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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Environment, Energy & Transportation

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mass. AFL-CIO Working People's Day of Action, Boston Firehouse, 125 Purchase Street, Boston

1:00pm Lunar New Year Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

3:00pm Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Teury Marte Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

Trump's Unfinished H-1B Reform Has Already Scared Employers—And Foreign Workers » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS The H-1B work visa program, which grants qualified non-U.S. citizens the right to work in the United States for up to six years, is a policy that President Donald Trump has been eager to revise since …

US could be witnessing 'end of a two-party system': Republican governor » ABC News Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he believes Americans could be witnessing the “end of a two-party system.” …

Well-Heeled Investors Reap the Republican Tax Cut Bonanza » New York Times Businesses are buying back stock to boost prices, giving dividends and pursuing mergers, not raising wages. …

Monica Lewinsky: Emerging from "The House of Gaslight” in the age of #MeToo » Vanity Fair This was the man who had turned my 24-year-old life into a living hell in his effort to investigate and prosecute President Bill Clinton on charges that would eventually include obstruction of justice…

Elizabeth Warren's stealth campaign to shed 'Pocahontas' » Politico Elizabeth Warren's surprise address this month on her disputed Native American heritage was just one piece of a concerted campaign by the Massachusetts senator and potential 2020 hopeful to put the co…

Janus case high stakes for public employee unions » timesunion The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in Janus v. AFSCME, a constitutional challenge to the dues-like union fees many state and local government workers must now pay. The outcome could sha…

NRA battles Florida Republicans over gun crackdown » Politico The National Rifle Association, equipped with a vaunted political email list and support from passionate single-issue voters, is gearing up to take on Florida Gov. Rick Scott and GOP leaders as they t…

In the Shadow of Grief, the Path Forward for Noho Area District… » Western Mass Politics and Insight The death of 1st Hampshire Representative Peter Kocot has become the latest upheaval in the Upper Pioneer Valley's legislative delegation. Kocot, 61, died last week of an undisclosed illness. His deat…

Minimum-wage hike backers: Take it or leave it » Lowell Sun The ballot proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $15-an-hour is non-negotiable, according to a Raise Up Massachusetts insider who described the group's wage-floor hike effort as a take-it-or-l…

Charlie Baker and the Boston Teamsters » The Wall Street Journal Teamsters Local 25 endorsed Charlie Baker last week, the first time in two decades the union has backed a Republican candidate for Massachusetts Governor.…

Baker seeks to ease transition off welfare » Eagle Tribune Welfare recipients would continue to get benefits for six months after they start working under a proposal from Gov. Charlie Baker that seeks to wean families off state assistance while preventing the…

“I take some relief in the fact that personal information was not breached by this, that they did a pretty solid forensic analysis, once they got around to understanding what the problem was,” Baker said during a weekend interview during the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. “But no, I wasn’t happy with the whole thing played out.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the data breach in the Department of Revenue.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Joe Kennedy III bashes GOP response to school shooting » Boston Globe US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, in a fiery appearance on “The View” Friday morning, lashed out at the Republican response to the Parkland, Fla., school massacre last week, but str…

Business

For MassMutual, a big tax break for a short move » Boston Globe Take a right out of the driveway of MassMutual's tucked-away campus, drive past Steve's Boston Seafood and Angie's State Line Liquor, and through the first stoplight. You'll come to a green sign that …

Another recession? It's not inevitable, if the Fed acts wisely » Boston Globe Just because the United States hasn't had a recession in nine years doesn't necessarily mean one is coming. With the right mix of good luck and sound policy, the current expansion could break the reco…

As Boston Athenaeum changes, tension and controversy arise » Boston Globe Strife has erupted at the Boston Athenaeum, a venerable redoubt of Brahmin culture better known for afternoon teas and Beacon Hill reserve than for workplace clashes that spill into the public realm.…

Education

Some colleges are cracking down on student-teacher romances » Boston Globe It is a quintessential college story, the stuff of books, movies, and real-life marriages: the romance between the tweedy professor and the student.…

Western Massachusetts parents discuss arming teachers with handguns » WWLP 22 President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to approve a measure to arm teachers with handguns, after a shooter killed 17 people at a High School in Florida last week.…

In effort to save money, two small colleges move toward merger » Boston Globe In an attempt to stay affordable and competitive, two small liberal arts colleges in Newton are considering merging, the schools announced Saturday.…

Harvard's Long March Across The Charles River » The skyline of Harvard's Cambridge campus is dotted with steeples and bell towers. But look across the Charles River — into Boston's Allston neighborhood — and you'll see a mammoth steel…

New STEM course program coming to Narragansett » Athol Daily News

Environment

After year of record deaths, right whales produce no new calves, which could be 'catastrophic' » Boston Globe After a year when scientists found a record number of dead North Atlantic right whales, the species has yet to produce a single newborn this calving season — an unprecedented and potentially ca…

Army Corps of Engineers OKs removal of Upper Roberts Meadow Dam in Northampton » MassLive Bid documents will go out in March to remove the 1883 Upper Roberts Meadow Reservoir Dam near Chesterfield Road in Leeds, according to Department of Public Works director Donna LaScaleia.…

Markey to hold meeting to discuss offshore drilling » Boston Globe US Senator Edward Markey is bringing together members of the fishing and tourism industries, environmental organizations, and academia to discuss President Trump's proposal to allow oil and gas drilli…

Parties consider mediation to resolve differences on Rest of River cleanup » Berkshire Eagle A judge with the nation's top environmental court might try to mediate a dispute over removal of Housatonic River toxins.…

State Money Boosts Shellfish Propagation, Community Services » Vineyard Gazette

Federal

Interior dept. promises update on Mashpee land trust in Taunton within 30 days » Patriot Ledger The U.S Department of the Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe qualifies to have land taken into trust under a different…

Gaming

'Wynn is not about one person,' new CEO says » Boston Globe In 2013, Wynn Resorts promoted its chief financial officer, Matt Maddox, then in his late 30s, to company president, setting him up as front-runner to someday take over for one of the biggest names in…

Labor

Behind a key anti-labor case, a web of conservative donors » Boston Globe In the summer of 2016, government workers in Illinois received a mailing that offered them tips on how to leave their union. By paying a so-called fair-share fee instead of standard union dues, the ma…

Charlie Baker's overtime problem swells » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has a festering overtime problem. The first-term Republican is facing a rash of swollen OT in key state agencies including the MBTA and the state police — areas already under…

Legislative

'Quite a shake-up': Departures, and a death, cause loss of Western Mass. clout on Beacon Hill » MassLive Western Massachusetts is facing a major shakeup on Beacon Hill. When January arrives, the region will lose 41 years of legislative experience. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 25-year veteran of t…

Local Government

Manager job a done deal for Donoghue? » Lowell Sun CITY MANAGER Kevin Murphy steps down in April, but the time crunch to find a replacement might be somewhat eased by the appearance of an heir apparent.…

A reporter sees an open meeting law violation in Saugus. Officials see a 'vendetta.' » Lynn Daily News Item A month after Attorney General Maura Healey ruled the School Committee was in violation of the open meeting law, members are saying a new complaint filed against the panel is part of a personal vendet…

Marijuana

Chief Massachusetts marijuana regulator says decisions coming on pot cafes, yoga studios and home delivery » MassLive Massachusetts marijuana regulators this week will consider how to approach the roll-out of retail pot after receiving feedback from Gov. Charlie Baker and marijuana advocates.…

Paint Night brushes up on pot law » Boston Herald A Denver company that puts a weed-friendly spin on the paint-night craze is bringing events to the Boston area.…

Massachusetts marijuana regulators delay cannabis cafes, home delivery options » The Republican

Opinion

Carr: Just how low have the staties fallen? » Boston Herald There are only three possible ways to describe the top brass of the Massachusetts State Police and the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS).…

How can we remedy the shortage of health providers? » Boston Globe In a medical mecca like Boston, which is home to three medical schools and many world-class hospitals, you'd think that getting a timely appointment with a primary care physician or specialist would b…

The Goldwater rule has been turned into a silencing mechanism aimed at those who would speak out » Boston Globe Last month, the American Psychiatric Association reasserted its broad interpretation of the Goldwater rule, which states that psychiatrists should not diagnose public figures from a distance. …

EDITORIAL: Arming teachers in schools does not solve the issue of gun violence in America » The Daily Free Press In response to the recent shooting in Parkland that claimed 17 innocent lives, President Donald Trump fired a series of tweets Thursday morning demanding that we arm our teachers with guns to prevent …

Editorial: Gaming panel clears air » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has declared that casino magnate Steve Wynn's donation in 2014 to the Republican Governors Association, which then gave financial support to then-candidate Charlie …

The price we pay for liveability » Boston Globe PAST GENERATIONS IN Greater Boston knew it was their duty to improve the landscape — to build parks and seawalls, subways and bridges — for the benefit of all future residents. In 2018, …

The kids are all out of patience » Boston Globe I'M NOT IMPLYING that the GOP-led House, Senate, or White House have finally recognized that weapons which turn schools, churches, and nightclubs into battlefields have no place on American streets.…

Hogan, Garballey, and Eldridge: Access to one's own birth certificate: A question of equality » The Metro West Daily News Most people probably assume they are entitled to their own vital records, but that's not the case for everyone in Massachusetts. Adoptees born in the 33-year “gap” period between July 17, …

Clarence Fanto: Keep chugging with rail plans, but base them in reality » Berkshire Eagle Don't get me wrong — trains are a fantastic way to travel. One of my fondest early memories is a 1950s New York-to-LA ride, including the 20th Century Limited run to Chicago aboard the world's …

Outdated formula yields have and have-not schools » Commonwealth Magazine Teacher witnessed it first-hand in Waltham, Lawrence …

Townie: Mass regional transit authorities face major budget crisis » Dig Boston A quarter-century ago, I lived in Lawrence for a few months. Because it was the closest place to Boston that I could find a cheap apartment on short notice. Unfortunately, I had a low-paying job in th…

Politics

Transit issues could help, haunt Gov. Baker's election hopes » South Coast Today The Republican has staked much of his reputation as a Mr. Fix-It technocrat on dragging the metropolitan Boston area's creaking subway, bus and commuter rail system into the 21st century, as well as e…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Fattman seeking third term » Milford Daily News Citing a pending bill to protect public safety officials and a desire to continue efforts at combating the opioid epidemic, Republican state Sen. Ryan Fattman will seek reelection for a third term thi…

Interest groups help bankroll L'Italien, Matias 3rd District campaigns » Lowell Sun Although the early days of the 3rd Congressional District race have featured little apparent involvement by specific industries or interests, a handful of candidates have drawn distinct support from n…

Hampshire County residents looking forward to upcoming political change » WWLP 22 Change is coming for Hampshire County politics. State Representative Peter Kocot passed away Thursday and two long serving state representatives have announced plans to retire. …

Funeral services for state Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton scheduled » The Republican Funeral services for state Rep. Peter V. Kocot will be held Monday and Tuesday in his hometown, which he represented in the Massachusetts legislature for 16 years.…

Chandler touts experience, 'call to serve' in bid for 3rd District » Sentinel & Enterprise With an extensive background in military intelligence and health care, as well as a compelling personal story about her "call to serve," Haverhill's Alexandra Chandler argues she is the "best person t…

Congressional candidates address voters at Haverhill forum » Eagle Tribune Stronger gun control. Support for undocumented immigrants. Universal healthcare. A higher minimum wage. Campaign finance reform.…

Natalie Blais, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce leader, to run for Rep. Kulik's seat » Gazette Net The executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has announced her candidacy for state representative in the 1st Franklin District.…

National Democrats may not invest in Baker fight » Boston Globe Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, standing with several other Democratic governors Saturday, was fired up about her party's prospects for winning gubernatorial races around the country this Novembe…

Guns not a hot topic at Moulton town hall » The Salem News On Tuesday, a Republican congressman from Colorado was booed over his position on gun control when he held a town hall in his home district.…

Green focusing on economy, infrastructure in bid for Congress » Eagle Tribune He is one of more than a dozen candidates in the running. He is a Republican seeking federal office in the country's most famously liberal state and the current leader of his party is historically unp…

Photos: Sen. Warren holds court in Holden » Worcester Mag Packing a Sunday crowd into Wachusett Regional High School, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, viewed as a strong contender for president in 2020, brought her familiar brand of intensity and anti-…

Huntington journalist first to seek Kulik's seat » Gazette Net An Emmy-award winning journalist who has recently made Huntington her home is making a bid for state representative in the 1st Franklin district.…

Public Safety

Beacon Hill Roll Call: How Mass. banned bump stocks » Taunton Gazette Debate on gun laws intensifies across America following the death of 14 students and three teachers in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. One of the proposals t…

Governor Baker touts Mass. gun laws to other governors in D.C. » Boston Globe Federal elected officials have long been at odds over how to reduce the risk of mass shootings. The nation's governors are, too.…

Massachusetts Joining Interstate Gun Safety Coalition » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is joining the "States for Gun Safety" coalition, which includes New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut.…

Baker wants to join Northeast gun safety coalition » The Salem News A day after four of his Democratic counterparts announced a gun safety coalition, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signaled plans to join their data-sharing group. Separately, Attorney General Maura Heal…

MVRHS students hold walkout to speak against school violence » Martha's Vineyard Times Nearly 500 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) students and teachers marched from their school to the football field in spitting rain and cold on Friday afternoon to stand in solidarity wit…

Sen. Warren blasts NRA at Wachusett rally » Worcester Telegram U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for action on gun violence while lambasting the National Rifle Association at an event here Sunday.…

Inspired by Fla. students, Stoneman Douglas alumni meet in Somerville » Boston Globe First came the stunning texts and anxious calls, then the wrenching videos and photographs, and finally the outpourings on Facebook — disbelief, anger, hurt, resolve — at seeing a source…

Boston-Based SimpliSafe Is Severing Ties with the NRA » Boston Magazine The home security company has been pressured to separate from the pro-gun organization. …

Massachusetts prisons will limit visitors for inmates » Boston Globe In reviewing the 16 years Bob Wojcik served in state prison, the Massachusetts Parole Board found a lot to like, particularly his commitment to rehabilitation and lack of disciplinary problems. But it…

Safety chief not on board with "Safe Communities" compromise » State House News Service

State Government

Baker 'extremely disappointed' with data breach at revenue department » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said he is “extremely disappointed” with a Department of Revenue data breach that made private information from about 39,000 business taxpayers visible to other comp…

Transportation

Preventing distracted driving becomes a greater challenge as technology advances » South Coast Today Texting while driving was outlawed by the Legislature almost 20 years ago, with very mixed results. As it turned out, motorists often ignore the law because it is so cumbersome and costly for police. …

Derailed MBTA train raises new transportation concerns » Lowell Sun It's been a few days since a Red Line MBTA train derailed in Boston, spurring a nightmare of shattered windows, plumes of smoke and jam-packed shuttle buses between Dorchester and South Boston.…

Marty Walsh against pressuring MBTA on assessments » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh indicated yesterday he won't back any plan to pressure the MBTA on its climbing assessments to the cities and towns its serves, with the City Council calling for a hearing amid o…

Area officials cry foul over T funding formula » Boston Herald Officials in area cities and towns say they agree with Boston city councilors that the MBTA's yearly assessments aren't buying the service they need, and it's time to revisit the formula that hauls in…

Dozens protest proposed PVTA rate hikes, service cuts at UMass rally outside legislative budget hearing (video) » The Republican

Utilities

Mass. dragging its feet on grid modernization » Commonwealth Magazine Compensation model for utilities needs to change …

Clouds form over state's solar future » Cape Cod Times

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 2/26

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Environment, Energy & Transportation

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mass. AFL-CIO Working People's Day of Action, Boston Firehouse, 125 Purchase Street, Boston

1:00pm Lunar New Year Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

3:00pm Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Teury Marte Campaign Kickoff

Tuesday - 2/27

Birthdays: Senator Eric Lesser

8:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden

9:00am Mass. Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Action Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am Dental Hygiene Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:30pm Reception with Sen. Dean Tran and Gov. Charlie Baker

7:00pm Neponset Valley Young Democrats Social with Sen. Paul Feeney

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Weymouth Campaign Launch Party

Wednesday - 2/28

9:00am Women's Bar Association Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Coalition for Homeless Individuals Lobby Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Massachusetts Home Care Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:30pm Homes for Our Troops Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

2:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

6:00pm Winter Reception with Sen. Joe Boncore

7:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Hull Campaign Launch Party

Thursday - 3/1

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm House Committee on Technology & Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Hearing

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro with Speaker Robert DeLeo

6:00pm Nick Collins for State Senate Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Sen. Candidate Katie McBrine Norwell Campaign Launch Party

6:00pm Rep. Natalie Higgins Re-Election Campaign Kickoff & Signature Gathering

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Allison Gustavson Campaign Kickoff

Friday - 3/2

Birthdays: Rep. Susannah Whipps

7:30am Massachusetts Marijuana Summit II, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston

9:30am YouthBuild Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Alliance for Vocational Technical Education, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing - Health & Human Services

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Deirdre Hall Campaign Kickoff


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