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9:00am Healthy Start Awards, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

9:30am The Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing in Mass. Presentation, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Allston, Brighton & Fenway Community Fundraiser for Mayor Marty Walsh

Must-Reads

GOP Health Care Bill Picks up 'A Few' Moderate Supporters » Roll Call House leadership secured the support of a few moderate holdouts for their health care bill during a late-night meeting Wednesday. …

Comptrollr warms of "silver tsunami" in state workforce » State House News Service State Comptroller Thomas Shack sounded the tsunami alarm Wednesday morning, warning that core state services could be in jeopardy in the next five to ten years as older state employees leave the workf…

Rosenberg plans criminal justice chat with DeLeo » State House News Service Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Wednesday that he plans to have a conversation "very soon" with House Speaker Robert DeLeo about a process for dealing with criminal justice reform ideas this s…

House added $77 mil to budget that underfunds major accounts, report says » State House News Service After rejecting proposals to boost taxes, the Massachusetts House added $77.7 million in spending to the annual budget bill this week, the bulk of it in funds that may be spent only on particular proj…

This Isn't Tax Policy; It's a Trump-Led Heist » The New York Times For all of the president's talk of helping ordinary Americans, they're not the big beneficiaries of his plan.…

What was Ivanka Trump doing on that panel anyway? » Boston Globe BEFORE ANSWERING for her father's behavior toward women, Ivanka Trump should answer for herself — and why anyone should consider her a champion of female empowerment. …

UMass Medical School to lay off dozens of workers » Boston Business Journal ?MassHealth has reshuffled some contracts to save money, a move that is costing UMass Medical School 65 jobs. …

Who wins and loses under Trump's tax plan? » Boston Globe The tax plan released on Wednesday by the Trump administration is built around three basic principles: cut, cut, and keep cutting until it adds up to what White House is calling “The Biggest Ind…

Lawmakers feast on taxpayer's dime while speaker mum on details » WCVB To fuel the late-night negotiations, taxpayers are picking up the tab for lots of food. As 5 Investigates' Mike Beaudet and Northeastern University School of Journalism found out, we may never know wh…

California single-payer healthcare bill passes first committee test » Los Angeles Times A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate fo…

"Twelve hundred and fifteen amendments? That's a lot of amendments to work through, but congratulations to them. They did yeoman's work in short order,"

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the House breezing through their budget debate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

John Kerry is switching islands » Boston Globe Could a Nantucket guy ever really be happy on Martha's Vineyard? …

With dispute over health payments defused, spending bill is on track » Boston Globe The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just…

Trump's plan cuts tax rates across board » Boston Globe President Trump unveiled tax cuts of historic proportions Wednesday, proposing deep reductions for wealthy Americans and corporations — combined with what looks like more modest relief for the …

White House Touts 'Historic' 28 Laws Signed By Trump, But What Are They? » WBUR Even though President Trump calls the 100-days measure "ridiculous," the White House is still touting what one press release called the president's "historic accomplishments" — including 28 law…

Trump Administration Proposes 'Massive' Tax Overhaul And Tax Cut Plan » WBUR The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, which would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations and reduce the number of tax brackets an…

Trump Tells Canada And Mexico He Will Renegotiate, Not Withdraw From NAFTA » WBUR Following news reports Wednesday that the Trump administration intended to begin the process of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the White House said President Trump…

Questions Linger About Trump's Foreign Business Ties And The Emoluments Clause » WBUR On Inauguration Day, Donald Trump placed his hand on a Bible and promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. At the time, many ethics experts waited to see if Trump would divest himself…

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a r…

Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing. Yet the proposal so far remain…

Business

Boston councilors back Winthrop Sq. skyscraper proposal » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh's bid to get a skyscraper built on a city-owned garage scored a big win Wednesday when the Boston City Council agreed to amend the law that protects Boston Common and the Public …

Local businesses bring their concerns to Massachusetts lawmakers » WWLP 22 Those who attended the summit heard from Senate President Stanley Rosenberg …

Mass. Securities Cop Blasts 'Choice Act' » Barron's Massachusetts' outspoken securities regulator is taking aim at the Congressional bill that would replace the Dodd-Frank act and block the DOL fiduciary rule, writes ThinkAdvisor.…

Mobile targeting: A 'secret weapon' for good or ill? Blog Sweepstakes Law » Lexology It's an advertiser's dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages beco…

Santander ranks last locally in consumer survey for 5th straight year » Boston Business Journal Another year, another disappointing finish for Santander Bank in J.D. Power's annual retail banking customer satisfaction survey.…

UMass Supports an H-1B Loophole for Foreign Entrepreneurs » BostInno

Civil Rights

Fattman Announces the Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program » Bellingham Bulletin

Crimes

Statewide sex trafficking sting operation ends » Cape Cod Times A statewide sting operation that targeted people soliciting sex through online ads and resulted in part in nine arrests in Hyannis has wrapped up, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday.…

29 arrested statewide, 13 locally, in sex sting operation » WWLP 22 A series of sting operations led to the arrests of 29 people accused of trying to solicit sex. The operations were conducted in four communities statewide, including Springfield and Northampton, since…

Education

Boston chamber joins education group » State House News Service The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the latest business group to align itself with the education reform group Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. …

Creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ students » Boston Globe Khalid Sherrod was speaking about some of the complications of carrying his handbag through the halls of Brighton High School, and Tyree Haywood could not believe what he was hearing.…

Panel to look at state mandates on schools » Eagle Tribune Educators say unfunded mandates are siphoning away limited money from school districts, and the state isn't doing enough to ease the burden. Lawmakers hope to get a handle on the problem by assigning …

Berkshire Public Schools Struggle To Finalize Budgets, Lack Of State Aid » WAMC As Berkshire County public schools finalize their budgets for next year, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is explaining why some schools are struggling due to a lack of state aid. Th…

BPS revamp aims to aid grades 1, 2 » Boston Herald Boston Public School officials are planning to roll out, over the next three to four years, a new curriculum for first- and second-graders as well as more summer school options and after-school partne…

Panel to look at state school mandates » Newburyport News

Environment

A plastic bag ban could be coming to Springfield soon » The Republican A citywide ordinance banning the use of plastic bags could be coming to Springfield soon, according to a source with the city's Green Committee.…

In wake of failed Quabbin rattlesnake plan, MassWildlife directed to 'develop a statewide approach' to save species » The Republican The new plan to save timber rattlesnakes from extinction in the commonwealth entails a statewide approach, now that Quabbin Reservoir will not be hosting them.…

Neponset allies alarmed by Baker's push for pollution monitoring » Dorchester Reporter

When it comes to litter, let's be like Mike (Dukakis) » Boston Globe

Federal

Moulton to host town hall meeting in North Andover May 6 » The Salem News Salem Congressman Seth Moulton has planned a town hall meeting in North Andover May 6. Town hall meetings are open to the public, and constituents are encouraged to ask Moulton questions about any iss…

Gaming

Opponents of casino on Martha's Vineyard file appeal » Boston Globe Opponents of a casino bid on Martha's Vineyard are appealing a federal court decision in favor of the tribal gambling hall.…

Health Care

Brigham and Women's offers buyouts to 1,600 workers » Boston Globe Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of Boston's largest employers, said Thursday that it is offering voluntary buyouts to 1,600 workers to rein in costs amid a challenging period in the health care indu…

Partners, Brigham pay $10M to settle research fraud probe » Boston Business Journal

Immigration

Immigrants, refugees too afraid to seek critical help from food pantries, domestic violence resources » Boston Globe In Dorchester, a rumor that federal agents were lying in wait in the parking lot of a food pantry kept immigrants away.…

Judiciary

Lawmakers call for more aggressive criminal justice reform » Worcester Business Journal House and Senate progressives, eager to seize whatever momentum there might be for comprehensive criminal justice reform this session, implored their colleagues Tuesday not to let the chance slip by t…

Labor

On-the-job deaths hit 10-year high » Boston Globe A worker at a South Boston seafood warehouse was overcome by ammonia fumes. A diver drowned when his air supply malfunctioned while he was inspecting a municipal water tank in Braintree. Two construct…

Local Government

Cambridge Bans City Employees From Flying United Airlines » New Boston Post The same City Council that passed an ordinance calling on Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump has now enacted a policy banning all city employees from flying on United Ai…

Shadow vs $: It's the wrong debate » Commonwealth Magazine THE WINTHROP SQUARE DEVELOPMENT proposed by Millennium Partners is not about the shadows on the Public Garden. It's about the fact that every major development proposal in Boston seems to be a new di…

Walsh running for mayor barring comet, nuclear war » Wicked Local Framingham Rep. Chris Walsh, a Framingham Democrat, told the News Service Tuesday evening that he will run to become the first mayor of Framingham – barring catastrophic disaster…

Boston City Council OKs Winthrop Square Tower Plan, Despite Shadow Concerns » WBUR The Boston City Council on Wednesday approved a closely watched proposal to allow construction of a downtown skyscraper, though the building would cast new shadows on Boston Common and the Public Gard…

City Hall Notebook: Journalist's appointment to advisory board is questioned » Worcester Telegram Should members of the local media have a seat at the table and be participants in Worcester's city government?…

Marijuana

Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston » Boston Globe With two dispensaries in business, a third set to open, and nine others in advanced stages of state approval, the medical marijuana industry is poised to blossom north of Boston.…

Medical marijuana tax comes before Dennis voters » Cape Cod Times Town meeting will vote Tuesday on whether to petition the state for special legislation that would allow Dennis to impose a local sales tax on medical marijuana.…

Opinion

Richard North Patterson: Tax cuts are GOP's weapon of choice in class warfare » Boston Globe Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have reaffirmed an epidemic of shattered dreams — since the millennium, middle-class whites are dying at sharply increased rates.…

Letter: End refugee crisis by welcoming stranger » The Berkshire Eagle On April 20, at a panel discussion at Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, an audience of 50 people listened with rapt attention to the three speakers' presentations on the world refugee crisis. …

Trump's FCC can save the Internet — by doing nothing » Boston Globe No doubt about it, the Trump administration is creating jobs. Its move to strike down Internet regulations imposed by the Obama administration amounts to a full-employment act for tech-industry lobbyi…

Massachusetts House of Representatives:  A Farce in Two Acts » New Boston Post The lightning-fast approval of a $40 billion state budget by the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week offers a glimpse into what's wrong around here.…

Does it matter if Hernandez was gay? » Commonwealth Magazine How does a reporter write about an issue he or she hasn't covered without explaining what the issue is? It's a conundrum facing many outlets in the aftermath of the suicide of former New England Patri…

Some New England Jews, Wary Of U.S. Politics, Reclaim German Citizenship » WBUR Reports of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. are up 86 percent so far this year, according to a study released by the Anti-Defamation League. And with that increase comes a new wave of interest in a …

Federal Judge Was Right To Slap Down Trump For Punishing 'Sanctuary Cities' » WBUR On Tuesday, a federal judge in California ruled to temporarily block President Trump's recent attempt to withhold potentially billions of dollars from so-called sanctuary cities if they did not comply…

Scott Brown's long-awaited win » Boston Globe Well played, future Ambassador Scott Brown. You gambled, and you won big. Your prize: Paradise on Earth.…

Editorial: A spending record » Boston Herald One-party rule on Beacon Hill does have a few (if only a few) upsides. Among them: Leadership sees to it that budget debates no longer drag on until 2 a.m. giving bored lawmakers ample time for bad be…

Politics

Plymouth County Sheriff looking to succeed deMacedo on Republican State Committee » Wicked Local Plymouth Republicans from Pembroke, Kingston, Plymouth, Bourne, Sandwich and Falmouth will caucus next week to select a new state committeeman from the Plymouth and Barnstable district.…

Jacobs family, owner of TD Garden and Bruins, gives $13,000 to Walsh » Boston Globe The Jacobs family, which lists among its many properties around the world the TD Garden and the Bruins, is not generally considered part of the heavy political donor class here in Massachusetts, even …

Davis ready to step into the ring for GOP in state senate race » The Sun Chronicle Angela Davis has lived her entire life in the Bristol and Norfolk Massachusetts State Senate District. Now, the three-term Massachusetts Republican State Committee Woman is seriously considering a run…

Tewksbury's senator knocks Baker, backs Gonzalez for governor »

Public Health

City receives $20K opioid grant to fund educational programs » The Metro West Daily News A $20,000 grant recently awarded to the city's schools will fund educational programs aimed at teaching students about the dangers of opioid use and addiction.…

Federal grant will let Massachusetts expand Springfield opioid addiction program » The Republican Massachusetts has received a federal grant to continue and expand a program that improves access to opioid addiction treatment in Springfield and Boston.…

Public Safety

Attleboro area police officers attend cyber crimes conference in Boston » The Sun Chronicle Attleboro area police officers are among 650 law enforcement officers attending a national cyber crimes conference in Boston this week hosted by Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Boston police put out word: Buying sex can cost you big » Boston Herald The Boston Police Department will be stepping up its campaign targeting online sex trade customers with Facebook ads, with a new increased grant from an advocacy group.…

Boston sees slow progress on race in police stops » Christian Science Monitor The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities…

On 3-1 vote, Georgetown selectmen back letter to NRC » Newburyport News

Healey Hosts 6th Annual National Cyber Crime Conference » Banker & Tradesman

State Finance

House Backs $40B State Budget, Senate Up Next » CBS Boston Deliberations over the state's finances move on to the Senate after a $40.3 billion spending plan cleared the House.…

Trump retreat on arts money compounded by state House budget cuts, council says » Gloucester Times

State Government

Advocates hail challenge to Baker on public records » Commonwealth Magazine TWO ADVOCATES for greater government transparency are applauding the state supervisor of public records for questioning Gov. Charlie Baker's assertion that his office is not subject to the Public Reco…

Amherst to sign Community Compact agreement with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday » The Republican

Transportation

Fairmount Line ridership has tripled since 2012, study finds » Boston Globe The Fairmount Line, which runs through Mattapan and Dorchester, has almost tripled its ridership since 2012, a finding public transit advocates hope will lead to greater investment in the often overlo…

'Vast majority' of drivers on Uber/Lyft will do a 'great job,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Utilities

Eversource customers criticize proposed rate hike » The Recorder “Excessive” and “usurious” were among words some Eversource customers called a proposed $300 million rate increase at the last of 10 public hearings.…

Legislators take stand against gas moratorium » The Recorder Several area legislators Thursday complained to state regulators that Berkshire Gas Co.'s ongoing moratorium on new hookups is hurting economic development in the region.…

Boston Tech Community Worries About Plans To Chip Away At Net Neutrality Regulations » WBUR The head of the Federal Communications Commission has begun a campaign to curb government regulation of the internet and roll back net neutrality rules — the Obama-era policy that essentially r…

High-speed internet push gains traction, hits speed bump » Cape Cod Times HYANNIS — State Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, is leading a charge on Beacon Hill to bring fast and competitive residential internet service to the Cape and islands, but he hit a speed bump on Tu…

Support earmark to improve Cape Internet service » Cape Cod Times It's budget week in Boston, and our representatives are determining how to spend $40 billion for the upcoming year. The annual ritual of representatives garnering support for earmarks, spending set as…

Fight against compressor station continues in Rehoboth » The Sun Chronicle

Area legislators prod state regulators to act quickly on Berkshire Gas moratorium » The Republican

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City Council approves $153-million deal for Winthrop Square project; now goes to state legislature » Universal Hub

House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school » The Republican

Care New England announces layoffs before potential Partners acquisition » Boston Business Journal

Freedom Caucus endorses Obamacare repeal compromise » Politico

City Council Votes 10-3 To Approve Construction Of Millennium-Winthrop Sq Tower; Action Moves To State House » WGBH

Winthrop Square tower proposal moves one step closer with council vote » Boston Business Journal

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