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Citing 'full' plate, Massachusetts oversight panel isn't touching State Police scandals » MassLive A day after three state troopers were charged with embezzling public funds, Massachusetts senators who sit on an oversight panel said they don't plan on taking a look into the troubled law enforcement…

WBUR Poll: Among GOP Voters, Baker Is In Command; Senate Candidates Still Unknown » WBUR A new WBUR poll finds Gov. Charlie Baker in an unusual position heading into the state election. The Republican governor has better favorability numbers among likely Democratic primary voters than amo…

Massachusetts will start FY19 without permanent budget » MassLive Massachusetts will start the next fiscal year without a permanent budget in place, after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement in time.…

Cap gains windfall triggers $290 mil rainy day fund deposit, and counting » State House News Service Capital gains tax collections have been pouring into state coffers at such a high volume that it's triggered a $290 million deposit into the state's rainy day fund, and a second large automatic deposi…

Could a woman be what Trump needs for SCOTUS? » Politico No matter whom President Donald Trump picks for the Supreme Court this time around, the nominee is almost certain to come under withering liberal attack as a grave threat to women’s rights. Sev…

Seized 'crime guns' linked to licensed dealers » Newburyport News More than one-third of the guns involved in crimes and seized by police in 2016 were originally sold legally by firearms dealers, according to newly released data.…

Investigation alleges misconduct by Thornton Law Firm, recommends severe sanctions » Boston Globe An investigation unsealed Thursday in Boston federal court outlined a multimillion-dollar overbilling scheme by some of the nation’s top class-action law firms and alleged misconduct by a promi…

"Look, I've said many times that I don't think blame serves a lot of purposes," Baker said in April. "I mean, there were a lot of things that we fixed since we took office. "I got asked a lot, 'Well, you know, whose fault is that?' And I've tried pretty hard not to get into that business."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the Massachusetts State Police scandal.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump's efforts to remake federal judiciary » The Salem News The state’s two U.S. senators will have their ideas about who should fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court bench in Massachusetts, but despite longstanding tradition, legal observers say Pr…

US Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Democrats rebuke Trump administration for refusing to defend ACA's pre-existing condition protections » MassLive Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation joined House Democratic leaders Wednesday in condemning the Trump administration's refusal to defend an Affordable Care Act provision that guarantees…

Democrats, with few options to stall Trump’s Supreme Court pick, will emphasize abortion stakes » Boston Globe Senate Democrats are vowing a fight for the ages to stop President Trump’s as-yet-unnamed Supreme Court pick from getting confirmed. Senator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she is “pr…

Business

Van Shields, proponent of controversial art sales, bows out at Berkshire Museum » Berkshire Eagle After taking the helm at the Berkshire Museum in 2011, Van Shields surprised his new colleagues by talking about "monetizing" the Pittsfield institution's collection.…

Fed flags potential State Street risk in ‘stress test’ » Boston Business Journal The Federal Reserve gave the Boston-based financial services giant passing marks on its annual stress test — but on a conditional basis.…

Massachusetts’ highest-paid CEOs earned an average $8.27M in 2017 » Boston Business Journal Once again, the BBJ’s list of the 100 Highest-Paid Executives in Massachusetts, which is based on data pulled from their respective companies’ most-recent proxy statements, is a veritabl…

Could this abandoned 1,300-seat theater hidden in downtown Worcester be brought back to life? » The Republican You could pass by the unremarkable brick facade a hundred times and have little clue as to what lies inside.…

Civil Rights

Bill adding third gender choice for licenses, IDs nears passage » Boston Herald A bill directing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to let people choose “X” for a gender instead of male or female passed the Senate nearly unanimously and could bring the change to state-iss…

Bill would help protect abortion rights in Massachusetts should Roe v. Wade be overturned » Universal Hub Among the things the state legislature just hates to do is formally repeal laws that have been overturned by court rulings or newer laws. Rather than get stricken from the law books, these measures ju…

Education

Post Audit: Mount Ida probe underscores need for stronger reporting » State House News Service The controversial acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed "gaps in oversight" of higher education institutions and their finances, according to a review by…

UMass Boston interim chancellor: No ‘time limit’ » Dorchester Reporter As she looks forward to taking the helm at UMass Boston next month, incoming interim chancellor Katherine Newman has been doing her due diligence. She is a sociologist, after all, who has spent 39 yea…

Interim schools chief ready to make ‘important moves’ » Boston Globe

Lawsuit Against Harvard Goes After Diversity Model » WGBH Classes ended a few weeks ago, but Harvard Yard has still been packed with tourists flooding through the gates.…

UMass Lowell adjunct faculty call out Marty Meehan with targeted ad campaign » Boston Globe The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s adjunct faculty union has launched a blistering ad campaign targeting beleaguered UMass president Martin T. Meehan, accusing him of “hurting stude…

Senate: Mount Ida probe shows need for oversight » Newburyport News The controversial acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed "gaps in oversight" of higher education institutions and their finances, according to a review by…

Lawmakers want to know why Mount Ida College walked away from merger talks with Lasell College » Boston Herald

Environment

Conservation Law Foundation's Brad Campbell takes the fight to the waterfront » Boston Business Journal Bradley Campbell, president of Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation, isn’t afraid to put up a stink. He’s led groups of people — civically minded flash mobs, so to speak  

Housing

Greater Boston rents continue to rise, and at a faster clip » Boston Globe Just in time for the mad rush to secure Sept. 1 apartments, some bad news for renters: Average Boston-area rents over the spring months increased at the quickest pace in three years.…

Judiciary

Child Rapist Bill Triggers Debate Over Punishment, Process » WBUR Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appealed to lawmakers Tuesday for new sentencing and civil commitment laws targeting repeat child rapists, but opponents of Gov. Charlie Baker's bill argued the proposal is unnec…

Labor

Legislative Proposal to Raise the Minimum Wage Announced » East Boston Times The Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate announced a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage; create a framework for paid family and medical leave for most …

Gov. Charlie Baker signs $15 minimum wage, paid family leave into law » MassLive A new mother in Massachusetts will get paid time off to care for her baby, beginning in 2021.…

Baker signs minimum wage hike, paid leave bill » Herald News Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could ha…

How progressives and businesses made an unlikely deal on family leave » Boston Globe Deb Fastino, cochair of Raise Up Massachusetts, wasn’t sure if she could ever reach a deal on paid family and medical leave with the state’s major business groups.…

Pittsfield RNs approve contract with Berkshire Medical Center » Berkshire Eagle Registered nurses who bargained for 22 months on a new Berkshire Medical Center contract, and walked off the job last October, like their new offer.…

The Week in Public Finance: Will Weaker Unions Mean More Money for States? » Governing The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public-sector unions this week. Whether it'll save governments labor costs is debatable. …

Baker signs deal raising minimum wage, creating tax holiday » Gloucester Times Deal raises minimum wage, creates paid leave …

Local union leaders bash Supreme Court's decision on 'fair share' fees » Worcester Telegram Local union leaders on Wednesday were upset but defiant after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the practice of charging mandatory fees to represented nonmembers to be unconstitutional.…

Mass. Teachers' Unions Say They're Ready For Life After 'Janus' Ruling » WBUR Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME could remake the way that American teachers’ unions do business. …

Should Massachusetts cap sick time for state workers? » Boston Globe

Legislative

Moore, Frost welcome Millbury students to State House » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and State Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn) recently welcomed eighth-grade students from Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School to the State House to celebrate a se…

Massachusetts House Votes To Ban So-Called Conversion Therapy » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 137 to 14 to ban the use of so-called conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of minors, going on record a…

Automatic Voter Registration Bill Clears Mass. House 130-20 » WBUR The House voted 130-20 Wednesday to approve an automatic voter registration bill, with supporters saying the reform could eventually lead to 700,000 newly registered voters and increase voter turnout …

Local native joins Fattman’s team » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) on June 13 announced the hiring of Sutton native Billy Fredericks as a legislative aide. …

Lobbying

Firefighter Craig Hardy Wins Legislative Agent Seat in Statewide PFFM » Everett Independent Everett Firefighter and Fire Union President Craig Hardy cruised to victory this month in his quest for the Legislative Agent seat in the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) organization…

Local Government

Carver zoning changes on hold by AG » The attorney general’s office has ruled that not all posting rules were followed for zoning changes approved as part of the Town Meeting warrant.…

Fifty shades of Rockland » Commonwealth Magazine THE SOUTH SHORE TOWN of Rockland seems to be in a sex-fueled political meltdown. The lurid saga first surfaced on May 23 when Boston 25 News reported that two town officials were facing misconduct all…

Falmouth to See $308K Reduction in Payment in Lieu of Taxes from State » capecod.com After a re-evaluation of property values, the state’s payment in lieu of taxes to the town of Falmouth will soon be decreasing.…

Lynn approves $319.5 million budget » Lynn Daily News Item

Marijuana

National marijuana survey plan announced by Massachusetts consultant and UMass-Dartmouth » MassLive The Cannabis Community Care and Research Network of Somerville Thursday said it will work with the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth to mount a national survey of marijuana use.…

State could license first recreational marijuana shop Monday » Boston Globe A medical marijuana dispensary near Worcester could become the first recreational pot store in Massachusetts — but it’s likely weeks away from opening for non-medical sales.…

Methuen woman fired for off-duty marijuana use files arbitration claim » Boston Globe Bernadette Coughlin was surprised by all the fuss and overwhelmed by all the support. “I’m just an old lady that vapes once in a while,” said Coughlin, 55, who was at the hairdresse…

How Green Is Your Weed? Mass. Limits Energy Usage For Marijuana Growers » WBUR So far just a single grower in Massachusetts has been approved to start sowing marijuana seeds for adult-recreational use. The first crop of pot will be ready to harvest in the fall. …

Report: One in five Mass. adults used marijuana » State House News Service

Natick board refuses to ban marijuana businesses » The Metro West Daily News

Opinion

Editorial: North Square significant development for Amherst » Gazette Net A visit by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month for a groundbreaking in North Amherst celebrated a significant mixed-use development, North Square at the Mill District.…

Ned Bristol: Good government means negotiation and compromise » The Sun Chronicle When the state’s voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2016 they faced a simple, straightforward ballot question.…

Editorial: A smaller GE still brings good things to Boston » Boston Business Journal Software company Red Hat, biotech firm Alexion Pharmaceuticals and athletic shoe maker Reebok are all giant, multinational companies with thousands of employees and billions of dollars in annual reven…

Viewpoint: Key to funding transportation, education? Solve health care costs » Boston Business Journal Two seminal events shook Beacon Hill last week. The Supreme Judicial Court last week disallowed a proposed constitutional amendment establishing a graduated income tax. And the House of Representative…

Getting the Allston multimodal plan right » Boston Globe In order to advance its billion-dollar project to replace the Mass. Pike viaduct in Allston with a new urban interchange, connecting roadways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and a regional transit…

Je suis Capital Gazette » Commonwealth Magazine

Cannabis industry needs orderly rollout » The Lowell Sun

Politics

Almost half of the City Council has endorsed this candidate for governor » Boston Globe In his campaign for governor, Jay Gonzalez made a quick stop at City Hall Plaza on Thursday, where he picked up support from nearly half of Boston’s City Council.…

Political internships surge in the age of Trump » Boston Globe Misha Carlson spent much of her young life overseas, as the child of parents engaged in international development. Though she was interested in politics, she didn’t plan to become directly invo…

Rep. Higgins picks up endorsements » Sentinel & Enterprise Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Natalie Higgins recently picked up a handful of endorsements in her re-election bid.…

At unusual forum, candidates for DA seek support of inmates » Boston Globe The forum was billed as historic, the first of its kind in the country. Within jailhouse walls, inmates listened attentively Tuesday as the six candidates vying for Suffolk County district attorney de…

Inmates the audience at Suffolk DA candidates' forum » Boston Herald Inmates got a chance Tuesday to question a half-dozen candidates vying to be the next Suffolk District Attorney during a wide-ranging forum that touched on bail, court fees and medical marijuana in lo…

McGovern’s Rise Could Mean Double the Influence for Western Mass. » Western Mass Politics and Insight For some time now, the punditocracy has given Democrats an edge in the race for the US House of Representatives this year. For Western Massachusetts that would elevate Springfield Congressman Richard …

Speaker DeLeo Leads Growing Coalition of Support Behind Evandro Carvalho for Suffolk DA » Wicked Local Weymouth House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo endorsed Democratic State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho for Suffolk County District Attorney, citing Carvalho’s strong progressive record and prosecutorial ex…

L'Italien endorses Nguyen, takes shot at former foe Lyons » Andover Townsman Tram Nguyen, who is running against Republican Jim Lyons for state representative, was endorsed last week by state Sen. Barbara L'Italien. …

What A New Poll Means For Gov. Charlie Baker In The Fall » WBUR

Public Health

Baker announces $1 million in Narcan grants, $45,000 to Brockton » The Enterprise Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Bill Carpenter, and police, fire and ambulance employees gathered in Brockton to announce grants for 33 communities around the state to buy the overdose-rev…

Massachusetts Senate votes to raise tobacco buying age to 21 » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would raise the statewide age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21.…

Mass. Senate Votes For Tobacco Purchase Age Of 21 » WBUR The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday agreed to raise the tobacco-buying age to 21, ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is already prohibited, and ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies. …

Public Safety

Governor aims to restore trust in troopers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker told the Herald yesterday he believes he is on track to restore people’s faith in the beleaguered Massachusetts state police, a day after three state troopers appeared in fed…

Lawmakers approve 'extreme risk' gun bill » The Lowell Sun Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others.…

Hodgson: AG has prejudiced ongoing lawsuits against him by calling for a probe » South Coast Today Attorney General Maura Healey has prejudiced several pending inmate suicide lawsuits by her call for an investigation of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson charg…

Massachusetts Legislature sends 'red flag' gun bill to Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would allow a family or household member to petition a judge to confiscate someone's gun if the person poses a danger to t…

Baker could get compromise 'red flag' gun bill today » The Patriot Ledger A compromise gun access bill filed Wednesday night and expected to win House and Senate approval Thursday would allow family or household members to petition the courts for a one-year renewable order …

Police increasing security at Boston media outlets after Annapolis newspaper shooting » Boston Globe Boston police officials said Thursday they have begun increasing security presence at major media outlets in the Boston area after a shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Md., left at least five peopl…

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Is Leaving The Department » CBS Boston Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is leaving the department, sources tell WBZ-TV.…

Gov. Baker gets 'red flag' bill that he 'conceptually' favors » Berkshire Eagle

State Finance

DeLeo doesn't rule out revenue markup in budget » State House News Service Two top House leaders on Thursday did not rule out marking up the fiscal year 2019 revenue estimate as part of ongoing negotiations on an annual budget bill for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.…

The state is putting some decent cash into its rainy day fund. Finally » Boston Globe Massachusetts infused its rainy day fund with a whopping $322 million on Thursday, boosting a key fiscal reserve and helping solidify the state’s creditworthiness, just a year after a national …

State Government

Four Berkshire women named state Commission on the Status of Women's Unsung Heroines » Berkshire Eagle Four Berkshire County women have been named to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2018 class of Unsung Heroines.…

Massachusetts lawmakers 'extremely disappointed' by FEMA efforts to help Hurricane Maria evacuees find long-term housing, again push for additional aid » MassLive

Transportation

Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates » Commonwealth Magazine MOST OF THE $6.5 MILLION in new parking revenue the MBTA is counting on to help balance the transit authority’s budget during the upcoming fiscal year budget would come from just a handful of g…

Senate approves Gender X ID on driver’s licenses » Worcester Telegram Bay Staters who don’t identify as either men or women could see their non-binary gender reflected on state ID cards under a bill that cleared the Senate 36-1 on Thursday. The change, according …

Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Thursday that the state will revisit many of the assumptions behind a massive highway and transit project planned for the Allston-Brighton area with …

Boston parking sticker shock » Boston Herald City councilors say Boston’s neighborhood parking system is “broken” and pitched solutions yesterday that include charging for residential parking stickers — and limiting how…

Mass. Department of Transportation never exercised right to audit funding of state police unit at center of overtime scandal » MassLive

Utilities

Andrews Farm: Here's a look at the water company's rates and fees » Wicked Local Homeowners in the Andrews Farm development in Boxford have seen sharp increases in the rates and fees charged by the Andrews Farm Water Company over the years. The Department of Public Utilities recen…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Nasty e-mails, threats, and why two antiabortion candidates are fighting over Charlie Baker » Boston Globe

It tokes a village: The Mass. marijuana industry fuels growth across sectors » Boston Business Journal

One thing missing from the ‘grand bargain’ bill signing? The grand bargainers » Boston Globe

Judge says shocks can continue at Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton » Wicked Local Canton

Police scandal is a hornet's nest for Baker (Editorial) » MassLive

WBUR Poll: Dem Nomination For Governor Up For Grabs; Galvin Holds Big Lead Over Zakim » WBUR

Gov. Charlie Baker extends housing assistance for families displaced by Hurricane Maria » MassLive

What you need to know about the ‘grand bargain’ that Charlie Baker just signed into law » Boston.com

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset in N.Y., can Ayanna Pressley pull off a repeat in Massachusetts? » The Washington Post

$15 Minimum Wage, Required Paid Leave Are Coming To Mass., After Gov. Baker Signs 'Grand Bargain' » WBUR

State officials smash multimillion-dollar gaming ring; gangster’s stepson was kingpin, prosecutors say » Boston Globe

Committee: Mount Ida students, staff faced 'major lack of communication' on sale » The Lowell Sun

Where Marijuana Stores Can — And Can't — Open In Mass. » WBUR

Advocates want to know, 'Where's my pot?' » Milford Daily News

Ardinger: As AG, Shores would fight opioid crisis » Leominster Champion

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4650 - An Act making certain appropriations for fiscal year 2019 before final action on the General Appropriation Bill

HB 4640 - An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday

SB 2560 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elizabeth Fontaine, an employee of the Department of Children and Families

HB 4482 - An Act authorizing the city known as the town of Amherst to hold a special election on November 6, 2018

HB 4336 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Gloria Phillips, an employee of the Division of Industrial Accidents

Most read bills of the week:

HB4639 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

HB4617 - An Act establishing the Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to enhance access to high quality, affordable and transparent healthcare in the Commonwealth

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

HB4664 - An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors

SB2211 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care.

HB4666 - An Act relative to the recognition and registration of professional employer organizations operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

SB2570 - An Act to reduce traffic fatalities

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4640 - An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday

SB2573 - An Act furthering health empowerment and affordability by leveraging transformative health care

House Actions This Week: 785

Senate Actions This Week: 249


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