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US says aides pushed Walsh's labor agenda » Boston Globe Two City Hall aides accused of extortion thought they were advancing Mayor Martin J. Walsh's agenda in attempting to force the Boston Calling music festival to hire union workers, a prosecutor said in…

Trump Threatens Health Subsidies to Force Democrats to Bargain » New York Times The president's tone differs from that of Republicans in Congress, who have repeatedly promised a smooth transition away from the law they call Obamacare.…

Within Trump's inner circle, a moderate voice captures the president's ear » The Washington Post As power struggles and ideological battles engulfed the White House, an unlikely player is exercising new influence on the direction of President Trump's administration. …

Open Senate seat draws interest fro two state reps » State House News Service Two state reps -- a Democrat and a Republican -- are considering running for the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Ken Donnelly of Arlington, with one prepared to make an announcement next …

Senators See Trump Support Giving Glass-Steagall Bill a Chance » Roll Call A bipartisan group of senators that claims it has the support of President Donald Trump is backing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, a piece of 1930s legislation that prohibited commercial…

Immigration, inmate bills recommended by Trump working group » State House News Service everal senior ranking House Democrats threw their weight behind a proposal on Thursday to prohibit inmates from being used to build President Donald Trump's border wall as part of their efforts to pro…

Elizabeth Warren Describes Why She Didn't Run for White House in New Book » The Wall Street Journal Sen. Elizabeth Warren opted not to run for president in 2016 in part because her husband warned her the race would be far more grueling than her 2012 Senate bid, she writes in a book scheduled for rel…

'Participation' … 'energy' mark Democratic events as newcomers join the fray » Dorchester Reporter Participation in Massachusetts Democratic Party affairs has amped up since November, party officials say, bringing uncharacteristically high numbers to ward meetings and spurring an influx of new dele…

Millionaire's tax or business tax? Businesses say proposal may hurt growth in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal The labor-backed group pushing the tax, Raise Up Massachusetts, touts it as a way to find much-needed funding from those individuals who can amply afford it. …

State Sen. James Timilty quits Senate for $124G Norfolk post » Boston Herald Sen. James Timilty, a Walpole Democrat who has served the last 13 years at the State House, is leaving the Senate for the Norfolk County treasurer's post after the county's board swiftly appointed him…

"This is the warning light," Rosenberg said. "If we approve this, next month will be another proposal, next year will be another proposal. Before you know it, we'll be asked to open more casinos, we'll be asked to do all kinds of things that will undermine the state's control over these facilities."

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about a current House proposal to allow casinos to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Christie, in new populist mode, lashes out at United » philly.com Christie, once a poster boy of the Republican establishment, has embarked on a populist trial run since Donald Trump became president. He is raging against corporate America -- casting big business as…

Trump: "....It's no so easy." » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues. And for all his usual bluster, he's startlingly candid about the reason: He's just now really learning about some of them. "After l…

Business

Dead deal: Islamic Society abandons plan for Dudley cemetery » Mass Live The Islamic Society of Greater Worcester has dropped plans to develop a Muslim cemetery on a 55-acre former farm in Dudley.…

WGBH, Ed Ansin reap huge windfall in sale of broadcast spectrum » Boston Globe WGBH and Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin are among eight Boston-area broadcasters receiving multimillion-dollar windfalls from a government-brokered auction of nearly 1,000 broadcast frequencies sought by wi…

Massport clears way for 1,000-room South Boston hotel » Boston Globe A massive new hotel complex — with more than 1,000 rooms, a sprawling ballroom, and potentially a skating rink — is coming to the center of the South Boston Waterfront.…

Car dealerships take Sunday off » Boston Globe Among the state's car dealers, this may be as close to heretical as you can get: Bernardi Auto Group announced recently that its five dealerships would close on Sundays.…

MACOM breaks ground on big Lowell expansion » Lowell Sun MACOM, the city's largest advanced manufacturing company, symbolically broke ground Wednesday on a new, 50,000 square-foot facility that will be able to support as many as 150 new jobs in a booming in…

Many poor Central Mass. residents live more than 1 mile from supermarket » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The highest percentage of low-income residents lacking access to grocery stores is most acute in rural areas and so-called gateway cities, according to new data.…

Planned Seaport hotel expected to boost convention business » Boston Herald Omni Resorts & Hotels and New Boston Hospitality, LLC, have been tapped to develop a 1,054-room, mixed-use hotel project with a pair of 20-floor towers across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition C…

Crimes

Feds find $2.5M in hidden safe deposit boxes, former Massachusetts Rep. John George Jr. charged with obstruction of justice » Mass Live The U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted former state rep. John George Jr. once again, charging him with obstruction of justice in connection with his embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars f…

Education

Dem wants repeal of in-state work mandate for 'free tuition' » Newsday ALBANY - One Democrat already is pushing to repeal part of New York's just-approve program to provide a free college education for some. …

Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg touts college savings program in Monson kindergarten visit » Mass Live A pilot program to encourage youngsters to begin saving money for college brought state Treasurer Deb Goldberg to the town's kindergarten Thursday to discuss the idea with students.…

Business group endorses Raimondo's free tuition plan » Boston Herald A prominent Rhode Island business group has endorsed Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to cover two years of tuition at public colleges for state residents.…

Report names 12 at Choate Rosemary Hall who allegedly abused students » Boston Globe A scathing report Thursday named a dozen former educators of Choate Rosemary Hall who allegedly sexually abused or assaulted students at the elite Connecticut boarding school since the 1960s, includin…

Do We Really Need To Learn Advanced Math? One Professor's Case For A More 'Practical' Approach » WBUR Do high school students really need to take calculus, geometry and trigonometry? Andrew Hacker, a political science professor at Queens College, says no. He's pushing for the adoption of “numer…

School aid falling short for area districts » The Sun Chronicle Legislative leaders say they are preparing to send a “record” amount of financial aid to public schools, but for most local districts that means a less than 1 percent increase.…

UMass Boston students and faculty blast trustees talk of class cuts, tuition hike » Boston Herald Fed up University of Massachusetts Boston students and faculty interrupted a trustees meeting yesterday demanding support for the campus as others held signs calling school leaders to “chop from…

Federal

State senators headed to Washington to learn, lobby on federal budget » MassLive A group of Massachusetts state senators is traveling to Washington later this month to lobby for federal funding for Massachusetts and to get more information from lawmakers and Trump administration o…

Massachusetts lawmakers heading to DC to lobby against cuts » WWLP 22 A contingent of lawmakers from the Massachusetts Senate is heading to Washington later this month to lobby against some of the budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.…

Gaming

Aquinnah selectmen seek possible appeal of tribe ruling » Martha's Vineyard Times Aquinnah selectmen voted Thursday to pursue possible appeals of a federal court ruling that paves the way for a gambling facility operated by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).…

House proposal would extend last call for alcohol at Massachusetts casinos to 4 a.m. » Mass Live A proposal included in the House budget would let Massachusetts casinos serve alcohol for an extra two hours, from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.…

Rosenberg knocks House plan for extending serving hours at casinos » State House News Service A House budget proposal that would allow alcohol to be served in casinos until 4 a.m. could become a slippery slope to other changes, eroding the state's control over an industry that has yet to get o…

Health Care

Lahey Health files motion to dismiss 'politically motivated' Bermuda lawsuit » Boston Business Journal Lahey Health has filed a motion to dismiss the case filed against it by the government of Bermuda, calling allegations that it bribed the government for business “baseless.”…

Human Services

Safety issues force closure of Fall River sober house » Herald News Sixteen residents living in a sober house were displaced on Wednesday after city building and fire inspectors found there was no heat or hot water to the four-unit building at 32 John St., and that th…

Group home creates safety concerns in West Bridgewater » The Enterprise The first time Maolis Ave residents became aware that the May Institute had opened a group home for autistic adults in their neighborhood was when West Bridgewater police responded to an altercation a…

Insurance

More Mass. consumers signing up for insurance through Connector » State House News Service Outreach by the Massachusetts Health Connector to the Latino community and other "target populations" contributed to 63,000 people newly signing up for private health insurance coverage in 2017, a nea…

Labor

STEM the pay gap: panel discussion at Simmons » The Simmons Voice On April 5, panelists and audience gathered for a panel discussion about pay gap in the workplace in the Park Science building at Simmons. The event was organized by the Department of Chemistry and Ph…

Legislative

House Democrats back bill prohibiting Mass. inmates from working on Trump's wall » Sentinel & Enterprise Several senior ranking House Democrats threw their weight behind a proposal on Thursday to prohibit inmates from being used to build President Donald Trump's border wall as part of their efforts to pr…

State's 'Trump Working Group' strategizes » The Recorder Several senior ranking House Democrats threw their weight behind a proposal on Thursday to prohibit inmates from being used to build President Donald Trump's border wall as part of their efforts to pr…

Local Government

State denies town appeal to block frequent records requester in Ashland » Wicked Local Ashland The state denied a petition by Ashland officials to block a frequent public records requester from submitting for any more documents.…

Quincy councilors ask: Parks or roads? » Patriot Ledger As discussions about Mayor Thomas Koch's $27 million parks plan continue, two city councilors want to use some of the money that would fund the plan for roadwork instead.…

Beverly Hugo First to Declare for School Committee Race » Peabody Patch School Committeewoman and President-Elect of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), Beverly Hugo, has announced her run for re-election in “District 1,” which is Precin…

After Winning Permit Following Rancorous Fight, Islamic Society Ends Plans For Dudley Cemetery » WBUR After a year of contentious debate, legal battles and a federal civil rights investigation, the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester is abandoning its plans to build a Muslim cemetery in the central M…

No access Hollywood: Zoning keeps production company out of Danvers neighborhood » The Salem News The town has denied a film production company permission to film at homes in a quiet cul-de-sac not far from Endicott Park because, officials say, residential zoning does not permit homes to be used a…

Housing development articles put on hold at Town Meeting » Wicked Local Lexington Concern over the rules for special permit residential developments that are constructed in Lexington raised the addition of two separate articles on the warrant for Town Meeting. Article 40, inserted …

O'Brien named chief administrative officer to mayor » Newburyport News Local business owner Paul O'Brien was named chief administrative officer to Mayor Donna Holaday. He will replace Patty Moore, who is leaving to work as finance director in Kittery, Maine. The appointm…

Opinion

The Trump Doctrine: Eat cake, fire missiles, learn on the job » Boston Globe One promise no one can accuse Donald Trump of breaking is his vow to be unpredictable on the world stage.…

Forbidden thoughts » Boston Globe AS AN ANCIENT, I've earned a few perks, among them the freedom to speak — or write — my mind. This is a mind crammed with forbidden thoughts, which I'm now about to set free.…

Reality confronts Trump » Boston Globe WARNING: SEVERE Political Weather Alert. Reality is raining down like baseball-sized hail on the Trump administration, with the wind gusts twirling the president about as though he were a tumbleweed.…

Letter to the editor: Logan Airport focus should be 'must-do' projects » Boston Business Journal I fully agree with your conclusions on needed projects at Logan, but would stress that new and expanded parking facilities and land-side terminal facilities are the two key “must-do” proje…

Your View: Maximizing offshore wind's benefits for Massachusetts » South Coast Today Massachusetts is about to engage in an ambitious venture to become the North American leader in offshore wind energy. But as we start out on this journey, it is vital the commonwealth implement a poli…

EDITORIAL: Bipartisan approach puts Baker at the top » Lowell Sun Memo to former Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Newton Mayor Setti Warren and any other Massachusetts Democrat weighing a run against Gov. Charlie Baker: You face an uphill climb.…

PETER LUCAS: Rosenberg fits the bill for UMass Boston chancellor » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker and UMass President Marty Meehan will no doubt launch a national search for a replacement for outgoing UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. As well they should.…

Editorial: If the millionaire's tax must pass, protect our job creators » Boston Business Journal The millionaire's tax is effectively a back-door tax on business — this from a state already fighting a years-long reputation as “Taxachusetts” and being known as unfriendly to busi…

EBT cards have no place in pot purchases (Editorial) » The Republican Massachusetts Rep. Shaunna O'Connell has filed a bill banning the use of EBT cards for marijuana purchases. Passing it will put legal recreational weed in line with restrictions against using welfare …

Politics

The Codcast: From luxury towers to lunch-bucket politics » Commonwealth Magazine The spring issue of CommonWealth magazine is out, and you can not only read it all online here, you can listen to us chew over some of the stories in this week's Codcast.…

Baker's 'streamlined' diversity disclosures » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker is doing slightly better than his predecessor in recruiting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians to work in the executive branch, but the way his administration goes about presenting demog…

Baker's Current Popularity May Not Offer A Safe Path To Reelection » WBUR Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is no stranger to popularity, or to bipartisanship. But the numbers in the new WBUR poll are unique — even for him. In the survey of Republican-leaning towns in ce…

WBUR Poll: In Small Central Mass. Towns, Baker Gets Stronger Support From Democrats » WBUR In a line of small central Massachusetts towns that voted for President Trump, Gov. Charlie Baker is popular. Though a new WBUR poll (topline results | crosstabs) finds he's even more popular among re…

Marty Walsh's capital budget could help campaign » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh's five-year, nearly $2.1 billion capital budget earmarks big bucks for his mayoral challenger Tito Jackson's Roxbury district in a move one City Hall watcher says appears aimed t…

Timilty to leave Senate for Norfolk County treasurer post » Wicked Local Medfield Sen. James Timilty announced Friday that he would leave the Senate to take the job of Norfolk County treasurer, overseeing the pension and retirements of the nearly 300-employee county government.…

Public Health

Sex ed supporters tout need for bill, inclusion of opt-out clause » Lowell Sun Supporters of a bill requiring schools offering sexual health education to do so in a "medically accurate, age-appropriate" manner on Wednesday described it as a way to protect young people from sexua…

Saran Wrap Sex-Ed Bill Will Help Teens Make Healthy Choices, Supporters Say » New Boston Post The sex education bill, its supporters say, is “age-appropriate and medically accurate,” but opponents are questioning whether state bureaucrats should dictate the appropriate age for chil…

Long-term commitment key to fighting opioid epidemic, says Massachusetts AG Maura Healey in Holyoke » Mass Live Treatment available at Holyoke Health Center like overdose-reversal kits is what's needed to fight the opioid epidemic, which remains a battle, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursda…

From Dying Wishes To Support For Substance Users: How 5 Health Startups Tackle Tough Problems » WBUR How can you make decisions about your own death more enjoyable? Or nudge recovering opioid addicts away from unhealthy social contacts? Or find the perfect caregiver to mind your aging, sometimes pric…

No Longer Neglected, Rebuilding Hope For The Fernald » WBUR It has been a slow, decades-long retreat for the 196-acre Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center. The Fernald, a former institution for the developmentally disabled, has loomed large for generations, …

IG finds "highest levels of chaos" at DC vets' hospital » Sentinel & Enterprise At the main health-care facility for veterans in the nation's capital, doctors have had to halt operating room procedures and dialysis treatments in the past year because of a lack of supplies, nurses…

Massachusetts Planned Parenthood sees disregard for women's health » Mass Live Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts described President Donald Trump's decision to withhold federal funding from organizations that perform abortions as the "worst political attack" on women's …

In new role, Baker's work on opioid abuse extending to other states » State House News Service Since being tapped to serve on a White House panel aimed at tackling the opioid crisis last month, Gov. Charlie Baker has been in touch with more than 10 states to pull together strategies for battlin…

Public Safety

O'Connor Ives, other advocates push anew for hands-free device law » Eagle Tribune A fatal distraction behind the wheel of a fast-moving car can happen in the time it took you to read this sentence. "Five seconds is the average time a driver's eyes are taken off the road while read…

State Finance

Governor: More cuts should not be forthcoming » Sentinel & Enterprise Faced with a $220 million revenue gap with three months left in the fiscal year 2017 budget he has already had to cut, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he thinks his team can manage the latest shortfa…

State Government

Governor Baker shaves head for cancer research » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker, along with about 1,000 other people in Quincy, shaved their heads to defeat cancer. Buzzing their hair for to raise money for Dana Farber, to find cure for pancreatic cancer.…

How does Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker protect his personal AOL email address? » Mass Live Boston is a "target rich environment" for computer hackers, given the prevalence of colleges and hospitals, the FBI's James Comey said during a recent swing through the area.…

MassDevelopment chief out as board fails to renew contract » Nashoba Publishing The longtime head of the state's economic development and financing agency will leave in June after a divided MassDevelopment Board of Directors voted Thursday not to renew her contract. Marty Jones…

Members named to regional commissions on women's issues » Mass Live The MBTA's oversight board approved a $1.98 billion budget yesterday that could lead to the privatization of four bus garages and cuts to both commuter rail service and a program serving riders with d…

Transportation

Advocates push anew for driver ban on handheld devices » Salem News A fatal distraction behind the wheel of a fast-moving car can occur in the time it took you to read this sentence. "Five seconds is the average time a driver's eyes are taken off the road while readin…

Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June » Mass Live The ongoing Union Station revival now has an endpoint on the horizon as city officials announced plans for a grand opening celebration for the weekend of June 24-25.…

T board makes budget choices – in public » Commonwealth Magazine AT A TIME WHEN MORE AND MORE of state government deliberations are taking place behind closed doors, the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Thursday debated and acted on a series of politic…

Moulton pushes North-South Rail Link » Commonwealth Magazine IT'S BEEN CALLED pie-in-the-sky by some. Others have visions – more accurately, nightmares – of another Big Dig that turns downtown Boston upside down for years and soaks public coffers …

MBTA Board Votes To Privatize Bus Maintenance, Slash Spending On Commuter Rail and RIDE » WGBH In the course of approving an almost $2 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted unanimously to privatize four of the T's 10 bus maintenance garages.…

MBTA oversight board approves $1.9 billion budget for transit agency, potential service changes ahead » Mass Live The fiscal management and control board overseeing the MBTA unanimously signed off on a $1.98 billion budget for the troubled transit agency.…

Congressman Moulton urges business leaders to support North-South Rail Link » Boston Business Journal Rep. Seth Moulton is doing the rounds of the state's business leaders, hitting up the Urban Land Institute on Wednesday and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Neighborhood Health to offer unprecedented money back guarantee » Boston Business Journal

Special election set in 4th Middlesex Senate District to fill Donnelly's seat » Wicked Local Burlington

Senator Jason Lewis Named by Governor Baker to STEM Advisory Board » Reading Patch

Baker 'working the edges' of budget to address revenue shortfall » Herald News

No space, no place for female inmates in Essex County » Boston Globe

Why Mass. must not let up on testing students » Boston Globe

State seal may be up for makeover » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

MassDevelopment chief departing after 8-3 board vote » State House News Service

Senators to lobby feds before state budget rollout » State House News Service

State Inspector General looking into MBTA deals » Boston Herald

Special election in the 4th Middlesex Senate district scheduled » Lowell Sun

Advocates push anew for driver ban on handheld devices » Wicked Local Cambridge

4th Middlesex District Special Election Date Set » Peabody Patch

The push for Ranked Choice Voting » Worcester Mag

Massport picks Omni to build Boston's fourth-largest hotel » Boston Business Journal

State, GE funding new digital health research center in Worcester » Boston Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 1464 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elizabeth Traphagen, an employee of the Department of Public Health

Most read bills of the week:

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3599 - Special procedures for consideration of the House Bill making appropriations for fiscal year 2018(House, No. 3600)

HB2053 - An Act relative to healthy youth

SB2053 - An Act ensuring internet security and privacy

HB2058 - An Act for language opportunity for our kids

HB3621 - An Act protecting veterans' preference in hiring practices

HB3628 - An Act relative to the state property zoning exemption

HB3448 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

House Actions This Week: 186

Senate Actions This Week: 128


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