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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Mass. League of Community Health Centers Outreach and Enrollment Day, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Education Reform Now Advocacy 4th Annual Policy Luncheon, UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston

4:00pm International Workers' Day Demonstration, Liberty Plaza, East Boston

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Lindsey Esser

7:30pm Jamaica Plain Reception for Lieutenant Governor Candidate Quentin Palfrey

Last day to enact Initiative Petitions

Special Election for Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's seat

Must-Reads

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There, » The Wall Street Journal Towns with unfilled jobs are handing out money, student-debt relief and home-purchase assistance to lure potential employees–one by one…

The uninsured rate is rising again » Axios The number of Americans without health insurance is creeping back up, after seeing a big drop once the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to the latest tracking survey from the Commonwealth Fu…

Baby Breitbarts to pop up across the country? » Politico The Tennessee Star has gained traction among the state's political elite, raising questions over whether these type of local Breitbart-like sites will spread across the country. …

Top Senate Dem Spilka says Baker "has done a good job" » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's unpopularity among many Massachusetts Republicans was made clear Saturday at the DCU Center, but his broader appeal among all voters shone through on Sunday morning when one voter…

After flipping House seat, Orrall aims for same at Treasury » State House News Service Promising to look out for small businesses, collaborate with others and roll back regulations at the state Treasury, Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville was chosen by Republicans on Saturday as their endor…

Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC's Money » The Huffington Post (T)he DNC agreed to pay Clinton’s group Onward Together $1.65 million for her campaign email list, analytics, donor data and related items, The Intercept reported on Wednesday. The cache of mat…

Running for a second four-year term, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't be focusing on campaign trail until August » The Republican Baker, who is looking for a second four-year term, said in remarks to reporters Monday that he plans to focus on the Massachusetts State House before completely turning to re-election campaign.…

Former treasurer Steve Grossman back Jay Gonzalez for governor » Boston Globe Former state treasurer Steve Grossman, who failed twice to get his party’s gubernatorial nomination and then this year backed a candidate who left the race last week, is throwing his support to…

In polarized staffing fight, nurses say they’ll just go to the ballot » The Recorder Nurses who support mandatory staffing ratios are keeping their powder dry for a ballot fight they expect to wage this fall, a union chief told lawmakers on Monday.…

"It has made tough times in the State House. It has not been easy for senators, for staff,"

Senator Karen Spilka

Speaking about the ongoing investigation into former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

News By Category
Business

Evidence of dozens of deaths ‘irrelevant’ for meningitis jury, defendants argue » Boston Globe Dozens of people died and hundreds of others fell ill during the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that began in a Framingham compounding pharmacy.…

Chamber Hosts Legislative Breakfast Wednesday » Somerville Patch Small Business Month kicks off this Wednesday with a Legislative Breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Saving's Bank on Main Street in Wakefield. The event is being sponsored by the Reading-North Reading and Wak…

Black Market in Roxbury feels growing pains » Boston Globe Kai Grant had every reason to be riding high. Her venture, Black Market, a Roxbury pop-up for black business owners, was a smashing success in its inaugural year, hosting 150 entrepreneurs, and the re…

Round two for harborfront skyscrapers begins » Boston Globe It only took a decade, but zoning for a key stretch of Boston’s downtown waterfront finally got the green light from state environmental regulators Monday, giving developer Don Chiofaro long-aw…

Amazon announces major expansion in Boston » Boston Globe Amazon will formally announce on Tuesday a huge expansion in Boston that will bring 2,000 technology jobs to a new building in Seaport Square, where it will focus on developing its Alexa voice-activat…

Cambridge’s Ironwood Pharmaceuticals to split into two businesses » Boston Business Journal The 730-employee company said that both businesses would be publicly traded and headquartered in Cambridge.…

It’s Groundhog Day: Massachusetts Legislature Again Proposes Comprehensive Noncompete Law » National Law Review The Massachusetts legislature is once again seeking to enact comprehensive noncompetition legislation to rein in the use, and some may argue the abuse, of restrictive covenants in employment agreement…

State Senate OKs bill to help victims of data breaches » Hampshire Gazette The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted 38-0 to approve a bill adding protections for consumers from data breaches at credit reporting agencies.…

Amazon expansion includes new office, 2K jobs in Boston » Boston Herald

Agriculture officials taking applications to start hemp industry » WWLP.com

How To Be a Conscious Capitalist, According to Deval Patrick »

Crimes

Responses And Solutions To The Spread Of Storefront Massage Parlors » WGBH In early April, Liu Yang of Springfield and Stephen Forsley of Bernardston were indicted on sex-trafficking and money-laundering charges for their alleged role in running fake massage parlors in Sprin…

Education

Hackers get $10,000 in bitcoin after attack on Leominster schools » Boston Globe The hackers were hunting for vulnerable computer systems and in mid-March they found a mark: the Leominster public schools.…

Environment

Gov. Baker seeking federal disaster relief for March storm » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking federal disaster relief for six Massachusetts counties hit hardest by the March 2-3 nor'easter that pounded the region with hurricane-force wind and rain and downed trees…

Bay State joins lawsuit vs. Trump admin plan to scrap car emission standards » Boston Herald

Winchester Town Meeting backs plastic bag ban » Wicked Local Winchester

Human Services

$43.4 million in work recommended for Holyoke Soldiers' Home includes 'high risk' needs like fire protection, roof repairs » MassLive The roof needs work. Modernization would make the freight elevator safer. Fire escapes are in critical shape.…

Immigration

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo does not anticipate passing major immigration bill this session » MassLive House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said he does not anticipate bringing up a major bill on immigration policy this session.…

Judiciary

Former inmate seeks compensation after conviction vacated » Boston Globe Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham in April 1982, a horrific crime he always insisted he didn’t commit.…

Worcester DA disputes claims made by former head of state police » WCVB Speaking for the first time since the release of an independent investigation into the handling of a case involving a Massachusetts judge’s daughter, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph E…

Attorney for State Police troopers in Alli Bibaud case plans to name Worcester DA Joseph Early Jr. in federal lawsuit » MassLive

Labor

Wages are finally rising at a healthy clip — except for middle-class workers » Boston Globe Behind all the good economic news of recent years, from rising GDP to shrinking unemployment, there has been one stubborn and persistent sign of weakness: limited wage gains for US workers. But that m…

Legislative

Day Announces Increased Funding for Stoneham in House Budget » Somerville Patch State Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham) announced Monday that he successfully secured increase appropriations in the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) State Budget for the town of Stoneham.…

Baker: Beacon Hill should tackle sales tax drop, all other ballot questions » Boston Business Journal "It's my hope that one way or another we mash all those things together and come up with a way to handle all of those before the end of the session," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.…

State Rep. Hannah E. Kane announces Armed Forces Day » Wicked Local Shrewsbury

Local Government

Boardwalk to be named after former state rep., mayor Robert Correia » The Herald News As the weather finally turns nice the city’s popular boardwalk will gain more visitors and soon it could have a new name.…

News Briefs: House budget victories for 4th Berkshire District, environment; budget boosts funding for programs, services; Senate passes credit protection bill » the Berkshire edge Rep. William ‘Smitty’ Pignatelli, D-Lenox, has announced several wins for his 4th Berkshire District as well as environmental and agricultural gains secured through the fiscal year 2019 b…

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Petitions Baker for Winter Storm Financial Aid » WHAV Winter may seem like a distant memory these days, but the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is keenly aware of the damage done to the region over the last few months.…

Springfield residents more optimistic on city's future, less worried about crime, Western New England University poll finds » MassLive Residents have a more favorable opinion of the city's quality of life, economic outlook and public safety than they did eight years ago, according to new findings from the Western New England Universi…

Eminent domain on table for downtown Quincy » Patriot Ledger City officials said Monday night that the number of vacant storefronts in Quincy Center is concerning, and in the near future more drastic action such as eminent domain takings might be needed to spur…

Boston Has the Second-Most Impactful Millennial Population Nationwide » Boston Magazine According to new rankings from Politico, the size and productivity of the Hub's 25- to 34-year-olds are second only to San Francisco. …

Opinion

Editorial: Challenges ahead for new school chiefs » Hampshire Gazette A school superintendent is among the most important jobs in any community because of the vast number of families that use the school systems.…

Peter Lucas: Where were progressives in Setti Warren's time of need? » Lowell Sun It is not the first time liberal Democrat Setti Warren has been rebuffed by fellow progressives of the Democrat Party.…

Fighting the assault on liberal democracy » Boston Globe The warning in Freedom House’s 2018 report is stark: “Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America’s democratic standards er…

Wynn Resorts’ attempted touch-up doesn’t hide complicit enablers » Boston Globe The folks at Wynn Resorts are betting on Massachusetts gaming regulators to overlook what has been called a famous porcine proverb. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.…

Baker still popular, but not with all in GOP (Editorial) » MassLive To many voters, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is a refreshing political anomaly and an model for bipartisan government in a combative, partisan political climate.…

Editorial: Charlie Baker charts slow and steady course, for now » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker had a good day at the Republican state convention in Worcester on Saturday, garnering the votes of 1,577 delegates, or about 70 percent of those in attendance, to handily earn the e…

Editorial: Gov. Charlie Baker ignores Donald Trump at own peril » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker had a good day at the Republican state convention in Worcester on Saturday, garnering the votes of 1,577 delegates, or about 70 percent of those in attendance, to handily earn the e…

Trump is losing at home but winning abroad » Boston Globe Some teams — generally the ones I support—tend to win at home and lose away. The same is true of some American presidents. Lyndon Johnson’s most enduring victories were legislativ…

Politics

DA candidate Patalano calls for transparency, accountability » Lowell Sun Middlesex District Attorney candidate Donna Patalano blasted the incumbent Marian Ryan in a Sun Editorial Board meeting last week, labeling the office a "black box" when it comes to releasing such dat…

Unopposed again? Despite controversies, Brockton reps run uncontested » The Enterprise As of Monday, no one filed enough signatures necessary to appear on the election ballot to run against any of the Democrat state lawmakers that represent Brockton on Beacon Hill. The deadline for sign…

Democratic governor hopeful Robert Massie makes his case to replace Gov. Charlie Baker » Lynn Daily News Item Robert Massie knows it’s a longshot to unseat Gov. Charlie Baker. The 61-year-old Episcopal priest has just $21,000 in the bank to battle the most popular governor in the U.S. with a war chest …

Running for a second four-year term, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't be focusing on campaign trail until August » The Republican Days after he picked up the endorsement of the state GOP convention and drew a likely primary opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he won't be out on the campaign trail until later this sum…

Diehl Endorsed By GOP To Face Warren In November » WAMC Massachusetts Republicans have picked a candidate to face Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren this fall. But state Representative Geoff Diehl still has to win a primary.…

Political Notes: Former Gore aide to challenge Crocker » Cape Cod Times A former White House staffer and Army Ranger has entered the race for state representative in the 2nd Barnstable District, challenging incumbent Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville.…

Antigay Springfield pastor fighting Charlie Baker — and gay Ugandans in federal court » Boston Globe Controversial pastor Scott Lively, whom Republicans this weekend catapulted into contention for the GOP nomination for governor, is embroiled in an active federal lawsuit in which he was accused of co…

Orrall takes aim at Treasury » Gloucester Times Promising to look out for small businesses, collaborate with others and roll back regulations at the state Treasury, Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville was chosen by Republicans on Saturday as their endor…

Auditor candidate Brady wants to serve on Baker's 'deeper bench' » Gloucester Times As she officially accepted her party's nomination, the Republican candidate for state auditor sought to position herself as an ally to Gov. Charlie Baker and rapped the Democrat incumbent for acceptin…

Support for Springfield Republican Lively adds new dynamic to Baker re-election » WWLP.com Lively, the Springfield Republican who will challenge Gov. Charlie Baker for the GOP nomination this September, performed surprisingly well among the delegates gathered in central Massachusetts for th…

Consultant sees Walsh as possible 2022 gov contender » Metro Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's recent political activity could signal his interest in running for the Corner Office in four years, a prominent Democrat consultant told WCVB-TV.…

Baker re-elect strategy emerging: Too busy to campaign » WWLP.com Gov. Charlie Baker's clear path to the GOP nomination in September may have had a speed bump put in the way on Saturday, but don't expect Scott Lively's possible inclusion on the ballot to alter the g…

Joseph P. Kennedy III could reap big political benefits with Fall River win » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III has a chance to break out nationally and build up his bipartisan chops if he succeeds in leading a bid to block Philips Lighting from sending 160 Massachusetts jobs to …

In visit to Attleboro, Diehl says he won't ask primary opponents to drop out of Senate race » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Geoff Diehl may have won the Republican Party endorsement at last weekend’s convention, but he won’t call on his primary challengers to drop out.…

Koh hits airwaves early in crowded Third District » Boston Globe Dan Koh is putting his massive cash advantage to work in the crowded Third Congressional District.…

5 observations from the GOP convention in Worcester » Worcester Telegram The Best Speech by a Candidate You’ve Never Heard Of: Fringe candidate for U.S. Senate, Darius Mitchell of Lowell, evoked Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Edward Brooke in a rousing spee…

Top senate Dem. Spilka says Baker 'has done a good job' » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker's unpopularity among many Massachusetts Republicans was made clear Saturday at the DCU Center, but his broader appeal among all voters shone through on Sunday morning when one voter…

11 Things to Know about Scott Lively, the Anti-Gay Pastor Challenging Charlie Baker » Boston Magazine The notorious homophobe has the blessing of the MassGOP to face Governor Baker in a primary. …

DA races drawing candidates and attention » Commonwealth Magazine Controversy and new political context give challengers an opening in DA races …

Auditor candidate: Send Baker support » Lowell Sun

Public Health

Markey addresses opioid crisis » Newburyport News U.S. Sen. Ed Markey spoke about the opioid crisis and his plan to combat it in the opening remarks of his town hall-style event on Sunday, saying that of the 2,000 people who died from overdoses in th…

Public Safety

Police chiefs back "red flag" firearms access bill » Lowell Sun The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is now urging lawmakers to pass a so-called "red flag" bill aimed at reducing gun violence, describing it as another tool for public safety and a way of …

Will the Mass. State Police troopers who retired under the overtime scandal receive their pensions? 12 applications now under review » MassLive Twelve troopers who filed for retirement in the wake of the Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal are now seeking pension benefits from the state.…

Massachusetts police chiefs back 'extreme risk' gun bill allowing family to petition judge to take someone's guns » MassLive A major Massachusetts police organization is supporting a bill that would let a family member petition a judge remove someone's gun.…

Massachusetts police chiefs back 'red flag' gun access bill » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is now urging lawmakers to pass a so-called "red flag" bill aimed at reducing gun violence, describing it as another tool for public safety and a way of …

State Finance

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Moving money, money moving » The Metro West Daily News If the annual House budget debate were a Hollywood movie franchise, this year’s installment would be something like “Rocky V” -- an episode die-hard fans have to watch, but probably…

State Government

Mass. agencies fail to post millions in expenditures » Boston Globe At least 19 agencies in Massachusetts appear to have flouted state law by failing to publish millions of dollars in payroll and spending data on a state transparency website as required by a 2010 law …

WWII veteran visits Charlie Baker on tour to meet all 50 governors » Boston Globe As Governor Charlie Baker pinned a gold medal to the lapel of Sidney Walton’s blazer in the State House Monday, the 99-year-old World War II veteran grinned up at him from beneath the brim of h…

Gov. Baker at DCU Center for economic summit » Worcester Telegram

Taxation

Baker Offers General Support for Lowering Sales Tax » Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is calling for a discussion about lowering the state's 6.25 percent sales tax, but he isn't offering any specifics.…

Transportation

Walsh backs Rep. Hunt measure to limit MBTA billboards » Dorchester Reporter The amendment Hunt sponsored would require the MBTA to obtain local approval for billboards and other outdoor ad infrastructure. The amendment would impose similar requirements on the Massachusetts De…

92 bridges deemed structurally deficient in western Mass. » Western Mass News There are more than 54,000 bridges in the United States that need to be repaired or replaced.…

Report: Boston rail ties could lead to major development near Union Station » Worcester Business Journal Worcester could see millions of square feet of new development if it takes better advantage of Union Station's ties by commuter rail to Boston, according to a new report by think tank MassINC.…

RMV deal finally done, but taxpayers will pay » The Salem News The good news for North Shore residents is that the Registry of Motor Vehicles is finally planning to open a branch in Danvers after two years without one in this area.…

T board struggling with ridership estimates » Commonwealth Magazine AS THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board explores the addition of new services and stations, the agency is bumping up against what appears to be a recurring problem – generating…

New contractor hired to oversee the Ride after service issues » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Monday chose a new company to dispatch vans and taxis for riders with disabilities, after service sharply diminished under a previous vendor.…

T hires new paratransit dispatcher » Commonwealth Magazine New contractor, Transdev, came in second in 2016 …

Utilities

Utilities must detail tax savings » The Salem News Utilities got a hefty tax break this year but the savings has yet to be passed onto most electric, gas and water consumers in Massachusetts.…

Plymouth nuclear plant powered down again » Cape Cod Times The reactor at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is once again shut down, marking the third time this calendar year that operators have been forced to take the 45-year-old plant offline to deal with equip…

Cape Wind: Requiem for a dream » Windpower Monthly

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Candidate for DA calls for Joe Early to resign » Worcester Mag

Challenger Blake Rubin calls for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. to resign in wake of Alli Bibaud arrest report scandal » The Republican

UMass Amherst To Offer New Degree-Granting Programs On Mount Ida Campus » WBUR

Dueling progressive endorsements announced in Democratic governor's race » The Republican

Springfield woman gets probation after pleading guilty to stealing money intended to help homeless women » The Republican

Auditor candidate Brady wants to serve on Baker's "deeper bench" » State House News Service

At Clark University, Healey outlines role of AG's office » Worcester Telegram

Walsh backs Rep. Hunt measure to limit MBTA billboards » Dorchester Reporter

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