Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Week Ahead Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

Must-Reads

Gun access bill critics say it needs mental health component » State House News Service A group of House lawmakers, mostly Republicans, who are concerned with a "red flag" gun bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said he will call a vote on later this month are trying to refocus the …

Senate passes bill to elevate public education funding » State House News Service Senate Democrats and Republicans spoke with one voice Thursday, passing legislation that they hope will force state government to give more serious consideration each year to the true costs of public …

Senate's $41.4 bil budget includes expansion of low-income tax credit » State House News Service The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a $41.42 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, touting the spending plan's "robust and critical investments" in education, an "…

Reality check: Anti-Trump midterm wave could be more of a ripple » Axios Even if the Democrats gain seats in both chambers of Congress in November, early forecasts suggest that any anti-Trump wave won't be particularly large compared to midterm elections of the past. …

‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’ » Politico Magazine How a liberal Harvard professor became Trump’s most distinguished defender on TV, freaked out his friends and got the legal world up in arms. …

Leaning in, politics edition » Daily News In a unanimous vote of the Federal Election Commission, Liuba Grechen Shirley, running for Congress on Long Island — mom to a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old — won the okay to use campaign f…

US Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom tells 'Fox & Friends' she's GOP's 'best chance' to unseat Elizabeth Warren » MassLive Beth Lindstrom, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, stopped by Fox News Thursday to make her pitch for why she's the best candidate to square-off against incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Wa…

‘Run, Bernie, Run!’: Sanders’s 2016 campaign manager urges another bid in new memoir » The Washington Post Bernie Sanders would have defeated Donald Trump if he were the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 and remains the strongest candidate to prevail in 2020, Sanders’s campaign manager argues …

Little explanation offered in federal review of Holyoke Soldiers' Home as survey says facility provides quality care » MassLive In only six of 231 categories did a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provide explanations in a review that found the Holyoke Soldiers' Home is meeting health and safety standards.…

Carr: Gerry Studds spotlighted in abuse lawsuit » Boston Herald It’s beyond dispute that the late Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds was a sexual predator. And now, thanks to a lawsuit filed last week, even more details about his unspeakable behavior ar…

"(Warren) had said that she wanted to teach, write books and throw rocks," she said. "When you want to pass legislation, you cannot be a rock thrower. I haven't been a rock thrower: I've built bridges with people through my whole career. And so there's a big difference there."

U.S. Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom

Speaking about Senator Elizabeth Warren.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Sen. Ed Markey issues 'red alert' as FCC prepares to end 'net neutrality' protections in June » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, urged Congress Thursday to immediately act to protect "net neutrality" provisions, as the FCC announced it will officially roll back the Obama-era internet regula…

Business

Uber ignored appeal to curb storm surge » Boston Herald Uber ignored an explicit request to disable surge pricing when Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency during a March nor’easter, according to a copy of a letter sent by the state and …

Seaport residents say restaurant issues have nothing to do with race » Boston Globe Irene Cook, who lives above La Casa De Pedro in the Seaport District, said her issues with the struggling Venezuelan restaurant have nothing to do with the race and ethnicity of the owners or their pa…

LGBT businesses lead a diverse range of businesses in the Bay State » Boston Business Journal Few other BBJ lists include such diversity as restaurants, staffing agencies, beekeepers, pest-control service providers, construction-services firms, real estate businesses and law practices all on a…

Challenges of Worcester's biomanufacturing park recounted during WBDC meeting » Worcester Telegram & Gazette If you build it, will biomanufacturers come? That was a crucial question for a 30-member task force of state and local officials that led efforts to develop the former Worcester State Hospital campus …

State Regulators Are Investigating if Uber Broke the Law during the First March Nor’easter » Boston Magazine Between rushing flood waters, widespread blackouts, and hurricane-force winds, the first of the March nor’easters was an incredibly devastating storm, and now, state regulators are investigatin…

In the shadow of large-scale developments, East Cambridge small businesses brace for impact » Boston Globe A walk along Cambridge Street in East Cambridge can feel like taking a stroll back in time. The neighborhood’s commercial strip features squat buildings that are home to decades-old family busi…

Let's get ready to grumble: Companies brace for backlash over CEO pay » Boston Business Journal The Business Journal has compiled the public companies with the highest and lowest median employee pay and CEO pay ratios in Massachusetts, as disclosed by those companies under a new regulation this …

Crimes

Prosecutors: Sober house owner 'exploited' men by swapping drugs for sex » Boston Herald

Sen. James Welch: The 'Red Flag' bill can protect our communities and people in crisis (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican "The time to act is now." This phrase is so often used in the wake of gun violence to push for stricter regulations and stronger protection measures. Each new act of violence brings up a new policy su…

Education

Many public college students in Massachusetts go hungry while trying to earn degrees » Boston Globe Nearly half of Massachusetts’ community college students and a third in the state colleges and universities cannot afford consistent access to food and housing, according to a new study that fo…

Senate calls for ed funding formula revamp » Commonwealth Magazine State officials are marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark 1993 education reform law with a statewide set of events being held under the banner “Leading the Nation,” a reference to t…

Annual education funding updates eyed in bill before Senate » Lowell Sun Twenty-five years after Massachusetts passed its landmark education reform law, the state Senate is poised to take a step Thursday that a chief proponent says will modernize that law to respond to new…

Salem State freezes hiring » The Salem News Salem State University has announced a hiring freeze as it faces and addresses declining student enrollment.…

Interest growing among cities seeking to sue state for education funding » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The mayor says he will reach out to lawyers and hopes to have a decision to proceed with a lawsuit by the end of the next month as Worcester inches closer to taking the state to court to force an over…

Montigny: New Bedford Set to Receive Millions in School Aid » WBSM Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Rules Committee Chairman Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) voted today to pass legislation which will implement significant state dollars toward local public schools. …

State Senate passes school funding reforms » The Sun Chronicle The state Senate Thursday unanimously approved long-awaited changes to the way schools are funded to better account for rising costs. …

Massachusetts Senate passes bill overhauling education funding » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill updating the funding formula used to calculate public education costs.…

Environment

House leaders outline potential path for housing, land-use bill » Newburyport News House Democrats held private meetings over the fall and winter with housing and land use stakeholders that led officials on Wednesday to outline areas of agreement and plans to build support within th…

Gaming

Massachusetts Lottery winners increasingly opting to stay anonymous » MassLive Some people can't believe David Spillane's luck when it comes to the state lottery. …

Health Care

Archway Health CEO takes aim at medical specialties » Boston Business Journal He’d celebrated 20 years of marriage to his college sweetheart, and their three kids were busy with sports and school. Instead of maintaining the status quo, Dave Terry quit his job, doubled hi…

Housing

Market for mills, multi-family homes is hot in Fall River » The Herald News Real estate is hot right now in general. Michael Dion, the executive director of the Community Development Agency, said 150 people have taken their first time home buyers class this year.…

Weymouth homeowners get FEMA grant to elevate flood prone homes » Wicked Local Weymouth Floodwaters from storm tossed ocean waves damaged various homes on Fort Point Road during the March 2-3 nor’easter, but six homeowners will be able to reduce or prevent flood damage during the …

Human Services

Lynn proclamation raises awareness about mental health services » ItemLive.com Mayor Thomas M. McGee read a proclamation from the city recognizing the importance of mental health and marking Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.…

Commission Urges Training On Interacting With LGBTQ Youth » WBUR All state employees and contractors should receive "basic training" for interacting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, according to a report publicized Thursday tha…

Labor

SJC justices urge lawmakers to update independent contractor law » MassLive A newspaper delivery woman injured on the job was an independent contractor who is not eligible for workers' compensation, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday.…

Legislative

When Hatfield and Northampton residents need a legislator, who will answer the phone? » MassLive If a resident of Hatfield or Northampton has a question for state government, who do they call? The answer may very well be Diana Szynal.…

Local Government

New senior center gets green light at South Hadley Town Meeting » MassLive Town Meeting unanimously said yes to beginning the process to construct a new senior center, appropriating $600,000 for the prep work and design of the building that will be erected once the old struc…

Aquinnah Wraps Up Political Season With Messy Town Meeting » Vineyard Gazette The Island political season came to an end Tuesday with a three-hour annual town meeting in Aquinnah, where confusion over budget line items and missing warrant articles made for a messy evening.…

Opinion

Editorial: Cigarette law blows smoke » Boston Herald The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 146-4 to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21. The measure is meant to prevent teens from getting hooked on smoking.…

LETTER: Opportunity zones encourage progress » Worcester Telegram & Gazette More progress is coming for Clinton, Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner and other nearby towns in the Worcester Middlesex District when Washington signs off on making them “opportunity zones,”…

Delegate: GOP prospects good with Baker-Polito team » The Lowell Sun Last weekend, I was thrilled to join 2,400 fellow Republican delegates who were energized and excited about our party's prospects this fall. And with the most popular governor in America leading our R…

Peter Lucas: Why Democrats can't lift a finger to save Fall River jobs » The Lowell Sun Phillips Lighting of Fall River should have seen the light and moved to Boston's Seaport District, not Mexico.…

Where Is Charlie on Ballot Questions? » New Boston Post Could Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s high approval ratings be based in part on his refusal to take a stand on important ballot questions?…

At helm of Boston police, di Grazia was a figure of calm, caring in ’70s » Boston Globe I was happy to read William J. Bratton and Chuck Wexler’s tribute to the late Robert di Grazia, former Boston police commissioner…

Viewpoint: Bring business to the table on ed reform » Boston Business Journal The state's high school population is declining at the same time hundreds of thousands of college-educated workers are retiring. The vast majority of Massachusetts job openings in the next decade will…

Benton: President still lacks strategic vision » The Salem News Our showman-in-chief, Donald Trump, will bask in the joy over the release of the three Americans held prisoner in North Korea for as long as possible, no doubt. But it fails to diminish the harm he ha…

John McCain’s deep American decency » Boston Globe I hadn’t heard his voice in so long that it was jarring when John McCain came on the radio, in a recorded reading from his new book. That voice, thinner and a bit hoarse but still unmistakably …

Let’s deliver the mail, not myths » Boston Globe President Trump’s attention of late has been focused in part on the United States Postal Service and Amazon, resulting in a new executive order calling for an evaluation of USPS finances. …

Addressing escalating cost of college a priority for Baker administration (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive Across the Commonwealth, students, families, and policymakers grapple with how to handle escalating college costs. It not only affects household budgets and bottom lines, but our Commonwealth's future…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Baker sees value in pushing growth plan for area cities » Sentinel & Enterprise More progress is coming for Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner and other nearby towns in the Worcester Middlesex District when Washington signs off on making them " opportunity zones," prime for local dev…

Statewide tobacco law makes sense (Editorial) » Mass Live Public health should not be negotiated on a piecemeal basis, which is why the Massachusetts Legislature's move to create a statewide tobacco sales policy makes complete sense.…

Politics

Gardner's Gravel challenging Zlotnick for rep » Sentinel & Enterprise City Councilor Edward Gravel has officially announced his candidacy for state representative for the 2nd Worcester District challenging a three-term Democrat.…

Sen. Tran to announce re-election bid » Sentinel & Enterprise State Sen. Dean Tran will formally announce his re-election campaign and celebrate his successful first 100 days of fulfilling his campaign promises from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the …

Fresh faces pledge community service in Fifth Suffolk District » Dorchester Reporter The race that is shaping up for the House seat being vacated by state Rep. Evandro Carvalho features familiar names along with neighborhood activists who are seeking to represent the parts of Dorchest…

Attorney with western Mass. ties to run for Rosenberg’s vacated Senate seat » The Recorder A Newton attorney with roots in the Pioneer Valley and a long history of working in politics has thrown his hat into the ring for the Hampshire Franklin and Worcester District state Senate seat vacate…

A Massachusetts GOP Fundraiser Will Feature the One and Only Paul LePage » Boston Magazine He'll be here to raise money for U.S. Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl. …

Massachusetts Senate challenger says she’ll win because men find Elizabeth Warren’s voice grating » ThinkProgress "Men, three times a week they'll say, 'it is like nails on a chalk board,' truly." …

Elizabeth Warren Challenger Beth Lindstrom Thinks She Can Unseat Her For This Infuriating Reason » Bustle Prior to reading this, you may not have heard of the former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party and aspiring Massachusetts Senate candidate, Beth Lindstrom. While speaking about S…

Public Health

Increase of tobacco purchasing age to age 21 easily clears House » Milford Daily News House lawmakers voted Wednesday raise the statewide age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and to ban vaping from workplaces.…

House Raises Tobacco Buying Age, Clearing Path To 21-Year-Old Minimum » WGBH The state legislature is on its way to putting cigarettes and vape pens out of reach for anyone under the age of 21.…

State gets $12 million to combat opioid abuse » Newburyport News The federal government is putting another $12 million towards reducing opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts by bolstering treatment and recovery programs.…

Baker: Still a long way to go to solve opioid crisis » Gloucester Times While overdose deaths, overdoses and prescriptions for opioid pain medication are down in Massachusetts, there is still much work to be done, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.…

Public Safety

Gun access bill critics say it needs mental health component » Lowell Sun A group of House lawmakers, mostly Republicans, who are concerned with a "red flag" gun bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said he will call a vote on later this month are trying to refocus the …

Natale Cosenza of Worcester, jailed 16 years, claims police swayed witness » Worcester Telegram & Gazette A 44-year-old city man, represented by a Chicago-based civil rights firm, has filed a federal lawsuit against Worcester police alleging he spent nearly 16 years in jail based on a conviction secured b…

Gun access bill critics: It needs component on mental health » Berkshire Eagle A group of House lawmakers, mostly Republicans, who are concerned with a "red flag" gun bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo has said he will call a vote on later this month are trying to refocus the …

State Finance

MassHealth 40 Percent of State Senate Budget Proposal » New Boston Post The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a $41.42 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, touting the spending plan’s “robust and critical investments”…

Senate unveils $41 billion state budget proposal » Boston Globe Massachusetts Senate leaders unveiled a $41.4 billion budget on Thursday that plows taxpayer dollars into health care for people who are poor and people with disabilities, K-12 education, and aid to c…

Mass. Senate $41.4 Billion Budget Plan Includes Expansion Of Low-Income Tax Credit » New England Public Radio The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a $41.42 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, touting the spending plan's "robust and critical investments" in education, an "…

Education, regional transit in state Senate budget » Milford Daily News Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, released details of the Senate Ways and Means Committee FY 2019 budget. Spilka acknowledged the budget work marched on while former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg res…

Senate budget plan boosts state spending to $41B » Lowell Sun The fiscal 2019 budget plan represents a 3 percent increase in state spending over the current year's budget and is based on the consensus revenue agreement that state tax revenue will grow by 3.5 per…

State Government

Massachusetts State Secretary William Galvin to Probe Actions in Support of His Campaign » NECN State Secretary William Galvin is launching an internal review following a report that more than a dozen of his employees filed campaign paperwork on his behalf on weekdays or during normal business -…

Galvin launching internal review into employees who filed campaign paperwork during work hours » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin said Thursday he is launching an internal review after the Globe found that more than a dozen of his employees filed campaign paperwork on his behalf on weekdays o…

Commission urges training on interacting with LGBTQ youth » State House News Service All state employees and contractors should receive "basic training" for interacting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, according to a report publicized Thursday tha…

Taxation

Retailers make final push for sales-tax cut ballot question » Boston Globe The state’s retailers are ready for battle. …

Transportation

Baker says no to ferry » ItemLive.com If your summer plans included trading gridlock for a stress-free boat excursion to Boston’s Long Wharf, think again.…

550 Steamship Authority trips canceled so far this year. Usually, 40 canceled in an entire year » Boston Globe Mechanical problems forced the Steamship Authority to cancel about 550 ferry trips between Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth during just the first four months of this year.…

'Distress call': Martha's Vineyard ferries, lifeline for island residents, saw more than 500 canceled trips in 4 months » MassLive Mechanical issues have caused more than 500 cancellations of ferry trips between Martha's Vineyard and Woods Hole in southeastern Massachusetts in the first four months of this year, a spike that has …

T notes: Budget boosts RTA funding 10% » Commonwealth Magazine THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS BUDGET proposal for the coming fiscal year would give a 10 percent increase in funding to the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, which provide bus service to res…

MBTA recommends reconstruction of Newton commuter rail stations » Wicked Local Newton The MBTA has completed a year-long feasibility study of the Commuter Rail stations in Newton.…

Rep. Michael Capuano Supports Limits On MBTA Advertisments » WGBH Rhe MBTA might have to get its outdoor advertisements approved by cities and towns if a proposed budget measure passes through the state Senate.…

Utilities

DPU issues electric grid modernization order » State House News Service State officials on Thursday issued an order authorizing utilities to spend $220 million statewide on upgrades to the electrical grid over the next three years, and set up a process that could result i…

Mass. Officials Call For Investments To Modernize Electric Grid » WBUR Several times this past winter, intense storms wreaked havoc on the Massachusetts electric grid.…

Baker goes slow on smart meters » Commonwealth Magazine DPU order authorizes $220m in grid upgrades …

Social Media Spotlight

joeboncore

ericlesserma

massdot



Sonia Chang-Diaz

@SoniaChangDiaz

Dean A. Tran

@SenatorDeanTran

MA State Senate

@MA_Senate


Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Education, regional transit in state Senate budget » Wicked Local

Ferry issues are a threat to business » Martha's Vineyard Times

Housing Assistance Corporation Announces New Board Members » Cape Cod Today

Massachusetts Senate Announces $41.42 Billion Budget » Framingham Source

Students, teachers to rally at Statehouse as public school funding vote » WCVB

Massachusetts Senate releases $41.42 billion budget proposal for FY19 with focus on education » The Republican

Lawyer who operates Roxbury sober home is charged in drugs-for-sex scheme » Boston Globe

Read the labor complaint: Massachusetts State Police union says Alli Bibaud controversy disrupted bargaining » The Republican

Uber under state investigation for surge pricing during storm emergency » Boston Globe

Federal review gives Holyoke Soldiers' Home high marks for health and safety standards » The Republican

Restoration of public confidence needed after 'extremely troubling' Martha's Vineyard ferry problems, Mass. lawmakers say » The Republican

**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4098 - Resolve reviving and continuing the special commission studying cutting, welding and hot work processes regulated by the state fire code

HB 4034 - An Act authorizing the treasurer of Plymouth County to transfer certain funds

Most read bills of the week:

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4033 - An Act relative to combatting addiction, accessing treatment, reducing prescriptions, and enhancing prevention

HB4470 - An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction

SB4 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4109 - An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction

HB4400 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4438 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4479 - An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction

HB4304 - An Act relative to hydro

HB4397 - An Act building for the future of the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 485

Senate Actions This Week: 161


47 Winter Street #5 - Boston - MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2016 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.