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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

Birthdays: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

Must-Reads

I worked for Jared Kushner. He's the wrong businessman to reinvent government. » Washington Post On my first day of work as the editor in chief of the New York Observer, which had been acquired five years earlier by Jared Kushner, now the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, I inheri…

Senate Lets States Defund Clinics That Perform Abortions » New York Times Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote on a measure that returns the power to the states to distribute federal grants to family planning clinics.…

Baker signals that he'll make supporting life sciences a priority » Boston Globe Not so long ago, Governor Charlie Baker seemed skeptical about continuing the 10-year life sciences initiative launched by his predecessor, Deval Patrick. On Thursday, Baker left no doubt that he's al…

What is John Kasich going to do in 2020? » Boston Globe Last year, after he lost the GOP primary, John Kasich could not have been more clear about his intentions unless he said it outright: The Ohio governor was looking at another run for the White House. …

Tomi Lahren Was Made for the Trump Era » Politico Tomi Lahren, the Trumpite girl wonder, seemed hurt. Famous for savaging Hillary Clinton, snowflakes and Black Lives Matter at auctioneer pace in the rant portion of “Tomi,” her nightly sho…

Sales Tax Ballot Question Could Make 2018 Elections More Interesting — And Puzzling » WBUR The political intrigue surrounding the 2018 elections grew this week. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts announced it is exploring a ballot campaign to cut the state's sales tax. …

Anti-ICE-Raid State Rep (Finally) Has Defender » New Boston Post A Massachusetts state senator Thursday night defended the Brockton state representative who used her Facebook page earlier this week to warn illegal immigrants about a rumored raid by federal immigrat…

Defiant DuBois: I'm proud of myself after Brockton immigration raid controversy » The Enterprise During a lengthy exclusive interview with The Enterprise on Thursday afternoon, state Rep. Michelle DuBois, D-Brockton, was defiant about the scrutiny she has received for tipping off undocumented imm…

Making demolition plans, Wynn spends millions to clear out Everett neighborhood » Boston Globe The $2.4 billion Wynn Resorts casino is rising along the Mystic River here, a lavish resort that will feature a five-star hotel, fine dining, and a waterfront promenade.…

"Amazing what GOP leaders will do to make sure women’s health centers don’t get funded."

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Speaking about Senate Republicans gathering votes to target Planned Parenthood.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate Republicans scramble to muster votes targeting Planned Parenthood » Boston Globe Senate Republicans on Thursday continued to roll back Obama-era regulations, approving a bill that restores the right of states to starve local Planned Parenthood chapters of federal funds.…

Trump officials tied to Nunes's reports » Boston Globe Two White House officials helped provide Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed that President Tru…

Republicans 'Turn The Cannons On Each Other' In Week Of Public Feuding » WBUR President Trump escalated a Twitter war with lawmakers in his own party on Thursday evening, calling out three members of the Freedom Caucus by name. "If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrad…

Ex-Trump Adviser Flynn Seeks Immunity Before Testifying On Russia Contacts » WBUR Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is negotiating with the House and Senate intelligence committees to testify about any Trump campaign dealings with Russia — after he's given immun…

Ex-Energy Sec. And MIT Prof Moniz Criticizes Trump's Aims On Coal, Iran Nuclear Deal » WBUR One of MIT's leading nuclear scientists has returned home to the Boston area after he spent three-and-a-half years in Washington forming energy policy. MIT professor Ernest Moniz was the U.S. Secreta…

To Trump, Life Is Like A Football Game: Winning At Any Cost » WBUR There were many reasons the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act imploded last week, chief among them the fact that Paul Ryan's long-awaited bill was a huge tax cut for the rich dressed…

Moulton calls Russia biggest threat to national security » Boston Globe Representative Seth Moulton on Thursday called Russia the biggest threat to national security in the short, medium, and long terms and said the only way to combat that threat is if Democrats and Repub…

Trump faces questions of interference in Russian probes » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling following reports that White House officials secretly funneled material…

Make Way For Diplomacy: How Boston's 'Ducklings' Helped Ease U.S.-Soviet Tensions » WBUR Nine bronze ducks call Boston's Public Garden home: Mrs. Mallard followed by Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. The ducks from Robert McCloskey's 1941 children's book "Make Way For D…

Barbara Mikulski made it okay for women to wear pants in the Senate » Washington Post When Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) took the Senate oath in 1987 she was immediately all by herself in the history books, becoming the first Democratic woman elected to a Senate seat in her own right. …

Business

Baker cuts ribbon on Abiomed's expansion » The Salem News In June 2015, Gov. Charlie Baker came to Abiomed's global headquarters, donned a hardhat and smashed a wall with a sledgehammer to mark the start of construction that would double the company in size.…

State may ban animals under big tops » Gloucester Times Amid pressure from animal welfare groups, state lawmakers want to ban the use of elephants, big cats and other exotic animals for entertainment purposes.…

GE adapts to keep up with tech » Boston Herald General Electric announced a new curriculum yesterday aimed at training its 150,000 supply chain employees for its digital industrial focus.…

Civil Rights

State's hate hotline: ensuring safety or playing politics? » WCVB Reports of hate crimes and hate speech are flooding a state hotline set up after the presidential election, giving more fuel to concerns that Donald Trump's election has unleashed the worst sentiments…

Crimes

Westport farm owner and tenants indicted in largest animal cruelty case in New England » The Republican

Education

Mass. may finally be getting serious about early education » Boston Globe Imagine my surprise coming back from a meeting Wednesday with gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez on his early education platform to find in my in-box that Governor Charlie Baker also cares about exp…

What A Pay Raise Would Mean For Early Childhood Education Teachers » WBUR For nearly 25 years, Nathalie Gaston has traveled an hour each morning, from her home in Maynard to Jamaica Plain, where she is the lead preschool teacher at the Nurtury, a childcare center for low-in…

State Sen. Ryan Fattman recognizes local students » Milford Daily News State Sen. Ryan Fattman, R-Webster, recently recognized nine eighth-graders from the Worcester and Norfolk senate district for their year of service as Project 351 ambassadors. …

State to cover cost of some AP tests for low-income students » Wicked Local The state will pick up the tab for low-income students taking Advanced Placement exams in science, technology, engineering and math subjects this year after the federal government stopped providing de…

Environment

Wicked Green: Boston takes lead role for LEED-certified properties » Boston Business Journal Of the 15.4 million LEED-certified square feet in Greater Boston last year, six projects were certified platinum, while another 18 were certified gold.…

Environmentalists urge state to budget for clean waterways » WWLP 22 Much of the water you drink comes from the state's reservoirs and rivers. People concerned about our ecology are calling on the state to make sure we have clean water to drink and bathe in every day.…

River activists want discharge program left with feds » Lowell Sun River protection advocates on Thursday called on the state to step up in areas where federal environmental officials may pull back, while also urging lawmakers to reject a proposal for the Massachuset…

Gaming

Who's in charge of simulcasting? » Commonwealth Magazine The Legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in a power struggle over who controls the simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. The issue surfaced on Thursday at a meeting of the Gam…

Health Care

'We have to do it:' State lowers caps on health care spending » Boston Business Journal Amid pressure on hospitals and insurers to keep health care spending low, the state is imposing more aggressive targets that will likely put a bigger strain on providers.…

Immigration

ICE Arrests Green Card Applicants In Lawrence, Signaling Shift In Priorities » WBUR Federal immigration officers arrested five people in Lawrence on Wednesday when they showed up for scheduled appointments at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. WBUR has confi…

Judiciary

Accused in Haiti, Malden man is latest to face lawsuit here » Boston Globe As the mayor of a remote Haitian coastal town, Jean-Morose Viliena was above the law, according to those who say they suffered his wrath.…

Judge Denies Ex-Speaker DiMasi's Bid To Relax Home Confinement » WBUR The federal judge who granted former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi a compassionate early release from prison denied a request Friday to ease the terms of his home confinement. …

Labor

Eventually, pregnancy protection bill became Beacon Hill priority » Boston Globe Nothing like a bit of bad press to nudge Beacon Hill legislators to get off the dime — six months later.…

Local Government

Polito inks Community Compact with Millbury » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle The Town of Millbury recently received great news from the Commonwealth that will help in funding the Master Plan.…

Case dismissed against former city engineer in Lawrence » Eagle Tribune Charges against a former city engineer accused of exposing himself to a homeless man in a hotel room were dismissed Thursday when the man failed to show up for the trial in Lowell District Court.…

Cambridge to DC: Trump has got to go » Boston Globe Memo from Cambridge to Washington, D.C.: It's time for Trump to go.…

Ernesto Cruz, candidate for at-large Springfield City Council seat, passionate about public service » The Republican For more than two years Ernesto Cruz has spent his days helping residents as aide to State Rep. Jose Tosado, D- Springfield.…

Sununu: 'The only advice that's ever taken is advice that's asked for' » Eagle Tribune Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu has advised President Donald Trump's administration to take note of the “magnifying glass” aimed at the White House at all times, while defending Trum…

Cariddi: $1.8M For Infrastucture In First Berkshires District » WAMC Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams has announced $1.8 million in Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities in her district fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure …

Opinion

Benton: Mayoral battle brewing in Lynn » The Salem News All quiet on the mayoral front to date in Salem, Peabody and Beverly; but the Lynn race this fall ought to be a doozy with state Sen. Tom McGee having announced he will take on two-term incumbent Judi…

Kushner's new post takes 'Innovation' from a buzzword to a buzzkill » Boston Globe INNOVATION IS great. Except when it's just another excuse to wish problems away. This week, President Trump tapped his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run something called the White House Office of Amer…

Is Trump's 'secret plan' to defeat ISIS dragging us into another Iraq war? » Boston Globe Donald Trump claimed he knew “more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me,” and he'd “bomb the sh*t” out of them, getting a new policy reviewed in 30 days. …

As Trump retreats, citizens step up on climate » Boston Globe A DAY AFTER President Trump signed an executive order to reverse Barack Obama's regulatory effort against climate change, an instructive event took place on Beacon Hill.…

Battenfeld: Time for Romney redux » Boston Herald Donald Trump needs a Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney needs a comeback. The solution is clear: Mitt runs for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, giving him some much-needed redemption and Trump a much-needed grown-up…

Editorial: Under-employment drives poverty » Boston Business Journal With the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Massachusetts rising to 3.4 percent in February, the commonwealth is faring better than the national rate of 4.7 percent.…

ViewPoint: Venues can light the way to more sustainable future » Boston Business Journal From 2015-2018, it is estimated that LEED-certified buildings in the U.S. will have saved more than $2.1 billion in combined energy, water, maintenance and waste savings.…

Our Opinion: A welcome boost for childhood education in state » Berkshire Eagle Early childhood education is of critical importance because it sets the stage for educational success in the future, but funding for it in Massachusetts hasn't reflected this importance. That changed …

Carr: Freedom Caucus did the president a 'yuge' favor » Boston Herald Hey, President Trump, lay off the House Freedom Caucus.…

Time for action on mental health in Massachusetts » Boston Globe The Boston Globe Spotlight series paints a disturbing picture of the current state of mental health care in the Commonwealth…

ViewPoint: Throwing shade on our historic parks » Boston Business Journal We don't dispute the need to replace a decrepit city-owned garage, but giving this project a one-time pass to skirt the Shadow Laws is bad public policy. It would permanently damage our historic iconi…

No time for politics on Trump's opioids committee » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS LOST 1,979 residents to fatal opioid overdoses last year, according to state estimates. Governor Charlie Baker is responding to that public health crisis with the seriousness it deserves…

Editorial: Towns free to go their own way with broadband » The Recorder It doesn't happen often enough, but this week common sense prevailed in state government.…

Legislature must ensure Lottery grows its business » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

Pushing the addiction-as-disease envelope » Commonwealth Magazine Two assumptions have have come to define discussion of the opioid crisis in the country: 1) It is not a partisan issue, and 2) we need to approach it as a public health problem, not a criminal one. T…

For Opioid-Addicted Inmates, More Jails Rely On Vivitrol » WBUR Sixty-five percent of the U.S. prison population is addicted to drugs or alcohol, but only 11 percent receive treatment, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. …

Rate of infants born on opioids soaring » Boston Herald The number of babies born in the throes of drug withdrawal is soaring amid the Bay State's heroin crisis, according to new state data officials say could guide how millions of dollars in federal fundi…

State Finance

State Chapter 90 road funding clears the House; Senate vote expected next week » Berkshire Eagle Chris Pompi knows how he'll prioritize the Chapter 90 money his town is allocated from the state. Pompi, superintendent of the Lee Department of Public Works, plans to split the funding evenly betwee…

State Government

Charlie Baker: Don't think i'm tangled in Trump ties » Boston Herald Newly tapped for a White House blue-ribbon panel, Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday sought to downplay his newfound White House ties, saying he was originally recruited by political ally N.J. Gov. Chris Ch…

Opioid panel could boost Baker's national profile » Berkshire Eagle The offer to serve on President Donald Trump's new opioid commission presented Gov. Charlie Baker with an opportunity to serve at a level he has tried to avoid - the federal level.…

Charlie Baker: Don't think I'm tangled in Donald Trump ties » Boston Herald Newly tapped for a White House blue-ribbon panel, Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday sought to downplay his newfound White House ties, saying he was originally recruited by political ally N.J. Gov. Chris Ch…

Second tribe member joins Cape Cod Commission » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday appointed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe facilities director Michael Maxim to the Cape Cod Commission.…

Taxation

Rosenberg says cutting sales tax would cause 'big nightmare' » Boston Business Journal A retailing group is considering pushing a ballot question next year that would ask Massachusetts residents whether to reduce the sales tax. …

Transportation

State Rep. Angelo Puppolo announces $4.8M in state aid for roads in Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow » MassLive State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, has helped secure almost $4.8 million in state aid for local roads and bridges in East Longmeadow, Springfield, and Wilbraham.…

House Passes $200M Local Road Fix Bill » Banker & Tradesman A bill funding $200 million in local road projects unanimously cleared the House Wednesday.…

Utilities

Boards call on Baker to end gas-line support » Sentinel & Enterprise The conservation commissions of four local communities have signed a statewide petition asking Gov. Charlie Baker to end his support of new interstate gas pipelines in Massachusetts.…

State official says more gas capacity not needed as Rehoboth prepares for vote » The Sun Chronicle

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governor Baker Addresses Annual Chamber Gathering » Beacon Hill Patch

DuBois PayPal appeak draws campaign finance complaint » State House News Service

Gaming commission approves Suffolk Downs sale » State House News Service

Volkswagen will pay $20M to Mass. in state's 'largest' environmental civil penalty ever » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois, under fire for Facebook post, defends posting ICE raid rumors » The Republican

Massachusetts AG joins coalition opposing vehicle emissions rollback » Legal Newsline

Bay Staters call for halt to stun gun ban » Boston Herald

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 2776 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Robin Ouellette, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

HB 3448 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB 68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

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

HB3454 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

HB68 - An Act to reorganize the Department of Public Safety

HB2783 - An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges

HB3526 - An Act relative to community tax relief

HB3324 - An Act relative to hotel rooms booked online

SB985 - An Act regulating the use of credit reports by employers

SB1013 - An Act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status

SB1033 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

House Actions This Week: 207

Senate Actions This Week: 40

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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