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Solutions to homelessness come with their own challenges » The Associated Press (AP) A national focus on housing veterans and people who have long been homeless has made a difference, for example. But methods to end it or significantly reduce the problem come with financial and politi…

Barbara Lee We don't need another Year of the Woman. We need progress for women every year. » NBC News Last January, after taking part in the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, a 32-year-old emergency psychiatric screener at a New Jersey hospital spotted a Facebook post from her…

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Mass. bid for Amazon's second headquarters » Boston Globe As Massachusetts — and the rest of North America — awaits Amazon's much-anticipated decision in 2018 on where to locate a so-called second headquarters, the Baker administration this wee…

Federal Judge Dismisses Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Against MBTA General Manager » WBUR A Texas federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez. The lawsuit, filed by shareholders of Global Power Equipment Group in May 2017, alleged that Ramir…

There's still little evidence that Russia's 2016 social media efforts did much of anything » The Washington Post We've known for some time that the various investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election were looking at whether people associated with the campaign of Donald Trump had helped guide the Ru…

Haddad expects DeLeo to lay out "very aggressive agenda" » State House News Service One of House Speaker Robert DeLeo's top lieutenants anticipates a busy dash to the finish line in the seven remaining months until the Legislature wraps up most of its business.…

Mass. employers face new health care assessments in 2018 » State House News Service The new year will bring with it mixed financial news for Massachusetts employers, with $200 million in new health care assessments and unemployment insurance rate relief both scheduled to take effect.…

138 things Trump did this year while you weren't looking » Politico Behind the crazy headlines, more conservative priorities got pushed through than most people realize. An exhaustive list of what really happened to the government in 2017. …

In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!

President Donald Trump

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Business

Former LynnCAM president settles AG suit » Lynn Daily News Item A Superior Court judge has ruled that the former president of Lynn Community Access and Media (LynnCAM) can no longer work for nonprofits.…

WEYMOUTH RISING: 2017 development buoys hope for future » Wicked Local Weymouth A drive around Weymouth during 2017 revealed a community in transition as improvements at 14 parks swung into action while preliminary work for some new apartment residences and businesses in Weymouth…

Bitcoin investors risk losing their shirts, says Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin, who isn't buying market hype » Boston Globe The recent explosion in the value of decentralized cryptocurrency bitcoin elicited stark skepticism from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who appeared on CNBC's Fast Money on Wednesday to…

A ghost building emerges in the Financial District » Boston Globe Some long-standing buildings are cherished because of what happened there, others because they clearly represent the work of a distinguished architect or style.…

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Mass. bid for Amazon's second headquarters » Boston Globe As Massachusetts — and the rest of North America — awaits Amazon's much-anticipated decision in 2018 on where to locate a so-called second headquarters, the Baker administration this wee…

Year in review: 2017 was a year of movement in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal From health care upheaval to a year full of mergers and acquisitions, 2017 was a year of movement in Massachusetts.…

Alcohol task force calls for higher taxes, more oversight » Commonwealth Magazine Report does not recommend changes in existing licensing process …

Crimes

State Police continue to investigate Brewster cold case death » MId Hudson News BREWSTER – The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Brewster barracks is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man who was found dead 22 years ago. He was found in a …

Education

Framingham State launches new biotech MBA program » The Metro West Daily News Positioning itself to capitalize on the thriving life sciences sector in Massachusetts, Framingham State University will launch a new master's degree program focused on managing biotech companies.…

Environment

25 Cities and Towns Designated as Green Communities » Business West The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that an additional 25 Massachusetts cities and towns have been designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as Green Communities, committing …

Health Care

Mass. Employers Face New Health Care Assessments In 2018 » WBUR The new year will bring with it mixed financial news for Massachusetts employers, with $200 million in new health care assessments and unemployment insurance rate relief both scheduled to take effect.…

Dr. Phil says he rescues people from addiction. Others say his show puts guests' health at risk » Boston Globe He had won “Survivor,” the reality TV test of grit and strength.…

Mass. health care not a bubble » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As the Jan. 23 open enrollment deadline for the Health Connector approaches, it's a good time to refresh on health care, reflect on some of the changes this year and begin thinking about what comes ne…

Price hikes on these top-selling drugs were a lot smaller this year, STAT analysis finds » STAT News Average annual price increases have declined at least four years in a row for 20 of America's top-selling brand-name prescription drugs, according to a STAT analysis of data from Truven Health Analyti…

Housing

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Project » Cape Cod Today Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $1 million award and state and federal tax credits to support the construction of Mashpee Wampanoag Village in Mashpee on land owned by the Wampa…

Insurance

Lawmakers Leave Insurance Discounts To Last Minute » Banker & Tradesman Massachusetts drivers and homeowners risk losing out on millions of dollars' worth of insurance coverage discounts if lawmakers end their two-decade tradition of regularly suspending a unique statutor…

Labor

Growth rate slows for clean energy jobs in Mass. » Boston Business Journal The state's clean energy sector employs more people than ever, but it's not growing as quickly as it has for the past half decade.…

No bump for min wage earners as $15 bill hung up in committee » Gloucester Times Despite support from a majority of its members, legislation raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $11 to $15 is ending 2017 the same way it began the year — pending before the Democrat-co…

Legislative

No bump yet for Massachusetts minimum wage earners » Worcester Telegram & Gazette BOSTON - Despite support from a majority of its members, legislation raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $11 to $15 is ending 2017 the same way it began the year - pending before the Democrat-…

Mayor-elect's resignation clears way for special election » State House News Service Fifty-one days after winning election as mayor of Attleboro, Rep. Paul Heroux has finally submitted his resignation letter, which will enable the House to set the date of a special election to choose …

Local Government

Swampscott toasts to new liquor licenses » Lynn Daily News Item The town's request for eight additional all-liquor licenses was approved by the state Senate this week.…

Petition underway to overturn Brockton City Council vote on 40R district » The Enterprise The resistance to the Thatcher Street housing project has not ceased, even after a Brockton City Council vote this week that approved a Smart Growth district, a zone allowing for high density resident…

Eaniri selected as new Brockton City Council president » The Enterprise The incoming Brockton City Council president said he wants to focus on strengthening code enforcement in the community during the next two years.…

Marijuana

The Year in Mass. Cannabis » Dig Boston You might think that after ignoring voters and advocates for decades, a November 2016 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana—against the wishes of most elected officials in Massachusettsâ…

Marijuana election pushed back in East Bridgewater » The Enterprise The special town election to ban recreational marijuana in town will be pushed back to a later date than officials had originally planned.…

Opinion

End of year reflections, and lessons learned » Leominster Champion I was warned that my first session in the House of Representatives would speed on by, but somehow I thought my years working in and around the building would help slow down the pace. Boy, was I wrong!…

Viewpoint: Providing credit in Boston where it's long overdue » Boston Business Journal If we want to build a more inclusive city, where opportunities such as homeownership or owning a small business can be a realistic goal for the majority, we must provide support for all Bostonians to …

Editorial: UMass show its prowess with band, battery, dirt » Gazette Net The University of Massachusetts Amherst is showing off its national prowess with its marching band, a $1.14 million grant for a storage battery, and dirt.…

Ensuring diversity in businesses and the workplace » Boston Globe The recent powerful Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” provided a rare moment of honest self-reflection and proof of the disparities experienced by the black community eve…

Editorial: Here's to Al Norman, champion for senior rights » MassLive The elderly and the disabled have had no better friend and advocate over the decades than Al Norman of Greenfield, whose departure as executive director of Massachusetts Home Care was reported last we…

Put the spotlight on arts in Boston's conversation on race » Boston Globe The Spotlight series on racism in Boston lays out painful truths that too many of us would prefer to deny or deflect.…

Making the Seaport accessible to all » Boston Globe While the explosion of development and commerce in the Seaport District is exciting, it is undeniable that communities of color are not part of the current boom.…

State must speed up help for Puerto Rican students (Editorial) » Mass Live

Editorial: Words for businesses to live by in 2018 » Boston Business Journal We won't pretend to know what 2018 will bring, but this we do know: Treat others as you'd like to be treated, and the new year will be better than the last one.…

Viewpoint: When it comes to diverse staffing, all results are intentional » Boston Business Journal If a company lacks diversity, it's because that company is intentionally opposed to a diverse workforce. There are no other excuses. All decisions are intentional.…

Politics

Marty Walsh sees lessons in controversies » Boston Globe For Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the weeks since his reelection in November could have been a joyride into the holidays and Inauguration Day.…

State Government

Deadlock, Delay Mark Explorations Of Mass. Public Records Law Changes » WBUR An overhaul of the state's public records law that Gov. Charlie Baker signed on June 3, 2016 established a pair of panels to study additional measures and gave both deadlines of Dec. 30, 2017. The law…

Deadlock, delay mark explorations of public-records law changes » Lowell Sun Lawmakers should continue to study the possibilities of requiring daily arrest logs from the State Police and removing or modifying public record exemptions for domestic violence incidents, according …

How Many Times Did Maura Sue Donald? The Complete List of Massachusetts v. Trump » New Boston Post Almost exactly one year ago, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told an audience during a crowded town hall-style event in Newburyport that she had “run out of fingers” …

Taxation

Confusion about prepaying follows IRS notice on taxes » Boston Globe IRS guidance for property owners seeking to prepay taxes before the end of 2017 has triggered a new round of confusion in some municipalities that had rushed to clarify their payment setups for franti…

No Tiny State Tax Cut For Mass. Residents In 2018 » New England Public Radio For the second straight year, the Massachusetts income tax rate will not automatically drop in 2018. By law, the Massachusetts income tax rate drops .05 percentage points every year, if the state meet…

Forecast for short-term rental tax looks favorable, says Cyr » The Barnstable Patriot Applying room occupancy tax to short-term rentals is likely to pass in the coming state legislative session, state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, told Barnstable Town Council Dec. 21.…

Transportation

Lawsuit accusing new MBTA general manager of fraud at prior company dismissed » Boston Globe A federal judge in Texas has dismissed a class action complaint against the new general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Texas energy company that he used to lead.…

MassDOT member holds $96G contract with state agency » Boston Herald A MassDOT board member scored a $12,000-a-month, no-bid consulting contract for a task force led by the very state agency she oversees, raising concerns of conflicts as the group identifies priorities…

Bill would require young drivers to display student-driver decal » WWLP 22 If you're a new driver, you could be required to display a decal on your car indicating you have a learners permit or junior license before getting on the road. This is part of a bill called, an  

Framingham/Worcester commuter line improves reliability » Worcester Business Journal The Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, which often trails the MBTA system average for reliability, is ending 2017 on a high note.…

Utilities

Frigid weather causing spike in natural gas prices » Commonwealth Magazine FRIGID LOW TEMPERATURES are pushing up energy demand across New England, sending the price of natural gas soaring and prompting many of the region's power generators to switch from gas to oil.…

$1 Million awarded to support broadband connectivity in Blandford » WWLP 22

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Plymouth DA spent millions on private lawyers when attorney general would have handled case for free » Boston Globe

Task force urges higher taxes, more regulation for alcohol industry » State House News Service

Insurance coverage discounts at risk » Worcester Business Journal

No bump for minimum wage earners as $15 bill hung up in committee » The Metro West Daily News

Changes to law on public records put on hold by panel » Sentinel & Enterprise

What happens to individual health insurance mandate under the new federal tax law? » WWLP 22

Developer takes ownership old Worcester County Courthouse with plans to convert to 114 apartments targeted to artists » The Republican

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4081 - An Act to preserve the competitiveness of group auto insurance plans

SB 2222 - An Act relative to quarterly taxes in the city of Lynn

HB 4060 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for James McGonagle, an employee of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission

HB 4076 - An Act amending the charter of the city of Malden

Most read bills of the week:

SB2211 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care.

SB2202 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care

HB4081 - An Act to preserve the competitiveness of group auto insurance plans

SB2267 - An Act relative to PEG access and cable related funds

HB2655 - An Act relative to the separation of cranberry bogs from agricultural use for renewable energy purposes

HB1899 - An Act relative to a license plate replacement program

House Actions This Week: 56

Senate Actions This Week: 54


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