Sign up to receive the day's curated top stories, legislative schedule, press releases, and other daily features every morning in your inbox!

MassInsider
Jump To...
Quote of the Day Social Media Podcast Press Releases
Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Project Citizen Showcase, Great Hall & Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Sen. President Karen Spilka on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

Must-Reads

An ‘F’ in political courage on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe The constructive and clever solution that Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley proposed for Alma del Mar Charter School’s expansion in New Bedford looked like a sign that th…

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Failure to Launch » Politico Kirsten Gillibrand is only asking for a dollar. It’s not that she couldn’t use more money. In the first quarter of 2019, the junior senator from New York raised just $3 million for her presidentia…

The N.R.A.’s Questionable Charitable Giving » The New Yorker he N.R.A. Foundation describes itself as “America’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports.” Each year, the foundation—which is a nonpolitical arm of the National Ri…

Inside Romney's Trump strategy » Politico When asked about Republicans’ criticism of his occasional anti-Trump stances, Mitt Romney doesn’t miss a beat: “I have to show you something.”…

DeLeo sidestepping Baker on bonds » Commonwealth Magazine HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is using a novel funding approach for his climate change legislation, authorizing the issuance of $1 billion in state general obligation bonds that would be exempt from cont…

What Bills Get Passed In States Where Parties Share Power? » FiveThirtyEight Earlier this week, we looked at what the parties are doing in states where they have full control of the government — both houses of the legislature plus the governor’s mansion. The 22 totally GOP…

“It was not an easy decision for me to seek treatment,” Moulton said. “Partly because my symptoms were more minor than many of the vets I knew. I’ve never felt suicidal. I’ve never driven down a highway worried that a bomb would go off. So I was reluctant to get help. I didn’t want to take resources away from anyone else."

Seth Moulton

Speaking about his post traumatic stress disorder from four combat tours in Iraq.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

He may not become president, but Seth Moulton has done his country some service » Boston Globe Sometimes Seth Moulton would wake with a start, in the middle of the night, his sheets drenched from sweat.…

Representative Jim McGovern calls for House committee to begin impeachment inquiry » Boston Globe Representative Jim McGovern is calling for the House Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s televised statement on Wednesday highlighting…

At Harvard, a not-so-veiled rebuke of Trump by Angela Merkel » Boston Globe German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a sharp and not-so-veiled rebuke of President Trump and his brand of nationalism during her commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday.…

Merkel Implores Harvard Grads to Tackle Seemingly Impossible Challenges » The Harvard Crimson Looking back on her time in East Germany during the Cold War and its aftermath, German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured members of the Class of 2019 that change is always possible in her address durin…

Is Biden’s Bounce Over? » FiveThirtyEight Democratic presidential candidates may be stuck in a holding pattern for the next month, with few opportunities to shake up the race between now and the first primary debate. That’s probably fine by…

Business

Gillette’s new ad, featuring a transgender man, seen as groundbreaking » Boston Globe As Samson Brown, a young black man, looks tentatively in the mirror, his father guides him as he drags a razor up the length of his neck for the first time. Brown, who was assigned female at birth, te…

GateHouse-Gannett merger talks underscore shaky state of the industry » Boston Globe Stop the presses, folks. After surviving an ugly proxy fight, the newspaper giant Gannett’s next steps could be into Massachusetts.…

Local news is tanking. Report for America aims to help save it » Boston Globe The biggest news story in Woods Hole is climate change: sand dunes breaching, beaches eroding, thickets of algae breeding. Experts at six science centers here analyze the effects of warming; residents…

Fiber optics maker AFL Global moving to Westford from Lowell » Boston Herald AFL Global, a South Carolina-based company that manufactures fiber optic hardware and equipment, made its first foray into the Bay State eight years ago with the opening of a new research and developm…

Boston-based Pyramid Hotel Group names new CEO » Boston Business Journal Pyramid Hotel Group, a Boston-based hotel company, is turning to a founding partner and current chief investment officer to take over as CEO.…

Jane Swift, former Mass. governor, tapped to lead edtech nonprofit » Boston Business Journal Jane Swift, a former Massachusetts governor and state senator, starts on July 1 as president and executive director of edtech nonprofit LearnLaunch.…

Cannabis

Marijuana industry rules now eyed for September » State House News Service The Cannabis Contol Commission on Thursday pushed off for a month its consideration of new draft regulations for the marijuana industry as the agency tries to keep up with a crushing workload amid a s…

Dozens of doctors, scientists warn Mass. marijuana is ripe for ‘regulatory failure’ » Boston Globe Dozens of local doctors and scientists criticized the state’s marijuana regulatory system Thursday, saying the current rules don’t adequately protect public health from high-potency cannabis produ…

Civil Rights

Attorney General Maura Healey Vows To Fight For Abortion Access » WGBH A legislative and potential legal battle is shaping up around abortion, and pro-choice advocates have a fighter on their side in Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Suffolk County DA to speak at Providence NAACP breakfast » The Associated Press (AP) The Providence Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is inviting Rhode Islanders to celebrate history and civil rights during the organization’s 106th annual Freed…

If this is the new ‘pro-life’ movement, count me out » Boston Globe While my position on the issue of abortion has never fit neatly on a bumper sticker, I have always used the term “pro-life’’ to describe myself, no doubt a position partly informed by my faith. …

Lynch edges away from his ‘pro-life’ label » Commonwealth Magazine CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN LYNCH says he will renounce his “pro-life” label if the term becomes defined by the slew of measures passed by state legislatures to severely restrict or eliminate abortions.…

Education

Viewpoint: Financial literacy education has let our children down » Boston Business Journal Financial literacy is perhaps one of the most valuable and utilized tools a person can learn in their lifetime — one that has profound impact on the quality of life, regardless of age. …

How work-to-rule is playing out at Bridge Street Elementary School » Gazette Net John Zyskowski, a fourth-grade teacher at Bridge Street Elementary School, typically spends about four hours each week communicating with parents about students, particularly those with high needs.…

A modern METCO » Binj For more than 50 years, Metco has stood as a hallmark effort to address racial disparities in education. But for the progressive civil rights program to keep pace with the national dialogue around rac…

With 13 colleges and universities in the Greater Worcester area, how can the city better leverage itself as a college town? » The Republican As Worcester’s economy continues to grow, state leaders say the city should position itself as a college town while promoting its cultural resources and affordable housing to better retain graduates…

Pioneer Institute, UMass feud intensifies over Boston campus » Boston Herald The UMass brass is not budging in its fiscal feud with a top think tank over accusations of shoddy oversight at the beleaguered Boston campus.…

New Bedford charter legislation delayed again » Commonwealth Magazine SEN. PAT JEHLEN of Somerville, an outspoken charter school critic, threw a procedural roadblock in front of a New Bedford home rule petition to advance a novel charter school plan developed by state e…

New Bedford charter deal is immoral » Commonwealth Magazine STATE REPS. Antonio Cabral, Christopher Hendricks, and William Straus have boldly asserted their opposition to the unprecedented charter school model proposed for the city of New Bedford. They have de…

Hardball tactics slow time-sensitive charter school bill » Taunton Gazette An innovative, but controversial plan from New Bedford to expand a charter school in that city continued to face rough treatment on Beacon Hill Thursday when it was met with another delay, this time i…

One City Invests in Child Care That Parents Can Actually Afford » Governing More people are believed to be relying on family and friends to watch their kids. Minneapolis is helping to educate those informal providers. …

Environment

Healey says DEP "really bungled" Weymouth compressor data » Wicked Local Hingham State environmental regulators "really bungled" air quality testing in connection with the review of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, according to Attorney General Maura Healey, …

King’s Beach Water Quality Report Card low again » Lynn Daily News Item LYNN — King’s Beach failed its report card. Again. The water along the stretch of sand, split between Lynn and Swampscott, is at the bottom of the list on the Metropolitan Beaches Water Quality R…

DEP delay in turning over Weymouth air data ruled "simply not fair" » State House News Service The appeal of the air quality permit awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection for a Weymouth gas compressor station was scheduled to wrap up in mid-May, but will now stretch into June aft…

Pow-Wow Oak lives on » Lowell Sun Perhaps it was a squirrel that dropped a maple acorn into the stump of the historic Pow-Wow Oak tree on Clark Road. Or maybe it was "a guardian angel," said George Koumantzelis, leader of the Pow-Wow …

Following Data Release, More Hearings Set For Weymouth Compressor Air Permit » WBUR A state official decided Thursday to reopen appeals hearings regarding an air permit for a controversial proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth.…

In An Identical Simulator, Pilgrim Operators Prep For Shutdown » WBUR Five miles from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, in a wooded, suburban neighborhood, in a nondescript office building, is a very unusual room. It looks a lot like the bridge of the Starship Enterpri…

Gaming

MGM Springfield lays off 6 workers as part of job cuts across US operations » The Republican MGM Springfield laid off six workers Thursday as part of the 557 company-wide job reductions announced by parent company MGM Resorts International. The layoffs are part of the MGM 2020 reorganization …

Health Care

Lembo says threat by Cigna CEO to leave Connecticut kills public option health legislation, though insurer denies ‘anything like that’ » The Hartford Courant Legislation to establish government-subsidized health care in Connecticut is dead following a threat by the chief executive officer of Cigna Corp. that the Bloomfield insurer would leave Connecticut i…

Housing

Baker in Worcester urges easing rules that impede home building » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker maintains that changes are needed as soon as possible to address a housing crisis in Massachusetts.…

BRA targets more downtown Brockton properties for acquisition » The Enterprise The Brockton Redevelopment Authority has added dozens of parcels to its list of “targeted acquisitions,” foretelling an expansion of the agency’s hands-on efforts to attract more developers to a…

Worcester leaders back state bill to increase housing stock » Worcester Business Journal Top Worcester public officials and counterparts in higher education, real estate and economic development have thrown their weight behind the governor's plan to increase the pace of new home construct…

Human Services

Two recognized for promoting opportunities for those with disabilities » The Sun Chronicle Two local men were recognized Tuesday night for their ongoing efforts at promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities.…

'Our children are going to benefit from this' » Lowell Sun A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes …

Immigration

Markey slams Trump ‘stealth attack’ on immigrants » Commonwealth Magazine US SEN. EDWARD MARKEY released a report on Thursday that he said “helps to pull back the curtain” on ways President Trump is reducing the number of immigrants coming into the country.…

Judiciary

SJC chief justice always leaves a paper trail » Boston Globe On sunny days, Ralph D. Gants’s second-floor office in the John Adams Courthouse is awash in richly stained wood, neatly arranged furniture, and natural light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling …

Judge charged with helping man evade agent wants salary back » Boston Herald A Massachusetts judge indicted on charges that she helped a defendant evade an immigration enforcement agent wants her pay reinstated while she fights the allegations.…

Labor

Boston teachers would get 2 percent pay raises under contract deal » Boston Globe Officials from the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union on Thursday night signed a tentative contract that offers 2 percent annual pay raises, guarantees a full-time nurse in every scho…

Legislative

Editorial: Summer is no time for vacation on Beacon Hill » Boston Business Journal Now that Memorial Day has passed, there’s a good chance that your summer days are already driftin’ away — to a rental home on the Cape, a timeshare in Maine, or simply to the local beach.…

Local Government

Population still growing North of Boston » Gloucester Times Salisbury is a popular seaside town known for sandy beaches and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean that draw tourists from far and wide.…

How fiscal '20 Senate budget aids Arlington » Your Arlington Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) has joined Senate colleagues in voting on a $42.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020, making substantial investments in key areas related to health-care cost and accessib…

Public safety complex funding, marijuana bylaws on Westhampton’s ballot » Gazette Net Residents will vote at the annual town election Saturday on whether to fund an engineering design for a new public safety complex and on the future of the town’s marijuana establishment laws.…

‘A home like any other’: JFK birthplace celebrates 50th anniversary as historic site in Brookline » Wicked Local Brookline As a young park ranger, Lee Adlerstein looked on with excitement as the National Historic Site prepared to open. This was not just any park; this was the birthplace of a U.S. president. Though 50 year…

Politics

In one swing House district, a Democrat’s focus is on anything but impeachment » Boston Globe Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s comments this week ratcheted up the clamor from presidential candidates and House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but the din did…

Want to fix our broken democracy? Have a block party » Boston Globe On the fourth Thursday in August, my neighbors and I cordon off the ends of our block and take over the street for an evening. The annual Augustus Ave. block party is an exercise in teamwork and deep …

State GOP shifts right under Lyons' leadership » Gloucester Times The state GOP is tacking sharply to the right under a new leader, former state Rep. Jim Lyons, embracing many of the hard-line positions of the national party under President Donald Trump.…

Public Health

Health activists press ban on flavored tobacco, vaping products » Gazette Net Ten months after Massachusetts became the sixth state to raise its tobacco-buying age to 21, Rep. Danielle Gregoire said she has “real hope” a ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products will pass…

Student leads push for free feminine products in schools » State House News Service What started as a topic for Medway High School student Caroline Williams' English class paper became a promise from her principal and a bill filed by her state representative.…

Lawmakers consider ban on flavored tobacco products after AG's investigation » News 22 WWLP.com Attorney General Maura Healey is suing EonSmoke a company that manufactures flavored tobacco products, but that's not the only thing the state is doing to cut down on teenage nicotine addiction.…

State Finance

Madaro Points Out Eastie Projects in House Budget » East Boston Times-Free Press Last month Rep. Adrian Madaro joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget, investing in programs and services across the state.…

Sen. Rodrigues to help lead budget conference » South Coast Today Six lawmakers were named Thursday to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of a $42.8 billion fiscal 2020 state budget. …

State Government

Housing, jobs top concerns from Central Mass. » Worcester Telegram State officials got an earful of suggestions, concerns and frustrations from Central Massachusetts residents Thursday as part of an effort to craft a new state economic plan.…

Massport CEO search keeps public in dark: Who’s contending for $300G top job? » Boston Herald Massport board members met behind closed doors Thursday to screen candidates for the coveted $300,000-a-year CEO job — a secretive process a top watchdog said is “unfortunately typical” for the …

Taxation

Are Tech Tax Breaks Obsolete? » Governing A week after San Francisco ended its "Twitter tax break," Washington, D.C., ditched some incentives for tech companies. …

Transportation

The Mass. Pike is in for some massive disruption. Are we ready? » Boston Globe Beginning this summer, commuters are in for longer rides as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation prepares to extend the Prudential tunnel under parts of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Str…

Scooters bring promise as well as peril » WCVB They're promoted as fun, affordable, environmentally friendly. And a solution to our overcrowded roads. Electric scooters are popping up in cities across the country, including here in Massachusetts.…

In the Northern Avenue bridge project, some see a test for Boston and its transit future » Boston Globe A little before 5 p.m. one recent day, cars and shuttle buses stacked up on the Moakley Bridge across Fort Point Channel and for blocks down Seaport Boulevard. It’s a daily traffic nightmare that ha…

Utilities

Mass. Will Pursue Doubling Potential Offshore Wind Power » WBUR The Baker administration is on board with pursuing additional renewable energy procurements that would double the amount of possible offshore wind power in Massachusetts, enough to provide roughly a t…

Social Media Spotlight

repkclark

ericlesserma

repmcgovern



Cindy Friedman

@CindyFriedmanMA

John F. Keenan

@SenJohnFKeenan

Marjorie Decker

@MarjorieDecker


**** Here’s a great way for you to get your message in front of a large and sophisticated audience of government relations professionals. It’s an especially nice way to communicate with them if you don’t have the time or capacity to create banner ads, or advocacy-oriented web pages. For more information, please contact us at massinsider@instatrac.com. ****
The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3819 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

HB3702 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB3801 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

HB3846 - An Act relative to GreenWorks

HB3820 - Amendment order for H3819, "An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects"

HB3825 - An Act relative to collective bargaining dues

SB2235 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

HB1596 - An Act relative to collective bargaining dues

HB1173 - An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs

House Actions This Week: 168

Senate Actions This Week: 25

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


45 Bromfield Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
About Us
Privacy Policy
Connect With Us
Phone: (617) 292-1800

You have received this message because you are signed up for MassInsider. Click here to unsubscribe. Email us at info@instatrac.com. We appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Copyright © 2021 Instatrac, Inc. All Rights Reserved.