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Fact-checking the T's structural deficit » Commonwealth Magazine Over the last two weeks, the MBTA has repeatedly cited the existence of a “structural deficit” to make the case for its controversial spending cuts and privatization initiatives.…

State rep takes another crack at taxing nonprofits » Boston Globe Don't harm soup kitchens and homeless shelters! That's the feedback state Representative David Nangle got last year when he proposed that some Massachusetts nonprofits be forced to pay property taxes.…

One Rationale for Voter ID Debunked, G.O.P. Has Another » New York Times Of the 860,000 Nebraskans who cast ballots in last fall's election, only two are suspected of casting fraudulent votes. …

A growing movement would force presidential candidates to release tax returns » Boston Globe While President Trump has been focused on battles inside Washington and around the world, quietly creeping up on him are potentially large political fights in state capitals across the nation.…

With Trump's proposed NIH cuts, Mass. has more to lose than any other state » Boston Business Journal The proposal would cut 19 percent from the massive $32.3 billion NIH budget — money that's already so tight, less than one-fifth of applications receive funding. Nowhere is that money more impo…

AG urges regulators to examine Eversource earnings » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking state regulators to ensure the utility company Eversource "is not over-earning at the expense of its customers" as it seeks to boost its electric …

Keller @ Large: Is Amazon's Technology Moving Too Fast For Us? » CBS Boston Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other top pols will be in Fall River Friday for the opening of a major new Amazon distribution center, with all its high-tech bells and whistles.…

"Negotiations are over, we'd like to vote tomorrow and let’s get this done for the American people."

President Donald Trump

On moving the vote for the American Health Care Act to today.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump pushes for vote Friday on health bill » Boston Globe President Trump demanded Thursday that House lawmakers take a high-risk vote on Republican health care legislation, warning that they must vote Friday to repeal the current law or concede that his Dem…

Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far » WBUR Throughout the campaign, President Trump billed himself as a master negotiator who would make the "best deals" for the American people. That reputation and the reach of the president's bully pulpit f…

After 'Bizarre' Moves, What's Next For Fractured House Intel Committee? » WBUR The outlook for a key congressional investigation into potential ties between President Trump and Russia's election meddling remained in doubt Thursday, after an unusual, high-profile flap involving i…

Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP » WBUR On the final day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Democratic leader announced his opposition to the Supreme Court nominee. In a speech on the Senate floor, Chuck Schume…

Baker not leaping into fever-pitch health care bill debate » WWLP 22 News Republican Gov. Charlie Baker declined Thursday to weigh in on what he'd like to see happen with monumental health care legislation that could surface for a vote in the U.S. House on Friday, depending…

Congressmen McGovern, Neal criticize GOP process to replace Obamacare » The Recorder Congressman James McGovern is criticizing Republicans for bringing their Obamacare replacement bill to the House floor for a vote without financial analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Off…

Business

Gas stations disappearing across Massachusetts » Boston Globe Massachusetts drivers had best keep a close watch on their car's gas gauge these days.…

New character emerges in AG's Exxon fight: Wayne Tracker » Boston Globe Note to Exxon Mobil: In unearthing documents from former CEO Rex Tillerson, don't neglect to search his pen name, “Wayne Tracker.”…

Santander to boost auto loan controls » Boston Globe The Federal Reserve told Santander to strengthen oversight of its subprime auto-lending unit because it continues to fall short of state and federal consumer protection laws, the latest in a series of…

The Engine: What A New MIT Accelerator Could Mean For Boston Tech » WBUR In 2007, WiTricity Corp. began as a science experiment for a couple of professors at MIT. These days, the company is focused on creating technology that allows you to charge your computer, your phone …

Baker, other pols celebrate Amazon warehouse opening » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are planning to be on hand to celebrate the opening of an Amazon warehouse in Fall River. The Republican governor and Democratic senator are both schedul…

1 million square feet of rakes, rugs, and robots: Inside Amazon's new warehouse » Boston Globe You can fit a lot of stuff inside a warehouse with 1 million square feet, even if they're oversized items that don't fit in a standard cardboard box. …

Gov. Baker, Sen. Warren celebrate Amazon warehouse opening » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are planning to be on hand to celebrate the opening of an Amazon warehouse in Fall River.…

State tax incentives boost two Merrimack Valley companies » The Eagle Tribune 3Dekor, a local online retailer, currently imports the products it sells. The owners, however, want to change that. They plan to invest $2,136,500 in equipment so they can manufacture shower curtains,…

CEO Tim Keogh leads AmeriCann's niche as landlord for marijuana dispensaries » Boston Business Journal The startup, which has raised $14 million in debt and equity funding to date, is unique. Not only is the two-person company a public entity, but AmeriCann is a marijuana company that doesn't actually …

Civil Rights

Muslim and Jewish communities bond amid fear » Boston Globe A gathering of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis last month featured a pair of unusual speakers: the leaders of Boston's largest mosque.…

Education

Rachel Skerritt named headmaster at Boston Latin School » Boston Globe Boston school officials tapped an alumna and former teacher at Boston Latin School to be its new headmaster on Thursday, making her the first person of color to lead the nation's oldest school a year …

An elite college president's new challenge: stabilize a struggling UMass Boston » Boston Globe From 2001 to 2015, Barry Mills was the president of Bowdoin College, home to 1,800 students, a $1.4 billion endowment, and a dining hall that serves locally sourced venison and farro salad with aspara…

Rachel Skerritt Named First Person Of Color To Head Boston Latin » WBUR Rachel Skerritt was named the new headmaster of Boston Latin School after racial incidents and civil rights complaints caused upheaval there last year. Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chan…

Refuse to commit: Pat Kelsey leaves UMass job right before introduction, cites 'personal reasons' » Berkshire Eagle Thirty minutes before the Pat Kelsey era was supposed to begin at the University of Massachusetts, it came to a shockingly abrupt end. Kelsey, who was named UMass head basketball coach on Tuesday, as…

UMass pays above-average salaries to executives » Newburyport News Before former University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret stepped down two years ago, he was drawing one of the top salaries among leaders of public universities. Caret was paid $702,818 to ov…

Education Department plans expansion of Early College programs » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Education on Thursday announced its intention to significantly expand programs that allow high school students to take college classes for credit.…

Amidst budget crisis, Brockton school leaders predict more closures, layoffs » The Enterprise The mayor, who chairs the school committee, and the school superintendent say the closure of the Goddard Alternative School building next year may not be the only closure.…

Health Care

Baker's sweet talk on health care » Commonwealth Magazine Do you get more with honey than vinegar? That old adage is the framework for a Boston Globe editorial teeing up the challenge facing Gov. Charlie Baker in the unfolding health care debate in Washingt…

Republican Governor Baker opposed to GOP health care bill » WWLP 22 Republican Governor Charlie Baker says that he does not support the American Health Care Act, the bill being advanced by President Trump and GOP leaders in Congress. Baker said that he does not like i…

Trump Ultimatum For House GOP: Vote On Health Bill Or Affordable Care Act Stands » WBUR The White House issued an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday: Vote for the current GOP health care replacement plan or leave the Affordable Care Act in place and suffer the political consequen…

Grading The AHCA As The House Sets Up A Vote » WBUR As the House votes on the American Health Care Act we'll dig deep into what's in the bill, what's not. Who would win. Who would lose.It's an “everything on the line” day in Washington for …

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it » Sentinel & Enterprise In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP…

Baker: House GOP health care bill "should not pass" » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker staked out a clear position on the American Health Care Act late Thursday night. "House delay on AHCA vote is good news. Means concerns raised by Govs fr/both parties & others are …

1 share 'This version should not pass,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says as House GOP weighs Obamacare repeal bill » The Republican

Insurance

Baker administration floats alternative to health care levy » Boston Globe After a backlash from the business community, Governor Charlie Baker is floating a new plan for employers to help cover the state's soaring health care costs.…

Baker health insurance assessment alternative would hit more employers » Worcester Telegram The Baker administration has been quietly workshopping an alternative to deal with surging Medicaid costs that would scrap the governor's controversial budget plan to levy a steep new assessment on so…

Labor

For labor leader Flynn, a new job and an audience with Trump » Boston Globe Tom Flynn was the national political director for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters during President Barack Obama's second term. But it took a Republican president's arrival to bring Flynn to the W…

Legislative

West Springfield family tours State House with Sen. Eric Lesser » The Republican A West Springfield family this month got an inside look at the State House when State Senator Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, hosted them for a tour of the building.…

Local Government

Grafton to vote on plastic bag ban » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Voters will decide at town meeting May 8 whether Grafton will join the more than 40 other communities in the state to ban single-use carryout bags.…

Opinion

Editorial: Too much, not enough » Boston Herald Occasionally we wonder why the MBTA's finances are such a disaster, and then we hear from lawmakers for whom no service expansion, no added cost, is ever too much.…

Nationalists are riding a wave of emotion » Boston Globe The Dutch election was the first bright spot in a while for people in Europe and the United States who are deeply worried that the backlash against globalization will bring even more white “Jude…

Citizens must hold government accountable on climate » Boston Globe A FEW THINGS that happened this week: one set of researchers announced that February was the planet's fourth-warmest month on record, which is especially bad news since the El Niño that produced la…

Richard North Patterson: Was Trump Putin's fool or his partner in crime? » Boston Globe The FBI is investigating whether an American president colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.…

Through the looking glass with Trump and Nunes » Boston Globe When FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress on Monday that his bureau is investigating possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russians seeking to influence our election …

PETER LUCAS: Healey's budget not big enough for her lawsuits vs. Trump » Lowell Sun President Donald Trump needed a win. Otherwise his campaign complaint that as a country "We don't win any more" could come back to bite him.…

Editorial: Amherst school plan deserves support » Gazette Net We urge Amherst voters to turn out in big numbers Tuesday and support the much-debated plan to build two co-located elementary schools. …

Benton: Keep the trains running » The Salem News No surprise that everyone from the North Shore's congressman to legislative leaders to municipal chief executives are cheering Gov. Charlie Baker's decision to deep-six a proposal to suspend weekend s…

Letter to the Editor: Work together on transportation innovation - Hyperloop » Herald News Our city has the potential to compete socioeconomically with any other in New England. We have to do more to create progress and reach that potential. New, innovative technology is a great way to put …

Taking longer way to work pays for Worcester state senator » Worcester Telegram By taking Interstate 290, Interstate 495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike on her commute to and from the Statehouse, Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, is able to add $5,000 to h…

ViewPoint: In Massachusetts, a resounding yes for zero-emission vehicles » Boston Business Journal It should go without saying: There is room on the road for all zero-emission vehicles. Choosing battery-electric vehicles over fuel-cell vehicles is akin to determining that there must be a winner bet…

Editorial: New England's legislators must fight to preserve NIH funding » Boston Business Journal As the state with the highest per-capita NIH funding every year, our hospitals and academic research institutions rely on that federal money more heavily than any other state's.…

EDITORIAL: Not on board with MBTA cuts » Wicked Local Beverly Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration proposed cutting weekend commuter rail service, along with transit services for individuals with disabilities, as one option to help close a $42 million …

ViewPoint: Invest in our children and our economy » Boston Business Journal The early education system is in crisis because we have failed to recognize the essential role that early educators play.…

Commentary: Oh, how the left hates Trump! » Wicked Local Newton

Public Safety

Plan to identify frequent 911-callers would improve ambulance, health care services in Holyoke: officials » The Republican Mobile integrated health service is a new kind of care that would identify frequent ambulance and emergency room users in the community to limit calls that tie up ambulances and police and fire person…

State Government

Gov. Baker makes the rounds in Central Mass. » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr. visited Central Massachusetts Thursday in the same time slot as David Ortiz, but still managed to be a hit during his talk hosted by the Chamber of Central Mass. South in Sou…

Boston Public Library, with $1M in a fund it can't spend, turns to AG Healey for help » Boston Business Journal The library has been operating the fund for 43 years in memory of a 1930s radio star from Boston. There's just one problem: It can't find much of anything to spend the money on.…

Battenfeld: DCR parks truck fleet citing abuse » Boston Herald The scandal-plagued Department of Conservation and Recreation has abruptly grounded its entire fleet of park ranger trucks after top brass discovered a ranger using his blue emergency lights during a …

DCR called out for slow action on parkway project » Jamaica Plain Gazette

Transportation

Cape officials praise possible rail connection » Cape Cod Times A decision to move forward with a Middleboro route for the long awaited South Coast Rail project has excited local officials, who see it as one of the best chances to bring commuter rail to Bourne.…

State Plan In Line With Bringing Commuter Rail To Buzzards Bay » The Bourne News Efforts to bring commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay were given a big boost this week, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced it will pursue South Coast Rail service that will…

Utilities

Attorney general throws cold water on Eversource rate hike request » The Enterprise Attorney General Maura Healey is asking state regulators to ensure the utility company Eversource "is not over-earning at the expense of its customers" as it seeks to boost its electric rates by $96 m…

Don't forget about transmission » Commonwealth Magazine EARLIER THIS MONTH my company, Anbaric, announced a new partnership with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan that enables funding to create up to $2…

U.S. State Department Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline » WBUR The U.S. State Department has signed and issued a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. That reverses former President Barack Obama's 2015 decision to reject the controversial pip…

State broadband unit says 'middle mile' operation still assured » Berkshire Eagle The "middle mile" internet backbone serving Western and Central Massachusetts is secure despite a bankruptcy filing, a state official said Thursday. But it appears the state has just three months to r…

AG Maura Healey asks Eversource to cut profits, not raise rates » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday will ask Eversource to decrease its profit rather than significantly raise customer rates.…

How Green Is Your Weed? State's Marijuana Crop Expected To Suck Up Energy » WGBH The electric bill at Marc Rosenfeld's 60,000 square foot marijuana growing facility in Medway is going to be pretty hefty.…

Power Company's Proposed $300M Increase Faces Staunch Opposition » Framingham Patch

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Road $$$ bill being prepped for ride through House » State House News Service

MBTA overstating its budget woes, critics say » Boston Globe

Williams picked as trial court administrator » State House News Service

Upcoming caucuses help shape Dems' future » My South End

MBTA commuter rail to New Bedford, Fall River slated to arrive by 2024 » The Republican

Legislature adds $10.8 million to DDS Turning 22 program » Martha's Vineyard Times

DPH seeks permission to continue collecting opioid data » The Salem News

Editorial: League helps aspiring politicians find their voice » The Recorder

Make cities 'great'? Trump's budget says otherwise » Dorchester Reporter

Rosenberg: Health funding cuts may leave 'nothing' for other state priorities » The Recorder

Baker, Polito, Healey pay state for political trips » Boston Globe

Baker announces new court picks » Mass Lawyers Weekly

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast sees historically large turnout » Boston Irish Reporter

Judge allows suits against state ban on recording private conversations to continue » Universal Hub

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3448 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

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

HB68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

HB2889 - An Act strengthening home care services

HB1822 - An Act relative to autonomous vehicles

HB2973 - An Act relative to secure choice retirement savings plan

HB3297 - An Act relative to retirement eligibility

HB1383 - An Act exempting the County of Norfolk from the Massachusetts earned sick time law

SB1945 - An Act to promote the safe integration of autonomous vehicles into the transportation system of the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 821

Senate Actions This Week: 714


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