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11:00am Expungement/Juvenile Justice Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey

6:30pm Town Hall on Climate Change with Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Elliot Street, Boston

7:00pm Reception for State Rep. Candidate David Robertson

7:00pm Meet & Greet with Attorney General Candidate Josh Zakim

Must-Reads

Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay » Boston Globe In New Jersey, the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the party’s freshman governor wrangled over tax increases until mere hours before a fiscal impasse would trigger a government shutdown.…

Lawyers for Rosenberg, Hefner say releasing accuser’s name would level ‘playing field’ » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge will decide whether to publicly identify the man who sued Bryon Hefner and his husband, former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, after their attorneys argued Wednesday that…

What's Behind The Beacon Hill Battle Over School Funding » WBUR House lawmakers have passed a measure that would make major changes to public education funding, but some school advocates say the measure falls short -- particularly compared to the Senate version.…

DeLeo: 'Very Difficult' To Pass Immigrant Enforcement Bill In House » WGBH Despite sympathy among the 117 House Democrats for immigrant families being separated along the southern border, House Speaker Robert DeLeo reemphasized Wednesday that it would still prove "difficult"…

Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request » New York Times Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Drumpf’s Supreme Court nominee, acco…

With Obama's Help, Redistricting Group Targets State Legislative Races » Governing

Jay Gonzalez Wants A Progressive Alternative To Millionaires Tax, But Can't Specify Details Until He's Elected » WGBH Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says he will work with the state’s Department of Revenue…

“I don’t know if I’d use the word ‘embarrassed,’ but I might use the word ‘disappointed,’ ”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

On Massachusetts not having a budget 10 days into the fiscal year.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kayyem: Trump's NATO Comments Could Help Russia » WGBH President Trump is facing criticism for his statement yesterday that the United States’ NATO ally Germany is captive to Russia because of energy payments it makes to the country.…

Business

Harbor Towers residents sue to stop Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot tower on garage site » Boston Globe Critics of a 600-foot-tall skyscraper planned for the edge of Boston Harbor laid out their legal claims in a pair of lawsuits filed Wednesday that urge a judge to stop a project that has the support o…

County Fare: Golden ticket helps struggling farmers » Berkshire Eagle A good Samaritan was just the ticket Kristen Tool and Chris Wheeler needed in their ongoing effort to save the family farm in Lanesborough dating to the Great Depression.…

ICA Watershed: A new spot for art » The Patriot Ledger The opening of a new cultural space in an East Boston waterfront neighborhood is a reason to celebrate, and the joy was evident as the Institute of Contemporary Art director welcomed more than 200 gue…

Vargas, House Pass Economic Development Bill: $200K Earmarked for Downtown » WHAV Freshman state Rep. Andy Vargas secured an estimated $275,000 in preliminary funding for Haverhill through the House passage of an economic development bill aimed at helping small businesses flourish …

The House approves $666M economic development bill » News 22 WWLP.com An economic development bond bill passed Tuesday is packed with earmarks that lawmakers hope will boost projects in their districts.…

Demolition of Ganley Building in downtown Brockton delayed » The Enterprise The demolition of the Ganley Building in downtown Brockton didn’t take place as originally planned this summer. That’s due to technical difficulties with adjoining buildings on each side…

Trade war tensions stress state tourism officials » Boston Herald Chinese tourists, and the money they spend here, are a top concern for Boston tourist officials as trade tensions between the U.S. and China heat up.…

Linda Dorcena Forry goes from a two-family to the House and Senate » Boston Business Journal Dorcena Forry continues community connections for area’s largest contractor …

Civil Rights

Boston City Council urges repeal of archaic Massachusetts abortion laws » Metro.us After President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick conservative Brett Kavanaugh, many across the country are wondering what this move could mean for Roe v. Wade. Now, Boston City Council is…

Council votes support­ for killing archaic laws » Boston Herald A push to remove antiquated laws, including a ban on abortion still on the books in Massachusetts, got the backing of the Boston City Council yesterday at the same time House Speaker Robert DeLeo anno…

Education

Cape college receiving $25M for new science building » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod Community College officials plan to replace the college’s science and engineering building with a new facility within the next 3½ years with the aid of $25 million in state bond fun…

Mass. House warms to new education funding commitments » Telegram News The House gave initial approval Tuesday to legislation that would deliver roughly $500 million, and possibly more, in additional aid to cities and towns by 2023 to pay for special education and the co…

Berkshire Community College Nets State Grant For New Student Center » WAMC On Tuesday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker announced that Berkshire Community College would receive $5.5 million to turn the first floor of its Field Administration building into a On…

'Smart' clothing and flexible electronics? New research center comes to UMass Lowell » Boston Business Journal Construction of the 28,000-square-foot Fabric Discovery Center was funded by $11.3 million in state grants that were awarded to UMass Lowell last year by the Baker administration.…

A Good Superintendent Could Be Hard To Find » WGBH Boston Public Schools needs to find a new permanent superintendent after Tommy Chang’s abrupt departure last month. Observers predict there will be plenty of people interested in the job, since…

Lesley University eyeing New Bedford » South Coast Today Lesley University and the DeMello International Center downtown are working to collaborate on an educational partnership, a university spokeswoman confirmed.…

Pittsfield School Committee stands by decision to rename Columbus Day » The Berkshire Eagle The School Committee navigated through turbulence Wednesday before deciding that it wouldn't reinstate Columbus Day in the school calendar. …

House unanimously approves $500M education funding bill » The Recorder The House voted 143-0 Wednesday to approve a bill providing roughly $500 million to school districts over five years to help cover a greater share of the costs associated with special education and th…

Environment

Connecticut River sewage overflow clean-up efforts in Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke » News 22 WWLP.com The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Connecticut River Clean-up Committee (CRCC), administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), to provide assista…

State Grant Boosts Mill Brook Watershed Protection Efforts » Vineyard Gazette A $15,000 state grant will go to the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation to replace two undersized culverts on the brook in Chilmark and improve water flow for sensitive fish species in the coldwater s…

3 Hampden County cities receive grant to improve CT River water quality » News 22 WWLP.com The Baker-Polito Administration is awarding a grant to the Connecticut River Clean-up Committee.…

Special investigation: Living on scraps » Dig Boston Boston is aiming to achieve “zero waste,” which some say can create more living-wage jobs. Is part of this lofty goal rooted in the region’s dirtiest hypocrisy?…

Mass. senators support right whale bill » Cape Cod Times Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren will co-sponsor the SAVE Right Whales Act, filed June 7 by four other Atlantic Coast senators.…

SELCO hosts ribbon cutting for solar farm at town landfill » Community Advocate

Gaming

MGM Springfield to hold grand opening parade featuring Budweiser Clydesdales, 'surprise entertainment' on Aug. 24 » Mass Live The Aug. 24 grand opening of MGM Springfield -- a moment years in the making for the city-- will come with the sound of horses' hooves.…

Health Care

AG concerned about hospital merger » The Salem News Attorney General Maura Healey said she is concerned that a major merger including several North Shore hospitals, including Addison Gilbert in Gloucester, could lead to higher costs for patients.…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers bill to cap prescription drug copays » Mass Live With an estimated quarter of Americans struggling to afford rising prescription drug costs, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats announced legislation Wednesday that seeks to place a monthly…

AG steps in earlier than usual on Beth Israel-Lahey merger. Here's why that matters. » Boston Business Journal

Housing

Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher » Boston Globe Construction in Greater Boston has long been complicated and costly, but a brewing global trade war threatens to make it even harder to get new projects off the ground.…

Human Services

Disability insurers discriminate against women » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE MASSACHUSETTS HAS ENACTED the strongest laws in the country to ensure equitable pay for women, the reality is that there is still significant work to be done to ensure that women in the Commonwe…

Labor

Unions Could No Longer Get Medicaid Money Under New Trump Proposal » Governing The federal government wants to roll back an Obama-era rule that lets some Medicaid payments go toward unions that represent home health care workers -- one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid jobs…

Busted unions » Commonwealth Magazine Indifference and declining muscle threaten labor’s role …

Attorney General Works to Raise Awareness about Labor Trafficking » Cape Cod Today

Legislative

Stanley Rosenberg, Bryon Hefner push to ID sex abuse accuser » Boston Herald

Massachusetts public records commission does little in public » The Republican

Senate negotiator sees deals on short-term rental, data protection bills » State House News Service

Spilka poised to take Senate presidency in two weeks » State House News Service

Local Government

Welcome to Millville, where budget fight means dark streets, no trash pickup, and a growing deficit » Boston Globe Trash trucks stopped rolling here at the end of June, and more than half of the town’s street lights are going dark. The senior center has shut its doors, and the library has only enough money …

Andover unlikely to receive significant federal storm relief for March 2 storm » Andover Townsman It appears Andover won't receive much from the storm relief approved by President Donald Trump last month. …

'Westfield has a great story to tell': City launches effort to lure business » Mass Live GoWestfield is a new marketing initiative designed to attract business to the city.…

Lowell officials want Domino’s Pizza to help pay to fix the city’s potholes » Boston Globe The city of Lowell’s slogan is “There’s a lot to like.” But several people seemed unimpressed this week by the city’s efforts to rally the public so that a national pi…

Braintree seeks $1 million in traffic work from Amazon » The Patriot Ledger Amazon and its landlord would be required to put up $1 million for traffic improvements if its proposed Braintree distribution facility is approved.…

Haverhill passes moratorium on National Grid projects during lockout » Eagle Tribune The city joined several others in the commonwealth Tuesday in siding with the National Grid gas workers when the City Council voted to impose a temporary moratorium on all routine, non-emergency gas p…

Medway seeks developers for 82-acres of 'Bottle Cap Lots' » Worcester Business Journal Medway is seeking developers to pitch their ideas for a 82-acre piece of land the subject of an urban renewal plan with an odd history.…

Easthampton City Council OKs 'Community Relations Committee' that won't have power to conduct investigations or compel arbitration » The Republican

Catholic order fights Waltham eminent domain claim » Boston Herald The obscure Catholic order of Stigmatines is in a fight with Waltham City Hall over plans to take the religious group’s property by eminent domain for a new public high school.…

West Bridgewater selectman championing boycott of gas station chain due to 'eyesore' left behind » The Enterprise Formerly the site of a Hess gas station, the lot on West Center Street has sat vacant, unattended and wasted for three years after it was acquired and closed down by Speedway.…

Marijuana

Easthampton OKs indoor hemp farm and CBD oil processing facility » The Republican Representatives from "Misty Valley Farm" gained site plan approval for an indoor facility where industrial hemp would be grown and processed.…

U.S. Attorney Lelling Finally Says He Will Get Out of Legal Marijuana’s Way » Boston Magazine He issued his most reasonable statements yet on the new industry. …

CCC begins first review of marijuana test lab application » State House News Service

Opinion

Democrats must favor electability over ideology » Boston Globe Democrats are worrying about winning enough races across America to wrest Congress from the Trumpified GOP. But their worries should start within their own ranks.…

Is it any surprise that Donald Trump’s son knows Anthony Kennedy’s son? » Boston Globe Some agita attended the belated discovery that retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son Justin had business dealings with Donald Trump and his family.…

We’re writing a new law on noncompetes — let’s get it right » Boston Globe The dizzying job growth and investment Cambridge has experienced during the past decade has unlocked opportunities and prosperity that few other cities can match. …

Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next? » Boston Globe Sometime later this year, the historic Palazzo delle Poste building in Milan will be home to something found nowhere else in Italy: a Starbucks store. …

Criminal justice reform is a historic breakthrough; vital next step is funding for reentry transitioning » Dorchester Reporter Massachusetts took a historic step forward when Governor Baker recently signed into law long overdue criminal justice reform legislation that at its core seeks to break the cycle of poverty, marginali…

Columnists Adam Hinds and Stephen Kulik: A rural strategy for economic growth » Gazette Net Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, is experiencing growing disparity between rural and urban centers.…

Moran: Compromise on Mass. 'red flag' law a hopeful sign » The Herald News I was unaware, until last week, that an important bill related to one of the country’s most divisive issues was proposed, debated, passed and signed into law here in Massachusetts.…

No place for reason in politics these days » Boston Herald The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has already veered into an absurd direction, with Democrats predicting cataclysmic results for the nation, and Republicans crowing tha…

Political parties hijack independent judiciary » Boston Herald Political parties are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, yet they dominate the actions of our government. Their reach, sadly, even goes deep into the hallowed deliberations of the U.S. Supreme Co…

Next-gen ‘Ugly American’ simply par for the coarse » Boston Herald When it was published 50 years ago its title was unsettling enough to grab the nation’s attention, but it was its spot-on assessment of how we’re perceived in foreign lands — rude…

Howie Carr: Bench hacks bad judges of character » Boston Herald It’s an epidemic — clueless hack state judges cutting loose career criminals who then commit horrible crimes against the citizenry, sometimes only hours after these idiots in black robes…

Letter to the Editor: Legislators, not interest groups, should be leading the way » The Herald News I would like to commend our entire local legislative delegation on their efforts to craft the recent Grand Bargain, led by Sen. Michael Rodrigues. The hard work put in by our legislators avoided what …

Beyond the hashtag » Commonwealth Magazine State needs to act on protecting survivors in absence of federal support …

Politics

Candidates face off in JP Progressives debate » The Bay State Banner State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez faced challenger Nika Elugardo as the two candidates in this year’s 15th Suffolk District primary debated important issues facing voters, including jobs, education an…

LELLING’s pot guidance —BAKER headed to the airwaves — CommonWealth Magazine ditching print » Politico The US Attorney for Massachusetts has offered major insight into how he plans to enforce federal laws around the state’s now-legal recreational marijuana.…

National Organization Endorses Feeney for 6th Middlesex State Representative Seat » Framingham Source

Public Health

WBURwbur90.9 » WBUR A bill to fight the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts is advancing on Beacon Hill after getting unanimous approval from House lawmakers yesterday.…

Belchertown, Ludlow, Ware, and South Hadley join lawsuit against drug companies accused of fueling opioid crisis » Mass Live The towns of Ludlow, Belchertown, South Hadley and Ware have joined a growing list of Western Massachusetts communities who are suing large drug manufacturers and distributors accused of helping to fu…

Mass. lawmakers using Canada's positive results to push for safe injection sites » Fox 25 News A group of state lawmakers are pushing for a controversial pilot program aimed at addressing the opioid crisis.…

Massachusetts DPH launches statewide ad campaign on dangers of e-cigarettes » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is launching a statewide ad campaign to teach parents of school-age children about the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes.…

Boston city councilor: Other must step up on homeless » Boston Herald Quincy, Brockton and other cities whose homeless and addicts are flooding into Boston need to pay up as the growing public health crisis taxes Boston’s resources, City Councilor Annissa Essaibi…

Mass. Starting Campaign Against E-Cigarettes And Vape Pens » WBUR Massachusetts parents will soon be warned about e-cigarettes and vape pens. …

House backs plan to try addiction medications in some Mass. prisons » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Late Boston firefighters’ families urge tough fire laws » Boston Globe Saying they had suffered unimaginable losses, the families of two Boston firefighters who died battling a nine-alarm blaze in the Back Bay in 2014 on Wednesday called on lawmakers to toughen state fir…

State, local leaders gather in Ludlow for retired Hampden County Sheriff tribute » News 22 WWLP.com An unusual honor was held for retired longtime Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Tuesday night.…

State Finance

State budget deal "closer by the hour," Spilka says » State House News Service

Taxation

Amazon HQ2 tax breaks aren’t on Beacon Hill’s agenda. Here are three scenarios. » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

Person injured after becoming trapped between train and platform on Red Line » Boston Globe A Red Line commuter became trapped Thursday morning between a train and a platform at the Central Square station, prompting a delay in service as rescuers worked to extricate the victim.…

Medford VFW to lose gathering area to MassDOT » Wicked Local Medford The VFW on Mystic Avenue is unhappy with the state agency’s decision to reacquire some of its land for salt and sand storage.…

As texting bill stalls, lobbyists cash in » WCVB As families of loved ones killed by drivers distracted by cellphones rallied at the State House Wednesday, 5 Investigates found lobbyists have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to infl…

Rushing: Senate driving bill amendment addresses profiling concerns » State House News Service As advocates press for action before the end of the month, a member of House leadership who has opposed previous efforts to ban talking on a cellphone while driving said this week that he could suppor…

Utilities

House counters Senate energy bill with 4 proposals » Lowell Sun Four energy bills could come to the House floor for votes this week as House leaders ramp up a late-session response to a single major energy bill approved last month by the Senate. Since Monday, the…

Enviro, biz groups on board with energy efficiency bill » State House News Service An energy efficiency bill the House is likely to pass on Thursday has the support of environmental and business groups, as well as major utilities.…

Pacheco: 'No excuse' for House not to act on energy bill » Taunton Gazette Failure to pass a new law responding to climate change in the next few weeks would put Massachusetts policymakers "on the wrong side of history," one senator said Tuesday.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending could be impossible » Boston Globe

Columbia Gas rate plan faces challenge » Gloucester Times

Berkshire Museum Releases Financial Statements » iBerkshires

Refuge Tells Its Side Of Boundary Dispute: Monomoy Officials Express Willingness To Work With Town, State » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Comley's view: Claims of a cover-up and call for public hearing » Newburyport News

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Kevin Maltby of Longmeadow as Northampton District Court judge » The Republican

Advocates urge Massachusetts budget negotiators to include immigrant protections » The Republican

Busted unions » Commonwealth Magazine

After surtax fail, senator sees regional transpo tax as "great Plan B" » State House News Service

House countering Senate energy bill with four proposals » State House News Service

Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill » The Republican

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