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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Low Tide Yacht Club, 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford

5:30pm Congresssman Jim McGovern Annual Fundraiser with Congressman John Lewis

5:30pm Reception for Congressional Candidate Peter Tedeschi with Gov. Charlie Baker

Birthdays: Rep. Marc Lombardo

Must-Reads

As reps sign on, real estate sector throws caution flag on housing bill » State House News Service Supporters of a developing House land use, smart growth and housing production bill say 54 House members have signed on as supporters, but real estate industry interests are strongly opposed to the me…

Big Sister Boston pushing to nullify "cut" in Senate budget » State House News Service Big Sister Boston and other mentoring programs are calling on their supporters to put pressure on the Massachusetts Senate to pass an amendment that would boost funding for mentoring matching grants.…

Let’s make the ‘manel’ — the all-too-common all-male panel — extinct » Boston Globe Bob Coughlin, president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, gets invited to speak at business events all the time. But he refuses to be part of the all-too-common all-male panel many have dubb…

Get Ready for Trump 2.0 » Politico Magazine Way back on December 3, 2016, still getting over the surprise and shock at Donald Trump’s election, I wrote a counter intuitive article in Politico arguing that Trump’s foreign policy mi…

Trump to gut Planned Parenthood » New York Times Clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to places that do would lose federal funding under a new Trump administration rule that takes direct aim at Planned Parenthood, according to three admi…

Manafort's former son-in-law cuts plea deal, to cooperate with government - sources » Reuters The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other cri…

Teachers’ unions may not raise pay — but they do bolster the Democratic Party » The Washington Post This spring, teachers have been striking across the country — in North Carolina, Colorado, Kentucky, Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia, all states where they’re barred from forming uni…

Senate candidate Kingston cuts staff pay » Boston Globe Now that the GOP convention is over, it’s time for US Senate candidate John Kingston to enjoy the warmth of some sunny Southern beaches. But first the Republican — one in a trio seeking …

‘There were areas where the Patrick administration was not successful because we didn’t work as effectively as we could have with the Legislature,” he said after the debate, pointing to a big tax bill that “landed with a thud.”

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about his experience in the state house working with Deval Patrick.

News By Category
Business

Massport sees intense interest in Seaport property » Boston Globe Some of the biggest names in Boston’s development sector are lining up for a piece of the Massachusetts Port Authority’s Seaport empire.…

Developer wins approval for its Winthrop Square tower » Boston Globe Millennium Partners still has a few details to work out on the 690-foot tower it wants to build on the site of the Winthrop Square Garage, but the long-planned project just cleared a key hurdle.…

Large companies, not just startups, embrace co-working spots » Boston Globe On the sixth floor of a Back Bay office building, past the Art Deco lounge with its bouncy background music and long bar, there’s a row of small, glass-walled offices where developers and data …

$1.3B Winthrop Square tower gets city approval » Boston Business Journal The Boston Planning and Development Agency on Thursday unanimously approved Millennium Partners’ $1.3 billion Winthrop Square proposal, putting the city’s stamp of approval on a project …

Boston mayor: Airbnb's public relations push ‘not way to go’ » Boston Herald Airbnb and its critics are gearing up for a final push next week, as the City Council prepares to vote on strict new short-term rental regulations — but Mayor Martin J. Walsh is slamming the l…

B2B breaks out: The fastest-growing Mass. companies serve other businesses » Boston Business Journal Often, the business-to-consumer companies get the glory, rolling out glitzy new products and services that grab attention and garner the headlines.…

Brayton Point chosen for wind turbine foundation factory » The Herald News Turbine foundations will be made at Brayton Point in Somerset if Bay State Wind receives a Massachusetts contract for offshore wind, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.…

Samuels proposes $350M mixed-use air-rights project over Mass. Pike » Boston Business Journal Five years after getting approval from state transportation officials to develop on air-rights above the Massachusetts Turnpike, Boston-based real-estate development firm Samuels & Associates notified…

Civil Rights

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts » Commonwealth Magazine

Crimes

I-Team: Law Change Would Add Coaches To List Of Mandated Reporters Of Sexual Abuse » CBS Boston Gold medalist — and Needham native — Aly Raisman — is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee “and” USA gymnastics — arguing other adults knew about the serial sexual …

Judge denies Sam Meas request for harassment order against state Rep. Rady Mom (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun A judge has denied issuing a harassment protection order against state Rep. Rady Mom, who was accused by challenger Sam Meas of assault and intimidation. Meas alleged that Mom tried to choke him at a …

Education

UMass Amherst closes deal on acquisition of Mount Ida College » Boston Globe UMass officials notified state lawmakers Thursday that it had completed the $75 million purchase of the assets of the financially struggling liberal arts college.…

Students at East and West Bridgewater schools aren't left hungry despite inability to pay » Wicked Local West Bridgewater Passage of “meal shaming” legislation currently being considered would mandate that all Massachusetts students are served meals despite inability to pay.…

Mount Ida official grilled in Senate hearing, others could be subpoenaed » Boston Business Journal UMass President Marty Meehan and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy testified before the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, which is looking into the closure of Mount Ida, the purch…

Brockton charter school gets funding for early college program » The Enterprise New Heights Charter School of Brockton, partnered with Massasoit Community College, was one of only five schools throughout the state to receive official designations for early college programs.…

Environment

Supermarket industry says bag bans should be uniform statewide » The Sun Chronicle When voters approved a ban on the use of most thin-film disposable checkout bags Tuesday, they joined about 70 other Massachusetts communities looking to reduce litter and pollution.…

3 schools honored for environmental education » Sentinel & Enterprise At a Statehouse ceremony, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton this week honored three energy and environmental education programs at our area schools as part of the 24th Annual S…

Gaming

Bowing to new landscape, NCAA reverses course on sports betting ban » Boston Globe The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday dropped its longstanding refusal to hold its championship events in jurisdictions where fans are allowed to wager on individual games, sending …

Off the table: Wynn Resorts declines offers from MGM, Caesars to buy Encore Boston Harbor » The Republican After weeks of engaging in talks about the potential sale of Encore Boston Harbor, insiders say the deal is off the table. …

Illegal sports betting is already big business in Massachusetts, where residents spent estimated $680 million on offshore gambling in 2016 » The Republican

Housing

Spilka's words, actions at odds on housing program » Newburyport News The Baker administration seemed to have locked in a powerful ally this week in Sen. Karen Spilka, who stood with state officials at the base of the Grand Staircase and spoke about the value of a progr…

Housing: Boston City Hall Versus The Market » WGBH Boston’s overheated real-estate market is already changing its fundamental character, and there’s grave concern that, in the future, lower- and middle-class people simply won’t be…

Immigration

Fattman, Milford selectmen oppose Eldridge’s ‘sanctuary state’ amendment » The Metro West Daily News Streets away from where Matthew Denice was killed by a drunk-driving undocumented immigrant in 2011, state Sen. Ryan Fattman, Milford selectmen and Denice’s mother gathered Thursday to support …

Cape Cod Restaurants Brace For (Another) Tough Summer Without Enough Foreign Workers » WGBH It’s Groundhog Day again on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Last summer was rough for restaurants, hotels and other tourist shops that couldn’t find enough seasonal workers.…

Immigrant living in sanctuary of Amherst church forced to leave after medical emergency » Boston Globe It was Monday night when Lucio Perez doubled over in pain. A quick visit by his doctor confirmed that his appendix was inflamed and on the verge of bursting. For most people, this would mean an immedi…

Former refugee Mary Truong leads state resettlement agency with grace » Sampan

Insurance

Insurer taking new approach to address opioid addiction » Sentinel & Enterprise A multi-pronged initiative Neighborhood Health Plan is announcing Friday aims to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths by increasing access to treatment.…

Judiciary

'Unintended consequence' of Massachusetts criminal justice reform hurts veterans charged with drunken driving » MassLive The overhaul of the criminal justice system passed by lawmakers earlier this year was supposed to expand diversion programs to keep more people out of prison. But the new law -- apparently inadvertent…

Prosecutor ‘abused her power’ » Martha's Vineyard Times Laura Marshard, an assistant district attorney with Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office, is facing a suspension for a month by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Over…

Labor

Grenno leads fire chiefs’ association » Whitman Hanson Express Before a hall filled with family, friends, Whitman officials and dozens of fellow fire chiefs, Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno was sworn in as president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Mas…

Companies working on Springfield bridge project, Statehouse auditorium fined for wage violations » The Republican

Legislative

Framingham to hold memorial service for state Rep. Chris Walsh » The Metro West Daily News The city will hold a memorial service June 9 to celebrate the life of state Rep. Chris Walsh, who died earlier this month at age 66.…

Local Government

Bill breathes new life to Navy birthplace claims » The Salem News There's little debate that the U.S. Navy was conceived nearly 250 years ago with an act of the Continental Congress.…

Julie Burros leaving post as Boston’s arts chief » Boston Globe Julie Burros, who as Boston’s chief of arts and culture oversaw the formation of the city’s first cultural plan, is leaving city government for the private sector, she said Thursday.…

Selectwoman a first for Alford » Berkshire Eagle Voters here elected a woman to the Select Board for the first time in the town's history, according to town officials…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Ashland $103,000 IT Community Compact Grant » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today, April 17, announced $2 million in technology grants will be awarded to 45 cities and towns across the Commonwealth, benefiting…

Franklin County towns to have say on Native American state seal » News 22 WWLP.com Boston State representative Byron Rushing has filed a bill that recommends changing the Massachusetts state seal and flag. …

Framingham: Councilors trim budget for mayor's staff, slash levy increase » The Metro West Daily News After a months-long dispute with Mayor Yvonne Spicer over her staffing needs, city councilors on Thursday recommended slashing $280,000 worth of personnel costs from the mayor’s budget, elimina…

Opinion

Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal makes allies wary » Boston Globe One considered objection to abandoning the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions in pursuit of a tougher pact has long been that a unilateral effort won’t bear fruit.…

Carr: Allow voters to elect and eject judges to avoid more disgrace » Boston Herald Question: Why should judges in Massachusetts be elected? Answer: Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley.…

Krause: Baker leaves Lynn adrift » Lynn Daily News Item If you’re looking for evidence that politicians are tone deaf when it comes to what’s really important to people, you’d have found some in a conference room of the Daily Item last…

Loving and hating Trump: swing voters weigh in » Boston Globe In the 2016 presidential election, roughly 137 million Americans voted, and about 100 million stayed home. Based on what I hear from my nationwide community of 450 voters, one-third of those who voted…

Franck: Warren should lend hand to Mass. Dems » Boston Herald In March, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren opened up her campaign war chest to send checks to every state Democratic Party in the country. At the DNC fundraiser where Warren announced the contributions, she…

Editorial: What defines an employee? It's time to clarify state law » Boston Business Journal More and more businesses of all sizes rely on skilled and specialized independent contractors as part of their long-range strategy. Gone are the days when a contract worker was filling a short-term ga…

Ned Bristol: Decisiveness? You bet. Especially on the left. » The Sun Chronicle

'Grand bargain' on taxes faces tough odds (Editorial) » The Republican

EDITORIAL: Hitting the high notes on Beacon Hill » Newburyport News

Politics

With few policy differences, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie put focus on experience » Boston Globe Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie both argue that experience is important when picking a governor. In a primary fight largely devoid of differences, what kind of experience they offer may be the clearest on…

Free markets, taxes, Mount Ida and Bernie Sanders: 7 takeaways from the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial debate » MassLive The two Democrats running for governor met Thursday for their first formal debate of the campaign season. Jay Gonzalez, a former health insurance executive and state budget chief under Gov. Deval Patr…

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views » Commonwealth Magazine HE WAS NOWHERE to be seen, but Gov. Charlie Baker came in for a pummeling as the two Democrats vying for the right to take him on in November trained their fire on the state’s popular incumbent…

Democratic rivals square off in governor's debate » Patriot Ledger Gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie went hard at Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday in an early primary debate between the two remaining Democrats in the race, contrasting their leadershi…

Field running for 14th Essex adds a Republican » Eagle Tribune A Republican has joined the wide-open race for the 14th Essex District seat being vacated by state Rep. Diana DiZoglio.…

Sen. Warren's Challenger Ends Lawsuit Over 'Fake Indian' Sign » NBC Boston A U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts is ending a lawsuit he'd filed against a city that asked him to remove a sign from a campaign bus reading: "Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian."…

Dan Koh's family taught him government 'should be a force for good' » NBC News More than three years into his role as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s chief of staff, Dan Koh had no intention of leaving. But that changed when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat, an…

Report: Capeless Emails Reveal Effort To Influence Election » WAMC As the primary campaign for Berkshire District Attorney ramps up, there are new details about longtime officeholder David Capeless’ abrupt retirement in February.…

Congressional black caucus backs Michael Capuano » Boston Globe

Public Health

UMass’ mobile lab is new frontier in water testing » Gazette Net Around 100 years ago, scientists created treatment standards for water to make it safe to use and drink. By and large, those standards are still in use today, a UMass Amherst professor told officials …

Public Safety

Fighting to police the Seaport » Boston Herald The staties and Boston cops will have a chance to stake their claims to policing the contested Seaport District today, as the City Council public safety committee holds a hearing on jurisdiction over …

‘We Have To Stop This’: Mass. Politicians Call For Action After Texas School Shooting » CBS Boston

State Finance

Earmarks piling up on state budget » Gloucester Daily Times Earmarks for local projects — a tradition of the yearly budget process on Beacon Hill — are expanding as the state's economic outlook improves. State senators piled nearly 1,200 amendmen…

DiDomenico’s Lift the Cap on Kids Bill Included in Budget » Charlestown Bridge The Cap on Kids – also called the “family cap” — denies benefits to children conceived while, or soon after, a family began receiving benefits. As a result of the Cap on Kids…

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey continues her listening tour in Kingston » Wicked Local Kingston Attorney General Maura Healey walked into the Kingston Intermediate School auditorium Tuesday night, taking the time to stop and talk to people on her way to the front of the room.…

Transportation

The Dramatic Transformation Of Transportation In Boston » CBS Boston Boston traffic. It’s the worst. Well, actually it’s the 14th worst, just ahead of Istanbul. And it will come as no surprise to drivers who take the Southeast Expressway that this route r…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Gov. Baker helping GOP candidate looking to challenge Rep. Keating » The Herald News

Viewpoint: The unconstitutional millionaire's tax proposal » Boston Business Journal

Simmering regional rifts exposed by UMass-Mount Ida deal » Lowell Sun

UMass, Mount Ida close on real estate acquisition that shuts down private college » MassLive

How Capeless plotted succession plan » Commonwealth Magazine

Bruschi throws muscle behind tobacco, stroke bills » Lowell Sun

Massachusetts man sentenced after buying guns, explosives in order to kill former Attorney General Martha Coakley, federal judge » MassLive

Gas pains » Commonwealth Magazine

Mount Ida is a classic Boston story: Steeped in insider politics, secrecy, and faux outrage » Boston Globe

With license phase nearing, business applications flow into CCC » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3894 - An Act relative to life insurance

HB 3820 - An Act establishing the Nickerson State Park Trust Fund

Most read bills of the week:

SB4 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4401 - 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

HB4445 - Extension order for the committee on Health Care Financing

HB4304 - An Act relative to hydro

HB2947 - An Act to increase consumer transparency about insurance provider networks

HB4218 - An Act protecting wages of employees who receive wages through an electronic wage card

HB2478 - An Act requiring disclosure of solvents used in dry cleaning

HB4493 - An Act to increase consumer transparency about insurance provider networks

SB2372 - An Act relative to the Garden of Peace

House Actions This Week: 543

Senate Actions This Week: 188


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