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Union says health care workers fired amid organizing attempt » State House News Service As many as 20 employees of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury were fired Thursday, according to a major state health care workers union that characterized the downsizing as retribution for their…

Labor group knocks Tarr over wage theft bill postponement » State House News Service Disappointed activists trying to mount a late-session push for a bill to crack down on employers who fail to deliver earned wages are angry at Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who led a successful b…

‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’ » PoliticoMagazine Tea Partier Raúl Labrador swept into Congress ready to dismantle Washington. Now he’s going home, more disillusioned than ever. …

Massachusetts House leaders cite fiscal concerns about education funding update » MassLive A month after the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would overhaul education funding in the state, House leaders will not commit to taking it up. …

Ex-Trump Advisor Feels ‘Betrayed’ and ‘Disgusted’ Over Hawkish Immigration Policies » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS As reports of ICE arrests shock the country, GOP leaders are breaking from President Trump’s immigration hardline ahead of this year’s midterms. …

Sarah Sanders is at her worst at a strange time — when she’s talking about respect for women » The Washington Post Watching the press secretary at Monday’s briefing, the words that came to mind were these: A new low. …

One Town Makes — and Hates — Guns Like No Other Place in the U.S. » TIME To understand America’s great gun divide, visit Springfield, Massachusetts, birthplace of the $17 billion-a-year U.S. firearms industry.…

How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals? » New York Times In affluent, largely white Massachusetts communities like Wellesley, Southborough and Dedham, Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump by margins ranging from 23 to 50 percentage points.…

Sen. Michael Barrett of Lexington said putting a price on carbon “is the single most effective thing a state government can do to fight” climate change.

Senator Michael Barrett

Speaking about yesterdays vote on carbon pricing.

News By Category
Business

MONTIGNY SECURES BIPARTISAN PROTECTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING » WBSM Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Rules Committee Chairman Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) secured bipartisan legislation today to ensure protections for commercial fishing interests prior to any fu…

Long-vacant waterfront building reopens as a construction company’s plumbing-HVAC center » Boston Globe The giant Art Deco structure at 25 Fid Kennedy Ave. in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park has sat empty for years. Its heyday ended long ago — when the building housed a Navy machine …

Education

Massachusetts House leaders cite fiscal concerns about education funding update » MassLive A month after the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would overhaul education funding in the state, House leaders will not commit to taking it up.…

Mount Ida Trustees Breached Fiduciary Duties, State Senator Says Senate Report Will Find » WBUR A Massachusetts Senate report on Mount Ida College is expected to find that the college's board of trustees violated its fiduciary duties in its abrupt decision to close down the school.…

Dartmouth professor in misconduct probe will retire and be barred from college events » Boston Globe One of the three Dartmouth College psychology professors at the center of a criminal probe into alleged sexual misconduct will retire immediately and be barred from attending any events sponsored by t…

DiZoglio Hosts First-Ever Young Women Career Day at Haverhill High » WHAV Rep. Diana DiZoglio gathered several Haverhill-based career women this week to encourage Haverhill High juniors to dream big during the school’s first-ever Young Women Career Day. DiZoglio emc…

Small, Private Mass. Colleges Seek To Avoid Mount Ida's Fate » WBUR The day after Mount Ida College announced it was closing earlier this spring, President Barry Brown told an assembly on campus why. …

Harvard report found Asian-Americans faced admissions penalty » Boston Globe

Environment

CABRAL: ENVIRONMENTAL BOND BILL PAVES WAY FOR MORE RESILIENT NEW BEDFORD » WBSM As chairman of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) successfully added several provisions to the environmental bon…

Boston has new rules to help buildings withstand climate change » Boston Globe Memories of the storm last winter that flooded parts of downtown Boston are still fresh at City Hall. Now, the Walsh administration is pushing developers to make their buildings better able to withsta…

They're Back! Great White Sharks Return to Massachusetts Waters » NBC Boston It's official: The great white sharks have returned to Massachusetts waters ahead of the summer.…

Gaming

Plurality of likely voters say Wynn Resorts should retain license » Boston Globe Nearly 80 percent of likely Massachusetts voters are aware of the sexual misconduct accusations against former Wynn Resorts chief executive Steve Wynn, but a plurality want the company to remain the o…

Health Care

Reps must file health care bill amendments in 2 days » Gloucester Times The House on Wednesday adopted an order giving representatives until 5 p.m. Friday to file amendments to a major health care reform bill that emerged from committee Tuesday, setting it up for possible…

Housing

Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials were among nearly 100 people who filled a tent and spilled out onto the lawn Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill Dist…

Human Services

New office in Holyoke to help Mass. seniors navigate SNAP benefits » Gazette Net Seniors in the commonwealth now have a resource just for them to help navigate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.…

Immigration

Northampton residents hold rally to protest Trump administration's 'cruel, inhumane' policies towards immigrant families » MassLive Several hundred people amassed in Pulaski Park in Northampton Thursday to protest the Trump administration's policies towards immigrant families.…

'Sanctuary Cities' Could Be Sued by Crime Victims If GOP Bill Passes » Governing So-called sanctuary jurisdictions that decline to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement could be held liable for failing to detain people in the U.S. illegally for deportation proceedings, un…

Grass-roots rally draws crowds protesting separation of immigrant families » Boston Globe On Wednesday, Emily Ross, 41, bought a megaphone. A cheap one from Amazon, ordered hastily and delivered late that night.…

Separation anxiety » Commonwealth Magazine

Insurance

Eric Schultz a steady financial supporter of top officials » Boston Herald Former Harvard Pilgrim CEO Eric Schultz, who mysteriously quit for undisclosed violations of the company’s “code of conduct,” has donated nearly $37,000 to Bay State pols — w…

Charlie Baker: Harvard Pilgrim ouster their decision » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker — the former head of Harvard Pilgrim — took a hands-off approach yesterday on the insurance giant’s refusal to release details surrounding Eric Schultz’s…

Judiciary

If it’s 8 a.m., the most powerful people in Mass. are checking this Twitter account (and no, it’s not @realDonaldTrump) » Boston Globe Christopher R. Anderson, president of the influential Massachusetts High Technology Council, looks while in transit or at his desk.…

Questions raised about examiners in sex offender cases » Eagle Tribune The decision that could lead to the release of convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman after more than four decades in prison was made by two psychologists who say the geriatric jailbird is too sick and …

AG: Embattled Salem judge should not be impeached » Eagle Tribune

Labor

Help wanted, but not from older workers: Many struggle to find jobs as employers post openings » Boston Globe It’s late afternoon at the Venture Café in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. The tables are teeming with techies in T-shirts, sipping beer and pecking on laptops. Everybody works for a star…

To Pay Minimum Wage or Not? Debate Over Tipped Workers Heads to D.C. » Governing There's a growing movement to eliminate the so-called tip credit for bartenders and servers. Washington, D.C., could be next to outlaw the practice. …

Lawmakers take ax to Baker’s new $100M job-creation proposal » Boston Globe The Legislature probably won’t be giving Governor Charlie Baker an extra $100 million in job-creation funds after all.…

Firefighter says city’s violating agreement to accommodate Fire Department’s women » Boston Globe The Boston Fire Department has failed to honor a 1996 consent decree requiring an equitable work environment for the city’s female firefighters, a veteran firefighter alleged in a letter Thursd…

Legislative

Amendments due on state health care finance bill » Boston Herald Lawmakers have until tomorrow to file amendments to a health care finance bill seeking to raise $450 million in new fees on hospitals, insurers, urgent care clinics, and add protections against out-of…

Lots Of Bills And Little Time Left At Massachusetts State House » WAMC

Rep. Jones named Legislator of the Year by Town Clerks » Framingham Patch

Local Government

Governor Signs Bill Authorizing North Reading/Andover Water Pact » Wicked Local Weymouth Legislation that would allow North Reading to secure a long-term water supply contract with the town of Andover has been signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.…

Road projects among mix in Pittsfield in wake of budget approval » Berkshire Eagle Crews are digging into city streets. City Hall is readying to overhaul the parking garage on Columbus Avenue, Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski shops around for a new fire engine and Police Chief Michael W…

Shrewsbury Garden Club to dedicate ‘Fragrant Garden’ » Community Advocate Shrewsbury – Nestled along the south side of Shrewsbury Town Hall, across from the Police Department, sits a hidden gem – a beautiful garden that is soon to be formally dedicated as a â…

Finding a brand identity » The Sun Chronicle Foxboro hosted a walking tour of downtown last Thursday for state and local officials, including Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, state Sen. Paul Feeney, state Rep. Jay Barrows a…

Marijuana

Still no pot shop licenses in state, July 1 target in doubt » WHDH Prospects for retail pot shops opening for business in Massachusetts by a July 1 target date appear to be dimming.…

Massachusetts marijuana research czar envisions open database, annual conference » MassLive For now, Julie Johnson is a one-woman research team at the Cannabis Control Commission. But in the long term, she has an ambitious agenda that includes creating a national database where researchers a…

Opinion

Opinion: Purdue misled public on opioids, for more money » Taunton Gazette Today in Massachusetts five more people will die from an opioid overdose. Tens of thousands more remain trapped in cycles of addiction. This crisis is personal. The victims are our friends and neighbo…

Life’s important trade-offs » Boston Globe Most of the major and a lot of the minor decisions we make as we hack our way through the thicket of life involve a salutary trade-off. If you’d rather keep yourself at a furious boil by taking…

Shootings have made schools a place of ‘panicked fear’ » Boston Globe So far this year, there have been 17 school shootings. That’s the most recorded in history and we are barely halfway through 2018. The effects of gun violence have not just stretched to the 215…

My father, the priest » Boston Globe In 1993, during a meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., I learned that the man who had raised me was not my father and that the Rev. Thomas S. Sullivan, a priest from Lowell, likely was. After looking at the obit…

In 2018, there is no excuse for topless dancers at a corporate event » Boston Globe Kate Strayer-Benton is my new she-hero, and I’ll be quoting her so much today that I might as well make her an honorary columnist.…

Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line sign of true investment in region (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive Throughout my career, I have been a ferocious advocate for infrastructure improvements and funding. Having a sound infrastructure is quite literally the foundation of a strong community.…

Break up Google » Boston Globe Never in the history of the world has a single company had so much control over what people know and think. Yet Washington has been slow to recognize that Google’s power is a problem, much less…

Viewpoint: Sustainability required in actions, not just words » Boston Business Journal How can a national business university and its industry partner demonstrate and teach environmental sustainability? As leaders, we have an obligation not only to teach students about the challenge of …

Elizabeth Warren takes political turn for better » Boston Herald To the aliens who have kidnapped Sen. Elizabeth Warren and replaced her with a pod person, I have a message: Don’t give her back.…

Politics

Pacheco endorses Gonzalez for governor, citing South Coast Rail and courthouse » Wicked Local Raynham The last time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez stood with state Sen. Marc Pacheco in front of the Bristol County Superior Courthouse they were celebrating the opening of the new $80 mil…

Students press state Senate candidates » The Recorder On Wednesday evening, the candidates for Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate seat fielded questions from a group of Pioneer Valley residents who have become an increasingly notable political forc…

Poll: Baker, Warren maintain large leads over challengers » News 22 WWLP.com Republican Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren are cruising into their re-election campaigns with commanding leads, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll shows.…

Are MA Voters Leaning Toward Millionaire Tax, Minimum Wage Hike? » Framingham Patch Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and efforts to impose a higher minimum wage and a new income surtax all remain popular with less than five months to go until the November elections, ac…

Poll: Baker, Warren, surtax hold big leads » The Salem News GOv. Charlie Baker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and efforts tom impose a higher minimum wage and a new income surtax all remain popular with less than five months to go until the November elections, a…

Public Health

Getting the word out on drugs » Eagle Tribune On the heels of filing a lawsuit against a major opioid manufacturer, Attorney General Maura Healey visited the Marsh Grammar School Thursday to talk to students about the importance of substance abus…

Baker pushes opioid bill with days left in session » Boston Herald A measure allowing doctors to hospitalize addicts for 72 hours without their consent is among a set of proposals to fight the deadly drug epidemic being pressed by Gov. Charlie Baker in his second ma…

Recovery coaches a key to ending opioid epidemic, Baker says » Patriot Ledger Brockton native Amy Tattrie knows how hard it is to get clean after years of drug and alcohol addiction.…

Public Safety

State urges police chiefs to strip gun licenses from hundreds previously approved » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is urging local police chiefs to strip gun licenses from hundreds of people who were previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm, after regulato…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joins conversation on preventing sexual violence » News 22 WWLP.com Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Springfield Thursday discussing strategies to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.…

Tran to host Fitchburg forum on crisis response » Sentinel & Enterprise State Sen. Dean Tran will host an educational presentation by state-based company Shooter Detection Systems, for municipal and educational leaders within the Worcester and Middlesex Senate District at…

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito meets with anti-domestic violence advocates from Western Massachusetts to tee up awareness campaign » MassLive Program leaders and state officials including Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday met at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts to discuss priorities for the first statewide domestic violence awareness campa…

Here's what Massachusetts officials sent local police chiefs asking for removal of some gun licenses » The Republican

State Government

Led by Rep. Alan Silvia, veterans fly 100 flags on Battleship Massachusetts » Herald News Representative Alan Silvia was joined by veterans Red Grinvalski, Trott Lee, Victor Farias and Octavio Camara to celebrate Flag Day by flying one hundred flags on the Battleship Massachusetts today.…

Auditor: Fees not being collected for use of public land | The Telegraph » The Associated Press (AP) An auditor says the agency that manages state parks and public land isn't collecting all of the user fees that are owed.…

DCR still struggling as landlord » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION is improving as a landlord, but the agency still has a long way to go, with a new state audit reporting that $600,000 in user fees went unc…

Transportation

Baker Announces Long-Sought Study Of Boston-Springfield Train » WAMC Two initiatives are underway to bring more passenger train service to western Massachusetts. Officials predict it will strengthen the region’s economy by providing connections to large metro ar…

Gov. Charlie Baker commits to East-West rail study » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker, having once vetoed a similar provision earlier in his first term, said this week the state would hire a consultant team to study the possibility of building out a rail link between…

News Brief: Hinds foresees economic benefits to western Mass. rail initiative » the Berkshire edge Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has released a statement regarding the Baker-Polito administration’s June 12 announcement regarding the creation of a western Massachusetts rail initiative: …

$400G floated for Seaport gondola study » Boston Herald City officials will spend $400,000 to study whether gondolas should fly through the Seaport’s skies, which a transit watchdog said could be necessary to relieve the area’s crushing traff…

Plans for high speed rail service from Springfield to Boston moving forward » News 22 WWLP.com The state is moving forward with a study of a high-speed rail service linking Springfield to Boston.…

With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line » MassLive People passing through Union Station earlier this week had plans to travel, whether on a PVTA bus across town or a series of Amtrak trains across the country to Washington state.…

Hartford line is one part of rail improvements » The Reminder

Utilities

Tarr, colleagues push HD cable access bill » Gloucester Times More than half of state senators, including Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr of Gloucester, are asking their Ways and Means chairwoman to advance a bill they say will put community access television on a…

100% renewable energy, no net metering caps and more in Massachusetts Senate bill » pv magazine Massachusetts has been a complicated state for solar energy policy. Former Governor Deval Patrick’s (D) mandate for 1600 MW of solar was a visionary move that kick-started the first large-scale…

Nuclear plant gets good report » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station received some good news this week: an unusual occurrence at the 45-year-old problem-plagued reactor.…

Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine Senate approves legislation, National Grid lends its support …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Realtors Take to the Hill » Banker & Tradesman

In #MeToo era, steps forward and back » Commonwealth Magazine

Major funding boost likely for alcohol industry oversight agency » News 22 WWLP.com

‘Medicine that Matters’ gala raises more than $1 million to support health care for homeless » Dorchester Reporter

Transgender rights question could be closest vote in Mass. this fall, poll finds » Boston Globe

Underfunding higher education leads to failing grade in social justice (Guest viewpoint) » MassLive

Berkshire DA Caccaviello Talks Campaign, Capeless » WAMC

Free Rides Offered This Weekend To Promote New Hartford Rail Line » WAMC

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4549 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

HB 4501 - An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth

HB 4248 - An Act authorizing the sale of certain property located at 616 Towne Street in the town of North Attleborough

HB 4552 - An Act authorizing the towns of Andover and North Reading to enter into an agreement for the supply of potable water

HB 4121 - An Act relative to the town manager of the town of Upton

Most read bills of the week:

HB4605 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

HB4599 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

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

HB4606 - Order for HB4605, An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent health care in the Commonwealth

SB2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

HB4595 - Order for HB4438, An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

SB479 - An Act relative to 2030 and 2040 emissions benchmarks

HB4558 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

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

SB2327 - An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability

House Actions This Week: 587

Senate Actions This Week: 226


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