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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

Must-Reads

Massachusetts is doing great, but where are we going? » Boston Globe HOW IS BOSTON doing? It's an important question that we should be asking ourselves all the time. But there's another question that we should also be asking: Where is Boston going? …

When the World Is Led by a Child » New York Times First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom.…

A Senator Out of His Shell, and Under Trump's Skin » Roll Call Of the 157 tweets President Donald Trump has sent in the last month alone, just six have singled out individuals for ridicule. And half of those have been directed at Richard Blumenthal. …

Ann Coulter Calls 'Grotesque' Donald Trump A Disappointment » The Huffington Post Erstwhile staunch Donald Trump booster Ann Coulter has called the president “grotesque” and disappointing as she appeared poised to bail on him even before The Washington Post reported Mon…

The middle ground is shrinking under Charlie Baker's feet » Boston Globe When Governor Charlie Baker showed up for the recent Profile in Courage Award ceremony for Barack Obama, he skipped the red carpet entrance. Instead, he slipped in a side door. …

Should Massachusetts provide financial aid to private colleges? » Boston Globe Massachusetts spends millions of dollars annually to help students afford the high cost of tuition at some of the wealthiest colleges in the state, sparking a debate about whether the schools should d…

The Trump White House ‘‘has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order.’’ He described the White House as ‘‘on a downward spiral.’’

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee

Speaking about Donald Trump's controversial tweets involving Russia.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Hillary Clinton launching new political group » AP News NEW YORK (AP) — Stepping deeper into the Democratic resistance, Hillary Clinton launched a new political organization on Monday designed to push back against President Donald Trump's agenda. …

Trump accused of revealing classified info to Russians » Boston Globe President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week…

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador » The Washington Post President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump…

Wall Street Thinks Trump's All Talk When It Comes to Breaking Up Banks » Bloomberg Politics

Business

Politicians, business leaders welcome Omni Hotels to Seaport » Boston Globe State officials and Omni Hotels & Resorts executives promoted plans for an Omni hotel, with more than 1,000 rooms, in the Seaport District during an event on Monday. …

12 Lessons From The 100 Most Creative People Of 2017 » Fast Company These innovative leaders are changing the world through their work in tech, fashion, food, entertainment, and more. …

Even kindergartners know you can't cut the line. Unless you order with an app » Boston Globe Even kindergartners know the rule: You can't cut the line. But now, thanks to technology that lets restaurant and coffee shop customers easily order ahead for pickup, a growing segment of the populati…

State fines 3 construction companies for skirting wage laws » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey cited three construction companies and their owners Monday for violating wage laws, ordering them to pay more than $600,000 in penalties and restitution.…

This may be the biggest project to yet hit South Boston » Boston Globe The redevelopment of the old Boston Edison power plant site in South Boston was always going to be a big project.…

Civil Rights

ACLU files complaint over Malden school's policy on braids » Boston Globe The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the state education department Monday against a Malden charter school that has disciplined black and biracial students who wear hairstyles tha…

ACLU files complaint over Malden charter school's hair extension policy » Wicked Local The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a complaint Monday with the state's education department calling for the elimination of a policy that bans hair extensions at Mystic Valley Re…

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey looking into Malden charter school discrimination claims » Mass Live

Domestic Relations

Legislators push bills halting rapists' rights » Boston Herald Legislators and their supporters yesterday pushed bills filed in response to an explosive appellate court decision that allowed a rapist who impregnated his victim to press for visitation rights in fa…

Education

Should Massachusetts provide financial aid to private colleges? » Boston Globe Massachusetts spends millions of dollars annually to help students afford the high cost of tuition at some of the wealthiest colleges in the state, sparking a debate about whether the schools should d…

Public education forum set for tonight at 6 at GCC » The Recorder There will be a community forum on public education held at Greenfield Community College tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution and t…

HINGHAM LETTER: Support for civics activities appreciated » Wicked Local Hingham On behalf of the Hingham Public Schools, I am writing to publicly thank State Representative Joan Meschino and State Senator Patrick O'Connor for their support of two recent civics-related activities.…

Should Non-Profit Universities Pay Up? » CBS Boston

Gov. Baker Praises Springfield's School Turnaround Model » WAMC

Environment

A Taste of Things to Come: Predator Found for Invasive Crab (And It's Delicious) » The Local News IPSWICH — If green crabs followed the news, they'd be getting mighty worried around now.…

State now drought free, Ipswich River officials hope it will sustain flow » The Salem News Massachusetts is drought free, and those charged with monitoring and caring for the Ipswich River hope it sustains its recent recovery. After dry summer months that killed off a lot of the river's wil…

EDITORIAL: It's Donoghue's turn on city's petition » Lowell Sun

Health Care

Maine health care advocates demand to know: Where's Bruce? » Boston Globe Representative Bruce Poliquin was hard to find the week after casting his vote in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid spending.…

Spaulding undertaking layoffs, cuts in cost-saving effort » Boston Business Journal ?Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is letting go of 35 employees and may possibly let go of more, in an effort to cut nearly $10 million.…

Naturopaths looking forward to licensing in Mass. » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- Naturopaths are awaiting official word about the new regulations that will govern their operations in Massachusetts, and one member of the field hopes the new rules will offer some flexibili…

Senate proposal tempers Baker employer health care tax » The Metro West Daily News

Housing

Disabled homeless girl is at center of fight over housing » Boston Globe Cristal is a 2-year-old girl born with spina bifida, a condition that has required multiple surgeries and left her with limited sensation in her lower extremities.…

Human Services

Mass Lawmakers Aim To Lift Welfare 'Cap On Kids' » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill Tuesday that would lift a restriction on welfare benefits --the so-called "Cap on Kids."…

Judiciary

Rapists can still assert parental rights through legal loophole » The Salem News Advocates want to close loopholes in a law, intended to protect victims of domestic violence, that may unintentionally give rapists the ability to seek parental rights over children conceived during a…

Policy summit puts spotlight on criminal justice reform » Sentinel & Enterprise The buzz of excitement for criminal justice reform in the Omni Parker House ballroom Monday morning exceeded the apparent excitement about the topic at the Statehouse, where the issue long cited as a …

Local Government

Pittsfield Health Board Considers Easing Tobacco Retailer Certification » WAMC The Pittsfield Board of Health is considering easing tobacco retailer certifications. The city requires retailers who want to sell tobacco in Pittsfield to abide by the Tri-Town Health Department's ce…

Secretary Ash breaks ground at Malden City Hall » Sampan

Marijuana

Pembroke voters ban recreational-pot businesses » Patriot Ledger The cannabis industry will have to put its roots down in communities other than Pembroke after residents voted to ban businesses that test, grow or sell recreational marijuana from opening in their to…

Opinion

Editorial: Franklin County stays on top of opioid abuse by anticipating needs » The Recorder If fighting the current opioid addiction epidemic is like a marathon, then news this week about an easing of overdose deaths in Franklin County is a welcome water station. But we're still early in the…

Nurturing the biomedical ecosystem » Boston Globe We recently joined leaders from across the biomedical ecosystem at the White House to discuss how to best support biomedical innovation that improves human health and creates jobs and opportunity for …

The middle ground is shrinking under Charlie Baker's feet » Boston Globe When Governor Charlie Baker showed up for the recent Profile in Courage Award ceremony for Barack Obama, he skipped the red carpet entrance. Instead, he slipped in a side door.…

Editorial: State regulations needed to ensure safe water in schools » Gazette Net It is time for Massachusetts to ensure safer water in schools by approving legislation calling for regular testing and requiring specific repairs to reduce high levels of lead and copper.…

Politics

BAKER WON'T TAKE BAIT AS GONZALEZ KNOCKS HIM ON INCOME SURTAX » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 15, 2017....Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jay Gonzalez sought Monday to ramp up political pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to take a firm position on a $2 billion proposal…

Baker doesn't bite as Gonzalez baits him on millionaire tax issue » Boston Business Journal Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jay Gonzalez sought Monday to ramp up political pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to take a firm position on a $2 billion proposal to further tax wealthy Bay State res…

Potential guv candidate Setti Warren planning "first step" » State House News Service

Public Health

Mass. legislators consider raising tobacco buying age to 21 » Boston.com A bill that would raise the legal tobacco buying age in Massachusetts is garnering attention on Beacon Hill.…

Lawmakers seek to add carfentanil to state drug laws » WCVB

Public Safety

Absent accuser, trial of former Worcester policeman is delayed » Worcester Telegram The trial of Michael J. Motyka, a former Worcester police officer charged with assaulting a handcuffed and shackled prisoner in 2014, was delayed for at least a day Monday when Mr. Motyka's accuser, r…

'This is an illegal body,' lawyer for Springfield cop accused in beating says of police review board » Mass Live

State Finance

Mass. House Outlines $40.3B Budget Proposal » WBUR Massachusetts House leaders on Monday unveiled a $40.3 billion state budget plan.…

Massachusetts state Senate budget aims to collect $400M in new revenue » Boston Herald

5 takeaways from the Senate Ways and Means budget » The Metro West Daily News

Rented rooms tax contributes to $409 mil in new tax $$$ in Senate budget » State House News Service

Senate rolls out budget amid shaky revenue supports » State House News Service

State Government

Assistant agricultural commissioner visits Jordan/Jackson in Mansfield » Wicked Local Mansfield Jason Wentworth, assistant commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, visited the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School Monday, May 15 to read a proclamation from Governor Char…

Seed money sprouts a plan to bring fruits and vegetables to needy areas » Boston Globe A sliver of money in Governor Charlie Baker's capital spending plan will launch a program intended to make it easier for people to obtain nutritious foods.…

Baker: State plugged software hole before global attack » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker says the state identified and corrected about a year ago the software vulnerability that experts say has been exploited in the current global wave of cyberattacks.…

Baker working on cybersecurity proposals » Gloucester Times

Taxation

Here's what Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says about the so-called millionaires tax » The Republican Asked whether he supports a proposal to tax Massachusetts household incomes over $1 million that may end up in front of voters in 2018, Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his reluctance to look at tax incr…

Where Is Charlie on Massachusetts Income Surtax? » New Boston Post Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez sought Monday to ramp up political pressure on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to take a firm position on a $2 billion proposal to further tax wealthy Bay State…

Transportation

Support South Coast rail service to Wareham by providing public commentary » Wicked Local Wareham Those who wish to see commuter rail service return to Wareham for the first time since 1959 are urged to to provide commentary to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Agency (MEPA) by May 19. Projec…

For $57 mil, MBTA hires Colorado consultancy to oversee GLX project » State House News Service The MBTA on Monday approved its largest contract for work on the Green Line Extension since the project was halted two years ago amid budget overruns. …

Refurbished locomotives, better service sync up on Commuter Rail » State House News Service Commuter rail riders might be experiencing some welcome deja vu, as the commuter rail vendor's on-time performance last week was at its highest point in more than two years.…

Public higher ed facility needs comparable to MBTA » The Recorder Citing fiscal constraints, the state's education chief on Monday called for a “fix it first” approach to facilities at public colleges and universities and compared challenges facing the h…

Utilities

Boston: State House to Hold Hearing on Bill Restricting Compressor Stations » 95.9 WATD A joint committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon at the State House regarding natural gas compressor stations during a session from 1 t…

State audit finds no issues with Massachusetts Broadband Institute's project management » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Broadband Institute is operating with proper financial controls and project oversight, a state audit says.…

25 Investigates: Who's really cashing in on your electric bill hike » My Fox Boston Eversource – the largest energy provider in New England – is asking Massachusetts customers to pay more money for electricity at a time when the company just paid millions to its top exe…

MA: Public Session on Natural Gas Compressor Stations at State House » 95.9 WATD

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enthusiasm, but no traction yet on justice system reforms » 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

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