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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Annual Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz Press Conference - An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century, Room 428

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

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

Must-Reads

The Gig Economy's False Promise » New York Times Instead of freedom, workers at companies like Uber have encountered low wages and coercion.…

Massachusetts sheriffs call for 5 percent increase to marijuana tax to be used to treat addiction » The Republican As Sheriffs of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have significant concerns regarding the potential for a drastic increase in addiction and people needing treatment for substance abuse once the rec…

Mass. GOP Senators Push For Internet Privacy Protections » WBUR Massachusetts may be the latest state to consider protections for broadband privacy. …

As Berkshire delegation moves for single-payer, local voices weigh in » Berkshire Eagle That's how Gail Garret, town clerk and Select Board member in the town of Mount Washington, feels about the cost of health care in Massachusetts. …

Former Cape & Islands state senator urges overhaul of gun laws » The Barnstable Patriot A former Cape and Islands state senator on Tuesday called for a movement to purge “as many guns out of society as possible,” and pushed for a sweeping overhaul of gun laws. …

Analysis: CPA Battle Perhaps a Chapter of Holyoke Change » Western Mass Politics and Insight The full Holyoke City Council ended the stalemate over the Community Preservation Act (CPA) ordinance last Tuesday by voting to override Mayor Alex Morse's veto and enacting the bill. The ordinance, w…

In wake of Motley resignation from UMass post, some decry focus on him as unfair, misdirected » Dorchester Reporter Even as they applauded the legacy of UMass Boston chancellor Keith Motley, who announced his resignation this week, several elected officials expressed concern about the tenor of conversation that led…

Robichaud: Don't blink, a 2017-18 state budget proposal is here » Boston Herald Today the House Ways and Means Committee will release its version of the 2017-18 state budget, ending the suspense over which tax Bacon Hill plans to increase, what new ones the legislators will creat…

"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russia as part of the problem."

H.R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Advisor

Urging Russia to rethink Syria support

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Democrats' platform of opportunity » Commonwealth Magazine THERE'S AN OLD QUIP that a camel is a horse designed by committee. In June, Massachusetts Democrats will affirm a new state platform – the camel meant to guide federal and state party officials…

Elections To Replace Some Trump Cabinet Picks Looking Tighter Than Anticipated » WBUR Democrats are hoping to prove that the growing opposition to President Trump is very real with an upset in one — or possibly even two — upcoming special congressional elections. Their b…

Trump security adviser urges Russia to rethink Syria support » Eagle Tribune President Donald Trump's national security adviser is calling on Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional U.S. military action a…

Business

Don Chiofaro's bullish run in Belmont » Boston Globe If you want to understand Don Chiofaro, it helps to stand deep in his backyard, behind the house on Belmont Hill where he has lived for 35 years. He has 6 acres of thick woods back here, next to a wil…

Mayor proposes deal on Winthrop Square tower, shadows » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh's efforts to get a skyscraper built on a city-owned property in the Financial District have been complicated by the amount of shadow the 750-foot building would cast on Boston Co…

Tough times for Gut Guy? Drug industry braces for an attack on its TV ads » STAT News The pharmaceutical industry has enriched the tapestry of American TV characters with amorous bees, jaunty bowels, and a family of mucasoid “Honeymooners,” all of them cheerily pushing pres…

Mass. ride-hailing checks have other states weighing more thorough driver reviews » Boston Globe

Education

At UMass Boston, courses abruptly canceled » Boston Globe Without warning or consultation with faculty, the University of Massachusetts Boston has abruptly eliminated at least 20 courses set to be taught this summer, and more next fall, according to professo…

New Boston Latin leader rooted in city, school district » Boston Globe Long known as “The Pride of Capitol Hill,” Eastern Senior High School was in dire need of a makeover. Principals came and went, students had grown unruly at times, and test scores were dis…

In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity » Commonwealth Magazine IF NECESSITY IS the mother of invention, we are busy in the Berkshires figuring out new approaches to school challenges we are facing. Berkshire County has seen a decline of more than 20 percent in s…

Mass. Outperforms The U.S. In Math, But Has Work To Do To Compete Globally » WBUR Since the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, schools in the state have focused on strengthening students comprehension of so-called STEM topics — science, technology, engineering and m…

The Push To Update Massachusetts' Decades-Old School Funding Formula » WBUR Back in 1993, when the average U.S. income was $33,000 a year and the price of a movie ticket was about $4, Massachusetts created a formula to figure out how much money the state should give each scho…

Trump's Proposed Budget Is A Gut Punch To Educational Opportunity » WBUR The federal budget proposed by President Trump devastates higher education in a particularly cruel way: If you are a bright, working-class student who studies hard, earns good grades and is waiting ri…

Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School » WBUR How important is it to have a role model? A new working paper puts some numbers to that question. Having just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income black boys' probabi…

Lawmakers will consider major increase to state education funding formula » MassLive

Chang-Diaz Proposes Bill to Update 'Frayed' Education Funding Formula » Jamaica Plain News

Environment

Unhealthy air days common despite progress on emissions, report says » Berkshire Eagle Despite significant progress in curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, smog and soot pollution continues to create health concerns in Massachusetts, according to a new environmental su…

Federal

Upper Cape base intelligence unit eyes in the sky for U.S. military » Cape Cod Times Operations like the U.S. missile strike Thursday on a Syrian airfield rely on information and analysis provided by sources such as the Air National Guard Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance …

Health Care

Critics worry faster FDA drug reviews could compromise safety » Boston Globe For biotechs, waiting for new drugs to be approved is not as hard as it used to be. Since late last year, federal regulators have acted months earlier than expected to OK a bumper crop of new drugs fr…

AG urged to stop medical-pricing-law scofflaws » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey should “assert leadership” on behalf of consumers and motivate health care providers to comply with the state's price-transparency law, the Pioneer Institute…

Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change? » WBUR The Affordable Care Act's worst enemies are now in charge of the vast range of health coverage the law created. They're also discussing changes that could affect a wider net of employment-based polici…

Lowell providers say reforms will help MassHealth patients, control costs » Lowell Sun The city's health-care providers are preparing to embark on a "once in a lifetime" experiment to transform the way they care for MassHealth recipients.…

Berkshire delegation on board with single-payer health legislation in Mass. » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire lawmakers are helping to push consideration of a single-payer health care system in Massachusetts. …

Dear Mass. Employers: House Budget Plan Shows A Health Assessment Is Coming » WBUR

Massachusetts House would give Gov. Charlie Baker flexibility on health care employer fee » The Republican

Immigration

Climate of fear: Deportation push is driving some immigrants into hiding » Eagle Tribune Dr. Zandra Kelley, the medical director of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, recalls the response a patient said she received when she told a house guest that a police officer would be visiti…

Words matter in immigration debate » Commonwealth Magazine The political divide over immigration is wide, and it can be seen clearly in the words people use to describe those at the center of the debate. The Eagle-Tribune reported on Monday that the deportat…

Judiciary

Residents pressure Sanchez on criminal justice reform » Mission Hill Gazette Residents pressured local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez to take action on criminal justice reform at a public meeting last month on Mission Hill. …

Local Government

Westport animal advocates question MSPCA's role in stopping tenant farm abuse » State House News Service

Marijuana

Sheffield farmer takes on Boston over right to grow pot » Berkshire Eagle People are gaga for Ted Dobson's mesclun and baby arugula. Dobson, owner of Equinox Farms, supplies his micro greens to restaurants all over the region, and in Boston and New York. …

Pols & Politics: Candidates nominate themselves for posts on Bay State pot panel » Boston Herald Stop us if you've heard this one, but a city councilor, a lawyer and an Obama appointee walk into a marijuana dispensary...…

'We'll definitely be able to beat Massachusetts to the punch.' R.I. eyes recreational marijuana » Boston Globe

Opinion

A son-in-law does not an administration make » Boston Globe JUDGING FROM the multiple roles he's been given, one could be forgiven for thinking that 36-year-old Jared Kushner is the most talented leader to grace the globe since William Pitt the Younger took ov…

Eurasia is on the rise. Will the US be left on the sidelines? » Boston Globe The world's biggest geopolitical trend today is not America First, or the global war on terror, or Brexit, or the renewed Cold War with Russia. …

Mass. horse racing fund needs new mission » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS HAS $15.5 million sitting in a little-known account, and is desperate for ways to spend it. So desperate, in fact, that some even finds its way to a racetrack in rural New York.…

Ferriabough Bolling: UMass leader was an easy scapegoat » Boston Herald The recent developments at UMass Boston are enough to make your head swim — in a swamp, surrounded by alligators, created by the powers that be to insult, diminish and belittle the stellar work…

Highlighted Letter: Rep above the law? » Boston Herald Who does state Rep. Michelle DuBois think she is (“Feds blast state rep for spreading rumors about supposed raid,” March 29)? …

Editorial: Dental care should be extended to underserved » Gazette Net Too many Massachusetts residents lack proper dental care, and a disproportionate number of those missing out on that care are poor, disabled or living in rural areas.…

A voice for the right, right here in Mass. » The Sun Chronicle

Politics

Peter Picknelly, Springfield business owners, to host fundraiser for LG Karyn Polito » The Republican Peter Picknelly and other Springfield-area business owners and politicians are hosting a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.…

Leaders rip Tito Jackson's media coverage » Boston Herald Leaders in Boston's black community are slamming recent media coverage of City Councilor Tito Jackson's campaign to unseat incumbent Mayor Martin J. Walsh as far too dismissive and piling on.…

Gonzalez hires former Coakley aide to manage campaign » Boston Globe

Public Health

STD surge worries health officials » Eagle Tribune Health officials are alarmed by a steady rise in sexually transmitted disease, with cases reaching record levels in recent years.…

STD surge in Massachusetts worries health officials » The Andover Townsman Massachusetts health officials are alarmed by a steady rise in sexually transmitted diseases, with cases reaching record levels in recent years. …

Public Safety

Hearing on Seatbelt Awareness Month bill set for Tuesday » The Herald News A bill filed in the memory of Hannah Raposo, the B.M.C. Durfee High School senior who died in a car accident last year, that would declare June Seatbelt Awareness Month in Massachusetts will get a hea…

State Finance

In $40.3 billion budget proposal, idea of health care fee embraced » Boston Herald

Massachusetts House proposes $40.32 billion budget for fiscal 2018 » The Republican

House budget puts hold on governor's plan for Medicaid » WCVB

State Government

AG Healey talks Westport tenant farm, Trump and fighting opioids » The Herald News Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says investigating the Westport farm animal abuse case, a criminal probe that resulted in a 151-count criminal indictment against 27 people, was not like an…

Chabot: Maura Healey boosting her name » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey continues to ramp up her statewide profile with standing-room-only events while bolstering her campaign account in a political end run that could give her a head start if…

Seniors get final say at ballot box » Lowell Sun Incumbent Tewksbury Selectman Bruce Panilaitis lost by 705 votes to newcomer Jay Kelly in last weekend's town election, apparently due in large part to Panilaitis' stance on the Council on Aging appoi…

Transportation

Changing the mindset on commuter rail » Commonwealth Magazine Earlier this year, the MBTA announced a misguided approach to renovating the Auburndale Commuter Rail station. While it would make the station ADA-compliant, it would do so in a way that foreclosed th…

Section of Commonwealth Avenue will close this summer for bridge work » Boston Globe

Utilities

Pilgrim begins final refueling of reactor » Cape Cod Times Entergy Corp., owner and operator of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, has begun the final refueling of the reactor, starting to power down at 10 a.m. Sunday. This marks the 21st refueling outage and…

Weekend News

State Tax Reform Options Examined as Need for Revenue Increases » Stoneham Patch President Donald J. Trump and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg may finally have a common interest: tax reform.…

State House rally draws crowd in support of single-payer health care » Boston Globe A crowd of doctors, nurses, and other health care advocates gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts State House on Saturday afternoon to call for a single-payer health care system to improve access…

Whipping up support for rec center becomes a cause celebre for teen activists » Boston Globe These teens weren't even alive when the hockey rinks in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury were torn down more than 20 years ago. But they know something is missing from their quickly changing neighborhoods.…

Residents rally for single-payer healthcare system » The Daily Free Press More than 100 people gathered at the Massachusetts State House Saturday afternoon for the Rally to Take Back Health, organized to show support for a new healthcare initiative, the United States Nation…

City and country folk: We're mostly the same in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Massachusetts certainly has its share of sparsely populated towns, hundreds of them with vaguely familiar names and rich but little known local histories.…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 4/10

9:00am Annual Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz Press Conference - An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century, Room 428

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

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

Tuesday - 4/11

9:00am Early Education Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am Mass. Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall

9:30am Mass. Teachers Association Legislative Briefing, Room 428

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Informational Hearing

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

12:00pm MA Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Legislative Luncheon, Great Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 4/12

Birthdays: Rep. Joan Meschino

9:00am MAPA Lobby Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am Community Health Center Day at the State House, Great Hall

12:00pm Cambodian New Year Celebration, Nurses Hall

3:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

Thursday - 4/13

9:00am Mass. NAHRO Legislative Information Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony, Great Hall

Friday - 4/14

Birthdays: Rep. Michelle DuBois

9:00am Project ABLE Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase


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