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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

Must-Reads

Budget dynamics gain clarity with release of House's $40 billion plan » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 10, 2017....Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts House put forward a $40.3 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said focused "…

Goldberg seeking corporate diversity strategies » State House News Service To increase diversity on corporate boards, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg plans in May to host discussions focused on the information technology, finance, health care, biotech and pharmaceutical industrie…

Remember Mitt Romney's 'binders full of women?' They're real. And we got them » Boston.com In the world of important political documents — from the Magna Carta to the Pentagon Papers — there are also those known for more pedestrian reasons. Count Mitt Romney's “binders f…

Lawmakers want hearing aids to be easier to get, but doctors object » Boston Globe Patricia Holland of Waltham suffered a panic attack during a vacation in Savannah, Ga., 13 years ago when she lost her hearing aid and had no way to quickly find a replacement. Almost two weeks later,…

UMass Boston needs a reality check » Boston Globe COURSES ARE BEING cancelled, and political hires are being added to the payroll. Meanwhile, an expensive old-school expansion plan is underway at the University of Massachusetts Boston. …

Why Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan could wind up in a ditch » Politico President Donald Trump is counting on his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal to produce the kind of bipartisan legislative victory that has eluded him on health care and pretty much everything else. …

I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong » New York Times The professional guardians of America's past, in short, had made a mistake. We advanced a narrative of the American right that was far too constricted to anticipate the rise of a man like Trump. …

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack » Commonwealth Magazine STEPHANIE POLLACK AND Charlie Baker are the odd couple of Massachusetts politics. Pollack is short and Baker is tall. She's a lifelong Democrat and he's a lifelong Republican. She supported Deval Patr…

Joe Baerlein's new lineup » Boston Globe Joe Baerlein picked the day of the first game at Fenway Park to announce the “opening day” for his new communications firm, Baerlein & Partners. …

The two most popular governors are Republicans in traditionally blue states: Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland » Morning Consult New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a tough 2016, and this year isn't starting off any better for him: He's now the most unpopular governor in the country, according to the new Morning Consult Governor…

"When you give the authority to the administration, it lets them flex and move as time goes on with the budget, as opposed to us making a decision one time in a fiscal year budget and then all of a sudden having to go back and revisit it in the following year,"

Rep. Todd Smola

Speaking about giving the Baker administration flexibility to address the budget.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

As a House Race Tightens in Kansas, Republicans See a Possible Warning Sign » New York Times A special election in a district held by Republicans for over two decades has suddenly become competitive.…

Hatch: Sorry, Romney, Trump Is 'All Over Me' To Run For Reelection In 2018 » Talking Points Memo Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Monday said that he plans to run for another term and has President Donald Trump's support in doing so, though Hatch previously said that he would consider retiring if Mitt …

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the US » Sentinel & Enterprise U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian le…

Steve Lynch's balancing act » Commonwealth Magazine Is the lunch-bucket Democrat out of step with his own party? …

Maine's Susan Collins Weighing 2018 Gubernatorial Bid » Roll Call

Business

Attorney general settles with reverse mortgage broker accused of misleading elderly » Boston Globe Dolores Rush of Quincy wishes she never obtained a reverse mortgage on her three-bedroom family home. She and her now-deceased husband had paid off their conventional mortgage and had no debts.…

New Bedford Worries About What Happens To 'The Codfather's' Fishing Permits » WBUR Down on the docks of the Whaling City, everyone knows him as "Carlos." "I've been working for Carlos for 12 years now," says Richard Mauzerolle of Weston. "Sometimes he should watch out who he's talk…

Biz leaders rip state health care tax » Boston Herald

Education

State agency awards $6M in grants to Merrimack Valley schools » Eagle Tribune Several local educational institutions, from middle schools to colleges, received sizable grants totaling more than $6 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center on Monday. …

Support growing for bill that would update school funding formula » Sentinel & Enterprise Educators, parents, and lawmakers on Tuesday urged support for a bill that would update the state's school funding formula to send more money to districts, highlighting the bill's backing from a varie…

Panagiotakos Honored by UMass Lowell » Former state Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, hailed as a giant of a politician who never forgot his humble beginnings, was recognized Monday for his key role in the development of products so infinitesimall…

Voc-tech tension » Commonwealth Magazine KELSEY CLARK, A SENIOR at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, is showing a visitor work from her graphic design portfolio. There is a pointillism-style poster she drew for a…

Changing Your Math 'Mindset' Can Boost Your Math Performance » WBUR There's a scene in the 1988 movie "Stand and Deliver," where high school math teacher Jaime Escalante (played by Edward James Olmos) argues with the head of the school's math program about the student…

Here's The Fine Print On The Country's Biggest-Ever Free College Plan » WBUR New York state has passed legislation that would create the largest experiment in the country to offer free tuition at two- and four-year colleges.…

Massachusetts lawmakers making education funding a top priority » WWLP 22 Massachusetts lawmakers are investing more in your child's education as they distribute funds for the next fiscal year. The House Budget Committee unveiled a $40.3-billion spending proposal, one that …

Gov. Baker Wants An Explanation For UMass Boston's $30 Million Deficit » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan and the Board of Trustees, which oversee the system's five campuses, to investigate how UMass Boston found itself wi…

Motley backers warn UMass ouster looks like 'smear campaign' » Boston Herald Supporters of departing UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley plan to demand answers from University of Massachusetts president Martin T. Meehan and the Board of Trustees this week, saying they need…

UMass Lowell recognizes former Sen. Panagiotakos for his contribution to cutting-edge technology » Lowell Sun Former state Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, hailed as a giant of a politician who never forgot his humble beginnings, was recognized Monday for his key role in the development of products so infinitesimall…

Lawmakers say state formula miscalculates education costs by $1 billion » The Enterprise The state's 24-year-old school funding formula comes up short by $1-2 billion when it comes to projecting the real cost of public education each year, according to a group of lawmakers and education e…

Jackson says UMass prez should reject Motley's resignation » Boston Herald

Environment

Special Legislation Could Make Exception for Buildings Casting Shadows on Boston Common » NECN Since 1990, there's been a law on the books aimed at protecting the Boston Common while stopping the construction of buildings that would cast shadows on the park.…

Gaming

Wynn shipping contaminated soil around nation » Commonwealth Magazine Cleanup of 500,000 tons of toxic dirt from casino site sent to landfills in seven states and Canada …

Esports: More than a game » Commonwealth Magazine Big bucks online competition now gaining academia's interest …

Appeals court decision boosts Wampanoag's plan for casino on Martha's Vineyard » Boston Herald

Health Care

House budget enables Baker to pursue employer assessment » Lowell Sun The House budget committee on Monday unanimously advanced a $40.3 billion spending blueprint for next year that would greenlight the Baker administration's plan to levy an assessment on employers to h…

Death of a cancer lab » Commonwealth Magazine FEW PLACES HAVE the resources and brain power to match Boston when it comes to biomedical research, including the search for effective ways to treat and prevent cancer. …

Lawmakers back Medicaid changes to boost nursing home wages » Lowell Sun The entire Lowell delegation is backing a pair of bills that would increase wages for nursing home workers and maintain quality care for patients.…

Red states dodge a Medicaid bullet » Commonwealth Magazine Under-the-radar attempt to repeal entitlement unlikely to go away …

Housing

The view from $10m up » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON'S DOWNTOWN CROSSING has always been a crossroads, a place where subways, streets, and people from all walks of life intersect. Foot traffic tended to be heaviest during the day, with the area e…

Human Services

State leaders to attend annual Senior Conference » State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, announced details for the 37th annual Senior Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St., Marlboro…

Autism advocates want more state investment » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker declared April to be Autism Awareness Month in Massachusetts, but advocates want the state to do more to support the developmentally disabled.…

Running away from homelessness » Commonwealth Magazine Back on My Feet invites homeless people to run with them to feel included and healthy …

Insurance

United Life Insurance to pay $2.8 million in settlement with Massachusetts » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 4 that United Life Insurance Company (ULIC) will pay more than $2.8 million after allegations of using deceptive and unlawful practices to s…

Judiciary

Judge overturns South Boston man's 1981 murder conviction » Boston Globe Thirty-six years after a South Boston man was sentenced to life in prison for a 1980 murder, a judge on Monday ordered a new trial because investigators failed to turn over a report that implicated an…

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes poor defendants do community service instead of serving 'fine time' in Massachusetts » The Republican People who can't afford to pay legal fines will be able to fulfill their debt by performing community service instead of serving jail time, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker is filing on Tuesday.…

Amendment would put check on lengthy judicial terms » State House News Service A former state Senate candidate's pitch that judges be re-appointed and re-confirmed every decade met some pushback Monday from lawmakers who expressed a preference for the current system.…

4,000 'Dookhan' cases face dismissal » Gloucester Times With a deadline looming later this month, the vast majority of Essex County drug cases connected to now-disgraced former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan are facing dismissal.…

Lobbying

K Street Offers Five Tips for Tax Overhaul » Roll Call Congressional Republicans and the White House can't gloss over the collapse of their first signature measure — the 2010 health care law repeal and replace effort — but veteran lobbyists …

Local Government

Westport town report implicated town officials, MSPCA for lax oversight of tenant farm » South Coast Today A report by Town Administrator Timothy King leaked two weeks ago to news media took town officials to task for deficiencies said to have enabled horrific conditions for animals at the former tenant fa…

Amherst Charter Commission considering what would be largest council in United States » The Republican The latest proposal to replace the town's form of government could set history if passed -- a 60-member town council that would be the largest in the United States.…

Mayor seeks transfers to fund water-sewer improvements » Newburyport News

Marijuana

Medical marijuana dispensaries coming soon to Davis Square and East Somerville » Wicked Local Somerville Somerville's first medical marijuana dispensaries could open for business as soon as this summer. Last month the city approved special permits for Sage Cannabis and the Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Fo…

Holyoke's mayor isn't afraid of pot » Commonwealth Magazine Alex Morse sees potential for urban farming in his old city's mills …

Opinion

Trump's destructive meddling in the Bowe Bergdahl case » Boston Globe In 2009, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post and was captured by the Taliban. Five years later, amid much controversy, President Obama swapped five Taliban detainees to secure his freedom.…

ICA plan for East Boston lifts the whole city » Boston Globe DEVELOPMENT IN Greater Boston is proceeding almost faster than the city can keep up with, stoking worries about haphazard growth and the vulnerability of historic neighborhoods. …

A company that plays by the rules and is paying for it » Boston Globe Back in the 1970s, Larry O'Toole was hoping to save enough money to start his own manufacturing business when he began working for a small, local moving company.…

Kudos to Charlie Baker for Wanting Michael Ricciuti on Superior Court » JDSupra Michael Ricciuti's is an American success story. He clearly merits the superior court judgeship he's been nominated for by the governor.…

Editorial: Health in the House » Boston Herald The free ride may be over for businesses whose employees have access to a company health insurance plan — but who see a much better deal in signing up for free insurance from the government. …

BEVERLY JOHNSTON, Marshfield: Raid warning was justified » Patriot Ledger Caring for all her constituents led state Rep. Michelle DuBois to alert her district that ICE could be conducting a raid. (“Lawmaker blasted for her immigration raid warning,” March 29.) …

Your View: Legislation is best answer to sheriff's rhetoric » South Coast Today ICE agents swarm a porch shouting “Police!” But it's a lie. It sounds like something in a totalitarian state: Immigration and Customs Enforcement lying to citizens, impersonating police of…

Bending the Medicaid cost curve » Commonwealth Magazine IN A WILDLY uncertain national health care environment, something new, audacious, and risky is happening in MassHealth, the Medicaid program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million people who are…

Editorial: Scrap the pledge talk » Boston Herald If in the future political candidates skip the chapter on the “people's pledge” in the book of campaign gimmicks, well, there will be no salty tears falling in this space.…

'Fine time' reduction is a fine idea (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Poll shows Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in America. Again. » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is once again the nation's most popular governor, while US Senator Elizabeth Warren's approval ratings have dropped, according to a new Morning Consult poll shared with the Glob…

Baker's approval rating best in nation » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker is back on top, leapfrogging over his counterparts in North Dakota and Maryland to again claim the title "Most Popular Governor in America," according to a national poll released Tu…

Spring 2017 Issue » Commonwealth Magazine Our Spring 2017 print issue has you covered. We've got stories on invasions, interesting people, politics, education, health policy, and even sports. I'll give you a quick rundown below, and you can a…

Public Health

Massachusetts is moving closer to opening a safe injection site for drug users » Boston.com A safe injection site where drug users can ride out a high under the supervision of a doctor or nurse may be coming to Massachusetts.…

Public Safety

Mass. ride-hailing checks have other states weighing more thorough driver reviews » Boston Globe The startling results of the first state-run background check of Uber and Lyft drivers by Massachusetts has some regulators in other states and cities asking if they should toughen their reviews of dr…

State Finance

House unveils $40.3 billion state budget » Boston Globe House leaders unveiled a $40.3 billion state budget Monday that significantly tempered two controversial plans by Governor Charlie Baker to tackle the cost of health care.…

State Government

Frayed community preservation partnership in danger of collapsing » State House News Service As the state's contribution rate continues to decline to record low levels, supporters of the Community Preservation Act touted legislation they say is necessary to preserve the open space protection …

Transportation

Green Line Extension Start Date Eyed for 2018 » Somerville Patch Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is eyeing early 2018 to restart work on the Green Line Extension project, according to the State House News Service. Curtatone's comments come a week after the projec…

T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S PLAN TO BALANCE its operating budget next year without tapping any of a $187 million legislative appropriation was scrapped on Monday; the only question now is how much of the fundin…

T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA PLANS TO SPEND $2.29 billion building the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and another $23 million a year providing the new rail service. John Dalton, the T manager overs…

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Set To Be Replaced This Summer » WBUR Head's up: This might affect your travel in Boston this summer. State transportation officials on Monday detailed plans to replace the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, at the intersection of Comm. Ave. an…

MBTA to Offer All-Day Marathon Monday Commuter Rail Pass » Boston Magazine Getting into and around Boston on Marathon Monday can be a headache. This year, the MBTA and Keolis, its commuter rail operator, hope to make things a little easier.…

MBTA weighs cost cutting ahead of Thursday meeting » State House News Service On the menu for MBTA officials seeking to further shrink the agency's roughly $50 million structural deficit are elimination of same-day booking for The Ride paratransit service, savings in commuter r…

The road less traveled » Commonwealth Magazine Distance from Boston is an obstacle to statewide office …

T considering ways to close $50M deficit » Worcester Business Journal

Utilities

Residents, businesses, officials decry Eversource rate hike at Department of Public Utilities hearing » Berkshire Eagle Disproportionate. Exorbitant. And greedy. Those were among the words used, again and again, by residents and business owners alike to characterize a proposed rate increase by Eversource. They asked th…

Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase » iBerkshires There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase. …

Political Notes: Barnstable councilor named to nuclear advisory panel » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores to the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.…

Mass. AG Calls For DPU To Reject Eversource Request » WAMC

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gonzalez hires former Coakley aide to manage campaign » Boston Globe

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

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

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

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

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