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SCACCIA ON BAKER: "AT LEAST HE'S TRIED" » State House News Service Rep. Angelo Scaccia has argued openly for raising taxes. Gov. Charlie Baker likes to say the state must live within its current means. …

MINIMUM WAGE, PAID LEAVE LAWS EYED BY POWERFUL COALITION » State House News Service [Story Developing] initiative petition process to get an earned sick time law on the books in 2014 is now looking to pair its proposed income tax increase on high earners with proposed laws guaranteei…

LOWER SALES AND PRIZE PAYOUTS, BUT RECORD PROFIT AT MASS. LOTTERY » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 31, 2017.....The Massachusetts Lottery surpassed the $1 billion mark in net profits for the first time in its history, raking in $1.035 billion in fiscal 2017 despite declini…

Boston school's nursing program gets warning from state » Boston Globe The nursing program at MCPHS University in Boston was given a formal warning from the state after students' sagging scores on the nursing licensure exam triggered a review that uncovered larger proble…

'Top Chef' extortion trial set to begin » Boston Globe The federal trial of four Teamsters accused of using strong-arm tactics against a “Top Chef” production team began Monday with the selection of 12 jurors, who will be asked to decide wheth…

Democrats snub new party message » Politico The national party remains far from consensus on a unified message — Democrats can't even agree on whether the party needs one. …

Obama's Inner Circle Is Urging Deval Patrick to Run » Politico BOSTON—Barack Obama is nudging him to run. His inner circle is actively encouraging it. Obamaworld's clear and away 2020 favorite is sitting right here, on the 38th floor of the John Hancock Bu…

In Trump era, lobbyists boldly take credit for writing a bill to protect their industry » The Washington Post For two years, lobbyists for doctors and their insurers met regularly around a conference table a few blocks from the Capitol to draft an overhaul of the nation's medical malpractice laws. The resulti…

Locals Remember John Kelly Before He Was White House Chief Of Staff » WGBH News William Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, grew up alongside the young John Kelly, whose father was a postal worker in Brighton. The boys shared a daily commute from Boston to high s…

To get things done, Senate needs to find common ground » Boston Globe Last week's vote in the US Senate on the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act was as dramatic and tension-filled as any in years. Not only was health care for millions on the line, b…

Berkshire Women's Political Caucus set to hold 1st North Berkshire meeting » Berkshire Eagle A growing movement in the Berkshires, sprouting in the wake of last November's presidential election, is encouraging women to run for office locally and statewide. …

Boston's human services chief Felix G. Arroyo placed on paid leave » Boston Globe Boston's chief of human services, former city councilor and mayoral candidate Felix G. Arroyo, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. …

“I’m trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I’m a patriot first. It’s way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020,”

Deval Patrick

Speaking about running for president.

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Business

Tower Wins In Brief Beacon Hill Battle Over Shadow Law » WBUR Legislation that may literally lead to a new shadow being cast over the State House while also facilitating construction of a valuable high-rise building in Winthrop Square has been signed into law by…

Crimes

Employees at LAZ, MBTA parking lot manager, 'skimmed millions' in cash, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican Employees at LAZ Parking Limited, a parking lot management contractor, "skimmed millions of dollars in cash" from MBTA commuter parking facilities in Greater Boston, Massachusetts Attorney General Mau…

Sex, shame, violence, control: How people become goods » Wicked Local Brookline EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories exploring human trafficking in Massachusetts. The series will delve into the widespread commercial sex trade in our cities and suburbs, the onli…

Education

Mass. Senate ends English-immersion mandate » Sentinel & Enterprise Senators on Thursday adopted legislation upending a 2002 ballot law that requires English-immersion instruction for public school students, including those not yet fluent in the nation's predominant l…

Gaming

Panel's report will inform online gaming bill development » WWLP 22 News The Legislature has a potential blueprint to expand legal online gaming in Massachusetts after a special commission finalized its report Monday over objections from some on the panel that the recommen…

Mass. moves to classify fantasy sports as 'online gaming' — and DraftKings isn't happy » Boston Business Journal Boston-based DraftKings Inc. railed against a state commission's decision that recommends classifying daily fantasy sports under the broad umbrella of "online gaming," a gambling classification that t…

Lottery profits above $1B for the first time ever » WWLP 22 News The Massachusetts State Lottery brought-in a profit of $1.035 billion in the last fiscal year, an increase over last year's $989.4 million, which was the previous record. In a news release sent to 22N…

State has blueprint to expand legal online gaming » South Coast Today The Legislature has a potential blueprint to expand legal online gaming in Massachusetts after a special commission finalized its report Monday over objections from some on the panel that the recommen…

Fantasy sports advocates oppose online gaming report » Boston Herald Daily fantasy sports ­advocates are balking at a special state legislative panel report that recommends a definition of online gaming that includes their industry, saying it has the potential to st…

Massachusetts special commission's report will inform online gaming bill development » The Republican The Legislature has a potential blueprint to expand legal online gaming in Massachusetts after a special commission finalized its report Monday over objections from some on the panel that the recommen…

State Panel Says Daily Fantasy Sports Should Be Considered Gambling » WBUR When you play fantasy sports, is it a game of skill or a game of luck? That's a key question in the debate over whether daily fantasy sports should be considered gambling.…

Massachusetts Commission Split Over Best Path Forward For Online Gambling, Daily Fantasy Sports » Online Poker Report

Housing

Fall River housing issues head to council chambers » The Herald News It's been two years since the City Council directed corporation counsel to take a deep look into the city's ordinances that address empty, blighted and abandoned properties and Tuesday the Committee …

Labor

Group looking to raise Mass. minimum wage to $15 » Worcester Business Journal The left-leaning coalition that used used the initiative petition process to get an earned sick time law on the books in 2014 is now looking to pair its proposed income tax increase on high earners wi…

Group launches ballot push for $15 wage, paid medical leave » The Herald News The coalition that successfully pushed for an increase in the minimum wage and led a 2014 ballot initiative guaranteeing workers earned sick time announced on Monday the launch of a campaign to put tw…

$15 Minimum Wage And Paid Leave Questions Proposed For 2018 Mass. Ballot » WBUR Proposed questions being offered for next year's state ballot would gradually raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $15 an hour and require that workers have access to paid family and medical lea…

Gov. Baker signs pregnant worker protection legislation » Wicked Local Beverly Gov. Charlie Baker signed H. 3680, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill to extend protections to pregnant workers in the Commonwealth. …

Local Government

JP's Poff Named Boston's Director of Community Preservation Committee » Jamaica Plain News The newly established committee will lead Boston's use of funds provided by the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Last November Boston voters approved the adoption of Massachusetts CPS, which will gen…

Sen. Jamie Eldridge secures restoration for Boxborough farm » Wicked Local Acton State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, and State Rep. Jennifer Benson secured $50,000 for restoration of the Levi Weatherbee Farm in Boxborough in the Massachusetts State Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.…

WNBP staff members say goodbye to listeners » The Daily News of Newburyport Longtime WNBP radio personality Win Damon went on the air Monday morning to deliver the final installment of “Win's World,” and to say goodbye to his listeners, marking the end of an era f…

Donoghue's community benefits bill hits snag with Gov.; Baker » The Lowell Sun Backers of legislation allowing property owners to group together into community benefit districts to obtain extra services thought they'd found a way to allay Gov. Charlie Baker's concerns. …

Marijuana

In the state of the Puritans, chance to buy pot legally moves ahead » USA TODAY Marijuana entrepreneur Jaime Lewis breathed a sigh of relief at the red tape, delays and legislative infighting as Massachusetts lawmakers fiddled with the state's cannabis legalization plan.…

Opinion

The Narcan debate is a legitimate one -- and should continue » Sentinel & Enterprise The overdose-reversing drug Narcan saves lives. It's a good thing. But it's use on addicts is raising questions nationwide as to its effectiveness in combating an opioid epidemic that continues to spr…

Letter: Grateful for support of after-school initiatives » The Salem News As the executive director and cofounder of the nonprofit For Kids Only Afterschool, I wish to express my deep gratitude to our community's legislative leaders for putting children and child care as a …

Politics

U.S. Senate candidate to visit Lawrence Aug. 10 » The Eagle Tribune Many Democrats have voiced their enthusiasm about U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., running for president in 2020. Before she can go after Trump's job, however, she needs to win re-election to the …

Public Health

Flag status: Half-staff Wednesday for Pearl Harbor Navy man » The Inquirer and Mirror Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset Wednesday, Aug. 2 from sunr…

Baker signs extension for simulcast betting at Raynham, East Boston and Plainridge Park » The Enterprise Wagering on horse and dog races simulcast from other racetracks may continue for another year at off-track betting facilities in East Boston and Raynham and in Plainville where standardbred races at P…

It's not enough merely to offer addiction treatment » Boston Globe The article “New opioid prevention law falls short” (Page A1, July 24) sheds light on a fundamental misunderstanding of the disease of opiate addiction. This disease instructs the host to …

As The Opium Trade Boomed In The 1800s, Boston Doctors Raised Addiction Concerns » WBUR In the early 1800s, many Boston merchants became millionaires in part by selling opium illegally in China. The profits funded Boston-area schools, libraries, hospitals and early ventures into the indu…

Public Safety

White House says Trump was kidding about police mistreating suspects, but cops say 'it doesn't matter if he was joking' » The Washington Post Law enforcement officials continue to sharply criticize President Trump for his comments last week suggesting that officers should not “be too nice” with suspects in police custody. …

Taxation

Raise Up Massachusetts aiming to load up ballot » The Sentinel & Enterprise The left-leaning coalition that used the initiative petition process to get an earned sick time law on the books in 2014 is now looking to load up the 2018 ballot with three proposals: an income surta…

Transportation

MBTA continues monopole ban in response to furor » The Salem News The MBTA has extended a moratorium on its Wi-Fi project for another two weeks while the transit agency continues a review of the controversial contract that has caused a furor in communities along com…

Day 1 of Pikeocalypse wasn't as bad as expected. What does today hold? » Boston Globe Jennifer Pline left her home in Wellesley two hours early on Monday, prepared for the worst. But her drive to her office in downtown Boston took only 50 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than usual, an…

Town Officials Make Pitch To MBTA Board For Foxborough Commuter Rail Pilot » Peabody Patch There's no decision yet on whether the proposed Foxborough Commuter Rail pilot program will go forward, but after Monday, it's clear who is in support and who is against the project.…

MBTA board hears Foxboro train plan » The Sun Chronicle About 40 people for and against the proposed commuter rail pilot program for Foxboro made their cases in front of the MBTA's financial board Monday but a decision was delayed.…

Utilities

Department of Public Utilities considers electricity rate increases » WWLP 22 News

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program » iBerkshires

MA governor signs revamped bill on recreational marijuana use in the state » Blasting News

Seeing Openings On The City Council, A Large Field Of Candidates Assemble In Springfield » WAMC

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- A MassHealth message from Democrats » Wicked Local Sherborn

Senator Jeanne Shaheen : The Global Gag Rule Isn't 'Pro-Life'—It's Lethal » Broadly

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