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Today on Beacon Hill

7:30am Worcester Day on the Hill Breakfast, Harrington House, Clark University, 130 Woodland Street, Worcester

8:30am Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston

10:00am Mass. Society of Naturopathic Doctors Celebration, House Members Lounge

10:30am Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Acupuncture Day, Grand Staircase

12:15pm MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting, 10 Park Plaza, Second Floor, Boston

1:00pm Mass. Life Sciences Center Capital Awards Celebration, New Research Building, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm 2017 Medicine that Matters Gala, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston

6:00pm Anthony Andronico for Quincy School Committee Campaign Kickoff

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

Must-Reads

G.O.P. Senators, Pulling Away From Trump, Have 'a Lot Less Fear of Him' » New York Times The lawmakers are showing increasing signs of separating from the president to pursue a more traditional conservative agenda and protect their political futures. …

For Cuomo's Free-Tuition Plan, Lessons From Tennessee » New York Times Enrollment is up by a third and federal student loan debt is down in the first state to offer free tuition at its community colleges. …

The People's Princess » New York Magazine Ivanka Trump is hard at work in Washington — but for whom?…

On Beacon Hill, new talk of raising taxes » Boston Globe For a state that insists its old “Taxachusetts” label is outdated, there's a lot of tax-raising talk on Beacon Hill these days. …

Reckless stock trading leaves Congress rife with conflicts » Politico Magazine POLITICO found that 28 House members and six senators each traded more than 100 stocks in the past two years, placing them in the potential cross hairs of a conflict of interest on a regular basis. An…

State lawmakers' dinner tab off the books » Worcester Telegram & Gazette BOSTON – During last month's budget debate, members of the 160-member Massachusetts House of Representatives and their staff dined on catered chicken marsala, chicken parmesan and sandwiches, a…

John Stefanini accused of destroying Yvonne Spicer campaign material » The Metro West Daily News FRAMINGHAM — An accusation of vandalism. A claim of illegal political activity. A candidate's volunteer questioning an opponent's character. And now a police investigation. …

“We have to get more revenue into our system,” Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg said, “just to be able to support the public services that we need to maintain a robust economy.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the potential of more taxes for Massachusetts.

News By Category
Business

Henri Termeer, key biotech leader who built Genzyme into an industry giant, dead at 71 » Boston Globe Biotechnology in Massachusetts was taking its first tentative steps from laboratories into the business world when Henri A. Termeer joined Genzyme in the early 1980s.…

Tanglewood is a $103m economic engine for the Berkshires, study says » Boston Globe The Tanglewood summer music festival brings more than $103 million in economic activity to the Berkshires each year — up about 70 percent from 2008 estimates, according to a forthcoming study.…

Governor, state treasurer grapple with long record of disappointing tech projects » Boston Herald Massachusetts state officials have a bad track record when it comes to technology contracts. Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deb Goldberg are still dealing with the fallout, even though many contract…

Crimes

Doctors accused of sexual assault shielded by legal loophole » My Fox Boston Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan says that's why she's pushing for changes on Beacon Hill. But some say that push for change doesn't go far enough.…

Education

Public higher ed facility needs comparable to MBTA, Peyser says » State House News Service

Environment

Markey Seeks To Extend Tax Credits For Offshore Wind » WBUR The area along the coast of New England is considered the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind. However, the federal tax subsidy designed to jump-start production of ocean wind energy will soon be drying up.…

Gaming

Fantasy sports sites could face hefty fees » The Eagle Tribune Online fantasy sports sites could be facing taxes and hefty fees to stay in the Massachusetts market.…

Health Care

Trumpcare would cut Medicaid payments for Cape patients » Cape Cod Times If some aspects of the American Health Care Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month become law, the legislation would reduce and restrict Medicaid services for low-income,…

West Bridgewater mom's advocacy making a difference statewide » Vanessa Dangoia's baby boy was just a few days old when she was gripped with the fear that she might lose him. Doctor's had found a mass inside of baby Joseph's abdomen.…

Naturopaths looking forward to licensing in Massachusetts » State House News Service

Housing

Real estate's new normal: homeowners staying put » Boston Globe For much of last year, Greg Rubin was looking to buy a bigger house. He has been in the same two-bedroom home for 17 years and hoped to upgrade to a place with a guest room, a home office, and a works…

Judiciary

Boston reentry initiative hits the skids » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON'S WIDELY ACCLAIMED prisoner reentry program, which is aimed at reducing recidivism by helping offenders who are released from prison with everything from employment and housing to addiction ser…

Enthusiasm, but no traction yet on justice system reforms » State House News Service

Labor

House Approves Pregnant Workers Fairness Act » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of May 8-12. There were no roll calls in the Senate.…

Harvard Pilgrim employees get unlimited time off » Boston Globe Unlimited vacation time has officially entered the mainstream. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has stopped restricting how much time off employees can take, joining the ranks of tech startups and a handfu…

Worcester's Community Action Council helps put teens to work » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Juan R. Martinez Jr., 19, started working when he was 14 with a landscaping company to make money to buy himself new shoes and go to the movies with his friends.…

Local Government

City Council debates level of transparency in lobbying act » Spare Change News

Marijuana

Pot Shop Could Mean Big Bucks for City » The Sun Chronicle A proposed medical marijuana dispensary could mean big bucks for city coffers if it's as successful as hoped by owners.…

Pot law camp wants to keep Goldberg in charge of oversight » State House News Service

Voters in Wilbraham, among the Massachusetts communities most opposed to recreational marijuana, to consider anti-pot articles at town meeting » The Republican

Opinion

I dream of Donald Trump » Boston Globe A FEW NIGHTS AGO, I had my first Donald Trump dream. It wasn't a baroque nightmare of mass deportations or panic in the nation's emergency rooms. I recall only that he was a vivid character in a memor…

US green cards shouldn't be for sale » Boston Globe LAST WEEKEND THE sister of Jared Kushner, perhaps the most powerful figure in the Trump White House, appeared at a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Beijing to pitch Chinese investors on One Journal Square, a lux…

Editorial: Sense in the Senate » Boston Herald Tomorrow's release of its budget plan will be a good test of how seriously the state Senate is taking the sad state of current state tax collections. How refreshing it would be if Senate President Sta…

Clive McFarlane: States can resist assault on criminal justice reform » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Late last month, a police officer in Balch Springs, near Dallas, fired shots into a car leaving a house party, killing a 15-year-old black youth. As usual, the explanation for police using deadly forc…

Our Opinion: Shared services in Lee, Lenox a blueprint for others » Berkshire Eagle The decision of Lee and Lenox to share a town administrator should pay short- and long-term dividends for the neighboring Berkshire communities and ideally establish a model for other municipalities. …

Editorial: On the mark with Marky Mark » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Wahlberg. Ferrell. Gibson. Lithgow. Do we have your attention yet? We bet we do. Here at the Telegram & Gazette, we know, anecdotally and statistically, that writing about, and taking photos of celebr…

Politics

Quincy attorney eyes pols' tax returns » Boston Herald When controversy arose for the 4,387th time over President Trump's tax returns earlier this year, one of his senior aides took to national television and brushed aside criticisms over their (continued…

Quotable Quotes » Sentinel & Enterprise "The Massachusetts House of Representatives has acted boldly to advance the cause of civil rights, women's rights and equal opportunity. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill I introduced, makes c…

Former Gov. Deval Patrick makes case for political optimism at Pittsfield event » The Republican Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick called on Berkshire County residents to be vigilant, but optimistic about the future of politics, as he reflected on his life and political career Friday.…

Deval Patrick Tells Western Mass. Crowd: “Stay Woke” » Boston Magazine

At Elizabeth Warren's Massachusetts Town Hall, some voters come to say they still support President Trump » The Republican A small crowd of Ware residents and self-proclaimed Trump supporters stood outside of the local High School on West Street on Friday, protesting the Town Hall being held by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warr…

Public Health

Judge Told Jurors In Meningitis Outbreak Case To Be Unanimous — But Verdict Form Shows Division » WBUR Judge Told Jurors In Meningitis Outbreak Case To Be Unanimous — But Verdict Form Shows Division…

Public Safety

Moms walk for peace » Boston Herald As many as 2,000 people marched nearly 7 miles through the rain from Dorchester to City Hall yesterday, showering love on women whose children were ripped from their families by homicide. …

Report: Fewer incarcerated, but correctional spending up sharply » The Salem News

State Finance

Senators to release state budget plan amid fiscal woes » Boston Herald A key Senate panel is preparing its version of the state budget amid indications that further belt-tightening may be needed.…

State Government

Tackling $400M in botched tech » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deb Goldberg are seeking to win back the confidence of beleaguered taxpayers who've shelled out more than $400 million in Bay State tech boondoggles such as the state'…

Taxation

In anti-fraud drive, some taxpayers face a few extra questions » Boston Globe If tax season wasn't aggravating enough, tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents also received unnerving notices from the state Department of Revenue this spring, warning that their refunds might…

'Devil's in the details' when it comes to Trump tax plan » The Salem News Not much is known about President Donald Trump's tax reform plan, which remains a broad outline, with no specifics in sight. …

Transportation

Not everyone is happy about all-electronic tolling » Boston Globe After years of scrounging for change and straining for his wallet, Bill Desmond finally caved. He picked up an E-ZPass transponder, joining the cashless era more than 20 years after it began.…

Neighbor wants conditions for Great Barrington airport permit, future expansion » Berkshire Eagle As Berkshire Aviation tries to get town approval for three new hangars at Walter J. Koladza Airport, one opponent is doubling down.…

Weekend News

Rise in inmates' suicides is a clear sign of failing system » Boston Globe ON INDIA Street in Boston is a fountain celebrating the life and works of Dorothea Lynde Dix, who testified in 1843 before the Massachusetts Legislature that the mentally ill were “confined in t…

Canada would be a good choice to take on Haiti's challenges » Boston Globe RICHARD ALBERT (“Sovereignty doesn't always work out,” Ideas, May 7) points out one example of a fundamental flaw in US foreign policy. …

The Trump administration is criminalizing Haitian refugees » Boston Globe IT DIDN'T TAKE long for Haitians to find out how President Trump really feels about them. While campaigning last fall in Miami's Little Haiti, he said: “The Haitian-American community adds so mu…

The nakedly partisan and the dead » Boston Globe THE ANONYMOUS COMMENT sections of many publications are notorious for their incivility and malignant smears. But in the debate over replacing Obamacare with a Republican alternative, the American Heal…

Exiled by an earthquake, Haitians in Boston are in limbo » Boston Globe Marianne never intended to stay in the United States. She came to New York on a temporary visa in 2008, hoping to sell her handmade jewelry and make enough money to take home to Haiti. Two years later…

Democrats lack strong voice amid Trump's Russia investigation meltdown » Boston Globe News broke by the second. The nightly TV upended programming. The White House press secretary briefed reporters in the dark by the West Wing shrubbery. Russian photographers outwitted the White House …

Major: Creating jobs a real education » Sentinel & Enterprise DURING A FRIDAY Sentinel & Enterprise interview about the current Leominster school budget, Mayor Dean Mazzarella began comparing the number of new positions created in the district in recent years to…

Kids First report praises methods used in Beverly, Gloucester » Wicked Local Manchester Gloucester and Beverly elementary schools use a program that was recently cited in a State Senate report as an example of what can improve not only the state's public education, but its economic futur…

Massachusetts weighing new tax on sodas, sugary drinks » WRAL.com Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining activists in other states pushing for taxes on sodas that they say will ease the rise in obesity-related diseases and bring in money for programs aimed at improvin…

Women still lag in winning office in Massachusetts » South Coast Today Ninety-four years have passed since the first two women were elected to office in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. …

Pols & Politics: Quincy attorney eyes pols' tax returns » Boston Herald When controversy arose for the 4,387th time over President Trump's tax returns earlier this year, one of his senior aides took to national television and brushed aside criticisms over their (continued…

Pacheco hosting public hearing on clean energy Tuesday » The Herald News The Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School will be the site of a public hearing next week focusing on clean energy and hosted by state Sen. Marc Pacheco.…

Council hopefuls showing early interest in Weymouth election » Wicked Local Weymouth Nomination papers for candidates seeking a school committee seat or town council position won't be available until June 1, but that has not stopped Chris Primiano, Chris Heffernan and Fred Happel from…

State targets struggling schools » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Massachusetts has had a reputation as an education hub. Yet after more than a decade of passing education reform to pour money into schools and raise academic standards, schools were still struggling.…

Carr: So many studies, so little learned » Boston Herald As in, we can't vote on this measure today because we have to “study” its potential effects. Oddly, though, “studies” are only required for bills or amendments that would actua…

Mayor Walsh Kicks Off Re-Election Bid in Eastie » East Boston Times Heavy rain did not stop East Boston residents from coming out in droves to watch Mayor Martin Walsh officially kicked off his re-election for Mayor of Boston at the Don Orione Madonna Shrine last Frid…

State Senate starts uncertain budgeting process » The Recorder The stage was set this week for what could be an awkward two weeks as senators prepare for their annual budgeting exercise knowing whatever they approve appears unlikely to stand up to the stress test…

Is Chelmsford state rep. "meddling" in controversial Lowell issue? » Lowell Sun Chelmsford state Rep. Cory Atkins this week asked House Speaker Robert DeLeo to schedule a public hearing on a Lowell home rule petition that seeks to remove conservation restrictions on open space in…

State offers help to feed Fall River's cultural soul » The Herald News The soul of Fall River — its history, buildings, ethnic festivals, art and entertainment — is what pumps life into its streets and makes it different from any other community on the plan…

Annual Mother's Day anti-violence walk draws thousands, despite rain » Boston Globe Organizers handed out purple ponchos. Umbrellas buckled in the wind. Children held handmade signs that the cold rain had all but washed away.…

Revenue base eroding as annual budget talks ramp up » Lowell Sun Slow-growing tax collections have eroded the base of revenue expected to fund state government, and the House budget chief thinks it is probable that the revenue figure built into the fiscal 2018 budg…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/15

7:30am Worcester Day on the Hill Breakfast, Harrington House, Clark University, 130 Woodland Street, Worcester

8:30am Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston

10:00am Mass. Society of Naturopathic Doctors Celebration, House Members Lounge

10:30am Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Acupuncture Day, Grand Staircase

12:15pm MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting, 10 Park Plaza, Second Floor, Boston

1:00pm Mass. Life Sciences Center Capital Awards Celebration, New Research Building, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm 2017 Medicine that Matters Gala, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston

6:00pm Anthony Andronico for Quincy School Committee Campaign Kickoff

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

Tuesday - 5/16

9:00am Multiple Sclerosis Action Day, Great Hall

10:00am Mass. Airport Management Association on the Hill Day, Grand Staircase

10:00am Clean Energy Day, Nurses Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Oversight Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Education, Executive Session

3:30pm Youth Truth, Great Hall

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

Wednesday - 5/17

9:00am Mass. Commission on the Status of Women Advocacy Day, Great Hall

9:30am Labor Rally Against MBTA Privatization, State House steps

1:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Thursday - 5/18

Birthdays: Rep. Marc Lombardo

7:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kick off for Brockton School Committee Member Mark D'Agostino

10:00am Osteoporosis Awareness Month, Nurses Hall

10:00am Tobacco Free Mass. Lobby Day, Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Mass. Motorcycle Association Storm the State House, Grand Staircase

4:00pm Board of Registration in Medicine - Public Hearing on Licensing and the Practice of Medicine, 200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330, Wakefield

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lowell City Council Candidate Dan Finn

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Revere City Councilor Patrick Keefe

Friday - 5/19

8:00am State of the Town hosted by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front Street, Marblehead

9:30am 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission Meeting, Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin

7:00pm Green Difference Awards, Great Hall


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