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10:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

3:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

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


Agnes Gund Sells a Lichtenstein to Start Criminal Justice Fund » New York Times Ms. Gund has asked other collectors to help champion her social cause, which she has seeded with $100 million of the proceeds from the sale. …

Welcome to Ganjachusetts » Boston Magazine Smell that? It's the scent of money. Now that recreational pot has been legalized in Massachusetts, entrepreneurs are on the brink of a billion-dollar green rush—that is, if bureaucratic fumbling an…

Delta Dental wants to lower reimbursements. Dentists have a different solution » Boston Globe Delta Dental of Massachusetts has argued that its recently proposed contract changes, which would reduce some reimbursements to dentists, are necessary for the nonprofit insurer to grow and remain com…

When a liberal power lawyer represents the Trump family, things can get ugly » The Washington Post Four decades ago, soon after a president of the United States interfered in an investigation of his actions, a young lawyer named Jamie Gorelick was assigned her first big case. Gorelick, raised in a …

Romney stokes speculation he's weighing another political run » Politico Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power — critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself…

Jessica Tang quietly makes history with Boston Teachers Union election » Boston Globe The most remarkable thing about Jessica Tang's ascension as head of the Boston Teachers Union might be just how unremarkable it feels.…

Baker administration sued over plan to tax online sales » Boston Business Journal The Baker administration was hit with a lawsuit Friday by two retail groups seeking to put a stop to its plan to tax out-of-state retailers for online purchases starting July 1.…

House will remove 1-word impediment to pregnancy rights legislation » Boston Globe The House, facing blowback about a controversial one-word change in a pregnant workers' rights bill, has backed down, saying it will remove the phrase that threatened a much-touted compromise between …

Joe Biden adds to Democrats' mixed message (Editorial) » MassLive As if the Democratic Party wasn't getting in its own way enough, former Vice-President Joseph Biden has added to the party's confusion.…

“We can file articles of impeachment, we very well may have a basis, but Republicans have shown they’re unwilling to criticize, to hold this president accountable,” Clark said. “Let’s mobilize, get to the streets, register voters, and change the majority in the House.”

Senator Katherine Clark

Speaking about how people can challenge President Donald Trump.

News By Category

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is stepping down » Boston Globe Boston-based General Electric announced Monday that chief executive Jeff Immelt is stepping down.…

State looks to cash in on booming, online home-sharing industry » The Salem News Airbnb, the online vacation home-sharing company, had more listings in Salem last Halloween, 105, than the 93 rooms available at the Hawthorne Hotel, which is typically booked solid during the holiday…

GE CEO Immelt Stepping Down, Flannery To Take Over Role » WBUR Boston-based General Electric announced Monday morning that Jeff Immelt is stepping down as CEO and John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate's health care unit, will take over the post in …

With Wynn's casino rising nearby, city has plans for Sullivan Square » The Boston Globe It's one of the busiest intersections in Boston, infamous for its congestion, chaotic traffic patterns, and forbidding expanse of timeworn streets and crumbling concrete.…

Helen Woodman Harrington Led The State House News Service For 20 Years And Mentored Generation Of Journalists » WBUR With a continual cup of black coffee and a pair of glasses low on her nose, Helen Woodman Harrington ran The State House News Service from her desk in Room 458 of the Boston State House.…

Walsh says he was 'caught off guard' by GE's leadership shakeup » The Boston Globe

Jeff Immelt leaving his legacy on the Boston skyline » The Boston Globe

Will GE's new CEO remain committed to Boston? » The Boston Globe


New Haven school construction offers inspiration, caution to Boston » Boston Globe Two decades ago, this city grappling with drugs, murders, and middle-class flight confronted another glaring sign of urban decay: dozens of deteriorating school buildings with leaky roofs, malfunction…


Massachusetts may consider “broad brush” approach to online gambling » world casino directory

More Than Half of Springfield's Unemployed Don't Qualify for Casino Jobs » Valley Advocate

Health Care

State makes opioid reversal drug available to health centers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it is providing 10 community health centers in Massachusetts with doses of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.…


Mass. working with insurers ahead of possible federal changes » The Recorder Ahead of summer rate filings, the Division of Insurance and the Massachusetts Health Connector have for several weeks been working with insurance carriers to provide guidance in connection with the po…


State Senate clean energy tour to make Springfield stop tonight » MassLive Western New England University School of Law is hosting the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room of its Blake Law Center. The tour, an…

Mass. House leaders huddling on budget, marijuana issues » The Recorder

Local Government

Cyr and Whelan Meet With Yarmouth Selectmen » Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr and State Representative Tim Whelan met with Yarmouth Selectmen last week.…

Tsongas, Meehan, Donoghue back downtown Lowell High option » Lowell Sun Three prominent public figures with ties to Lowell announced Saturday that they believe the high school site should remain downtown. …


State mulls limits on pot advertising » The Salem News Driven by concerns over marijuana marketing to teens, state lawmakers are weighing strict rules for recreational pot advertising, but entrepreneurs seeking to take advantage of legal weed say that wou…

Bill overhauling Massachusetts legal marijuana law expected to surface this week » MassLive

State lawmakers to vote on pot law rewrite this week » The Boston Globe


We can't ignore collapsing bee colonies » Boston Globe LIKE FORMER governor Deval Patrick (“He's all abuzz,” Metro, June 4), most, if not all, beekeepers are familiar with colony collapse because their bees get sick or, as noted in the story, “take …

Sorry, guys, apology not accepted » Boston Globe HOW HARD IS it to offer an apology and get it right?…

Bringing a stat to the gun debate » Boston Globe As an East Coast liberal, statistics are my catnip. I use them both to make sense of the world and as a cudgel to swing at the forces of evil on the battlefield called Facebook…

Life lessons at the checkout counter » Boston Globe It took a second to realize I hadn't heard him correctly. Really looking at him for the first time, I noticed he looked sad and tired. …

More workers are staying on the job past 65 » Boston Globe At 66, Toby Sandler is still working, with no plans to stop.…

Our View: Bay State a most valuable player on environment » South Coast Today Six SouthCoast communities find themselves on the list of recipients of state Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.…


Gov. Baker's Democratic Challengers Fault Him on Bond Rating » Two of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's Democratic challengers are faulting his handling of the state's finances.…

Indivisible Williamsburg ad campaign urges US Rep. Richard Neal to visit hilltowns » MassLive The Williamsburg chapter of a progressive political advocacy organization launched an ad campaign Saturday, criticizing U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's accessibility and urging the Springfield Democrat to me…

Public Safety

Agawam cop accused of stealing $10,000 expected back in court Monday » WWLP 22 News Agawam Police Officer Gary Nardi is scheduled to return to court Monday for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from the police union.…

State Finance

Finishing off state budget means some last-minute tightening » The Eagle Tribune Any New Englander knows you don't wait until November to clean the mothball smell out of your sweaters, or until New Year's to look for the snow shovels in the back of the garage. …

Mass. bond rating downgraded, S&P cites reserve policies » State House News Service With sluggish revenues testing Gov. Charlie Baker's ability to balance investment needs with fiscal prudence, one of the country's largest credit rating agencies on Friday downgraded the state's bond …

State Government

Amherst rep. pushes for noncitizen voting rights in district » The Recorder


Could old track, revived to test Red Line cars, be part of Seaport's transit future, too? » Boston Globe For a railroad track that hasn't been used in years, Track 61 sure has a lot of important fans.…


Competition for offshore wind ramps up in Massachusetts » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts' bid to become the nation's leader in offshore wind power is ramping up.…

Eversource rate tweak missed review deadline; new hearings ordered » Berkshire Eagle A bid by Eversource to ease the impact of electricity rate increases in Western Massachusetts — a tweak spurred by public outcry — has hit a regulatory wall.…

Weekend News

Can a revival of labor unions reverse income inequality? Not a chance » Boston Globe Here is a tale of two socioeconomic trends and one seductive myth.…

Race horse fund gets much-needed second look » Boston Globe EVER SO GENTLY, BEACON HILL lawmakers are starting to raise some overdue questions about one of the state's sacred cows — er, make that, sacred horses.…

Nonpolitical nonprofits vie for attention » Boston Globe It's sunset on Thompson Island, a place where energetic 5th- and 6th-graders come every summer to learn about science in the wilderness.…

Keller @ Large: Mass. Democratic Party Chairman Criticizes Gov. Baker » CBS Boston The head of the Democratic Party in the Bay State says the governor needs to speak up for the people of Massachusetts in the face of President Trump.…

Gloucester has a serious smell problem, all about fish » Boston Globe There is an old saying in Gloucester that fish smells like money.…

Framingham board backs 5-cent deposit on 'nips' » Wicked Local Framingham Town officials are throwing their support behind a push to clean up the tiny alcohol containers that often wind up as litter on the street.…

Mass. legislators wrestle with bills tackling immigration law prosecution » Worcester Telegram BOSTON - Eleven-year-old Bryan Rosa of Allston stepped into a pitched debate Friday over immigration enforcement, telling lawmakers he fears for the future of his 3-year-old sister if they do not pass…

Sanctuary State Bill Draws Raucous Crowd On Beacon Hill » State House News Service The piston-hot topic of illegal immigration assumed center stage at the Massachusetts State House on Friday, as lawmakers heard an earful of testimony inside a jam-packed committee room about a propos…

Norma Akamatsu: Urges support for 'End of Life Options Act' » Gazette Net In May, The New York Times featured an unusually long story about the physician-assisted, intentional death of a 78-year-old Canadian, John Shields. He was in the throes of a terminal, painful and deb…

Women hold most of the US's student loan debt » Boston Globe Stuck in a hospital office job that offered no hope of promotion and little inspiration, Ginnelle Vasquez did what she thought she was supposed to: She went back to college.…

Families trusted this hospital chain to care for their relatives. It systematically failed them » Boston Globe When state inspectors walked into the Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital at 5 a.m. in April of last year, they found a heart-wrenching scene. …

Little support, long odds seen for anti-mascot bill » Worcester Telegram Debate over a ban on Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is playing out in a commonwealth with an Indian name, with an Indian on its state flag, with a map full of Indian place nam…

Is MetroWest ready for $15 minimum wage? » Wicked Local Framingham How much money should workers at the bottom of the pay scale earn?…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/12

10:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

3:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

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

Tuesday - 6/13

9:00am Mass. Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing, Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

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

12:00pm Mass. Postpartum Depression Awareness Day, State House, Great Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Paul Tucker

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Paul Tucker

5:30pm Pride Celebration & Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

5:30pm Pride Celebration & Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

Wednesday - 6/14

9:30am Realtor Day on the Hill, Grand Staircase

9:30am Mass. Retail Lumber Association Lobby Day, 80 City Square, Charlestown

9:30am Flag Day Ceremony, Nurses Hall

10:45am Renewable Energy Rally, State House steps

11:00am House Committee on Ethics, Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Executive Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

1:30pm MBTA Retirement Fund Presentation, Hearing Room 437

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn School Committee Candidate Michael Satterwhite

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Paul Feeney

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn School Committee Candidate Michael Satterwhite

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Paul Feeney

Thursday - 6/15

9:00am State Ethics Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, Room 619

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am Briefing on Senate Chamber Restorations, Senate Reading Room, State House

12:00pm Celebration Honoring Excellence in Teaching, Great Hall

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro

6:00pm Reception for Boston City Council Candidate Ed Flynn

6:00pm Reception for Boston City Council Candidate Ed Flynn

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Mike Berry

6:30pm Reception for Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Mike Berry

6:30pm Reception for Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke

7:00pm Boston Town Hall with AG Maura Healey, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Rep. Russell Holmes, Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Councilor Andrea Campbell, The Great Hall, Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester

Friday - 6/16

6:30pm Western Mass. Meet and Greet with Rep. Geoff Diehl

6:30pm Western Mass. Meet and Greet with Rep. Geoff Diehl

Press Releases

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Report: More Massachusetts Employers Offering Health Insurance » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Advocates for public safety declare “Safe Communities Act” jeopardizes survivors of domestic violence particularly when judges free criminal illegal immigrants » Renew Massachusetts Coalition

MTA response to Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley’s 'Our Way Forward' report » Massachusetts Teacher's Association

States Oppose U.S. Labor Department Rule that will Undermine Workers, Enable Wage Theft » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Senator Markey Urges FTC to Require Additional Children’s Privacy Safeguards at YouTube » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Markey and Whitehouse, and Rep. Langevin Lead Legislation to Harness Offshore Wind Energy » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter

Environmental and Business Groups Call for Transportation Cap-and-Invest Program » Environmental League of Massachusetts

Moulton Joins Reps. Larson, Kennedy, Shalala and Hill to Introduce National Service Plan » Office of Congressman Seth Moulton

Time to go big on solar » Environment Massachusetts

Baker Administration Announces New Funds for MBTA » Conservation Law Foundation

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Acceleration Plan for MBTA Infrastructure Improvements » MBTA

Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act Gives Workers More Freedom to Join Unions » AFSCME

In advance of greater Boston casino opening, Middlesex Sheriff's Office announces gambling survey results » Middlesex Sheriff's Office

TODAY 11 AM: Domestic violence survivors speak out for Safe Communities Act » MIRA Coalition

House's "GreenWorks" Climate Legislation, H.3846 » American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.7 Million for River and Wetland Restoration and Climate Adaptation » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Neal, Brady Introduce Legislation to Improve and Expand Medicare » Office of Congressman Richard Neal

Banker & Tradesman: Bill Offers Big Projects Shelter from Liquor License Limits » NAIOP

Massachusetts to Cancel Popular Electric Vehicle Rebate in September » Conservation Law Foundation

Column: We Need a Carbon Pollution Fee to Combat Climate Change » Office of Senator Jason Lewis

MBTA Control Board Launches Independent Safety Review Panel » MBTA

Orange Line: Wellington to Oak Grove: Evening Trains Replaced with Shuttle Buses For Track Reconstruction » MBTA

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