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Senate Prez Rosenberg Signals Support For Massachusetts “Sanctuary State” Status » New Boston Post A major court ruling in Massachusetts addressed some concerns of immigrants fearing deportation efforts, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, but further changes in law remain under discus…

Right to die: Bill gaining ground with pols, doctors » Boston Herald A right-to-die bill is gaining ground on Beacon Hill with a hearing set for Tuesday just as 25,000 Bay State doctors are being polled on the emotionally charged issue that narrowly failed at the ballo…

When it comes to Amazon bid, Baker says 'go for it' » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker wants Amazon to build its second headquarters somewhere in Massachusetts, but he said he is not playing favorites, leaving it to local officials to try to woo the corporate giant to…

Mass. tax collections up 14% » Worcester Telegram Mid-month tax collections for September might be an unreliable predictor for what's to come by the end of the important benchmark month for state budget targets, but the $1.48 billion collected over t…

Washington approves revisions to Massachusetts' school accountability system » Boston Globe The US Education Department approved a revised system to judge school performance in Massachusetts, federal officials announced Thursday.…

Sessions: Many unaccompanied minors are 'wolves in sheep's clothing' » Politico Attorney General Jeff Sessions is warning that many unaccompanied minors trying to enter the U.S. across its southern border are gang members whom the country should view as “wolves in sheep's c…

What's next on opioids? New policies, new goals » South Coast Today The biggest opioid news may be an organization you've never heard of. A four-year-old nonprofit — with a goal to become the American Cancer Society of substance use disorder — has been w…

“I’m in support of legislation that will ensure that people who are lawfully living among us in terms of their daily lives are able to function in society without interference,”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Supporting the passage of a bill to protect immigrants in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump takes softer approach to wooing Murkowski's vote on health bill » Boston Globe When Senator Lisa Murkowski last found herself at the center of a debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act, President Trump took to Twitter to chastise her.…

Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times » Politico Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers' expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and …

Business

General Catalyst hires its first female managing partner » Boston Globe General Catalyst, one of Boston's largest venture capital firms, has hired Holly Maloney McConnell as the first female managing director in its 17-year history. …

Just months after expanding, LabCentral growing again » Boston Globe How hot is the world of biotech startups in Cambridge? LabCentral, a four-year-old nonprofit that leases shared laboratory space to fledgling companies, plans to announce Thursday that it is expanding…

IndyCar organizer files $15.5 million lawsuit against Boston » Boston Globe The organizer behind the 2016 failed IndyCar event proposed in Boston has targeted City Hall in a $15.5 million lawsuit, alleging Mayor Martin J. Walsh reneged on the deal for political purposes.…

Peabody Essex Museum gains ownership of controversial collection » Boston Globe The Peabody Essex Museum has agreed to take ownership of a controversial collection of objects from the Andover Newton Theological School, whose handling of the items has drawn repeated warnings from …

Cape Air battered by uncertainty » Cape Cod Times The rain and wind from Tropical Storm Jose all but shut down transportation by air and sea on the Cape and Islands this week — but for Cape Air, the bigger transit woes remain centered in the C…

State Senator deMacedo Named Co-Chair of Senate Task Force » Cape Cod Online Plymouth and Barnstable State Senator Vinny deMacedo has been named co-chair of a Senate task force that is focused on strengthening Massachusetts local retail.…

US Sens. Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal renew push to end 'exorbitant' airline fees » The Republican Citing a new federal report that suggests many airlines do not consider the costs of services provided when pricing fees, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, …

Outside the Box: YouthBuild's John Valverde on second chances, job training and leadership » Boston Business Journal An ex-convict takes his experience and passion to YouthBuild.…

Massachusetts Announces 14 Projects Under Incentive Program » WAMC Massachusetts has approved 14 new projects under its Economic Development Incentive Program. …

Brainpower may make Boston first in class » Boston Herald A deep tech talent pool is another draw to lure Amazon to the Bay State as the online giant continues to invest in its lucrative cloud computing service for businesses.…

London rejects Uber's license, saying the company is not 'fit and proper' for passengers » The Washington Post London's municipal transport authority took commuters by surprise Friday when it rejected Uber's application for a new license to operate in the sprawling megalopolis, ruling that the ride-hailing gia…

Union Point seen as contender for Amazon headquarters » Patriot Ledger

Democratic gov. candidate Warren says Worcester should be state's Amazon HQ pitch » Taunton Daily Gazette

Amazon should choose Worcester for second headquarters, could help pay for East-West rail, Newton Mayor Setti Warren says » The Republican

Civil Rights

Boston's Five Major Sports Teams Taking Stand Against Racism With PSA » NESN

Education

On the T, a school system ad with an unfortunate misspelling » Boston Globe The Boston Public Schools launched an advertising campaign on the MBTA this week to encourage chronically absent students to attend school, but one of the ads is marred by an embarrassing misspelled w…

In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided » New England Public Radio

Mass. Teachers Union Pushes Petition Calling For State Board Of Education Chair's Firing » WBUR

Environment

Beach alliance to discuss erosion issues next week » Newburyport News The Merrimack River Beach Alliance is scheduled to meet Sept. 29 at PITA Hall on Plum Island. Though the agenda has not been finalized, board members say that homeowner concerns about rising tides due…

State Awards $2.3 Million to Massachusetts Municipalities and Regional Entities for Recycling Efforts » Boston Real Estate Times The Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $2.3 million in Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grants to 238 municipalities and regional solid waste districts to help communities ma…

UPDATE: Attorney general shoots down Saugus landfill regulations » Wicked Local Saugus Attorney General's Office rejects bylaw amendments that sought to regulate ash landfills in Saugus. WHY IT MATTERS: The proposal to limit the height of landfills and keep them away from Areas of Criti…

Forgotten trails of Brockton's Stone Farm to be restored by Wildlands Trust » The Enterprise Known as Stone Farm, a 104-acre swath of land on the far west side of Brockton will be enhanced with 2 1/2 miles of nature trails, after a local conservation group got a $20,000 grant from the state o…

Health Care

Report: Medicaid-expansion states to lose $180 billion under Cassidy-Graham plan » Boston Globe A new analysis released Thursday buttresses a growing body of evidence that the Senate's Cassidy-Graham health care bill would slash federal spending on health coverage and cause most states to lose b…

Baker: Fed Bill Would Force Mass. Coverage Retreat, Or Revenue Search » Banker & Tradesman

Housing

Panel embraces tax credits to boost Mass. housing, brownfield rehab » State House News Service

Human Services

Western Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico seeks to aid Hurricane Maria relief » The Republican Puerto Ricans living on the mainland are watching every news program, Facebook feed and Instagram post that might give them some indication that their loved ones survived Hurricane Maria, one of the w…

Grand jury indicts 2 Springfield women for allegedly stealing $14K intended to aid the homeless » Mass Live wo Springfield women are facing larceny charges after a grand jury this week handed down indictments accusing them of stealing $14,000 in state grant money and donations that were intended to aid wome…

Secretary of Commonwealth Bill Galvin promotes program to help domestic violence victims at Western Mass. stop » Mass Live Noting that few Western Massachusetts residents have taken advantage of a state program that helps domestic violence victims hide their addresses from perpetrators, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill …

From The Director's Desk: Helpful Neighbors and National Senior Center Month » North End Waterfront The summer is rapidly drawing to a close, and the weather in true New England fashion has been cool, crisp, rainy, and humid and sunny in turn.…

Louison House readies for an upgrade » Berkshire Eagle It's been more than a year since a fire forced the Louison House to shut down its Adams home.…

Immigration

Local organizations against rescinding DACA » Jamaica Plain Gazette The City of Boston and local organizations have denounced the federal government's recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, deeming it “cruel” …

Labor

Minimum wage battle may become ballot question » The Recorder A debate over adequate worker compensation that was waged before a legislative committee Tuesday and could be headed to the ballot next November has pitted two struggling groups against one another.…

Framingham small-business owners 'torn' by $15 minimum wage bill » The Metro West Daily News Jim Green, whose family has owned Automatic Appliance Service Inc., on Worcester Road for 56 years, sees the push for a $15 minimum wage as a double-edged sword.…

Legislative

Hearing brings Beacon Hill to Leominster High School » Leominster Champion A hearing on investing in higher education brought the State House to Leominster High School — and an issue some LHS students will face in the future to the forefront.…

Local Government

Greenfield Town Council asks for state investigation of municipal broadband utility GCET » Mass Live The town's quasi-public broadband utility, which is now without a leader, may see its books pried open by state financial auditors.…

In Foxboro, library exhibit on censorship is censored » The Sun Chronicle

Marijuana

Towns seek to profit from pot industry » Boston Herald Cities and towns that avoided a ban on pot shops are now looking at ways to extract revenue from the burgeoning industry.…

Opinion

New Bedford's hurricane lesson for Boston » Boston Globe The hurricane damage back then rivaled what we've seen in Houston, Florida, or Puerto Rico, except the site of the devastation was New Bedford. …

Reinvigorating America's economy » Boston Globe The New Hampshire economy, like that of other states in New England, is built around small business.…

Don't set a double-standard for campus sexual assault » Boston Globe In recent days the Globe has printed articles about campus sexual assault policies and Title IX (“Law Firms Focus on Campus Sex Cases,” Page A1, Sept. 11; “Surprising allies on campu…

Editorial: Equifax breach and cybersecurity standards » WCVB The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - or CFPB - is a favorite punching bag for some members of Congress - and the new administration. Their argument - too much regulation is strangling the Americ…

When Undocumented Immigrants Don't Report Crimes, We All Suffer » WBUR Imagine if nearly three-quarters of the people living in a particular community did not report being raped, beaten or burglarized. Politicians, law enforcement and advocates would search for explanati…

PETER LUCAS: It's only my imagination but ... » Lowell Sun There is no truth to the rumor (started by me) that Gov. Charlie Baker had his party credentials questioned before he was allowed in to the Republican Governors' Association summit in Chicago on Tuesd…

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.…

In Seattle, Amazon's growth defines a city » Boston Globe

Editorial: Biz-unfriendly climate looms in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal There's a chance that in November 2018, Bay State voters could be weighing in on a proposed minimum wage hike; a law mandating companies to provide paid leave for workers taking care of a new baby or …

Viewpoint: ?To win over Amazon, it's all about the people » Boston Business Journal Other than the post 2009 recession years, Massachusetts has experienced consistent net domestic migration.…

Benton: Party politics enters Salem election » The Salem News There's been some back-and-forth recently via social media on the question of whether the major-party political committees ought to get involved in local elections – which are supposed to be no…

Editorial: Posturing on schools » Boston Herald The chairman of the state board of education should have been more open about how much cash he was personally donating to pro-charter school groups as they campaigned last year to expand charters in M…

UMass Is Under Intolerable Financial Pressure. Let's Work Together To Relieve It. » WBUR

Politics

State Rep. Kate Campanale “seriously considering” bid for Register of Deeds » Worcester Mag State Rep. Kate Campanale will likely challenge longtime Register of Deeds Anthony Vigliotti in 2018.…

GOP House Candidate Claims Democrats, Police Silenced Her At Forum » WAMC The only Republican running in the special State Representative election in Berkshire County claims she was silenced at a Democratic candidate forum in Lanesborough Monday night. …

Former Essex County sheriff candidate cleared of larceny charges » Newburyport News A former candidate for Essex County sheriff accused of bailing out on a local construction project was cleared of numerous larceny charges Wednesday in Newburyport District Court. …

Sal LaMattina Endorses Passacantilli for City Council » North End Waterfront Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader and Boston Public Schools parent running for District 1 City Council has been endorsed by City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina. LaMattina has represented…

House Speaker, Ways and Means chairman coming to Ludlow to stump for Rep. Tom Petrolati » Mass Live The newly minted chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is among the political heavy-hitters who'll be stumping for state Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, the veteran Ludlow Democrat, at a campaign e…

2017 Contest for Boston Mayor » NECN Would it take a "perfect storm" for Boston Marty Walsh to be unseated in 2017? Sue's guest is City Councilor Tito Jackson, candidate for Mayor of Boston.…

With prelims in sight, Walsh and Jackson double down on efforts » Dorchester Reporter Only five days remain until the Sept. 26 preliminary election for Boston's municipal offices. Voters citywide will be asked to choose one of four men on the mayoral ballot, which includes incumbent Ma…

Debate Over Development At Center Of Boston Mayoral Campaigns » WBUR A supporter of Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson stops his Prius outside the campaign office to pick up a lawn sign. Supporters salute Jackson as they walk by, honk horns as they drive by, and even s…

Public Health

Assisted suicide bill consideration drawing controversy among lawmakers » WWLP 22 News Six states allow medical assistance in dying, but Massachusetts is not one of them.…

Gov. Baker: Opioid Deaths Declining, But Fentanyl Holding State Back » WGBH Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by roughly 5 percent since the same time last year — but despite these improvements, Gov. Charlie Baker says potent synthetic drugs like…

Police still on hunt for source of deadly drug » Gloucester Times Three weeks after a woman died and five other people overdosed within a 24-hour span in Gloucester, police here are working with other North Shore police to hunt down the source of the killer drugs, t…

Baker again headed to D.C. as opioid, health care debates rage » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker will head to Washington, D.C. next week to attend a meeting of a national opioid commission and he expects a final report from the group "out soon," he said Thursday.…

Northampton lands big grant to fight opioid-related deaths » Gazette Net The city has landed a $1.7 million grant from the federal government to prevent opioid-related deaths in every Hampshire County community, a significant award that officials hope will help curb what t…

Public Safety

'We will hunt you down,' Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking in Boston, tells gangs like MS-13 » Mass Live Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's top prosecutor, on Thursday highlighted the Justice Department's aim to crack down on organized crime and drugs throughout the country, singling out the MS-13 t…

Reform comes to Bridgewater State Hospital » WCVB There is a transformation underway in Massachusetts in the way the state treats people with mental illness who must be locked up.…

State Government

State auditor announces additional funds for polling stations » WWLP 22 News The state auditor announced nearly $2 million in state funding to city and town clerks for the upcoming November elections.…

Essex Street project receives $17M in state money » Eagle Tribune Of the $72 million in state funds being spent for housing redevelopment projects around Massachusetts, about $17 million will be going toward revitalizing the city's last dilapidated downtown factory …

Transportation

New Bedford Regional Airport awarded $216K from state » South Coast Today The state Department of Transportation has awarded $216,600 to New Bedford Regional Airport for infrastructure improvements.…

Working group begins studying passenger rail between New York City and the Berkshires » The Republican An effort to explore seasonal, weekend passenger rail service between the Berkshires and New York City is gathering steam.…

Project replacing Braintree bridge to begin tomorrow » Patriot Ledger Construction crews will demolish Route 3 northbound bridge near the Braintree split at 10 p.m. Friday, marking the start of a $6.3 million project to replace two bridges that carry Route 3 over the I-…

MBTA bus mechanics fight looming privatization » The Daily Free Press

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

First the Greenway, now the waterway » Commonwealth Magazine

Why Massachusetts Shouldn't Play 'Let's Make A Deal' With Amazon » WBUR

School official hit over donations to charter school advocacy group » Boston Globe

UMass Lowell pioneering smart fabric research » Boston Herald

Fading marsh islands cause concern in Westport River » South Coast Today

Retailers plan to press forward with 5 percent sales tax question » The Lowell Sun

Ballot boxing: How businesses are gearing up for 2018 ballot clashes » Boston Business Journal

Freebies, discounts on Veterans Day, 'but rest of time people don't even know we're here,' veterans official tells West Side pols » The Republican

The Education Beat: A great opportunity for kindergartners » Worcester Mag

Democratic Governor's debate questions Gov. Baker » The Reminder

Rosenberg: Immigrant protections needed beyond Lunn case » State House News Service

Tax collections show growth over first half of September » State House News Service

McGovern lays out hypothetical Dem agenda for 2019 » State House News Service

L'Italien, seeking run in 3rd District, lives in 6th District » Lowell Sun

Sousa: Framingham's first mayor 'needs to understand its people' » The Metro West Daily News

Baker on fence as $15 minimum wage debate heats up » State House News Service

State honors Cherri Sanes of ExtraSpecialTeas as 'unsung heroine' » the Berkshire edge

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3834 - An Act authorizing the town of Williamsburg to continue the employment of James Ferron as a call firefighter

SB 2123 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Matthew McGaughran, an employee of the Department of Correction

HB 3848 - An Act to establish a sick leave bank for Andrew Williams, an employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

SB 2138 - An Act to further define the appointment of special police officers in the city of Brockton

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB675 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

SB116 - An Act protecting the privacy of consumer financial information

SB2208 - An Act relative to the scheduling of employees

SB1870 - An Act to protect our environment and update our climate action plan

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

HB3633 - An Act relative to workplace safety

SB1616 - An Act updating and modernizing the room occupancy excise

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

House Actions This Week: 290

Senate Actions This Week: 45


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