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9:00am Boston Area Research Initiative Spring Conference, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am Congressman Richard Neal on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

12:00pm "Ask the Mayor" with Mayor Marty Walsh on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

1:30pm Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health, Weiss Conference Center, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA, 01581

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Mark

Must-Reads

Joe Biden’s decades-later apology doesn’t win over Anita Hill » Boston Globe Joe Biden knew Anita Hill was going to be an issue for him. So a few weeks ago, as he prepared for his presidential announcement, he reached out to her through an intermediary and arranged a telephone…

As Moulton runs for president, Tierney considers a comeback » Boston Globe Friends and former aides to John Tierney have been trying to persuade Tierney to run again for the seat that he won in 1996 and eight times thereafter. Some have offered to form a finance committee. T…

Charlie Baker steps up the pressure for housing bill » Boston Globe Welcome to Housing Choice Palooza. Baker went to Lawrence Thursday for an event with Mayor Dan Rivera to promote his housing bill, while Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito trekked to Barnstable.…

Joe Biden’s First 24 Hours Foreshadow Some Tough Battles In 2020 Race » HUFFPOST “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” the former vice president said. But some wonder if he’s the best champion. …

Lawmakers lift cap on family welfare benefits » State House News Service A Senate vote Thursday passed into law over Gov. Charlie Baker's veto legislation lifting a 1990s-era state policy barring families receiving public assistance benefits from getting additional benefit…

Here’s why Sarah Palin’s ‘death panels’ are now being debated in Massachusetts » The Republican In health care, there is a measurement called quality-adjusted life year, or QALY. QALY assigns a value to a year of life, taking into account whether someone is healthy, sick or disabled. That number…

Warren and Sanders pounce as Biden enters the race » CNN Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts welcomed the former vice president to the 2020 Democratic primary on Thursday by reminding voters of their old clashes over the nation's bankruptcy laws.…

Sources: Feds probing claims in whistleblower lawsuit against Carpenters union » Politico Federal authorities are investigating allegations of “self-dealing and corruption” that rocked a New Jersey-based subsidiary of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and ultimately resulted in a wh…

Omarosa Thinks Kamala Harris Is Running A “Historic” Campaign That Trump Would Try To Shut Down With Racist “Undertones” » BuzzFeedNews “[The attacks] will be very, very personal and will have an undertone of the -isms, whether it's sexism, or racism, or misogyny,” she added. “You'll see a lot of those same kind of themes in Don…

"Simply put, and I put this out there, if tolls are a good idea for my district, my region, I believe we should explore the possibility of expanded tolling, including possibly at our borders," Spilka said. "Our best ideas won't matter if we can't find a way to make a 21st century transportation infrastructure a reality — and find a way to pay for it."

Senate President Karen Spilka

Speaking about new ways to generate revenue and help our transportation issues.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The promise and pitfalls of Joe Biden » Boston Globe When I answered my phone that May day in 2007, it was Joe Biden on the line. After quick pleasantries, the conversation turned to a column I had just written about his attention-deprived presidential …

Democrat Seth Moulton says he’s unafraid to address ‘what it means to be a patriot’ » WMUR Presidential candidate Seth Moulton says he plans to talk about issues that he says his fellow Democratic candidates tend to avoid as he campaigns for the party’s nomination.…

Rep. Katherine Clark Discusses Impeachment, Be Heard Act, And Calls For DeVos' Resignation » WGBH On Wednesday, Rep. Katherine Clark joined Boston Public Radio to share her thoughts on whether the House should move forward with impeaching President Donald Trump; why she’s co-sponsoring a bill th…

Salem mayor sets her sight on Moulton’s 6th District congressional seat » Lynn Daily News Item Just three days after U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton threw his hat into the presidential ring, the number of Democrats lining up to take his place in Congress is growing. …

'I got a plan': Elizabeth Warren takes on racial inequality with her policy proposals » CNN At a national gathering of women of color this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was confronted by this question the moment she took the stage: Black women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related …

Business

Verizon says it’s bringing fast 5G service to Boston this year » Boston Globe Verizon said it will bring super-high-speed 5G wireless service to the Boston market later this year, making it the first carrier to announce deployment of the advanced technology in the area.…

Amped up » Boston Business Journal The local music festival Boston Calling will celebrate its 10th edition on Memorial Day Weekend. Founders Brian Appel and Mike Snow recently spoke to the Business Journal about what they've seen and l…

Mul’s Diner in South Boston expected to move to Amrheins to serve breakfast » Boston Globe As icons go, Mul’s Diner won’t win any beauty contests. The 64-year-old South Boston landmark is small, squat, and wrapped in showy, silver metal on the front and weathered, broken shingles on the…

Largest private companies in Mass. see 2018 revenue gains » Boston Business Journal Most of the 100 largest private companies in Massachusetts posted higher 2018 revenue than the previous year, according to Boston Business Journal research.…

Viewpoint: Two former chefs say high costs are hurting restaurants » Boston Business Journal More and more, we’re seeing that tenacity, long hours, and willingness to weather financial ebbs and flows aren’t enough to ensure the survival of our beloved restaurant scene.…

Billions in fines won’t fix Facebook’s culture of data abuse » Boston Globe In its earnings release this week, Facebook prepared investors for a payment of up to $5 billion to address the Federal Trade Commission inquiry into its data practices. …

Quincy Center property owner decries redevelopment push » Patriot Ledger Almost a century ago, Margaret Sherman built a single-story building on Hancock Street to host her growing business, a women’s apparel shop called the Daylight Stores.…

State Sen. Anne Gobi proposes disaster aid for farmers » Worcester Telegram Monday’s celebration of Earth Day caused a resurgence of environmental awareness across the state as advocacy events popped up everywhere from college campuses to businesses.…

Cannabis

In a first, Mass. cannabis oversight agency denies a license application. Here's why. » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission for the first time rejected an application for a recreational marijuana license, saying the company’s plans for diversity and inclusion were insufficien…

Civil Rights

Gender X Identification Bill Clears Mass. Senate » WGBH The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted 39-1 to allow residents to choose a nonbinary gender designation of "X" on driver's licenses and birth certificates, a move the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian…

Senate passes Gender X bill, expands scope » Boston Herald A bill to let people choose “X” as a gender instead of female or male on driver’s licenses and birth certificates passed the Senate nearly unanimously again, but this time with an adopted amendm…

Education

WPI named Worcester Red Sox academic tech adviser » Worcester Telegram Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin could neither confirm nor deny a project to develop an advanced nacho-delivery system.…

Proposals floated for Brockton conference center » The Enterprise Massasoit Community College is hoping to sell its former conference center to the highest bidder, with the goal of re-investing the proceeds into the Brockton campus.…

5 minutes with... Nefertiti Walker, associate dean for an inclusive organization at UMass Amherst » Boston Business Journal Nefertiti Walker could have been an American basketball standout. Instead, she’s a business school professor at the UMass Amherst, where earlier this year she was named an associate dean with a job …

Editorial: Higher ed needs a multiyear funding plan » Boston Business Journal More state support is needed to lower the total cost of attending our schools — beyond simply tuition.…

Pioneer Valley and Gill-Montague districts to explore merging » The Recorder School and town officials are exploring the possibility of merging the Gill-Montague Regional School District with the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.…

Lawyer: School district went 'too far' with safety plans for sex assault victims » The Eagle Tribune School administrators “went much too far” when they had victims of sexual assault sign contracts that dictated where they could be in North Andover High in relation to their attacker, according to…

UMass Amherst students file lawsuit against school hosting Palestinian event » Boston Herald University of Massachusetts Amherst students outraged that the campus is set to host an event featuring Palestinian activists are hoping a judge boots the event off campus.…

Environment

Bill aimed at creating Merrimack River commission » The Salem News Two area lawmakers are behind a bill that would create a commission to recommend to the Legislature how to improve and protect the Merrimack River.…

More funds sought for shark research on Cape » Cape Cod Times Last month, state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and other Cape Cod lawmakers succeeded in getting nearly $400,000 in state funding for towns struggling to pay for communi…

Health Care

MGH gets $200M, largest gift in its history » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts General Hospital has received a $200 million gift — the largest in its history – to support the 10-year-old Ragon Institute.…

Mass. General Hospital receives record $200 million gift to endow vaccine-research center » Boston Globe When Phillip “Terry’’ Ragon, a wealthy Cambridge entrepreneur, agreed to accompany Dr. Bruce Walker to South Africa 12 years ago, Ragon tried to lower expectations. During the long flight, he to…

Nursing homes shutter amidst corruption, financial chaos » Commonwealth Magazine Advocates look to state for help …

Housing

Boston receives 1,000 housing vouchers for homeless » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh — who said he’s “the first to criticize when they don’t do the right thing” — lauded the federal government Thursday while announcing 1,000 new housing vouchers from …

Human Services

Decades old cap on welfare benefits for families is repealed » Boston Globe For nearly a quarter century, Massachusetts families receiving welfare benefits were denied additional assistance when another child was born. That ban, known as the family cap, was repealed Thursday …

'6th time was the charm’: Welfare family cap is finally lifted in Massachusetts » MassLive After many votes and multiple vetoes, Massachusetts lawmakers have finally lifted the “cap on kids,” which denies additional welfare benefits for children born while a family is already receiving …

Lawmakers lift cap on family welfare benefits » Gazette Net A Senate vote Thursday passed into law over Gov. Charlie Baker's veto legislation lifting a 1990s-era state policy barring families receiving public assistance benefits from getting additional benefit…

With Override Vote, Massachusetts Repeals 'Cap On Kids' » New England Public Radio Massachusetts has become the latest state to repeal a welfare rule that bars additional aid for children born into families already receiving welfare benefits. …

Immigration

Maura Healey Slams Indictment of Judge Who Allegedly Helped Man Flee ICE » Boston Magazine Attorney General Maura Healey is speaking out against the indictment of a Massachusetts judge accused of helping a man evade ICE at a Newton courthouse, calling it a “radical and politically motivat…

Charlie Baker in middle of immigration argument now » Boston Herald Massachusetts is the new epicenter in the nationwide battle over immigration laws and Gov. Charlie Baker has been thrust into the middle of the fray.…

US Attorney Andrew Lelling indicting judge sends warning to sanctuary cities » Boston Herald U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s case against a state judge accused of letting an illegal immigrant escape from an ICE agent thrusts the Boston federal court into the heart of President Trump’s figh…

How much is Massachusetts spending on housing immigrants facing deportation? A move to find that answer has died on Beacon Hill » The Republican County jails in Massachusetts are believed to reap millions from the federal government to house immigrants facing deportation.…

Newton judge accused of helping undocumented immigrant evade federal officer in court » Boston Globe A federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday indicted a Newton District Court judge and a now-retired state court officer on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigran…

A.G. Healey’s Remarks Are Disturbing [OPINION] » WBSM A Massachusetts District Court Judge and a court officer have been indicted for allowing a twice-deported illegal immigrant to escape out the back door of the courthouse to elude capture by an ICE age…

Immigrants and supporters are marching to Beacon Hill to call for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants » The Republican Immigrant activists calling for Massachusetts lawmakers to extend driving privileges for undocumented immigrants will trek across eastern Massachusetts to make their cause known.…

Judiciary

Judge Joseph nominated by Charlie Baker » Boston Herald Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph was nominated to her $184,694-a-year post by Gov. Charlie Baker in September 2017.…

Report: MA incarceration rate lowest in country » South Coast Today Massachusetts, which last year passed laws instituting reforms across the criminal justice system, has the lowest incarceration rate in the country, according to a new report.…

Newton judge indicted on federal obstruction charge » Commonwealth Magazine US attorney alleges she and court officer helped immigrant evade ICE …

Mass. Judge, Retired Court Officer Face Federal Charges For Allegedly Helping Defendant Evade ICE » New England Public Radio A Middlesex County judge and former court officer are facing federal charges for allegedly helping a defendant in a Newton courtroom avoid arrest by an immigration officer last year. …

Who is Judge Shelley Joseph? » Boston Globe Shelley Richmond Joseph, the Newton District Court judge who is facing charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant elude a federal agent in April 2018, had not been on the job long when th…

Labor

State legislators support VTA drivers’ union » Martha's Vineyard Times Tensions continue to grow as VTA drivers feel they are at the end of their rope. …

Union-backed budget amendment would combat construction wage theft in Massachusetts » The Republican A union-backed amendment expected to be included in the Massachusetts House budget would increase the attorney general’s ability to enforce wage and hour laws in the construction industry.…

Legislative

Russell Holmes files amendment to block legislative pay hike » Boston Herald State Rep. Russell Holmes attempted to cut pay for the Speaker and House leadership Thursday, filing an amendment essentially reversing a hefty raise that the House voted for themselves in 2017.…

House plays it cool for annual budget deliberations » State House News Service As government tries to foster renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions, the effort to curb unnecessary energy use did not appear to catch on in the Massachusetts House this week.…

Local Government

City Councilor With Five Cars Thinks Boston Has Too Many Bus Stops » Boston Magazine Michael Flaherty, a South Boston resident, had some thoughts on a bid to charge for parking permits. …

Sharon preps for infrastructure work » Wicked Local Sharon Town officials are hoping that work to improve a South Main Street intersection - and spur the proposed Sharon Gallery development - will take place this construction season.…

Politics

3 pondering primary shots at Moulton's 6th District seat » Gloucester Times As Congressman Seth Moulton campaigns across the country for president in 2020, three women are seriously considering challenging him for his 6th District seat in next year's Democratic primary. …

Should inmates get to vote? Pressley and Sanders say yes. How others are weighing in » Boston Globe Representative Ayanna Pressley waded into a controversial debate over felon voting rights that bubbled up on the presidential campaign trail this week, criticizing “pundits” who have invoked the B…

Longtime City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo launches bid to unseat mayor » Berkshire Eagle Melissa Mazzeo has spent a decade on the City Council, and now she's setting her sights on City Hall's corner office. Mazzeo, flanked by family and friends, announced her mayoral candidacy Thursday at…

Ayanna Pressley slams ‘pundits’ over use of Marathon bomber to debate voting rights for jailed » Boston Globe Representative Ayanna Pressley is pushing back against “pundits” who invoked Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a debate over voting rights for those who are incarcerated.…

Recount in Ware selectman’s race set for Monday » The Republican The Board of Registrars has scheduled a recount in the April 8 selectman’s race for Monday, 2 p.m. at Town Hall.…

LETTER: Senator supports Keefe re-election » Worcester Telegram It is my honor and privilege to write on behalf of Chairwoman Christine Keefe for her re-election bid to the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Berlin. …

States Want Trump to Release His Tax Returns. What About Governors? » Governing Democrats are pushing legislation to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns. The same rules don't apply for most statewide elections -- but that could change. …

Public Health

'We're pulling our hair out' » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker brought his cabinet to Gloucester on Friday morning, using the occasion to promote local health and economic development initiatives and to target the lack of affordable housing as …

Public Safety

Sheriff Hodgson Weighs In on Indictment of Mass. Judge » WBSM A Massachusetts State Judge and Court Officer are facing federal charges for helping an illegal immigrant escape arrest by immigration authorities. Judge Shelley Joseph and Court Officer Wesley MacGre…

Promoting ‘hope’ after ‘trauma’: Isaura Mendes marks 20 years of pushing for peace in Dot » Dorchester Reporter For Isaura Mendes, this Saturday will mark two decades of providing programming and support to victims and survivors of street violence in Dorchester. She established her non-profit organization, The …

State Finance

Lawmakers load up budget with local earmarks » The Eagle Tribune Money for police, food pantries, nonprofits and support programs for ex-inmates and the homeless are among local earmarks added to a nearly $43 billion House budget.…

State Government

Baker, cabinet to visit Gloucester on Friday » Gloucester Times Kyrouz Auditorium on the second floor of Gloucester City Hall often serves as the hub of the city's government. On Friday, it will be the seat of state government.…

Bill Galvin Expects Mass. To Be Safe From 2020 Election Interference » WGBH Secretary of State Bill Galvin is confident in the security of Massachusetts’ elections in the wake of revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 …

Transportation

Senate OKs road safety bill without OUI locks » Sentinel & Enterprise A bill seeking changes intended to make Massachusetts roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, police officers and construction workers passed the Senate Thursday, but senators opted against expanding…

Electric scooters should not be allowed on ‘narrow’ North End streets, state rep. says » Boston.com Electric scooters have yet to arrive in Boston, but a state lawmaker is urging city leaders to consider making one area off limits to the trendy vehicles: the North End’s inner streets.…

Did Baker flip on the Massport congestion plan? » Commonwealth Magazine NEWS OUTLETS reported on Wednesday that Gov. Charlie Baker supported Massport’s aggressive anti-congestion proposal at Logan International Airport, but on Thursday the Massport board that is filled …

Senate president says Mass should explore 'expanded tolling' » WCVB Expanding road tolls across Massachusetts and to the state's borders could be a way to generate new revenue to address growing transportation woes, Senate President Karen Spilka said Thursday.…

Massport approves Logan curbside ban for Uber, Lyft » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Port Authority on Thursday approved a plan that will dramatically reshape how thousands of travelers will get to and from Logan Airport, banning Uber and Lyft rides from the curbside…

Officials celebrate new shared-use path’s groundbreaking in Mattapoisett » Wiced Local Marion MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver was joined by state Rep. William Straus, Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne, and local officials today at a groundbreaking event for the cons…

Logan airport’s new Uber and Lyft fees, rules not as severe as proposed » Boston Herald Massport is backing off from its plan to hike fees on Uber and Lyft at Logan International Airport and relegate all ride-sharing drivers to Central Parking in hopes of reducing traffic — and it insi…

Senate Approves Bill To Let Mass. Residents Designate Gender As 'X' Instead Of Male Or Female » WBUR A proposal to allow Massachusetts residents to designate their gender as "X" instead of male or female on driver's licenses and birth certificates has been approved by the state Senate. …

Under Uber, Lyft pressure, Massport scales back anti-congestion plan » Commonwealth Magazine Lowers ride-hailing fees; allows significant curb access …

Baker: New taxes not needed to address congestion » Commonwealth Magazine Governor's stance puts him at odds with lawmakers, business groups, and public …

Column: Public opinion growing for quick solutions to traffic, congestion » The Eagle Tribune Earlier this year, the nation’s leading traffic data firm named Greater Boston’s roads the most congested in the country. And if you ask people who live in Massachusetts, the most frustration with…

Utilities

Massachusetts bill would restore net metering rate for community solar » Energy News Supporters of the legislation say it’s unfair to low-income communities to offer smaller payments for community solar. …

House tweaks offshore wind pricing » South Coast Today The House on Thursday adopted a version of an amendment that sought to ensure there will be competition for the next state procurement of offshore wind energy by changing a 2016 law that requires each…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

SB2204 - An Act to reduce traffic fatalities

SB2203 - An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification

HB192 - An Act relative to sheet metal work

SB159 - An Act to protect innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth

SB1102 - An Act relative to the scheduling of employees

HB1596 - An Act relative to collective bargaining dues

HB3687 - An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

HB229 - An Act to protect innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth

SB439 - An Act to reduce plastic packaging waste

House Actions This Week: 159

Senate Actions This Week: 52

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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