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Trump chooses family event planner to run N.Y. housing programs » Daily News She's arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump's wedding. …

Watch Scott Brown's video introducing himself to New Zealanders » Boston.com In a video obtained Thursday by several local outlets in New Zealand, Brown introduces himself and his family at their home in Rye, New Hampshire. …

Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties » New York Times Senate leaders are writing legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without a single hearing on the bill and without an open drafting session. …

Inside Marco Rubio's campaign to shape Trump's Cuba crackdown » Politico Facing President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio issued a blunt warning: The administration's plan to crack down on Cuba trade and travel was under threat. …

Tuition bill push continues as immigrants cycle through schools » State House News Service State lawmakers on Tuesday shared family stories about immigration and education to urge their peers to support a long-offered bill making undocumented students eligible to pay lower in-state tuition …

Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings » The Washington Post Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia's interfe…

Partisanship Shut Out at Congressional Baseball Game » Roll Call The final moments of the 56th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday perfectly demonstrated the event's purpose — finding unity amid heated competition. …

I've covered Obamacare since day one. I've never seen lying and obstruction like this. » Vox Republicans do not want the country to know what is in their health care bill. …

Proposed Mass. Pot Tax Would Be Nation's Second Highest » WGBH News If the state adopts the tax on marijuana proposed by legislation released by the House this week, Massachusetts would charge the second highest tax of the eight states that have legalized the herb. …

Let's not leave paid family leave up to a ballot initiative » Boston Globe There is little common ground between supporters and opponents of paid family leave legislation, but this much they agree on: We can't do this by ballot petition. …

“I’m concerned that delay on the Legislature making tweaks to the referendum could delay implementation,”

Senator James B. Eldridge

Speaking about the flawed marijuana bill which could delay retail sales.

News By Category
Business

With Uber in chaos, is this Lyft's time to shine? » Boston Globe Uber has for years dominated the ride-hailing market, its brand nearly synonymous with an industry that has reshaped how many people get around. …

P-TOWN OR BUST: LGBT business owners find a welcome haven in popular resort town » Boston Business Journal The lure of sandy beaches, abundant art galleries and shopping venues and vibrant nightlife have long made Provincetown a favorite tourist destination of the LGBT community.…

State's supplier diversity program expands to include LGBT businesses » Boston Business Journal So far, 81 have gained certification as LGBT business enterprises, which along with disabled- and veteran-owned businesses were added to the state's existing minority-, disadvantaged- and women-owned …

AGs across country probe opioid makers' marketing » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey and other attorneys general across the country have opened an investigation into pharmaceutical companies over allegations of illegal marketing and sales tactics for pres…

Connected developments: Early success of Internet of Things spurs investment surge » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

More than 1,200 grams of heroin-fentanyl mix seized » Boston Globe Two Lawrence residents were arraigned Thursday for allegedly running a drug trafficking operation, Attorney General Maura Healey announced in a statement Thursday.…

Education

Warren accuses DeVos of helping for-profit colleges 'swindle' students » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of helping for-profit colleges "swindle" students by "illegally delaying" an Obama-era Department of Education rule.…

Baker touts strength in schools » Sentinel & Enterprise After presenting the keynote speech at a North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce meeting, Baker stopped by the new building under construction at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical Sch…

Behind the mission: Latinos for Education founder Amanda Fernández deepens the talent pool » Boston Business Journal Amanda Fernández is the founder and CEO of Latinos for Education whose mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leadership in the education sector.…

In-State Tuition For Illegal Aliens Hearing Draws Small Crowd, Emotional Testimony » New Boston Post Less than a week ago, a hearing on Beacon Hill regarding a proposal that would effectively enact sanctuary city policies statewide drew overflow crowds.…

Tuition bill push continues as immigrants cycle through schools » The Valley Dispatch State lawmakers on Tuesday shared family stories about immigration and education to urge their peers to support a long-offered bill making undocumented students eligible to pay lower in-state tuition …

Bill seeks to provide undocumented immigrants with in-state college tuition rates » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are considering a bill to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants—an expense that is otherwise unaffordable for many.…

Senator Eric Lesser addresses Leadership Pioneer Valley graduates including Mayor of West Springfield at Smith College » MassLive Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) celebrated 34 emerging leaders as they graduated on Wednesday. …

Environment

Chatham Officials Continuing Effort to Resolve Monomoy Dispute » Capecod.com Officials in Chatham are continuing to work towards a solution to the boundary dispute with U.S. Fish and Wildlife over the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.…

Federal

Interior Secretary Zinke visiting Mass. » The Recorder When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits the Boston area on Friday, environmentalists plan to greet him by rallying for the preservation of national monuments that are under review by the Trump admin…

Health Care

Boston square dedicated to pioneering African-American doctor » Boston Globe Friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin assembled on the lawn outside Boston Medical Center Thursday afternoon to dedicate a public square in his memory.…

Pediatric unit set to close June 23 » Salem News The state has cleared the way for Salem Hospital to close its inpatient pediatric unit, a move that will end a half-century of inpatient care of children at the hospital on Highland Avenue.…

Advocates Come Out to Support Sanchez's Bill to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities » Jamaica Plain News State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-15th Suffolk/Norfolk, the House Chair of the Committee on Health Care Financing, sponsored the bill. The bill establish a state Office of Health Equity. This proposed …

America's dental-care gap is wide. How some states are trying to close it. » Christian Science Monitor In Minnesota and other states, dental hygienists are being trained to give basic dental care at lower prices. That can help dental practices expand to treat uninsured patients or to accept Medicaid re…

Baker And 6 Other Governors Criticize House GOP Health Overhaul » WBUR

Housing

Nantucket merchant appeals for state housing help » The Daily News of Newburyport A year ago, Charlotte Hess testified in favor of a land bank that she said could make housing on Nantucket more affordable. Hess, a small-business owner, returned to the State House this week to suppo…

Judiciary

ICE courthouse arrests worry attorneys, prosecutors » Boston Globe In recent months federal immigration agents have been positioning themselves in and around state, local, and juvenile courthouses in Massachusetts to arrest unauthorized immigrants who face even minor…

Attleboro lawyer Robert Ovoian wins approval for judgeship » The Sun Chronicle Longtime Attleboro lawyer Robert Ovoian is now a district court judge.…

Additional allegation hangs over Cape and Islands prosecutor » Cape Cod Times As a disciplinary hearing for a Cape and Islands prosecutor draws to a close in Boston, attorneys have questioned multiple people on Martha's Vineyard about a separate allegation that she tipped off t…

Labor

Lawmakers consider giving workers paid leave » Boston Globe Three weeks after Bethany Fauteux gave birth to her son via C-section, she was back at work at a New Bedford preschool — chasing after toddlers and getting down on the floor to rub their backs …

Legislative

To Increase Accessibility And Preserve History, Mass. Senate Chamber Gets $23 Million Update » WBUR Like an episode out of the show "This Old House," some major renovations are about to take place directly beneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House.…

Local Government

Town pushes back against AG in Scituate land dispute » Wicked Local Scituate The town has released three new documents contesting the state's position in a land dispute that dates back more than four decades.…

Marijuana

New pot bill targeted for Monday, Cusack aiming to "get this right" » State House News Service .After tepid support and a procedural snafu forced House leadership to pull the rewrite of the marijuana legalization law from consideration this week, the Marijuana Policy Committee is planning to re…

Marijuana discussion pushed off till next week » Worcester Business Journal House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to pu…

Facing delay, lawmakers left with few options on pot bill » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers have met the enemy, and it is them. Legislators delayed implementing a big part of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law by six months so they could rewrite it. But after…

Pot law debate postponed by DeLeo after bill criticized by Legislators » Sentinel & Enterprise House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to pu…

New pot bill targeted for Monday, Cusack aiming to 'get this right' » Herald News

Massachusetts Senate seeks to tweak, rather than completely overhaul, state's new marijuana law » The Republican

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Labor exploiters feel wrath of attorney general » Lowell Sun The second shoe in the unmasking of a Lowell reusable bag company dropped earlier this week when state Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office's Fair Labor Division fined three city st…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Support for Stewart, Garbelley, Friedman in senate race » Wicked Local Lexington At age 56, I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer. I used to be a runner, laborer and even worked for the town of Arlington in my youth. …

PETER LUCAS: Democrats need a 'name' changer in governor's race » Lowell Sun Yo, Maura Healey, your party is calling. They want you to run for governor. Please respond.…

No winners in Trump's reversal of US Cuba policy » Boston Globe Two years after the Obama administration initiated the thawing of US relations with Cuba, President Trump wants to partially roll back the rapprochement. …

Incomplete picture of mayoral hopeful » Boston Globe IT IS amazing that a Globe reporter, writing even a brief political profile of a candidate for mayor of Boston, would omit the fact that he previously held elective office in city government. …

Markey & Baker: Eloquence on Alzheimers » Go Local Worcester Alzheimer's. The word strikes dread into the hearts and minds of too many families. It's a terrible diagnosis, a frightful, exhausting, and terribly depressing disease.…

Troy's Take: Finding A Solution To The Right Problem » Cape News Scholar and professor John Kingdon developed an effective and widely used tool for public policy analysis that has proven to be a good tool for examining the circumstances surrounding a policy solutio…

Our justice system fails young adults and their communities; so let's fix it » Dorchester Reporter As a prosecutor, my job was to keep communities safe and crime-free. I worked with smart, committed people, but we struggled with a system rife with inadequacies. While crime is generally down in Mass…

The state needs a workforce plan » Boston Business Journal We can't fault the state for the federal government's problems, but our state does need to do more to ensure its residents are ready for the jobs our local businesses demand.…

Solar is powering progress and jobs in Boston » Boston Business Journal Greater Boston's solar workforce grew by nearly 25 percent last year, outpacing both industry and overall job creation in most other regions of the country, according to the Solar Foundation.…

LETTER: 'We Can Lead And Take Action To Combat Climate Change' » Marlborough Patch

Politics

City Council District 2 profile: Corey Dinopoulos » My South End If he wins the District 2 City Council election in November and succeeds Bill Linehan, South Boston web designer Corey Dinopoulos will occupy a unique place in Boston history.…

Jen McAndrew to run for Melrose School Committee » Wicked Local Melrose Well-known local volunteer Jen McAndrew will be on the ballot for Melrose School Committee this November.…

Familiar face joins City Council race » Lowell Sun

Passacantilli Kicks Off City Council Campaign; Receives Endorsement of Rep. Michlewitz » North End Waterfront

Public Health

Drug prevention programs coming to Cape middle schools » Cape Cod Times Attorney General Maura Healey, the GE Foundation and The Herren Project have joined forces to provide $2 million in funding and services for drug prevention at every middle school in the state.…

AMA Endorses Trying Supervised Injection Facilities » WBUR The largest body of physicians in the U.S. is backing one of the most controversial proposals for curbing the country's opioid epidemic: supervised injection facilities.…

Public Safety

Campaigning Maura Healey eyes easing costs for criminals » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey said she backs eliminating some mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, probation fees, and lowering the cost of calls inmates make from jail, during a Town Hall …

City, state ramp up security for Sail Boston » Dorchester Reporter Taking cues from recent terror attacks across the globe, city, state and federal officials said they plan to ramp up security at this weekend's Sail Boston event by increasing police presence, closing…

State Finance

Gov. Baker outlines budget gap, spending issues » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker Jr. Thursday addressed his administration's efforts to close two budget gaps totaling more than $2 billion without raising taxes, while bolstering local aid for schools and communit…

State Government

Trip costs rack up on taxpayers' dime » Boston Herald State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg's office rang up a $44,000 travel bill in just 18 months by jetting to various far-flung conferences, including a Big Easy confab where she and an entourage of seven …

Health care, opioids on Baker's DC agenda » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker will travel to Washington, D.C. on Friday to lobby Congress on health care reform legislation and to discuss ways to address the opioid crisis, according to his office.…

Polito reaches new Heights in Amesbury » The Daily News of Newburyport Bipartisanship was the theme of the day during the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce legislative lunch Thursday.…

Taxation

Rich could pay 'fair share' » Daily Times Chronicle The Massachusetts legislature voted 134-55 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the ballot for consideration by voters in the 2018 statewide elections. …

Carr: Don't expect the rich folks to stay and pay » Boston Herald It's been reported that for the tax year 2014, 15,422 Massachusetts residents reported gross incomes of more than $1 million. That number is about to decline, more than somewhat. It's hard to predict …

Home rental tax proposal draws fire in Barnstable » The Barnstable Patriot State lawmakers visited Barnstable Town Hall on Monday to hear public testimony on a proposed bill that would tax and regulate short-term rentals through websites like airbnb and Expedia.…

If you earn more than $1 million in Massachusetts, you're taxes could be going up » Metro For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion by raising taxes on the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 20…

Utilities

Compact warns of new Eversource rate hike proposal » Cape Cod Times The Cape Light Compact is warning Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard residents and businesses that a filing this month by Eversource with the state energy regulators could hit where it hurts: in the walle…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lahey Hospital CEO takes top job at New Hampshire health system » Boston Business Journal

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here's what Gov. Charlie Baker says about hiking the tax rate » The Republican

Even with job growth, Mass. unemployment rate rises past 4 percent » Boston Business Journal

Feds reportedly have 'serious' concerns about the DraftKings, FanDuel merger » Boston Business Journal

The biggest job in education just opened up, so who's in the running? » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker to attend opioid panel meeting in DC » Boston Globe

?Mass. AG joins sweeping investigation of opioid makers » Boston Business Journal

DAILY POLL: The ``millionaire's tax'' » Patriot Ledger

Baystate, Mercy join Baker effort to redesign MassHealth » The Republican

State lawmakers concerned about their safety after Wednesday's shooting » WWLP 22

Errors Lead DeLeo To Postpone House Vote On Marijuana Law Rewrite » WGBH News

UPDATED: Marijuana law rewrite criticized, DeLeo postpones debate (with interactive map) » Wicked Local Medfield

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2073 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Dean Canada, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 3647 - An Act to establish a sick leave bank for Donald Stuart, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 3456 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Angeline Lee, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

SB 1139 - An Act authorizing the city of Somerville to borrow funds to pay costs of the Green Line extension

Most read bills of the week:

HB3751 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2076 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3749 - An Act protecting sunlight and promoting economic development in the city of Boston

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2594 - An Act relative to tax exempt property

SB706 - An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses

HB1726 - An Act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs

SB1821 - An Act combating climate change

HB3188 - An Act to further regulate the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth

HB1778 - An Act relative to underground infrastructure

House Actions This Week: 344

Senate Actions This Week: 49


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