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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

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Must-Reads

Marijuana taxes could bring in more than $100 million annually » Boston Globe State revenue officials predicted taxes on marijuana could eventually bring in more than $100 million each year. The attorney general's office encouraged lawmakers to clarify how cities and towns can …

New fed spending priorities leave Beacon Hill on edge » State House News Service As state representatives continue to mull a response to President Donald Trump's actions and proposals, a new analysis from Sen. Ed Markey predicts that spending cuts suggested by the Trump administra…

Springfield refuses to release reports on alleged police beating; First Amendment attorney slams city's 'stonewalling' » The Republican The city of Springfield is citing the state's Open Meeting Law to deny disclosure of investigation reports into the alleged beating of a group of men by off-duty police officers, in what a First Amend…

Charlie Baker rejects rail cuts » Boston Herald The MBTA is dumping its controversial proposal to ditch weekend commuter rail service “altogether,” according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who in taking system-wide cuts off the table appeared t…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's 'focused on what Donald Trump is doing to this country today' » The Republican Despite President Donald Trump's recent claim that a 2020 presidential challenge from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be a "dream come true," the Massachusetts Democrat suggested Monday that he shoul…

Baker: Health bill could cost state $2b by 2022 » The Commonwealth The republican health care bill pending in Congress could cost Massachusetts $1 billion in federal revenue in 2020, a figure that could rise to nearly $2 billion by 2022, according to an analysis of t…

GOP health plan would cost Mass. at least $1b, Baker says » Boston Globe The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would cost Massachusetts at least $1 billion in reduced federal aid, beginning in 2020, and even more in the future, according to Governor Charli…

"The Massachusetts business plan relies on investments in health care, education, scientific research and innovation, but this budget takes a sledgehammer to those sectors," Markey said. "Massachusetts is a bio-tech, clean-tech, high-tech hub, and this budget puts our economy directly in the crosshairs."

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Beltway Politics

Republicans change health bill in a bid to sway members » Boston Globe House Republican leaders, racing toward a planned Thursday vote on their proposed health care overhaul, unveiled changes to the legislation late Monday that they believe will win over enough members t…

McGovern, Petty Send Letter to Trump Criticizing Executive Orders on Immigration » Go Local Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and Congressman James McGovern sent a letter to President Donald Trump criticizing the recently executed immigration executive orders. …

ACLU looks to state Legislature to 'protect' Massachusetts from 'excesses' of Trump administration » MassLive The American Civil Liberties Union has emerged as one of the strongest opponents of President Donald Trump, challenging his immigration ban in court, filling public records requests and planning a nat…

Trump's Travel Ban Has Serious Financial Consequences For Refugee Resettlement Agencies » WBUR Refugee resettlement agencies receive funding based on the number of people they anticipate resettling, so the uncertainty around President Trump's travel ban has serious fiscal consequences. …

White House to Announce Amy Swonger as Head of Senate Legislative Affairs » The Wall Street Journal

Business

The poor fare better in Mass., even though inequality abounds » Boston Globe Massachusetts. It is the best of states, it is the worst of states. It has a top-rated school system, it has sprawling achievement gaps. It has high wages, it has high inequality. …

Massachusetts official: Exxon should preserve email accounts » The Associated Press (AP) Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking Exxon Mobil to preserve all alias email accounts of company executives.…

Pot proponents want lawmakers to keep hands off newly minted law » Gloucester Times Marijuana advocates are urging lawmakers not to weaken key parts of a voter-approved law or over-regulate their budding industry.…

Mercantile Center replacing long-dead Worcester Galleria » Worcester Business Journal Peer through openings cut in temporary construction walls, and there stand two escalators from the former Worcester Center Galleria and Worcester Common Outlets, looking like fossils from another age.…

Restaurateurs Try To Close Employee Wage Gap By 'Revenue Sharing' » WBUR It's well after the lunchtime rush at Mamaleh's Delicatessen in Kendall Square and the place is still buzzing. Waiters dish out knishes, pastrami, lox, bagels — and of course, chopped liver ad …

Marijuana taxes could bring in more than $100 million annually » Boston Globe State revenue officials predicted taxes on marijuana could eventually bring in more than $100 million each year. …

State revenue chief lays out marijuana tax projections » State House News Service

Civil Rights

ACLU dismisses Boston lawsuit on Trump's travel ban » Boston Globe The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit it filed in federal court in Boston that challenged President Trump's Jan. 27 travel ban, one of the first court c…

Education

Professors, University Decry 'Devastating' Trump Budget Proposal » The Harvard Crimson A University spokesperson harshly condemned President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget—which guts federal funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences—as “devastating” a…

Harvard Law is now accepting the GRE. Could other schools follow? » Boston Globe When the University of Arizona started accepting a generic graduate school exam for law school applicants last year, the national group that oversees such admissions chastised the university and threa…

City Year says Trump's proposed cuts would devastate popular school programs » Boston Globe Clad in red jackets, khaki pants, and workboots, 265 City Year volunteers greet 10,000 students each morning at nearly two dozen Boston schools with cheers and clapping — a grand gesture to sho…

Human Services

A candid look at life on the streets » Lynn Daily News Item The Lynn Shelter Association is using photography to give a close-up view of the struggles of homelessness.…

Welfare benefit cap among legislative targets for social workers » State House News Service

Labor

Ex-offenders are still having trouble getting jobs » Boston Globe When Massachusetts enacted a series of changes beginning in 2010 to help ex-offenders get back into the labor force, the timing seemed fortuitous: the economy was growing again after the recession, an…

Legislative

Senate President Stan Rosenberg heads to Washington to advocate for the arts » The Republican Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in a national arts advocacy event.…

Senate leaders to visit Western Mass. on statewide listening tour » The Republican Leaders from the Massachusetts Senate will be visiting Western Massachusetts for a day as part of a statewide listening tour. …

Treasurer, pols find pot power a sticky situation » Boston Herald A tug of war over weed is underway on Beacon Hill between State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who is designated by law to oversee recreational marijuana and wants another $10 million in her budget to…

Rep. Arciero named to special Trump committee » Lowell Sun Westford State Rep. James Arciero is among nine House Democrats who have been appointed to a working group that a worried Speaker Robert DeLeo says will provide guidance on how to respond to "unpreced…

Local Government

Quincy council approves $147,000 for sea wall repairs » Patriot Ledger The city plans to use money that it and the state have raised to take on one of its most problematic stretches of sea wall. Quincy's city council voted Monday night to spend $147,000 on a 6,000-foot p…

Former Councilor Jason Ferreira pulls papers to run for mayor in Holyoke » The Republican Jason P. Ferreira, a former city councilor, is the fourth resident to take out nomination papers with the intention of challenging Mayor Alex B. Morse in the fall elections.…

Opinion

James Comey and the 'Hillary standard' » Boston Globe WHO DID MORE to hurt Hillary Clinton's quest to become president and help Donald Trump's — Vladimir Putin or FBI director James Comey?…

Trump's damaging border tax » Boston Globe IN MANY WAYS, the Republican Party's plan to implement a “border adjustment tax” in the United States is the virtual complement of the physical wall President Donald Trump plans to erect o…

Cashman: Transparency vow welcome for Corner Office » Boston Herald If Jay Gonzalez unseats Gov. Charlie Baker next year, he promises that the Corner Office won't be so secretive.…

Marshall and Cordy: Monan guided Mass. court reforms » Boston Herald The death of the Rev. Donald Monan, Boston College's longtime president and chancellor, has evoked many tributes to his extraordinary contributions to Boston College, to its rise as a world-renowned i…

A pediatrician's plea to lawmakers: Don't cut Medicaid » STAT News

Politics

For $50, you can hang out with Charlie Baker » Boston Globe There's no better way to commemorate the vernal equinox than plunking down 50 bucks to hang out with a bunch of politicians, an opportunity Governor Charlie Baker is affording those so inclined at Wed…

Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez promises to make governor's office subject to public records law » The Republican Jay Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, said Monday that if he is elected, he would voluntarily make the governor's office subject to the Massachusetts public records law.…

Bill Weld: Media taking bait on Donald Trump's tweets, every time » Boston Herald “One of the rules in politics is don't go for the bait,” Weld tells the Inside Track. “When someone drags a wiggly nightcrawler in front of you, don't snap at it every time. The medi…

Political Notes: State GOP mourns loss of former director » Cape Cod Times Cape and Islands Republicans are mourning the unexpected death last week of former MassGOP executive director Rob Cunningham of Plymouth.…

State attorney general, potential gubernatorial candidates to attend Attleboro breakfast » The Sun Chronicle

Company, owner pay $150,000 for hiding campaign donations » Boston Herald

Public Health

Test reveals contaminants in some Greenfield school water » The Recorder Twenty-five water fixtures in the Greenfield Public Schools are off-limits after a state-funded test revealed lead or copper levels above legal limits.…

Public Safety

Read the documents: MassLive's legal challenge to secrecy of Springfield police beating investigations » The Republican MassLive is publishing the legal documents at the heart of its public records dispute with the city of Springfield, which is refusing to release investigations into an alleged police beating until as-…

State Finance

Budget cuts could have major impact on Massachusetts » Sentinel & Enterprise As state representatives continue to mull a response to President Donald Trump's actions and proposals, a new analysis from Sen. Ed Markey predicts that spending cuts suggested by the Trump administra…

State Government

Communities want new, clear path to outlaw pot shops » Lowell Sun Uncertainty over the process cities and towns must follow to opt out of the sprouting legal marijuana market has sparked confusion across the state and needs to be clarified by the Legislature, the at…

Massachusetts treasurer Deb Goldberg wants $10 million to help her start enforcing new marijuana law » The Republican Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, whose office is tasked with setting up the Cannabis Control Commission, said she'll need $10 million for start-up costs in fiscal year 2018.…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey keeps heat on Exxon Mobil, targets alias emails by Rex Tillerson, other execs » The Republican

State to raise fees this summer at DCR facilities » State House News Service

Software vendor says it's not to blame in false jobless fraud findings » Detroit Free Press A principal of a company whose software falsely accused tens of thousands of Michigan residents of committing unemployment insurance fraud says he "would be surprised" if his company has any liability…

Worried Speaker names appointees to Trump group » State House News Service

Transportation

T offers new options on potential service cuts » Worcester Business Journal Last week MBTA officials presented the tough medicine the agency could take to zero-out its $42 million structural deficit, including slashing weekend commuter rail trips and special service for disab…

MBTA's Green Line trolleys could be totally replaced » Wicked Local Brookline Gov. Charlie Baker has repeatedly emphasized the need to focus on the MBTA's nuts and bolts infrastructure problems, improving signal systems, track and third rail.…

Baker cancels plan to eliminate all weekend commuter service » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said Monday his administration has shelved a proposal to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service, an abrupt shift that follows an outcry from riders and political leaders.…

Elizabeth Warren throws support behind MA high-speed rail system » Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, has said she will push for federal funding for a high-speed rail system between Springfield, MA, and Boston, according to MassLive.…

Gov. Baker ditches plan to end weekend Commuter Rail service » WCVB The Republican said Monday that his administration is no longer supporting the plan following a week of heavy criticism.…

Gov. Baker Wants Alternatives To Weekend Commuter Rail Cut » WBUR The elimination of weekend commuter rail service will no longer be considered an option to close the MBTA's looming budget deficit after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he would "explore alternative…

U.S. Restricts Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries » WBUR Airline passengers coming to the U.S. on direct flights from eight majority-Muslim nations must now place most electronic devices, including laptops, tablets and cameras, in checked baggage under step…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets up close look at MBTA train cars set to be built in Springfield » The Republican

Road fix bill still in committee as potholes appear » Lowell Sun

Utilities

1-gig Internet coming to Boston area » Boston Globe A new arms race in Internet access may soon be underway.…

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