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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

Must-Reads

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation » The Washington Post Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 …

Sean Hannity, a Murder and Why Fake News Endures » New York Times If we can learn anything from the latest triple-bank-shot of a conspiracy theory coursing through the alt-reality media - this one involving the unsolved murder of a Democratic National Committee staf…

Senate loads up on earmarks despite tight fiscal picture » State House News Service Despite tight finances that may force lawmakers to make wholesale budget revisions, senators on Wednesday night were in a giving mood, adding spending measures for anniversary celebrations in Peabody,…

Senate passes $40.4B budget » State House News Service The Senate added just over $50 million in spending over three days of debate to its fiscal 2018 budget bill, unanimously passing the $40.39 billion budget Thursday night in the final session within th…

John Podesta Unloads on Trump » Politico Magazine The former chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign says the president is 'absolutely crazy' and Republicans are stuck to him like 'Velcro.' …

Meet the Real Jared Kushner » Politico Magazine He was supposed to be the calm one, cool and unflappable under his Ray-Bans and beltless blue bespoke suits. If Steve Bannon was the Rumpelstiltskin of the administration, donning multiple half-tucked…

Senate Dems eyeing 2020 tell Trump 'hell no' » Politico Magazine Six Democrats have positioned themselves as the staunchest Trump opponents, according to an analysis of votes on the president's nominees. …

From horse track to a hub of housing for Suffolk Downs » Boston Globe The development firm HYM Investment Group is expected on Friday to close on its purchase of the all-but-shuttered horse track for $155 million and will begin turning the 161-acre site into East Boston…

Public pension officials flying high on taxpayer's dime » WCVB High-flying public pension officials in Massachusetts are jetting off to vacation destinations from London to Las Vegas on the public's dime to attend conferences, sometimes eating quite well along th…

“I’m not interested in getting into the business of dramatically altering the notion that if you’re a public servant, you’re not supposed to engage in criminal activity, and if you do, your pension should absolutely be on the table and at risk,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about criminally convicted public employees receiving their pensions.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Court deals another blow to Trump's travel ban » Boston Globe A federal appeals court on Thursday left in place the freeze on President Donald Trump's revised entry ban, handing the administration another legal setback in its efforts to block the issuance of new…

Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation » Boston Globe Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in th…

4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold » WBUR The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban should be kept on hold, maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks key elements of the …

In NATO Speech, Trump Scolds Leaders But Doesn't Recommit To Defense Pledge » WBUR At a NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump marked the unveiling of memorials of the Berlin Wall and the Sept. 11 attacks with a speech that, among other things, told gathered NATO leaders their lev…

Elizabeth Warren to Chelsea Handler: Mitch McConnell 'finally said hello to me' » MassLive Despite coming to blows with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, said in a recent interview that the two appear to be ba…

Business

Dear Aetna. You won't get big dough like GE, but Mass. is still the place to be » Boston Globe An open letter to Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of the largest health insurers in the country.…

Staples reportedly rejects takeover offer, but another bid is still on the table » Boston Business Journal Staples Inc., the Framingham-based office supply retailer, has reportedly turned down a takeover offer from Cerberus Capital Management, the New York private equity firm. But another firm is still in …

Veterans in business: Three short stories » Boston Business Journal Veteran-owned companies come in all shapes, sizes and fields, some bootstrapping themselves in their early years and others leaning on the Small Business Administration and other lenders for occasiona…

Baker pledges support for life sciences center at tech council talk » The Salem News When Gov. Charlie Baker told the North Shore Technology Council Thursday morning he plans to re-authorize the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Waltham, North Shore InnoVentures CEO Martha Farmer'…

Beer lovers rejoice: Rule change to let Massachusetts breweries fill up (almost) any growler » MassLive Any Massachusetts craft beer drinker knows the problem: you go to a brewery that doesn't sell its product in cans or bottles, and so you get a large glass growler filled from the tap to go. …

From horse track to a hub of housing for Suffolk Downs » Boston Globe The quiet stables, little-used track, and empty parking lots at Suffolk Downs are slated to become a huge hub of housing, shopping, and park space as new owners close out eight decades of horse racing…

Bay State's largest veteran-owned businesses employ thousands » Boston Business Journal Proof of that impact lies in the Boston Business Journal's latest list of the Largest Veteran-Owned Companies in Massachusetts.…

SBA's salute to veterans: Never leave a soldier behind » Boston Business Journal The SBA has recently been picking up its efforts to help veteran-owned firms, agency officials and veterans say.…

Crimes

Gov. decries plan to give convicted public employees pension money » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker blasted a new proposal that would allow criminally convicted public employees to keep part of their taxpayer-funded pensions, even if the crime is linked to their job.…

Ex-Lowell Building Inspector Guilty Of Swindling 86-Year-Old Woman » Marlborough Patch Former Lowell Building Inspector was sentenced to two years probation in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday after a jury convicted him of taking advantage of his gravely-ill, 86-year-old neighbor by…

Education

Mass. teachers union snubs National Teacher of the Year » Commonwealth Magazine SYDNEY CHAFFEE WAS WELCOMED to the White House last month. She was honored at an event in Boston by the governor and the state education commissioner. But the first Massachusetts educator ever named N…

Environment

Emboldened bears in N.H. town must die, state says » Boston Globe By the time the bears turned up in a home full of children, the humans of Hanover, N.H., had tried just about everything.…

Decommissioning in Focus: Pilgrim Panel Holds First Meeting » Cape Cod Online A new panel tasked by the state to monitor the lengthy decommissioning process of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station met for the first time in Plymouth Wednesday.…

NOAA Predicts 'Above-Normal' Activity In Atlantic Hurricane Season » WBUR The Atlantic hurricane season could see between two and four major hurricanes in 2017, according to the latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. There's only a 20 percent chance that thi…

Gaming

Gaming Commission: Hands off horse fund » Commonwealth Magazine STILL HOPEFUL THEY CAN REVIVE thoroughbred racing in the state, the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday said they intend to lobby lawmakers to leave intact a fund designed to pr…

Health Care

Baby boomers beware: GOP's Medicaid cuts could hurt you later » Boston Globe Massachusetts is vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters could lose their health insurance if the Republican-authored American Health Care Act becomes law. Many others will see their out-of-p…

Human Services

Gold Star families: 'To us, Memorial Day is every day' » Boston Herald Dozens of Gold Star families planted American flags on a rainy Boston Common this morning to honor their loved ones lost in the line of duty since September 11, 2001, during a solemn and often tearful…

Meeting will discuss problem of group home runaways » Eagle Tribune The growing problem of runaways from group homes and the burden they place on the police department will be the subject of a meeting in June.…

Immigration

Counter-Resistance To Sanctuary Cities Forms In Boston » New Boston Post On the same day that House Democrats on Beacon Hill ushered through a bill aimed at halting any participation from the state's inmate population to help build President Donald Trump's proposed border …

Local Government

Councilor Trahant Says Goodbye to City Council » Lynn Journal Tuesday was a somber day at City Hall, as Ward 2 Councilor William Trahant announced he would be stepping away from the council to recover from a heart attack he suffered late last year. He stepped to…

Public Hearing on the State of the Beaches in Lynn Set for May 30 » Lynn Journal Commission (MBC) will hold a public hearing on the state of the beaches in Lynn, Swampscott, and Nahant on Tuesday evening, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at the Lynn Museum/LynnArts on 590 Washington …

Opinion

JFK's vision of American exceptionalism » Boston Globe MY FIRST POLITICAL memory is the 1960 Democratic National Convention, when my family lived in an Italian-American enclave of East Boston surrounded by relatives. My parents let me stay up past my bedt…

Networks, not nation-states, will solve global crises » Boston Globe THE POMP AND pageantry of state visits are a foreign policy staple. Where new heads of state should take their first trip is hotly debated among staff members, the destinations designed to send messag…

If you can't handle reporters asking questions, Congress is not the place for you » Boston Globe If you can't handle reporters asking questions, Congress isn't the place for you, because that happens here every day. Snowflake, you best stay home.…

This summer, build the economy: Give a teen a job » Boston Business Journal Today, the traditional summer job is becoming an endangered species.…

Keep film tax credit's best-supporting role » Sentinel & Enterprise Once again some on Beacon Hill want to leave a portion of the state's film tax credit on the cutting-room floor. The latest effort comes out of the Senate, which voted 23-9 Tuesday to incorporate more…

Massachusetts needs to update its disabilities act » Boston Business Journal Many of these lawsuits are costly to Massachusetts taxpayers and small businesses without necessarily improving access for the disabled.…

Politics

Warren rides the Blue Line into Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Democratic candidate for governor Setti Warren promises to extend Blue Line service into the city and have millionaires pay for it.…

Meet Joseph A. Wiley: He's 'dissatisfied' and wants to be your next mayor » Dorchester Reporter While Mayor Martin Walsh and City Councillor Tito Jackson have dominated most of the conversation in this still-young campaign season, a third candidate has quietly locked down enough verified signatu…

Public Health

Senate adds Epipen bulk purchasing measure to budget » State House News Service Taking on the "sacred cow" of the pharmaceutical industry, senators on Wednesday unanimously adopted a budget amendment intended to provide a salve to those afflicted with allergies who are struggling…

State senate OKs study of drug injection centers » The Salem News Looking to "throw the kitchen sink at the problem" of opioid overdoses, the Senate on Thursday afternoon adopted a budget amendment directing the Department of Public Health to study whether supervise…

Lawmakers poised to send suicide prevention request back to Baker » South Coast Today The Senate on Thursday added a $400,000 line item to its budget to help Samaritans, Inc. offer assistance to people who may be considering suicide, and senators said the funding would be important as …

State Senate budget funds opioid task force, education » The Recorder Funding for the Opioid Task Force, programs to assist the homeless and the University of Massachusetts is included in the Senate budget approved by a unanimous 38-0 vote Thursday night. …

Senate adds EpiPen bulk purchasing measure to budget » MassLive Taking on the "sacred cow" of the pharmaceutical industry, senators on Wednesday unanimously adopted a budget amendment intended to provide a salve to those afflicted with allergies who are struggling…

Public Safety

Brockton rep celebrates bill against sheriff's border wall prison labor plan » Enterprise News Two months after the sheriff of Bristol County blasted state Rep. Michelle DuBois, D-Brockton, for her online warning about a rumored immigration enforcement raid, the legislator is now celebrating a …

Massachusetts inmates probably won't be building Trump's border wall after all » Metro Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to foil a local sheriff's plan to put inmates to work on Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico.…

Standardize approach to missing children investigations pushed » The Salem News When 16-year-old lifeguard Molly Bish went missing in 2000, it took three years to find her body some two-and-a-half miles from her Warren home. When 16-year-old Lawrence High School student Lee Manue…

Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 26 In Egypt » WBUR Gunmen attacked buses that were taking Egyptian Christians to a monastery Friday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 27 more, according to local reports citing Egypt's government.…

State Finance

With state budget in crisis, Conn. governor says history will vindicate him » Boston Globe Six-and-a-half years into his tenure as chief executive, Dannel P. Malloy is the nation's least popular Democratic governor.…

House adds $45.5 million in spending despite sluggish revenue streams » The Recorder Despite an ongoing revenue slump, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday packed on $45.5 million in fiscal 2017 spending.…

Senate OK's $40.8 billion state budget » Boston Globe The state Senate on Thursday night approved a $40.8 billion state spending plan that includes several types of new taxes and fees. But amid significant uncertainty about state revenue, lawmakers could…

State Government

Candidate Baker proposed bold anti-patronage plan » Boston Globe The quote made famous by the old Pogo comic strip may seem fitting now to Governor Charlie Baker.…

Taxation

State Senate nixes Tarr measure to limit tax on short-term rentals » Gloucester Times The state Senate on Wednesday stuck with its plan to levy a tax on all short-term room rentals, such as those offered through the Airbnb online portal, an initiative the chamber's chief budget-writer …

Benton: Bay State pols wary of Trump budget » The Salem News Plenty of budget talk this week, with the Bay State's all-Democrat congressional delegation -- along with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker -- weighing in heavily against President Donald Trump's proposed…

Senate says no to tax limits on short-term rentals » Banker & Tradesman The Senate on Wednesday stuck with its plan to levy a tax on all short-term room rentals, such as those offered through the Airbnb online portal, an initiative the chamber's chief budget-writer believ…

Flavored cigars would be taxed at a higher rate to pay for wellness » State House News Service Higher taxes on flavored cigars would replenish funding for health and wellness partnerships under an amendment adopted by the Senate during budget debate Thursday.…

Transportation

State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York » iBerkshires The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.. State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the…

Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate » MassLive Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser's years-long bid to study high speed train service from Springfield to Boston appears to be back on the rails.…

MBTA still searching for new general manager amid fiscal control board switcheroo » MassLive The MBTA, which sees $1 billion in taxpayer money every year, is still in "turnaround mode," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday as he announced Brian Shortsleeve, brought in two years ago …

Will we get a train to NYC? » Berkshire Eagle Attracting tourism. Promoting relocation. Fostering economic development.…

Shortsleeve departure triggers overhaul of MBTA management » Patriot Ledger The MBTA leadership team is undergoing a sudden overhaul with Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve departing at the end of June, triggering a series of moves pending the hiring of a permanent CEO.…

State plans to boost pay for next T boss » Boston Herald The MBTA's next general manager — its fifth in fewer than than three years — is likely to rake in around $300,000 a year, a potential 70 percent pay hike from the current salary, that st…

State Senate votes to explore Western Mass. rail service » The Recorder The Massachusetts Senate this week passed two budget amendments to study rail improvements literally tied to Western Massachusetts. …

Utilities

Deconstructing Pilgrim: The will of the people » The Barnstable Patriot Cape Codders take the lead once again. Last week, votes tallied in all Cape towns (except for Barnstable due to fall elections) showed citizens overwhelmingly support a call for public safety. …

Pilgrim panel optimistic despite rocky start » Cape Cod Times A member of Gov. Charlie Baker's Cabinet used her gavel liberally at Wednesday's kickoff meeting of a panel established to provide advice and information as Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is decommissi…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

'We did it together,' says outgoing Salem State University president » Wicked Local Manchester

Mass. health insurers say they'll hike rates 'substantially' if Trump cuts subsidies » Boston Business Journal

Senate has approved study of NYC to Pittsfield train service » WWLP 22

Mass. Senate votes to restore funding to state small-business program » Boston Business Journal

MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down » Boston Globe

T Fiscal Control Board Member Steve Poftak Named New Interim MBTA GM » WBUR

Lowell to ask LGH about payment-in-lieu-of-taxes » Lowell Sun

Investment needed in all levels of education » Leominster Champion

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3645 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elizabeth C. Cox, an employee of the Department of Public Health

HB 3462 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Monica Bassila, an employee of the Department of Public Health

HB 1409 - An Act amending the charter of the town of Acushnet to eliminate the residency requirement for town administrator

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3718 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB72 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.

SB1348 - An Act relative to the use of unmanned aerial systems

HB3033 - An Act relative to enforcing federal law

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3034 - An Act limiting the use of prison labor

HB3713 - An Act to promote healthy soils

SB1889 - An Act relative to the safety and protection of utility work and construction sites

HB2217 - An Act relative to accountable care organizations

House Actions This Week: 320

Senate Actions This Week: 718


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