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HOUSE REFERRAL UNFAVORABLE FOR BAKER'S TAX HOLIDAY BILL » State House News Service Democratic legislative leaders responded without enthusiasm Wednesday to Gov. Charlie Baker's call for a sales tax holiday this month and on Thursday the House sent the governor's bill to a committee …

Fewer Immigrants Mean More Jobs? Not So, Economists Say » New York Times Highly educated immigrants are good for the economy, but so are less skilled workers, economists say.…

Pushing the reset button on health care » Boston Globe Like me, many Americans breathed a deep sigh of relief in late July to hear courageous US senators say, at last, “enough is enough” on the latest effort to fix America's health care system…

'Top Chef' crew say their tires were slashed after clashing with Teamsters » Boston Globe After facing off with angry Teamsters in front of a Milton restaurant, a crew member on the “Top Chef” television show said he found the tires of vans and other vehicles slashed, according…

U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Cos. Over Investment-For-Visa Program » The Wall Street Journal Kushner Cos., the New York property development business owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has been subpoenaed by New York federal prosecutors regarding its use of an in…

Schwarzenegger unveils initiative to tweak Trump on climate » Politico Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, flexing his muscles in an effort to counter President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, will unveil an ambitious new national effor…

My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump » Politico We created him, and now we're rationalizing him. When will it stop? …

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK's Murder » Politico Newly released documents from long-secret Kennedy assassination files raise startling questions about what top agency officials knew and when they knew it. …

Wind power charging up » Boston Herald Energy companies have filed dozens of proposals to provide Massachusetts utilities with clean energy, including an offshore wind farm that uses Tesla batteries to store extra energy, as renewable ener…

Minuteman Health placed under state control » Boston Business Journal The state's top insurance regulator has been placed in control of Minuteman Health, after the Massachusetts and New Hampshire insurer's level of cash reserves fell below state requirements. …

“The President is wrong,” said Gov. Chris Sununu, R-Newfields. “It’s disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer.”

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

Commenting after President Donald Trump referred to New Hampshire as a "drug infested den".

News By Category
Beltway Politics

U.S. governors urge Trump to make insurance payments » Reuters Democratic and Republican U.S. governors on Wednesday urged the Trump administration, as well as Congress, to continue funding payments to health insurance companies that make Obamacare plans affordab…

Business

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0 » Boston Globe Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0. The state's convention hall operator took its first official step Wednesday to revisit the expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center by iss…

Changes in convention center plans reflect broader industry shift » Boston Globe Under its previous leader, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center would have ballooned in size, emphasizing much more exhibit space to accommodate the industry's largest trade shows.…

Berkshire's Manufacturing Sector Wants To Attract A Skilled Workforce » WAMC

Crimes

Michelle Carter receives 15 months in jail; will remain free pending appeal » Boston Globe Michelle Carter was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for pressuring 18-year-old Conrad Roy III into taking his own life, but she was allowed to remain free during the appeal of her conviction i…

Clerk's past eyed in RMV fake ID case » Boston Herald The RMV clerk accused of heading a scheme to issue fake IDs to illegal immigrants had two different IDs herself and lied about her frequency of foreign travel — prompting prosecutors to questio…

Education

English learning bills for Mass. schools sent to committee » Worcester Telegram The two co-chairwomen of the Education Committee will lead House-Senate negotiations on legislation to overhaul the education of non-native English speakers in Massachusetts public schools.…

Stakeholders set aside differences to push for reforms » Leominster Champion A wide array of education leaders from across Massachusetts gathered at the State House Tuesday, July 25 to testify in favor of Foundation Budget reforms before the Joint Committee on Education.…

The majority of Harvard's incoming class is nonwhite » Boston Globe For the first time in Harvard University's history, the majority of students accepted into the incoming freshman class are not white, a milestone for an institution that prides itself on educating fut…

Local student testifies at Statehouse hearing on dyslexia » Andover Townsman

Environment

Concerns about hurricanes, floods persist for Weymouth compressor » Wicked Local Braintree The peak of the hurricane season in Massachusetts is late August through mid-September and a project coordinator with the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management says portions of a proposed compressor s…

Garden payment settlement comes up short » Boston Globe Jeremy Jacobs should live up to the language of the 1993 law that gave him the go-ahead to build a new Boston Garden — and Governor Charlie Baker should work harder at holding him to it.…

Big money is behind decarbonization. We don't need politicians » Boston Globe The world is moving to a low-carbon energy system built on wind, hydro, solar, and other zero-carbon sources and the electrification of transport, heating, and industry.…

Federal

Mueller using grand jury in federal court as part of Russia probe » Boston Globe Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia's attempts to disrupt last year's presidential election, has issued subpoenas from a Washington-based grand jury in recent weeks, accord…

Gaming

Editorial: Securing Daily Fantasy Sports – At last, a state recommendation on overseeing systems security for fantasy sports gaming » Worcester Telegram Contrary to how other states handle matters, Massachusetts regulations over Daily Fantasy Sports gaming don't provide any state oversight to ensure the games are honest, including protections against …

Lawbreakers or just really lucky? Mass. has more repeat lottery winners than any other state » Boston Globe Over the last six years, four members of the Jaafar family of Watertown have cashed in more than 7,000 winning lottery tickets and collected a cool $11 million. Statistics suggest it's nearly impossib…

Health Care

Weymouth couple calls for registry of caretakers who abuse disabled » Patriot Ledger A Weymouth couple are calling on lawmakers to create a registry of caretakers who have abused people with disabilities.…

Warren scores a win on bill to make hearing aids cheaper, easier to buy » Boston Globe The Senate voted 94 to 1 to pass a broad Food and Drug Administration bill that contained a measure written by the Massachusetts Democrat to allow consumers to purchase hearing aids without going thro…

Human Services

Berkshire Elders May Not Be Aging Gracefully, Community Says » WAMC Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers are calling on state leaders to strengthen elder services in Berkshire County, where about half of the population is over the age of 65. …

Immigration

Editorial: 'Disheartening' to pull grants from sanctuary cities » Amherst Bulletin Donald Trump may not always be a fan of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but the president can't complain about Sessions' commitment to advancing the cruel and misguided war on immigrants.…

Protestors seek release of MIT janitor detained by immigration authorities » Boston Globe Francisco Rodriguez was not allowed to be with his wife Monday as she gave birth to their son, Josue Mateo Rodriguez, during an emergency delivery in at a Boston hospital.…

Activists press Gov. Baker on cooperation with U.S. Immigration » Bay State Banner Immigrant activists clashed with prominent Republicans last week after state lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker announced a proposal that would allow local law enforcement to detain immigrants on behalf…

Baker, Warren not far apart on ICE detainers » Commonwealth Magazine NEWTON MAYOR SETTI WARREN unleashed a blistering attack on Gov. Charlie Baker this week in response to the governor's filing of legislation that would allow police, in some cases, to detain someone al…

Labor

Massachusetts Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing » Lexology Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the Act) on July 27, 2017. The Act amends the Massachusetts anti-discrimination statute, Massachusetts…

Legislature passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act » Wicked Local Cambridge State Sen. Pat Jehlen, D-2nd Middlesex District, and her colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature recently passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which guarantees reasonable accommodations and s…

Local Government

Legislators advise Hampshire Council of Governments to sell historic Northampton courthouse » Mass Live Area legislators earlier this year suggested the Hampshire Council of Governments sell its headquarters, the historic courthouse at 99 Main St. Despite the organization's ongoing financial problems, a…

What questions could be on the 2018 ballot? » WWLP 22 News Nearly 20 groups filed more than two dozen petitions for the 2018 and 2020 ballots on Wednesday, the deadline to file such petitions for next year's ballot.…

Cusack responds to complaints from town councilors » Wicked Local Braintree State Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree, responded to complaints Wednesday night logged against his office by town councilors at Tuesday night's sub-committee meeting on rules and ordinances.…

Marijuana

Baker misses unimportant pot deadline — but that might be important » Boston Globe During the Legislature's contentious rewrite of the recreational marijuana ballot initiative, Governor Charlie Baker was political Switzerland, hunkering down behind a mountain range of say-nothing st…

Mass. marijuana panel starts on regulatory structure » Worcester Telegram 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 of the week whe…

Opinion

Editorial: Baker's only option » Boston Herald Let's face it, Democratic lawmakers on Beacon Hill took the Wimpy approach to Gov. Charlie Baker's recent proposal to rein in the cost of providing health insurance to the poor in Massachusetts. They …

Preserve state's OUI serving data » Boston Globe When a task force looking at the Commonwealth's antiquated alcohol laws unveils its preliminary report — expected next month — here's one thing that shouldn't change: the database that l…

Politics

Massachusetts Is Ground Zero in the Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party » The New Republic The headline at The Boston Globe on Wednesday was incredulous: “Could 3 people from Massachusetts really run for president?” Yet it was a question the hometown paper had to ask this week, …

Trump called New Hampshire a 'drug-infested den' » Boston Globe President Trump, in a private telephone conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto earlier this year, described New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den” and said that the stat…

Gen. John Kelly learned how to deal with civilians, but nothing like Trump » Boston Globe They learn how to shoot. How to make beds with crisp corners. How to maintain discipline within the ranks. And by the time they become generals, America's most elite military leaders also are taught t…

Public Health

Opioid Commission Urges Trump To Declare National State Of Emergency » The Fix After some delay, President Trump's opioid commission finally came out with its interim report on Monday (July 31) in which it urges the administration to "declare a national emergency" to bring atten…

Taxation

Jeffrey Sanchez brushes off Charlie Baker's call for sales tax holiday » Boston Herald The new chairman of the state House Ways and Means Committee pushed back against Gov. Charlie Baker's call for a sales tax holiday this month, pointing to uncertainty on how much money will be flowing…

Massachusetts Governor Tries Again For An August Tax Holiday » CBS Boston Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is giving an August sales tax holiday one last try…

Tarr prods colleagues to get behind tax holiday » Newburyport News As lawmakers prepare to meet today, the Senate minority leader is urging them to swiftly reach agreement and act on Gov. Charlie Baker's new bill to suspend the sales tax Aug. 19 and 20. Waiting unti…

As clock ticks, Baker mounts late bid for tax holiday » Lowell Sun 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…

Charlie Baker's tax holiday bill likely dead on arrival » Boston Herald

Baker pushes sales tax holiday, but legislative leaders aren't interested » Boston Globe Massachusetts' summer sales tax holiday got a high-profile endorsement Wednesday, when Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation to designate a tax-free weekend in August. But with House and Senate lea…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

STEPHEN DODGE: Weymouth compressor safe and necessary » The Enterprise

Final decision on rail pilot delayed » The Sun Chronicle

Senator Anne Gobi visits Turn Back Time » The Landmark

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day » Berkshire Record

Feds set to release Cape Wind impact statement » The Recorder

Cape officials criticize proposed utility rate increase » Cape Cod Times

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3727 - An Act directing the city of Boston police department to waive the maximum age requirement for police officers for James Anthony Verderico, Jr.

HB 3734 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for David Senatillaka, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 3822 - An Act relative to employer contributions to health care

SB 2111 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for David Banks of 17 Turner Drive of Randolph, a court officer of the West Roxbury District Court

HB 3799 - An Act authorizing the appointment of Sean Fountain to the position of permanent intermittent police officer of the police department of the city of Methuen

HB 3720 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Justin Michael Rizzo, an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

HB 1697 - An Act establishing the first week in August as Ice Bucket Challenge Week

SB 1152 - An Act authorizing the town of Wareham to lease certain land

Most read bills of the week:

HB3828 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with his reduction or disapproval of certain items and sections for the fiscal year 2018 annual appropriation act

HB3818 - An Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

HB3822 - An Act relative to employer contributions to health care

HB3869 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB72 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.

SB2135 - An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals

HB3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

House Actions This Week: 143

Senate Actions This Week: 109


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