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Must-Reads

Senate report finds retailers impeded by zoning, lack of predictable policy » Lowell Sun Many of the most successful shopping districts in Massachusetts were built decades ago and would not be allowed under current zoning rules, according to a Senate task force report that examined the st…

‘He Pretty Much Gave In to Whatever They Asked For’ » Politico Trump says he’s a master negotiator. Those who’ve actually dealt with him beg to differ. …

Union Dissolves and Merges the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Ballantyne Out » Insider NJ What it boiled down was Ballantyne was too close to Governor Phil Murphy, who has an acrimonious political relationship with South Jersey, the regional fulcrum of New Jersey’s Building Trades c…

MSNBC stays silent as Joy Reid comes under more scrutiny » Politico Pressure on MSNBC and its star host Joy Reid grew on Thursday, as embarrassing posts from her old blog—on which she has expressed anti-gay views and promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories—con…

Stormy Daniels’s Lawyer Sought Help From Democrats in Fight With Trump » New York Times Mr. Avenatti contacted an official in the network of liberal groups led by David Brock, while someone associated with Mr. Avenatti’s law firm was in touch with two people connected to major Dem…

Rubio Campaign Volunteer and Ex-Florida Lawmaker Says Obama Looks Like a Monkey » Miami New Times Susan Goldstein previously served as a Florida state representative for western Broward County from 2004 to 2006. She's now a prominent figure in Tallahassee and serves on the board of the Florida Ass…

Scope of Secretary's office raised in Galvin, Zakim race » State House News Service In Massachusetts, the secretary of state serves as the top elections official, public information officer and securities regulator, along with roles overseeing corporate and lobbyist registration and …

New housing law extends, expands tax credits » State House News Service The $1.8 billion housing bond bill signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker features an array of tax credit expansions and extensions intended to facilitate low-income housing, community development and …

L’Italien chides opponents for political connections but raises thousands on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe State Senator Barbara L’Italien, a Democrat running for Congress, has railed against several of her rivals for leveraging their relationships with high-ranking local officials to rake in campai…

Trump’s growing trade war could hit Bay State hard » Boston Herald

“The reason that people are interested in the circumstances of my father’s death is because of what he did with his life,” she said. “And I think we should focus on his life and not so much on his death — his moral imagination, his capacity for empathy, his quest to heal divisions, and his belief that one person can make a difference.”

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Speaking about the renewed interest in investigating Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.

News By Category
Business

4 dissenters, but Senate whisks through life sciences bond bill » Newburyport News The Massachusetts Senate passed a bond bill Thursday meant to re-up the $1 billion, 10-year initiative launched by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007 to support the state's life sciences industry.…

House bill lets neighbors band together to finance improvements » Worcester Telegram The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow property owners to form districts and levy assessments to pay for improvements within them.…

Governor Baker Signs Lynnfield Liquor License Bill » Lynnfield Patch Legislation authorizing the town of Lynnfield to issue up to five new liquor licenses was signed into law Thursday by Governor Charlie Baker.…

Haverhill May Benefit from House Community Benefit District Bill » WHAV The City of Haverhill may soon see an economic boost thanks to the passage of House legislation that establishes Community Benefit Districts in an effort to promote local business development.…

Massachusetts state senate supports new lobster processing rules » Seafood Source The Massachusetts, U.S.A., state senate adopted an amendment on 25 May that would lift limits on lobster processing, sale, and transportation within the state. Currently, lobstermen and seafood vendor…

Online competition, state mandates are hurting Massachusetts retailers, report says » MassLive Massachusetts retailers are struggling due to increased competition online and growing costs from state mandates, according to a new report released by a Massachusetts Senate Task Force on Strengtheni…

Sharing the commonwealth: State aims to boost life sciences outside of Boston, Cambridge » Boston Business Journal In March 2008, the city of Pittsfield received a $6.5 million state earmark to build a life sciences incubator at the site of a former General Electric factory. The project was a small but important p…

Sears closing stores in Springfield, Peabody » MassLive Sears Holdings announced Thursday that it will close its store at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield in September and its auto center there in July.…

Education

House Approves Expanded Civics Ed, But Stops Short Of Graduation Requirement » WGBH Following the lowest young voter turnout in history in the 2014 national midterm elections, the House showed interest in civic education as a priority. House Speaker Robert DeLeo put expanded civics e…

State Senate Approves Repeal of 'Cap on Kids' » The Pilot The Massachusetts Senate's recently approved $41.5 billion state budget would see the "cap on kids" lifted on Jan. 1, 2019, six months earlier than the July 1, 2019 date the House budget …

New bill puts emphasis on civics in K-12 classrooms » Boston Herald Bay State students would have to learn about voting, government, media literacy and complete a civics project before graduation as part of legislation being pushed by lawmakers to prioritize civics ed…

Politicians look to limit UMass president's powers » Boston Herald State lawmakers are looking to leash University of Massachusetts President Martin T. Meehan’s broad authority to spend millions on real estate and force greater scrutiny on all spending for the…

Tri-County Schools to close while new 11-month school year plan created » Gazette Net

Mass. AG pursues broad inquiry into defunct Mount Ida College » Boston Business Journal

Environment

Harbor-wide dikes get thumbs down » Commonwealth Magazine Barr-funded study says miles-long barriers not the way to address sea level rise …

Health Care

Business groups seek to pare back ER visits » Commonwealth Magazine Through diversions, organizations aim for $100m in savings …

Baystate Health could get $500k from state for care of Puerto Rico storm evacuees » MassLive

Housing

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1.8 billion bill authorizing spending on housing modernization and redevelopment » MassLive A low-income tax credit for affordable housing projects would hit $20 million a year.…

Baker signs bill to fund housing programs » Boston Globe Affordable housing advocates were cheered Thursday when Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing $1.8 billion in new housing funds over the next five years.…

With $1.8B Deal For Affordable Housing, Baker and Democrats Celebrate Shared Goals » WGBH Massachusetts could see a surge in new affordable housing construction after legislative leaders authorized Gov. Charlie Baker to funnel nearly $2 billion into housing projects, a goal Democratic lead…

Human Services

Down Syndrome Advocacy Day highlights challenges faced by people with intellectual disabilities » WWLP.com For this legislative session, the MDSC's Government Affairs Committee is pushing for one specific policy: to provide higher education opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disab…

House passes legislation to support and honor military veterans » Sampan Representative Ultrino joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation to support Massachusetts’ veterans and military families including an important provision to mak…

Judiciary

SJC mulls blocking child rapist's release » Boston Herald In the closely watched case of serial child rapist Wayne W. Chapman, the state’s highest court continues to weigh a request by one of his victims for an emergency decision blocking his release.…

Judging the judge » Commonwealth Magazine

Local Government

Outsiders need not apply? » The Salem News Insider bias has raised its ugly head again in Salem, where members of the Salem Fire Department want the field of candidates to replace retired chief David Cody restricted to his deputies.…

Downtown Boston will get a new master plan for zoning » Boston Globe Downtown Boston has had a lot of new development in recent years. Soon, it could have a plan to guide the next wave of building.…

Marijuana

City hosts first medical marijuana dispensary » The Reminder As soon as the ribbon was cut, the 20 patients who had been waiting for the official opening of INSA – the area’s first medical marijuana dispensary – formed an orderly line up th…

Regulating Kingston marijuana sales » Wicked Local Kingston

Opinion

Irresponsible attacks on a fine judge » Boston Globe Just when we have finally come to see the opioid crisis as both a public health and public safety problem, Governor Charlie Baker and others would have us careen in the opposite direction.…

My Turn: Vote for single-payer health care » The Recorder What would you think if we told you that there is a health plan that would cover you and your family for less than you are paying now, save your town or school system significant money, and provide yo…

The Longfellow Bridge — connecting people, ideas, and identities — reopens » Boston Globe Even before the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s name adorned this bridge, the Longfellow was somehow more than steel and stone.…

Barry P. McDonald: What the Supreme Court could teach the NFL » Boston Globe The NFL has now capitulated to President Trump’s pressure and won’t allow its players to kneel during the national anthem to protest actual and alleged incidents of police brutality towa…

Editorial: Businesses have a role in stopping sex trafficking » Boston Business Journal One of the most striking moments at a press conference held this past week about efforts to fight sex trafficking came when Bob Rivers, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank, described the moment he realiz…

Charter ruling a step backwards » Commonwealth Magazine Court seems increasingly reluctant to remedy educational inequities …

SJC charter school ruling a wake-up call » Commonwealth Magazine Court denies individual right to quality education …

New York is a bad neighbor to New England » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Cuomo is blocking pipelines that could help region …

Tran's STEM support is making a difference » Sentinel & Enterprise

Early education gets another needed boost (Editorial) » MassLive

Peter Lucas: GOP's Green wants to bridge the gap with White House » Lowell Sun

Our view: Time to vote on Driscoll Housing Authority bid » The Salem News

Politics

Dem Candidates Slam Baker, Make Case For Governor In Latest Debate » WGBH Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie hammered incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s record while also taking jabs at each other in a Thursday debate, their…

Democrats have a lot of energy this year. But in Mass., where do they put it? » Boston Globe Thousands of Massachusetts political activists, bolstered by an influx of newcomers, will converge this weekend for the state Democratic convention in Worcester, full of passion and ready to strike a …

The Sun, with partners, gears up for 3rd Congressional District debate next week » Sentinel & Enterprise Two sessions are set for the upcoming 3rd Congressional District debate in Devens hosted by The Sun of Lowell, the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, the Nashoba Valley Voice and their partners.…

Massachusetts Democrats head to Worcester for 2018 state party convention » MassLive More than 6,000 Democrats from across Massachusetts will be in Worcester this weekend for the state party's 2018 convention. …

North Central to see many contested races this fall » Sentinel & Enterprise Most of the state Legislature's seats representing Greater Lowell and Greater Fitchburg will see competitive elections this fall, according to a preliminary list of candidates on the ballot provided b…

Whipps announces re-election bid » The Recorder Independent state Rep. Susannah M. Whipps has announced she has satisfied the requirements to appear on the ballot in November and is now officially a candidate for re-election in the Second Franklin …

WBUR Poll Finds Big Cushions Continue For Baker And Warren » WBUR Another poll, another set of findings that Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren appear to be in very strong shape for their respective re-election campaigns.…

GOP candidates ready for fight » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren prepares to kick-start her re-election campaign this weekend as her GOP opponents ramp up their underdog bids, whacking Warren on everything from her divisive rhetoric to mi…

Galvin fends off pro-life endorsement » The Salem News In Massachusetts, the secretary of state serves as the top elections official, public information officer and securities regulator, along with roles overseeing corporate and lobbyist registration and …

Baker More Popular With Mass. Democrats Than Republicans, New Poll Suggests » CBS Boston A new poll confirms Gov. Charlie Baker is well-liked by Massachusetts voters in his re-election year, but some may be surprised to hear which political party appears to be his biggest fan.…

Warren, Baker top new WBUR poll » Boston Globe The two-day pageantry of this weekend’s state Democratic Party convention is supposed to inspire optimism and energy as delegates prepare to endorse their preferred pick for governor, among oth…

Democrats Poised to Eat Into GOP's Lead in State Legislatures » Governing Republicans can take some comfort that their state legislative dominance is unlikely to evaporate in a single election cycle. …

'Not Pure Enough': An Ultra-Conservative State Nominates a Pragmatist for Governor » Governing Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will now face state Rep. Paulette Jordan, who could be the first Native American elected governor of any state. He's the heavy favorite to win. …

Could U.S. Senate Races Impact Gubernatorial Races? » Governing History suggests that the answer is yes -- but 2018 is a unique year. …

Third District Candidate Green Denounces ‘Sanctuary State’ Efforts as ‘Dangerous’ » WHAV Third district congressional candidate Rick Green isn’t a fan of the efforts to declare Massachusetts a so-called “sanctuary state”—and he doesn’t care who knows it.…

Massie banking on voters embracing "movement leader" for guv » State House News Service While others may see cause for concern, if not panic, Bob Massie is not worried about fundraising and he is not worried about how he would fare in a hypothetical matchup against Gov. Charlie Baker thi…

Brookline's Tommy Vitolo Gets MA AFL-CIO Endorsement » Milton Patch The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has endorsed Tommy Vitolo's candidacy for State Representative in Brookline, on the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday, September 4th. This endorsement comes with the support …

Four things to watch as the Mass. Democratic convention gets underway » Boston Globe

Senate President Harriette Chandler endorses Jay Gonzalez for governor » MassLive

Public Health

Timilty seeks funds for Canton, Randolph, Stoughton groups to battle substance abuse » Wicked Local Stoughton Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton, filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Senate Ways and Means budget that will provide funding to nine community substance abuse prevention coalitions working in t…

Public Safety

Westboro dementia friendly practice seen as model » Worcester Telegram Fire Chief Patrick Purcell said public safety personnel “deal with the aging population every single day.” Often, since his department runs the ambulance service, they deal with a resident…

Senate approves funding for machines to remove carcinogens from firefighter clothes » The Sun Chronicle The Massachusetts Senate has approved funding for the purchase of cleaning machines that help remove carcinogens from firefighters’ clothes.…

Brockton Fire captain accused of assaulting teenager » My Fox Boston A Brockton Fire captain is charged with assaulting a teenager at a park in Braintree, according to Braintree Police.…

New police HQ for Lawrence advances in Boston » Eagle Tribune A proposal to build a new police headquarters in the city moved forward this week when a conference committee of state senators and representatives added $25 million for the project to a $3.9 billion …

With Shootings on the Rise, Schools Turn to 'Active Shooter' Insurance » Governing Gun violence costs lives -- and money. The financial burden can overwhelm governments, especially when they're small or struggling. …

Five more State Police troopers accused of falsifying overtime records » Boston Globe

Massachusetts State Police say there's even more alleged overtime abuse » MassLive

State Finance

Montigny secures funds for children's, youth programs » South Coast Today Senate Assistant Majority Leader Mark Montigny announced Thursday that he has secured a multi-million dollar increase in state operating funds for New Bedford in addition to significant state bonding…

The Week in Public Finance: Can the IRS Stop States' Tax Reform Workarounds? » Governing The IRS wants to thwart state efforts to avoid the new cap on state and local tax deductions. It's unclear whether that would be legal -- or effective. …

State Government

Gov. Baker discusses his vision for Worcester » Worcester Telegram Mr. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito engaged the editorial board in a wide-ranging interview, touching on other subjects, including the Pawtucket Red Sox possible move to Worcester, commuter rail impro…

Activists encouraged by DeLeo remarks on auto voter registration » State House News Service Implementing an automatic voter registration system in Massachusetts would carry "minimal" cost, according to a report released Wednesday morning, hours before the top House Democrat suggested an inte…

Taxation

State sales tax holiday may return » The Berkshire Eagle In the absence of a state sales tax-free holiday the last two years, merchants in various communities have hosted their own events. Pittsfield merchants called last year's event the "tax-free revoluti…

Utilities

Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind? » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER may have gotten a little carried away on Wednesday talking about the “terrific pricing” the state is going to get for offshore wind power.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Emails show how UMass Boston faculty scrambled chancellor search » Dorchester Reporter

Our wheezing democracy » Commonwealth Magazine

Poll: Massachusetts Wants the Millionaire's Tax » Boston Magazine

Pension and a paycheck? State may loosen ‘double dipping’ rules » Boston Globe

Marty Walsh names new press secretary » Boston Globe

Bernie Sanders campaign co-chairs endorse Jay Gonzalez for governor » The Republican

Reports on sex offender Wayne Chapman should be fully released, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican

Lawmakers push AG to slow down review of health care merger » Boston Herald

Fifteen years later: A reflection on the Mass. biotech sector » Boston Business Journal

LG candidate Tingle visits council he hopes to chair » State House News Service

Baker talks about approach to fee increases » The Salem News

Colarusso Announces Candidacy For State Representative » Milton Patch

Vargas Delivers Maiden Speech on Civics Bill as House Enacts Education Legislation » WHAV

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4536 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

HB 4450 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Paula Donahue, an employee of the Department of Public Health

HB 4370 - An Act authorizing the town of Lynnfield to grant 5 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

HB 4404 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Sonia Morales, employee of the Department of Youth Services

HB 4372 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Heidi Souza, an employee of the Department of Correction

Most read bills of the week:

SB4 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4546 - An Act relative to community benefit districts

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4385 - An Act relative to community benefit districts

SB2375 - An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement

HB4545 - An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement

HB4514 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

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

SB2531 - An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth

HB4501 - An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 452

Senate Actions This Week: 212


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