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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Swatting Stigma, Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

11:00am Suffolk University MPA Program, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Must-Reads

Trump's Tax Cuts May Be More Damaging Than Reagan's » The New York Times I witnessed our first experiment in supply-side economics and how it blew up the deficit. The new administration's plan might make things even worse.…

An interview suggests Trump doesn't know what's in his health bill » Vox President Trump gave a lengthy interview Sunday morning to CBS' John Dickerson about the Republicans' health care plan. His responses to basic questions — like what provisions the bill include…

How Trump could get fired » The New Yorker Hours after Donald Trump's Inauguration, a post appeared on the official White House petitions page, demanding that he release his tax returns. In only a few days, it gathered more signatures than any…

Committee backs proposal restricting voter-led petitions » State House News Service A year after establishing new anti-discrimination and access rights for transgender individuals, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing to close the door on any initiative petitions that would restrict p…

Rep looks to curb state's money grab from counties » State House News Service Just as state officials are in a struggle with the federal government over revenue sharing, the battle for local aid in Massachusetts marches on between the state, its cities and towns, and its counti…

New high-tech firms flex political muscles in Massachusetts » The Salem News Last year, 77 high-tech companies spent about $5.4 million on lobbying — more than double the 48 companies that spent $2.4 million a decade ago, according to an Associated Press review of lobby…

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

Pols & Politics: Gonzalez's better half gives gov bid a boost » Boston Herald It'll work because while Jay preps to woo Democrats at a Gloucester brunch, another Gonzalez will be hitting a breakfast in Hanson. The appearance will mark yet another for Cyndi Roy Gonzalez, a longt…

Jockeying for 2020 » The New York Times In the Senate, Mr. Booker, Ms. Gillibrand and Ms. Klobuchar have been reaching out to national donors and planning travel beyond their home states. Ms. Klobuchar is scheduled to address a Democratic P…

Massachusetts Medical Society recommends medically supervised drug use clinics » Boston Globe Massachusetts, devastated by thousands of opioid-related deaths in recent years, should take the unusual step of opening clinics where drug users could inject under medical supervision, according to t…

“I don’t think it’s dead, but it’s on life support,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones, R-North Reading. “Hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work this year.”

Minority leader Brad Jones

Speaking about the tax free holiday in Massachusetts

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Sen. Markey says Prez 'gambling' with nuclear war » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey says President Trump is “gambling” with nuclear war with his continued saber-rattling at North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.…

Trump's Massachusetts campaign chair joining his administration » Metro

Business

Lawlor returning to his Merrimack Valley roots » Sentinel & Enterprise PATRICK LAWLOR, public affairs manager for the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce since October 2015, is returning to his Merrimack Valley roots.…

GE to break ground May 8 on new Boston headquarters » Boston Herald General Electric is breaking ground on its new headquarters in a former candy factory in Boston.…

Bridj, local on-demand bus service, is shutting down » Boston Globe Bridj, a Boston startup that tried to merge the ease of hailing an Uber with the efficiency of commuter vans, abruptly shut down this weekend after funding talks fell apart, leaving thousands of rider…

'It's a tax rip-off' » Boston Globe One way reporters find interesting stories is tips from readers, and the tip I recently received about the James G. Martin Memorial Trust left me wondering: 14 years after the Globe Spotlight Team inv…

Vanilla prices are giving scoop shops a giant ice-cream headache » Boston Globe The hottest days of summer have yet to arrive, but Boston's ice cream shops are already sweating. The reason? A massive spike in vanilla prices that's threatening to drive the cost of a cone into the …

Report: Rural Western Massachusetts is older, poorer and less educated than rural eastern Mass. » The Republican Rural towns in Western Massachusetts tend to be older, poorer and less educated than their rural counterparts in the east. They also have populations that are more likely to be shrinking than growing.…

The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: Virtual Reality Arenas » Bloomberg

Constitutional

Committee backs proposal restricting voter-led petitions » Gloucester Times

Crimes

Higgins bravely shares: It can happen to anyone » Sentinel & Enterprise

Education

Two Berkshire residents named to state STEM Advisory Council » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshires has a renewed stake in advancing STEM education across the state with two residents being named among the 29 delegates to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council.…

Environment

Not exactly a breeze: Offshore wind still faces challenges » South Coast Today Migrating whales, legal disputes with fishermen, political change and the migration routes of endangered North Atlantic right whales are among the challenges facing offshore wind developers. But there…

Stockbridge bans plastic bags, polystyrene » Berkshire Eagle Thin film plastic bags and disposable foam containers are soon to be passé in this Rockwellian town.…

State committee launching 9-stop climate change tour » Lowell Sun

Health Care

Boston VA office incorrectly processed 1 in 6 traumatic brain injury cases: 'An absolute travesty' » Boston Herald The Veterans Administration benefits office in Boston has bungled traumatic brain injury claims at an alarming rate, flunking inspections and cutting inaccurate disability checks — shortchangin…

Housing

Home sales up: High demand, low inventory driving market » Worcester Telegram A healthy economy and a shortage of housing inventory have helped drive single-family home sales for the month of March to the highest it has been since before the recession a decade ago.…

Immigration

Rallies planned nationwide in support of immigrants » Boston Globe Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters have planned protests in cities across the country Monday to oppose President Trump's immigration policies.…

Signs of support: North Andover crowd backs undocumented immigrants » Eagle Tribune They showed up in steady numbers to the town common, carrying signs they would later use as cover from the afternoon rain.…

Hull town meeting to debate 'sanctuary community' petition » Wicked Local Cambridge If town meeting passes the citizen petition, Hull would become the first South Shore town to declare itself a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants and refugees, and among the first in the state. Town…

March To Springfield City Hall To Call For 'Sanctuary City' Designation » WAMC Activists plan to march on City Hall in Springfield Monday to demand the western Massachusetts city be designated a sanctuary for immigrants.…

Massachusetts voters oppose cutting federal funding to sanctuary cities, new Novus Group poll says » The Republican

May Day Rallies In Massachusetts Call For 'Santuary State' Designation » WAMC

Insurance

Accident or not, fender-bender penalties on rise » Boston Globe Many Massachusetts drivers are getting hit with thousands of dollars in questionable auto insurance surcharges after minor fender-benders, despite changes to state law in 2015.…

Massachusetts insurers ask state to suspend key Obamacare program » Boston Business Journal

Labor

Overtime costs Boston police more than just money » Boston Globe Boston Police Officer Jose Acosta has had more than his share of long workweeks. Consider the time that he put in nearly 41 hours in a little more than two days.…

Pregnant workers bill unanimously clears committee » The Salem News

Legislative

House OK's budget package, delays tax-holiday plans » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of April 24-28. There were no roll calls in the Senate.…

Lobbying

Seen@ Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee's 2017 Awards Breakfast at Twin Hills Country Club » The Republican LONGMEADOW - The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee hosted its 29th annual Democrat of the Year brunch on Sunday morning. The popular gathering filled the banquet room at the Twin Hills Country Clu…

Local Government

Nahant shows up and speaks out » Lynn Daily News Item It was a busy day for voters in Nahant on Saturday, with residents turning out to speak their minds at a lengthy town meeting and to cast ballots for several board positions.…

Leicester town meeting to review capital projects, middle school study » Worcester Telegram Articles to establish a $28.7 million operating budget for fiscal 2018 and appropriate up to $750,000 for a feasibility study related to future middle school construction or renovations are expected t…

Gignac announces City Council run » Lowell Sun A School Committee member is hoping to get on the city's main stage this fall. Robert Gignac announced his run for City Council on Monday -- arguably the most significant domino from the city's electi…

Candidates night set Tuesday in Tyngsboro » Lowell Sun

Marijuana

Pols wrangle over pot sales accountability » Boston Herald Just a few years after quasi-public agencies were slammed as unaccountable hackeramas, the Legislature wants to create an independent board to oversee pot sales — but a pro-pot lawmaker is push…

Pot plant plan » Eagle Tribune Stretched out over acres on Route 125 near the Haverhill border sits an empty manufacturing plant that once was the main economic driver for North Andover, and indeed, the region. …

Balancing legal pot with local concerns » Cape Cod Times If you follow U.S. Route 6 past the National Seashore, over the Sagamore Bridge, through Hartford and Cleveland and Denver, you'll eventually hit the Green Mile.…

Opinion

As I See It: A chance to limit smoking in children » Worcester Telegram As a pediatrician, one of my biggest jobs is preventive care. I immunize children against deadly diseases to protect them from future illness. Similarly, I consider it imperative to protect children f…

Wall and Main: Sugar tax could boost health, threaten soft drink makers » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a tax that would make citizens pay a price for consuming beverages that are high in sugars. To me, it looks like a great idea that has the potential to improve …

Carr: Bail-fail judge has baleful history » Boston Herald Judge Mary Beth Heffernan is this week's poster girl for the hackerama that is the Massachusetts state judiciary.…

Robichaud: Two days in the kitchen yields plenty of legislative pork » Boston Herald Bacon Hill lived up to its name last week. The House added a ton of pork-barrel spending to the budget, rejected tax cuts and dispensed with 1,200 amendments in two short days. That's right. …

Editorial: State on diaper duty? » Boston Herald Two Salem lawmakers have proposed a new diaper subsidy for low-income people who have trouble paying for the infant essentials. Why not take it a step further and have the state start a diaper deliver…

How to plan an affordable future for Boston » Boston Globe SOME PEOPLE IN Boston recently went to a fight and a planning meeting broke out. Protesters gathered as the Boston Planning and Development Agency voted to approve “PLAN JP/ROX,” a compreh…

The many walls of silence around autism » Boston Globe UTISM IS A spectrum disorder. My son, my family, and I live somewhere in the lower quarter of that spectrum, blissfully apart from the devastation of self-injurious behaviors but firmly entrenched in …

Trump tackling years of fiscal, security, jobs neglect » Lowell Sun We now have a real commander in chief of whom our allies are thrilled and our enemies are nervous. That's exactly the way it's supposed to be.…

Politics

Rep. Walsh Will Not Run For Framingham Mayor » Framingham Source Framingham State Rep. Chris Walsh will not be running for Mayor of Framingham.…

Walsh demures on mayoral reign, re-election » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh, seen as the heavy favorite in his first re-election battle, insists he isn't even thinking about how many terms he might serve — and whether he sees multiple terms like t…

Public Health

Medical professionals support proposal to open supervised drug use clinics in Massachusetts » The Republican As law enforcement officials consider new ways to deal with drug use, so are medical professionals. …

Mass. doctors seek drug injection site pilot » State House News Service

HPC encouraged by interventions involving drug-addicted babies » State House News Service

State medical society to lobby for state-run safe injection sites for addicts » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Safety

Massachusetts Playbook Interview with Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson » Politico Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson has a knack for making it into headlines. The six-term sheriff and one of the few elected Trump supporters in Massachusetts filled in POLITICO on what's happening wi…

Lawmakers talk criminal justice reform in Sudbury » The Metro West Daily News Local lawmakers on Sunday said they support reforming many aspects of the criminal justice system, from penalties for crimes to how prisoners are treated.…

State Finance

Record Budget Passes House With Ease » Winchester Patch House "budget week" - once as sure a rite of spring as Patriots Day and the marathon - became something altogether different this year, a slow evolution from a colorful and messy, sugar- and caffeine-…

State Government

Keller @ Large: State Auditor Suzanne Bump On MassHealth Audit » CBS Boston If you've been watching WBZ political analyst Jon Keller's segments in the afternoon and evening news, you know he's been doing an occasional series on wasteful spending at the state, local, and feder…

Official: Massachusetts highway czar hospitalized for surgery » Boston Herald

Massive MassDOT parcel in downtown Boston attracts zero bids » Boston Herald

Massachusetts voters look to Gov. Charlie Baker to protect federal spending in the state, Novus Group poll says » The Republican

Taxation

Some cheers and jeers for local newsmakers » Eagle Tribune JEERS to Massachusetts lawmakers for the untimely demise of the sales tax holiday. Held in 12 of the past 14 years, the tax-free weekends typically fell in August, giving families loading up on new cl…

Tax-cut amendments, budget and road funding dominate » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of April 24-28. There were no roll calls in the Senate.…

Transportation

Wait times at Springfield RMV plummet after state implements changes » The Republican n 2015, customers waited longer for service at the Springfield branch of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles than at any other location in the state.…

MBTA cancels meeting, Beverly plans to hold it anyway » The Salem News BEVERLY — The MBTA has pulled out of a public meeting next week meant to discuss summer disruptions to the Newburyport/Rockport rail line, but city officials are giving commuters a chance to we…

Why The MBTA's Wheels Squeal — And How It's Trying To Dampen The Noise » WBUR A Green Line trolley rattles along a dark tunnel toward Boylston Street station. Riders, including one man in a puffy coat and winter hat, wait on the station platform.…

Utilities

Legal fights rack up expenses for Massachusetts Broadband Institute » Berkshire Eagle As it spars in two federal courts, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute is not out of the woods on an earlier legal battle over its main asset, the $90 million fiber-optic middle mile. …

SouthCoast leaders begin UK wind energy visit » South Coast Today

Weekend News

Politi-Beat Sunday Roundup: Donald Trump is no reason to run for local office » Wicked Local Wilmington We've just reached the 100-day mark in the presidency of Donald Trump and people are fired up. They're ready to make a difference in their communities, they're ready to be the leader Donald Trump isn'…

Democrats of the Year awards held in Longmeadow » WWLP 22 Recognition came on Sunday for two prominent, long serving western Massachusetts lawmakers.…

Transit startup Bridj shuts down, cites collapse of 'major car company' deal » Boston Business Journal Bridj, a data-driven, venture-backed bus startup based in Boston, said Sunday it's winding down operations after a deal with a "major car company" fell through.…

What Donald Trump learned in his first 100 days » Boston Globe President Trump marched into the White House in January with less government experience than any commander in chief in American history.…

100 days in, what came true? » Boston Globe If there's any silver lining in President Trump's first days in the White House, it's that his unfitness for office — his uneven temperament, his intolerance for detail, his evident irritation …

Bruni proposal under fire in Ipswich » Wicked Local Ipswich Many residents lined up to speak against the 40B project John J. Bruni has proposed for 28 to 44 Essex Road at the Selectman's meeting on April 18. The board reviewed a letter Senior Planner Ethan Par…

Elder abuse reports increasing in Massachusetts, but investigations remain vague » My Fox Boston As reports of elder abuse sharply increase each year in Massachusetts, it is unclear if anyone is investigating such abuse when it occurs in nursing homes. A local nurse who reported suspected neglect…

Editorial: Racing for the cash » Boston Herald There is nothing so compelling as a pot of public money just sitting around doing nothing. …

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/1

10:00am Swatting Stigma, Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

11:00am Suffolk University MPA Program, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 5/2

9:00am Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations Lobby Day , Great Hall

10:00am Kids First: A Vision for a Stronger Commonwealth, Grand Staircase

10:30am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports, Room 222

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

12:30pm Wiretap Legislation Announcement, Room 157

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 5/3

9:00am Progressive Mass. Lobby Day, State House

10:00am Mass. Association of Assessing Officers Advocacy Day, Nurses Hall

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

7:00pm 32nd Birthday Celebration for Rep. Dan Cullinane with Mayor Marty Walsh

Thursday - 5/4

Birthdays: Rep. Denise Garlick, Rep. Jay Kaufman, Rep. John Scibak

11:00am National Day of Prayer, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Road Bill Signing, Room 360

2:00pm Diaper Day, Room 428

5:30pm Reception for Congressman Bill Keating

6:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino's Spring Fundraising Reception

6:00pm Ken Gilet for Springfield City Council Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 5/5

Birthdays: Senator Michael Brady

9:00am 29 Who Shine, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

2:00pm Swearing in of Michael D. Ricciuti, Nurses Hall

6:00pm East Boston & North End Community Fundraiser for Mayor Marty Walsh


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