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Must-Reads

Trump and the art of the lie » Boston Globe AS A PRESIDENTIAL candidate last year, Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.” He didn't shoot anyone, but proved th…

The Secret Weapon Democrats Don't Know How to Use » Politico Magazine Cheri Bustos of Illinois has lessons for her party about how to win in Trump territory. Are Democratic leaders listening? …

Baker: Capital plan will lead to $4 bil in investments » State House News Service The state's $2.26 billion fiscal 2018 capital plan focuses on maintaining and modernizing government assets and will lead to more than $4 billion in investments beginning July 1, Gov. Charlie Baker sa…

Unpaid excise taxes a drag on local budgets » Eagle Tribune City and town treasuries are due tens of millions of dollars in unpaid motor vehicle taxes, but local officials have few options to make scofflaws pay up. …

Baker: GOP health care plan would 'take a cleaver' to state coverage » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker shared his concerns about the House Republicans' American Health Care Act on Thursday at a South Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Lantana in Randolph. …

Corporate Lobbyists Make Gains With Democrats and Republicans » Observer An analysis conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics found that corporations spent $840 million in the first quarter of 2017 lobbying Congress and the White House—the highest amount in f…

“Everybody agrees the Affordable Care Act ought to be fixed, but we should not just take a (meat) cleaver to it.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the GOP health care bill which recently passed in the House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump says Comey firing 'my decision' » Boston Globe President Trump on Thursday directly contradicted his top advisors, including the vice president, on his reasons for ousting FBI Director James Comey, while also revealing for the first time that he t…

Donald Trump fine with investigation, says James Comey was a 'showboat' » Boston Herald

Trump orders voter fraud commission after lodging charges over the 2016 election that he won » Los Angeles Times President Trump ordered a voter fraud investigation Thursday, thrusting back into the spotlight an issue that few other Republican leaders want to tackle as he tries to divert attention from the contr…

Business

Newbury Street's future may be a matter of tastes » Boston Globe It is an accusation too delicious to ignore. In a city exploding with hot new restaurants, Newbury Street has cooled. The supposed reason circulating around town is this: a policy that discourages new…

Uber doesn't want Massachusetts to limit driver hours » Boston Globe Uber, which has earned a reputation of fighting regulators at nearly every turn, is contesting a proposed rule in Massachusetts that would cap the number of hours its drivers can work in a day or week…

Kaspersky Lab gets thumbs down » Boston Globe On Thursday morning, the eyes of the world were trained on a tense Capitol Hill hearing room, where the new acting director of the FBI testified before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence a…

Fast 50: Mass. firms ride tectonic technology shifts to rapid growth » Boston Business Journal A quick glance at the Business Journal's Fast 50 list of the state's fastest-growing private companies proves you don't have to invent an industry to ride an emerging tech trend to rapid growth.…

Environmental entrepreneur is rock solid in Lowell » Boston Business Journal Today, Mill City Environmental grosses $5 million annually, providing services ranging from hazardous-waste cleanup to train-car maintenance for clients across the country.…

Mass. Economic Growth Slightly Outpaced The Nation's In 2016 » WBUR The Massachusetts economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in 2016, edging the national expansion rate of 1.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday.…

Domestic Relations

How Underage Marriage Puts Girls At Risk » WGBH Is age 14 too young to get married? Right now in Massachusetts, there's no law against it.…

Education

Black Malden charter students punished for braided hair » Boston Globe Black students at a Malden charter school who wear their hair in braids are facing detention and suspension by administrators who say the hairstyles violate the school's dress code. Parents describe t…

Gov. Baker Names Northern Essex' Glenn to STEM Post » WHAV Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn has been named to the STEM Advisory Council, a statewide group that is expanding access to education in science, technology, engineering, and m…

Bridgewater State graduates over 300 with advanced degrees » Wicked Local Carver Bridgewater State University graduated over 300 students with advanced degrees Thursday evening, while state Rep. Patricia Haddad delivered the keynote address…

Inversant's Charlie Desmond applies lessons from the pool hall to higher ed » Boston Business Journal Had his life taken a different turn, Charles Desmond could have been the Cool Hand Luke of Malden, hustling for easy pool-hall money, free from the niceties of income tax returns. Or he could have met…

Environment

Drought in Massachusetts has ended » Boston Globe The state on Thursday declared an end to the two-year drought that sucked the moisture out of Massachusetts, stunting crops, parching lawns, and leaving some communities turning to backup sources for …

White House puts advisory panel for Cape preserve on hold » Boston Globe In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has ordered the local commission that advises the Cape Cod National Seashore to suspend its meetings until further notice, the first such decree sinc…

Land Trust pushes for preservation » The Valley Breeze Just as the Financial Town Meeting was winding down on April 25, moderator Dave D'Agostino announced a last-minute motion proposed by Town Council President John Mahoney. Mahoney proposed to transfer …

Dredging set to begin at Marshfield's Green Harbor » Wicked Local Marshfield The Army Corps of Engineers will be coming to Marshfield the week of May 15 to start dredging, but Harbormaster Mike DiMeo said it's well past time to work toward a more long-term solution.…

Sprucing up the city: Brockton pushes free trees » The Enterprise Brockton officials are now promoting a Department of Conservation and Recreation's program providing free trees planted at no cost for property owners in a region of the city stretching from the downt…

Health Care

Kids shouldn't have to navigate maze to get mental health care » Boston Globe Legislation filed by Representative Christine Barber, of Somerville, and Senator Jennifer Flanagan, of Leominster, is being heard next week. The bill would make provider directories more accurate, acc…

Human Services

State awards $6M to Western Massachusetts domestic violence service providers » The Republican The state has awarded some $34 million in contracts each year for the next three years under a competitive bidding process to organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic and sexual ab…

Pregnant Workers' Rights Bill On Glide Path After House Passage » Banker & Tradesman The so-called Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H 3680) filed by Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. David Rogers offers pregnant women reasonable accommodations, including “more frequent or longer paid or u…

Judiciary

Parkway politicians hear pitch for criminal justice reform bills » Wicked Local Roslindale Although the crowd at a recent West Roxbury meeting on criminal justice reform wanted to pin down two legislators on how they'd vote for bills aimed at changing the status quo, the two hadn't made up …

Labor

Massachusetts nurses may take staffing demands to voters in 2018 » Mass Live BOSTON -- Massachusetts nurses believe patient safety and quality of care are declining amid increased patient counts for nurses and health care corporatization, and the nurses union is weighing a 201…

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts » Metro Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill …

Keolis workers sound off on commuter rail contractor » State House News Service Fed up commuter rail workers visited the State House on Thursday, complaining that Keolis Commuter Services ignores their input and questions. …

Local Government

Harwich voters face 16 ballot questions » Cape Cod Times Harwich voters will face 16 questions — one of them a nonbinding referendum — on the annual ballot.…

Amherst Town Meeting votes for impeachment process of President Donald Trump » The Republican As expected, Town Meeting has joined Leverett and Pelham in approving a resolution calling for U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern to begin the impeachment process of President Donald J. Trump.…

Norwell: State Legislators Talk Beacon Hill at Community Forum » 95.9 WATD

Marijuana

Kingston seeks marijuana moratorium » Wicked Local Kingston Whether in support or against recreational marijuana, voters for now are being asked to approve a moratorium on marijuana establishments.…

Charlton voters to decide on ban on marijuana businesses » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Voters at the annual town meeting MOnday will decide the fate of a $26 million budget and whether marijuana businesses will be permitted in town. The town meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday at Charlton M…

Opinion

Trump can't script his own ending » Boston Globe I SUSPECT Donald Trump enjoyed firing people on “The Apprentice” more than he has from the Oval Office. On his reality show, Trump was guaranteed a gilded, glowing close-up, a swelling sco…

Team Trump's cover story falls apart » Boston Globe FOR ANYONE WITH eyes to see, the Trump administration's credibility now lies in pieces.…

BRISTOL: Sorry Trumpites, but Joe Kennedy III is a rising star » The Sun Chronicle With the Republican majority in the U.S. House repealing Obamacare and the Democratic minority declaring this vote their ticket to future victories, the 2018 midterm elections are more than ever looki…

Benton: Showing courage in Salem » The Salem News Mayor Kim Driscoll and Ward 5 Councilor Josh Turiel may have both bought themselves opponents in the 2017 election with their outspoken support of the controversial measure. And Ward 4 Councilor David…

Editor: Support for Hopkinton candidates » The Metro West Daily News I am writing in support of Muriel Kramer and Amy Ritterbusch both running for the two 5-year seats on the Planning Board & Irfan Nasrullah for the 1-year seat on the Planning Board.…

Editorial: Lesson in accountability » Boston Herald There appears to be a slight disagreement on Beacon Hill over whether lawmakers should invest more of their energy into campaigning for a tax increase on millionaires — or into a bill that woul…

ViewPoint: Women entrepreneurs gain, hurdles remain » Boston Business Journal Despite this promising growth, challenges for female entrepreneurs persist.…

Editorial: Addiction opposition misplaced » Boston Business Journal We are concerned about any legislation that unnecessarily adds more burden on businesses. But treating substance abuse and addiction is necessary, and it will exact a cost one way or the other.…

ViewPoint: Looming labor shortages? » Boston Business Journal Filling the gap left by domestic out-migration has been a consistently positive flow of international immigrants, both in education-intensive sectors and lower skilled jobs. Restrictions on immigratio…

Politics

GOP to host senate candidate » The Sun Chronicle The Attleboro Republican City Committee will host Shiva Ayyandurai, a candidate for U.S. Senate, on Monday at 6 p.m.…

Public Health

Gov. Baker tapped by Trump for opioid crisis commission » The Lowell Sun Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is being tapped by President Donald Trump to sit on a commission aimed at fighting drug addiction and the opioid crisis. …

Mass. health officials release quarterly report on opioid OD deaths » Sampan The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today released its first quarterly opioid report of 2017, which showed an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl and decl…

Cape overdose deaths continue to climb » Cape Cod Times Newly released state Department of Public Health data shows that the Cape continued to have the third highest opioid overdose rate in the state in 2016.…

Public Safety

Mayor Walsh Said Boston Is The Safest City. The Numbers Suggest Otherwise. » WGBH

State Government

Mass. reactions to Comey firing mixed » Worcester Business Journal Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is backing an independent investigation into Russia's alleged intrusion into the 2016 election following President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Come…

Statehouse gets nearly $39M for upgrades, repairs » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The 219-year-old Statehouse has seen its share of renovations in the past year. Just ask anyone waiting in line for an elevator. But more improvements appear to be on the way.…

Baker Asks Lawmakers to OK Borrowing for Capital Projects » US News and World Report Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is asking the Legislature to authorize nearly $2.3 billion in borrowing for capital projects.…

Transportation

North Shore gets money for road repairs » ItemLive.com Several North Shore communities were among the state's towns and cities allocated Chapter 90 funding for local road repairs and resurfacing for FY18, according to an announcement from state legislator…

Lynn to Receive $1.5 Million for Local Road Repairs » Lynn Journal Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), Representative Lori Ehrlich (D- Marblehead), Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Representative Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and Representative Daniel Cahill (D- Lynn…

MassDOT utilizing new devices to increase safety in work zones » Sampan The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today showcased items which it is now beginning to integrate into some work zone logistical setups in order to increase the safety of employees…

Free rides on the Fairmount Line now through May 21 » Dorchester Reporter Two weeks of free riders on the Fairmount Line kicked off on Monday, a bid to boost ridership on the only commuter rail line to operate entirely within Boston.…

State to pour $39 mil into Boston tunnel network system » State House News Service With funds earmarked for leak sealing and fire suppression efforts, the state plans to spend $39.4 million in the coming fiscal year on the regional tunnel network left behind after the Big Dig, the u…

Utilities

Supply chain would provide tailwind to offshore energy » South Coast Today If an offshore wind industry is to succeed in Massachusetts, it will require both competition and cooperation among developers and among states, and investments in port infrastructure that can help dr…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

As Fentanyl Deaths Rise, An Off-Label Tool Becomes A Test For The Killer Opioid » WBUR

The United States Of Authoritarianism » WBUR

Will Foreign Mischief In U.S. Elections Become 'The New Normal'? » WBUR

Some Vulnerable Republicans Begin To Question Timing Of Comey's Firing » WBUR

Springfield hearing set for Juvenile Court nominee Arose Nielsen » The Republican

Rep. Silvia makes the case for changes to historic tax credit program » The Herald News

20 attorneys general, including Maura Healey, call for independent special counsel after President Trump fires FBI's James Comey » The Republican

Springfield schools budget tops $400 million; officials say it's challenging but classroom-focused » The Republican

Poll says state's citizens trust judges (Editorial) » The Republican

Disease prevention program active in Holyoke, Worcester at risk of ending this year » The Republican

50 years later, City Hall Plaza is cool » Boston Globe

Revenue base eroding as annual budget talks ramp-up » WWLP 22

Former AG continues quest for adult guardianship office » State House News Service

New district attorney's office brings new life, safety to downtown Brockton » The Enterprise

Child marriage ban pressed at State House rally » State House News Service

Mass. nurses may take staffing demands to voters in 2018 » State House News Service

Baker: GOP' health care plan would 'take a cleaver' to state coverage » The Enterprise

What Trump's New Opioid Commission Means For Massachusetts » WBUR

Flashback to 2009 patronage mess » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2054 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Ramona Foster, an employee of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

HB 1106 - An Act authorizing the town of Millis to transfer certain recreation property in exchange for dedication of conservation land

SB 2038 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Paula Daggett, an employee of the Department of Correction

Most read bills of the week:

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3659 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB85 - An Act relative to the well being and care of a child

SB2058 - An Act to prevent driver distraction and motor vehicle fatalities

HB162 - An Act expanding access to craft beer

HB825 - An Act relative to telephone service for inmates in all correctional and other penal institutions in the Commonwealth

HB3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB1038 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB3662 - An Act to sustain community preservation revenue

House Actions This Week: 373

Senate Actions This Week: 72


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