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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Physical Therapy Day, Great Hall

11:00am Mass. State Police Spring Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

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

7:00pm Town Hall with Attorney General Maura Healey, Wang School, 365 W. Meadow Road, Lowell

Birthdays: Rep. Linda Campbell

Must-Reads

DeLeo considers state's strengths, '"fragility" as he weighs taxes » State House News Service He helped raise the sales tax from 5 to 6.25 percent in 2009, wants to pass legislation addressing taxes on short-term rentals and marijuana, and voted last year to advance a 4 percent income tax on h…

MBTA pension fund needs $1 billion, report says » Boston Globe The MBTA Retirement Fund will need $1 billion in additional taxpayer funding over the next 18 years if it is to pay retirees as promised and remain solvent, according to a report the transit authority…

Trump will propose big cuts to safety net in new budget » Boston Globe President Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to antipoverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefit…

Advocates seek repeal of 'family cap' on state welfare benefits » Worcester Telegram Jessica Frazier's second child was a “family cap” baby, meaning that under Massachusetts rules, the single mother from Boston could not receive an increase in welfare benefits to help care…

For Total Wine, it's total war against alcohol regulations » Boston Globe Total Wine & More is waging total war on the nation's alcohol laws — and Massachusetts is the new front line. …

DNC Chair offers same meaningless rhetoric that incited protests and criticisms of his ability to lead » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters 'Shut the F**k Up' …

Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits » The Washington Post President Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefi…

"Some say that fighting economic inequality is too daunting, or that we just don't have the resources to address it. But just getting to next year is not enough," he said in his campaign announcement speech. "The status quo is not acceptable."

Newton Mayor Setti Warren

Speaking about the Commonwealth during his campaign announcement speech.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Can Cory Booker Win Over Progressives? » The New Republic

Moulton: Priority is 'standing up to our president' » Eagle Tribune Congressman Seth Moulton told a full school auditorium his top priority "has been standing up to our president" while continuing efforts to get bills passed by working across the aisle.…

Meet Matt Boyle, Breitbart's (Other) Man in the White House » Washingtonian On his first-ever trip to the White House, Matt Boyle blows right past the security gate without stopping to show his identification. An annoyed Secret Service agent thumps on the glass and motions fo…

Cyber official "amazed" that feds not affected by Wannacry » State House News Service

Business

Cities, towns see liquor licenses as economic development boosters » The Salem News Last week, Swampscott Town Meeting voted to ask the state Legislature to approve eight additional liquor licenses for the town, with the goal of adding restaurants to the Humphrey Street and Vinnin Sq…

Online Gambling Legislation Likely to Remain Dead in Massachusetts for Another Year » Casino Guardian Online gambling legislation seems to be highly unlikely to be passed in the state of Massachusetts in 2017. Over the current legislative session, Massachusetts was one of the states that were most eag…

Berkshire Bank to acquire Commerce and move HQ to Boston » Boston Business Journal

Buzzards Bay Coalition Receives Cultural Facilities Fund Grant » Cape Cod Online

Education

Opioid crisis strains school systems » Cape Cod Times Adam Davenport has a huge Maine Coon cat, a giant Akita and a chameleon. He plays travel soccer and trumpet. By all accounts, he's a typical 10-year-old.…

Why Spend Billions on Professional Development for Teachers? » New Boston Post Despite the billions that have been spent on professional development for K-12 teachers in the United States, we actually know extremely little about the characteristics of effective professional deve…

Diversity gap at Boston Latin proving stubborn » Boston Globe Inside Boston Latin School on a recent Saturday, educators presented a diverse crowd of fifth-graders a golden opportunity: admission to a free, two-week summer test-preparation program that could hel…

Charter school in Massachusetts suspends policy that bans hair extensions as AG investigates » The Republican Officials at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden have voted to suspend a policy that banned students from wearing certain hairstyles. …

CEOs Have No Business Being Commencement Speakers » WBUR Enter the graduation season of pride and anxiety, of protests and selfies, of parables and unease. For university students, faculty, and administrators alike, it's been a year of soul-searching. The T…

Mass. Maritime, Boston school announce early college program » Cape Cod Today Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Boston Public School officials to announce the expansion of a dual enrollment program that will guarant…

Environment

Warming water threatens fishing ports » Gloucester Daily Times The continued warming of the Gulf of Maine is expected to pose additional threats to the region's commercially important species of seafood — and by extension to the fishing communities that ha…

CLF intends lawsuit against Saugus landfill operator » State House News Service

Health Care

Worthington: Health care forum slated Wednesday » Berkshire Eagle

Industry: Nursing homes at "crisis point" due to state underpayments » Lowell Sun One out of every seven direct care staff positions in Massachusetts nursing homes is vacant, the number of deficiency-free homes has dropped since 2013, and half of the facilities have less than four …

Immigration

Local Haitians fear loss of protections » Cape Cod Times A Haitian immigrant from Chatham says if the Trump administration decides this week not to renew temporary immigration protections for Haitians, “it will be another earthquake” for the Car…

To Push Against Trump's Immigration Policies, More Communities Adopt 'Sanctuary City' » WBUR While the president's executive orders on immigration play out in federal court, more and more Massachusetts communities are designing their own immigration policies.…

Trump Administration To Extend Protections For Haitians For 6 Months » WBUR

Insurance

Insurers pitch extra coverage for Uber and Lyft drivers » Boston Globe Insurance companies know that many of their drivers are working for Uber and Lyft on the side but are keeping it on the down-low.…

Labor

Young men falling to the bottom of the income ladder » Boston Globe Over the past few decades, young women have been climbing the economic ladder. As more of them go to college and join the workforce, their incomes rise steadily.…

Marijuana

Chabot: Boston pols decry burbs' pot ban » Boston Herald Outraged Boston pols are pushing back against their counterparts in the burbs, arguing that a recent spate of recreational marijuana bans in bedroom communities across the Bay State will leave the Hub…

Opinion

Editorial: Pension fix on track » Boston Herald One area of the fiscal 2018 budget that the House and Senate won't have to spend time arguing over is an effort to transfer control of the underperforming MBTA pension fund to the larger state employe…

Children have a right to healthy food at school » Boston Globe SECRETARY of Agriculture Sonny Perdue proclaimed his intention to roll back the recently updated and reformed federal nutrition standards for school lunches. …

Don't declaw — it's cruel and unnecessary » Boston Globe Tabbies in Tewksbury, Cheshire cats, and the felines of Fitchburg live under a constant threat, worse even than the vacuum cleaner or an errant cucumber.…

Not woke and never will be » Boston Globe OUT IN THE world, it is hard not to stumble across the modish adjective “woke.” I heard comedians Sarah Silverman and Pete Holmes trying to out-woke each other in a recent “You Made …

Lowell should dismantle 'majority rule' system » Boston Globe IN THE FALL of 1957, a Lowell city councilor placed an advertisement in the local newspaper backing a referendum that would create at-large elections, with every councilor subject to a citywide vote.…

Progress at the T » Boston Herald Union-friendly state senators may use next week's budget debate to try to derail ongoing Baker administration efforts to privatize certain MBTA services. Here's hoping any effort at legislative sabota…

Our Opinion: State must insist gas company fix damaged roads » Berkshire Eagle Kinder-Morgan is, as a spokesman said, "obligated" to restore the roads in Sandisfield and adjacent towns its subsidiary is pummeling while building its pipeline project in Otis State Forest. The stat…

Politics

Newton Mayor Setti Warren running for Massachusetts governor » Cape Cod Times Setti Warren, the two-term mayor of Newton, entered the race for Massachusetts governor on Saturday, joining two other Democratic candidates hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in next year…

Public Health

A decade later, the state still hasn't enforced laws curbing mercury » Boston Globe More than a decade after Massachusetts lawmakers passed sweeping legislation to reduce the amount of mercury released into theenvironment, state regulators have yet to enforce the law.…

Trump budget axes funding for regional anti-drug efforts » The Salem News On the campaign trail, Republican Donald Trump pledged to end the scourge of opioid addiction by stopping the flow of heroin and other narcotics into communities.…

Rep. Kennedy Faults Proposed Cuts to Lead Paint Programs » US News and World Report Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is criticizing a Trump administration proposal to cut federal programs aimed at limiting children's exposure to lead paint.…

With Suicide Rates On The Rise, Mental Health Advocates Search For Prevention Answers » WBUR Suicide rates in the U.S. are at their highest in 30 years. In 2014, the last year for which there are official government figures, nearly 43,000 Americans killed themselves. That's nearly four times …

Senator Jason Lewis: Lower Healthcare Costs by Reducing Consumption of Sugary Drinks » Reading Patch

Public Safety

Mass. House Works To Prevent Prisoners From Building The Border Wall » CBS Boston Massachusetts lawmakers are working on a bill that would prevent the state's inmates from being sent to the U.S. border with Mexico.…

State Finance

Farak, Dookhan cases still costing taxpayers » Boston Herald As they grapple with an ever-tightening budget, state bean-counters are setting aside $2 million to continue covering costs from the fallout of the state's drug lab scandals, underscoring the stubborn…

State Government

Cities, towns receive $2M in grants for technology upgrades » Boston Herald The state has awarded a total of $2 million in grants to upgrade technology in nearly four dozen cities and towns.…

Harvard grad Baker admits his regret over not choosing Hamilton College » The Enterprise More than 40 years after choosing to attend Harvard instead, Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday finally got a degree from Hamilton College.…

Taxation

House Rejects Tax Credit for Adoption » Sentinel & Enterprise THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on roll calls from late April sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.…

Transportation

MBTA readying plan for shutdown » Gloucester Daily Times The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is working on a plan to ease the plight of riders during a series of weekend commuter rail shutdowns set to begin in early July.…

MBTA pension fund needs $1 billion, report says » Boston Globe The MBTA Retirement Fund will need $1 billion in additional taxpayer funding over the next 18 years if it is to pay retirees as promised and remain solvent, according to a report the transit authority…

Boston Landing station, opening Monday, offers a new way to arrive into city » The Republican Commuters on the Worcester-Framingham MBTA line have a new way to get into Boston starting Monday with the completion of the Boston Landing station.…

Utilities

Monterey drops out of broadband group, asks state to reconsider Fiber Connect » Berkshire Eagle They say it's a no-brainer, and they're casting a line back out to the state to try — once again — to convince it that what they want to do makes lots of sense. …

Weekend News

Brookline youth participate in Kick Butts Day » Wicked Local Brookline Youth from Brookline joined others from across the Commonwealth on April 26 for a Kick Butts Day event to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in their communities.…

Advocates seek repeal of 'family cap' on welfare benefits » Boston Herald Jessica Frazier's second child was a "family cap" baby, meaning that under Massachusetts rules, the single mother from Boston could not receive an increase in welfare benefits to help care for her now…

Carr: Charlie Baker sleepwalking toward second term » Boston Herald I don't know what's worse, the fact that we're all going to have to vote to reelect Gov. Charlie Baker, or the fact that he knows it, and therefore doesn't even have to pretend to do anything for his …

Hacker sent out racist tweets from Salem State University's Twitter account before graduation » The Republican A series of racist tweets were sent out by the Salem State University's Twitter page Friday night after someone hacked the account. The tweets were sent out a day before Gov. Charlie Baker spoke at th…

Weymouth town meeting is May 22 » Wicked Local Weymouth A presentation of a proposed $162.2 million town budget will be provided by Mayor Robert Hedlund, Chief of Staff Ted Langill, and Chief Financial Officer.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Lanciani's exit opens spot for at-large challengers » Sentinel & Enterprise With Leominster City Councilor-at-large James Lanciani Jr. choosing not to run for re-election this fall, local residents that have already pulled papers to run will have even less competition. …

After backlash, Malden school suspends controversial hair policy » Boston Globe The board of trustees of a Malden charter school unanimously voted to suspend a controversial policy that punished students for wearing hair braid extensions, a rule that many said discriminates again…

Setti Warren Announces Bid for Massachusetts Governor » NECN Democrat Setti Warren, the two-term mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, has officially announced his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.…

Governor Baker asks US Senate not to undermine Massachusetts' success » Boston Globe Republican Governor Charlie Baker is again warning that House GOP efforts to restructure the American health care system would hurt Massachusetts.…

Newton mayor launches bid to capture governor's office » Boston Herald Newton Mayor Setti Warren officially plunged into the gubernatorial race yesterday by quickly staking out the left in the Democratic primary, building an early message around addressing economic inequ…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 5/22

Birthdays: Rep. Linda Campbell

9:00am Physical Therapy Day, Great Hall

11:00am Mass. State Police Spring Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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

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

7:00pm Town Hall with Attorney General Maura Healey, Wang School, 365 W. Meadow Road, Lowell

Tuesday - 5/23

Birthdays: Rep. James O'Day

7:30am State House News Forum: Our Renewable Energy Future, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston

9:00am Water Infrastructure Awareness Day, Great Hall

9:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, Scituate High School, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Hearing, 10 Park Plaza, Second Floor, Boston

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Massachusetts Missing Children's Day, Grand Staircase

12:00pm State Library Author Talk, State Library, Room 341

Wednesday - 5/24

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:30am Mass. Selectmen's Association Meeting, Mass. Municipal Association, One Winthrop Square, Boston

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Boston City Council Candidate Lydia Edwards

5:30pm New England Women's Leadership Awards, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Somerville Board of Aldermen Candidate Ben Ewen-Campen

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn City Council Candidate Rick Ford

Thursday - 5/25

9:00am Herter Scholars Luncheon, Great Hall

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:30pm American Health Care Act Press Conference, State House, Room 360

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Brockton City Councilor Tom Monahan

5:30pm Mass. Voters for Animals Wine & Dine Fundraiser

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern with Congresswoman Katherine Clark

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Revere City Council Candidate Eric Lampedecchio

Friday - 5/26

6:00pm Professionals for Transgender Rights with Keynote Speaker Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, Google, 355 Main Street, Cambridge

6:00pm Asian American Commission's Annual Unity Dinner, Boston University, GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue

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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