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9:00am Mass. Clubhouse Coalition Employment Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am MAPA Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, 1:00 PM

1:30pm Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

5:30pm Mass. Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee Kickoff Fundraiser

Special Election for Rep. Paul Heroux's seat

State Primary for Special Election for Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's seat

Must-Reads

SENATE PRESIDENT: "I PROBABLY WILL MOVE OUT SOONER THAN DECEMBER" » State House News Service Senate President Harriette Chandler will "probably" step down as the chamber's top Democrat before December and expects the ethics investigation into her predecessor to wrap up within a matter of week…

You can’t do that in politics. (She just did.) » Boston Globe Caution doesn’t always cut it. Running like a man often doesn’t work. Fed up with the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t advice heaped on female political candidates, some of t…

Teachers Walk Out in Oklahoma and Kentucky: ‘It Really Is a Wildfire’ » New York Times A wave of walkouts and rallies in red states has been organized largely by ordinary teachers. …

AFTER HITTING HIGH, RANKS OF WOMEN IN SENATE QUICKLY SHRINKING » State House News Service Eight months after the number of women in the Massachusetts Senate tied an all-time high-water mark, their ranks are now on track to reach a low last recorded nearly two decades ago. …

NYPD sex crimes cop donated to Trump after 'p---y' video scandal » Daily News Four days after President Trump was caught on tape boasting about grabbing women “by the p---y,” the high-profile head of the NYPD’s sex crimes division donated $500 to his campaign…

Sudbury, Weston state senator home after six-week cancer treatment » The Metro West Daily News

Massachusetts becomes only state without lifesaving tech for first-offenders » Sampan Massachusetts is now the only state in the nation that does not allow for drunk driving offenders to use ignition interlocks after their first offense. Previously, Idaho and Massachusetts were the rem…

How Officials Plan to Overhaul the Scandal-Plagued Massachusetts State Police » Boston Magazine One troop will be disbanded, cruisers will be monitored with GPS, and other big changes are coming. …

“I don’t know!” Chandler said when asked Monday if she expected to retain her post for the next seven days. “I, I — I would hope so for next week. I can’t talk too much beyond that.”

Senate President Harriette Chandler

When asked if she would still be Senate President next week.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Congresswoman Clark Hires New Communications Director » Framingham Source Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who represents Framingham, today, April 2, announced an addition to her Washington, D.C. office, hiring Kathryn Alexander as her new Communications Director.…

Business

Uproar Over Closing Of EMF Building Prompts Cambridge To Seek Solutions To Artist Displacement » WBUR On a recent Wednesday evening, the EMF Building in Cambridge’s Central Square was abuzz with the sounds of musicians at work: a drummer practicing fills, a vocalist warming up. Anna Rae, a musi…

Civil Rights

King's assassination eve speech read out loud in Boston » Boston Herald Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech before his assassination 50 years ago this week was read aloud in Boston on Monday by dozens of speakers who took turns reading short passages.…

Crimes

Lawrence Mayor, Police Chief Push For City Surveillance Cameras » CBS Boston City officials in Lawrence are hoping to give police another tool in their war on crime.…

Mass. State Police Overtime Scandal: Still no word on how much money stolen, but officials promise to release figures » MassLive Massachusetts State Police officials weren't prepared Monday to release a total amount of overtime money gained by troopers who worked phantom traffic enforcement shifts on the Massachusetts Turnpike,…

State Police eliminate Troop E, will start body camera program after overtimepay scandal » Metro.us The Massachusetts State Police department announced Monday that it is eliminating Troop E, a standalone section of the department that monitored the Massachusetts Turnpike, after an audit showed dispa…

State Police to eliminate Troop E in wake of overtime scandal » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and the head of the State Police on Monday announced the agency would eliminate the scandal-plagued Troop E unit and begin tracking all cruisers through GPS monitoring — …

State trooper under scrutiny didn’t reveal drug-dealing past, but left clue in hiring process » Boston Globe Trooper Leigha Genduso admitted on her State Police application that she experimented with pot as a teenager, but never mentioned that she cut up bales of marijuana and sold it in 10-pound packages co…

'If it was up to me, I'd take it away,' Gov. Charlie Baker says of accused Massachusetts State Police troopers' pensions » MassLive If the investigations underway find that Massachusetts State Police troopers broke the law, their pensions should be revoked, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Education

Provincetown voters put priority on child care » Cape Cod Times Voters at Monday night’s annual town meeting approved spending $308,000 to provide universal pre-K, preschool, and wee care for infants.…

Massachusetts agency breaks off from national loan servicer amid controversy » The Daily Free Press

Health Care

Read the report: Here's how much Massachusetts welfare and Medicaid fraud happened in fiscal year 2017 » MassLive Welfare and Medicaid fraud hit a new record in Massachusetts, the state auditor said in a report. The 19-page report outlines the $16.9 million in fraud discovered by Auditor Suzanne Bump's office.…

Human Services

Massachusetts’ only halfway house solely for women becomes latest victim of wave of reentry program closures » Sampan Massachusetts’ only halfway house exclusively serving women returning to the community after being incarcerated is set to close next week, the latest in a wave of Boston-area reentry programs f…

Massachusetts welfare and Medicaid fraud hits new record, rising to nearly $17 million, according to new report » MassLive Massachusetts public assistance fraud hit a new record, rising to nearly $17 million, according to the state auditor.…

Judiciary

Lawyers alarmed by efforts to remove Joyce’s attorney from case » Boston Globe Seventy-one lawyers called on a federal judge Monday to reject an attempt by prosecutors to disqualify the attorney for former state senator Brian A. Joyce, contending the unusual move infringes on Jo…

States’ Vital Role in Providing Civil Justice for Everyone » Governing It's up to lawmakers to provide the funding that's needed and to back reforms that make the system work better. …

Labor

Gov. Baker set to announce state police 'reforms' today » Boston Herald What's being described as "a series of reforms to policies and procedures" at the scandal-plagued state police will be announced today by Gov. Charlie Baker at the State House.…

Governor Baker, Colonel Gilpin Announce Reforms to Massachusetts State Police Including Body Cameras » Framingham Source Today, April 2, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin announced numerous reforms to State Police policies and procedures t…

GPS TRACKERS ON, TROOP E GONE AMID STATE POLICE OVERHAUL » State House News Service The Massachusetts State Police has been ordered to activate GPS tracking of its marked cruisers, will eliminate the troop that has been the subject of a probe into potential overtime fraud, is reviewi…

Sweeping Reforms Announced For Scandal-Plagued State Police » WBUR In an effort to crack down on overtime abuse and restore public trust, the Massachusetts State Police will mandate the use of GPS-locator technology in all of its department-issued vehicles to monitor…

What’s Driving Personal Income Growth in States » Governing It's not always higher earnings. …

Legislative

Ethics investigation into Sen. Stan Rosenberg expected to be wrapped up in matter of weeks » MassLive Senate President Harriette Chandler will "probably" step down as the chamber's top Democrat before December and expects the ethics investigation into her predecessor to wrap up within a matter of week…

Harriette Chandler’s hold on Senate presidency is uncertain » Boston Globe The leadership position of Massachusetts Senate President Harriette L. Chandler is so tenuous she is unsure whether she will still be the chamber’s leader by next week.…

After Hitting High, Ranks Of Women In Mass. Senate Quickly Shrinking » WBUR Eight months after the number of women in the Massachusetts Senate tied an all-time high-water mark, their ranks are now on track to reach a low last recorded nearly two decades ago. …

Chaos in the Senate? » Commonwealth Magazine

Senator charged with OUI could face action in chamber - after court case plays out » Berkshire Eagle

Sen. Harriette Chandler could give up top post by December » Worcester Telegram

Local Government

City Manager-elect Donoghue apparently wants a contract » Lowell Sun City councilors were pleased when Kevin Murphy led the city without a contract for four years.…

April 12 census workshop aims to prepare local officials » The Recorder With a total population that’s stagnant at best, says Franklin Regional Council of Governments Executive Director Linda Dunlavy, this region depends heavily on getting an accurate count in the …

Walsh wants big hike in parking ticket fees to fund transit work » Boston Globe Taking aim at one of Boston’s most vexing problems, the Walsh administration is planning to crack down on parking violations, reserve more parts of city streets for buses and bicycles, and set …

No state audit of Holyoke finances needed, says Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump » MassLive Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said an examination by her office of city finances as requested by officials here is unnecessary in light of reviews done recently by independent firms. CliftonLa…

Audit addresses improvements, challenges for Union Point board » Wicked Local Weymouth A state audit reveals the SouthField Redevelopment Authority has made improvements since a 2013 evaluation by Auditor Suzanne Bump raised questions about its legal fees, spending practices, and a lack…

Councilor wants to look at fees on vacant storefronts and apartments to help curb Boston's 'high-end blight' » Universal Hub City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) has had enough of storefronts and apartments that go empty - sometimes for years - in even the swankiest of neighborhoods and wants to begin …

Walsh wants to hike parking fines » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH will unveil a $5 million plan to improve the city’s transportation system, ranging from repaving roads and sidewalks to creating dedicated bus lanes, and plans to hike …

Migration Out of Big Urban Counties Accelerates » Governing Major urban jurisdictions, including some that had previously staved off losses, are seeing more residents move away. …

Planned Library Gets Boost From MassMutual Foundation » WAMC A fundraising campaign to support construction of a new public library in the largest city in western Massachusetts has received a major boost from one of the region’s largest employers. …

Parking Fines Could Increase in Boston under New Walsh Administration Plan » Boston Magazine Stiffer penalties for double-parking, failing to feed the meter, and several other violations are just one part of the mayor's strategy to decrease traffic in the city. …

Montigny Announces Over $575K for New Bedford Workforce Training » WBSM

Marijuana

Three Fall River medical marijuana businesses say they will seek recreational permit » The Herald News All three companies building dispensaries for medical marijuana will apply to sell marijuana recreationally as well.…

Opinion

Editorial: We can almost see the new Schell Bridge » The Recorder It seems like forever that Northfield has been fighting to keep a Schell Bridge across the Connecticut River, and now we can almost see the payoff.…

State Police reforms are off to a good start » Boston Globe AFTER A STRING of scandals at the Massachusetts State Police, Governor Charlie Baker announced a series of reforms on Monday aimed at restoring public confidence in the agency. …

Let’s continue to listen to young people » Commonwealth Magazine Student organizing on gun violence is blazing an important trail for education …

State needs to step up for higher ed » Commonwealth Magazine More investment key to future economic competitiveness …

Don’t bemoan harder, next-gen MCAS » Commonwealth Magazine It’s not about test scores, but better preparing students …

Do climate resiliency the right way » Commonwealth Magazine Extreme weather is a threat to overall economy …

Politics

Valley Advocate Podcast: Solomon Goldstein-Rose on why he dumped the Democratic party » Valley Advocate First elected as a Democrat in 2016, 24-year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst replaced longtime Amherst Rep. Ellen Story in a crowded primary after Story retired.…

Rep. Garlick Announces Reelection Bid » Needham Patch Representative Denise Garlick kicked off her re-election campaign at the Hearth Restaurant in Needham, where she was joined by friends, family and supporters.…

New high school vote expected to drive large turnout in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle City officials are preparing for a voter turnout on the scale of a presidential contest for Tuesday's special election which features a Proposition 2 1/2 override question for a new high school and a …

Ayanna Pressley staffs up in race against Michael Capuano » Boston Globe A former top aide to Deval Patrick has signed on with the campaign of Ayanna Pressley, the Boston city councilor aiming to unseat an incumbent congressman.…

DiZoglio Gets Support of City Council in Senate Bid » WHAV All nine members of the Methuen City Council have endorsed State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) in her bid to serve the 1st Essex District in the Massachusetts State Senate. Throwing their …

Public Health

MNA: Steward Plans to Close DPH-deemed Essential Maternity Services at Morton Hospital Called into Question by DPH, Community Leaders and Caregivers » PRNewswire

Public Safety

Why There Are So Many Bad Sheriffs » Governing In a job with tons of power and practically no oversight from voters, law enforcement or politicians, corruption can be easy to get away with. …

State Government

Michael Flaherty says he won’t run for Suffolk district attorney » Boston Globe

Taxation

New Short-Term Rental Bill Includes Money for Wastewater Cleanup » WCAI State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a …

Transportation

Beaton OKs South Coast rail phase one » Commonwealth Magazine Says service would attract 1,600 riders by 2030 …

Canceled T bus trips on the rise » Commonwealth Magazine Two-thirds of MBTA drivers on FMLA …

JetBlue Gets Preliminary Approval for Boston to Havana Flight » Boston Magazine The U.S. Department of Transportation gave a tentative thumbs-up to creating a route between Logan and Cuba. …

Berkshire Flyer Proponents Preview Pilot Program » WAMC

Utilities

Exelon plays power politics » Commonwealth Magazine EXELON GENERATION is threatening to shut down its Mystic Generation Station in mid-2022 unless the operator of the regional power grid offers more money to units that generate electricity reliably and…

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