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9:00am Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council & Arc of Mass. Legislative Reception, Great Hall

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

10:30am Swearing in of C. William Barrett, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

4:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

Birthdays: Rep. Robert DeLeo

Must-Reads

Let's Dismantle the Massachusetts House of Representatives » Boston Magazine Robert DeLeo, by his own reckoning, should no longer be speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Back in 2009, scolds like me howled at the idea that former Speaker Sal DiMasi's aide-de-…

Biz tax code alignment served up to Baker » Lowell Sun Though the change was not made in time to help them during the tax season they are currently working through, an organization that represents accountants on Thursday cheered a provision in the midyear…

Heroux joins Attleboro mayoral race » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Paul Heroux announced Saturday he will run for mayor, saying the city needs a change in city hall after 14 years of Kevin Dumas as mayor. …

Cuts to Meals on Wheels could affect thousands of seniors » The Eagle Tribune BOSTON -- Advocates for senior citizens say proposed cuts to federal funding for the Meals on Wheels program will have a deep, although not yet quantified, effect on food deliveries to tens of thousan…

More Than Obamacare Repeal, Small Businesses Want Congress to Rein In Costs » New York Times Small-business owners have been among the Affordable Care Act's most vocal opponents, but demolishing it without putting new guardrails in place is not, for most, the ideal outcome.…

State lawmakers are mulling legalization of online gambling » Boston Globe Just two years after its first casino opened, Massachusetts is exploring a major expansion that would position it as one of only four states to allow online gambling.…

Retailers weighing sales tax cut ballot question » State House News Service There may be a major tax cut competing with the significant tax increase that's already being prepared for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts. …

State Senator Thomas M. McGee to run for mayor » Lynn Daily News Item Ending months of speculation, Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) will enter the race for mayor on Monday, The Item has learned. …

Black, Latino lawmakers in Massachusetts prioritize criminal justice, economic development » The Republican Black and Latino residents of Massachusetts are asking lawmakers to focus on four main issues this year: economic development, criminal justice, public health and housing. …

Critics warn push for higher dropout age could be costly for cash-strapped schools » Boston Herald State lawmakers are reviving a push to raise the school dropout age from 16 to 18, a move some analysts warn could be costly for already cash-strapped districts. …

"Paul Heroux can make up anything he wants about me. Frankly it's unbecoming as a state representative," Dumas said. "So if insults and personal attacks are all he has to offer to the citizens of Attleboro, that's a sad commentary.

Kevin Dumas - Mayor of Attleboro

Commenting on the critical remarks by Representative Heroux towards Mayor Kevin Dumas.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump to begin work on tax overhaul, reversing Obama climate plan » Boston Globe Picking themselves up after the bruising collapse of their health care plan, President Trump and Republicans in Congress will start this week on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more ar…

Trump's Agenda May Be Doomed Unless He Learns That 'Little' Stuff Matters » WBUR President Trump was downright low energy. The look on his face, as he meandered through unscripted remarks Friday after the defeat of the Republican health care plan he supported, told the story. The…

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S. » WBUR As an economist, Hussein Mahrammi helped U.S. development authorities in Kabul, Afghanistan rebuild his war-torn country. He planned to stay in Afghanistan. Then, one by one, his colleagues were assau…

No Time To Gloat: Why Democrats Have To Pull The Plug On The Affordable Care Act » WBUR Obamacare is still law of the land (Paul Ryan's words, not mine), and Democratic Party leaders are more ecstatic than we've seen them in months. Since Nov. 9, Donald Trump and our Republican-dominated…

VP Pence On Obamacare Repeal Failure: 'Congress Just Wasn't Ready' » WBUR Vice President Mike Pence traveled to West Virginia Saturday where he met with small business owners before delivering public remarks, which included some lines about repealing Barack Obama's health c…

Schumer seizes on Trump offer to work with Dems » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump's aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground wit…

Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias » Sentinel & Enterprise Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he ove…

Kushner to lead overhaul initiative » The Andover Townsman President Donald Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises - such as reforming care for ve…

MassHealth Decisions On Deck After GOP Bill Yanked » Framingham Patch As Congress convulsed over a decision to repeal and replace Obamacare, Gov. Charlie Baker took baby steps toward a declarative no on the GOP health bill while he tested his own deal-making skills back…

Anti-Abortion Activists Urge Warren, Markey to Back Gorsuch » US News and World Report Massachusetts anti-abortion activists are urging U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey to vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.…

Business

Dozens of industries could see a boost from legalized marijuana » Boston Globe A Swiss company that for years has provided Massachusetts with cigarette tax stamp services — helping the state thwart the black market — has its eyes set on what could be a much bigger …

Amazon is planning its next assault on retail right here in Massachusetts » Boston Globe From an undisclosed location in the town of Hudson, Amazon is planning its latest assault on traditional retailers.…

Civil Rights

Hundreds in Boston will protest Vermont ICE arrests » Boston Globe Vermont, with its green pastures and farmlands, is known for its support of the workers' rights movement, particularly advocacy for its migrant workers.…

AP exclusive: 'Bathroom bill' costs NC $3.7 billion » Sentinel & Enterprise Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a doz…

Crimes

Plaintiff Dies Unexpectedly A Day After Filing Suit Against Haitian Ex-Mayor Living In Malden » WBUR There has been a grim development in a legal case leveling murder, crimes against humanity and arson allegations against a former mayor in Haiti who now is employed by a Medford school bus company and…

Domestic Relations

She was given up anonymously 8 years ago. Now, she wonders where she came from. » Boston Globe One of Caitlyn Kasper's best friends speaks frequently about her Haitian heritage. Another tells stories of ancestors from Portugal and Italy. And International Day at her parochial school in Somervil…

Environment

Preparing for a shrinking Boston » Commonwealth Magazine SETTLED BY EUROPEAN COLONISTS in 1630, Boston was founded on the narrow Shawmut Peninsula behind the protective landforms of what are today Stellwagen Bank, Winthrop, Hull, and the 34 Boston Harbor Is…

Worcester summit focuses on grass-roots environmentalism in age of Trump » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Get a townie to present at town meeting on your behalf. Don't try to convert the naysayers. Run for elected office to push your message.…

River of needles: Group seeks support as number of syringes in Merrimack soars » Eagle Tribune Just a few years ago the junk that Clean River Project volunteers pulled out of the Merrimack River between Lowell and Haverhill consisted mostly of tires, shopping carts, toys, appliances, furniture …

Massachusetts puts new solar incentive program on hold » PV Tech The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has decided to put its new solar incentive programme – the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy Target (SMART) – on hold in favour…

Health Care

Doctors, lawmakers urge alternatives to painkillers » Gloucester Times Scott Sigman wants to change how many physicians treat people for pain. An orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, Sigman is a leading advocate for the use of alternatives to opioids to…

Officials say state must address runaway MassHealth costs » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As Gov. Charlie Baker faces increasing backlash to his proposal to levy a new assessment on employers who do not meet certain health insurance requirements, some are saying the state must find ways to…

Human Services

Teen births drop, but prevention efforts persist » Milford Daily News Jocelyn Arriaga was ready for college. In fall 2012, the recent Douglas High School graduate had picked out her classes at Quinsigamond Community College in anticipation of starting her first semester…

Insurance

New rules for long-term care insurance would not cap rate hikes » Boston Globe After five years of fits and starts, Massachusetts regulators are close to adopting rules that would increase oversight of long-term care insurance, a market that has been roiled by skyrocketing premi…

After losses, Neighborhood Health Plan lays off dozens » Boston Business Journal Neighborhood Health Plan cut dozens of positions after suffering multimillion-dollar operating losses in its first quarter.…

Labor

Central Mass. farmers seek pruning of immigration rules to let workers into U.S. » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Immigration reform and Americans' love of fresh fruits and veggies are two peas in the multibillion-dollar pod of the agriculture industry, and the link between the two is the H-2A visa program.…

Legislative

Black, Latino lawmakers in Massachusetts prioritize criminal justice, economic development » The Republican Black and Latino residents of Massachusetts are asking lawmakers to focus on four main issues this year: economic development, criminal justice, public health and housing.…

Push for Internet privacy rules moves to state houses » Boston Globe Now that Republicans are in charge, the federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers' online data. States have other ideas.…

Local Government

Cahill will not seek re-election to City Council » Lynn Daily News Item After serving on the City Council for nearly a decade, Daniel Cahill will call it quits at year's end.…

Community Compact offers East Bridgewater state grants, services » The Enterprise The town has officially joined hundreds of other municipalities across Mass. in a Community Compact with the state, which opens up the community to opportunities for grants and other services from the…

Appointment of Salem mayor to board draws conflict review » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker has called upon Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll to fill a seat on the city's Housing Authority Board, prompting some concerns over conflict of interest given her elected position leading t…

PittSMART: New app gives Pittsfield residents way to track government action » Berkshire Eagle Forget about that tree falling in the forest. Starting Monday, if one drops across a Pittsfield sidewalk, you can bet people will make noise about it.…

Peabody council advances ban on smoking pot in public » The Salem News Public consumption of pot will be doubly illegal in Peabody, once city councilors sign off on a new ordinance in a couple of weeks.…

Opinion

If Billy Joel is the Donald Trump of pop, then... » Boston Globe EARLIER THIS MONTH, Tablet magazine published a blistering unappreciation of rock idol Billy Joel, branding him “the Donald Trump of pop music.”…

Trump passes the baton of technological leadership to China » Boston Globe At the core of a country's global competitiveness is its ability to innovate. As economist Joseph Schumpeter observed in his classic “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy,'' capitalism is charac…

Building trust between police and the community » Boston Globe SIMMERING BENEATH WHITE House tweetstorms and federal budget proposals are longstanding tensions between youth and police — tensions that can boil over at any time in cities around the nation.…

Rein in salaries at UMass » Eagle Tribune Competition is the reason given by the University of Massachusetts for big sums paid to top officials. By some measures, the state's public colleges get a good value for their administrators.…

HAND: City follows law; public says: Back off! » The Sun Chronicle Attleboro assessors took their share of grief when they decided to tax part of LaSalette Shrine, determining that not all of the Park Street landmark was being used for religious purposes.…

Letter to Editor: We Have a Generational Responsibility to Say Yes » Framingham Patch The last time Framingham was faced with a big decision at the ballot box was in 1997 and I was in middle school. In the two decades since, I finished my education and started a career. …

Editorial: Dock will make river accessible for all » The Recorder Athol is joining the Millers River Watershed Council and the Friends of the Alan E. Rich Environmental Park to buy and install an accessible canoe and kayak dock on the river.…

Editorial: Must combat distracted driving » Gazette Net Mobile phone technology has revolutionized the way we live. It is also changing the way we drive — for the worse, according to highway safety experts. …

LETTER: State Rep Hannah Kane Endorses Beth Casavant For Selectman » Framingham Patch

Politics

Democrat Gonzalez Says Baker Fails Leadership Test » Cape Cod Online Jay Gonzalez is training for next month's Boston Marathon, but he's already begun a grueling political race with an equally uphill course.…

Tito Jackson's Campaign Sure Is Spending a Lot of Dough on Eating Out » Boston Magazine As Tito Jackson strives to unseat Mayor Marty Walsh, he's spending a lot of time—and campaign funds—dining out. And the tabs are piling up: There was the $217 dinner at Gather, in the Se…

Trump Regret in Saugus? Not So Much » WGBH If you're not impressed with Donald Trump's presidency so far, you're not alone. Gallup's latest polling says just 39 percent of Americans approve of Trump's performance, compared to 56 percent who do…

Democratic State Sen. Thomas McGee to Run for Mayor of Lynn » US News and World Report Democratic state Sen. Thomas McGee wants to run for mayor of Lynn in November.…

Public Health

Some survivors of the Marathon bombings feel slighted by city » Boston Globe Loud, unexpected sounds can still trigger fear. Crowded places cause anxiety. Once, while waiting for the T, Manya Chylinski thought she saw the approaching train explode, limbs and bodies falling aro…

Cancer activists push bill to hike legal age to buy tobacco » Cape Cod Times Over 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families from across Massachusetts are planning to gather at the Statehouse to press lawmakers to support efforts to protect young people from nicotine ad…

Public Safety

Legislature's Marijuana Committee Holding Hearing In Western Masschusetts » WAMC A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter-approved law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts holds a public hearing Monday in West Springfield.…

Could communities in Mass. become sanctuary cities, a.k.a 'safe zone' for illegal immigrants? » Tewksbury Town Crier At the most recent Board of Sel­ectmen meeting, the board sought input from Police Chief Michael Begonis on a pending immigration legislation that is being proposed by Senator James Eldridge. If th…

State Government

Suffolk registry workers describe racial hostility, sexual harassment » Boston Globe A Cape Verdean employee alleged that her co-workers called her a monkey. A white employee used a racial epithet to describe an African-American colleague. Another white worker loudly denounced new Spa…

Taxation

Spare service programs from budget ax » Commonwealth Magazine PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FISCAL 2018 budget eliminates all funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent organization of flagship national service programs such as AmeriCorps and…

Retailers weighing sales tax cut ballot question » Sentinel & Enterprise There may be a major tax cut competing with the significant tax increase that's already being prepared for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts. Retailers have conducted polling and are encouraged by res…

Mass. retail group may call for tax cut » Worcester Business Journal

Transportation

China-based T supplier keeps rolling » Commonwealth Magazine The Chinese company building Orange and Red Line trains for the MBTA scored another US victory, winning a $137 million contract to build 45 double-decker rail cars for the Philadelphia transit authori…

MBTA explores a new route » Boston Herald The MBTA will pay a private bus company nearly $8 million over the next four years to run its Winthrop bus routes with T-owned vehicles, a new move for the agency that could guide its potential pursui…

Does Baker's backing of Middleboro kill Stoughton route? » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to pursue South Coast Rail via Middleboro, relegating the previously planned Stoughton route to "Phase 2," has some state and local officials wondering if the shorter rides p…

Eagle survey finds 8.1% of drivers using cellphones at three intersections » Berkshire Eagle They ate and they smoked. But during one 30-minute span this past week, few drivers passing through certain lanes of intersections in three Berkshires communities appeared to be using their cellphones…

Electronic tolling coming to Connecticut? Tolls 'inevitable,' top state lawmaker says » The Republican The days of free rides through Connecticut for many Massachusetts drivers could be coming to an end in the next few years. A top Connecticut lawmaker recently said it's "absolutely insane" that out-o…

Utilities

A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals » WBUR The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity — making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachus…

From unserved to connected: Leverett's fiber-optic system a model for rural towns » Berkshire Eagle Inside a green metal building in Leverett, lightning-fast internet connections pulse through yellow-coated fibers, one per customer. One strand belongs to Susan Valentine, an artist who lives down t…

Massachusetts wastewater plant operator indicted for falsifying records » The Republican

Weekend News

A depleted state system fails many with serious mental illness » Boston Globe James Boyd Jr. was supposed to be one of the fortunate ones.…

Dreams of a common on the waterfront » Boston Globe One of the biggest complaints about the development boom that is reshaping Boston's waterfront is that it has created too few parks and places for people to hang out.…

On the Record: Whose hands should control pot regs? » WCVB Senate President Stan Rosenberg, a marijuana advocate, now questions whether State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who wants to go slow on setting up pot shops, should have full control over the process. Who …

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: A day of inaction for Fall River's immigrants » Wicked Local Walpole "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." We'll give you a resolution....…

GOP on the Democrats' menu in Attleboro Saturday » The Sun Chronicle Jubilant Democrats Saturday celebrated the defeat of a Republican health care bill backed by President Donald Trump at the party's annual local unity breakfast.…

Coronella: Horace Mann: a reformer for our times » Milford Daily News As public school advocates struggle to understand the mindset of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos – who has just appointed two officials with ties to the for-profit college industry to key …

Boston officials push to allocate less parking for new apartment buildings » Boston Globe It's a common gripe in this crowded city: There's nowhere to park. More and more, that's by design.…

Pols & Politics: St. Patrick's Day Breakfast no cheap affair » Boston Herald Telling bad jokes, apparently, doesn't come cheap. At least that's what tax returns for the group behind the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast show.…

Sunday Notebook: Candidates speak on recreational marijuana » Sentinel & Enterprise WHEN A LOCAL RESIDENT shared on Facebook a petition to amend city zoning regulations to allow recreational marijuana related facilities in Leominster each of the four candidates for the Ward 2 special…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/27

Birthdays: Rep. Robert DeLeo

9:00am Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council & Arc of Mass. Legislative Reception, Great Hall

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

10:30am Swearing in of C. William Barrett, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

4:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Public Hearing

Tuesday - 3/28

9:00am Mass. Clubhouse Coalition Employment Celebration, Great Hall

11:00am Women's History Month Celebration, State Library, Room 341

11:00am Meeting of the Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports, Room 222

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Evandro Carvalho's Spring Fundraising Reception

Wednesday - 3/29

9:00am Dept. of Mental Health Northeast Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

9:00am American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

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

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Municipal Small Bridge Program Celebration, Nurses Hall

4:00pm Swearing in of Boards and Commissions, Grand Staircase

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Spring Celebration Fundraiser

Thursday - 3/30

9:30am Deaf-Blind Day, Great Hall

11:00am 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Honors Ceremony, Grand Staircase

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:30pm Community Safety Day on the Hill, Nurses Hall

Friday - 3/31

Birthdays: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

9:00am Adult Literacy Awareness Day 2017, Great Hall

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

11:00am Mass. Families Organizing for Change Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall


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