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Must-Reads

How the tax law hurts charitable giving and affordable housing » Boston Globe The law reduces the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, so corporations have less incentive to purchase housing and historic tax credits and passive losses, and it also limited th…

Obama White House Veterans Tackle The Trump Era With New Political Media Site » The Huffington Post If Hillary Clinton had won, Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett would have kept their day jobs. The three friends, all in their mid-30s and veterans of the Obama White House, had gone to the We…

“He was f---ing pissed”: With Rob Porter gone, the heat on John Kelly is increasing » Vanity Fair Trump is not happy with the chaos; Jared and Ivanka are trying to right the ship; and even Hope Hicks, one of the president's closest confidantes, is in trouble.…

Did Hillary Clinton collude with the Russians to get 'dirt' on Trump to feed it to the FBI? » The Washington Post Finally, there is no evidence that Clinton was involved in Steele's reports or worked with Russian entities to feed information to Steele. That's where Nunes's claim goes off the rails — and wh…

Chairs unable to agree on popular Equifax biill » State House News Service A bill aimed at providing relief and protections to victims of data breaches hit a legislative roadblock this week, but its sponsors say there's still a path forward.…

Montigny open to presidency, but handicaps his "raw ambition" » State House News Service "There have been lots of people calling and lining up votes, despite making agreements that the process would be respected. I'm not one of those. I have fielded calls from people who have certainly en…

The Left's War Against The New York Times » The New Republic The paper has been accused of everything from electing Trump to normalizing neo-Nazis. Are its liberal critics right or unreasonable? …

Koch leaves Democratic Party over abortion » Patriot Ledger It was a long time coming, but Tom Perez gave Tom Koch the final push out of the Democratic Party. …

The state Senate's path forward » Boston Globe Senate Democrats on Wednesday made the best of a difficult situation, deciding to keep acting president Harriette Chandler in that post as full president until next year, at which point the newly elec…

Women business leaders write Baker decrying state's all-male education team » Boston Business Journal “He's in an echo chamber,” said Andrea Silbert, one of more than 100 women who signed a letter urging the governor to boost diversity. “If he has a meeting with his education cabinet…

Despite higher prices, more people enroll in Health Connector » Mass Live Despite higher prices, more people enrolled in Massachusetts Health Connector insurance plans this year than last year. …

“I wouldn’t say unequivocally that I wouldn’t stand for it,” he later told reporters in his office. “It’s not some raw ambition of mine. ... It’s easy to see why people might speculate but I have not added to the speculation, in my opinion, at all. I don’t really do the dance.”

Senator Mark C. Montigny

Commenting on reports that he may be in the running for Senate presidency.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

As the federal budget deficit rises, so do the risks » Boston Globe Republicans and Democrats seem to have finally found something they agree on: Deficits are no big deal.…

Moulton aims to build network of military veterans running for House seats » Boston Globe Representative Seth Moulton is working to build a network of nearly 20 fellow military veterans to run for House seats in 2018, seeking to bring fresh voices to Congress while pumping up his own stand…

Business

MassMutual to build $240 million office in Seaport District » Boston Globe Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said Thursday that it will bring about 1,000 workers to a $240 million office space the financial services firm plans to build on Fan Pier, making it the latest…

Dow plunges more than 1,000 points on specter of higher interest rates » Boston Globe The Dow Jones industrial average nosedived more than 1,000 points Thursday, registering another eye-popping loss for the closely followed index, as wild trading and fears of rising interest rates arou…

MassMutual expansion in Boston, Springfield aided by $46 mil in tax incentives » State House News Service Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company plans to nearly double its Bay State workforce over the next few years, consolidating offices around the country as part of plan that includes a newly discl…

A Victory for the Right to Boycott, in Massachusetts » Palestine The legislature's Joint State Administration and Regulatory Oversight (SARO) committee sent an anti-boycott bill (H1685/S1689) to study, rather than releasing it for a full vote of the legislature, ef…

MassMutual expansion to help regional economy » Western Mass News Springfield city leaders couldn't be happier about the MassMutual jobs expansion announcement.…

Attracting tech giant could require Amazon bill, Baker says » Gloucester Times Amazon doesn't quite fit into the state's current set of job-boosting programs, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who raised the idea Thursday of legislation tailored to suit the tech giant's needs.…

Report: Boston's Wide Income Inequality Narrows » WBUR The city of Boston's wide income inequality has narrowed some in recent years, according to a new Brookings Institution report.…

Third bid's in for Herald » Boston Herald Newspaper chain Digital First Media has put in the third bid for the Boston Herald, which will be sold off next week in a court-organized bankruptcy auction.…

Can 'The MetroWest Miracle' Sustain Itself? » WGBH News When Karim El-Gamal, 36, and his business partner first wandered into Hudson in 2011, his opinion of the town was mixed.…

MassMutual's CEO once questioned the state's business climate. Today, he's all in. » Boston Business Journal

Education

Stamford, Clarksburg, leaning closer to joint district » The Berkshire Eagle Two small towns are exploring uncharted territory across state lines, and now there is money to help write the map.…

Weston and Wayland youths make local and global impact » Wicked Local Weston Kevin Wang of Wayland and Nathaniel Luu of Weston were recognized on Feb. 1 with the January 2018 Rising Youth Leadership Award, presented monthly by the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland.…

Framingham, Milford students targeted for early college program » The Metro West Daily News After lagging behind other states, Massachusetts is set to make a major investment in early college education, and students from Framingham and Milford could be in the forefront of that effort.…

Pittsfield School Committee renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day » Berkshire Eagle Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but should that mean he gets a day in his name? …

BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees » iBerkshires

Environment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, fellow lawmakers say EPA should insist on GE cleaning up Housatonic, dumping toxic waste outside Mass. » MassLive Massachusetts federal lawmakers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to push General Electric to finish cleaning the polluted parts of the Housatonic River and cart the toxic waste out of th…

Federal

Mayors to Census: Don't Blow This » CityLab More than 160 mayors issued a joint letter to Wilbur Ross, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, outlining several deep concerns with the 2020 Census on Wednesday. Their ask was straightfo…

Health Care

Mental health organization with 17 centers across Massachusetts pays $4 million settlement for using unlicensed therapists » MassLive South Bay Mental Health Center has agreed to pay a $4 million settlement after Attorney General Maura Healey sued the center for fraudulently billing MassHealth.…

Mental health care company accused of Medicaid fraud to pay $4 million in settlement » Boston Globe A mental health care company accused of fraudulently billing the Massachusetts Medicaid program has agreed to pay $4 million in a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey's office.…

South Bay Mental Health Center to pay $4M to settle Medicaid fraud case » Worcester Telegram A mental health center that operates facilities across the state, including in Worcester, will pay $4 million to settle charges of fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program for services provid…

Lowell-based mental-health center shutting its doors » Lowell Sun Mental-health treatment in Greater Lowell has suffered yet another major blow - a region that has faced a shortage of patient beds and mental-health providers for years.…

Political Roundup: Senators Question Assisted Living Oversight » Cape News

Immigration

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton working to stop illegal immigrant's deportation » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is working with lawyers of a Brazilian national to prevent his deportation after he was detained by immigration agents while seeking a green card with his American wife.…

Judiciary

Local judge officially sworn in to state Appeals Court » WWLP 22 News A western Massachusetts Superior Court Justice is the state's newest Appeals Court judge.…

Labor

Airport contract workers call off Logan strike » Boston Globe Contract workers at Logan Airport abruptly called off their strike Thursday after two days, but picked up support from local officials who vowed to assist their efforts to unionize.…

Legislative

Rosenberg won't rule out seeking Senate presidency » Lowell Sun Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Thursday declined to say whether he'd seek the presidency again in 2019. Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced plans to install Sen. Harriette Chandler a…

By 37-0 vote, Chandler is Mass. Senate president until '19 » Worcester Telegram The Senate on Thursday voted 37-0 to drop the “acting” from Sen. Harriette Chandler's title and install her as the chamber's president for the remainder of this legislative session, which …

State Sen. Mark Montigny possible candidate for Senate president » Boston Herald State Sen. Mark Montigny, a Beacon Hill veteran and New Bedford Democrat, would be "open" to vying for the Senate presidency, where four others are already trying to gather support, according to the c…

Dems shut out Stanley C. Rosenberg from Senate prez job » Boston Herald Senate Democrats closed the door on any return to power by ex-Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg this year — and perhaps beyond — moving yesterday to install his interim replacement, …

Local Government

Divided South Hadley Selectboard fills Board of Registrars vacancy after 8-month delay » MassLive After an hour of discussion at Tuesday's meeting, the Selectboard voted 3 to 2 to temporarily fill a vacancy on the South Hadley Board of Registrars.…

Hopes high for Nantucket Ice Bear » Cape Cod Times The Nantucket Board of Selectmen approved a lease agreement Wednesday that could pave the way for free or reduced-cost thermal energy storage at homes on the island.…

Taunton awarded $2 million in lawsuit against former insurance agent » Taunton Gazette Solicitor Jason D. Buffington said the city's successful lawsuit against its Taunton-based former insurance agent is an important win for the city.…

Marijuana

Activists fight back as Walsh, Baker urge slower rollout of pot businesses » Boston Globe Massachusetts cannabis regulators are facing mounting political pressure to delay the scheduled July debut of certain recreational pot businesses, as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Governor Charlie …

Gov. Charlie Baker balks at pot delivery, cafe concepts » Boston Herald Bay State residents pushing for pot delivery and places to smoke socially are facing opposition from Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh and some medicinal marijuana patients say they're worr…

Salem Council OKs downtown, highway pot shops » Salem News The city council has given way to allowing recreational pot shops to sell downtown, as well as in business highway zones after a marathon, controversy-filled meeting Thursday night that came one vote …

Members-only 'cannabis lounge' to open in Worcester » Worcester Mag A members-only social club for the stated purpose of smoking weed will open tomorrow in the Canal District. For $50 a month, patrons can access The Summit Lounge, at 116 Water St., where weed and toba…

Warning of high power costs of marijuana, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration recommends energy standards » MassLive

Immediately allowing marijuana cafes and theaters is 'irresponsible' and 'dangerous,' Massachusetts district attorneys say » MassLive

Opinion

Let's say 'thank you' to the people who made the budget deal possible: The voiceless younger generation » Boston Globe Just when it seemed like Washington was hopelessly mired in budgetary brinkmanship, the same leaders who have saved us before stepped forward again to make possible a budget deal!…

Peter Lucas: This calls for a double Senate president farewell address » Lowell Sun Maybe Bryon Hefner should be the next Massachusetts Senate president. He could take the place of Stan Rosenberg, his husband.…

LETTER: Speak up for the animals » Newburyport News Animal cruelty is a touchstone issue for all of us with empathy. …

Only taxpayers should grant approval for legislative pay raises (Letters) » MassLive I have read there were nine Democratic representatives who voted against the bill for a raise in pay, but State Rep. Angelo Puppolo, D-Springfield, was not one of them. …

Editorial: 'Simpler is better' on pot law rollout » Boston Herald The Baker administration is engaging in a little pushback with the state's marijuana regulators, urging a go-slow approach on those pot cafes, home delivery services and proposed “mixed use 

Viewpoint: Connecticut example argues against millionaires' tax » Boston Business Journal It all sounds so simple. Just slap a four-percentage-point surcharge on all annual income over $1 million and use the supposed $1.9 billion windfall to fund education and transportation. It sounds irr…

MassMutual reinforces commitment to region (Editorial) » MassLive

Politics

Tran, Chalifoux Zephir running again for state Senate » Leominster Champion Several weeks after facing each other in a special election, Dean Tran and Susan Chalifoux Zephir said they are running again for the Worcester and Middlesex state Senate district seat that Tran won b…

Rosenberg turns focus to policy issues » Boston Herald A day after Democrats closed the door on his return to the state Senate presidency this session, an upbeat Stanley C. Rosenberg rattled off a list of priorities he still hopes to accomplish in the nex…

Lakeville Rep. Orrall considers run for state treasurer » South Coast Today State Rep. Keiko Orrall, a Lakeville Republican and one of two Massachusetts members of the Republican National Committee, has been seriously exploring a statewide campaign for treasurer, according to…

GOP consultant's websites get trolled » Boston Globe Political opponents and reporters know that Republican campaign consultant Holly Robichaud can give as good as anyone in a tough confrontation.…

Arlington mom announces run against Rep. Sean Garballey » Wicked Local Medford Arlington resident Lori Lennon has announced her candidacy for State Representative for the 23rd Middlesex District, representing parts of Arlington and Medford. The seat is currently held by Rep. Sea…

Public Health

Flu activity in Mass. reaches 2nd highest level in a decade » Boston Globe Flu activity in Massachusetts has spiked yet again, reaching the second-highest level the state has seen in at least the past decade.…

Baker talks opioids, heroin in meeting with US attorney » Gloucester Times

Worcester lawsuit of Big Pharma appears likely » Worcester Mag

Public Safety

$45 million for new Springfield police station included in Senate bond bill » MassLive The Senate passed a bond bill Thursday that includes $45 million for a new Springfield police station.…

School-police reform measure at critical moment on Beacon Hill » WCVB Amid growing concern about schools turning to police to deal with students' behavior challenges, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are pushing to include reforms in the criminal justice reform bi…

State Finance

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes funding for women's health, Puerto Rican evacuees in Massachusetts » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker introduced a $160 million budget bill on Thursday that includes money for Puerto Rican evacuees and women's health.…

Baker proposal would fund sheriffs, birth control for poor, aid to hurricane evacuees » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker released a $160 million supplemental state budget bill Thursday to fund services ranging from shelter beds for homeless families to prisons to reimbursing cities and towns for t…

Baker safeguards women's health funding -- just in case » Sentinel & Enterprise Preparing for the possibility that federal funding for women's health care services could dry up in March, Gov. Charlie Baker included $1.6 million for family planning services in a midyear spending b…

The Week in Public Finance: What the Budget Deal Means for States and Localities » Governing After a brief shutdown on Friday, the House voted just before dawn on a two-year spending plan. …

State Government

Massachusetts communities searching for economic success should have a vision and leaders, says Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito » MassLive When struggling communities in Massachusetts look to their more successful neighbors wondering how to ride the wave of economic growth they see happening elsewhere there is one important lesson they s…

Lieutenant governor feted at law school reception » Mass Lawyers Weekly New England Law Boston recently hosted its 2017 Dean's Reception, honoring Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, a 1991 graduate of the school. The reception recognizes members of the law school community who have c…

Local clerks fret over early voting costs » Gloucester Times Secretary of State Bill Galvin wants to expand early voting to the upcoming state primaries, but local clerks say the move will add to mounting election costs while doing little, if anything, to boost…

State ordered to release diversity data on public employees » Boston Globe The public has a right to know the racial and ethnic demographics of all of the approximately 90,000 public employees whose payrolls are processed by the state comptroller, according to a ruling by th…

AG tells lawmakers more money needed » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Conway Country's citizen of the year » Patriot Ledger

Transportation

Latest South Coast Rail plan breeds optimism in Fall River » The Herald News “For those of us working on the project for decades, literally decades, this is the closest we've ever seen this project come to fruition,” Fiola said. “This is the most movement we …

Transportation commission won't look at revenues, financing » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER'S new commission on the future of transportation will try to envision how people will be moving around the region 10 to 20 years from now, but it won't be looking at how to pay for …

Utilities

Massachusetts Seeks Path Forward Following Hydro Project Defeat » NBC Boston A week after New Hampshire regulators soundly rejected a $1.6 billion hydropower project, Massachusetts officials are demanding to know whether Northern Pass still is a viable option for delivering cl…

Baker: Massachusetts now has 2 gigawatts of solar capacity » MassLive The Baker-Polito administration announced this week that Massachusetts now has more than 2 gigawatts of solar power installed in 78,646 projects across the state -- enough to power around 1.4 million …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Longfellow Bridge will reopen in May, Governor Baker says » Boston Globe

MassMutual to add 1,500 jobs in Springfield, build new Boston campus in $300M investment in Massachusetts » Mass Live

Peace, love and profits: Local firms go all in on socially conscious investing » Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker talks of legislation tailored for Amazon » Worcester Telegram

The Longfellow Bridge Will Reopen in May » Boston Magazine

MassMutual plans $240M Boston office building with room for 1,000 workers » Boston Business Journal

Arlington's Senator Friedman Raises Awareness For Women » Salem Patch

Massachusetts retail marijuana shops need to be in place in July, pot cafes not so much, Gov. Charlie Baker says » Mass Live

Stan Rosenberg dodges questions about scandal » Boston Herald

Chandler remains in top Senate post » Newburyport News

Massachusetts Senate: Chandler in charge for 2018 » Berkshire Eagle

Baker's comment on Cannabis Control Commission triggers backlash » Salem News

News Briefs: Legislature to consider 'An Act to Strengthen Civil Rights'; Lenox Dems to caucus » the Berkshire edge

Lakeville Rep. Orrall considering run for state treasurer » State House News Service

Freetown-Lakeville School Committee presents revised budget » South Coast Today

Rosenberg: "I'm here to vote for Senator Chandler" » State House News Service

Attracting tech giant could require Amazon bill, Baker says » State House News Service

The group behind Question 2 (yes, from 2016) has been shuttered » Boston Globe

City Council turns down proposed ordinance on marijuana » The Reminder

South Coast Rail filing offers new details on Fall River stop, ridership numbers » The Herald News

Rape crisis center says Wynn Boston Harbor shouldn't keep casino mogul's name » Mass Live

Springfield's mayor reacts to MassMutual's expansion plans » Western Mass News

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4039 - An Act relative to the Lake Quinsigamond Commission

HB 3958 - An Act relative to the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority Capital Infrastructure Fund in the town of Stoughton

HB 4088 - An Act further regulating the Massachusetts Port Authority community advisory committee

HB 4016 - An Act authorizing the appointment of special police officers in the city of Malden

SB 2176 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elizabeth O'Brien, an employee of the Office of the Attorney General

SB 2154 - An Act providing that future members of the police department of the town of Adams shall be exempt from the provisions of the Commonwealth's civil service law

HB 3360 - An Act designating May as Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Most read bills of the week:

SB2289 - Study order for the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

HB4201 - Extension order for the committee on Education

SB2279 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

SB1305 - An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents

HB2 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

SB2283 - An Act establishing a restoration center in Middlesex County

HB4187 - Extension order for the committee on Public Health

HB4045 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

SB2285 - An Act enhancing the issuance of citations for cruel conditions for animals

SB426 - An Act relative to environmental justice and toxics reduction in the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 930

Senate Actions This Week: 662


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