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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

Must-Reads

Magnate, gov candidate Christie Mihos dead at 67 » Boston Herald Christy Mihos, a former convenience store magnate whose fame as a Big Dig critic and two-time Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate was shadowed late in life by bankruptcy and a messy divorce, reporte…

Cost of rail service through Middleboro pegged at $1.1 billion » State House News Service Providing diesel-based commuter rail service to the South Coast via Middleboro would cost about a third as much as the $3.3 billion price-tag for building an electrified route through Stoughton, accor…

As pot industry ramps up in Mass., get the rules right » Boston Globe RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA is going to be big business in this state. Pot-infused chocolates. “Canna-tourism.” Estimates put annual sales at $1 billion once the industry gets going.…

Can Gov. Charlie Baker Fix Health Care In America? » WBUR It is time to move past the health care reform blame game. In doing so, Massachusetts and its governor may have much to teach Washington about getting things done.…

Weighing in on possible Kennedy v. McGee race » Lynn Daily News Item For now, most of the city's elected officials are not ready to take sides on what is expected to be one of the most contentious mayor's races in recent memory.…

Public-safety shuffle takes effect » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to eliminate the Department of Public Safety and move its functions elsewhere has taken effect without input from the House and Senate as the 60-day window for a vote on the …

“This kind of discrimination is devastating, and it’s happening. It affects every single aspect of your life, to be turned away from a place to live just because of who you are.”

William Berman, a Suffolk University law professor and director of the school’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program

On transgender renters seeing discrimination

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Loss Of DOJ Funding Could Have 'Dramatic Impact' On Mass. Sanctuary Cities » WBUR Massachusetts communities are reacting to new pressure from the Trump administration on so-called "sanctuary cities" — jurisdictions that refuse to detain people solely based on their immigrati…

Federal Judge Releases 2 Vermont Migrant Activists Arrested By ICE » WBUR Two Vermont immigration rights activists arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earlier this month were released on bail by a judge in Boston Monday. A third was denied bail because of…

Head Of House Intel Committee Went To White House Grounds To Meet Source » WBUR

Government watchdog to review Trump's use of Mar-a-Lago » Sentinel & Enterprise A government watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, has agreed to review the costs and security precautions associated with President Donald Trump's travel and stays at Mar-a-Lago afte…

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren to rally in Boston on Friday » Mass Live U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, will headline a Boston rally this Friday.…

Atkins: Kennedy, Markey assail strikes on Obama policies » Boston Herald President Trump says he wants to work with Democrats on health care, tax reform, infrastructure and other issues. …

Sen. Warren: Business leaders should fight Trump » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Though the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act failed last week, the battle over health care in Washington, D.C. will likely continue to rage in l…

Warren: Single payer at "top of the list" if care system were restarted » State House News Service U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested Monday that the United States should consider single-payer health care if Congress were to upend the health care system and start from scratch, a position that has…

Business

Greenway eyes beer and wine garden » Boston Herald The Greenway Conservancy is pitching a beer garden for its downtown grounds as a “hip,” “offbeat” moneymaker — but the nonprofit won't say what cash the hops will genera…

Fish reps to Trump: Marine monuments make it harder to manage industry, fish reps say » Gloucester Times The issue of whether presidents should use the Antiquities Act to independently designate new marine national monuments is not going away any time soon.…

Too early to say if travel bans will affect tourism » The Salem News At the Stepping Stone Inn in downtown Salem, Matt Baldassarri said international business is down for some reason. For the past three years, Baldassarri and his wife, Kelly, have run the six-room inn …

When Will Massachusetts Embrace Its 'Cheech And Chong' Destiny? » WGBH “Be careful what you pray for,” St. Teresa of Avila counseled, “for you just might get it.” This is the paradox legal pot proponents face as they ponder the consequence of succ…

Civil Rights

Cape Groups to Rally for Safe Communities Act » Cape Cod Online A local delegation is heading to the State House to advocate for the passage of the Safe Communities Act, a proposal that would make Massachusetts a so-called “Sanctuary State.”…

Massachusetts Communities Say They Will Remain Sanctuary Cities Despite Threats » NECN Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threats of cutting federal funds to sanctuary cities, some Massachusetts communities like Cambridge and Somerville say they won't change their policies.…

Walsh: Boston will 'continue to be an open, inclusive city" » Dorchester Reporter

State attorney general decries federal 'fearmongering' on immigration » Berkshire Eagle

Education

Proposed federal cuts worry school officials » Gloucester Times The fiscal 2018 budget proposal for Gloucester's public schools includes more than $27 million for salaries.…

Quinsigamond Community College chooses Luis Pedraja for president » Worcester Telegram & Gazette In a narrow vote Monday evening, the Quinsigamond Community College board of trustees picked Luis G. Pedraja, a college administrator from California, to become the school's next president.…

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Springfield reduces in-school arrests, but is it enough? » Valley Advocate

Statistics show third-grade reading levels often not where they should be » Sentinel & Enterprise

Environment

Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy » WBUR President Trump will sign sweeping executive orders Tuesday that take aim at a number of his predecessor's climate policies. The wide-ranging orders and accompanying memorandums will seek to undo the…

4 Cape towns lose appeal of Eversource herbicide plan » Cape Cod Times A state agency has dismissed an appeal filed by several Cape towns that oppose Eversource Energy's annual plan to spray herbicide under transmission lines.…

Gaming

Scrambling the golden egg » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts, which cautiously and methodically inched its way into casino gambling, is looking at moving into overdrive as lawmakers consider legalizing online gambling. The state's three approved …

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017 » Casino City Times As we travel further into the new year, online gambling bills are piling up. That isn't odd, of course, but something about 2017 makes us feel particularly hopeful about the passage of a few of these …

Massachusetts Online Gambling Support Widens, as Bay State Looks to Become Tech Hub » Casino.org Massachusetts online gambling support is reportedly growing, as legislators in the Bay State are mulling the pros and cons of authorizing internet casinos. …

Health Care

Hope for devastating child disease comes at a cost: $750,000 a year » Boston Globe Parents of children with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy were thrilled two days before Christmas, when regulators approved the first drug to treat the condition that often kills patients…

Baker administration requests flexibility to change MassHealth benefits » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration may consider expanding Medicaid coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment but cutting other benefits for non-disabled adults, such as non-emergency m…

Gov. Charlie Baker could ask feds to rethink MassHealth eligibility for workers » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he will consider talking to federal officials about letting Massachusetts reinstate a policy under which anyone offered health insurance by their employer will not quali…

Obamacare more durable than expected » Commonwealth Magazine GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERT Michael Reich says that the acid test of any national health reform comes when a new national administration takes over. Only when a new president or prime minister assumes power …

Soon-Shiong's promotion of 'breakthrough' cancer therapy raises questions » STAT News The emotional video tells of a patient with blood cancer who tries an experimental therapy involving “natural killer” cells. “NEW BREAKTHROUGH HELPS PATIENTS KILL CANCER” the b…

Health insurance costs in Berkshire towns and schools shifts to workers » Berkshire Eagle A number of municipalities and school districts throughout Berkshire County had been expecting a hike of 10 percent or more in their health insurance costs for the coming fiscal year. But under a cha…

GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle » Sentinel & Enterprise Still reeling from last week's House health care debacle, Republicans are pivoting to tax cuts and other issues but remain riven into factions and all over the map about how and when to return to the…

Housing

Most transgender renters see discrimination » Boston Globe One prospective renter was offered a steep discount on an apartment security deposit, from $2,000 to $500. But there was no reduction for a second applicant.…

Housing Families Inc. hosts legislative breakfast in Malden » Wicked Local Malden Housing Families Inc., a Malden-based nonprofit, recently held its annual legislative breakfast at the Irish American Club in Malden.…

State funding paves way for homeless veterans housing in Brockton » State House News Service

$2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield » Mass Live

Human Services

Women's Commission Breakfast Focuses on Civic Engagement » iBerkshires Tahirah Amatul-Wadud admitted she was "preaching to the choir" on Monday morning as she stressed the importance of community engagement in the politic process.…

Judiciary

Immigrant's bid to avoid deportation comes to Supreme Court » Sentinel & Enterprise The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice. The justices are …

Sessions warns sanctuary cities on losing federal funds » Sentinel & Enterprise Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that the Justice Department will begin using federal law to prevent any "sanctuary cities" from receiving much coveted federal grants for state and local law…

Legislative

State marijuana committee hears testimony from mayors, citizens in West Springfield » The Republican The Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy held its second public hearing on Monday, listening to testimony from several Western Massachusetts mayors, a prominent addiction specialist and citizens concer…

Sen. Richard Ross, Rep. Carmine Gentile receive Legislator of the Year Awards » Wicked Local Wayland Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and Rep. Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury, were awarded the 2017 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association's Legislator of the Year Award. Both Ross and Gentile were nomin…

Local Government

Growing number of Bay State towns ban pot sales » Boston Herald Medfield last night became the latest town to ban pot sales — a move currently being mulled by at least two dozen Massachusetts communities following November's vote to legalize marijuana.…

St. Hilaire seeks re-election to Beverly City Council » Wicked Local Beverly Beverly City Councilor At-Large Matt St. Hilaire has announced he will seek re-election in the upcoming municipal election in Beverly.…

FEMA sends blizzard bill cash from government » Gloucester Times More than two years after storms buried Cape Ann under more than 9 feet of snow, the city of Gloucester is poised to collect over $355,500 in damage and cleanup reimbursement money from the federal go…

Conway board details expected budget expenses for next year » The Recorder Don't think town officials are happy with next year's $6,178,182 projected budget — they're not. Despite efforts to keep expenses down, they're projecting $397,501 in new spending next year, dr…

State's growth outpaces Northeast » Eagle Tribune The state's population continues to grow, outpacing the Northeast and only slightly behind the national rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which suggests that immigrants are fueling the growth…

Councilor revives effort for 5-cent plastic bag tax » Boston Herald A city councilor is looking to revive a 5-cent tax on plastic grocery bags that was tabled last year after opposition from Mayor Martin J. Walsh.…

Both sides brace for hearing on Salem sanctuary ordinance » The Salem News After months of debate and heated exchanges rippling through the city, the Sanctuary for Peace ordinance will go before the City Council at a hearing Wednesday night at the Bentley School.…

Opinion

Staring down Putin with John McCain » Boston Globe John McCain once remarked that he looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw “a K, a G, and a B.”…

Pretending we have equal coverage for mental and physical illnesses is a joke » Boston Globe There were two stories in this newspaper over the last couple of days that were more inter-related than they might at first appear.…

Our Opinion: Avoid rush for internet gambling gold » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts, which tiptoed slowly into the casino gambling industry, could become one of the nation's pioneers in online gambling. It's too much, too soon, although the familiar "somebody else will …

PETER LUCAS: Beacon Hill silent on UMass Boston's fiscal fiasco » Lowell Sun What UMass Boston may need is another Ward Commission. This was the commission set up years ago to root out corruption in the awarding of state building contracts.…

Sorting out the UMass Boston mess » Boston Globe What did Marty Meehan know about the fiscal crisis at UMass Boston, when did he know it and — as president of the entire University of Massachusetts system — what did he do about it?…

Public Health

Opioid crisis strains Mass. foster-care system » Nashoba Publishing As the opioid crisis surges, a record number of parents struggling with addiction are unable to care for their children, placing more strain on an already overburdened foster care system, according to…

New non-profit aims to raise $50 mil to fight opioid addiction » State House News Service A new non-profit in Massachusetts plans to raise $50 million over the next three years to support innovative efforts to fight opioid addiction and substance abuse and has already attracted $13 million…

Partners, GE help launch RIZE, an opioid addiction effort » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Boston police want to recruit more minorities, but how isn't clear » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department distributed index-size cards promoting the police officer exam this year, organized informational seminars, and helped residents sign up for the test at neighborhood stati…

Bristol Sheriff Says Arrest Warrants Should Be Issued For 'Sanctuary City' Leaders » WBUR

State Finance

State budget hearing finds its way to Fall River » Herald News More than a dozen state legislators were in the city on Monday attending a Joint Committee on Ways and Means state budget hearing for health and human service agencies at the Mathew J. Kuss Middle Sch…

Baker to sign bill doubling the line of duty death benefit » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign legislation doubling the line of duty death benefit for families of first responders. The bill will increase the benefit from $150,000 to $300,000. The change i…

State Government

Franklin, Berkshire counties losing people as Massachusetts grows overall » WWLP 22 News Massachusetts is growing. In fact, it is the fastest growing state in New England in terms of population, but that is not true everywhere.…

Transportation

MBTA oversight board seeks to avoid cuts to The Ride » Boston Globe The MBTA's oversight board Monday voted not to pursue potential cuts to van services for people with disabilities on the condition that the agency find other ways to reduce the program's cost.…

MWRTA bus route gaining popularity in Milford » Wicked Local Milford Selectmen are poised to recommend and advocate for funding for a second year of a fixed-loop bus route after receiving detailed information on use of the service.…

2 routes still on the table » Wicked Local Stoughton Gov. Charlie Baker's administration made it official Wednesday: It filed notice that the proposed South Coast Rail project will be split into two phases, with the Middleboro option going first.…

Keolis plagued by train, coach issues » Commonwealth Magazine KEOLIS, THE MBTA'S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR, is having trouble complying with the maintenance and repair requirements mandated under a six-year, $66 million contr…

T running out of options on budget cuts » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S OVERSIGHT BOARD is running out of options to pare back spending in the coming fiscal year. The T wants to balance its fiscal 2018 budget without touching $187 million ex…

Orange Line prototype at City Hall » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAID A PROTOTYPE of the new Orange Line car will be available for public viewing next Monday through Wednesday at City Hall plaza in Boston. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T's chief operating …

MBTA plans to eliminate unsafe, little used bus stops » The Salem News The MBTA is looking at eliminating scores of problematic or little used bus stops in its transit system, including about a dozen on the North Shore.…

Massachusetts DOT to phase in South Coast Rail project » Progressive Railroading

Utilities

Rehoboth to Vote April 3 on Gas Compressor Station » eco RI Rehoboth residents will vote April 3 on a compressor station proposed for the town. …

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