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Campaign season splinters former Patrick team » Boston Globe On a recent evening, former administration staffers of Deval Patrick gathered at the Chestnut Hill home of one of his original acolytes. …

Warren says she 'was troubled' by Obama speaking gig » The Washington Post Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday that she was “troubled” by former president Barack Obama's decision to accept $400,000 for a speaking engagement, telling a progressive host o…

Partners, Brigham and Women's to pay $10m in research fraud case » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare System and one of its hospitals, Brigham and Women's, agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that a stem cell research lab there fraudulently obtained federal grant money…

Seven large Mass. companies cited in study as paying little or no state taxes » Boston Globe Over eight years, profitable Fortune 500 companies paid state taxes at a 2.9 percent rate, on average, and some didn't pay anything at all during individual years. …

Trump's Plan Shifts Trillions To Wealthiest » The New York Times President Trump's proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America's r…

Lexington Parent, Education Board Rep. to Run for State Senate » Somerville Patch The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's parent representative Mary Ann Stewart has announced her candidacy to fill the late state Sen. Ken Donnelly's seat, the State House News Service repor…

NY's Medicaid director rips plan to exempt members of Congress from Obamacare changes » syracuse.com New York's Medicaid director said today it is "absolutely outrageous" the latest version of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill won't affect the health insurance of members of Congress and their…

“His negligence was responsible for millions of taxpayer monies to be wasted in addition to millions of Boston Grand Prix monies to be wasted,” Casey’s complaint reads. “If Blackmon acted appropriately and notified Boston Grand Prix and stakeholders when he became aware, the race event would have taken place and no damage would have occurred.”

John Casey - Former Boston Grand Prix CEO

Commenting on his suit against Austin Blackmon, Mayor Marty Walsh’s chief of environment, energy, and open space, demanding $15 million for alleged gross negligence.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill » Boston Globe Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they didn't have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and would not seek to put their proposal…

Trump Administration Wants North Korea At Negotiating Table On Nuclear Weapons » WBUR Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is open to direct talks with North Korea as long as the agenda is right — that is, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. As he pre…

Acosta Confirmed As Labor Secretary, First Latino Member Of Trump Cabinet » WBUR The final member of President Trump's Cabinet — secretary of labor — was confirmed by the Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 60-38. Alexander Acosta, 48, will be the Cabinet's firs…

With Billions At Stake, Trump Agrees To Mend NAFTA — Not End It » WBUR President Trump still calls the North American Free Trade Agreement "a horrible deal" for the United States. But in opting to renegotiate — rather than cancel — the agreement, Trump ackn…

Michael Flynn Is The Subject Of A Pentagon Investigation » WBUR The Pentagon is investigating whether Michael Flynn broke the law by receiving money from a foreign source after retiring from the service, according to a letter written by the Department of Defense's…

US Sens. Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal pledge to fight Trump administration over offshore drilling » The Republican Responding to reports that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order opening the door to new offshore drilling, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, …

Trump won't get House OK of health bill before 100th day » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of th…

Business

Battenfeld: IndyCar fallout just zooms on » Boston Herald The fallout from the failed IndyCar race continues to rain on Boston City Hall, with the former promoter slapping a $15 million malpractice suit on a top aide to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and accus…

Krafts and UMass end stadium talks » Boston Globe University of Massachusetts officials have broken off talks with the Kraft Group to build a soccer stadium near the UMass Boston campus amid concerns from some local elected officials about its potent…

Securities Cop, Democrats Slam Dodd-Frank Alternative » House Democrats and Massachusetts' Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin says a Dodd-Frank overhaul proposal currently under review in Congress will hurt investors and “promote conflicts …

Underwater power cable work may impact fishermen » Gloucester Times Last August, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill dedicated to bringing more clean hydroelectric power to Massachusetts and one of the proposals could impact commercial fishing locally.…

MetroWest Business Briefs for April 28, 2017 » The Metro West Daily News Milford Regional Medical Center has received the 2017 Annual Employer Award from the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition.The award recognizes the hospital for choosing to diversify the workforce by empl…

Pier pressure » South Coast Today When the KG Urban casino on Cannon Street collapsed for lack of financing in the summer of 2015, there was another project already being unwrapped in New Bedford — one that some planners regard…

Race Ahead: Voices heard on race, business » Boston Business Journal On Wednesday, March 15, the Business Journal hosted a business-community forum on the topic of race and business titled “Race Ahead: A Dialogue on Race, Business, and Diversity.” We then i…

CEO aims to have public adopt biometrics as a way of life » Boston Business Journal Bob Eckel sees a world in which you can be TSA pre-checked for everything, including filing your taxes and going to a Red Sox game. All you have to do is trust him with your face.…

Why is GE naming its Boston headquarters 'Innovation Point'? » Boston Business Journal Earlier this week, multinational conglomerate General Electric Co. sent out an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for its $200 million Boston headquarters campus. The name of that campus?…

Crimes

Sen. vows he won't stop battle vs. sex trafficking » Boston Herald Sen. Mark Montigny has been the biggest anti-sex-trafficking crusader on Beacon Hill for more than a decade, ever since he listened to a sex trade survivor and the words he will never forget.…

Education

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future » Boston Globe The nursing school at the University of Massachusetts Boston, one of the campus's most successful programs, faces an uncertain future because of a logistical snafu caused by the myriad construction pr…

Head Start gets state grant » South Coast Today NEW BEDFORD — People Acting in Community Endeavors Inc. will receive a Head Start State Supplemental Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) for Fiscal Year 20…

Task force eyes state mandates on schools » Gloucester Times Lawmakers hope to get a handle on the problem by assigning a task force to study eliminating regulations found to be burdensome, costly or unnecessary. The committee, approved this week with the House…

H-W CFCE honored at State House » Wicked Local Hamilton Senate President Stan Rosenberg joined Tom Weber, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and United Way President Michael Durkin to honor six communities today …

Environment

Gov. Charlie Baker, students stock Jamaica Pond as part of program that releases close to 600,000 fish a year » The Republican A thousand fish found a new home on Thursday, tossed out of a bucket and into Boston's Jamaica Pond as part of the annual fish stocking put together by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wild…

Monument designation for seabed off Cape Cod under review by Trump administration » The Herald News President Donald Trump's new executive order calling for a review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act could have implications for a marine monument created by President Barack …

Study adds fuel to carbon fee debate on Beacon Hill » Worcester Telegram Sen. Michael Barrett, a Lexington Democrat, has for a few years backed legislation that he said would be revenue neutral - financially rewarding those who use less fossil fuel and adding costs for tho…

Study adds fuel to debate over carbon fees » WWLP 22 Putting a price and cost on carbon emissions could save lives and improve health as harmful pollutants would be curtailed along with greenhouse gases, according to a new report that was presented at a…

Federal

Cape and Islands State Senator Makes First Visit to Washington, D.C. » Cape Cod Online Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr made his first trip to Washington, D.C. as a legislator this week.…

Health Care

A Republican path to ACA reform? » Commonwealth Magazine IF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and Congressional Republicans were to decide that fixing rather than destroying the Affordable Care Act, especially its private health insurance marketplaces, was in their se…

Brigham And Women's Hospital Offers Buyouts. Here Are Some Forces Behind Them » WBUR The offer arrived Thursday morning in the inbox of all staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the state's largest maternity hospital. Those 60 or older would be eligible for a voluntary buyout the hos…

On Rx Drug Monitoring, States Take Doctors' Recommendations » Governing 'Clunky.” “Difficult to use.” “Not worth the effort.” These are the common complaints leveled over the years at prescription drug monitoring programs. PDMPs are state-mai…

Manchester home health service wins OK to merge » Berkshire Eagle Following an expedited certificate of need review, the Green Mountain Care Board has granted a certificate of need approval for a planned merger of financially ailing Manchester Health Services Inc. w…

Housing

Millennium marches on » Commonwealth Magazine Millennium Partners on Wednesday moved one step closer to building its fourth ultra-luxury project in Boston's downtown core when the City Council voted 10-3 to seek an exemption from a state law that…

Human Services

Urban nonprofit celebrates 25 years of giving youths a voice » Boston Globe The stage is a long way from the Dorchester stoop Jair Ferreria was on three years ago, when two youth workers with the Center for Teen Empowerment approached him.…

After School Program Budget Approved For Homeless Youth » Somerville Patch An amendment was approved as part of the House of Representatives budget for $200,000 to establish a Home Works Program. Rep. Ted Speliotis sponsored the amendment, which will provide after school and…

Report recommends in-classroom breakfast in high-poverty districts » Lowell Sun Half of the nearly 300,000 children in "high-poverty" school districts in Massachusetts receive breakfast at school, with the highest average participation rates in Lowell and New Bedford, according t…

Immigration

City seeking student sanctuary » Lynn Daily News Item The School Committee adopted a policy to protect students from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).…

Judiciary

Tape reveals judge quick with low bail » Boston Herald A state judge freed a previously deported Uber driver accused of rape on light bail even after a prosecutor insisted that federal immigration agents were drafting a detainer and asked for high bond to…

A grand tribute to retired judge » The Salem News At 91, retired Judge Thaddeus "Ted" Buczko is still a commanding presence. In a room filled with high-ranking public officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Buczko entere…

Under 18 or Under 21: Defining The 'Juvenile' In Juvenile Court » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers are still working on this session's criminal justice reform package. One proposal -- among many -- would allow offenders to stay in the juvenile court system longer -- until th…

Labor

Workplace fatalities hit 10-year high in Massachusetts » The Republican Thomas Flanagan, 29, a South Hadley pizza delivery driver, died May 22, 2016 in a car accident. State Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, of Charlton, died March 16, 2016 in car crash. Kevin Corey, 56, an East…

Workplace deaths hit 10-year high » Wicked Local Concord More Massachusetts workers died on the job in 2016 than in any year in the past decade, according to an April 27 report from MassCOSH, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. …

Local Government

Boston Grand Prix CEO Sues Walsh Aide for $15 Million » Boston Magazine Former Boston Grand Prix CEO John Casey has filed a suit in Suffolk Superior Court against Austin Blackmon, Mayor Marty Walsh's chief of environment, energy, and open space, demanding $15 million for …

Topsfield Special Town Meeting called for June 20 » Wicked Local Topsfield On Monday night, Topsfield's Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a request by the Board of Water Commissioners to call a Special Town Meeting for June 20.…

In budget squeeze, Douglas library fights for life » Worcester Telegram Simon Fairfield Public Library is on the brink of slashing services as municipal finances tighten in this town of 8,500 residents.…

Boston abandons Long Island Bridge » Commonwealth Magazine Boston Mayor Marty Walsh appears to be backing away from plans to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, partly because of opposition from the city of Quincy and partly because all the homeless and drug t…

Marty Walsh eyes short-term rentals with new executive order » Boston Herald City Hall is eyeing short-term rentals in the city to determine how many properties might be used just for accommodation websites such as Airbnb and HomeAway.…

State reviewing ZIPcode-related data for Buckland » The Recorder The town's multiple ZIP code problems have been heard by the state, prompting the Department of Revenue to study if ZIP code-based data has affected calculations for state aid, school assessments and …

Marijuana

Lenox voters to decide new zoning rules for medical marijuana » Berkshire Eagle Medical marijuana purveyors and growers would be barred from the downtown and Lenox Dale commercial districts under a revised zoning proposal adopted unanimously by the Planning Board for a decision b…

Opinion

The triumphs of Trump's first 100 days » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP promised us — his supporters — that if we were able to help him win the presidency, he would deliver so much winning that we would get sick of it. We would win with a border…

Walking in Stockholm, at the mercy of drivers » Boston Globe THE LIONS ARE all over the city. Any place in Stockholm that is set aside for pedestrians — and there are quite a few of these places — is protected from cars by strategically placed con…

The absurdity of the Boston Common shadow debate » Boston Globe I DON'T KNOW HOW to put this delicately, so I'll just say it: The obsession with shadows on Boston Common is ridiculous.…

Deconstructing Pilgrim: Plant should be closed without delay » The Barnstable Patriot Just when it seems that news about the troubled Pilgrim reactor couldn't get worse, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission steps up to the plate. Their ruling last week exempting Entergy from mandated Fuku…

'70s scandal haunts efforts to fix UMass garage » Boston Globe ON DEC. 22, 1969, A NEW YORK construction management firm named McKee-Berger-Mansueto was officially designated as project manager for construction of a new Dorchester campus that was to become the Un…

Linda Matson: Urges vote on 'death with dignity' legislation » Hampshire Gazette The House and Senate versions of a “death with dignity” law modeled on the Oregon statute are sitting in the joint Public Health Committee of the Massachusetts Legislature, where once agai…

Editorial: ?In shadow flap, people, not laws, should be city's primary concern » Boston Business Journal Regarding the proposed change to the city's shadow law, the overarching aim of government is not to blindly enforce its own laws. Rather, it is to do what's in the best interest of its citizens.…

Viewpoint: ?A simple plan to address Medicaid growth » Boston Business Journal A simple remedy would be to require employers above a certain size who have low-income workers on Medicaid to pay the state a per-employee fee for coverage in place of the commercial-premium contribut…

Politics

L'Italien endorses Gonzalez for governor, knocks Baker as timid » Lowell Sun Sen. Barbara L'Italien, in an early endorsement of Democrat Jay Gonzalez for governor, knocked Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday as a leader who "too often backs away from the most challenging issues" fa…

Public Health

Massachusetts lawmakers taking steps to fight the opioid epidemic » WWLP 22 More than 1,400 people died of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts last year.…

State to shut down children's unit at psychiatric hospital » WCVB A state official says the psychiatric unit for children at a Massachusetts hospital is being shut down after significant issues were found during a surprise inspection.…

Public Safety

Local man's bill would require headgear for soccer players » The Reminder A Longmeadow man is trying to prevent young people from getting a brain injury while playing soccer and is requesting the public's help. State Rep. Brian Ashe has filed House Bill 220 at Robert Edward…

Massachusetts Is Trying to Inject Some Sanity Into the Teen-Sexting Panic » New York Magazine

Sikh Man Heads To Pentagon As A Soldier After Long Struggle To Join U.S. Forces » WBUR In 2015, Kanwar Singh saw an opening. He would approach the secretary of defense at a public event in Cambridge and get him on the record about whether Sikhs ought to be allowed to serve in the milita…

State Finance

Campbell earmarks local spending in House budget » Eagle Tribune State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, is seeking tens of thousands of dollars for projects in Methuen and Haverhill as part of the fiscal year 2018 House budget approved earlier this week. The ov…

State Government

Massachusetts AG convenes advisory panel to review Community Benefits Program » Legal News Line

Democrat Massie plans to enter race for governor » Sentinel & Enterprise Another Democrat is planning to enter the race for governor in Massachusetts. Robert Massie tells The Boston Globe he's formed a fundraising committee and plans to formally announce his candidacy for…

Massachusetts Cultural Council: Arts to take a hit » South Coast Today

Taxation

We're a typical family. What would Trump's tax plan mean for us? » Boston Globe One of the stated goals of President Trump's new tax proposal is to “provide tax relief to American families — especially middle-class families.” …

Tax-free holiday in limbo amid revenue shortfalls » Newburyport News Lawmakers are walking back plans to hold a tax-free weekend this year, citing diminishing revenues needed to keep state government running.…

Transportation

Tackling transportation in the suburbs » Commonwealth Magazine IF GREATER BOSTON HAS AN ACHILLES HEEL, it's transportation. …

Leaders, riders seek improved MBTA plan » Gloucester Times She and the others were there to protest the MBTA's plan to shut down weekend rail service on the Rockport line that serves Cape Ann this summer to install a federally-mandated Positive Train Control …

Two weeks of free rides coming to Fairmount Line in May » Dorchester Reporter In an unusual approach to boost transit ridership, US Congressman Michael Capuano will put over $50,000 of his own campaign funds toward a two-week period of free rides along the Fairmount Line in May…

Sound the whistle: A renewed call to link Boston's two main rail stations » Boston Business Journal

Why is the North South Rail Link idea being revived again now? » Boston Business Journal While the idea behind the North South Rail Link has been around for decades, there are at least two big reasons advocates of the rail-link project are stepping up their push in recent years.…

Landsdowne Will Close to Traffic on Red Sox Game Days » Boston Magazine Citing general safety concerns and recent acts of terrorism involving cars and large crowds, police say it's time to close Landsdowne Street to traffic on Red Sox game days.…

Utilities

New Bedford poised to light the future with offshore energy » South Coast Today

Danish offshore wind firm Dong Energy opens Boston headquarters at One International Place » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

Panel to look at state school mandates » Newburyport News

Fight against compressor station continues in Rehoboth » The Sun Chronicle

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

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

Fattman Announces the Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program » Bellingham Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3653 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

SB2053 - An Act ensuring internet security and privacy

SB482 - An Act relative to the re-use of soil for large reclamation projects

SB2062 - An Act relative to internet service providers

HB444 - An Act amending the conservation restrictions and agricultural preservation statutes

SB776 - An Act related to indigency

HB3329 - An Act to promote healthy alternatives to sugary drinks

House Actions This Week: 293

Senate Actions This Week: 55

Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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