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9:00am Green Difference Awards, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Meet & Greet and Fundraiser with State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall

6:00pm Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez Campaign Office Opening

Must-Reads

Major public worker union backing Gonzalez for guv » State House News Service The National Association of Government Employees, which represents 22,000 state employees, cited their work with Gonzalez during his years as Gov. Deval Patrick's secretary of administration and finan…

Advocate: Senate should release email that may have targeted him » State House News Service A longtime elder affairs advocate says he is the subject of emails sent by former Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner, and is asking the Senate Ethics Committee to make those messag…

Union partnership takes new tack against Mass. Fiscal » State House News Service For years the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has needled Democratic lawmakers in Massachusetts, sending mass mailers to voters to criticize their voting records. …

Comey book claims President Trump sought loyalty like mafia boss 'Sammy the Bull's' induction ceremony » ABC News Donald Trump engaged in a months-long effort to secure the loyalty of then-FBI Director James Comey in a series of meetings and phone calls that began in the presidential transition period -- behavior…

Charlie Baker defended Vertex’s high prices — a few weeks after his campaign cashed its checks » Boston Globe As the public outcry mounts over drug companies charging astounding prices for their latest miracle medicines, Governor Charlie Baker — fresh off a fund-raising splurge from Vertex Pharmaceutic…

‘Untruthful slimeball’: Trump blasts Comey as details emerge from scathing book » The Washington Post

Kingston selectmen to interview town administrator finalists, including Rep. Calter » Patriot Ledger The finalists for Kingston town administrator have been announced and will be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen next week. The three finalists are Tom Calter, the state representative from Kingsto…

Marlborough Hospital employees vote to unionize » Worcester Business Journal UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital employees totaling 220 will unionize after a vote Tuesday and Wednesday, according to statement issued Wednesday by the State Healthcare and Research Employees Unio…

Wynn Resorts in Early Talks to Sell Boston-Area Casino Project to MGM » The Wall Street Journal Wynn Resorts Ltd. has been in talks to sell its partially built Boston-area casino project to rival MGM Resorts International, according to people familiar with the matter, as Massachusetts regulators…

"If the president wants to advocate for this, he ought to advocate that everyone in the White House gets drug tested. And if members of Congress wants to support this, they ought to advocate that every member ought to get drug tested," he said in an interview. "This is ridiculous."

U.S. Rep Jim McGovern

Speaking about President Trump's proposal that would allow states to drug test certain food stamp recipients.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Rep. Jim McGovern slams reported plan to drug test some food stamp recipients, says Donald Trump should be the one drug tested » Mass Live U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, condemned the Trump administration Thursday for reportedly considering a proposal that would allow states to drug test certain food stamp recipients -- a policy wh…

Ryan’s announcement reverberates in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine If House flips, state delegation well positioned …

Business

Massachusetts defies Trump administration with crackdown on student loan debt » MarketWatch At least one state is moving forward with its plan to crack down on student loan companies, despite pressure from the federal government and the firms themselves to back off.…

House life sciences bill includes $150M in UMass carveouts » Boston Business Journal

Life sciences bill envisions $445 million commitment » Mass Live

Civil Rights

Transgender Legal Protections Could Be Repealed in Massachusetts Via Ballot Measure » Rewire Erica Tobias—also known as Mimi—has led a full life as a child, a spouse, a parent, and now a grandparent in Massachusetts. But for most of her life she struggled, aware of being “…

Docket deluge: MCAD has seen full caseloads, but it’s hoping to change all that » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has entered a new era.…

Crimes

Reject disqualification request in Joyce case » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Sixth Amendment affords criminal defendants the right to counsel, and established case law dictates that disqualification of counsel should be allowed only as a last resort. That’s what mak…

Education

Meehan defends deal to buy Mount Ida » Boston Herald UMass President Marty Meehan is defending his controversial decision for UMass Amherst to take over Mount Ida College in Newton amid mounting inquiries from state agencies and pushback from parents, s…

Political anger grows over UMass-Mount Ida deal » Boston Globe A swelling chorus of state lawmakers and other politicians is expressing anger and skepticism about the deal the University of Massachusetts has struck to buy struggling Mount Ida College and send its…

UMass-Amherst officials say Mount Ida purchase 'a very good investment,' part of strategy to expand statewide » Mass Live University of Massachusetts Amherst officials say the acquisition of Mount Ida College is a great opportunity for the flagship's students and part of Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy's strategy to expand …

Suffolk trustee resigns over presidential search » Boston Globe

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to give 2018 Mount Holyoke College commencement address » Mass Live U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the House minority leader, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Holyoke College's 181st commencement ceremony on May 20.…

Why is everyone mad about the UMass-Mount Ida deal? » Boston.com Mount Ida College is closing, UMass Amherst is getting a new campus, and a lot of people are mad about it. …

Bill aims to end predatory student loan services » News 22 WWLP.com The State Senate passed a consumer protection bill Wednesday to prevent unfair student lending practices.…

The Department of Justice Is Looking into the Admissions Policies of Several New England Colleges » Boston Magazine The federal government has asked for information from schools including Wellesley, Amherst, and Tufts for documents regarding early-decision policies. …

Gov. Charlie Baker Joins Critics of Mount Ida following Acquisition Announcement » Boston Magazine Members of the UMass Boston community and students at Mount Ida have also spoken out after UMass Amherst said it intended to buy the Newton-based liberal-arts college. …

Lawmakers calling for state audit of charter school approved for West Springfield » Mass Live

Environment

UMass report cautions billions needed for local climate change preparations » Boston Globe A report to be released Friday by the University of Massachusetts points to the challenges the city and the region face in funding solutions to combat climate change, with local neighborhood projects …

SJC hands Maura Healey a victory in ExxonMobil climate change case » Boston Globe

Gaming

Gaming commission to host public meeting on Wynn » Salem News Acknowledging it as an unusual step, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed Thursday to publicly consider the request of Wynn Resorts to remove embattled former chief executive Steve Wynn from its…

Wynn Resorts in preliminary talks with MGM to sell Everett casino » Boston Globe Casino giant Wynn Resorts has had preliminary talks about selling its $2.5 billion Everett gambling resort to MGM Resorts International, a move that would remake the state’s casino industry be…

Asked about report of possible sale of Wynn Boston Harbor, gaming commission chairman says he has no inside information » Mass Live Is the $2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino being shopped around for a sale?…

Steve Wynn’s residual influence » Commonwealth Magazine Steve Wynn is gone from the company that bears his name, but is his influence really gone?…

State asked to remove Wynn from casino license » Lowell Sun Massachusetts gambling regulators agreed Thursday to hold a public hearing on a request that casino mogul Steve Wynn be removed from a license held by the company that bears his name to operate a reso…

Gaming landscape unsettled amid Wynn Boston sale speculation » State House News Service

Housing

Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference held in Springfield » WWLP Dozens of civil rights activists and government officials were at Thursday's event in Springfield to work toward having accessible housing regardless of race and economic status.…

As Fair Housing Act Turns 50, Landmark Law Faces Uncertain Future » Governing Under the Trump administration, and most Republican White Houses, enforcement of the 1968 anti-discrimination law has weakened. Housing advocates say the constantly changing federal approach has held …

Human Services

Mystic Valley Elder Services Encourages Lawmakers to Protect Seniors from Elder Abuse » Revere Journal Elder Services hosted its annual legislative breakfast at the agency’s headquarters, located at 300 Commercial St. in Malden. Board President Mary Prenney and Executive Director Dan O’Le…

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker to sign major criminal justice bill Friday » Mass Live

Labor

Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question » Boston Globe Four of the state’s largest business groups have united in opposition to a proposed ballot initiative that would mandate nurse staffing levels for all Massachusetts hospitals.…

Legislative

Mr. Speaker: You have a call on line 1. And 2. And 3 . . . » Boston Globe The first phone rang at 10 a.m. inside House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s office, delivering a seemingly innocuous call in support of a piece of legislation.…

News Briefs: Pignatelli co-hosts electric vehicle briefing; Harrington endorses criminal justice reform bill » the Berkshire edge Tuesday at the State House, Reps. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox; Jonathan Hecht, D-Watertown; Joan Meschino, D-Hull; Solomon Goldstein-Rose, I-Amherst; and Jack Lewis, D-Framingham,…

State House harassment study pays Martha Coakley less » Boston Herald Speaker Robert A. DeLeo doled out $243,066 on an independent study that led to major sexual harassment reforms in the House — but only a quarter of that payout went to former Attorney General M…

Elder advocate: Senate should release email that may have targeted him » Lowell Sun A longtime elder affairs advocate says he is the subject of emails sent by former Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner, and is asking the Senate Ethics Committee to make those messag…

Norman: Senate should release email that may have targeted him » The Recorder A longtime elder affairs advocate says he is the subject of emails sent by former Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s husband Bryon Hefner, and is asking the Senate Ethics Committee to make those…

Local Government

EDITORIAL: Three matters worth resolving now » Lowell Sun Time's running out for lawmakers to take the lead on three thorny issues that soon could be taken out of their hands. The Democratic leadership on Beacon Hill has been trying to find compromise soluti…

North Attleboro override opponent calls for repeal of tax increase » The Sun Chronicle Julie Boyce says the $6.5 million tax increase passed last week by voters could put her out of her home.…

New question for land-starved city: How to deal with formerly 'unbuildable' lots? » Dorchester Reporter A permitting loophole that allowed a developer to build on a former city-owned lot once considered “unbuildable” has prompted the city to take a fresh look at how it monitors and sells off…

Marijuana

State lagging on pot studies » Salem News As Massachusetts prepares to roll out retail marijuana sales, the state is devoting little if any money to researching the impact of legal pot use…

Opinion

Hey Facebook, is that the best you can do? » Boston Globe To paraphrase, blasphemously, a famous line from the New Testament (Mark 8:27): “Who is it that Facebook says I am?”…

How the United States always ‘gets China wrong’ » Boston Globe

The risk Trump would take in firing Mueller » Boston Globe Can Donald Trump and his supporters really be muddle-headed enough to believe that firing Robert Mueller will end the president’s investigatory problems?…

UMass Amherst isn’t the bad guy in the Mount Ida saga » Boston Globe Who’s the villain in the drama of the surprise agreement by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to purchase and shut down Mount Ida College — a deal that will leave 1,500 students sc…

Letter: Baker should be applauded for anti-opioid efforts » Eagle Tribune Lawrence is on the front lines of the opioid war. Our police are working to stem the supply of this lucrative (to the sellers), vicious and addicting scourge. They can't do it alone.…

The missing piece of Mass. criminal justice reform » Boston Globe The Legislature has crafted legislation to address many aspects of criminal justice reform: reducing incarceration by eliminating mandatory minimums and increasing diversion programming, expunging cer…

Editorial: Investigators reveal bias against Trump » Boston Herald We should not be clamoring for special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired. That ship has sailed. While the Russian collusion investigation seems to be withering away, having yielded no evidence that m…

Editorial: Legislature must step up to the minimum wage hike » Boston Business Journal Let’s get one fact straight regarding the proposed hike to the minimum wage: Everybody wants to help low-income families.…

Guest commentary: Cape legislators hit a home run » Wicked Local Yarmouth In the past two weeks, a united Cape and Islands legislative delegation won a stunning victory in the state House of Representatives and state Senate -- a victory that promises to provide serious mone…

Politics

Rematch between Chalifoux Zephir, Tran inches closer » Leominster Champion A possible rematch between Democrat Susan Chalifoux Zephir and Republican Dean Tran for the Worcester & Middlesex state Senate district seat took one step forward in the last couple of weeks.…

Former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer rips Elizabeth Warren at Geoff Diehl fundraiser, says she's 'fighting for a White House run' » MassLive Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary for President Donald Trump, criticized US Sen. Elizabeth Warren and urged Massachusetts Republicans to coalesce behind state Rep. Geoff Diehl, one …

Rivera endorses Baker's re-election bid, crossing party lines » Eagle Tribune Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera endorsed Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's re-election bid at an awards dinner Thursday, crossing party lines and snubbing a Democratic Party that, like Baker, has been good…

Organizers Announce Location Change for Falmouth Gubernatorial Debate » Cape Cod Online The three Democrats looking to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker in November will return to Cape Cod this weekend for a debate.…

Two more declare candidacy for state representative » Patriot Ledger Edward O’Connell and Nathanial Powell, both of Marshfield, announced their candidacy for state representative in the 4th Plymouth district this week. Both took out nomination papers weeks ago b…

L'Italien opens Andover campaign HQ » Andover Townsman State Sen. Barbara L'Italien opened her Andover headquarters over the weekend. …

New England governors are among the most popular (and least popular) in the country » Boston Globe

Democrat announces he’s backing Charlie Baker’s reelection bid » Boston Globe

Vargas Kicks Off Second Term Campaign Efforts in Haverhill » WHAV

Deval Patrick plans to ramp up his political activity this year » Boston Globe

Public Health

Weymouth students give lesson on 'addicts next door' » Wicked Local Weymouth A resident struggling with an addiction to opioid drugs or heroin could be a next door neighbor, or a co-worker who might not realize there are local recovery groups available to help them break free …

Public Safety

Springfield police seek to hire retired cops for unfilled road jobs » MassLive The Police Department wants to hire back some of its retired officers for extra-duty details, such as road construction jobs, saying that the demand for the details is so high that some jobs go unfill…

Yarmouth police officer fatally shot in Barnstable while serving warrant » Boston Globe A Yarmouth police officer was shot to death Thursday afternoon while serving a warrant at a home here in the village of Marstons Mills, authorities said.…

Opening of Northampton office for crime victims brings $9 million to area programs » Mass Live

State Agency That Helps Crime Victims Opens First Western Mass. Office » WAMC For the first time its more than 30-year history the Massachusetts state agency created to advocate for victims of crime has an office in western Massachusetts.…

Tight security set for Boston Marathon, officials say » Boston Globe On Marathon Monday, dress for rain, keep the drones in storage, and help keep lines at security checkpoints short by leaving backpacks and coolers at home, city officials said Thursday as they outline…

Local, state officials christen new office that will help crime victims in 4 western counties » Gazette Net Nearly a decade after losing his sister to domestic violence, Josh Moulton spent part of his Thursday celebrating the opening of a new office in Northampton aimed at helping victims and survivors of c…

Mass. Lawmakers Once Again Take On NRA In Push To Pass 'Red Flag' Law » WBUR Although Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, gun safety advocates want to make them even stricter. Following the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida, Massachusett…

State Finance

House budget nears $41B, up 3% » Lowell Sun 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 $41B Budget Hikes Spending 3 percent, Seeks State Police Review » Cape Cod Online 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.…

The Week in Public Finance: Why Low-Tax States Could Come to Dislike the New Tax Law, Too » Governing Up until now, high-tax states have complained the most. …

Transportation

FRTA proposed changes slowly drawing public response » The Recorder Reaction to potential route and rate changes for the Franklin Regional Transit Authority has begun in earnest, if unspectacularly.…

MBTA to Fund Red Line/Blue Line Connector Study » Revere Journal Linking the only two MBTA train lines that have no connection has been something residents in East Boston and surrounding communities have been asking and waiting for since the 1970s. The Red Line/Blu…

Sanchez ups T appropriation by $27m » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE’S BUDGET CHIEF on Wednesday rejected a provision sought by the MBTA and Gov. Charlie Baker that would have spared the transit authority from taking a $27 million hit on its operating …

Traffic issues emerge as bridge work continues » Wicked Local Bourne

Utilities

State Wants Stricter Radiological Release Rules With Pilgrim Closure » Cape Cod Online State health officials want the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to limit the amount of radioactivity at the site after the plant shuts down next year.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

MOVA opening new office in Northampton » WWLP

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

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

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

Convert Wynn casino into affordable housing » Cape Cod Times

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

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

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

Sources: Rosenberg ethics probe complete » Boston Herald

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4012 - An Act implementing the joint recommendations of the Massachusetts criminal justice review

SB 2371 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

SB 2105 - An Act designating a section of state highway route 10 and United States highway route 202 in the town of Southwick as the Purple Heart Trail

SB 1985 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Needham as the James J. Delaney II, UMSC Veterans Memorial Bridge

HB 4077 - An Act establishing the appointed office of town clerk in the town of Ayer

HB 4079 - An Act establishing the appointed position of treasurer-collector in the town of Ayer

HB 4078 - An Act establishing the appointed office of tree warden in the town of Ayer

HB 4028 - An Act establishing a special fund in the town of Westborough

HB 3995 - An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land in the city of Revere

Most read bills of the week:

HB4400 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4318 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4397 - An Act building for the future of the Commonwealth

HB4327 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB4134 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

SB2409 - An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges

HB4382 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4366 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB2400 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

House Actions This Week: 477

Senate Actions This Week: 219


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