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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission Meeting, MassMutual Center, Springfield

10:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

10:30am End Child Marriage Lobbying Day, Nurses Hall, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

5:30pm Reception for Sen. President Stan Rosenberg

6:30pm Allston & Brighton Meet and Greet with Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Devlin's Restaurant, 332 Washington Street, Brighton

Must-Reads

Mass., other blue states are in crosshairs of GOP tax plan » Boston Globe President Trump said the economy, corporations, and average American workers would all be winners under the GOP's ambitious tax overhaul that he outlined Wednesday. But the blueprint also would create…

Audit: 1,700 unaccounted for; Baker says SJC rulings a factor » Boston Herald Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have either gone unaccounted for or haven't yet been classified, according to a blockbuster audit that caused the state's public safety office — and Gov. Cha…

Mass. politicians raise immediate concerns with Trump tax overhaul » The Recorder President Donald Trump is newly pitching a massive federal tax code overhaul as a middle-class tax cut that would level the playing field for American business, but Democrats are pushing back against …

Why is Charlie Baker so popular? » Boston Globe For Democrats, the numbers are grimly unyielding. And in a state that leans left, it's something of a political puzzle.…

Senate Republicans have never heard of Roy Moore » Politico Senate Republicans say they know almost nothing about Roy Moore, their wildly controversial candidate in the Alabama special election. But they really, really want him to be elected to the Senate.…

Another day, another $9M voted to be restored by House to state budget » State House News Service House Democrats Wednesday voted to restore $9.3 million in spending to this year's budget, whipping through 58 overrides of Gov. Charlie Baker's budget vetoes in just a couple hours in their second se…

From Bridgewater to the Berkshires, tracking a budding industry: Medical marijuana » Berkshire Eagle The journey "from seed to shelf" is complete for Berkshire County's first medical marijuana dispensary. …

"We shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past," Polito said. "But we should think short-term how to continue to modernize, update, upgrade and fix the system - transit, rail, buses, roads, bridges - so that it works for the people who live here, work here and want to be here."

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Speaking about the needs of the Massachusetts transportation infastructure.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek immediate congressional help for Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands hurricane recovery efforts » The Republican U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey joined other Senate Democrats this week in urging congressional leaders to immediately act on legislation that would provide Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islan…

Michelle Obama: Trump's female voters 'voted against their own voice' » Boston Herald Former First Lady Michelle Obama today took aim at the women who voted Donald Trump into the White House, in an address to thousands at a Boston marketing conference.…

EPA's Pruitt took charter, military flights that cost taxpayers more than $58,000 » Washington Post Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken at least four noncommercial and military flights since mid-February, costing taxpayers more than $58,000 to fly him to various part…

Business

J.D. Byrider is latest target in subprime auto loan probes » The Enterprise In similar cases, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has drawn parallels between the auto lending practices and the subprime housing loan crisis that set off a global economic recession in 20…

Forrester aims to revamp the online ratings » Boston Globe A chain of little stars appears next to business listings across the Internet, giving users a quick idea of how consumers rate everything from hair salons to global industrial corporations.…

Stanley Rosenberg proposes extending 'HQ2' across state » Boston Herald The Bay State's Amazon bid should feature satellite operations spread across the state, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg said yesterday, becoming the latest official to question the value of a Bo…

What Bezos knows about Boston » Boston Globe Jeff Bezos has never lived, gone to school, or worked here, so how much can he know about Boston? Quite a lot.…

Legislation would alter Dover Amendment » The Reminder City councilor Melvin Edwards told a number of state representatives and a state senator about the group homes that have appeared in his neighborhood, Ward 3, which consists of parts of Forest Park, M…

Feds to Crack Down on Payday Lenders and the Debt Trap They Set » Governing Sweeping new federal rules aimed at curbing payday loans are to be released in the coming days. But backers of the crackdown say states need to remain vigilant. …

Incentive cap may crimp recruiting » Boston Herald

Blackstone Valley considers regional Amazon bid » Worcester Telegram

Education

Ban the Press, Ban the Public » News Advance There are few more important jobs in local government than that of superintendent of the public school system. The person who is the face of public education in a community impacts children and their …

Holyoke Schools Prepare For Influx Of Puerto Rican Families After Hurricane Maria » WBUR Students, families and many school staff in the western Massachusetts city of Holyoke are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.…

Charter school calls black student's hair styled after Odell Beckham Jr. 'distracting' » The Republican

Environment

Massachusetts tops energy efficiency rankings » The Republican

Housing

The Hamilton Company begins construction on housing » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton The Hamilton Company has begun construction on 40 units of moderately priced workforce housing at 79-83 Gardner St., Packard's Crossing, Allston.…

Human Services

Veterans group honors woman for 70 years of service » Gloucester Times A Gloucester woman has been honored for her almost quarter-century of service to a local veterans group. …

Judiciary

Springfield attorney nominated as administrative judge for state Department of Industrial Accidents » The Republican Springfield attorney Thomas B. Daniels has been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to be an administrative judge with the Industrial Board of the Department of Industrial Accidents. …

Criminal justice bill expected in Senate within two weeks » State House News Service Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to move out of committee this week and hit the Senate floor likely within the next two weeks, according to Senate President Stan Rosenberg.…

Committee poll could set branches on path toward justice reform » State House News Service

Labor

BMC asks federal court to block nurses strike » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Medical Center wants a federal judge to block next week's planned one-day strike by registered nurses, arguing their contract requires them to talk, not walk. …

Lawmakers collaborate with education and business communities on workforce development » WWLP 22 Lawmakers plan to develop partnerships with the education and business communities to help students find jobs when the get out of school. Dozens of representatives from vocational schools, community c…

Legislative

Springfield state Rep. Jose Tosado selects Marvenia Shubrick as new legislative aide » The Republican State Rep. Jose Tosado, D-Springfield, has announced his selection of Marvenia Shubrick as his new legislative aide.…

Local Government

15 women make ballot in Framingham » Milford Daily News Women could hold a majority of seats on community's first City Council.…

Holden selectmen interview candidates for school board vacancy » Worcester Telegram

Worcester gets $65K recycling grant » Worcester Telegram Worcester has been awarded a recycling grant through a program administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.…

Marijuana

Pot destined for Mashpee starting to flower in Plymouth » Cape Cod Times Marijuana plants that will ultimately be processed into a wide assortment of medicinal products for Cape Cod patients, when the region's first dispensary opens for business in mid-December, have just …

Town Meeting firmly backs recreational pot sale prohibition bylaws » Daily Times Chronicle

Opinion

Boston's voting turnout is a turnoff » Boston Globe Wow, people in Boston are really happy. Or apathetic. Or disillusioned. Or forgetful.…

How Massachusetts can fight foreign influence in our elections » Boston Globe Can Massachusetts take a stand against foreign influence in our elections? On Wednesday, a legislative committee held a hearing on a bill to plug a loophole that the federal government has left wide o…

Once an awkward loner, RFK found his footing on the playing field » Boston Globe The football season has ignited a loud controversy over the country's most popular sport and the harm it can do to those who play it. Even veteran sportswriters are talking about keeping their kids fr…

Jeff Sessions' anti-immigrant obsession » Boston Globe President Trump publicly humiliated Jeff Sessions and clearly wanted him out as attorney general. But never underestimate the will to retain power.…

Suzanne Farrington: Home health aide backs 'End of Life Options Act' » Gazette Net I was moved by the letter writer's story about medical aid in dying (“Supports 'End of Life Options Act,' ” Sept. 14) and the “End of Life Options Act” bill in the Massachusett…

Editorial: Sex offender setback » Boston Herald

Baystate Health deserves full support from state (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Menino became unstoppable thanks to Boston's minority neighborhoods. Can Walsh do the same? » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh enters the general election in approximately the same shape he was in at the start of the campaign — as a strong incumbent with a massive financial advantage.…

Watchdogs urge tightening of union campaign limits » The Eagle Tribune A loophole in state election law allows unions to give up to $15,000 to candidates each election cycle, which Republicans say unfairly advantages Democratic candidates.…

Advocates try to prevent foreign meddling in Massachusetts elections » The Republican Russian operatives bought ads on Facebook to influence the U.S. presidential election. Could they do something similar in Massachusetts?…

City council candidate didn't realize man staying in her Springfield home was a fugitive accused of raping child » The Republican In the weeks since committing his alleged crime, Malcolm Lugo was well on his way to assuming a new identity. …

6 in running to replace former Sen. Jennifer Flanagan » Worcester Telegram Six candidates have returned nomination papers in the race to replace Jennifer Flanagan as state senator in the Worcester & Middlesex District. …

Tito Jackson Aims To Be Boston's First Black Mayor » WBUR Following Tuesday night's preliminary election, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson will be on the ballot next November in his bid to unseat Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.…

No charges to be filed against activist in sign flap » The Salem News A clerk magistrate has found no probable cause to issue an assault and battery complaint against a well-known Salem man who was accused of using campaign signs to strike a woman last month. …

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Tito Jackson to face off in two debates before election » The Republican Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's campaign announced the incumbent will participate in two debates against his challenger, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson.…

Public Health

Government seeks $73m for victims of 2012 meningitis outbreak » Boston Globe Barry J. Cadden, owner of the now-defunct Framingham compounding pharmacy that was responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak five years ago, should pay $73.7 million in restitution to the victims, …

Cheap, fast test for Zika and dengue could cost just $1 » STAT News A new blood test can cheaply and quickly distinguish between the mosquito-borne Zika and dengue viruses, researchers reported Wednesday, giving public health officials a valuable tool to track the spr…

Panel on women's rights in prisons comes to UMass » The Daily Collegian The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst held a panel event in which “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform” on Se…

A Refuge Or A 'Warehouse'? Boston Opens A Day Center For Drug Users » WBUR By some accounts, there are more heroin users clustered near the Mass. Ave. exit off Interstate-93 in Boston than anywhere else in the state.…

Public Safety

Mass. has lost track of nearly 1,800 sex offenders, audit says » Boston Globe Nearly 1,800 Massachusetts sex offenders did not have a current address on file with the state's registry, and close to 1,000 of those convicted criminals had not been classified by their likelihood t…

Auditor Suzanne Bump finds 1,700+ sex offenders unaccounted for across Massachusetts » The Republican A review of the Massachusetts Sexual Offenders Registry Board by state auditor Suzanne Bump found that 1,769 sex offenders across the state are unaccounted for.…

Massachusetts Registry Lacks Info On 1,700 Sex Offenders » WBUR The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry has lost track of more than 1,700 convicted sex offenders, according to a state audit released on Wednesday.…

State Finance

House lawmakers vote to override Baker budget vetoes » WWLP 22 The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to override another round of Governor Charlie Baker's line-item vetoes to this year's budget, in an effort to restore funding for programs. Lawmakers w…

State Government

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker offers help to Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello in wake of Hurricane Maria » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke to his counterpart in Puerto Rico on Wednesday to offer assistance in the wake of Hurricane Maria.…

Charlie Baker: Suit against Amazon is 'routine' » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker sought to tamp down rumblings that a “routine” state lawsuit against Amazon could jeopardize its chances to land the company's coveted second headquarters, saying the co…

Gov. Baker Addresses Merrimack Valley Chamber in Haverhill Next Week » WHAV

The Surmountable Barriers to Measuring Performance in Government » Governing Few concepts have swept public-administration circles like performance management has. But as the saying goes, you can't manage what you don't measure. While many governments say they're committed to …

Charlie Baker: Massachusetts welcomes Puerto Ricans hurricane victims » Boston Herald

In Lee, Polito Touts State Funding For Small Town Infrastructure Improvements » WAMC

Taxation

Gov. Charlie Baker mixed on President Trump's tax proposal » The Republican

Transportation

Bids for extending the Green Line are due Thursday » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority will soon learn if its strategy for containing the ballooning costs of the Green Line extension is working when it receives bids from three companies for the mu…

First step for Berkshire Flyer rail prospects: Measuring potential passengers » Berkshire Eagle A working group charged with brainstorming a passenger train service from New York City to the Berkshires will start by gathering data to see how many people might use the train, and at what times.…

Panel reimagines passenger rail service — once again — between New York and the Berkshires » the Berkshire edge It's been a while since interested people got together to discuss a possible return of passenger rail to the Berkshires. But that's precisely what happened on Tuesday afternoon as a working group empa…

Middleboro board irked by MassDOT's lack of communication » The Enterprise Selectmen had informed state officials in May that any plans to extend the South Coast Rail service through Middleboro must coincide with plans to reconstruct the Middleboro rotary but, Selectmen Chai…

See where Boston hands out the most parking tickets » Boston Business Journal If there's one thing Bostonians can appreciate, it's that driving in the city can be a total nightmare.…

Additional transpo revenue "not an issue" in short term, Pollack says » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Effort To Close Broadband Connectivity Gap Is On-Going In Western Mass. » WAMC

Baker to form commission to conduct transportation review » Gloucester Times

Baker supporting Attleboro Republican in Senate race » State House News Service

Lawmakers: Extend refugee protections » Lowell Sun

East Boston residents say crosswalks are a critical safety issue » My Fox Boston

New England fishing council frozen until NOAA, judge done with Rafael » Undercurrent News

Cannabis Control Commission sets Pittsfield listening session Oct. 13 » The Berkshire Eagle

How much should Boston want Amazon's new HQ? » Bay State Banner

State rep calls Equifax verification page “baloney” » WWLP 22

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez speaks at Medford Senior Center » Wicked Local Medford

Senate prez suggests Mass. Amazon bid should feature satellite offices » Boston Herald

Is more money needed to fix Massachusetts transportation? » The Republican

Council approves Fall River attorney for judgeship » South Coast Today

Our view: Credit bureaus shouldn't need a mandate to drop fees » Gloucester Times

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