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Here's the Diehl » Commonwealth Magazine Geoff Diehl made it official last night by formally announcing his Republican run against US Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Somebody pass Charlie Baker the antacids. …

SMALL BIZ GROUP DISAPPOINTED AFTER BAKER AGREES TO "TAX" » State House News Service After campaigning against higher taxes or fees, Gov. Charlie Baker is taking some heat Wednesday for agreeing to $200 million in new temporary health care charges on Massachusetts employers. …

CAPE WIND'S GORDON VOWS TO "MOVE IT FORWARD" AS BOEM WEIGHS LEASE » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 2, 2017.....Facing opposition from lawmakers, fishermen, local officials, residents and environmental groups, the long-discussed Cape Wind Energy Project appears poised to se…

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Optics of Relatable Style » New York Times In an administration where image has its own equity, the new press secretary is giving the West Wing a different look.…

A CRUCIAL NEW SITE TRACKS ATTACKS ON PRESS IN THE US » WIRED While Freedom of the Press Foundation takes care of the day-to-day operations of the site, 20 different press freedom groups help support its mission, including a steering committee headed up by the C…

Zuckerberg hires former Clinton pollster Joel Benenson » Politico Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have hired Democratic pollster Joel Benenson, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama and the chief strategist to Hillary Clinton's fa…

Goldman Sachs ramps up Florida lobbying amid talk of Venezuela business ban » POLITICO Pro Goldman Sachs is expanding its political footprint in Florida as its investment ties to Venezuela - and the broader business community's connections to the troubled Latin American nation - draw increa…

The Booming Wind Energy Industry Might Finally Break Its Massachusetts Hex » The Huffington Post If the Bay State regulators give Deepwater Wind their blessing to build a massive wind farm in the waters between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the burgeoning wind industry could finally break the c…

Lawmakers reject health reforms but keep new fees » The Salem News BOSTON — Business leaders are ripping Democratic lawmakers for saddling private companies with $200 million in new health care fees without passing reforms to rein in MassHealth spending. …

The Strange Extortion Trial Pitting Teamsters Against 'Top Chef' » Vice Allegations of slashed tires, misogynistic and ethnic threats, and terrified reality TV producers—this federal case has it all. …

Quality over quantity: Lobbying expenses continue to rise, but with fewer lobbyists » OpenSecrets.org Overall spending for the first six months of 2017 amounts to $1.66 billion — the highest it has been since the first half of 2012, which was followed by a roughly $50 million drop in 2013. …

“Unfortunately, he can introduce these things, it doesn’t mean legislators are going to listen to him,”

Jon Hurst: President of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts

On the chances of the Governor's sales tax holiday bill passing

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Business

Baker files sales tax holiday bill » Gloucester Times If Gov. Charlie Baker's sales tax holiday bill becomes law, Massachusetts consumers seeking that new washer, dryer or mattress could avoid having to pay the tax for the first time in two years. Baker …

Patent Trolls Are Trolling Startups In Massachusetts — And We Need To Change That » The Huffington Post In a recent episode of the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” Richard Hendricks is getting his tech startup off the ground when he comes face to face with a patent troll: an unscrupulous lawyer …

State agricultural chief visits Berkshires, praising local farms and Berkshire Grown » Berkshire Eagle Brattle Farm on Williams Street is located on the site of Pittsfield's first house, built in 1762 by William Brattle, one of the city's founding fathers.…

Will Brave Lines For Work: About 400 Apply In Person At Amazon's Fall River Warehouse » WBUR About 400 people filled out applications at Amazon's Fall River warehouse Wednesday as part of a national hiring spree. …

Seaport developers need to comply with the law and partner with the public » Boston Globe Developers are pouring into the Boston Harbor waterfront and who can blame them: The water is clean and beautiful, and condos and office suites are going for millions. But in the rush to build, develo…

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day » Berkshire Record

Education

English-learner instruction act clears Senate » Bay State Banner English language education may soon become more tailored to individual students' backgrounds and needs. State legislators voted to undo a 15-year-old ballot measure that banned bilingual education in …

Sen. Pat Jehlen passes LOOK Bill » Wicked Local Winchester Sen. Pat Jehlen, who represents Winchester and Cambridge, and her colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOO…

Advocates call for bill to increase state education aid, fix cost estimates » Bay State Banner Legislators are trying once again to update decades-old foundation budget …

For Now, Federal Moves On Affirmative Action Center On Harvard » WBUR In higher education as elsewhere, the new Trump administration has hinted at more change than it has brought so far. …

Senator Anne Gobi visits Turn Back Time » The Landmark

Environment

Mass. Top Court Can Handle Exxon Climate Fight, AG Says » Law360 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision to a fast-track consideration of whether state Attorney General Maura Healey's climate change investigation of Exxon Mobil Corp. is warranted…

'Listening session' provides no clear path to resolving state dredging issues » South Coast Today As many as 150 people from across southern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands packed into a Town Hall meeting room Wednesday afternoon…

Health Care

Benson bill would ease strain on spouses working as caregivers » Sentinel & Enterprise A bill has been filed on Beacon Hill that would lighten the financial strain on spouses who serve as in-home caregiver to a husband or wife who receives MassHealth benefits. The bill was introduced by…

Aging masses spark interest in home care » Berkshire Eagle Home care aides work closely some of the state's most vulnerable people -- the elderly and the disabled. But those workers often leave the field after several years to find better paying jobs, and som…

Poll: Most Mass. voters back abortion funding » Sentinel & Enterprise More than three-quarters of Massachusetts voters favor candidates who support Planned Parenthood, and two-thirds support government funding to help low-income individuals access abortion services, acc…

Housing

Lawmaker reacts to 5 Investigates' report on DCF strip search » WCVB A state lawmaker, along with a dozen or so foster families and others involved the state's child welfare system are outraged after seeing the treatment given to a loving foster family.…

Human Services

Policymakers, Advocates Continue Fight for Funding of LGBTQ Youth Programs and services » The Rainbow Times Senator Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and Representative Sarah Peake, D-Barnstable, have launched a congressional signature campaign, addressed to Senate President Stan Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, S…

Gathering eyes aging issues » Berkshire Eagle Aging: We're all going through it, but how much thought do we actually give to the process of growing older?…

Immigration

Massachusetts Immigration Bill Would Stiffen Enforcement » NewsMax A Massachusetts immigration bill proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday would allow police and courts to hold people facing deportation orders in custody for extra time to allow them to be turned o…

Baker files bill to allow Mass. cops to honor certain ICE detainers » Appsforpcdaily.com At a news conference packed with sheriffs in cowboy hats, Homan praised President Donald Trump for taking "handcuffs" off ICE agents: "The days of turning our head the other way are over".…

Charlie Baker files bill allowing for ICE detainers, setting up showdown at State House » Boston Herald A week after a blockbuster ruling from the state's highest court, Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to change state law to allow state police to hold illegal immigrants on ICE detainers in some cases.…

Local Government

This defunct dry dock could be the city's next great park » Boston Globe Few Bostonians — except maybe some sea gulls — get to revel in the views from Dry Dock No. 4.…

City Plots A Series Of Defenses For East Boston's Coast » WBUR Sea level rise isn't the first worry on the mind of Dolores Rivas — more like the sixth or seventh. But living in a housing development near the water in East Boston, the specter of flooded cit…

Marijuana

Compromise marijuana bill allows Island-specific regulations » Martha's Vineyard Times Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the compromise version of the 2016 marijuana bill into law on Friday, allowing for a tax hike from 12 percent to 20 percent on retail marijuana since the ba…

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure » The Recorder The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end o…

Recreational marijuana oversight board gets five new members » Boston Business Journal Five more people have been chosen to oversee the state's budding recreational marijuana business, with Attorney General Maura Healey making appointments to one of the oversight boards.…

Weymouth council to decide retail marijuana sales » Wicked Local Weymouth Retail marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts July 2018 under legislation approved by Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday and it's up to Weymouth councilors to decide whether to allow commercial cannabi…

Opinion

Letters: Dark political tactics have no place in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle I recently received a glossy flyer in the mail that purported to cite Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's record concerning funding for her local office and legislators' salaries. It accuses her of voting to…

Politics

Mitchell (possible Lt. Gov. candidate?) for fourth term casts himself as professional executive » South Coast Today He said he hasn't talked about a potential 2018 run for lieutenant governor along with Newton Mayor Setti Warren. But he didn't rule it out and there's some talk around the city about it. A ticket of…

Toohey joins state rep race » The Haverhill Gazette There are now three candidates running in the special election to fill the seat being vacated by longtime state Rep. Brian Dempsey. …

Diehl launches campaign with shot at Warren » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Geoff Diehl opened his campaign for U.S. Senate in Attleboro Wednesday by accusing incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren of being a part-time legislator.…

Public Health

As I See It: Closing MassHealth gap in oral health coverage » Worcester Telegram First as a representative and later as the senator for the First Worcester District, one of my priorities has always been to make sure that people have access to the health care they need and deserve.…

Public Safety

Bill aims to protect disabled from abusive caretakers » The Eagle Tribune House Bill H.80, filed by Campbell and state Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, who filed a similar bill in the Senate, would establish a registry of caretakers who have been found to have abused a perso…

Somerville Resident Named Head Of AG's Child Protection Unit » Beacon Hill Patch Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday named Somerville resident Abigail Taylor director of her office's Child and Youth Protection Unit. Taylor has served as an assistant attorney general in the …

State Government

Minimum wage increase and paid leave proposed for 2018 ballot » WWLP 22 News You could get to decide whether Massachusetts should increase the minimum wage and require paid family and medical leave if these issues make it onto the 2018 ballot. Raise Up Massachusetts is pushing…

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0 » Boston Globe Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0. …

Dozens of ballot questions proposing new laws filed by activists » WCVB Activists pushing a range of issues - from ending all tolls on Massachusetts roads to requiring that presidential candidates disclose six years of their tax returns in order to get on the Massachusett…

Spurred by President Donald Trump, West Springfield man files ballot question requiring White House hopefuls to disclose taxes » Mass Live

Taxation

Baker proposing tax free weekend August 19-20 » WWLP 22 News It is August- the time of year when Massachusetts customarily offers a sales tax holiday, designed to boost sales at retail stores statewide. So far, however, the Legislature has not voted on a tax ho…

Baker makes late pitch for summer sales tax break » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker is making a last-ditch effort to put a sales tax holiday on the summer calendar.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes August 19-20 sales tax holiday » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing to designate the weekend of August 19 as the sales tax holiday for 2017.…

State sales tax holiday up in the air » The Salem News If Gov. Charlie Baker's sales tax holiday bill becomes law, Massachusetts consumers seeking that new washer, dryer or mattress could avoid having to pay the tax for the first time in two years.…

Legislative Leaders Balk At Baker's Sales Tax Holiday Proposal » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker's last-minute attempt to offer shoppers and retailers an August sales tax holiday isn't going over well with legislative leaders. …

Governor Baker seeks sales tax holiday » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker is mounting a late bid to return the popular sales tax holiday this year, formally asking lawmakers who have already begun their summer break to approve a proposal to hold the tax-f…

Will Massachusetts have a sales tax holiday this year? » WWLP 22 News Chances for summer savings with a sales tax holiday this month are looking slim. The legislature has not approved a tax-free weekend for August.…

Baker Makes Late Pitch for Summer Sales Tax Break » Cape Cod Online

Transportation

MBTA parking management company to pay $5.6 million in settlement » The Metro West Daily News A state contractor responsible for collecting fees at MBTA parking lots will repay the state $5.6 million as part of a settlement that resolves allegations it failed to prevent its employees from stea…

Final decision on rail pilot delayed » The Sun Chronicle

Utilities

Berkshire Residents, Lawmakers Renew Call For DPU To Reject Eversource's Proposed Rate Hike » WAMC Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers made it very clear at the state Department of Public Utilities' public hearing Tuesday night in Pittsfield: Eversource's proposed rate hike will not fly. …

STEPHEN DODGE: Weymouth compressor safe and necessary » The Enterprise

Feds set to release Cape Wind impact statement » The Recorder

Cape officials criticize proposed utility rate increase » Cape Cod Times

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