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7:30am State House News Forum: The Future of Offshore Wind with the Environmental League of Mass., MCLE New England, 10 Winter Street, Boston

9:00am Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council Annual Legislative Reception, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm Board of Registration in Dentistry Public Hearing, Room 417 A/B, 239 Causeway Street, Boston

Must-Reads

Mass. union membership numbers at 10-year high » Boston Business Journal An estimated 464,000 Massachusetts workers counted themselves as union members in 2018, the most since 2009, according to new federal data. …

Pressure grows on Mass. legislators to rein in high drug prices » Boston Globe The bill, supported by Health Care For All and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, or MassPIRG, would require pharmaceutical companies to disclose more information about their costs, inc…

Mass. unions protest new limits proposed for political donations » Boston Globe Labor unions and political organizers on Tuesday urged the state’s top finance regulator to reverse a proposal that would rein in how much money unions can donate to their preferred candidates, argu…

K Street mounts offensive to HR 1 » Roll Call The nation’s business and lobbying interests began publicly mobilizing Tuesday in a coordinated attack against House Democrats’ signature campaign finance, lobbying, ethics and voting overhaul, wh…

The Trailer: Democrats aren't worried about 'electability.' Why not? » Washington Post (o)ne reason that so many Democrats are still piling into the 2020 race is that they, and their base, look at Trump as a weak candidate whose first win was a fluke. The “electability” question, pu…

Lawmakers eye early start on conversion therapy ban » State House News Service Longtime supporters of legislation that would make Massachusetts the sixteenth state to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors are hoping this year is finally the year it becomes law. …

LAWMAKERS BEGIN WORK ON BAKER'S $42.7 BIL BUDGET » State House News Service The new chairmen of the Joint Ways and Means Committee understand the task ahead of them: in the coming weeks, they must craft a more-than-$40-billion budget for a fiscal year that starts in July whil…

House not inclined to back multi-year road bill, Straus says » State House News Service The debate over whether to fund local infrastructure maintenance annually or with a multi-year bill appears poised to resurface now that spring is around the corner and the Committee on Transportation…

Trump’s primary challenger stumbles out of gate » Politico Aside from a few TV hits and public events, the ex-Massachusetts governor isn’t putting up much of a fight against Trump.…

“I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote, in a Bloomberg News column announcing his decision. “But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”

Former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

Announcing he will not be running for president in the 2020 election.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren’s New Fundraising Rule Is More Than a Gimmick » The Atlantic Rejecting donations from corporate political-action committees has become a trend among Democrats. Roughly 180 of them took the pledge ahead of the November midterm elections, and it quickly caught on…

The Great Trumpkin suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune » Boston Globe Actually, “run” overstated the speed of the frigid frisson vexing his backbone. In fact, this particular chill was dillydallying like a quartet of fat rats noshing their way along a grand piano ke…

Michael Bloomberg Will Not Run for President in 2020 » New York Times Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who joined the Democratic Party last year to crusade against President Trump, announced he would not seek the White House himself in 2020, discardi…

Trump’s primary challenger stumbles out of gate » Politico Bill Weld announced his presidential exploratory bid last month with a flourish, capturing headlines by calling Donald Trump “a schoolyard bully” and dismissing Washington Republicans for exhibiti…

Business

Main South stakeholders brainstorm on economic development » Worcester Telegram How do you foster economic development in a historically poor neighborhood, and what might success look like?…

Mass. life science leaders say outgoing FDA head was an 'advocate for modernization' » Boston Business Journal Within hours of the news that Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, plans to step down, Massachusetts biotech and medical device leaders praised his two years of efforts to…

It costs $4,600 a month to rent a lab bench here. But the place has plenty of fans » Boston Globe As a former investment banking analyst in Britain who still owns a pricey three-bedroom flat in Central London, Scott Robinson should know a good real estate deal when he sees one.…

Former executive says Insys paid doctors phony ‘fees’ » Boston Globe Matter of factly calling the payments bribes, a former vice president of Insys Therapeutics stood by a giant spreadsheet in court Tuesday and described how the drug company funneled phony “speaking …

Feds move to shut down illegal Worcester radio station » Boston.com The federal government is seeking to shut down an unlicensed radio station in Worcester.…

Federal, State Legislative Outlook Is Focus Of Business Luncheon » WAMC The premier legislative event in western Massachusetts – the annual Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook luncheon – heard today from a leading Democrat in the U.S. House and the top economic o…

Massachusetts alleges online electronic cigarette retailer did not verify ages » Legal News Line A California online electronic cigarette devices retailer has been issued a cease and desist order by the state of Massachusetts for alleged violation of the state's tobacco sales and advertisement re…

At Faneuil Hall, a move to recognize ties to slavery » Boston Globe The cream-colored sugar mold measures 24 inches from top to bottom, a cone-shaped shard of centuries-old ceramic found with 44 others in an archeological dig beneath Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston.…

ABCC sees 66 percent spike in licenses, permits » The Salem News This year's state budget boosted funding for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for the first time in over a decade, Treasurer Deb Goldberg said Tuesday, asking lawmakers for more money so the …

Civil Rights

Lawmakers Eye Early Start On Conversion Therapy Ban » WGBH Longtime supporters of legislation that would make Massachusetts the sixteenth state to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors are hoping this year is finally the year it becomes law. …

Lawmakers hoping to pass bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ children » WWLP 22 Lawmakers are hoping the second time's the charm when it comes to passing a ban on a controversial therapy in Massachusetts. …

Crimes

Correia withdraws request to pay back SnoOwl investors; but gov’t says he rejected a deal » Herald News Mayor Jasiel Correia II on Tuesday withdrew his request to contact seven “lenders” who invested in his SnoOwl app to repay them $306,000, saying federal prosecutors had refused to let him contact …

Education

School program could help Massachusetts financially » WWLP 22 Students from across Massachusetts met with top state lawmakers on Tuesday. More than 130 high school students want lawmakers to fund more Advanced Placement courses because they say it could help to …

Letter: Attend Thursday forum on school funding reform » Berkshire Eagle Amidst declining enrollment and rising taxation, gridlock on underfunded education mandates has led to inequitable taxation and aberrations in school district expenditure allocations. This hinders rur…

Concerns over underfunded education in Baker's $42.7B spending plan » WWLP 22 Members of the state legislature began reviewing Governor Baker's budget proposal Tuesday.…

How Massachusetts Pays For Its Schools » WGBH As school districts around Massachusetts struggle to balance their budgets, lawmakers are considering changing the state’s formula for funding schools. Gov. Charlie Baker, the Senate and the House h…

Boston exploring new entrance test for exam schools » Boston Globe Interim Boston schools Superintendent Laura Perille said Tuesday that her administration is exploring the idea of replacing the controversial exam that has determined the fate of tens of thousands of …

UMass chairman predicts more mergers, deals in coming years » biz journal “My guess is that over the next decade, UMass will make several acquisitions of other institutions, academic institutions,” chairman Robert Manning said.…

Our View: New students, a new future for UMass » Eagle Tribune These are tough times for New England colleges, with rising costs and a shrinking pool of potential applicants. The past year has been especially turbulent, with five small colleges closing shop or me…

Trump’s dictator envy targets universities » Boston Globe It’s not just that President Trump’s rant at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference made him sound like a sentient junk closet. Scheduled to speak for about an hour, his supersized sp…

UMass Moves Into Competitive Online College Business » WBUR On Monday, at the annual State of the University address at the UMass Club, UMass President Marty Meehan announced the university system will move into adult online education, to better compete with S…

Baker offers plan to minimize student disruption when colleges close » State House News Service State education officials would have new oversight of financially strapped colleges and universities that are at risk of closing, and those schools would need to put forward a plan in case of closure …

Lesser: Student Debt A Problem That 'Cannot Be Ignored' » WGBH Over the last five years, Rep. Natalie Higgins, 30, has paid off more on the mortgage for her Leominster home than she has toward the $130,000 in student debt she accumulated attending law school.…

Environment

Weymouth looks to build a taller seawall in Fort Point Road area » Wicked Local Weymouth Flood waters crashed over a seawall in the Fort Point Road neighborhood and damaged properties during a March 2018 nor’easter, but plans are being developed to construct a taller barrier along the s…

Cities Don't Always Tell You When There's Sewage In The River. A New Bill Would Change That » WBUR Gabby Queenan stands on a small lookout point by the Charles River. Behind her, a few joggers brave the cold and cars whiz by on Memorial Drive.…

Toxic chemicals threaten water supply in seven municipalities » Boston Globe Three years ago, after federal authorities began sounding alarms about a host of manmade chemicals found in drinking water near military bases, town wells near Fort Devens tested positive for the toxi…

Gaming

A look at where things stand with the new Wynn casino » Boston Globe Encore Boston Harbor, the monolith on the Mystic, is already a landmark off Interstate 93. Gleaming by day, glowing by night, the Everett casino looks ready to throw open its doors.…

Lottery could handle sports betting, Goldberg tells legislators » Lowell Sun New Hampshire, one of 11 states that offer lottery games online, took in more than $1.3 million in revenue from online sales in its first 12 weeks.…

Health Care

Pressure grows on Mass. legislators to rein in high drug prices » Boston Globe Consumer advocates on Tuesday pushed for legislation that would allow Massachusetts to set limits on the prices of certain expensive drugs, ramping up pressure on Beacon Hill to take action to tackle …

After trial success, Alnylam plans to seek FDA approval for 2nd drug » Boston Business Journal Less than a year after receiving the first-ever FDA approval for a gene-silencing drug, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. now plans pushing another to market, announcing Wednesday morning that its second t…

Nursing home problems for owners of Sweet Brook go beyond Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle The owners of a Williamstown nursing home that recently was identified by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services as a facility with serious issues in care also own dozens of facilities i…

Brain injury advocates hope third time is charm for insurance bill » State House News Service The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts gathered Wednesday to push for private insurance companies to cover cognitive rehabilitation, kicking off Brain Injury Awareness Month with a campaign for…

Housing

Quincy's luxury housing boom leaves many behind » Patriot Ledger Families and older adults are the fastest-growing homeless populations in Quincy and across the Boston region, where rents have grown more than 50 percent in the last decade.…

Human Services

Lawmakers renew push to repeal welfare cap » Gloucester Daily Times A large group of lawmakers is renewing its push to repeal a rule denying welfare benefits for children born into families that already get public assistance…

Senator sees "lot of interest" in benefit cap lift » State House News Service The momentum to repeal a decades-old cap on children that qualify for family welfare benefits got a boost Tuesday when bills filed by Rep. Majorie Decker and Sen. Sal DiDomenico advanced through commi…

Judiciary

Gov. Charlie Baker Pushes for Change After Bail Set for Police Officer Charged With Child Rape » NECN After bail was set for a Massachusetts police officer charged with child rape, Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing for a change to bail laws in the state.…

Legislative

Trial date set for drunken driving charge against Brockton senator » The Enterprise State Sen. Michael Brady, D-Brockton, was arrested in Weymouth on March 24, 2018, and he was charged with operating under the influence of liquor. Now, a trial date has been set for Brady to face the …

Local Government

Island towns can opt-in to water protection fund » Martha's Vineyard Times Island towns can opt-in to join the Cape and Islands Water Protection Fund that is a part of Massachusetts’ new expanded short-term rental law. …

State Legislators Get an Earful on SSA » Vineyard Gazette Worries about the Steamship Authority dominated a town hall meeting hosted by Cape and Islands state legislators on the Vineyard Monday night. …

Briefings: Ramos Passes on Executive Springfield Pursuits » Western Mass Politics & Insight Less than a week after missing his self-imposed decision deadline, Springfield Ward 8 Councilor Orlando Ramos announced he would not run for mayor. Last month, the three-term councilor said he was “…

Opinion

A Massachusetts model for reaching neglected America » Commonwealth Magazine THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION has started and voters in neglected parts of the country will likely determine the outcome. Both parties will plan how to win voters in the Rust Belt and rural America w…

Public Health

Injection sites gain support » The Salem News Thousands of opioid-related deaths have substance abuse experts, lawmakers and even doctors weighing the merits of allowing addicts to use their drugs under the supervision of health care workers, but…

Editorial: Massachusetts must consider supervised drug consumption sites » Valley Advocate This past week, the state Legislature’s Harm Reduction Commission — the advisory group looking at solutions to the drug epidemic — released its report. As expected, the commission, which is made…

State Finance

Latest economic reports are cautionary tales » Boston Globe It’s a question that economists seem to be asking more frequently as they gather around the punch bowl and gab about the unusual length of this 10-year recovery. You don’t need a PhD to know nothi…

No "big-dollar" audit saving in the works » State House News Service As Auditor Suzanne Bump's office prepares to release an annual report detailing investigations that found more than $14 million in fraud last year, the Senate's budget chief asked her to look ahead fo…

Budget writers get a word of caution from economists » Boston Globe Though the economy is humming along after recovering from a turbulent end to 2018, analysts this week issued a word of caution to policymakers like the Joint Ways and Means Committee, which is holding…

State Government

Immigrant group director to chair key census committee » Greenfield Reporter The director of the state’s largest organization representing foreign-born residents will play a key role as the state prepares for the 2020 Census and looks to ensure its share of billions of dolla…

Gov. proposes drop in state land payments to Franklin County » The Recorder Many Franklin County towns may see a drop in their annual reimbursements for state-owned land, as proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker's 2020 budget - even as their values are set to increase in the region …

Transportation

Uber, Lyft too big to ignore » Commonwealth Magazine According to documents Lyft filed in preparation for its initial public stock offering, the company is growing at an astounding rate. In just the last two years, revenue jumped from $1.1 billion in 20…

MassDOT Announces Additional Funding Awards for Regional Transit Authorities » Cape Cod Today The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced $5.1 million in additional funding awards for Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) across the Commonwealth to implement best prac…

Berkshire Flyer Team: Berkshires To NYC Rail One Step Closer » WAMC New rail service between the Berkshires and New York City could be one step closer. …

House not inclined to back multi-year road bill, Straus says » Taunton Gazette The debate over whether to fund local infrastructure maintenance annually or with a multi-year bill appears poised to resurface now that spring is around the corner and the Committee on Transportation…

Can Route 2 be fixed? » Sentinel & Enterprise A task force dedicated to improving Route 2 met Monday to brainstorm ways to make the highway that powers North Central Massachusetts' economic development and links the region to Boston safer and mor…

Is Boston’s Transportation Crisis Beyond Repair? » Boston Magazine Getting around Boston has never been more of a pain in the ass. Between the city’s booming population and its cratering unemployment rate, some 150,000 new commuters are using the same streets, trai…

Council gives taxi drivers sympathetic ear, promise of new look at industry regulation » Cambridge Day More conversation is needed before ride-share companies such as Lyft and Uber get access to taxi stands, city councillors agreed Monday. The idea, floated Feb. 11 by the city’s Traffic, Parking & Tr…

Will 2019 be a turning point for the T? » Commonwealth Magazine Report cites progress, but questions whether it will be visible to riders …

T board wary of go-it-alone fare hike » Commonwealth Magazine Lang: Political leaders should ‘grow a little courage’ on transportation revenues …

Utilities

Renewables best for future » Lowell Sun The editorial, "There's Plentiful Gas on our Doorstep," promotes expanded gas pipelines and continued use of harmful fossil fuels despite evidence that better, safer options exist to meet energy needs…

Nuclear regulators extend Seabrook plant’s license to 2050 » Boston Globe After years of negotiations and vocal opposition, the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire will have its license to operate extended until 2050, officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…

Baker enthused about power possibilities at ELM/SHNS wind forum » State House News Service The growing offshore wind industry along the Massachusetts coast has the potential to be more a more significant sector than "anybody ever imagined or appreciated," Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday, …

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Recipe of the Week

Shamrock Shake

Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract not peppermint
  • 9 drops food coloring
  • whipped cream
  • green sanding sugar
  • maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Mix the ice cream, milk, extract and food coloring on high in your blender.

  2. Top with whipped cream, sanding sugar and a cherry.


Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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