

Eggs, bacon, extra humor at St. Patrick's breakfast » Boston Herald It was Target Trump as pols at yesterday's South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast took aim at the president the left loves to hate — and ganged up on the dark horse determined to unseat a pop…

State Finance

State taxes on recreational marijuana estimated at $64M in first year » Boston Business Journal

State Government

Who will get to regulate new Mass. pot industry? » Boston Globe In a new skirmish in the political war over regulating retail marijuana in Massachusetts, the state treasurer is asking lawmakers for $10 million to pay for upfront costs and arguing against legislati…

Massachusetts panel opens hearings on recreational pot law » WCVB Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to respect the will of the voters, but aren't ruling out changes to the state's recreational marijuana law.…

Transportation

Pols & Politics: Riders, pols draw line at weekend rail service » Boston Herald The cost-cutting proposal the MBTA floated last week to slash weekend commuter rail service for up to a year has riled everyone from riders to U.S. senators, all of whom questioned the move, which cou…

Port residents say cutting weekend trains would hurt » Newburyport News Looking for a way to spend their Sunday afternoon, Newburyport High School students Rebecca Adams and Rhea Givas decided the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston would fit the bill. So around 12:30 p.m. they…

As Uber Woos More Drivers, Taxis Hit Back » The New York Times The center serving drivers of New York's yellow taxis is 3,000 square feet. The center serving the city's Uber drivers is 30,000 square feet. …

MBTA moves to privatize customer service jobs » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to privatize the jobs of many customer service employees in its stations, a move intended to manage costs by shifting some agents to needed roles a…

MBTA floats options amid backlash over possible service cuts » State House News Service

Utilities

Public fired up for Pilgrim inspection results » Cape Cod Times Entergy Corp. spent $3.2 million for 12,000 hours in required federal inspections at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during 2016, because of the plant's status as one of the worst performers in the coun…

The shocking truth about alternative electricity suppliers » Boston Globe John Therrien wanted to go green. He added solar panels to his Blackstone home about five years ago, but it wasn't enough for him — he still had to use conventional electricity from National Gr…

Decision expected in April on review of pipeline expansion through Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle Opponents of a Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion project that would cut through Otis State Forest in Sandisfield are claiming a legal victory following a ruling by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appea…

Weekend News

Break a leg out of network? Your medical bill shouldn't make you sicker » Boston Globe TO MANY consumers, opening an envelope with a medical bill is a little too much like playing the lottery in reverse.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Stirring the pot: Council votes second time » Sentinel & Enterprise ANY LINGERING QUESTIONS that might have remained after Monday's contentious vote on the special permit needed for Prime Wellness Centers to open Leominster's first medical marijuana dispensary were an…

Jabs at President Donald Trump dominate Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast » The Republican Massachusetts elected officials stuck the routine on Sunday: At the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in South Boston, most of the jokes came at the expense of President Donald Trump.…

At St. Patrick's Day breakfast, politicos take aim at Trump » Boston Globe Donald Trump was the prime target at the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston Sunday, but Governor Charlie Baker didn't escape without suffering more than a few jokes about his awkward r…

Trump budget would strip $1 billion from Mass., Markey says » Boston Globe President Trump's proposed budget would strip Massachusetts of nearly $1 billion in federal funding for research, clean energy, education, and social services programs, according to an analysis releas…

GOP leaders poker fun of each other at St. Pat's dinner in Scituate » Patriot Ledger There are a few things that define an Irish gathering on the South Shore: step dancing, corned beef and a liquor license. Scituate Country Club had all three when local Republican leaders gathered Sun…

Among Beacon Hill lobbyists, health care groups dominate » Boston Business Journal In all, nearly 200 businesses and organizations spent at least $100,000 on their lobbying efforts in Massachusetts last year, according to an analysis by the Business Journal. Here's the complete rund…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/20

9:00am Mass. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Day on the Hill 2017, Nurses Hall

10:00am ACLU of Mass. Legislative Briefing, Great Hall

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

11:00am Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Greek Cultural Day, Grand Staircase

Tuesday - 3/21

Birthdays: Senator William Brownsberger

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

11:00am NASW Legislative Education and Advocacy Day, Second Floor

11:00am Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, Hearing Room A1

11:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 3/22

9:30am DDS/Statewide Advisory Council State House Celebration, Great Hall

10:00am Statewide Independent Living Education Day, Grand Staircase

10:00am Cannabis Reform Lobby Day, State House cafe

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

Thursday - 3/23

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Stanley

9:00am DMH Southeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm New England Board of Higher Education Awards, Great Hall

1:00pm AKA Day at the Capitol, Nurses Hall

6:00pm St. Joseph's Day Celebration for Sen. Joe Boncore

Friday - 3/24

Birthdays: Rep. Michael Finn

No Hearings Scheduled


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