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11:00am Environment Massachusetts Environmental Champion Award Presentation, Long Wharf, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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Must-Reads

UMass hires betray taxpayers students, faculty, and taxpayers » Boston Globe LAURA KRANTZ has done a masterful job piercing the justifications offered by the state university system and various political leaders, legislators, and spokespeople for what they would have citizens …

Back to the Center, Democrats » New York Times Relying on identity politics and big government has hurt the Democratic Party. To win, it must embrace more centrist ideas. …

Principled conservatives show federalism is more than a talking point by rejecting voter data requests » The Washington Post THE BIG IDEA: The 10th Amendment is like the budget deficit. You only learn which Republicans genuinely care about it when their own party controls the federal government. …

Casino tax winds up with state's well heeled horse owners » Boston Herald Taxpayers have been fattening the winning purses of wealthy horse owners at Suffolk Downs the past two years thanks to the Bay State's horse racing fund, which is fueling their six-figure payouts at a…

Anti-abortion coalition wants ban on state funding » The Eagle Tribune Anti-abortion activists have lobbied unsuccessfully for years to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups whose services include terminating a pregnancy. Now a coalition wants t…

Bay State GOP group backing Geoff Diehl for bid » Boston Herald A new Bay State super PAC is hoping to knock U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren out of the 2020 presidential race before it even begins by making next year's Senate re-election campaign closer than expected, …

DeLeo puts pot talks on hold until budget done » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO said Wednesday evening that he asked House members of the committee negotiating marijuana legislation to pull out of talks with the Senate until an agreement is reached on t…

Another Bosley running for 1st Berkshire District seat » Berkshire Eagle The race to fill former state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat has begun. …

DeLeo: Lay weed aside and focus on overdue budget » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo, in a dramatic move intended to "remove any distractions" from the goal of reaching a deal on an already late state budget, asked House lawmakers negotiating a bill to regul…

"The mischief makers are once again at work. The Senate has not and will not link the budget and marijuana negotiations. Period. The Senate is fully committed to continuing negotiations on both the budget and marijuana legislation simultaneously."

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the delayed marijuana and budget bill stuck in conference committee.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Ed Markey says latest missile test shows North Korea's commitment to 'provoking and threatening' US » MassLive Condemning reports that North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile this week, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, renewed his call for the Trump administration to take a n…

After Afghan trip, Elizabeth Warren calls for broader strategy » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren spent her Fourth of July visiting US troops and nonmilitary personnel in Afghanistan as part of a four-day trip to the Middle East that included extensive discussions with loc…

Meet the Next President Kennedy » Town & Country Can Congressman Joe Kennedy III cut through the cynicism of today's Washington and lead the next generation of a towering American legacy? …

Business

Follow the red-brick road » Boston Globe In a city where the bricks seem infinite, there is one strip that stirs up more emotion than the rest — a 2.5-mile stretch that winds from Boston Common to Charlestown as it leads to 16 sites p…

Grocery shopping, the Amazon way » Boston Globe It's tempting to imagine the merger of Amazon and Whole Foods as fodder for a technological experiment: What if you could simply ask Alexa for organic kale and have it delivered by drone in minutes?…

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax » Boston Globe As Massachusetts lawmakers debate new taxes on marijuana of anywhere from 8 to 28 percent, public health advocates say there's another drug that needs a tax hike: alcohol.…

South Boston developer proposes boutique hotel near Broadway T station » Boston Business Journal The area surrounding the MBTA Red Line Broadway station in South Boston is set for even more change with a proposal for a boutique hotel.…

Smith & Wesson acquires Idaho company specializing in firearm suppressors » MassLive Smith & Wesson plans by summer's end to acquire a company that makes firearm suppressors -- an "opportunistic" move it says will help it expand into a growing market as states across the country legal…

Constitutional

Lawsuit challenging voter cutoff rule being heard in court » Boston Herald BOSTON — A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state requirement that eligible voters register at least 20 days ahead of an election is being heard in court this week, with critics…

Education

Stacks Of Books, But Short On Cash: New England's Public Libraries Face Funding Troubles » WBUR On a sultry weekday morning, patrons escaped the heat and gathered at the Essex public library in Essex, Conn. for a weekly book discussion.…

Tuition calculator helps soften the sticker shock » Boston Globe What does it cost to send your child to college? For parents trying to understand the price tag on a degree, getting the answer can be as daunting as deciphering the cost of a car on the dealership fl…

Adjunct faculty call for pay equality » Bay State Banner The majority of students attending public higher education institutions to prepare for their careers are likely being taught by those whose own teaching careers challenge them to make ends meet. So sa…

Some single-gender Catholic schools are flourishing while others struggle » Boston Globe For 75 years, Malden Catholic High School has sought to nurture thousands of boys on their journey to manhood, instilling in them a strong work ethic and a deep faith while encouraging them to seek po…

LOOK bill would expand options for teaching English language learners » Bay State Banner The Massachusetts House in late May voted 151-2 in favor of a bill that would free schools to tailor their approaches to educating English Language Learners, deviating from the current one-size-fits-a…

Healey and other attorneys general sue Betsy DeVos over student loan rules » Boston Globe

18 States Sue Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Protections » New York Times

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Clean Energy Education with $960,000 in STEM Learning Grants Blog Energy Technology Matters » Lexology

Environment

Youth Brigade Aims To Close Tree Canopy Gap In East Boston » WBUR The dead tree on Meridian Street in East Boston is a metaphor for what's wrong with the urban canopy -- or lack thereof. The trunk rises two stories up, bare to the bone, with a sole branch rising eve…

The circus is coming to town » The Eagle Tribune A proposal presented by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, would effectively outlaw traveling circuses by banning the use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes. It currently sits …

Conn. Looks To Build Bee Resilience, One Queen At A Time » WBUR Honeybees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative. …

Health Care

In Massachusetts, annual health care costs surpassed $10,500 per person, an analysis of new data shows » MassLive Here's some good news: Massachusetts no longer is the most expensive health care state in the United States. Alaska won the designation instead.…

Massachusetts care still expensive » Boston Herald Massachusetts has dropped behind Alaska when it comes to most expensive health care spending by state, according to new federal data that included a small dose of good news about future medical costs.…

State lawmakers considering bills to make health care more accessible » WWLP 22 Massachusetts continues to struggle to make health care more affordable, according to a recent report by the state's Health Policy Commission.…

Housing

Over $6 million spent on Airbnb listings in Boston, Cape Cod over Fourth of July weekend » MassLive

Human Services

A South End mural makes a big impact » Boston Globe Laura Minot shielded her eyes from the afternoon sun and gazed up at the 45-feet-tall mural. The focal point of the piece — a blown-up photo of her face that had been glued to the wall —…

Immigration

Cambridge welcomes refugees, but few are resettled there » Boston Globe “Help us welcome local refugees to our community!” read a flier advertising the carnival in Cambridge, where attendees would later pose at a photo booth, mingle, and munch on baked goods i…

Legislative

Pot talks on hold as Legislature eyes budget deal » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo abruptly called on lawmakers reworking the state's legalized marijuana law to halt their talks until the Legislature can complete its other unfinished work — the n…

DeLeo suspends pot negotiations until budget plan is approved » Boston Globe Five days after Massachusetts lawmakers blew through key deadlines on the state budget and an overhaul of the marijuana legalization law, tensions between the Democratic-controlled House and the Democ…

Blowing past deadlines, Massachusetts lawmakers still at odds over state budget, marijuana law rewrite » MassLive Massachusetts still doesn't have a state budget for fiscal year 2018 or the rewrite of marijuana laws that lawmakers pledged to get to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk by the end of June.…

Mass. budget, marijuana bills entwined in larger bargaining » South Coast Today Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another.…

Local Government

New tobacco rules in Easthampton headed for public hearing » MassLive If the Board of Health agrees, those under the age of 21 will soon be prohibited from buying tobacco products at retail stores within the city.…

More than 50 enter Framingham election » The Metro West Daily News With a July 3 deadline to file nomination papers now passed, voters can expect to be deluged with door knocks, telephone calls and campaign fliers as Framingham prepares for its first city election in…

Mansfield selectmen honor Timilty » The Sun Chronicle Selectmen gave outgoing state Sen. James Timilty a sendoff last week, awarding him a plaque recognizing his 13 years of service and a shower of compliments. Timilty, who stepped down recently from hi…

State Senate passes Onset Bay Center lease legislation for Wareham » Wareham Week Plans to turn the Onset Bathhouse into a hub of marine recreation and education took a step forward July 5. That's when state lawmakers OK'd Wareham's request to sign a 99-year-lease for use and renov…

Marijuana

House Speaker DeLeo Asks For Halt To Pot Negotiations Until State Budget Is Worked Out » WBUR Legislative discussions over how to change the voter-approved law legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts are on hold until a compromise is first reached on a new state budget.…

Mass. budget, marijuana bills appear intertwined in larger bargaining » The Recorder BOSTON — Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another.…

Opinion

Supporting students is still a priority » Boston Globe I COULD not fail to respond with some overlooked facts in the ongoing Boston Globe press saga of UMass Boston. Please know that, contrary to Adrian Walker's last statement, our UMass Boston students a…

Christie feels the heat from the beach - and health care politics » Boston Globe The now-infamous photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and family enjoying a beach closed to the public said a lot about Christie's hugely inflated sense of entitlement.…

EDITORIAL: Message sent on hate crimes » Wicked Local Marblehead We can't help but wonder if the person or persons who left the trail of hatred spray-painted along the causeway's harbor side seawall had any idea of the kind of response it would trigger from the com…

Editorial: State politicians need to pick up the pace » Wicked Local Bedford As the public waits for the members of the Massachusetts Legislature, residents must ask themselves what the repercussions of politicians who continue to delay the budget will be. The state is current…

MBTA Pensions: A Ticking Time Bomb » WGBH News The T's biggest union has begun its campaign to reassure Massachusetts taxpayers that there's no truth to what you might have heard about the crisis condition of the MBTA Retirement Fund (MBTARF). Wha…

Border towns need help competing with N.H. » The Lowell Sun For a state constantly on the lookout for more revenue sources, Massachusetts sometimes seems reluctant to look a gift horse in the mouth. …

Politics

Tito Jackson flush with volunteers if not cash in City Hall bid » Boston Herald Tito Jackson's cash-poor mayoral campaign is banking on eager volunteers and young operatives — including a coordinator who is still in college — to drum up support for the underdog cand…

Alliance Strategies Group Retained to Defeat Elizabeth Warren » benzinga Alliance Strategies Group, LLC (ASG) is pleased to announce it has been retained by Geoffrey Diehl, Republican for U.S. Senate, to help aide in his campaign against Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren…

Political Happy Hour: July 5, 2017 » Boston Globe Here's your Catapult cannabis-and-coffee cup of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House. …

Public Health

Mumps outbreak in Latino communities prompts alert » MassLive The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says it will be reaching out to Latino communities to increase awareness about the mumps virus, commonly spread through infected saliva, and to encourage …

Lowell opioid workers hit the streets, saving lives » The Lowell Sun Police Officer Kevin Garneau pulls up to a Highlands apartment with firefighter Kevin Jones and Trinity EMS paramedic Amanda Newby.…

State Finance

State's revenue up $16M in FY 2017 » WWLP 22 BOSTON (WWLP) – The secretary of Massachusetts said on Wednesday that revenues generated by his office for Fiscal Year 2017 is more than $16 million higher than in FY 2016.…

Still no state budget one week into new fiscal year » WWLP 22 Massachusetts is nearly one week into the new fiscal year, but lawmakers have yet to approve a final budget.…

House speaker says to pause weed bill to focus on overdue state budget » Metro

State Government

Gun rights advocate Ronald Amidon named Massachusetts fish & game commissioner » MassLive Gun rights advocate and sportsman Ronald Amidon will take over as the Baker administration's fish and game commissioner.…

Challenge to state voting law under way » Boston Herald Voting rights advocates are challenging the constitutionality of a law that requires voters to register at least 20 days ahead of an election, and this week a judge will hear arguments from state auth…

Taxation

Axing sales tax holiday draws mixed reviews from Taunton businesses » Wicked Local Raynham Not every small businesses in Taunton will be upset if Beacon Hill lawmakers decide not to hold a tax-free weekend in August.…

Transportation

East St. Bridge reconstruction approved » Hometown Weekly State Senator Mike Rush (D-Norfolk & Suffolk) and State Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) today announced that the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board and MassDOT have approved the contract…

Boston-Springfield Rail Study Request Gains Support » WAMC A proposal to have the Massachusetts Department of Transportation do a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service is picking up steam.…

Uncertain future for proposed Danvers RMV location » Wicked Local The anticipated location of the new Registry of Motor Vehicles office went into foreclosure last week, raising questions on the future of the new office.…

Massachusetts highway chief stepping down after health scare » Boston Herald Massachusetts Highway Commissioner Tom Tinlin has decided to resign after battling a brain aneurysm.…

Utilities

Look out, your town may switch you to a 'greener' energy plan » Boston Globe It was one of those pieces of mail that you might cast aside without much thought, but when Terry Ann Knopf dug into the fine print, she learned some surprising news: Brookline officials would be swit…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Long weekend failed to produce budget, pot deals » The Lowell Sun

Advocates call for public vetting of MassHealth reforms » Worcester Business Journal

Long weekend failed to produce budget, marijuana deals » Gloucester Times

Boston District 7 candidates face off in debate over city issues » Bay State Banner

Is City Councilor Nadeem Mazen planning to challenge Rep. Capuano? » Wicked Local Cambridge

Mass. highway administrator is stepping down » Boston Globe

Berkshire Life Sciences Industry Wants To See State Funding » WAMC

Should Massachusetts offer same-day voter registration? » WWLP 22

Mass. among half dozen states without budget in place » State House News Service

Tinlin resignation leaves new bosses in place at highway, MBTA » State House News Service

Overdue budget's revenue base a "moving target," conferee says » State House News Service

Arup USA chosen to conduct rail link feasibility study » State House News Service

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FY 2018 BUDGET STATUS - NCSL
Forty-six states begin fiscal year (FY) 2018 on July 1, 2017. New York's fiscal year begins on April 1, Texas begins its fiscal year on September 1 and Alabama and Michigan begin on October 1. As of July 5, 42 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted budgets for FY 2018. Three of those states enacted a biennial budget during the 2016 legislative session. The budgets in Michigan and Pennsylvania have passed the legislature and are on the Governors' desks.


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