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Top House leader unaware of budget, pot links » Commonwealth Magazine Mariano says no senator has suggested tradeoffs in negotiations despite DeLeo statement …

Authorities offer financial help to state » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker is asking some of the state's independent authorities for help in balancing the fiscal 2017 budget, but it appears only three have stepped forward. …

BUDGET ACCORD ANNOUNCED WITH NO DETAILS UNTIL FRIDAY » State House News Service The lead budget negotiators for the House and Senate announced a deal Thursday evening to resolve differences between the branches over an annual state budget for the fiscal year that began Saturday, …

McConnell Signals Openness to Shoring Up Insurance Exchanges » Roll Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday if 50 Republican senators don't agree on a rollback of the 2010 health care law through the budget reconciliation process, there will need to be so…

Andrew Cuomo Could Beat Trump … If He Can Win Over the Left First » Politico The governor of New York suddenly looks like the kind of take-no-prisoners pol his party needs. With one catch. …

One reason the GOP health bill is a mess: No one thought Trump would win » The Washington Post “Look, I didn't expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn't, so we didn't expect to be in this situation,” the Pennsylvania Republican said Wednesday night during a me…

A potential opponent for Elizabeth Warren is building his campaign » Boston Globe John Kingston, the wealthy Winchester businessman who is laying the groundwork for a US Senate bid in 2018, has taken a major step forward to get into the race. …

Amid budget crunch, UMass Boston to close day-care center » Boston Globe The University of Massachusetts Boston will close a day-care center that serves the children of faculty and students along with poor families in Dorchester and South Boston, the cash-strapped universi…

Gov. Baker: 'Marijuana Should Be Regulated Like Alcohol' » WGBH News Gov. Charlie Baker expressed support for provisions within a House bill that would give elected officials the authority to veto dispensaries in their districts.…

Study: Worcester Co. would benefit economically from climate change » Worcester Business Journal Worcester County, along with much of Massachusetts and the rest of New England, would actually benefit economically from climate change, according to a new study published in the June 30 issue of the …

“This should be regulated like alcohol,” Baker told Boston Public Radio in an interview Thursday. “The decision to offer alcohol in a community is made by the elected body.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about how recreational marijuana should be regulated in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump's Tweets and 'The Bully Pulpit On Steroids' » WBUR This week on Freak Out And Carry On, Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson speak with Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. They r…

Sen. Markey 'concerned' Trump won't confront Putin face-to-face » Boston Herald Democratic U.S. Sen. Ed Markey today said he's concerned that President Trump will choke during his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany by failing to press the Rus…

Business

United apologizes for latest incident on flight into Boston » Boston Globe A Boston-bound flight is now the latest in a string of troubled airline stories. A woman travelling on United Airlines from Hawaii was forced to sit with her 25-pound son on her lap for a three and a …

Tide is turning as women expose 'bro culture' » Boston Globe Armed with postgraduate degrees from MIT and Harvard, Heidi Wyle set out to help build tech companies.…

Searching for wealth? Look big, then step back » Boston Business Journal The idea that there's more to life than money? Our ranking is a reflection of that. The people who reside in these communities of affluence might not be working day-to-day in those cities and towns, b…

GE stock sinks to its lowest point of 2017 — and it could get worse » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co.'s stock has been battling headwinds all year due largely to the entry of an activist investor and concerns over financial performance — and the company's shares took anothe…

The hottest spots of affluence in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts is home to the richest ZIP code in the nation, the one corresponding to Dover (the town of Dover, however, comes in fifth on the nationwide list of richest places, according to U.S. Cens…

Civil Rights

MA Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Transgender Nondiscrimination Law Signing » The Rainbow Times BOSTON—This Saturday, July 8, marks the one-year anniversary that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the update to Massachusetts' nondiscrimination law to include protections for transgende…

One year since Massachusetts passed transgender rights law » WWLP 22 This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Massachusetts' law designed to protect transgender residents from discrimination in public places.…

Crimes

HIT & RUN BLOG » Reason.com A hidden compartment in your car (or plane, or boat) could land you at least two years in prison in Massachusetts if a lawmaker gets his way.…

Surge in shootings plagues Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan » Boston Herald The number of people wounded by gunfire in Boston is up nearly 30 percent this year, prompting an urgent City Hall meeting today to brainstorm solutions ahead of the sweltering, often violent summer m…

Education

Amid budget crunch, UMass Boston to close day-care center » Boston Globe The University of Massachusetts Boston will close a day-care center that serves the children of faculty and students along with poor families in Dorchester and South Boston, the cash-strapped universi…

Nine women stripped of membership in Harvard club » Boston Globe Nine women have been stripped of their membership in one of Harvard University's elite, traditionally all-male social clubs amid uncertainty over how the school might punish students who are members.…

Attorney General Maura Healey On Suit Against Betsy DeVos » WBUR Eighteen states, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, have filed suit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education.…

Healey Leads Challenge Against Education Department On Student Loan Policies » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a new legal challenge against the Trump administration over student loan policies.…

Mass. AG sues Trump administration over student borrower protections » The Metro West Daily News Danielle Ramos was relaxing poolside on the Fourth of July when she opened the email she had been anxiously awaiting for months.…

Kinder College? Some Schools Are Striving To Make Applying Less Stressful » WBUR Claire Sheth has four children. Her oldest is about to be a sophomore at Lexington High School. But it's a conversation with her 10-year-old she recalls. …

Maura Healey sues over borrow-defense policy » Boston Herald

Madaro Votes for ELL Programs in Schools » East Boston Times

Gaming

Suffolk Downs takes a page from its past with live racing » Boston Globe These days are different at Suffolk Downs. Once a bustling source of entertainment, the track is now unoccupied, the grandstands empty. Dust has accumulated on the upstairs tables. …

Health Care

North Shore Medical Center expansion marks construction milestone » The Salem News In the often confusing world of health care, North Shore Medical Center appears to be growing and contracting at the same time. …

What's dividing Tufts, nurses union? » Boston Globe Officials from Tufts Medical Center and the Massachusetts Nurses Association are scheduled to meet Friday in another attempt to settle their differences and avoid a nurses strike next week.…

Hospital expansion marks milestone » Gloucester Times In the often confusing world of health care, North Shore Medical Center appears to be growing and contracting at the same time.…

State delays Partners' deal to acquire Mass. Eye and Ear » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Chinatown tenants in legal battle for Mass Pike Towers ownership » Boston Globe Residents of one of Chinatown's largest public housing developments have watched luxury apartment towers spring up around them, displacing tenants from buildings that were either razed or renovated.…

Immigration

Abrupt ICE moves on undocumented are stirring great anxiety » Dorchester Reporter The high-profile detainment of a well-known Irishman by immigration officers last month has added greatly to growing concerns about the fate of many residents of the city's immigrant communities. John…

On Immigration, New England Lawmakers Are More Divided Than You May Think » WGBH News Those imagining New England's congressional delegation as a solid blue wall of lockstep, bleeding-heart liberal votes might want to check last Thursday's roll call. When it comes to immigration issues…

Labor

New state labor secretary wants to deal with skills gap » WWLP 22 Massachusetts has a new leader of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Rosalin Acosta was sworn-in as the department's new secretary on Thursday, with her sights set on managing th…

Legislative

Candidates Line Up For 1st Berkshire District Seat » WAMC

Local Government

GOUVEIA: Attleboro election will be the one to watch » The Sun Chronicle If you have any doubt which local community will be the center of political activity in the next year or so, please let me take whatever suspense remains out of it for you.…

Buckland Board of Health: What can we do about dumped railroad ties? » The Recorder Local officials frustrated with what they believe to be Pan Am Railways' routine dumping of creosote-covered railroad ties have decided to take action.…

Around Amherst: Board seeks public input for town manager review » Amherst Bulletin As the Select Board begins a performance evaluation of Town Manager Paul Bockelman, it is soliciting input from the public.…

Pool changes get mixed review » Worcester Telegram After much opposition from Clinton residents for the past three years, the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) filled in the deep end of the Philip Weihn Memorial Pool in Clinton, ma…

Council, mayor okay budget » Dorchester Reporter Housing, health and safety, and education are among the priorities highlighted in fiscal year 2018's $3.15 billion budget – a $148.5 million increase over last year – that was approved b…

Opinion

Ruling against Blaine Amendments is a victory for liberty » Boston Globe In ruling in favor of religious freedom last week in the Trinity Lutheran case, it seems doubtful the justices of the US Supreme Court had ever heard of Catholic schoolboy Thomas Whall of Boston. If t…

Why Trump shouldn't slash R&D funding » Boston Globe President Trump recently hosted “Technology Week” at the White House, focusing on “modernizing government technology and stimulating the technology sector.”…

Are fireworks a health hazard? » Boston Globe It's a question that has no doubt occurred to many as they've watched fireworks fill the sky with their magical light: Are there environmental and health effects from having so many rockets bursting i…

Fighting back against for-profit universities » Boston Globe When Stephano Del Rose enrolled in the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, he had bold dreams of a future in Web design and filmmaking. Lured by promises of cutting-edge digital equipment, inte…

EDITORIAL: Quit dragging! Finish budget, then move on to marijuana bill » Sentinel & Enterprise The finger-pointing on Beacon Hill has begun, the result of the Legislature's inability to agree on a fiscal 2018 budget or a recreational marijuana bill.…

Students say 'Millionaire' mascot is divisive » The Associated Press (AP) Many years ago - Americans of wealth and privilege leisured in a place called Lenox, Massachusetts. Over the years, many of them gave back by lavishing the community with philanthropy. They built a sc…

Editorial: Nurses union standoff must end » Boston Business Journal It's hard to see how the union is truly putting patients first when it's been caught saying in internal memos and Facebook posts that it chose that strike date to maximize harm to the hospital.…

The GOP health care plan is bad for business » Boston Globe The Senate's revised health care plan is in the midst of hot debate. While the impact on middle- and low-income Americans has rightly received attention, it is important to bring up another economic i…

ViewPoint: Where are all the women entrepreneurs? » Boston Business Journal Among U.S. women entrepreneurs, 68 percent have at least an undergraduate degree, compared with 63 percent of men.…

Jaclyn Cashman: Hands-free push driven by reality » Boston Herald This should come as little surprise. Because we all know most of us are guilty of it, and many of us have probably only narrowly avoided accidents because of it.…

Editorial: Vote deadline is fair » Boston Herald Progressives have failed in their repeated attempts to convince Beacon Hill to enact election-day voter registration in Massachusetts, so instead they have sought refuge in the courts. It's a lame way…

Public Safety

Despite drop in crime, some neighborhoods still feel besieged » Boston Globe In the South End, 52-year-old John Chambers is as comfortable walking through Villa Victoria, a housing project once plagued by gang violence, as he is at Flour, a neighborhood bakery serving brioche …

State Finance

Legislature signals budget deal, but stays mum on the details » Boston Globe Top state budget negotiators from the House and Senate announced a compromise Thursday, but they declined to make public any details of how they will spend roughly $40 billion in taxpayer dollars or c…

Budget deal feels close: House, Senate set Friday sessions » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts House and Senate scheduled formal sessions for Friday afternoon amid signs late Thursday pointing to a potential deal between Democratic legislative leaders on an overdue fiscal 2018…

State budget deal appears near as Senate, House schedule Friday sessions » Sentinel & Enterprise The Massachusetts House and Senate scheduled formal sessions for Friday afternoon amid signs late Thursday pointing to a potential deal between Democratic legislative leaders on an overdue fiscal 2018…

Deal struck on state budget » The Lowell Sun The lead budget negotiators for the House and Senate announced a deal Thursday evening to resolve differences between the branches over an annual state budget for the fiscal year that began Saturday, …

House and Senate expected to vote on final budget Friday » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are on the brink of voting on a final budget for this fiscal year. With conference committee negotiations winding down, lawmakers are expected to vote on the spending plan as early as Friday…

State budget accord reached; details Friday » South Coast Today The lead budget negotiators for the House and Senate announced a deal Thursday evening to resolve differences between the branches over an annual state budget for the fiscal year that began Saturday, …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Gear up to Approve New State Budget » US News and World Report Top Massachusetts lawmakers said Thursday that they have reached a final compromise on an approximately $40 billion state budget plan nearly a week into the new fiscal year.…

Gov. Charlie Baker on Massachusetts budget: 'They need to get something to our desk' » MassLive One of just a handful of governors without a state budget in place, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he doesn't care how they do it, but he wants the Legislature to get an annual spending bill and a r…

'What can possibly go wrong?' Massachusetts lawmaker asks ahead of quick vote to slam through $40.2 billion budget » MassLive

State budget reflects economic reality (Editorial) » MassLive

Lawmakers to Vote on Compromise $40.2 Billion State Budget » US News and World Report

Bay State lawmakers poised to pass budget with $400M in cuts » Boston Herald

House and Senate leaders agree on budget » The Enterprise

Mass. lawmakers to vote on $40.2 billion spending package » The Eagle Tribune

Baker proposes tapping mental health care accounts to balance budget » Boston Globe

Legislature poised to pass $400m in cuts for new budget » Boston Globe

State Government

Charlie Baker gives Game gig to gun guy » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's move to appoint the head of a gun rights group to lead the Department of Fish & Game is being seen as both an attempt to recover alienated conservatives and to challenge his possi…

Voter integrity panel faces resistance from states » Gloucester Times BOSTON — The state's top election official is balking at requests from President Donald Trump's controversial election commission to turn over voter registration data.…

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's beach trip wasn't a good idea, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive Governors probably shouldn't head to the beach amid a state budget crisis. That's Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's takeaway when he was asked about the now infamous NJ.com photos that showed New Jer…

Marlborough: Toni Wolf leaves Employment Options for state post » Walking out of Employment Options' Brigham Street clubhouse for the final time last week, Toni Wolf was full of emotions.…

Polito tours Lower Cape port projects » Cape Cod Times The floating walkways that led out over the water to marina boatslips bucked and twisted like fun house stairs as a dozen people, including Lt. Gov. Karen Polito and Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of …

Taxation

NH candidate makes pitch to Mass. millionaires » Newburyport News BOSTON — A Libertarian running for governor in New Hampshire is pitching her state as an alternative to Massachusetts, where voters next year are scheduled to decide whether to impose a 4 perce…

Short-term rentals should be taxed » The Salem News Massachusetts is facing a serious revenue problem, something many residents of the state can relate to as we continue through a period of stagnant wages and a sluggish state economy.…

Transportation

Kraft Line work continues, along with Walpole objections » Wicked Local Plenty of “No Kraft Line” signs are still sticking out of many front yards across Walpole and Foxboro as construction continues on the controversial railway to Gillette Stadium. “I t…

Advocates: Transfer station lease, Bikeway extension a four-town issue » Wicked Local Sandwich Residents from Falmouth and Bourne have both made their voices heard on plans to lease the Upper Cape Regional Transfer Station to a private contractor. But they want residents and town officials from…

T urged to consider community impacts of Wi-Fi upgrade » Gloucester Times An Andover lawmaker is calling for the MBTA to cancel its contract for Wi-Fi upgrades along commuter rail routes if community impacts are not considered during a monthlong review that the transit agen…

Hinds, MCLA Holding Workshop On Public Transit Options » iBerkshires

Utilities

Gas pipeline foes fear renewed effort to build West Boylston Lateral » Worcester Telegram

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3689 - An Act authorizing the city known as the town of Watertown to pay the funeral and burial expenses of firefighter Joseph Toscano

SB 1125 - An Act amending the charter of the city of Lowell

SB 2064 - An Act validating actions taken by the town of Templeton at the annual town meeting held on November 9, 2015

SB 2065 - An Act validating actions taken by the town of Templeton at the annual town meeting held on May 14, 2016

HB 3695 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Ruth A. Centola, an employee of the Trial Court

HB 1119 - An Act authorizing the appointment of a superintendent of streets in the town of Middlefield

HB 1429 - An Act authorizing the town of Boylston to continue the employment of police chief Anthony Sahagian

SB 1452 - An Act exempting certain positions in the police department of the town of Millis from the civil service law

HB 2795 - An Act to amend the residency requirement for the town manager of the town of Shrewsbury

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB2076 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1317 - An Act establishing the building code coordinating council

HB3496 - An Act relative to unmanned aerial vehicles

HB1272 - An Act relative to hoisting license renewal

SB1379 - An Act relative to the Architectural Access Board

HB2511 - An Act regarding architectural access

House Actions This Week: 220

Senate Actions This Week: 53


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