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Must-Reads

Exxon Mobil Shareholders Demand Accounting of Climate Change Policy Risks » New York Times The nonbinding vote backed an assessment of the impact of greenhouse-gas limits on the business. The company opposed the motion but said it would consider the result. …

Just How Many Obama 2012-Trump 2016 Voters Were There? » Sabato's Crystal Ball In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, many observers understandably focused on the numerous places that swung from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. Because many of these areas con…

Rosenberg expects family-medical leave ballot question if lawmakers don't act » State House News Service If a paid family and medical leave bill does not pass the state Legislature this session, the issue could end up before voters as a ballot question, according to Senate President Stan Rosenberg.…

Lobbyists Don't Get Business Boom With Trump » Roll Call With a unified Republican government in Washington, lobbyists hoped that 2017 would offer a long-awaited opportunity to push big proposals through Congress — but records do not indicate any lar…

Boston scraps summit on climate with China » The Boston Globe As the Trump administration considers withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday that plans to hold an international climate summit in Boston this summer, a…

Mass.-made box-office bombs got $42M last year in tax write-offs » Boston Herald The Bay State shelled out more than $42 million in taxpayer dough to three made-in-Massachusetts movies that flopped at the box office last year — led by the much-hyped “Ghostbusters 

Former state treasurer Tim Cahill named head of Quincy Chamber of Commerce » Wicked Local Former state treasurer Tim Cahill has been named president and executive director of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.…

“I am hopeful that the legislature will take this question up during this term and get it to the Governor’s desk,” Rosenberg said, “If we fail to do so, I expect there will be a ballot question putting this matter into the hands of voters. It would be far better to do it in the legislature than the ballot. Everyone concerned about this should contact their State Representative, their State Senator, and the Governor.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the paid family and medical leave bill if it does not pass during this session.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

A Republican may be Internet privacy's new champion » The Boston Globe US Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, helped overturn regulations from the Obama administration that required Internet provid…

Clinton Says She Was 'Right' About 'Vast Russia Conspiracy'; Investigations Ongoing » WBUR Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued Wednesday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election in large part cost her the White House, and said she was "leaning" toward believing t…

Elizabeth Warren launches 'DeVos Watch' to keep eye on education secretary » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said she has made oversight of the Department of Education's student loan program a top priority since entering Congress, unveiled a new tool Wednesday that seeks to ke…

Neal: House Republicans "very divided" on tax reform » State House News Service

Business

GE Foundation's head zeroes in on the opioid crisis » The Boston Globe For Ann Klee, adding the role of running the GE Foundation to her corporate responsibilities has meant taking on the scourge of substance abuse.…

GE unveils plans to revive abandoned Fort Point pedestrian bridge » The Boston Globe Turning a liability into an asset requires an unusual kind of corporate alchemy. General Electric is betting $1.5 million that it can pull off such a transformation with an abandoned pedestrian bridge…

Harvard Square Theater would be replaced with new building, cinema » The Boston Globe The former Harvard Square Theater, a cornerstone of Cambridge's signature neighborhood for decades before its closure in 2012, would be demolished and replaced with a five-story office and retail comp…

$10 million state grant could trigger a second Industrial Revolution in Lowell » Lowell Sun It's cut from a different cloth than the looms and lofty brick buildings of the 19th century, but the textile industry could be making a come-back in the Mill City.…

Downloaded Designs? UMass Lowell To Open Fabric Innovation Center » WBUR From watches to crock pots, these days it seems like almost every object can be connected to the internet. And your T-shirt could soon be next.…

New fabric center seeks to spin out advanced textile technology » Boston Globe The University of Massachusetts Lowell is returning to its textile roots, albeit with a high-tech spin.…

Civil Rights

Voting rights conflicts continue » Bay State Banner African Americans were delighted when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6, 1965, only five months after the “Bloody Sunday” protest on Edmund Pettus Bridge i…

Crimes

Ross co-sponsors bill relative to Aaron Hernandez conviction » Wicked Local Franklin Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) is co-sponsoring legislation filed by State Rep. Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester) that would bring justice to victims such as Odin Lloyd should a criminal conviction b…

Bill would sweep "emerging adults" into juvenile system » WBUR Four years after Massachusetts raised the age of jurisdiction for its juvenile court system to include 17-year-olds, advocates are pushing to increase it once again to cover young people up to age 20.…

Bill would ensure Aaron Hernandez suicide won't null verdict » Boston Herald Convicts who commit suicide would forfeit their right to an appeal — thus keeping their conviction intact — under a new bill a Boston lawmaker said would change the antiquated law that w…

Dorchester minister, nine others charged with soliciting prostitute » Boston Herald The prominent Boston minister who blessed Gov. Charlie Baker after he was elected to the Corner Office was caught soliciting a prostitute during an undercover police sting that also reeled in nine oth…

Education

Trustee shake-up underway at BC High » The Boston Globe The chairman of the trustees at Boston College High School has left the board as part of a massive restructuring that aims to restore confidence and transparency in its leadership, following a public …

Sleep needs of teens key in school start debate » The Eagle Tribune For high school students balancing academics, homework, athletics and a part-time job, it can be a challenge to clock the 8.5 hours of sleep teens need -- and make it to school in time for the 7:30 a.…

Keolis awards scholarships to Lawrence students » The Eagle Tribune Lawrencians were among 25 students awarded $1,000 each by Keolis Commuter Services to help pay for post-secondary education or job training.…

Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosts Oliver Ames High School students » Wicked Local Easton The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate welcomed more than 80 juniors and seniors from Oliver Ames High School on Friday for a two-and-a-half hour immersive, educational program o…

This Teachers Union Might Have More in Common With President Trump Than They Think » Education Post The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) recently rejected the opportunity to offer congratulations to the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. Why? For the sole reason that she teaches i…

State receiver for Southbridge schools put on leave » telegram.com A school district that was taken over by the state, in part because of its record of high administrative turnover, has been hit with another disruption in its top leadership.…

Baker gets tour of CTEi (SLIDESHOW) » WBUR

Environment

In Massachusetts, it's not just Democrats urging Trump to stay in the Paris climate change agreement » Boston.com The most prominent elected officials in Massachusetts, regardless of party, are urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his widely reported decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Ag…

Mayor Walsh Says U.S.-China Climate Summit In Boston Likely Off The Table » WBUR Plans for the city to host the third annual U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit this summer are likely off the table, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday.…

Local companies to connect with wind industry at Newton conference » South Coast Today A day-long conference to connect local businesses with offshore wind developers and turbine makers kicks off Wednesday morning in Newton.…

Brayton Point coal-fired power plant shuts down at midnight » Providence Journal SOMERSET, Mass. — For the first time in more than a half century, coal is no longer king on Mount Hope Bay.…

In Somerset, Last Coal-Burning Power Plant In Mass. Shuts Down » WBUR The last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts — and the largest in New England — shuts down for good on Wednesday.…

Boston's US-China climate summit likely off the table, Walsh said » Metro

Cape officials react to possible withdrawal from climate pact » Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says President Donald Trump 'would imperil our planet' in break from climate agreement » Mass Live

Here's a full list of nations that won't participate in the Paris climate accord » Boston Globe

Gaming

Slots parlor hit with $65,000 fine » State House News Service

Human Services

Rosenberg expects family leave ballot question » The Recorder If a paid family and medical leave bill does not pass the state Legislature this session, the issue could end up before voters as a ballot question, according to Senate President Stan Rosenberg. The …

Bake budget would close homeless teen program » The Eagle Tribune Nearly two dozen state lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Charlie Baker to find $300,000 to keep a homeless youth program in Cambridge open after the AIDS Action Committee said state budget cuts would force …

Immigration

Number Of Immigrants Without Criminal Records Arrested By ICE Triples In New England » WBUR Under President Trump, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are casting a broader net when it comes to who they're prioritizing for arrest. According to ICE data, the focus in…

Insurance

Aetna confirms it's looking to move HQ out of Connecticut » Boston Business Journal The race is on between Boston and New York to land the corporate headquarters of one of the biggest health insurers in the United States.…

Judiciary

Bill would sweep "emerging adults" into juvenile system » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Four years after Massachusetts raised the age of jurisdiction for its juvenile court system to include 17-year-olds, advocates are pushing to increase it once again to cover young people up …

Legislative

Wolf sees DeLeo as "tone deaf" to progressive agenda » State House News Service

Local Government

Mayor Says No Backup Plan If State Denies Waiver For Police Chief » Marlborough Patch There's no Plan B if the state does not grant a work waiver for Braintree Police Chief Paul Shastany, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said Wednesday.…

Lawmakers want local high def channels » Wicked Local Lincoln Dozens of state lawmakers want to address both those issues by requiring cable companies to set aside high definition channels for cable access programming and include the local television offerings i…

Cable access programming hopeful for high definition » WBUR

Marijuana

Lawmakers look to use excise tax on pot to fund youth jobs » WWLP 22 News Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would put youth to work and keep them off the streets.…

Opinion

Neither Clinton nor Trump should be locked up » The Boston Globe When Republican zealots demanded that we “lock up” Hillary Clinton, I defended her against partisan efforts to criminalize political differences. I pointed out that no one had ever been pr…

Merkel, not Trump, rules on the world stage » The Boston Globe

How do we encourage terrorism? Let us count the ways » The Boston Globe At least 80 victims were murdered in Kabul on Wednesday morning when a suspected car bomb blew up in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital. As many as 350 people were wounded, most of them civilians…

KRAUS: A celebration of wealth creation » The Sun Chronicle While it is fun to throw stones at the wealthy, they are generally loaded because they have created value.…

Editorial: Slicing up the pot tax » Boston Herald Not a single recreational marijuana shop has been opened in the state yet, but already one eager lawmaker is eyeing the tax on that legal weed for one of his pet programs — summer jobs for youn…

Every child can benefit from mindfulness » Cape Cod Times While drinking my morning coffee, I contemplated how difficult it is, as the executive director of Calmer Choice, to continue to justify to some, after seven years of success, why teaching mindful awa…

Editorial: Tighten up benefits » Boston Herald Military spouses — in. Ex-cons — out. That's the gist of two changes to the state's unemployment system being proposed this week by Gov. Charlie Baker, and passage is a no-brainer.…

Letter: Gov. leans too far left » Boston Herald I voted for Charlie Baker for governor because I thought he was better than the alternative. Today I'm not so sure (“Baker sleepwalking toward a second term,” May 22). Baker loves to jump …

Online Lottery games a bad bet for Mass. » WBUR Gambling proponents want to legalize online gambling in the commonwealth, possibly with minimal debate or public attention. The online goal is to get younger people to gamble often and as early as leg…

Politics

It's A Long Way Until The Election, But Gov. Baker Is In A Very Strong Position » WBUR Even though Gov. Charlie Baker says he won't announce whether he'll seek a second term until September, he appears to be in an exceptionally strong position to win re-election. His impressive fundrais…

Senate special candidates to debate in Billerica » State House News Service The three Democrats vying to succeed the late Sen. Kenneth Donnelly in the Massachusetts Senate will meet for a debate next week in Billerica.…

Governing politics on display as Dem guv candidates eye Baker » State House News Service Seventeen months from now, Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to stand for re-election, hoping to become the first twice-elected Republican governor of Massachusetts since Bill Weld.…

Bob Massie Is Putting Climate and Democracy at the Center of the Massachusetts Governor's Race » The Nation

Democratic candidate asks who said it: Baker or Trump? » Boston Globe

Public Health

AG's Office, GE To Fund $2M Addiction Prevention Program For Middle-Schoolers » WBUR Trying to prevent addiction — starting with students in middle school — is the focus of a new public-private effort that could be in Massachusetts schools by the next school year.…

Counselor has his own story of addiction to share with kids » Boston Herald Andrew McCall smoked mari­juana for the first time at age 11. Three years later, he was sticking needles in his arm to get high.…

$2M middle school drug prevention program formed in state » The Recorder Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a new $2 million initiative aimed at substance abuse prevention with middle-schoolers statewide, which marks the latest effort to tackle the opioi…

Mass. AG, GE Foundation plan to bring substance use program to every middle school » Boston Business Journal Attorney General Maura Healey and the GE Foundation have raised a total of $2 million to bring substance use prevention to young adults.…

Sleep expert raises 'red flag' about time-change proposal » WCVB Doing away with twice-yearly clock changes is proving more complicated than some Massachusetts lawmakers expected.…

Database would track opioid overdoses » The Eagle Tribune Lawmakers are pitching a plan to create a database of heroin and opioid overdoses to help firefighters and other first responders keep track of victims.…

Public Safety

Moran: There's more than one way to be patriotic and concerned about security, sheriff » The Herald News You may recall that back in January, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson proposed that some of his inmates should travel to the US-Mexico border to help build “the wall” — the vague …

Peabody's Walsh part of drone debate on Beacon Hill » The Salem News Sen. Patrick O'Connor's bill (S 1349) would prohibit government officials from operating unmanned aerial vehicles without a warrant except in the case of an emergency.…

Drone bill seeks to bring some order to "wild west" » State House News Service The Bay State's skies are a "wild west" for law enforcement operating remote-controlled aircraft, known as drones, according to a Weymouth Republican who is seeking to provide a "foundation" for how t…

State Finance

DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap » Lowell Sun LOWELL -- With just about two months left until the end of the fiscal year, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said a number of options are under active consideration to reduce a budget deficit that's approac…

State Senate okays $40.8B budget; leaves revenues uncertain Local aid programs are highlighted » Dorchester Reporter

State Government

Panel pondering time zone change readies report » The Eagle Tribune Timing is everything, the adage goes, and members of the commission studying a potential shift in the Bay State's time zone could probably attest to that after mulling over the change for the last few…

State Ethics Commission could get broader power » Boston Globe The task force set up by the Legislature to review state ethics laws is expected to throw its support behind granting the State Ethics Commission full regulatory authority and will hand its work off t…

Baker proposes cabinet-level IT agency led by tech secretary » The Associated Press (AP)

Governor proposes state tech overhaul » Boston Globe

Mass. Dems ask IG to investigate Baker environmental hires » Boston Globe

Taxation

Short-term rental tax passes Senate » Martha's Vineyard Times The State Senate recently passed a $40.8 billion budget that includes a tax on Airbnb-type short-term rentals.…

Transportation

At Logan, your face could be your next boarding pass » The Boston Globe JetBlue Airways will be the first airline to test facial-recognition systems with passengers at Logan Airport in June, part of a broader rollout of the nascent technology at US airports this year.…

Commuter rail call: All aboard... the buses » The Salem News Train commuters at risk of being left stranded by service shutdowns this summer will be offered bus rides to help them get to their destination, the state announced this week.…

Middleboro option inches forward with issuing of certificate » South Coast Today The state's Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a certificate last week that allows for more research to be done on South Coast Rail's Middleboro route.…

Senate seeks probe of MBTA retirement fund » Gloucester Times Faced with a report that the MBTA's pension fund will need about $1 billion over the next 18 years to remain solvent and fulfill its obligations, an MBTA lawyer told the T's Fiscal and Management Cont…

Utilities

Former Berkshire Power manager, Southampton man, sentenced to probation after conspiring to mislead emissions regulators » MassLive The former manager of Agawam-based power plant Berkshire Power was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a plot to deceive emissions regulators, reporting false pollution rates to increase company profi…

Eversource to cut rate increase in Western Massachusetts » Berkshire Eagle Eversource still wants a $96 million rate increase next year. But in a filing due Thursday, it is expected to reduce the share that would be paid by customers in Western Massachusetts. …

Local high def battle pits lawmakers against cable companies » WWLP 22 BOSTON (State House News Service) – Maybe you missed the big city council vote because you couldn't find the meeting on your television guide.…

NRC holding public meeting on Seabrook nuclear plant » Seacoastonline.com Residents can voice their feedback and concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next Wednesday at the NRC's annual public information meeting in Hampton regarding Seabrook Station nuclear power p…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Dems to feature guv candidates, new delegates at Worcester convention » Lowell Sun

Mayor presents $228.5M budget, calls it 'responsible fiscal management' » Taunton Gazette

Critics lash out at Trump amid reports of Paris Accord pullout » Sentinel & Enterprise

DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap » Lowell Sun

Arcadia Wildlife Sancturay connects art, nature with new Art House » MassLive

Brayton Point goes dark » South Coast Today

In a first for Mass., undocumented immigrant seeks refuge in Cambridge church » Boston Globe

Schools might start later in Massachusetts after experts say teens need more sleep » Metro

When education is a marathon, not a sprint » The Landmark

Mass. Politicians Blast Trump After Reports Say He'll Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Deal » WBUR

Governor appoints Kelley clerk magistrate in Wrentham District Court » The Sun Chronicle

Boston mayor urges Trump to remain part of climate pact » Boston Globe

Toxins detected in air near Fore River Basin, doctor says » Patriot Ledger

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