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10:00am Healthy Start Awards, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Springfield City Council Candidate Kelli Moriarty-Finn

5:30pm Department of Agricultural Resources Public Hearing, Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room, 100 Maple Avenue, Richard D. Carney Municipal Building, Shrewsbury

Must-Reads

Spilka to meet with UMass prez over tuition hike freeze » Boston Herald Senate President Karen Spilka is planning to meet with University of Massachusetts President Martin Meehan after receiving a letter claiming a Senate proposal to prohibit the institution from increasi…

Lawmakers advance income surtax on wealthy 156-37 » State House News Service The 156 votes to advance the proposal were considerably more than the 101 that will be required in June for the Legislature to agree to the measure, and could forecast an easy glide path. …

Frustrated mayors see education lawsuit as "last option" » State House News Service Officials from Brockton, New Bedford and Worcester and lawyers working with them outlined on Tuesday a potential lawsuit over a state education funding formula they say has led to painful cuts in thei…

Greater Boston Sees Major Shift In Population's Racial Makeup, Report Finds04:00 » WBUR In the past 25 years, the study found that the number of white residents has decreased by 350,000 — while the number of Latinos has increased by nearly the same number. The study also notes that a s…

Here’s why Seth Moulton opposes Medicare-for-All » Boston.com The Massachusetts congressman and 2020 presidential candidate has some sketchy stories about the V.A. He fears they could be a "parable for a broader single-payer system." …

Editorial: Senate should follow the House lead on drug prices » Boston Business Journal We think the Senate’s (and the governor’s) proposals are a bad idea, specifically the idea for the state’s Health Policy Commission to hold a public hearing on the prices of drugs it decides are…

Bernie 2020 becomes first unionized presidential campaign in history » Roll Call (T)he campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders ratified a collective bargaining agreement last week, the first presidential campaign in history to do so, according to the campaign. Workers will be represented…

Notes on the State of the House » Sabato's Crystal Ball The Democrats' generic ballot edge endures, at least for now, but they shouldn’t get their hopes up on redistricting …

'I Have a Plan for That.' Elizabeth Warren Is Betting That Americans Are Ready for Her Big Ideas » Time She has set herself apart in a Democratic field of more than 20 candidates by offering more than a dozen complex policy proposals designed to address an array of problems, from unaffordable housing an…

"It's being put off until after the budget so we will take it up, it's all teed up, the amendments are set," said Senate President Karen Spilka. "There was concern over filing amendments as well as budget amendments, so to make it easier for members it's going to be put off. We will consider it June 6."

Senate President Karen Spilka

Speaking about the Senate's decision to postpone the hands-free cellphone use bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Looking at the Mueller report from a mental health perspective » Boston Globe Concerns about Donald Trump’s fitness for the office of president arose during the campaign and continue to this day. But now, in the Mueller report, we have an abundance of new evidence that sheds …

Marie Harf Leaving Fox News to Join Seth Moulton Campaign » The Daily Beast Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), who became the twentieth presidential candidate to launch a bid for the Democratic nomination last month, has nabbed a top personality from the network’s stable of contribu…

In New High-Power Role, Rep. Neal Uses Lavish Fundraisers To Rake In Elite Dollars » WBUR Since the Democrats won back control of the House, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has become one of the party's most influential members as the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committe…

Business

Cambridge startup Goldfinch Bio gets $109m in deal with Gilead » Boston Globe Goldfinch Bio, a Cambridge biotech startup seeking to develop precision medicines for people with kidney disease, will receive at least $109 million in a business deal with the California biopharma gi…

Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins quietly drops intimidation case against wealthy developer » Boston Globe She was a young nurse taking on one of Boston’s most powerful developers. Audrey Kenney charged that Arthur Winn, then 78, tried to strangle her as she cared for him in his Brookline mansion in 2017…

Mary Gallagher named state banking commissioner » State House News Service Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Undersecretary Edward Palleschi on Wednesday promoted Mary Gallagher to commissioner of the Division of Banks and also named Cynthia Begin to serve as first de…

Lobbying powerhouse AIM names longtime deputy as new CEO » Boston Business Journal The Associated Industries of Massachusetts is promoting its government affairs head, John Regan, to president and CEO, after longtime leader Rick Lord announced last year that he planned to retire.…

Cannabis

Healey among 38 attorneys general to sign letter in support of marijuana banking bill » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one of more than three dozen attorneys general urging legislators to support a federal marijuana banking bill that would allow banks and other financial …

Maine is finally moving ahead with recreational marijuana — and Mainers will be the first to profit » Boston Globe After years of delays, Maine is finally kick-starting the recreational marijuana market called for by voters in 2016. …

Recreational pot sales in Amherst to begin Mother’s Day » Gazette Net Mother's Day will mark the first day of recreational marijuana sales at Amherst's lone dispensary. Rise Amherst, which has been providing medical marijuana for the past year at 169 Meadow St., will co…

Marijuana entrepreneurs protest ‘Big Cannabis’ at State House » Boston Globe Frustrated marijuana advocates and entrepreneurs rallied against “Big Cannabis” at the State House Wednesday, saying the state has broken its promise to boost smaller pot companies.…

38 Attorneys General Ask Congress To Bring Marijuana Money Into Banking System » WBUR The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country's booming cannabis business.…

Crimes

25 Investigates: Renewed push to close legal loophole shielding doctors from the law » Fox 25 News Massachusetts doctors accused of sexually assaulting patients are not facing criminal charges. …

Education

Sen. Kennedy hosts education funding forum » Wicked Local Westford Sen. Ed Kennedy hosted a presentation by Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, at Groton Town Hall on April 24.…

Mayors say they’ll sue over education aid if Beacon Hill doesn’t act » Commonwealth Magazine LEADERS ON BEACON HILL, who say they are committed this year to revamping the state’s 26-year-old education funding formula, got an extra nudge from a group of municipal leaders who say they’re pr…

City officials threaten lawsuit over education funding if Legislature fails to make progress » Boston Globe Officials from three Massachusetts cities struggling with funding and performance gaps in their schools fired off a warning shot to Beacon Hill on Wednesday, saying they will move forward with a poten…

Lawmakers hear from Cape Cod educators on funding » Cape Cod Times The charts and data a group of state senators brought to a listening session last week with Cape Cod educators showed school officials what they already experience on a daily basis.…

Hampshire College announces incoming fall class of 15 students » Gazette Net Hampshire College's president announced on Wednesday that the school's incoming fall class will consist of 15 students who have recently paid deposits to reserve their place.…

Belchertown schools appoint Brian Cameron next superintendent » Gazette Net The Belchertown School Committee voted on Tuesday night to appoint Brian Cameron, the district's current assistant superintendent and director of Student Support Services, as the next superintendent o…

Lawmakers, university leaders concerned over Senate budget proposal » Gazette Net University of Massachusetts leaders, higher education advocates and some local lawmakers are expressing concern over a state Senate budget proposal that would place a freeze on tuition and fees withou…

New Boston Public Schools superintendent calls for ‘urgency’ on closing minority achievement gap » Boston Herald Incoming School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said closing Boston’s deep minority achievement gap calls for urgency…

Faculty, staff air contract disputes » The Recorder Nearly 40 years into a career as a professor at Greenfield Community College, Doug Wilkins sees the state as trying to take more control of the faculty's work.…

Lawsuit Over Education Funding Still On The Table, As Gateway City Leaders Press For More State Aid » WBUR City leaders from Worcester, New Bedford and Brockton on Wednesday pressed for more state aid for their schools, while threatening to sue over what they say is inequitable funding.…

Brockton School Committee passes budget with no layoffs » The Enterprise The $173.3 million budget maintains all the staff and programs now in Brockton schools, but is not enough to start adding back what was lost in prior years’ cuts.…

Senate budget directs UMass to freeze tuition » Lowell Sun Senate budget writers are looking to compel the University of Massachusetts to hold the line on student costs for the coming academic year but, in a move UMass officials blasted as "devastating," did …

Environment

As Legislators Once Again Mull Statewide Plastic Bag Ban, Some Retailers Carry Concerns » WBUR When it comes to getting rid of pesky plastic bags, Massachusetts state Rep. Lori Ehrlich hopes the sixth time's the charm.…

Big ideas, little progress on climate change bills » State House News Service More than two months after House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced plans for a 10-year, $1 billion state investment to help cities and towns plan for climate change, the speaker has yet to file the legis…

Weymouth compressor foes question Beaton's departure » Wicked Local Kingston The Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) is requesting State Ethics Commission Executive Director David Wilson to investigate the recent departure of Secretary of Energy and En…

Gaming

Democrats pull Mashpee Wampanoag bill after Trump tweets opposition » Boston Globe President Trump weighed in against the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s plan to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton on Wednesday, and shortly afterward Democrats pulled a bill from the House floor that wo…

Health Care

Former Red Sox pitcher settles claim with doctor, MGH for $5.1 million » Boston Globe Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks will receive $5.1 million to settle a claim that he suffered a career-ending spine injury when a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital operated on his bac…

State: Planned fee hike at Harwich facility 'exploitive' » Cape Cod Times State officials are calling foul on an attempt by the Royal at Harwich Village to increase its monthly residence fees by as much as 100 percent as the financially troubled assisted-living facility pre…

Housing

Each town’s fight against new housing adds up to Greater Boston’s shortage » Boston Globe Municipalities all over Massachusetts are stopping new multi-unit housing (“Baker steps up the pressure for his housing bill,” Chesto Means Business, April 26). The shortage in the region is the s…

Insurance

Struggling to find doctors in network, Massachusetts advocates push for transparency in insurance provider directories » MassLive Parents, therapists and advocates pushed for the passage for legislation that would make insurance companies update their provider directories, a move that supporters say would make a huge difference …

Judiciary

Companies can't rely on bureaucratic delays to protect themselves from suits over shoddily placed utility covers on local roads » Universal Hub The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a bicyclist can sue the downtown-Boston steam company for injuries he suffered when an allegedly misaligned utility cover on New Sudbury Street threw him to…

Studying juvenile cutoff age, task force checks out DYS facility » Commonwealth Magazine Finds recidivism rates have dropped significantly …

Labor

Impact of Uber, Lyft driver strike unclear » Commonwealth Magazine UBER AND LYFT drivers and their supporters did a good job getting the word out to the public about a strike and boycott on Wednesday, but it’s an open question what effect, if any, it had on the bus…

Local Government

Natick School Committee member Lisa Tabenkin resigns » The Metro West Daily News School Committee member Lisa Tabenkin resigned with two years left on her term. Her tenure was marked by accomplishments and controversy.…

On city contracts, Boston only talks the talk on diversity » Boston Globe Embarrassing is the only word to describe the City of Boston’s record for hiring minority or female contractors.…

Someone Caught Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Taking a Trip to Vegas » Boston Magazine Embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is coming under scrutiny this week after word got out about a recent trip to Nevada that he appears to have forgotten to mention to other officials in the cit…

Elephants, camels banned from Topsfield Fair » The Salem News Elephants, camels and other "wild or exotic animals" will no longer be allowed at the Topsfield Fair after residents voted Tuesday night to ban their use in town for public entertainment purposes.…

With No Incumbent, The Race For Allston-Brighton's City Council Seat Is Wide Open » WGBH After more than a decade serving as the city councilor from Allston-Brighton, Councilor Mark Ciommo announced last month that he would not run for re-election. Without an incumbent, the residents of A…

Brookline Election Results: Fernandez Wins, Override Fails » Brookline Patch Voter turnout on Tuesday was a bit higher than predicted. At the end of the day and an evening rush, 9,802 of the 37,179 registered voters showed up to vote. That's 26.4 percent voter turnout.…

Public Health

In latest policy push, Warren revives plan to tackle opioid crisis » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren is reviving a measure to tackle the opioid crisis as she continues to roll out ambitious policy proposals in her run for president.…

Warren urges Harvard to drop Sackler name from museum over family’s opioid ties » Boston Globe US Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday called on Harvard University to strip its buildings of the name of the Sackler family, whose company makes the drug OxyContin and face…

RFK, Jr.’s anti-vaccine campaign is reckless and wrong — say three Kennedys » Commonwealth Magazine OF ALL THE WRINKLES in the emerging measles crisis and spotlight it has put on families who have caused the outbreak by refusing to vaccinate their children, the most curious has been the leading role…

Sen. Jason Lewis to host vaping Community Conversations » Wicked Local Wakefield Sen. Jason Lewis will host a Community Conversations on the teen e-cigarette use, also known as “vaping,” at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main St., Wakefield. …

'Like A Runaway Train': Mass. Schools Invest More Resources To Curb Teen Vaping » WBUR If you ask high school students in Massachusetts about electronic-cigarette use, or vaping, they’ll tell you it’s everywhere. …

Quincy Dem plans push to add flavored nicotine ban to budget » State House News Service As high rates of e-cigarette use among Massachusetts teens and the prevalence of vaping frighten doctors and advocates, two lawmakers are making it a priority to pass a bill forbidding the sale of fla…

Public Safety

Another school shooting hero, as adults leave children on their own » Boston Globe When children of the 1950s ducked and covered under school desks, nuclear warfare was the great fear of the era. Somehow, adults found a way to negotiate their way around that cosmic threat and protec…

Massachusetts State Police troopers and lieutenant coordinated in overtime abuse, prosecutors say » The Republican Massachusetts State Troopers and a State Police lieutenant allegedly worked together to perpetrate the overtime abuse scam that has enveloped the department and led to criminal charges against ten off…

'It's an injustice' family says of sentence for texting driver who killed loved one in Worcester » Worcester Telegram A city man who admitted to texting before he struck and killed 20-year-old Gabriella V. Lowell in a Grafton Street crosswalk in 2018 was sentenced to four years of probation Wednesday in Central Distr…

Treatment, not jail, for New Bedford police sergeant accused of vandalism » South Coast Today A judge ordered a decorated city police officer accused of vandalizing his ex-wife’s minivan into treatment instead of jail after a dangerousness hearing Wednesday.…

State Finance

'Fiscal discipline' in Senate budget pleases some, not all » The Herald News The first budget from new Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues, a moderate Democrat who has described his politics as "in the boring middle," drew cheers from environmental advoc…

State Government

Governor, mayor plan D.C. trip to make a bipartisan appeal for federal infrastructure dollars » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh take their political bromance to Washington next week. Their ultimate goal: more federal funds sent our way for roads, transit, and other infrastructure. …

Op-Ed by Councilor Michelle Wu: How AAPI women in office inspire me » sampam May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Today on May 8, AAPI women hold more seats in elected office than ever before, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of the …

Taxation

Tax Bills Stir Soda, Trucking, Aviation Industries » WBUR With tax collections pouring in but Democrats still on the hunt for new revenue, the possibility of repealing tax breaks for specialized industries like aviation or the chance to apply new taxes to un…

Transportation

As e-scooters roll into Massachusetts, serious injuries soar nationwide » Fox 25 News Electrical scooters, or e-scooters, have already taken off in Brookline and more programs are likely coming to the area soon. But Boston 25 News uncovered data on soaring emergency room visits, in cit…

Here’s what we know about the ferry between Boston’s waterfront and Encore casino » Boston Globe The Alford Street Bridge between Charlestown and Everett will probably be clogged with cars when Encore Boston Harbor at last opens in June. So you might be better off going under it, along the Mystic…

A debate on hold » The Salem News Lawmakers are making a renewed push to toughen the state's distracted driving laws by banning the hand-held use of cellphones while driving.…

Councilor has solution to Boston parking woes: Make people with handicap placards pay for metered spaces just like everybody else » Universal Hub City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) says he has the solution to many of Boston's parking woes: No, not making people pay for residential parking permits, which he opposes with the blinding fury…

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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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