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Today on Beacon Hill

8:30am Jobs for Massachusetts Meeting, Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Avenue

9:00am Mass. Down Syndrome Congress 4th Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am MSPCA Lobby Day for Animals, Great Hall

10:00am Drought Management Task Force Meeting, 100 Cambridge Street

10:00am Mass. Coalition for Serious Illness Annual Summit, JFK Library and Presidential Museum

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

12:00pm Education Reform Now - 3rd Annual Policy Discussion with Sen. President Stan Rosenberg, Kennedy Room, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street

12:00pm Association for Behavioral Healthcare Annual Meeting, Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester

1:00pm Local Government Advisory Commission Meeting, State House, Room 157

1:00pm Legislative Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

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

2:00pm Legislative Briefing on Sugary Drinks Tax hosted by Sen. Jason Lewis, State House, Room 428

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

6:30pm Outdoor Amusement Business Association Dinner, Grand Staircase

Must-Reads

Safety thread runs through immigration bill debate » State House News Service A shared interest in preserving public safety fueled the arguments made Monday for and against legislation that would prohibit the use of state resources to enforce immigration law through certain typ…

Ivanka Trump's life of privilege undermines the credibility of her new book's message » The Washington Post THE BIG IDEA: Ivanka Trump's new book unwittingly reveals just how out of touch she is with the lives of the working women who she believes she speaks for. …

No plan yet, but Hill leaders huddle on budget woes » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate huddled for nearly two hours on Monday as they tried to wrap their arms around a ballooning budget gap, but appeared in no rush after …

Forget Taxes, Warren Buffett Says. The Real Problem Is Health Care. » New York Times Over the weekend, Mr. Buffett urged fellow executives to start worrying about rising health care costs and how they put American businesses at a disadvantage.…

Surf's Up For a Wave Election » National Journal House Re­pub­lic­ans were caught on the horns of a di­lemma. If they didn't pass a bill that ef­fect­ively re­pealed and re­placed Obama­care, they would either look in­e…

Budget cuts affect clothes allowance for low-income kids » Newburyport News BOSTON – Welfare advocates are calling on lawmakers to restore funding for an annual clothing allowance for low-income families that was cut in a draft of the state budget. …

Spilka: The next great wave in democracy » Milford Daily News All across America, average citizens have been galvanized to become more involved with our political processes, from town meetings to state government to Congress. As a long-time legislator who believ…

The 7 Signs That Someone Might Be Running For President In 2020 » FiveThirtyEight Donald Trump showed that the field of people who could be elected president is larger than just senators, governors and vice presidents. And his underwhelming approval ratings so far suggest that anyo…

Revisiting the Question 2 messaging battle » Commonwealth Magazine CONFUSION IS THE ENEMY if you're trying to build support for change. Local media still matters. And when it comes to education, voters will trust the word of their local school committee and their chi…

"This town is going to be one of the most important cities in the world, and GE can be part of that renaissance,"

GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt

Speaking at the GE groundbreaking ceremony also attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

2020 Vision: America Meets Andrew Cuomo » The Huffington Post Like a crocus in February, Andrew Cuomo has begun to peek through the wintry landscape. Whether he blossoms into a gift bouquet to the Democratic Party and the nation is very much “to be seen.â…

Business

GE set to bring new headquarters to life » Boston Herald General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt praised the city for its resources and deep talent pool as the exec joined Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and numerous other pols in breaking ground …

GE celebrates arrival in city of innovation » Berkshire Eagle By moving its headquarters to Boston, the General Electric Co. will help the city and Massachusetts take a leading role in global innovation, leaders said Monday. …

GE Breaks Ground On New Corporate Headquarters In Boston » WBUR Industrial giant General Electric on Monday officially broke ground on its new corporate headquarters in Boston.…

Crimes

Maura Healey defends lack of big wins in human trafficking cases » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday defended her office's handling of a dozen sex-trafficking convictions, including some that ended with less than the minimum sentence, calling them “extrem…

Education

Black students at Harvard to hold their own commencement ceremony » Boston Globe Two days before Courtney Woods dresses in a cap and gown for Harvard's traditional commencement, she will don a stole made of African kente cloth and address the crowd at a somewhat different event: a…

Statehouse green lights funding Hanscom students at Bedford High School » Wicked Local Bedford State Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, had his proposal approved by the House providing funding for children living on Hanscom Air Force Base.…

North Quincy's Cara Pekarcik named Mass. Teacher of the Year » Patriot Ledger

College group calls endowment tax unconstitutional » State House News Service

Environment

Piscataqua sand may be headed for Plum Island » Gloucester Daily Times Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to divert more than 728,000 cubic yards of dredged ocean sand to renourish Massachusetts beaches rather than dump it in the open ocean.…

State tour on climate change and clean energy starts on Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times Lawmakers made the first stop of a statewide Clean Energy Future Tour on Cape Cod on Monday, touring various locations in Woods Hole with researchers studying climate change and the region's changing …

Environmentalists worry GE's move to Mass. could taint Housatonic cleanup plan » Berkshire Eagle As General Electric plants its corporate flag in South Boston, in a project its says embodies a "global commitment to the environment," activists question the company's commitment to that goal in Berk…

Concerns, Grievances with State Environmental Policy and Climate Change Aired at Mashpee Forum » capecod.com

Federal

Sheriff Hodgson to testify in support of controversial plans » Taunton Daily Gazette Hodgson is scheduled to testify before the joint committee on the judiciary on legislation that is aimed at blocking his office's partnership with the federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforce…

Health Care

Med schools to teach how to discuss patients' goals for care — and for life » Boston Globe The four medical schools in Massachusetts have jointly agreed to teach students and residents how to talk with patients about what they want from life, so future doctors will know how far to go in kee…

Sales executive for opioid maker was addicted to the drug he promoted » STAT News As a district sales manager for Insys Therapeutics, Jeffrey Pearlman led a team that aggressively pushed doctors to widely prescribe the company's highly addictive opioid painkiller Subsys. He even th…

Worcester hospital faces backlash against plan to close psychiatric beds » Boston Globe The number seems small: just 13 psychiatric beds out of nearly 2,750 in the state.…

State lawmakers want to expand drug treatment services » WWLP 22 Nearly 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses last year. State lawmakers, however, are hoping to bring that number down this year by expanding drug treatment services.…

Sen. Ed Markey slams 'Trumpcare' bill as 'cruel' and 'inhumane' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, joined health care advocates and patients to slam the health care bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.…

Optometrists pitch $20 million in MassHealth savings » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- The MassHealth program could save nearly $20 million per year by allowing optometrists to treat glaucoma and other eye infections, according to a study conducted by a former MassHealth direc…

Auditor's report finds MassHealth over paid nursing facilities » WWLP 22

Immigration

Massachusetts lawmakers consider bill forbidding inmates from working on President Donald Trump's border wall » The Republican The woman spoke in Spanish through a translator, telling her story of domestic abuse. Her husband beat her and mistreated her children for nine years, she said. She never called the police because he…

Officials spar over immigrant bills » Boston Herald State legislators claim bills aimed at barring prison employees from acting as immigration officials and inmates from working out of state — as cheap labor on President Trump's proposed border …

Play Ball With the Feds on Illegal Immigration? Beacon Hill Democrats Say No » New Boston Post

Hodgson, Cabral make their cases on sheriff's proposals » Taunton Daily Gazette

Labor

Public defenders press collective bargaining rights bill » State House News Service

Legislative

From politics to parenting: Under the influence of ice cream » State House News Service Grateful freshmen in the Massachusetts House capped a marathon state budget debate last month by offering to "grace us all with ice cream sundaes," as House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad put it.…

Local Government

Braintree mayor: I share frustration over Motel 6 » Wicked Local Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he shares residents' frustrations with the problem-plagued Motel 6 on Union Street.…

Revere Sees A Divide Over 'Sanctuary' Proposals » WBUR In early April, Revere Councilor-at-Large George Rotondo put forward a motion to say no to the proposal calling for Massachusetts to become a so-called "sanctuary state."…

Salem sanctuary opponents get plenty of signatures » The Salem News A petition to block the city's new "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance has enough signatures to force a public referendum on the November ballot, but now another deadline has appeared.…

For 17th year, Empty Bowl Dinner expects to have full house » Gloucester Daily Times Now an annual rite of spring in Gloucester, this will be the city's 17th Empty Bowl Dinner. The first was almost cancelled, scheduled as it was for September 20, 2001, just days after the 9/11 attacks…

Marijuana

Foxboro gives the final OK to banning recreational pot shops » The Sun Chronicle After a spirited debate, residents at Monday's annual town meeting passed a ban on recreational marijuana establishments.…

Marijuana moratorium goes to election voters in Spencer » Worcester Telegram A temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments approved at town meeting last week will go to voters in Tuesday's election.…

Pot regulation still unsettled -- six months later » Lowell Sun

Opinion

GOP circus distracts from Russian perfidy » Boston Globe THE FOREMOST STRATEGIC goal of last year's Russian meddling in US elections, former director of national intelligence James Clapper said at his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monda…

Classic Obama — staying above the fray on Obamacare » Boston Globe IS THIS any way to save Obamacare? Leave it to Barack Obama to accept a Profile in Courage Award with cool restraint and an appeal to facts, not emotion.…

Restore crucial funds to drug-control agency » Boston Globe AT A TIME when the national opioid addiction epidemic is crippling our country — killing more people than car crashes and firearms — it is more important than ever for the White House Of…

Editorial: House GOP reckless on health care » Hampshire Gazette Former president Barack Obama spoke about courage Sunday night in Boston when he accepted the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.…

Our view: It's time for caution on the state budget » The Salem News Once again, Massachusetts is facing a budget crisis —a $462 million shortfall in tax collections that were expected this year. So with only two months to go before the fiscal year ends, Gov. Ch…

Our opinion: Updating wiretapping laws is long overdue » The Enterprise Massachusetts law governing wiretapping is antique, dating back to 1968, an era just short of 50 years ago when rotary phones, reel-to-reel tape recorders (many adults wouldn't even know what that mea…

Politics

Marty Walsh hits re-election talking points in speech » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh touched on health care, gender pay equity, and race relations in his remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, saying “every issue that affects workers is a busine…

Republican entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai waging 2018 bid against US Sen. Elizabeth Warren » The Republican Despite never having run for public office, entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai said he's not intimidated by the possibility of squaring off against Democrat Elizabeth Warren in one of the highest-profile U.…

Brown seeks donors for group attacking Warren » Commonwealth Magazine A CONSERVATIVE MASSACHUSETTS political action committee has sent out a fundraising request attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren that includes an appeal to donors from former US senator Scott Brown, whose n…

Barrows, Coppola endorse Walpole's Berry for state Senate seat » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Jay Barrows announced he will not run for the State Senate seat representing the Bristol & Norfolk District that opened when Jim Timilty was appointed Norfolk County Treasurer. But he will …

Public Health

Business groups fight bill mandating up to 30 days of addiction treatment » Boston Business Journal Widespread addiction to opioids is causing record levels of overdose deaths in Massachusetts, but insurance companies and business advocates are balking at a bill that would make them pay for more tha…

Public Safety

Bill would prohibit using inmates to build border wall » NBC 10 News The Joint Judiciary Committee in the Massachusetts State House heard testimony on Monday about a bill that would prohibit using inmates to build a border wall with Mexico.…

State Finance

No Plan Yet, But State Leaders Huddle On Ballooning Budget Gap » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate huddled for nearly two hours on Monday as they tried to wrap their arms around a ballooning budget gap, but appeared in no rush after …

State Government

After arrest, son of Polito supporters lands administration job » Boston Globe It seemed that Anthony G. Virgilio's career in state service might be in jeopardy after he was charged with OUI and leaving the scene of an accident. He soon left his job as a court officer, but withi…

Greenway denied: State says no to 10-year fund phase-out » Boston Herald Tasked with weaning itself off state funding, the nonprofit that oversees the Rose Kennedy Greenway floated a plan to phase it out — but over 10 more years, earning a quick rejection from unhap…

Transportation

MassDOT says E-ZPass system accuracy rate of greater than 99 percent six months into all-electronic tolling » The Republican Six months in, the new cashless tolling system along the Massachusetts Turnpike has seen transactions come to a total of nearly a quarter billion, with an accuracy rate of greater than 99 percent, sta…

Fed spending bill "terrific" news for transportation, Pollack says » State House News Service The federal spending bill passed last week to fund the government through September may not have been entirely beneficial to Massachusetts, but Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said it is a …

Utilities

Amid lawsuit, 7 companies bid to run state's fiber-optic network » Worcester Telegram Seven companies have submitted bids to run MassBroadband123, the state-owned fiber-optic network whose internet service to area police and government buildings has been imperiled in recent months by a…

Pipeline resistance builds as 'Thoreau' protest cabin goes up in Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle As a vicious wind shot through the pipeline corridor in Otis State Forest, activists began installing a 10-by-15-foot cabin on adjacent private land, a post and beam structure made famous for its year…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Senator Markey says Senate GOP will reject House health care bill » Boston Globe

With Obamacare Under Fire, Massachusetts Must Lead on Health Care — Again » Valley Advocate

Optometrists pitch $20 mil in MassHealth savings » State House News Service

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Press Releases

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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