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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

Must-Reads

Will Trump 'Do a Big Number' on the Big Banks? » The New York Times Wall Street shuddered as President Trump, for the first time as resident of the White House, mused that he was considering breaking up the largest banks.…

Top Ethics Officer Challenges Trump Over Secret Waivers for Ex-Lobbyists » The New York Times The federal government's top ethics officer is challenging the Trump administration's issuance of secret waivers that allow former lobbyists to handle matters they recently worked on, setting up a con…

Deal with Florida would reverse critical part of Obama's Medicaid expansion » Herald-Tribune The shift involves funding that the federal government provides to help hospitals defray the cost of caring for low-income people who are uninsured. Under a deal with Florida, the federal government h…

Trump's ruinous fiscal fraud » Boston Globe President Trump's pending budget proposal is a social and fiscal nightmare, a mélange of fraudulent precepts and broken promises which augur worse to come. …

A separate but unequal system for day care » Boston Globe Linda Cirino planned to go back to work after she had a baby in January, but she couldn't afford child care at the Roxbury day-care center where she had worked for 16 years. And when she applied for a…

Trump picks antiabortion activist to head HHS family planning section » The Washington Post President Trump is placing antiabortion activist Teresa Manning in charge of the Title X program, which provides family planning funding for poor Americans or those without health insurance, according…

Seen@ Reception honoring Senate President Stanley Rosenberg for 30 years in the Mass. Legislature » The Republican After being involved with something for 30 years, it might be tough to stay motivated. For Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, it's not a problem. …

Romney To Fundraise With Top Dem For National Parks » Daily Caller Former GOP Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney plans to attend a fundraiser with Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, according to a Thursday report from McClatchy. …

DNC Lawyers Argue DNC Has Right to Pick Candidates in Back Rooms » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS On April 28 the transcript was released from the most recent hearing at a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on the lawsuit filed on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters against the Democratic Nat…

State leaders huddle for "first conversation" on marijuana law » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday suggested a new approach state officials could take in regulating the new legal marijuana industry in Massachusetts. …

“Do we want to create another bureaucracy or do we want to put it in the treasurer’s office?” Walsh asked yesterday, referencing the governing of legalized weed within the treasury established by a statewide ballot question. “I’m concerned about creating another bureaucracy. ... There’s no need to create another board and entity to regulate this issue.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Speaking about regulating marijuana.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump proclaims Loyalty Day as protests flare » Boston Globe President Trump proclaimed Monday to be Loyalty Day, a time for Americans to reaffirm their commitment to “individual liberties, limited government, and the inherent dignity of every human being…

Speculation is stirring about a Seth Moulton presidential bid » Boston Globe He has won praise from a neoconservative magazine editor, taken star turns on HBO and “This American Life,” and likened President Trump's political ascendance to that of Adolf Hitler's.…

Trump keeps praising international strongmen, alarming human rights advocates » Boston Globe DONALD TRUMP'S self-proclaimed mastery of the art of the deal has been largely conspicuous by its absence. Mexico is not paying for his wall; North Korea seems unfortunately unpersuaded to slow down i…

The Globe's Trump parody — one year later » Commonwealth Magazine The Boston Globe's “opinion team” on Sunday took a look back at its Trump parody front page from a year ago and discovered most of its predictions were off-base.…

Massachusetts still isn't Trump country, poll shows » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters, who broke nearly 2-to-1 for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in November, have not warmed to the president since he took office, with 53 percent of them giving him a “very…

Run against Trump? Elizabeth Warren will certainly stand and fight » The Guardian Donald Trump has named his most likely challenger in the 2020 presidential election. It is Elizabeth Warren. …

Moulton getting mentions » Commonwealth Magazine He didn't get mentioned until the fourteenth paragraph of a very speculative story in the New York Times about who the Democrats might run for president in 2020, but that was enough for the Boston Glo…

Business

Gov. Baker to be keynote speaker at North Central Mass. Chamber annual meeting » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting and business luncheon for the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce 11:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m. June 15 at Great Wo…

Toyota pullout left Bridj out of gas » Boston Globe Last weekend's decision by transportation startup Bridj to fold came after Toyota Motor Co. unexpectedly ended talks to make a big investment in the Boston company, a person with knowledge of the matt…

Baker-Polito administration kicks off Small Business Month » Sampan

Education

Essex County schools receive funding to prevent opioid addiction » Wicked Local Beverly School children in communities throughout Essex County will join those in districts across Massachusetts receiving an unprecedented investment in evidence-based substance use prevention education unde…

Environment

Pacheco announces state Clean Energy Future Tour » Wicked Local Wareham Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, founding chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming Change, has announced the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour, a new, statewide …

FERC still silent as Otis State Forest tree cutting begins for pipeline, but questions remain » Berkshire Eagle The fight to save these trees began about four years ago. But on Sunday, the cutting finally began.…

Pipeline protesters arrested at Otis State Forest after blocking access roads » The Republican

Fracked Gas Protesters Arrested at Otis State Forrest » Valley Advocate

Gaming

Vending company charged with illegal gaming » The Salem News

Health Care

NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump's call for cuts » STAT News The National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion funding boost over the next five months, under a bipartisan spending deal reached late Sunday night in Congress. The agreement marks a sharp rej…

Special Report: Vet 'dumbfounded' after VA drops ball on brain mass » Boston Herald U.S. Marine combat vet Brian Callahan sat in stunned silence. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital had just asked him what the Veterans Administration thought about a brain mass he spotted on Ca…

Housing

Pols urge tougher review of Southie condominium flips » Boston Herald City officials are calling for a year-long period of stricter review for small houses being flipped into large condo projects in South Boston, saying the city needs to scrutinize those plans as it rev…

Immigration

A Day Without Immigrants hits Brockton streets » Wicked Local Brockton About 200 protesters in Brockton took the streets on Monday just like others in more than 40 major cities in the United States as part of “A Day Without Immigrants.” The boisterous Brockto…

With closed businesses and rallies, immigrants protest Trump's policies » Boston Globe Maria Monterola shut down her East Boston tailoring shop for the day on Monday — a decision that's likely to cost her several hundred dollars, as well as a few clients. But Monterola, who is or…

Massachusetts immigrants, activists say they're 'here to stay' at May Day rally » Metro President Donald Trump has been outspoken about wanting to help American workers. But workers here who weren't born in America don't feel included in that sentiment.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker: Sanctuary city decisions 'best made at local level' » The Republican On a day when immigrants gathered at the Statehouse for a rally to support immigrant rights, Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his position that he does not want Massachusetts to become a sanctuary state.…

Workers & immigrants ask Massachusetts lawmakers to protect their rights » WWLP 22 More than 100 residents, workers and immigrants rallied at the State House for International Workers Day, which happens every year on May 1st. This rally is part of a national movement in opposition t…

Labor

Proposal in wake of Longmeadow DPW worker's death would extend death benefit to family of additional public employees » The Republican A state senator will introduce a proposal to extend a death benefit for family members of first responders killed on the job to additional public employees.…

T sees spike in reported injuries » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAID on Monday the number of on-the-job injuries among transportation operators soared during the first three months of the year as the transit authority tried to reduce the level of ab…

Pregnant workers bill headed for floor vote » Worcester Business Journal The so-called Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation Speaker Robert DeLeo has identified as a priority, got the unanimous approval of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development last week, cl…

Legislative

Senate early ed agenda up against tight fiscal picture » State House News Service

Local Government

Sandwich voters endorse $1.5M in capital spending » Cape Cod Times SANDWICH — Voters debated their own “bathroom issue” at annual town meeting Monday night. Residents were divided about whether the $100,000 expense to purchase and install a portab…

Bacon Wins Selectmen's Race in Wellfleet, Firefighter Funding Approved » Cape Cod Online Voters in Wellfleet elected Kathleen Bacon to an open seat the Board of Selectmen Monday.…

Groveland elects two selectmen, rejects medical pot facility » Eagle Tribune The town has a new selectman. Lisa Dube-Carpenter, a former chairwoman of the Board of Health and the library trustees, was the top finisher in a race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen with 460 …

Koch budget proposal beefs up schools, fire, police » Patriot Ledger As Mayor Thomas Koch on Monday unveiled his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, he said he expects residential property taxes to rise by about $150 – notably less than they've jumped each…

Marijuana

DeLeo wants marijuana panel akin to gambling board » Boston Globe House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo floated the idea Monday of creating a state regulatory body to oversee retail marijuana that would be a combination of a treasurer-appointed commission and a fully indepe…

Natick lawmakers talk money, marijuana » The Metro West Daily News NATICK – Representatives of the town's legislative delegation discussed on Monday efforts to increase state aid, respond to the opioid crisis and modify marijuana rules. …

Hashing out pot politics: Marty Walsh muses about independent cannabis commission » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh has joined a growing chorus of pols panning the idea of creating an independent commission to oversee the state's pot industry, whose fate continues to be hashed out behind close…

Foxboro voters approve pot ban » The Sun Chronicle A tiny turnout for Foxboro's annual town election saw the town vote to ban recreational marijuana establishments, while re-electing longtime School Committee Member Beverley Lord.…

Planning Board delays marijuana decision in East Bridgewater » Wicked Local

Opinion

OK, then, Mr. President, I'll just see myself out » Boston Globe President Donald Trump must be so envious of world leaders who, with impunity, imprison and murder journalists to intimidate and silence the media. Instead, all he can do is stomp away from a reporter…

PETER LUCAS: Victims of patronage scandal were the accused » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker should offer former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien his old job back. He won't, of course -- the job is taken.…

Colletta Aberdale: Urges support east-west rail line » Hampshire Gazette If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is the need for job creation and sensible economic development that benefits the citizens of western Massachusetts while at the same time contributing to …

Regan: The calming voice of City Hall » Boston Herald Today as we celebrate the life of Boston's former first lady Kathryn White, it's important to reflect upon the love story between her and her husband, the late Mayor Kevin H. White.…

Stop pretending Boston is something it's not » Boston Globe

Politics

State Rep. Ken Gordon endorses Garballey in state Senate race » Wicked Local Burlington State Rep. Ken Gordon, D-21st Middlesex District of Burlington, Bedford and Precinct 3 in Wilmington, has endorsed fellow Rep. Sean Garballey in the special election to succeed the late state Sen. Ken…

New Novus Group poll gives Sen. Elizabeth Warren 57 percent favorability rating » The Republican Massachusetts voters give Sen. Elizabeth Warren a 57 percent favorability rating, according to a new poll from the Novus Group. Among those polled, 38.16 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Warren, …

Public Health

High lead levels found in water at hundreds of schools » Boston Globe Water testing at more than 1,000 Massachusetts schools found that a majority had at least one sample showing lead levels above regulatory limits, and in a few cases results rivaled or exceeded levels …

Attorney general makes grants to prevent drug abuse » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey is distributing $700,000 to school districts and community organizations across the state to provide programs intended to prevent substance abuse among youth.…

Baker voices concern about drug-injection clinics » Boston Globe Political leaders expressed concern Monday about a proposal backed by the Massachusetts Medical Society to open the first clinics in the country where people could inject opioids and other street drug…

Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet taken a stance on supervised drug injection sites » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet taken a position on a recommendation by the Massachusetts Medical Society to open a supervised injection facility for drug users.…

Fitchburg couple at forefront of safe-needle proposal » Sentinel & Enterprise In an effort to curb serious illness and disease associated with the use of needle drugs, physicians from the Massachusetts Medical Society announced Saturday it will lobby state and federal policymak…

Governor Baker: Safe injection sites worth further study » WWLP 22 The “unorthodox” idea of providing a sanctioned space for illegal intravenous drug use deserves further study, Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters on Monday afternoon, while House Speaker Ro…

Mass. doctors seek drug injection site pilot » The Herald News As the opioid epidemic ravages Massachusetts and the country, physicians from the Massachusetts Medical Society recently endorsed lobbying state and federal policymakers to pilot a first-in-the-nation…

Public Safety

Bill would allow more information about level 1 offenders to be released » WCVB Legislation making its way through the Massachusetts State House would let child care providers inquire about Level 1 sex offenders in their area.…

Call for change in wake of Sam Dunn death case » WCVB Heartbreaking and troubling – that has been the reaction to video obtained by 5 Investigates showing the last few hours of the life of a young man who died of a drug overdose in the back of a s…

Hopedale girl, 5, saves grandmother's life » Milford Daily News HOPEDALE - It's the quick thinking of 5-year-old Olivia Braga that saved her grandmother's life…

Meeting sought with DA on possible panhandling-trafficking link in Holyoke » The Republican The possibility of a connection between panhandling and human trafficking would be the topic of a meeting a councilor hopes to schedule between Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni and the Cit…

State Finance

Amendments add $77 million to state budget; Concord Rep. Cory Atkins filed amendments » Wicked Local Concord The Massachusetts House made short work of 1,210 budget amendments, passing hundreds with little debate and sidelining a handful of controversial proposals. State representatives added more than $77 m…

Mass House not in giving mood for Plymouth's 400th bash » South Coast Today

State Government

Gov. Baker to unveil bill to update state's wiretapping law » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is teaming with Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey to unveil legislation he says is aimed at updating the state's wiretapping law.…

Senate race taking shape » The Sun Chronicle As state Sen. James Timilty prepares to get sworn in as Norfolk County treasurer, possible candidates for his Senate seat are firming up their decisions on whether to run. Timilty will be sworn into t…

No takers for choice property near South Station » Boston Globe Last year the state put one of its largest properties in downtown Boston up for sale, touting 5½ acres near South Station as a prime development opportunity in a hot real estate market.…

Governor Charlie Baker apologizes after Orioles' Adam Jones says he was target of racist abuse in Boston » Boston Herald

Taxation

Lawmakers propose expanding property tax break for small businesses » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – Some Massachusetts lawmakers want to give a tax break to small business owners, and they told 22News this could help more business start-ups.…

Mass. bill would ease tax hit on inherited farmland » Worcester Telegram BOSTON - Inheriting farmland would be less expensive under a proposal that cleared the Revenue Committee last session and has some “heartfelt” support from the agricultural community this …

Transportation

Straus backs tougher laws on cellphones and driving » South Coast Today Drivers in Massachusetts would be barred from holding a cellphone to make a call, use the phone's camera or access social media under legislation unanimously supported by the Transportation Committee.…

MBTA misses spending target on infrastructure upgrades » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is on pace to miss its yearly spending target for upgrades to vehicles, tracks, and other infrastructure, a key Baker administration initiative with broa…

Boston Properties' $6 million pledge to Kendall Square transit could be a model » Boston Globe Few issues vex Greater Boston's employers like the state's creaky transportation network — its overtaxed trains, roads, and bridges. And there usually aren't enough funds to make a big dent in …

When it comes to Mass. speed limits, 25 is the new 30 » Boston Globe Arlington has become the latest Massachusetts municipality to take advantage of a new state law allowing communities to lower speed limits on many of their busiest roads.…

MBTA misses capital spending mark » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA, WHICH has struggled to spend money to bring the system up to a state of good repair, will increase expenditures on capital projects to update the system but will still fall tens of millions …

It's back to the drawing board for MassDOT » Boston Herald

Utilities

Utilities unveil RFP for offshore wind power » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S UTILITIES on Monday set in motion a first-of-its-kind procurement for 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power by asking Massachusetts regulators to approve a bid process that gives companie…

Massachusetts Utilities Propose 800 Megawatts of Offshore Wind » Bloomberg National Grid Plc, Unitil Corp. and Eversource Energy proposed buying as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy as a first step to comply with a Massachusetts law to aggressively develop the na…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

SouthCoast leaders begin UK wind energy visit » South Coast Today

Candidates night set Tuesday in Tyngsboro » Lowell Sun

Committee backs proposal restricting voter-led petitions » Gloucester Times

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

The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: Virtual Reality Arenas » Bloomberg

Official: Massachusetts highway czar hospitalized for surgery » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump's Massachusetts campaign chair joining his administration » Metro

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

Pregnant workers bill unanimously clears committee » The Salem News

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