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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

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

Must-Reads

April tax slide forcing state to revisit budgets » State House News Service State budget problems worsened considerably Wednesday after cratering April tax collections widened the revenue gap in this year's budget and called into question assumptions for next year's spending,…

The most revealingly unrevealing quotes from Ivanka Trump's new book » Politico Some of the bromides she doles out are so nice, she wrote them twice. “I believe that we each get one life and it's up to us to live it to the fullest,” she writes on page 8 of the book. O…

State falls short on tax revenue. Way short. Again. » Boston Globe Massachusetts tax revenue came in far below expectations in April, destabilizing the already precariously balanced $39 billion state budget and raising the specter of additional cuts to government ser…

Joe Kennedy: Trumpcare is a historic attack on mental health care » STAT News woman recently walked into my Massachusetts office to talk about her daughter, who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness in 2007, when she was just 4 years old. …

Barrows takes a pass on Senate race, but Shortsleeve is in » The Sun Chronicle MANSFIELD — State Rep. Jay Barrows has turned down an opportunity to run for an open state Senate seat, but former television newsman Joe Shortsleeve said he is running. “I am in.” …

GOP targets Warren as liberal supervillain » Boston Globe Republicans are targeting Elizabeth Warren as a liberal supervillain on the national stage, hoping to turn her into political kryptonite for Democratic candidates for Congress and tarnish her appeal i…

Mass. needs stronger review of tax incentives » Boston Globe THE SUCCESS OF the Massachusetts economy is largely due to having the best-educated workforce in the nation, a thriving biotech and life-sciences industry, and a continuing transformation from manufac…

“I’m just being honest — I’m not running for president,” Moulton said during an interview with Boston Public Radio Wednesday. “There are a lot of things I am focused on, I’m focused on the work that we have to do in the district, and I don’t want people to lose sight of that.”

Congressman Seth Moulton

Commenting on rumors that he may be running for president.

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Beltway Politics

'We will get it done,' says Trump, hopeful of Mideast peace » Patriot Ledger President Donald Trump says he'll “do whatever is necessary” to reach a Mideast peace agreement and he believes “there's a very, very good chance” of bringing Israel and the Pa…

US Sen. Ed Markey looks to limit President Donald Trump's ability to launch nuclear strike » Mass Live U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, made the case Wednesday for advancing legislation that would limit Donald Trump and future presidents' ability to launch a nuclear first strike, contending that n…

House Republicans narrowly pass controversial bill to overhaul the health-care system, claiming fulfillment of a major campaign promise » The Washington Post

Business

GE's new headquarters: more innovation than HQ » Boston Globe When is a headquarters not really a headquarters? The executives at General Electric know the word sounds bureaucratic, the kind of place where decisions get run up the proverbial flagpole and unusual…

High interest in Southie housing complex redevelopment » Boston Globe Developers are lining up for the chance to remake one of Boston's biggest and best-located public housing complexes.…

Restructuring predicted for corporate radio firm » Boston Globe It was one of the last mega-buyouts of 2008 before the financial markets' meltdown, a corporate radio giant with some of Boston's most prominent investors behind it — and a whopping $20 billion…

Local Organizations Receive Community Investment Tax Credits » Cape Cod Online Four local Community Development Corporations were awarded Community Investment Tax Credits, totaling $570,000, by the Baker-Polito Administration.…

A Trump tax holiday could free up $119B for the biggest Mass. companies » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts companies hold tens of billions of dollars overseas. Under a plan envisioned by the Trump administration, those companies would be enticed to bring that money into the U.S. during a one-…

Mixed-use development project slated for Mattapan's Blue Hill Avenue » Bay State Banner Expectations are high for a Mattapan development that could turn several blighted lots into a mixed-use, residential and retail project, with space for sit-down restaurants. …

State regulators levy $1 million fine against Boston brokerage LPL Holdings » Boston Globe .…

Patrick alums win small business award » Boston Globe

Education

Taste for Education benefits Saugus schools » Wicked Local Saugus Saugus educators, PTO members and community leaders gathered to sample food from local restaurants and raise funds for Saugus Public Schools at the Saugus Business Education Collaborative's 25th annua…

Leominster Kids Count campaign seeks more funds for schools » Sentinel & Enterprise This year's school budget deficit has divided local officials on the issue of how much money can, and should, be spent on education, however there is one issue they can all agree on.…

Environment

Seashore's advisory board meetings suspended by Trump administration » Cape Cod Times A volunteer board that advises the Cape Cod National Seashore superintendent learned Monday that its meetings are canceled until further notice as part of the transition to President Donald Trump's ad…

Health Care

Keller @ Large: GOP Health Care Reform Could Punish Massachusetts » CBS Boston They may be voting on Trumpcare down in Washington Thursday, and if you do see the House taking a roll call, it probably means the GOP leadership thinks they have the votes to pass it.…

Mass. backlash as US House approves Trumpcare » Lowell Sun

Human Services

Diapers displayed to pitch lifting of welfare "cap on kids" » State House News Service

Immigration

Hull 'sanctuary community' petition defeated » Wicked Local Somerville Tempers flared during Tuesday night's town meeting debate on a petition to declare Hull a sanctuary community for undocumented immigrants and refugees. Speakers for and against the issue got bursts of…

Signatures are in for sanctuary petition » The Salem News Opponents of the city's Sanctuary for Peace ordinance filed 297 pages of signatures with the city clerk Wednesday afternoon, in an effort to force a referendum on the November ballot.…

Healey: Sanctuary makes communities safer » The Salem News The city's direction on a sanctuary-like status has the support of a powerful ally: Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Judiciary

Baker picks Ovoian for district court judgeship » The Sun Chronicle Attorney Robert Ovoian of North Attleboro has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker for a district court judgeship.…

Legislative

Sutton legislators hit annual business expo » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Lobbying

Progressives see things missing on Beacon Hill » The Recorder Massachusetts progressives gathered at the State House Wednesday to tackle a puzzle: in a blue state with Democrats controlling both branches of the Legislature, what keeps their priorities from advan…

Local Government

Tarr Drops By Business Roundtable » The Local News Trains and business development were among two of the topics business people discussed with state Sen. Bruce Tarr this week. Tarr updated the group on the MBTA's rail shutdown this summer.…

Sudbury candidate profile: Evans Carter » Wicked Local One of three candidates on the ballot in a May 9 special election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen.…

3 run for 2 openings on Dennis Board of Selectman » Cape Cod Times The annual town election Tuesday will feature one contested race, with three candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Voters also will face one ballot question and a nonbinding public…

Sandwich Election Features Crowded Races, Pot Shop Ban Proposal » Cape Cod Online Residents in Sandwich have a lot of choices to make as they head to the polls Thursdayfor annual town election.…

City Hall Notebook: City manager budget changes aim to improve predictability » Worcester Telegram & Gazette In advance of releasing his fiscal 2018 municipal budget proposal on Friday, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. has won approval from the City Council Municipal Operations Committee for the financial…

Marijuana

Changes to pot law may be approaches in phases » State House News Service The committee working on alterations to the marijuana law could choose to separate its recommendations into two separate bills, addressing some issues in legislation expected by the end of June and de…

Changes to Massachusetts marijuana law may be approached in phases » WWLP 22 Since December, it has been legal for adults at least 21 years old to possess marijuana …

Opinion

Reckoning time for the Point's Bayside property: It's time to begin anew – and openly – with plans for the Expo site » Dorchester Reporter Last Thursday evening, the Dorchester Reporter was the first to report that hush-hush negotiations between UMass and the Kraft family to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium for the New England Revoluti…

Nothing 'minor' about shadows at issue at Winthrop Square » Boston Globe THE CLAIM that the shadows to be cast by the proposed Winthrop Square tower are a “minor nuisance” either offers a blindered view or is simply uninformed (“Shadow rules in Copley too…

Racial slur at Fenway reverberates far beyond ballpark » Boston Globe RE “STOP pretending Boston is something it's not” by Renée Graham (Opinion, May 2): If a neighbor tells me that he has discovered mice in the walls of his house, and I respond by veheme…

Adam Jones and the burden of proof » Boston Globe NO VIDEO? Then no proof that what Adam Jones said happened at Fenway Park really did happen.…

Editorial: Powerful voices » Martha's Vineyard Times On the surface, Eversource can make a solid case for a rate increase. They haven't had one for 25 years.…

EDITORIAL: State's wiretapping law overdue for update » Lowell Sun Imagine if the Feds had to rely on two cups and a string to eavesdrop on New England mob underboss Gennaro "Jerry'' Angiulo and his associates back in the 1980s? Hamstrung by that outdated method, it'…

Our Opinion: Heed Baker warning on 'repeal, replace' » Berkshire Eagle With House Republicans lining up for another shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act that could come as early as today, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has issued a warning about the…

Editorial: DPU must hear concerns of area residents » Hampshire Gazette Twice in recent weeks, local residents and legislators have sent a message to the state Department of Public Utilities, which regulates the region's electricity and natural gas companies. The message:…

Columnist Marty Nathan urges taking action for climate justice » Hampshire Gazette I'm writing this from a near-horizontal position on my living room couch, resting my elderly bones after a good march from the Federal Building to the Springfield City Council steps on Saturday.…

UMass flag policy is consistent, not exclusionary (Editorial) » Mass Live Kalsang Nangpa wants to proudly carry the flag of her native Tibet at University of Massachusetts commencement, but the institution won't let her.…

Politics

Barrows takes a pass on Senate race, but Shortsleeve is in » The Sun Chronicle

Seth Moulton Is Not Running For President » WGBH If you believe a flurry of recent headlines, a hopeful Facebook fan page, and a general surge of media speculation, you might think Rep. Seth Moulton is running for president.…

District 7 key to political 'game of chess' » Boston Herald A District 7 candidate hitching his wagon to Mayor Martin J. Walsh could stand out in a crowded city council race on Tito Jackson's turf, City Hall watchers said, and several rivals said they would we…

Joe Shortsleeve to run as Democrat in special election » Boston Globe Joe Shortsleeve, who uncovered skulduggery as a long-time WBZ-TV newsperson reporting on Massachusetts politics, now wants to step into the belly of the beast he once covered. …

A shameful record » Commonwealth Magazine The renowned sports philosopher Duane Charles Parcells has often noted that no matter what image one might project on the outside, people cannot escape the reality of their true being.…

Dems face tough fight to unseat Baker in 2018 » The Eagle Tribune

Democratic candidate attacks Baker's budget bona fides » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker and Setti Warren walk into a Needham ballroom. Squirming ensues. » Boston Globe

Public Health

Marlborough: AG Healey talks opioid education » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called for more opioid prevention and treatment programs to help end the epidemic that is ravaging the country, state and region.…

In Salem, Healey announces $700K for drug-abuse prevention » Wicked Local Salem Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey came to Salem Tuesday and announced $700,000 in grant money to combat the opioid crisis plaguing the commonwealth.…

Port receives grant money to fight opioid addiction » Newburyport News The local fight against opioid addiction received a boost this week when the state Attorney General's Office announced the city would receive $14,500 in grant money.…

Public Safety

Massachusetts Senate creates cybersecurity, addiction panels » WWLP 22 Cybersecurity and opioid abuse are shaping up as policy focus areas of the Massachusetts Senate. …

Law enforcement raids under way across Greater Boston » Boston Herald

State Finance

State tax haul falls short again in April, widening revenue gap to $462M » Boston Business Journal State budget problems worsened considerably Wednesday after cratering April tax collections widened the revenue gap in this year's budget and called into question assumptions for next year's spending,…

Baker Reviewing Options as State Budget Woes Deepen » US News and World Report Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is "reviewing all options" after a disappointing April revenue report leaves an even deeper hole in the state budget.…

With tax collections down, Massachusetts government 'reviewing all options' » Mass Live With state tax revenues coming in lower than expected in April, Massachusetts government officials are "carefully reviewing all options to maintain the Commonwealth's fiscal stability," Secretary of A…

Taxation

Boat tax collection in Mass. seen as lacking » Wicked Local Topsfield

Assessors want solar tax policies modernized » WWLP 22 State assessors lobbied lawmakers in Boston Wednesday, in an effort to update solar tax policies. Assessors told 22News that the current law giving solar property owners a tax break is outdated and un…

Transportation

Massachusetts Senate approves $200M road repair spending bill » WWLP 22 We avoid potholes everyday, and hitting one can damage your car and put your safety at risk. But some cities and towns can't afford to fix their roads without state funding.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley says she's 'incensed' over alleged racist incident between fan and Orioles' Adam Jones » Mass Live

Massachusetts Legislature passes $200 million local road repair bill » Mass Live

Highway administrator Tom Tinlin recovering from aneurysm » Boston Globe

Maine could stay on daylight saving time year-round (if Massachusetts and New Hampshire do, too) » Boston.com

Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos launches re-election, stresses residency, police-community relations » Mass Live

Boat tax collection in Mass. seen as lacking » State House News Service

Mass. progressives see something missing on Beacon Hill » State House News Service

Editorial: DPU, stop letting energy companies drain our limited resources » The Recorder

Plymouth: Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel Established » 95.9 WATD

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