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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

Must-Reads

Baker Urging State To Fight GOP Health Care Bill » WAMC Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the state's congressional delegation to fight a Republican-backed health care bill that he says could undermine Massachusetts' efforts to maintain its highest-in-the-natio…

Special Inspection Reveals 13 New Violations at Pilgrim, Cape Legislative Delegation Demands Shutdown » Cape Cod Online A special inspection of the troubled Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has revealed 13 additional safety violations at the plant, leading the Cape and Islands legislative delegation to demand a shutdown o…

A President's Credibility » The Wall Street Journal If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?…

Senators say Massachusetts could lose $488 million in NIH funding under President Donald Trump's budget » Mass Live The leaders of the Massachusetts Senate have written to the state's congressional delegation expressing concern about President Donald Trump's proposal to cut funding to the National Institutes of Hea…

Baker's team, businesses in talks over health insure assessment alternative » State House News Service A second Cabinet secretary said Tuesday that the administration is willing to back away from Gov. Charlie Baker's controversial proposal to impose a $2,000 per employee assessment on companies that do…

A Lot Of Lobbyists Are Holding Their Annual Events In Trump Properties » The Huffington Post The American Land Title Association, the main lobbying arm of the title insurance industry, will host 1,000 members at its annual gathering this October, which will be held at the Trump National Doral…

Diehl: Prez will target Elizabeth Warren in 2018 » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a likely 2018 target for the Trump political operation eager to remove her as a “major obstacle,” according to state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who's huddled with the …

Walsh, Jackson clash on work of police to address shootings » Boston Globe The launch of peace talks involving the city's children turned political Tuesday as Mayor Martin J. Walsh took aim at his rival in this year's mayoral race and defended Boston's police commissioner ag…

“The bill is a decent first step to address some of the issues in healthcare, but much more will be needed over the long-run. Most encouraging is the attempt to put Medicaid on a budget for the first time.”

Joshua Archambault - Health Care Analyst at Boston’s Pioneer Institute

On The American Health Care Act.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Donald Trump warns GOP their Congress jobs are at stake » Boston Herald President Trump warned members of Congress who are on the fence over the GOP bill to replace Obamacare that their jobs could be at stake in 2018 — something fellow Republicans say is no idle th…

Gorsuch Hearing For Top Court Lacks The High Drama Of Those In Recent Past » WBUR In a hearing that stretched through nearly 12 hours Tuesday, the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch took a long step toward Senate confirmation. Barring an utterly unforeseen reversal when the …

What is the logic behind Trump's new 'electronics ban'? People are stumped. » The Washington Post Citing unspecified threats, the U.S. government told a slew of airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa that they must restrict their U.S.-bound passengers from taking any electronic items l…

Ivanka Trump's Move To The White House Raises Questions About Ethics » WBUR When Donald Trump was elected president, his daughter Ivanka Trump said she would move to Washington, D.C., but not into a White House office. Since then, she has often been photographed in key White…

Gorsuch stresses his independence from Trump » The Eagle Tribune Judge Neil Gorsuch stressed his independence and defended the integrity of the federal judiciary Tuesday as the Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination turned on the search for his judicial ph…

AP exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an am…

Business

Pharm-industry start-up doing business in Taunton » Taunton Daily Gazette Space for future growth and cheaper rent. Those were key reasons that a former Rhode Island lab-testing, pharmaceutical and storage company made the move to Taunton.…

Tax on pot could generate $100M annually: Officials » Metro Massachusetts revenue officials are expecting a pretty high return when retail marijuana sales begin next summer. …

Charter Spectrum plans to drop WWLP-22 » The Berkshire Eagle Citing overlapping coverage areas, Charter Communications will drop Springfield's NBC affiliate, WWLP-22, next month from three Berkshire cable systems that serve 16 county municipalities.…

Crimes

NECC co-owner convicted in meningitis outbreak » Boston Globe

Education

Middlesex Community College wins $490k grant for science, technology programs » Boston Globe Middlesex Community College has received a $490,000 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to improve science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms and programs.…

John Kerry to deliver commencement at Harvard Kennedy School of Government » Mass Live John Kerry will deliver the commencement for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government this May, the university announced on Tuesday. Since ending his tenure as Secretary of State, Kerry, 73, is on t…

Environment

State to raise fees this summer at DCR facilities » Taunton Daily Gazette Campers and day-trippers visiting the Bay State's parks and beaches will start paying more this summer.…

Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas » iBerkshires Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in a wood furnaces.…

Pesticide rules target exterminators, landscapers » Gloucester Times Exterminators, landscapers and others who use pesticides are pushing back against a plan that would require them to register with the state.…

Pittsfield could be next to ban plastic bags » The Berkshire Eagle The city has taken another step toward eliminating single-use plastic bags. …

Federal

Why A U.S.-Canada Agreement Encourages Some Asylum Seekers To Cross Illegally » WBUR Mamadou is 45 years old. He fled his native country, Cote d'Ivoire, 10 years ago, escaping a brutal civil war. We're not using his full name for his protection. He applied for asylum status in the Un…

Gaming

Wynn reduces luxury retail space at Everett casino » Boston Globe When gambling mogul Steve Wynn pitched his idea for an Everett casino three years ago, the Wynn Resorts CEO told gaming regulators that a star-studded array of high-end retail brands would line up to …

Health Care

Sisters of Providence Health System president to leave after 15 months at helm » The Republican Dr. Scott Wolf is out as president of Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System, Trinity Health - New England announced Tuesday.…

Ryan Health Care Bill A Good Idea for Massachusetts? » New Boston Post Leading Massachusetts federal, state, and local officials were rallying support this weekend against efforts to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bill that Republican leadership hopes will pass t…

Baker: Health bill could cost state $2b by 2022 » Commonwealth Magazine 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…

Gov. Baker: GOP Obamacare Replacement Would Cost Mass. $1 Billion By 2020 » WBUR If the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law, it would cost Massachusetts $1 billion by 2020, nearly $2 billion just two years later, and the losses would "likely have a greater annual impact in…

Trump Says Republicans Will Lose In 2018 If They Don't Support GOP Health Care Bill » WBUR President Trump made the trip up Pennsylvania Avenue to close the deal with members of his own party on a bill that, on the face of it, does what Republicans have been promising to do for years: Repea…

Trump works to sell House GOP leadership on plan overhaul ACA » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell the House Republican leadership's plan to overhaul the health-care system, warning his party that not passing the legislation would yield…

Gov. Charlie Baker says Trumpcare could lose state billions » Boston Herald The Trump-backed bill to replace Obamacare would cost the state nearly $4 billion in federal aid by 2022, Gov. Charlie Baker said, a loss advocates say would be a hit to the state's health and health …

Baker preaches to the choir ahead of health care vote » Politico Creating more political sunlight between himself and the Trump administration, Gov. Charlie Baker is sounding the alarm on the dire impact House Republicans' health care plan would have for Massachuse…

Human Services

Parents of children with developmental disabilities want funding for programs » WWLP 22 Across Massachusetts, more than 18,000 families are caring for a family member with a developmental disability.…

With no refugees to resettle, Worcester agency cuts jobs » Worcester Telegram Fallout from President Trump's executive orders is being felt in Worcester, where a social service agency that finds itself with no refugees to resettle has announced staff layoffs.…

Judiciary

Can Massachusetts police detain someone for a U.S. immigration violation? SJC to decide » Mass Live Massachusetts' highest court could wade into one of the most sensitive questions related to states' rights and the federal immigration debate. The Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear a case o…

Labor

The formerly incarcerated still struggle to find work » Boston Globe Darrin Howell, a former inmate who couldn't find a job when he was freed, is now a high-profile advocate for reforming the laws that helped block people like him from finding work after they earned th…

Legislative

Senators get earful at Lowell stop on listening tour » Lowell Sun As a dozen state senators sat down to listen to the concerns of residents inside UMass Lowell's University Crossing on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr described the event as "among the rare…

Arciero joins Dems on panel responding to Trump » 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…

State senate roundtable coming to western Mass. » The Recorder The Massachusetts Senate's “Commonwealth Conversations” listening tour is headed to Conway and Amherst on March 28 for its seventh stop around the state. …

Local Government

Meet the candidates: Jackie Welch seeking re-election to Winchester Planning Board » Wicked Local Winchester Jacqueline Welch is seeking re-election to the Winchester Planning Board. …

Framingham officials look to pressure General Chemical for cleanup costs » The Metro West Daily News Selectmen and public health officials reassured residents Tuesday night that General Chemical's contaminated facility would still be cleaned while lambasting the defunct company for its recent “…

Final Fall River charter group meeting draws several speakers with strong opinions » Herald News The fifth and final public hearing before the Charter Commission on Tuesday night at the South End Liberal Club lasted barely a half-hour and had just five speakers.…

A Prayer For Our City: Boston Mayoral Candidates Must Address Race And Poverty » WBUR As the Boston mayoral election approaches in November, the twin ghosts of race and poverty will surely emerge. Will the candidates urgently address them under the rubric of moral responsibility? Or wi…

Pot shops face obstacle in Methuen » The Eagle Tribune Three groups vying to set up medical marijuana dispensaries in the city faced a setback Monday night as the City Council voted to rescind letters of non-opposition for two of the companies and the may…

Opinion

Donald Trump now owes Barack Obama two apologies » Boston Globe FOR ANYONE interested in keeping track, Donald Trump now owes Barack Obama not one apology, but two. Of course, that only matters to those who still consider character an important quality in a presid…

In post-Bernie era, students still need help with debt (Editorial) » The Republican Did help for students in debt, now and in the future, end when Bernie Sanders lost the race for the Democratic nomination?…

Editorial: Pot policy redux » Boston Herald We may not agree with every recommendation the state Legislature's new Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy comes up with. But at least they've made it clear that it will be the policymakers — …

The redemption of Martin McGuinness » Boston Globe Of all that was said and done in the immediate wake of Martin McGuinness's death on Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth's decision to sit down and write a private letter of condolence to his widow, Bernie, might…

To Lewis and Day: Why Did You Take Pay Raises? » Framingham Patch I am writing to state my displeasure with both Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Michael Day for voting themselves and the legislative leadership a handsome pay and benefits raise costing Massach…

Our Opinion: Marijuana law turf war can be avoided » The Berkshire Eagle Monday's first public hearing conducted by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy was informative both in terms of what has been learned and what hasn't about the eventual roll-out of t…

Guess Who's Right About Charter Schools? » New Boston Post Lost earlier this month amid gripping stories of plunging temperatures and plundering wire taps was the news that Boston charter schools received a record number of applications. …

Our view: T's weekend plan a non-starter » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that the MBTA is no longer considering eliminating weekend commuter rail service for a year as a way to help balance the agency's budget. …

Reed: Liz already has eyes set on prez race » Boston Herald Give U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren credit for something: she's not doing much to hide her White House ambitions.…

Politics

Surge in political activism in Attleboro area after Trump's election » The Sun Chronicle Annette Grady was standing in line at the post office recently when she overheard some nasty comments about immigrants.…

Tito Jackson hints at commish change if voted mayor » Boston Herald The city's top cop has been thrust into the mayoral race with City Councilor Tito Jackson questioning his worth and Mayor Martin J. Walsh firing back saying his rival doesn't “understand policin…

Public Safety

Lawmakers poised to double one-time line of duty death benefit » State House News Service The one-time payment to families of first responders killed in the line of duty would double to $300,000 under a measure packed into a spending bill that's teed up for passage in the Legislature on We…

Boston named in report as city that 'limits cooperation' with ICE » Boston Globe In Montpelier, Vt., officials in July 2016 enacted a “fair and impartial policing” policy with the following guideline: Officials will not hold individuals based solely on a detainer issue…

State Finance

State panel drastically cuts from governor's budget » Worcester Business Journal The House budget committee on Tuesday released a $144 million midyear spending bill that will get a vote on Wednesday to shore up underfunded programs and agencies but Democratic leaders left many of …

Budget panel trims Baker spending bill on eve of vote » State House News Service The House budget committee on Tuesday released a $144 million midyear spending bill that will get a vote on Wednesday to shore up underfunded programs and agencies but Democratic leaders left many of …

State Government

Healey speaks on community activism at Malden town hall forum » Medford Patch Women standing up and telling their stories evoked emotion and applause at Attorney General Maura Healey's March 16 town hall forum in Malden.…

The Codcast: Goldberg wants to keep her sight on pot » Commonwealth Magazine State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says when she talks to counterparts around the country, there is one aspect of her job that stops them in their tracks: Her office's regulation of the state's liquor i…

Taxation

State tax collections rise 9.8 percent » Nashoba Publishing There's a temporary pause in the spate of news about disappointing tax revenue growth levels. Collections over the first half of March are up 9.8 percent, or $124 million compared to the same period …

Wildlife sanctuaries can't get religious exemptions from property taxes, court rules » Universal Hub

Transportation

Uber, Lyft, and Google oppose driverless car limits » Boston Globe A group representing some of the leading companies in the self-driving car sector is lobbying against a Massachusetts bill backed by General Motors, saying it could prevent technology companies from u…

Registry announces new RMV location coming to Danvers » Wicked Local Danvers Less than one year after the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles announced it was closing the doors of its Liberty Tree Mall location, a Registry official announced Danvers would be the site of a…

5 takeaways from new Orange Line car » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS on Tuesday unveiled a three-quarters mockup of the 152 new Orange Line cars that are on order and due to start arriving at the end of this year. The wheel-less mockup allows operato…

Baker to T: Cut spending but not service » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Tuesday that MBTA officials should continue to search for savings at the agency, but he indicated he didn't…

Officials seek more funds for road and bridge repair » Sentinel & Enterprise Municipal officials on Tuesday called on lawmakers to raise to $300 million Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed $200 million outlay for local road and bridge repairs, citing a $639 million estimate of the c…

Why Public Transit Ridership Is Down In Most U.S. Cities » WBUR In all but a handful of cities, public transit ridership was down in 2016. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and Washington, D.C., to name a few, all saw decreases in the number of people taking …

Warren endorses Hyperloop plan » South Coast Today A proposal to locate a route for a new form of transportation between SouthCoast and Boston has been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. …

Charlie Baker Likes the Mockup of the New MBTA Trains » Boston Magazine Last month a mockup of the much-anticipated design of the new MBTA trains arrived in Boston, and now it's getting the governor's seal of approval.…

State files for environmental review of Middleborough route for South Coast Rail » Taunton Daily Gazette The South Coast Rail Middleborough option looks firmly on track. State officials last week filed a notice of project change to include a limited and far cheaper Middleborough route with the Secretary …

Weekend rail trips will still be disrupted on Worcester line » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. may have saved weekend commuter rail service from the chopping block, but shutdowns on the Worcester/Framingham line are still scheduled for 15 weekends in 2018 to install a …

Utilities

Berkshire businesses oppose 'pipeline tax' » The Berkshire Eagle Environmental activists from three separate organizations gathered at Holiday Brook Farm on Tuesday to express their opposition to Gov. Charlie Baker's support of new gas infrastructure.…

Pilgrim far from forced shutdown, NRC administrator says » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station may have its problems, but the plant is still a long way from being forced to shut down by the federal agency overseeing its operation, according to the Northeast region …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

U.S. Restricts Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries » WBUR

Marijuana taxes could bring in more than $100 million annually » Boston Globe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Arciero named to special Trump committee » Lowell Sun

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

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

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

Budget cuts could have major impact on Massachusetts » Sentinel & Enterprise

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

GOP health plan would cost Mass. at least $1b, Baker says » Boston Globe

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PUTNAM OLD FASHIONED

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Ingredients

2 oz Putnam New England Rye Whiskey
¼ oz Maple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
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Directions

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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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