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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Annual Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Reception with Sean Spicer

5:30pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate John Flores

6:00pm Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:30pm Fireside Chat with Rep. Diana DiZoglio

6:30pm Rep. Andy Vargas Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Rep. Joan Meschino Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Spring Reception with Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins

Birthdays: Rep. Joan Meschino

Must-Reads

Massachusetts state budget faces uncertainty over 2018 ballot questions » The Republican The Massachusetts House released its state budget proposal Wednesday at a time when budget writers face significant uncertainty. …

Student debt "poisoning everything else in our economy," senator says » State House News Service As the Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in Massachusetts, the measure's House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for…

House budget calls for State Police oversight and rebuffs Baker’s Medicaid plan » Boston Globe House leaders unveiled a $41 billion spending plan on Wednesday that rebuffs Governor Charlie Baker’s budget proposal on several fronts, thwarting his efforts to move 140,000 poor adults from M…

Legislature's records exemption shields data on misconduct » Boston Herald (T)he Legislature's longstanding exemption from the state's public records law and frequent use of non-disclosure agreements make fully assessing the scope of the sexual harassment problem on Beacon H…

MSNBC’s surging ratings fuel Democratic optimism » Politico Democratic strategists are seeing a new reason for optimism about the midterms: soaring ratings for liberal-leaning MSNBC. …

Can democracy survive global capitalism? » Boston Globe The triumph of neo-fascists like Viktor Orban in Hungary, the rise of far-right parties elsewhere in Europe, increasing trade conflicts with China, and the appeal of our own President Trump have one t…

Good Riddance, Mr. Speaker » New York Times For his entire career, Paul Ryan has been the wunderkind who couldn’t deliver. …

How Not to Cover America » American Prospect As local newspapers shrink and many of the national media close local bureaus, we depend increasingly on coverage by reporters who parachute into communities. But even the best are likely to be a step…

Bannon pitches White House on plan to cripple Mueller probe and protect Trump » The Washington Post Stephen K. Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of President Trump’s circle, is pitching a plan to West Wing aides and …

"And I think one of the most important things is to learn the facts first. And I think when the state legislators know the facts, they'll see that UMass is trying to do the right thing. If the Legislature doesn't want us to help these students, then I guess we could walk away but I'm not sure that's the right thing for these students."

UMass President Marty Meehan

Defending the UMass decision to acquire 74 acres and assorted buildings belonging to Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Dershowitz has Trump’s ear with criticism of Mueller » Boston Globe Alan Dershowitz arrived at the White House this week expecting to discuss the Middle East. Before long, the president had invited him to an intimate dinner of a ravioli appetizer, guinea hen entree, a…

After war of words, Warren set to face off with Mulvaney » Politico In a moment four months in the making, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday will get her first face-to-face crack at the man accused of dismantling her brainchild in what's likely to be an inte…

Massachusetts lawmakers praise House Speaker Paul Ryan as 'forceful advocate' for GOP, say his retirement signals Democratic momentum » MassLive Although members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation lauded U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's commitment to the GOP and tenure on Capitol Hill Wednesday, they also pointed to his announced retirem…

Retirement could pit Democrats against Pelosi » Boston Herald House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to bow out of Washington at the end of his term energized Democrats itching to take back the lower chamber in November.…

Business

The design of the Winthrop Square tower just got more dramatic » Boston Globe Millennium Partners has yet another vision for the skyscraper it wants to build in downtown Boston.…

Massachusetts Senate OKs Bill Aimed at Student Loan Lenders » US News and World Report The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill supporters are calling a student loan bill of rights. The bill —approved unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday — aims to will help protect stu…

Supreme Development's Giorgio Petruzziello goes from cabinets to comebacks » Boston Business Journal Dedham Square has seen new restaurants, shops and residential units in new or converted buildings — and much of that transformation is at the hands of Giorgio Petruzziello, son of Italian immig…

Lawsuit: Duck boat company's hopes doused by Boston police » Boston Herald A would-be duck boat competitor is waging amphibious warfare against Boston police, firing a salvo of two lawsuits claiming that cops have unconstitutionally thwarted its fleet from taking the plunge.…

Crimes

Massachusetts State Police scandals: House budget proposes new audit unit » The Republican Leaders in the Massachusetts House are proposing a new audit unit within the state police and a new commission to review state police hiring and promotion practices.…

Education

Why is the government investigating early decision at elite colleges? » Boston Globe A Justice Department antitrust investigation into early-decision admissions practices has ensnared several elite New England colleges and left many higher education specialists puzzled about what mess…

Some key facts about Mount Ida College » Boston Globe The recent announcement that Mount Ida College would close and become an outpost for UMass Amherst has prompted criticism from students at the Newton private school, from Governor Charlie Baker, and f…

UMass purchase of Mt. Ida College prompts a local outcry on priorities » Dorchester Reporter The decision by the University of Massachusetts to acquire Mount Ida College in Newton as a new satellite campus for UMass Amherst students has attracted the attention of a local legislator and state …

Massachusetts higher education officials launch inquiry into Mount Ida/UMass deal » The Republican Massachusetts higher education officials are demanding information from Mount Ida College as the small Newton institution abruptly moves to close, lay off faculty and staff, and allow the University o…

Mass. lawmakers 'upset' over Mount Ida deal because 'they don't really know the facts here,' UMass President Marty Meehan says » MassLive UMass President Marty Meehan is defending the deal allowing his Amherst campus to acquire 74 acres and assorted buildings belonging to Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., as Massachusetts lawmakers sa…

Massachusetts senators question UMass/Mount Ida deal, call for oversight hearing » MassLive The deal between the University of Massachusetts and Mount Ida College, a struggling private institution in Newton, Mass., is drawing scrutiny from state senators. …

UMass acquisition of Mount Ida comes under scrutiny in Senate » State House News Service The Senate plans to look into UMass Amherst's proposed acquisition of Mount Ida College and one senator said he hopes to learn some answers before the agreement is completed.…

Meehan claims Mount Ida didn’t choose UMass deal over Lasell bid » Boston Business Journal

'We are standing in a 21st Century classroom,' HCC president says at opening of HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute » MassLive

Environment

Beverly Gets Federal Grant To Overhaul Park » Peabody Patch Masschusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that Beverly is one of seven Massachusetts communities to receive grants under the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program…

Gaming

How Wynn’s Boston Casino Is Rising on Land Tied to a Mobster » Bloomberg Massachusetts is reviewing whether the company buried sexual misconduct to get a gaming license. But another cloud hangs over the megaproject on the Mystic River.…

Health Care

Tufts Foundation funds age-friendly communities » Wicked Local Quincy Quincy is one of 100 age friendly communities in the state, Massachusetts is one of two age friendly states in the country, and now the Tufts Health Plan Foundation has provided more funding to suppor…

Housing

State Tax Credits Go to IHT » Vineyard Gazette The Island Housing Trust was recently named to receive $150,000 in tax credits from the from the state community investment tax credit program.…

Immigration

Mass. ACLU sues Trump administration, citing ‘bait and switch’ immigration policy » Boston Globe The ACLU of Massachusetts announced Wednesday that it had sued the Trump administration, alleging the federal government is pulling a “bait and switch” by detaining and threatening to det…

Immigrant advocates lobby at State House for policies » Bay State Banner On the 22nd annual Immigrants’ Day last Wednesday, April 4, hundreds of Massachusetts constituents converged at the State House to lobby for policies that better protect both undocumented and d…

Judiciary

Berkshire DA will drop cases tainted by drug lab misconduct » Berkshire Eagle Hundreds of Berkshire County defendants will soon see their drug charges dismissed due to misconduct at the now-defunct Amherst Drug Lab, including the "handful" that retired District Attorney David C…

2 nominees confirmed by Governor’s Council » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor’s Council confirmed two of Gov. Charlie Baker’s nominees on April 11, approving a new member on the Appellate Tax Board and a Juvenile Court clerk-magistrate. Steven G. Elli…

House budget proposes new re-entry spending » Commonwealth Magazine ONE WEEK AFTER the Legislature passed sweeping new criminal justice reform reforms aimed at turning the system away from incarceration and toward second chances and rehabilitation, the House is propos…

Labor

Xed Out: Why Generation X Is Leaving Boston’s Workforce » Boston Magazine Wedged between boomers and millennials, Gen X has been the quiet, get-things-done generation nobody paid much attention to. Now they’re getting pushed out of their jobs—and boy, is Bosto…

Legislative

Gov. Baker swears Hawkins in as Attleboro's new representative » The Sun Chronicle With a contingent of friends looking on, Jim Hawkins was sworn in Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker as Attleboro’s newest state representative.…

Devereux hosts Breakfast for Legislators » The Landmark Devereux school in Rutland held another successful Breakfast for Legislators with approximately 80 people in attendance (legislators, Advisory Board members, local officials, family and friends).…

House adds Attleboro Ironman to its roster » State House News Service Beacon Hill's newest lawmaker is a 12-time Ironman triathlete who became a high school math teacher at age 50 and spends his Saturday nights racing at Seekonk Speedway.…

EDITORIAL: Shine more light on Legislature's business » Lowell Sun Why should the state body that enacts laws be exempt from laws granting greater public scrutiny? Massachusetts, known for its restrictive, archaic public-records laws, finally passed reform legislatio…

Sources: Rosenberg ethics probe complete » Boston Herald

Local Government

Orange struggling to make the numbers work » The Recorder Teachers and parents gathered in Town Hall this week to show their support for the schools, as funding for education became the hot topic at the Finance Committee’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget meet…

State Rep. Michlewitz Opposes Municipal Harbor Plan in Letter to the State » North End Waterfront State Representative Aaron Michlewitz sent an opposition letter on the Municipal Harbor Plan to the State stressing his concerns about the Harbor Garage site development.…

Oak Bluffs voters approve $30.3 million budget » Martha's Vineyard Times Annual town meeting in Oak Bluffs was a collegial gathering this year, with 272 of the town’s 3,865 voters — 7 percent of the polity — giving their benediction to a $30.3 million …

U.S. Sen. Markey pledges support for Plymouth's 400th anniversary » Taunton Gazette U.S. Sen. Ed Markey made a pilgrimage to America’s Hometown Friday, braving an April snow storm to visit with Plymouth 400 and tour Pilgrim Hall Museum.…

Attleboro mayor hits police chief with gag order » The Sun Chronicle Mayor Paul Heroux has imposed a gag order on Police Chief Kyle Heagney after the chief blasted him and the city council in a news story about the city’s burgeoning marijuana business.…

Boston Mayor Walsh Proposes A $3.3 Billion Budget; Highlights Addiction Needs, Rebuilding Long Island Bridge » WGBH Boston Mayor Marty Walsh laid out his priorities for the next fiscal year on Wednesday as he presented Boston’ City Council with his annual budget proposal.…

Top aides to Marty Walsh getting pay hikes » Boston Herald Top lieutenants for Mayor Martin J. Walsh are seeing massive pay hikes in his new budget — some between $15,000 and $20,000 — with the possibility of higher pay grades for other workers …

Donoghue sworn in as city manager, and gets right down to work » Lowell Sun As officials met Wednesday morning to swear in Eileen Donoghue as city manager, the sun came shining through the Mayor's Office. …

Falmouth Pursues Special Tax Credit for Waquoit, East Falmouth Developments » Cape Cod Online

Marijuana

Boston approves zoning for marijuana businesses » Boston Globe Recreational marijuana businesses are welcome to set up shop on the main streets of Boston, but cannot cluster near one another, under new rules approved by city zoning officials Wednesday.…

Boehner morphs from marijuana foe to supporter » Boston Globe The Republican former speaker of the House has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes, and dispenses cannabis in 11 US states. Boehner’s endorsement…

John Boehner, Bill Weld join push to legalize weed » Boston Herald Former Republican powerhouses John Boehner and Bill Weld are joining a national pot company — that owns three medical marijuana licenses in Massachusetts — as part of their effort to leg…

Cape, Island pot shops on priority list » Cape Cod Times Three provisional medical marijuana license holders from the Cape and Islands are on a list of 20 the state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved this week for priority certification and a jum…

Residents say "no thanks" to pot in Scituate » Patriot Ledger Residents in Scituate voted to ban sales of recreational marijuana in town Tuesday night, joining a number of other South Shore towns that have done the same. Despite calls from some residents to cons…

Proposed Temporary Ban on Cannabis Business in Truro » WCAI Communities across Massachusetts are grappling with how to manage the cultivation and sale of cannabis after a state-wide measure for legalizing the adult use and sale of marijuana passed in 2016. …

Opinion

Can democracy survive global capitalism? » Boston Globe The triumph of neo-fascists like Viktor Orban in Hungary, the rise of far-right parties elsewhere in Europe, increasing trade conflicts with China, and the appeal of our own President Trump have one …

From Zuckerberg, one more pointless apology » Boston Globe For Mark Zuckerberg, perfunctory apologies are part of the business model. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” the Facebook CEO told members of the Senate’s Judiciary and Com…

Chappaquiddick and the circle of complicity » Boston Globe Times change, and so do political consequences for wrongdoing. Last January, after several women accused him of groping them, Al Franken resigned from the Senate.…

EDITORIAL: Congress gets a model for assault arms ban » Lowell Sun Gun-control advocates must have breathed a sigh of relief after a federal judge last week upheld the commonwealth's 1998 assault-weapons ban.…

Peter Lucas: Mayor Walsh taking a big cash position on 3rd Congressional race » Lowell Sun Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has suddenly emerged as a major player in the Merrimack Valley-based Third Congressional District campaign, and not everyone is pleased about it.…

State budget sets stage for education debate (Editorial) » MassLive Just how much will Massachusetts commit itself to spending for education? That shapes up as a central theme of the fiscal 2019 Massachusetts budget debate, after the House Ways and Means Committee rol…

Convert Wynn casino into affordable housing » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Local lawmakers have mixed feelings on public record requirements » The Sun Chronicle It’s complicated. That pretty much sums up the reaction from local lawmakers when asked if the Legislature should be subject to the same public record requirements as cities and towns.…

Diehl says state should consider sending troops to border » Salem News GOP Senate candidate Geoff Diehl has spent time along the southern border, and said Tuesday that if asked Massachusetts should consider sending National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to help …

Five pull papers for Collins seat » Dorchester Reporter Five men have pulled papers to run for the Fourth Suffolk district to replace State Rep. Nick Collins, who is seeking to fill the First Suffolk Senate seat left vacant by Linda Dorcena Forry this year…

Another Lowell mayor joins the state Senate race » Lowell Sun Another former Lowell mayor has jumped into the race to succeed Eileen Donoghue as senator from the 1st Middlesex District: Bill Martin.…

Candidate's vow to veto justice reforms costs him support » Salem News Democrat Setti Warren said last week that he was taking a principled stand against mandatory minimum sentences when he said he would veto a criminal justice reform bill backed unanimously by legislati…

The Litmus Test for (Most) Republicans Running for Governor: Trump » Governing The president remains popular among Republican voters, leading most GOP candidates to pledge their allegiance to him. But they may shift that strategy after the primaries. …

Field growing for 6th District race » Salem News Turns out, Congressman Seth Moulton is not the only one planning to run to represent the North Shore in Congress in 2018.…

Five pull papers for Collins seat » Dorchester Reporter Five men have pulled papers to run for the Fourth Suffolk district to replace State Rep. Nick Collins, who is seeking to fill the First Suffolk Senate seat left vacant by Linda Dorcena Forry this year…

Joe Kennedy to headline N.H. event favored by potential presidents » Boston Globe

Public Safety

More scrutiny eyed for state police amid scandals » Boston Herald

City leaders, BPD hopeful about changes in Seaport jurisdiction turf war » My Fox Boston There could finally be a turning point in the tug of war between Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.…

Polito vows support for abuse survivors » Lowell Sun Touting a $500,000 proposal to fund a statewide awareness campaign and a pilot program recently implemented by a handful of municipal police departments, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stressed the administrat…

MOVA opening new office in Northampton » WWLP

State Finance

House budget nears $41B, seeks review of state police » Boston Herald A nearly $41 billion state budget unveiled Wednesday by House Democratic leaders calls for a 3 percent increase in overall spending, no tax increases and intensified oversight of the embattled Massach…

House hikes local aid in $41B Massachusetts budget plan » Worcester Telegram & Gazette House leadership detailed a nearly $41 billion state budget proposal on Wednesday that goes above Gov. Charlie Baker’s recommended spending on local aid, housing assistance and MassHealth, and …

House budget bumps up local aid, boosts state police oversight » Berkshire Eagle House leadership detailed a nearly $41 billion state budget proposal on Wednesday that goes above Gov. Charlie Baker's recommended spending on local aid, housing assistance and MassHealth, and would i…

House $41B budget hikes spending 3 percent, seeks MSP review » Boston Herald Massachusetts House leaders have unveiled a nearly $41 billion state budget that would increase overall state spending about 3 percent from the current fiscal year with no proposed hike in taxes.…

State Government

Errant mailings by state tax department expose private data of 6,100 people » Boston Globe The state’s beleaguered Department of Revenue — already reeling this year after failing to deliver timely child-support payments and a data breach of sensitive businesses tax informatio…

Poll: Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker remains nation's most popular governor » MassLive

Baker ‘incredibly annoyed’ by Revenue Dept. blunders » Boston Globe

Taxation

House leaders rebuff Baker’s controversial sales tax collection plan » Boston Globe Some bad ideas die quietly on Beacon Hill. Others get baked into law. Then there’s the accelerated sales tax collection concept that the Baker administration pushed.…

Senate, House Pass Short-Term Rental Tax » The Cape Cod Chronicle With the backing of both the state Senate and House, it appears as if the extension of the room occupancy excise tax to include short-term room and home rentals is a done deal.…

New House plan favors sales tax estimates over real-time collection » State House News Service A year after the Legislature and governor agreed to pursue real-time sales tax collections, a system the Revenue Department since has called "not feasible," the House is proposing to abandon that ende…

EITC measure opens state budget up to tax talk » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo has already branded his $41 billion spending plan for next fiscal year as a no-new-taxes budget, but unlike last year the debate won't stop at the doors to the House chamber…

Transportation

Springfield City Council urges more state funds for PVTA as cuts in bus services loom » The Republican The City Council is urging the state Legislature to increase funding for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority as riders face a fare increase and threatened reductions in bus service.…

Rep. Ferguson announces $2.3 million in road and bridge funding for First Worcester District » The Landmark State Representative Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) announced on April 6 that the First Worcester District is scheduled to receive $2.3 million in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs un…

Chicopee Council votes to pave 5 roads for $1 million » The Republican Just in time for the spring roadwork season, the City Council voted unanimously to spend $1.01 million to pave five roads which badly need the work.…

Worcester airport's new $32M landing system won't help American Airlines flights » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Officials touted the Category III landing system as a major investment that would draw carriers to Worcester Regional Airport and increase reliability. But the newest carrier, American Airlines, will …

Massachusetts Sen. Jim Welch announces over $5.8M in Chapter 90 highway funding for local cities » MassLive

Utilities

Baker: Offshore wind decision likely in May » South Coast Today A decision on the state’s first offshore wind contract could come in May, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday.…

Lawmakers, advisory panel plot Pilgrim's future » Cape Cod Times While there have been different perspectives among the public on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station over the last 45 years, priorities are now aligning as the beleaguered plant progresses toward its an…

RSS API Warns Against Approval Of Year Round E-15 Sales, Asserting The Need To Protect American Consumers » American Petroleum Council

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Harvard Students Rally for Massachusetts Sexual Assault Bills » The Harvard Crimson

LETTER: Great news for Plymouth » Wicked Local Plymouth

House unveils $41B budget featuring increases in MassHealth, marijuana revenue » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts House proposes $40.98 billion state budget for fiscal 2019 » The Republican

House Bumps Up Local Aid In $41 Billion Budget, Drops Baker's MassHealth Plan » WBUR

State sends personal data to wrong addresses; thousands affected » Boston Globe

Editorial: Airbnb regulations should come down on the side of safety » The Recorder

Mount Ida, set to close, would have survived under Lasell takeover proposal » Boston Business Journal

House budget calls for State Police oversight and rebuffs Baker’s Medicaid plan » Boston Globe

All signs point to Lucas museum as 'Shuffleton's' buyer » Berkshire Eagle

As VP Mike Pence visited Boston, Gov. Baker came to Westport to promote his first term » Herald News

Massachusetts Senate passes student loan regulations, setting up clash with Trump administration » The Republican

State demands info from Mt. Ida College, seeks meeting » Patriot Ledger

Maura Healey to speak at grand opening of new office of victims aid agency in Northampton » The Republican

UMass Dartmouth to study economic impact of offshore wind on Bay State » Boston Business Journal

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