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Must-Reads

Clergy members lobby Beacon Hill for 'red flag' bill » The Salem News Citing the "righteous impatience of our forebears," faith leaders from various denominations throughout Massachusetts joined gun control activists in making the rounds on Beacon Hill Wednesday, urging…

House agrees to expansion of conservation tax credit » State House News Service The House on Thursday passed a major expansion of a tax credit aimed at putting more land into conservation. …

Lawmakers up funding for regional transit authorities » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION, lawmakers on Beacon Hill funneled more money on Thursday to the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, which provide bus service in communiti…

Massachusetts House passes $41 billion FY19 state budget bill » The Republican The Massachusetts House on Thursday passed a $41.065 billion state budget for fiscal 2019 after four days of debate. …

The New Conservative Media Establishment » Politico Up close with the titans (and young Turks) of the populist right. …

Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor » Variety Linda Vester had a reputation for covering tough stories. As a war correspondent for NBC News in the ’90s, she spent three tours of duty in the Middle East and took two assignments in Africa. …

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox to Face Massachusetts Gambling Regulators » The Wall Street Journal Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chief Executive Matt Maddox is set to appear before Massachusetts gambling regulators Friday to stress that the company has restructured its board and worked to change its culture in…

"In the wake of massacre after massacre, were we to remain silent we would be in egregious violation of the biblical mandate to 'not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor' (Lev 19:16)"

Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Included in a letter to legislative leaders, urging them to pass HB3610 An Act temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump’s agenda bogs down in swirl of scandals and misfires » Boston Globe President Trump’s efforts to move past a series of scandals and focus on his agenda were derailed on Thursday by an increasingly assertive Congress, including some restive Republicans fed up wi…

Business

Lawmakers set new rules for credit reporting agencies » Newburyport News Credit bureaus would be prohibited from charging consumers who want to "freeze" or "thaw" their credit reports if their financial information is hacked or stolen under a proposal approved by the state…

Massachusetts Senate passes bill giving consumers free credit freezes in wake of Equifax breach » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to make it easier for consumers to monitor and protect their credit.…

Framingham brewer Jack's Abby named Manufacturer of the Year » The Metro West Daily News The Small Business Association recognized Jacks’ Abby Craft Lagers of Framingham as the Massachusetts Manufacturer of the Year.…

Civil Rights

A deaf softball pitcher was kicked off Newbury College’s team. Now she’s suing » Boston Globe Kayla Finacchiaro started playing softball when she was 8, made varsity her freshman year at Natick High School, and her pitches can hit 60 miles per hour, placing her at the highest levels of collegi…

'I and others like me can go to Fenway Park feeling very proud of the Red Sox,' says Walter Carrington, following Yawkey Way vote » The Republican Walter Carrington, who previously led a state investigation into alleged discrimination by the Red Sox organization, said he was "very happy" with the city's decision to change the name Yawkey Way bac…

Crimes

Firefighter faces charges after alleged assault on female colleague at Jamaica Plain firehouse » Boston Globe A Boston firefighter is facing charges that he attempted to sexually assault a female colleague at their Jamaica Plain firehouse earlier this year, according to the authorities.…

Education

MCC trustees considering removing former president's name from library » Lowell Sun As one Middlesex Community College building gets named after a well-known philanthropic family, another name could be removed from the college's library.…

UMass details plans for Mount Ida property » Boston Globe Amid growing backlash, the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst penned a letter to state lawmakers Thursday assuring them that his plan to purchase the 72-acre Newton campus of the so…

Collins steps up for UMass Boston, files bills to enhance, protect campus budget » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Nick Collins has filed three state budget amendments related to UMass operations that he said were intended to help close the Boston campus’ budget gap and ensure that no state funds…

West Springfield Public Schools worried about adequate state funding to accommodate Puerto Rico evacuees » The Republican Transportation costs and potential overcrowding continue to be sources of concern for school district officials, who worry that the level of projected state aid for hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico…

Seeing little help in state budget, Central Mass. public colleges again consider fee increases » Worcester Telegram A stingy state budget for the public higher education system next year is leading area colleges to consider more fee increases, as well as other solutions to keep up with their rising costs.…

Legislative hearing set on UMass purchase of Mount Ida » Hampshire Gazette State senators will discuss the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s controversial decision to purchase the Mount Ida College campus at a hearing next month on Beacon Hill. …

Quincy College board members attempt to remove president » Patriot Ledger The Quincy College Board of Governors will weigh a motion next week to fire President Peter Tsaffaras.…

Environment

State announces funding to face mounting storm damage » Cape Cod Times Hammered by three March nor’easters, it was easy for many on the Cape to forget the punishing flooding that occurred in a January nor’easter that left much of Provincetown’s downt…

Gaming

MGM chief says Wynn Boston Harbor acquisition not likely » Boston Business Journal Despite reports that MGM Resorts International may acquire the $2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett, the CEO of MGM said that it's not likely any such deal would happen.…

Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives final OK to MGM Springfield casino boundary, game floor » The Republican The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday voted to approve the MGM Springfield gaming establishment boundary lines and the gaming floor, key moves as the casino moves toward its newly announced …

MGM Springfield reveals $960 million resort casino to open earlier than expected » The Republican MGM Resorts International will open its Springfield casino ahead of schedule on Aug. 24, culminating a seven-year journey from vision to operation.…

Wynn Resorts Will Remove Steve Wynn’s Name from its Boston Harbor Property » Boston Magazine

Health Care

Partners among hospital systems quietly advising Trump on improving VA » Boston Globe Leaders from the Mayo Clinic, Partners HealthCare, and other large hospital systems have been quietly advising the Trump administration on how to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Mayo C…

Springfield, Holyoke hospitals seek state money to help cover care for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees » The Republican

Immigration

Nepali immigrants lose their protected status » Boston Globe Thursday’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that it was terminating the status of a group of federally protected immigrants — this time Nepali — is the latest …

Judiciary

Calls for analysis of criminal justice system after killings of 2 officers » My Fox Boston A group of lawmakers is calling for an in-depth analysis of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System after two law enforcement officers were killed this past month by alleged career criminals.…

Labor

Mass Clean Energy Center Announces Workforce Assessment of Offshore Wind Industry » Cape Cod Today The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center today released a report on the workforce needs and economic impact of the emerging offshore wind industry, finding that the deployment of 1,600 megawatts (MW) of …

Worker deaths continue to rise in Mass. » Boston Globe Antawani Wright Davis was on his bicycle, logged in and ready to make food deliveries for the online service DoorDash, when he was hit and killed by a dump truck in Dorchester last fall.…

Contractor will face manslaughter charges » Boston Herald Manslaughter charges will stand against the owner of a drain pipe company that lost two workers in a horrific South End trench collapse, a judge has ruled.…

Legislative

Columnist Solomon Goldstein-Rose: Explaining the legislative budget process » Amherst Bulletin This week was budget week in the House. The Massachusetts House may not operate on a regularized process for passing bills, but the budget process does operate with a defined procedure.…

Hawkins scores first budget victory » The Sun Chronicle New state Rep. Jim Hawkins succeeded in getting $50,000 added to the state budget Thursday for fitness and safety programs for the city fire department.…

Awaiting results of ethics probe, Rosenberg welcomes challenge » Hampshire Gazette The first year that Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, was elected to serve in the Legislature, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” was atop the charts.…

State Rep. James Miceli, Longtime Supporter of Commemoration of Armenian Genocide, Dies » The Armenian Mirror Spectator Democratic State Rep. James R. Miceli, the second-longest serving member of the Massachusetts Legislature, collapsed during opening Little League ceremonies in his hometown of Wilmington Saturday, Apr…

Local Government

Yawkey name dropped from Fenway street » Boston Globe With the swiftness of a unanimous voice vote, a little-known city commission agreed to rename Yawkey Way on Thursday, returning the stretch by Fenway Park to its original moniker: Jersey Street.…

Clinton nominated for 'Opportunity Zone' » Worcester Telegram Clinton is one of several communities in the state that Gov. Charlie Baker submitted as the state’s Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department to encourage long-term investme…

Polito Signs Community Compact With Peru » iBerkshires For the second time this week, small-town officials have stressed the need for relief from a mandate requiring two EMTs on every ambulance call to Lt. Gov. Polito.…

Grave concerns: Cities and towns prepare for future cemetery needs » Wicked Local When Arlington developed their Master Plan in 2016, they determined that Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the towns largest cemetery at 62 acres, would be at full capacity in approximately five years.…

Mashpee tribe, Keating seek to allay town's fears over bill » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell have responded to concerns outlined in a letter from Mashpee selectmen about federal legislation aimed at reaf…

11 Central Mass. communities in line for investment program » Worcester Business Journal

Opinion

Beginning to talk about the end » Boston Globe It’s the conversation no one wants to have. But on a chilly spring afternoon, 18 people have come to a small office building to start to have it. …

The way to prevent more Mount Idas » Boston Globe The sudden closure of Mount Ida College should be seen as the proverbial canary in the coal mine: a warning that more tuition-dependent private colleges may soon have to fold or merge in order to surv…

After Mount Ida, what should a sustainable future for higher ed look like? » Boston Globe The highly-questionable decision by the University of Massachusetts to acquire the Mount Ida College campus, following on the heels of the recent merger of Wheelock College and Boston University, for…

Letter: Recognizing those who serve, and those who welcome them » Worcester Telegram I am writing to recognize the service men and woman who serve and those who are serving and returning home.…

Ned Bristol: Keeping Highland CC natural may not be best option » The Sun Chronicle Would the city be better off if bankrupt Highland Country Club somehow remained a golf course or even unsullied open space, or might it in fact be better for Attleboro to see the 93-acre tract develop…

LOU MURRAY: Massachusetts needs leaders who support Trump » Patriot Ledger When my Irish grandmother, Catherine Doherty, landed at 56 Main St. in Worcester, the 1920s the political landscape was a little different. Coming down the gangway, it wasn’t too long before sh…

EDITORIAL: Is money winning elections? Why Setti Warren had to drop out » The Daily Free Press Setti Warren has ended his campaign for Massachusetts governor, narrowing the pool of Democratic candidates looking to challenge Republican incumbent Charlie Baker in the gubernatorial election next N…

Politics

John Kingston’s hire of Democratic adviser could ruffle feathers » Boston Herald GOP U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston quietly hired Democratic consultant and former Gov. Deval Patrick adviser Ron Bell to woo voters in “urban areas” — even as the Winchester Re…

MetroWest, Milford Republicans predict Baker win at GOP convention » The Metro West Daily News Heading into the state GOP convention Saturday in Worcester, area Republicans forecast overwhelming support for Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who they say embody a spirit of bipartisan…

Carvalho: I’ll bring neighborhood view, legislative experience to DA office » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester, who has more than enough signatures under his belt to make the Suffolk District Attorney ballot, says his roots in, and dedication to, his home neighborhood …

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker laughs when asked if he's unbeatable » The Republican He's got a high approval rating in public polls, a pile of campaign money in the bank, and one less opponent.…

Six Candidates Jump Into Race For Miceli's Vacant Seat » Somerville Patch The Massachusetts Secretary of State said Thursday that six candidates have pulled nomination papers for the vacant seat of Rep. James Miceli (D-Wilmington) since he died on Saturday. They include fiv…

Charlie Baker has made great efforts to distance himself from Trump. His party? Not so much » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, in what should be a triumphant celebration of his first term and a strong launch of his re-election race, will face pockets of raucous resistance at Saturday’s state Rep…

Charlie Baker likely to face dissent at convention » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaunted campaign machine faces off against a vocal band of conservatives and Trump supporters at this weekend’s GOP state convention, where the activists hope to emb…

Ribbons of mourning replace Yarmouth campaign signs » Cape Cod Times Two weeks after police Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty, and about two weeks ahead of the town’s annual election, Yarmouth is without many of the campaign images that of…

Candidates make final push in First Suffolk Senate race » Dorchester Reporter At the end of day next Tuesday, residents of a swath of South Boston, Dorchester, and Mattapan will have a new senator – at least through the fall of this year. …

Shiva Ayyadurai has accused Cambridge city officials of having a ‘vendetta’ against him » Boston Globe An independent US Senate candidate is convinced he is a victim of sinister political forces in Cambridge City Hall who are demanding he remove an anti-Elizabeth Warren sign that hangs from his campaig…

San Juan, P.R., mayor lifts up young women in Holyoke » Boston Globe A little girl asked one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world a simple question on Wednesday afternoon.…

L'Italien rips 'machines' aiding Trahan, Koh » Lowell Sun State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, with a blistering attack against her politically wired congressional rivals, is blasting their deep ties to powerhouses pols such as Mayor Marty Walsh and University of M…

Public Health

House lawmakers urge new recovery centers » Gloucester Times The prospect of more money for substance abuse recovery centers has lawmakers jockeying to locate the counseling programs in areas hit hardest by opioid addiction.…

Warren Calls For Stronger Response To Opioid Crisis » The Cape Cod Chronicle A stronger response is needed to the nation's opioid crisis, beginning with legislation that will target the hardest-hit communities, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told an audience of over 200 Saturday.…

Public Safety

Former Mass. State Police colonel says DA Joe Early Jr. told him altering arrest report of judge's daughter the 'right thing' to do » The Republican

Taxes not paid on perks for troopers » Boston Globe The state has failed to pay taxes on tens of millions of dollars doled out to state troopers since the 1970s as a reward for driving their own cars to work, leaving Massachusetts vulnerable to a poten…

Attleboro area police departments attend cyber crimes conference » The Sun Chronicle Officers from several Attleboro area police departments attended a three-day conference in Boston this week to learn new skills to detect and prevent cyber crimes.…

'This absolutely vindicates the troopers,' says attorney for State Police troopers behind arrest of judge's daughter » The Republican

No criminal charges in case of Alli Bibaud arrest report changes, Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican

State Finance

Massachusetts Senate passes $156M supplemental spending bill » The News and Observer The Massachusetts Senate has passed a $156 million spending bill including funding for regional transit authorities, local school districts' special education costs and programs for Massachusetts chil…

State Senate OKs $2.1M for Health Incentives Program » South Coast Today The state Senate approved $2.1 million on Thursday to keep the Health Incentives Program running through June 30; the House already approved a similar measure.…

State Government

Mount Greylock War Memorial Nationally Designated » iBerkshires The Mount Greylock War Memorial has been designated as a National World War I Monument.…

Transportation

$200M to fix Massachusetts roads in Legislature's agreement » Worcester Telegram House and Senate negotiators on Thursday agreed to a one-year, $200 million authorization for local road repairs through the Chapter 90 program, opting against a multi-year bill favored by cities and …

WRTA board passes budget that won't last the year » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board unanimously passed a $25 million budget Thursday that, while balanced, does not fund a full year of transit services.…

Utilities

Living near municipal wind turbines has residents on guard » Wicked Local Hanover

Lt. Gov. Polito working to bring broadband connection to smaller communities » News 22 WWLP.com Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was back in western Massachusetts Thursday night and met with the Russell Town Select Board.…

Lt. Gov. Polito listens as Monterey officials accuse MBI of ‘big-business bias’ toward rural broadband initiatives » the Berkshire edge

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4449 - An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges

HB 4080 - An Act establishing the position of town manager in the town of Ayer

HB 3905 - An Act establishing a private road maintenance revolving fund in the town of Westminster

Most read bills of the week:

HB4400 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

SB2481 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

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

HB4445 - Extension order for the committee on Health Care Financing

HB4241 - An Act removing fees for security freezes and disclosures of consumer credit reports

SB2455 - An Act removing fees for security freezes and disclosures of consumer credit reports

HB3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

SB2460 - Resolve to protect pollinator habitat

HB3659 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB1038 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

House Actions This Week: 368

Senate Actions This Week: 510


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