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

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Hong Kong Day Celebration, Great Hall, State House

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mothers Out Front Rally, State House steps

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

Must-Reads

How Trumpcare Dies » The New Republic One of the central challenges opponents of Trumpcare face is that they must constantly probe the bill for signs of life. Like a monster in a horror film, it predictably revives itself whenever the goo…

Baker unsure whether he'll sign off on employer assessments » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he has not yet decided whether he will sign off on $200 million in new employer fees he has linked to MassHealth reforms that the Legislature laid aside Friday as part o…

Former Bulger nemesis in Senate passes away at 75 » State House News Service Alan Sisitsky, a Springfield Democrat who clashed with the leader of the Senate more than three decades ago, died on Friday at the age of 75, according to his family and an obituary. …

Federal prosecutors step up probe of land deal pushed by wife of Bernie Sanders » The Washington Post A federal investigation of a land deal led by Jane Sanders, the wife and political adviser of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has accelerated in recent months — with prosecutors hauling off more t…

Deregulated health care not the answer » Commonwealth Magazine THE UNITED STATES has by far the most expensive health care system in the world. We spent $3.35 trillion, almost 18 percent of GDP and more than $10,000 per person, on health costs last year. The next…

Stephen Colbert Brutally Dissects The Donald Trump Jr.-Russia Collusion Claims » The Huffington Post “It's not a smoking gun, but it is a gun meeting with a Russian bullet about their mutual desire to smoke.” …

Charlie Baker hit as 'wishy washy' on immigration » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker could face political blowback at the ballot box if he doesn't stop “playing footsie” with his wavering opposition to sanctuary state legislation, an immigration expert t…

Proposal for free community college to get hearing on Beacon Hill » Worcester Telegram

Hillary Plots to Revive Clintonism in 2018 Elections » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Establishment Democrats would rather shift to the center and court elites at lavish fundraisers than enact meaningful policies. All the while, working class, middle class and low income voters are inc…

Study on Linking East & West Derailed in Boston Again… » Western Mass Politics and Insight The budget for the commonwealth emerged from its conference committee cocoon early Friday morning missing the fiscal year's start last week. While the spending plan did preserve many key programs in t…

"I share the frustration of countless residents in Western Mass and across the Commonwealth who are fed up with a political process that consistently leaves our region behind—not to mention stuck in traffic."

Senator Eric Lesser

On the study of east-west rail from Boston to Springfield being left out of the compromise budget

News By Category
Beltway Politics

E-mail claims Russian government sought to aid Trump's candidacy » Boston Globe Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an e-mail that the mater…

Trump's Election Panel Puts Hold on Voter Data Request » US News and World Report (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's commission to investigate possible election fraud on Monday put a freeze on its effort to collect sensitive voter data from states in the face of growing lega…

Business

Amazon says it will bring 900 jobs to Fort Point » Boston Globe Amazon announced plans Monday to keep growing in Boston, saying that it will add 900 jobs at an office opening next spring along Fort Point Channel — next door to the new General Electric headq…

Amazon plans to open new Seaport office, add 900 jobs » Boston Herald Online retail giant Amazon announced plans to open a new 150,000 square foot office in the Seaport District and add an additional 900 jobs to its payroll in the Bay State. …

Amazon adds to Boston space » Boston Herald Amazon plans to open a new office next spring along the Fort Point Channel with 900 employees, increasing its total number of full-time jobs in the Bay State by about 30 percent, the online retail gia…

Watertown Company Helps Dell Develop 1st Wireless Charging Laptop » WBUR Dell's new wireless charging laptop, featuring technology developed by Watertown-based tech company WiTricity, hits the market Tuesday.…

Immigrant entrepreneurship program facing 25% cut » Worcester Business Journal

Winthrop Sq. tower shadows could cause 'great damage to historic buildings,' Galvin says » Boston Globe

Education

Advocates Praise Early Education Funding Boost In Massachusetts Budget » WAMC Advocates for children in Massachusetts are looking to rally the business community to back additional state funding for early education. At a conference in Springfield today they pointed to recent m…

Lowell high school debate reaches governor's office » State House News Service Legislation necessary for the construction of a new high school on parkland in Lowell, a divisive issue in one of the state's largest cities, has reached Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Public hearing planned for bill that would improve dyslexia diagnosis » Sentinel & Enterprise Christina Chatalian noticed her son struggled to read as a kindergartner, but it wasn't until he turned 8-years-old that a private medical center handed down a formal diagnosis of dyslexia. …

This New MIT Master's Program Doesn't Require A College Or High School Degree » WBUR A pioneering master's degree program at MIT is about to change the way graduate students are admitted and how much they pay. …

Environment

New legal strategy emerges in Cape Cod legal battle against pesticides » Wicked Local Yarmouth Like the blessing of the fleet, Eversource's vegetation management plan, which calls for spraying herbicides on foliage growing along power line rights of way, has become an annual ritual. And again t…

Gaming

Budget leaves horse race funding intact » The Salem News The Legislature' decision to not raid a fund intended to support horse racing to pay for spending in the fiscal 2018 budget was cheered by horsemen last week, but the fate of that money remains uncert…

Mass. Legislature slashing problem gambling services funding by 17 percent causes concern among advocates » MassLive

Health Care

Failed cigar tax leaves wellness program without funds » The Salem News A multi-year, multimillion-dollar experiment to lower asthma rates, reduce smoking, and steel elders against the risk of falls appears to be drawing to a close in Massachusetts.…

Medicaid provision hits high-cost states with double loss » The Eagle Tribune When Republican Gov. Charlie Baker recently groused in a letter to senators that the GOP health care bill reining in Medicaid spending hurts “our lowest income” residents, he echoed a conc…

A pack of 2 EpiPens costs over $600, and this bill could bring the price down for Massachusetts cities and towns » MassLive

As drug prices rise, lawmakers continue search for solution » State House News Service

Housing

For Many Would-Be Buyers, The Boston Area's Housing Market Is A Little Too Hot » WBUR The heat of summer is felt by prospective homeowners in the housing market. …

Human Services

Union Point breaks ground on new recreation complex » Wicked Local Abington Growing up in Weymouth, State Rep. James Murphy said the South Weymouth Naval Air Station was a place for families to gather for the annual air show.…

The Vibrant Art Of Roxbury's Ekua Holmes Recalls The Harlem Renaissance » WBUR Ekua Holmes is a welcome anachronism in African-American art, a woman who illuminates contemporary painting by embracing an aesthetic from the past.…

Immigration

Safe Communities Act would block immigration enforcement » Berkshire Eagle It's an uphill battle — but it's worth it to keep all community members safe.…

While opposed, Baker says mind open on Safe Communities Act » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker, not wanting to undercut a brand new Latino advisory panel sworn in Monday, said he would be a “hard sell” on legislation to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state, but ad…

Insurance

When a small error on a check costs you everything » Boston Globe The box on the check had the exact amount due written in: $3,399.91. It paid the annual premium on Madeleine Maldonado's long-term care insurance. If her health deteriorated, the insurance would kick …

Labor

One final chance to avert nursing strike at Tufts Medical Center » Boston Globe Representatives from Tufts Medical Center and the union for 1,200 of its nurses will meet Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to stave off the first nurses strike in Boston in more than three decades.…

Pension plan is the last hurdle in Tufts nurse strike talks » Boston Business Journal Contract negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses are getting derailed mainly by one issue: changes to the retirement plan. Eleventh-hour contract talks are scheduled for Tuesday…

Legislative

Legislative update from Littleton state Senator Jamie Eldridge » Wicked Local Littleton An update from Littleton state Sen. Jamie Eldridge…

Alan Sisitsky, former Springfield state lawmaker, remembered as a fighter, advocate for 'the little guy' » MassLive

Local Government

Newton council approves resolution calling for Trump probe » Boston Globe The City Council voted Monday night for a resolution that urged a congressional investigation of President Trump.…

Newton To Vote On Trump Impeachment Investigation Resolution » Beacon Hill Patch Tonight, on the steps of City Hall a number of Newton residents will once again rally in an effort to impress upon city councilors to vote to pass a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation…

State Sen. O'Connor says open dialog key to good government » Wicked Local Weymouth Ask most constituents about their perception of the current political atmosphere, and many will tell you partisan politics is tearing the entire country down the middle.…

Walsh campaign touts new neighborhood plan, summer jobs » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh — still smarting from criticism from challenger Tito Jackson over a spike in shootings — is using the power of his office to tout programs that give thousands of jo…

Falmouth won't appeal order to shut down wind turbines » Cape Cod Times The Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted Monday night not to appeal a judge's decision ordering the shutdown of the town's two massive wind turbines.…

Marijuana

Conferees reignite legal pot negotiations » Lowell Sun Sen. Will Brownsberger shrugged Monday when asked if marijuana legislation negotiators are working off a new deadline.…

Methuen eyes recreational marijuana moratorium » The Eagle Tribune City officials are eyeing a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments, joining a slew of municipalities throughout the state in attempting to set restrictions on the drug's sale.…

Danvers inks agreement with medical pot dispensary » The Salem News The town and Sanctuary Medicinals have come to an agreement that would provide at least $100,000 to the town in its first year, with more money coming from medicinal marijuana sales in the years that …

Lawmakers resume talks on compromise marijuana bill » Boston Herald House and Senate negotiators struck a cautious tone Monday as they resumed negotiations over legislation that would overhaul the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law.…

The Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: July 10 » The Fresh Toast Marijuana reform slowed to a crawl last week in Massachusetts and Florida. In Massachusetts, negotiations between the state House and Senate to reconcile cannabis bills were suspended. And in Florida,…

Opinion

The US is a democracy, not a family dynasty » Boston Globe The United States is a democracy, where formal power is conferred by the people, not by one's family. Qualifications and experience, and not bloodlines, are the qualities that supposedly matter in Whi…

Meet the New Independents » Boston Globe Carolyn is a Republican from Boston. In the past, she had voted enthusiastically for her party's candidates, but she voted for Donald Trump with trepidation…

Editorial: Prescription for pain » Boston Herald Getting businesses to fork over more money to help pay for health insurance for the poor — without adopting reforms that would help hold down those costs — is a puzzling solution to a ve…

PETER LUCAS: Don't bet on a Baker beach-blanket blunder like Christie's » Lowell Sun "I've got a plan for you today," I said to Gov. Charlie Baker as we rode the Statehouse elevator up to his office the other morning.…

Thank You, Massachusetts, For Protecting Our Voter Privacy » WGBH News Massachusetts said no. So did more than 44 other states. All have rejected or partially rejected the request for voter data from President Trump's newly formed Presidential Advisory Commission on Elec…

SEN. WALTER TIMILTY, Milton: Breast cancer walk uplifting » Wicked Local Malden

High speed rail goal must be kept alive (Editorial) » MassLive

Politics

In Roxbury, 13 candidates fight for a council seat - and to preserve a community » Boston Globe The irony is not lost on Malaysia Fuller-Staten. The 2o-year-old has watched opportunities dwindle for young people like her who grew up in Roxbury, even as a new crop of residents moves in.…

Mattiello criticizes fellow Democrats, but never Trump » RI Future

Public Health

Easthampton health board listens to input on 'Tobacco 21' proposal » MassLive The Board of Health listened Monday as youth advocates spoke up for new regulations that would make it harder for young adults to procure tobacco and nicotine products in the city. …

Plymouth County DA receives Opioid Grant » Wicked Local Scituate The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $2.3 million in a second round of competitive federal grants to help District Attorneys, Sheriffs and other criminal justice agencies strengthen and enhance…

Public Safety

DA declines to probe emails alleging police brutality, cover-up in Webster » Worcester Telegram The Worcester district attorney has declined to investigate the source of emails that accused a patrolman of excessive force and alleged two police supervisors tried to cover it up, Town Administrator…

State Finance

Governor Baker reviewing $40.2 billion state budget » WWLP 22 Massachusetts is more than a week into fiscal 2018, but a final budget has yet to be implemented. The state's $40.2 billion budget for fiscal 2018 is currently in the hands of Governor Charlie Baker a…

Civil legal aid getting no increase in budget » Worcester Business Journal Civil legal aid supporters say 57,000 low-income people who are eligible for assistance are turned away each year and are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker not to veto funding from an annual state budget …

Local Legislators Tout State's $40.2 Billion Budget and its Impacts on the Cape » capecod.com

National budget proposals would harm the poor; pullback in local support will make things worse » The Huffington Post

State moves to compensate lawyers for the poor » Boston Globe

Study gives Massachusetts poor ranking for fiscal health » The Salem News

State Government

AG Maura Healey files brief supporting Hawaii travel ban injunction » Boston Globe Massachusetts has joined 14 other states, and the District of Columbia, in signaling support for Hawaii's renewed challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban.…

Early registration finds little interest among up-and-coming voters » Gloucester Times Teenagers too young to vote in Massachusetts can sign up in anticipation of going to the ballot box, but few actually take part in the pre-registration program.…

Governor Baker establishes Latino government advisory commission » WWLP 22 Massachusetts now has its first Latino Advisory Commission, to offer guidance to government leaders on issues facing the state's Latino residents.…

Taxation

Letter: 'Millionaire tax' would help state address pressing issues » Gloucester Times State Rep. Brad Hill has a long letter in The Gloucester Daily Times of June 26 stating his opposition to the proposed surtax of 4 percent on the portion of personal income that exceeds $1 million ("'…

Transportation

Opposition to Seven-Story Towers Builds Up Steam » The Local News IPSWICH and ROWLEY — Concern is growing about the MBTA's proposals to build 75-foot towers along the train line.…

State Senator Not Giving Up On Rail Study Killed In State Budget » WAMC

Taconic Construction: Project On Budget » iBerkshires

Senators question why high-speed rail study was dropped from budget » The Recorder

Utilities

Baker facing mounting pressure on Weymouth gas facility » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, facing mounting political resistance to a proposed South Shore natural gas facility, said Monday that the state has limited authority to support local sentiment to block the pr…

Weymouth compressor station opponents invite Gov. Baker to site » Wicked Local Braintree Compressor station foes and Weymouth District 1 Councilor Rebecca Haugh said they would welcome a visit to the proposed compressor station site by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lawmakers to Restart Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill » US News and World Report

Baker may visit site of proposed compressor station » WWLP 22

At local stores, hope for tax holiday » Lowell Sun

WMass Lawmaker Wants Revamped Voter Registration System » New England Public Radio

Massachusetts Legislature Must Protect Pets, Consumers, Pet Stores from Cambridge City Council » New Boston Post

Leadership takes a holiday at State House (Viewpoint) » MassLive

HMOs Provided $193M In Community Benefits In 2016 » Banker & Tradesman

Amazon confirms new Boston office, plans to hire 900 » Boston Business Journal

Funding boost for low-income legal aid canceled in Mass. budget » Taunton Gazette

Baker not ruling out support for Safe Communities Act » The Salem News

Letter: 'Millionaire tax' would help state address pressing issues » The Salem News

East-West Rail Study Derailed By Massachusetts Budget Negotiators » WAMC

Riders troubled by PVTA's proposed service reductions » Gazette Net

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