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10:00am 2017 Disability Summit, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House

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Must-Reads

In hot market, hill eyes housing bond to address affordability » State House News Service A long-term borrowing bill that will likely top $1 billion is emerging as a priority for affordable housing advocates, key lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Hospital association names Steve Walsh as its next president » State House News Service The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association on Thursday tapped former state Rep. Steven Walsh as its next president and CEO, succeeding the retiring Lynn Nicholas.…

Surprisingly, some feminist lawyers side with Trump and DeVos on campus assault policy » Boston Globe When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week announced plans to revise the nation's guidelines on campus sexual assault, the predictable din of outrage drowned out the applause from some unlikely co…

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach 'Jew Haters' » ProPublica Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. …

Booker Tacks Toward Democratic Party's Base » Roll Call Liberals eye New Jersey senator warily over ties to Wall Street and drug companies …

$2 million to pro-charter campaign — then Baker KO's hotel project near donor's office » Boston Globe Hostetter's donations were made at a time he and others were lobbying the Baker administration to block the construction of a hotel next to his harborside office. …

Mayor Setti Warren set to receive progressive endorsement in 2018 governor's race » The Republican Democracy for America-Massachusetts plans to announce its choice of Warren as the Democratic Party's nominee to take on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Told You So » Commentary We tried to warn you. We sifted through the rhetoric, dissected the policy pronouncements, and took Donald Trump far more seriously than he took himself. Especially when it came to then-candidate Trum…

Ex-Patrick lawyer to defend millionaire's tax if business groups sue » Boston Business Journal Sugarman Rogers Barshak & Cohen -- including Kate Cook, the former chief lawyer for Gov. Deval Patrick – has been hired by proponents of the millionaire's tax to defend the controversial refere…

DeLeo backs 161-acre Suffolk Downs as site for Amazon's HQ2 » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has publicly backed Suffolk Downs, a 161-acre site in Revere and East Boston, as a potential home for Amazon.com Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AMZN) proposed $5 billion seco…

“Our job is to get Amazon excited about Massachusetts, and one of the exciting things about Massachusetts is the diversity of assets we have here,” Ash said. “The diversity includes sites. It includes talent. It includes ecosystems. And so it would be presumptuous of us to assume that we could predict what Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon wants in a particular site.”

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash

Speaking about Massachusetts being the location of Amazon's second headquarters.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump and Democrats are doing deals, and Washington can't figure it out » Boston Globe President Trump has worn a lot of hats in his life. The real estate magnate. The reality TV star. The right-winger. The outsider. Now he's trying something new: The bipartisan president.…

Business

Weymouth condo building under construction is the latest to be hit by blaze » Boston Globe For the third time in less than three months, a housing development under construction in Greater Boston has been destroyed by fire, raising fresh concerns about the safety of wood-frame buildings tha…

In the Berkshires, locals struggle as tourism booms » Boston Globe The sound of mournful oboes floated across the manicured lawn on a recent misty night, mixing with trilling cicadas as darkness settled over Tanglewood. …

Rotman's chairman chosen for state retail task force » Worcester Business Journal The chairman of Worcester retailer Rotman's Furniture will joined 10 other retail officials throughout the state on a special Massachusetts Legislature retail task force.…

Illness forces Ferrell-Jones to resign as head of Boston's YWCA » Boston Globe YW Boston chief executive Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, one of the city's best-known nonprofit leaders, has stepped down from her job to focus on her fight with cancer.…

$50 million donation is Boston Foundation's biggest ever » Boston Globe The Boston Foundation will soon be the recipient of the largest charitable donation in its 102-year history — even more valuable than the cruise ship it was once given.…

Bandwagon grows for Amazon » Boston Herald As local and state officials begin to put together bids in an attempt to entice Amazon to Massachusetts, business and tech leaders are warming up the same lobbying machine that helped lure General Ele…

Working together critical for Mass. » Lowell Sun Massachusetts is No. 1, according to U.S. News and World Report.…

20 People Now Own As Much Wealth as Half of All Americans » The Nation The US is caught in a vicious cycle, with rising political inequality driving an ever-rising concentration of wealth at the top. …

Zanni: Methuen May Offer Its Own Amazon HQ Proposal » WHAV Methuen has rejected a call to join a coalition of local communities working to bring to the area Amazon's second national headquarters. Instead, the city is considering offering its own plan to the r…

In bid for Amazon HQ, there's more to Mass. than Boston » Boston Globe Amazon just launched a fierce nationwide competition to be home to its next big headquarters.…

Despite gains in Massachusetts, poverty still a reality for 686,000 residents » The Salem News With the state moving toward major decisions over wages, income taxation and health care spending, new data published by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday shows Massachusetts to be a state with declinin…

Cybersecurity growth center to coordinate jobs training, business development in Massachusetts » StateScoop A new cybersecurity training center led by state government is opening in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday at the state's first-ever Cybersecurity Forum.…

These new firms are putting a kinder, gentler face on venture capital » Boston Business Journal There's a new crop of small venture capital firms in Boston, and while several of them are led by familiar faces from large, traditional firms, they are determined to do things differently this time a…

Springfield City Council candidate Jesse Lederman: Why not Springfield for Amazon's second headquarters? » MassLive

Civil Rights

No fly zone: City Hall refuses to raise Christian flag » Boston Herald A Christian group is threatening legal action if the Walsh administration doesn't allow a religious flag to be raised on City Hall Plaza — the same spot they say where banners from “commu…

Education

Former MCLA President Mary Grant to head Edward M. Kennedy Institute » Berkshire Eagle After working for nearly three decades in public higher education, former MCLA President Mary K. Grant is hanging up her cap on this part of her career and taking on a new challenge.…

UMass Building Authority: Limiting legislation 'detriment to students, families' » Dorchester Reporter The UMass Building Authority responded forcefully against proposed legislation to hem in the university's development arm, a portion of which went to a hearing at the State House on Tuesday. Just thre…

Charter school lands in controversy again — this time over music » Boston Globe It is a rah-rah ritual: Team captains make a playlist of songs — usually hip-hop or Top 40 — to pump over the loudspeakers before home games at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in M…

Harvard Kennedy School rescinds invite for Chelsea Manning to serve as visiting fellow » Boston Globe The Harvard Kennedy School is withdrawing its invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow, just one day after former acting CIA director Michael Morell resigned from his position of s…

Environment

Cleared by State, Eversource Moves Ahead on Herbicide Spraying » Vineyard Gazette Herbicide spraying on West Chop and near the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road could begin as early as Friday, after the state pesticide board voted last week not to consider a one-year moratorium on spra…

Health Care

Among Democrats, support growing for single-payer health care » The Republican Running for office in 2012, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not want to talk about single-payer health care.…

Advocates protest Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed cut to MassHealth transportation benefit » The Republican National and local advocacy groups representing people with various diseases and disabilities are urging the federal government to reject Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's request to eliminate a tran…

Warren, Capito push for partial fill prescription option » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito want major players in the battle against the nation's opioid epidemic to consider promoting and analyzing “p…

Joe Kennedy Supports Single-Payer, But Only In Theory » WGBH News Rep. Joe Kennedy III is hesitant to join the over 100 Democrats throwing their support behind two single-payer healthcare bills picking up momentum in Washington, though he agrees with the single-paye…

Housing

Reverse mortgage has advantages for some seniors » Houston Chronicle The fully paid mortgage for a homestead can generate an immense sense of comfort and well-being for Texas homeowners. When Texas homeowners have an unpaid mortgage, there is always a concern the lende…

Immigration

Greenfield to consider protecting students from ICE agents » The Republican The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will consider recommendations for shielding the town's students from the efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.…

Ending DACA Puts Hundreds of Everett Residents in Unknown Situation » Everett Independent

Legislative

Sen. Barrett's bill likely to face legal challenge » Wicked Local Lincoln A popular proposal to require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns will likely face a legal challenge, if approved, the state's elections overseer predicted.…

Cyr Appointed to Senate Task Force on Strengthening State Local Retail » Cape Cod Online

Local Government

Chairman Scolds Commissioner During County Meeting » Cape News Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners chairman Leo G. Cakounes of Harwich admonished Commissioner Ronald R. Beaty Jr. of Barnstable during the commissioners' meeting Wednesday, September 1…

Veterans of "forgotten war" honored in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth The veterans of the Korean War or “forgotten war” will be forever remembered in Weymouth and South Korea, according to local officials who honored 32 South Shore men on Wednesday that serv…

Attleboro mayor dominates in campaign spending » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Mayor Kevin Dumas is dominating his two preliminary election opponents in campaign fundraising and spending.…

MAYORS OF THE NORTH SHORE STATE CASE FOR REGION'S NEEDS » Lynn Daily News Item Mayors of the North Shore sounded off on everything from water transportation to the opioid epidemic at Wednesday morning's State of the Region Address. …

New Bedford city councilors push for harbor dredging funding » South Coast Today Three years ago, the state earmarked $35 million for dredging in the city's harbor.…

Bike-sharing program rolled out in Worcester » Worcester Telegram The world's largest bike-sharing platform set up shop in Worcester with the unveiling of 200 bright yellow bikes Thursday - with 200 more to follow.…

Methuen employee accused of stealing 7 artifacts worth tens of thousands of dollars from city vault » The Republican An employee for the city of Methuen is facing charges for allegedly stealing seven historic artifacts worth tens of thousands of dollars from a city vault, officials said.…

Tyngsboro official indicted on larceny, money-laundering charges » Lowell Sun A Tyngsboro woman was indicted Thursday for five counts of larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Tyngsboro Finance Departm…

Marijuana

Massachusetts Pot Commissioners Reveal Whether They've Used The Drug » The Fix The commission is in charge of readying the state for retail sales of marijuana. …

P'town voters reject zoning change for pot dispensaries » Cape Cod Times Voters at Wednesday night's special town meeting got a little dazed and confused during a series of motions and reconsiderations related to where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located but ulti…

Mayor, Council Move to Ban Pot Shops » Everett Independent The Everett City Council moved quickly Monday night to refer to the Planning Board a new zoning ordinance, which if adopted, would effectively ban the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes in th…

Hudson officials say no to pot moratorium » The Metro West Daily News A handful of MetroWest communities have enacted moratoriums or bans on recreational marijuana shops, but Hudson officials will try to settle the question locally by bringing a zoning ordinance to May …

Opinion

A path forward for the Democrats: A New American Dream » Boston Globe It's only September of 2017, and we have already heard rumblings about who will be running for president in 2020. Democrats, mobilized by their disdain for President Trump, are quietly raising funds a…

Will President Trump's base tolerate a pivot on DACA? » Boston Globe If this were any other president, one might just think that, chastened by months of failure and frustration and sobered by the devastation of two hurricanes, Donald Trump wants to reset the tragicomic…

Addressing access at the T was a key Grabauskas achievement » Boston Globe Joan Venocchi's column “What's with these MBTA hires?” (Opinion, Sept. 7) briefly touches on Dan Graubauskas's legacy as MBTA general manager in consideration of his new role as executive …

Carr: Loser RINOs still win jobs from governor » Boston Herald If you're a local Republican hack with a phony-baloney state job that you want to keep, you had damn well better be in Shrewsbury tomorrow afternoon.…

Editorial: Another spending rush » Boston Herald They say “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and so while the commonwealth may be, as House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez put it Wednesday, “very close 

Viewpoint: ?Racial equity should be a year-round priority for Boston's business community » Boston Business Journal The Greater Boston business community is taking small but important steps to improve equity for those who have been historically marginalized. Recent events call for much larger strides.…

Viewpoint: Franchise law reform includes competing brewery bills » Boston Business Journal Although seven years in the making, the distributors arrival at the negotiation table allows the craft-beer community, and most importantly, the Legislature to get down to the dirty work of figuring o…

Editorial: Don't let differing agendas muddy the Amazon headquarters pitch » Boston Business Journal The benefits of Amazon's HQ2 are hard to overstate: up to 50,000 new jobs, many in high-paying engineering and technology disciplines, and as much as 8 million square feet of space.…

Politics

Democratic gubernatorial candidates to debate in East Longmeadow Saturday » The Republican Three Democrats vying to take over the corner office on Beacon Hill will square-off Saturday, as they meet in East Longmeadow for the first debate of the 2018 gubernatorial contest.…

Diehl's Senate Campaign Gathering Signatures For Sales Tax Ballot Question » The Associated Press (AP) State Representative Geoff Diehl says his campaign will help gather 10,000 of the signatures needed to get the sales tax reduction and sales tax holiday question on the 2018 election ballot.…

Maura Healey to talk to New Hampshire Democrats » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey, beseeched by many Massachusetts Democrats to take on Republican Governor Charlie Baker, is taking her talents to Manchester instead.…

Jackson stumps for votes at Columbia-Savin Hill civic » Dorchester Reporter Mayoral candidate City Councillor Tito Jackson made an appearance at the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association's first meeting of the fall on Monday, two weeks before the preliminary election.…

McGee Bests Kennedy in Preliminary Election » Lynn Journal

Public Health

The Infrastructure of the Opioid Epidemic » CityLab Michael Young, 40, stands on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. On his left, cars whir past; on his right, about two dozen people line up along the chain link fence overlook…

New Bedford Clergy And Police Fight Opioid Epidemic One Person At A Time » WBUR It's a gray, rainy late summer afternoon, and four members of New Bedford's opioid outreach program have gathered outside the city's police headquarters. They're about to head out on the streets, to s…

Public Safety

MPD promotes 2 officers, hires 2 others » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle The Millbury Police Department hosted a gathering at the Millbury Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 1, to welcome its two newest officers while announcing the promotions of two others.…

Walsh, BPD assailed over camera program » Boston Herald A Hyde Park activist is slamming Mayor Martin J. Walsh for delaying a decision on police body cameras until after the election, saying he's ducking a choice that could upset police unions and constitu…

State should fund restoration pilot program » The Salem News Ask sheriffs about the baggage many inmates in their jails carry and the list invariably includes one – or all – of the following: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, a history of domestic violen…

State Finance

House rebuffs Baker, restores $275M in cuts gov made » Lowell Sun Undeterred by tax collections that are trailing benchmarks two months into the fiscal year, the Legislature is half way toward restoring $275 million in spending that Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed from th…

House rebuffs Baker, insists on $275 million in spending » The Republican Undeterred by tax collections that are trailing benchmarks two months into the fiscal year, the Legislature is half way toward restoring $275 million in spending that Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed from th…

State Government

State agency sets aside $200,000 to help chase Amazon » Boston Globe The Baker administration is getting serious about the quest for Amazon's second headquarters.…

Cyber attackers fueling insecurity » Newburyport News When a Republican governor starts likening part of state government to an invasive vine, some might see that as the prelude to a swing of the hatchet.…

Greeting the governor, the Wildcats way » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker dropped by Whittier Regional High School on Thursday and was greeted with balloons and cheerleaders chanting the school's Wildcat theme.…

Taxation

Ex-Patrick lawyer set to defend millionaires' tax in court case » Boston Business Journal A court challenge to the proposal is expected to be filed in the coming weeks.…

Transportation

Somerville GLX Funding Bill Receives Key Endorsement » Framingham Patch A bill that would allow the City of Somerville to impose fees on developers to pay for its portion of the Green Line Extension was approved by the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Govern…

Boston-Springfield rail gets support from all 3 Democrats running for governor » The Republican In September 2018, Democrats will go to the polls to select their candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in the November election.…

Massachusetts spends $1.3 million on fuel efficiency upgrades to state vehicles » The Republican Massachusetts is spending $1.3 million to upgrade 52 state vehicles to hybrid electric technology.…

Coupler cited in MBTA rail car disconnection » Boston Herald The MBTA's private rail operator says a broken coupler was at least partly to blame after a car abruptly broke free from a moving commuter rail train last week, prompting officials to install “m…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Raise Up Massachusetts launches signature campaign for workers' benefits petitions » The Daily Free Press

Give empowerment zone school model a chance (Editorial) » The Republican

EDITORIAL: Gender inequality persists, but Massachusetts is making strides » The Daily Free Press

State's unemployment rate drops for first time in 2017 » Boston Business Journal

Potential GOP U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston slams Elizabeth Warren for backing single-payer health care proposal » The Republican

Shark-hating Cape pol may challenge Charlie Baker in GOP primary » Boston Herald

Tran joins, Marino exits race for state Senate seat » Leominster Champion

Equifax data breach: Check to see if your credit card information, social security number were compromised » The Republican

Mass. lawmakers consider housing bond » Worcester Telegram

Schools show steady enrollment over past 20 years » The Reminder

L'Italien eyes Tsongas' seat » Boston Herald

State Sen. L'Italien eyeing run for Tsongas US House seat » Los Angeles Times

Heartless decision » Martha's Vineyard Times

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3880 - An Act authorizing the town of Chelmsford to grant ten additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

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

HB3821 - An Act authorizing the Department of Elder Affairs to establish a home care worker registry

HB608 - An Act relative to Health Policy Commission reviews of scope of practice proposals

HB3634 - An Act accelerating the renewable energy portfolio standard

SB597 - An Act relative to motor vehicle service contracts

SB1849 - An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy

SB624 - An Act to require equitable access to behavioral health services for MassHealth consumers

HB1747 - An Act to increase renewable energy

HB3395 - An Act to transition Massachusetts to 100 per cent renewable energy

House Actions This Week: 435

Senate Actions This Week: 52


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