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The Mass. RMV Scandal Is Only The Latest Screw Up Involving Licensing Drivers » WBUR A 2008 state audit found up to 9,000 motorists should have had their licenses revoked or suspended for offenses like drunken driving and vehicular homicide, but didn’t because the RMV had no trackin…

Lawmakers breaking for holiday without budget deal » State House News Service After the session, Second Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Paul Donato of Medford told the News Service the House is not expecting the budget conference committee to file its report this week. Sen. Patr…

New coalition forms around early education and care » State House News Service A new coalition, inspired by the success of groups who advocated for last year's paid family and medical leave law, is working to develop a plan to give Massachusetts families easier access to afforda…

The 2019 New England Muzzle Awards: Spotlighting 10 Who Diminish Free Speech » WGBH Once again, we are bestowing a Muzzle upon the House court officers, this time for flipping out when they caught WGBH News political reporter Mike Deehan taking a picture of the vote tally board. Dee…

'Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that' memes are here to test your rhyming skills » Mashable "When it's breakfast time, Elizabeth Warren has a bran for that."…

NRA meltdown has Trump campaign sweating » Politico Republicans worry that the NRA and two other groups that have long formed the core of their electoral infrastructure will be effectively on the sidelines. …

Who should own the failings of the Registry and the MBTA? » Boston Globe Even as Governor Charlie Baker rightly declared the Registry of Motor Vehicles a complete disaster Tuesday, he voiced his support for Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.…

Who should own the failings of the Registry and the MBTA? » Boston Globe Pollack has served as secretary since the beginning of the Baker administration, after a lengthy tenure as head of the Conservation Law Foundation ... she’s widely regarded as one of the smartest pe…

Oh, to Be Ivanka! » New York Times I seldom feel sorry for President Trump — O.K., I never do — but if I were going to, it would be on account of his spawn and spawn-in-law. He has given them celebrity, fancy government titles, sec…

Is this the beginning of Charlie Baker’s second-term blues? » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker rode onto Beacon Hill in 2015 pledging to make state bureaucracy hum and correct his predecessor’s failures. But as he heads deeper into his fifth year in office, Baker is fac…

“At the end of the day, we need to be judged on how we perform and how we react and respond to new information as it becomes available,” Baker said, “And, in this particular case, the Registry failed to do its job, failed to do this particular part of its job, and we all own that. And we also own the process associated with fixing it.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the crisis at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mike Pence unexpectedly cancels N.H. event » Boston Globe Vice President Mike Pence unexpectedly canceled a Tuesday trip to New Hampshire, where he was scheduled to speak at an addiction treatment center.…

Trump’s July Fourth parade is a tribute to himself » Boston Globe Fresh off his Authoritarians Tour 2019, President Trump is ready to celebrate himself on July Fourth.…

Business

Rep. Patrick Kearney sponsoring three bills for Massachusetts’ fishing industry » Wicked Local Marshfield State Rep. Patrick Kearney is sponsoring three bills aimed at helping the state’s commercial fishing and lobster industries. Kearney testified in support of the three bills, H814, H815 and H816, at …

Mass. businesses paid $180 million by border patrol agency » Commonwealth Magazine LAST WEEK’S WALKOUT by workers at Boston-based Wayfair put a spotlight on the issue of businesses contracting to provide goods to detention facilities on the US-Mexican border. But the online retail…

Mt. Auburn Cemetery to sell six acres in Watertown » Boston Globe Mt. Auburn Cemetery is the latest Greater Boston institution seeking to secure its future by cashing in on the region’s hot real estate market.…

LexisNexis settles $5.8M multi-state whistleblower lawsuit » Boston Business Journal LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a Georgia-based business research and risk management services firm, and some of its affiliates have reached a settlement in a $5.8 million whistleblower lawsuit.…

UMass finalizes $235M Bayside ground lease » Boston Business Journal The University of Massachusetts Building Authority has finalized its 99-year ground lease of Dorchester’s Bayside Expo Center site with Accordia Partners and Ares Management Corp. …

Analysts bullish on Boston Scientific's plans for 75 new products by 2022 » Boston Business Journal Despite a year of regulatory struggles and increasing market consolidation, analysts are feeling bullish about Massachusetts medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.'s business expansion plans ove…

Worcester Red Sox and city to break ground on Polar Park stadium July 11, less than two years before the opening day at Canal District ballpark » The Republican The city and future Worcester Red Sox team brass will break ground on the Canal District stadium on July 11, officials announced at the city’s Independence Day celebration.…

Cannabis

Marijuana company leaves trail of unhappy investors » Boston Business Journal Tennessee resident Darren Singleton is interested in investing in startups and saw an opportunity in Massachusetts’ nascent legal marijuana industry.…

New regulations would allow for cafes and pot home delivery » Worcester Telegram After unanimously agreeing to them last week, cannabis regulators on Tuesday released rewritten rules that would govern both sides of the legal marijuana world, proposing regulations to eliminate an a…

Civil Rights

ACLU Mass Executive Director Says Census Ruling 'Was A Huge Victory For Democracy' » WGBH Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU Massachusetts, applauded last week's Supreme Court decision that halted the Trump administration’s move to put a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. …

Education

Sex education in the land of the Puritans » Commonwealth Magazine The Northampton High School student union surveyed students last year, asking them what they thought were the school’s biggest problems.…

Environment

State issues grant to improve trails at F. Gilbert Hills Forest » The Sun Chronicle The state recently announced $5 million in grants for 71 trail projects in the commonwealth, including one in Foxboro.…

Compressor foes stage Boston protest, vow court battle » Patriot Ledger About 50 environmental activists protested outside the State House on Tuesday and called for an independent investigation into the administration's permitting of a proposed natural gas compressor stat…

Shark-infested waters: The ‘new normal’ on Cape Cod » Boston Herald Lifeguards on Tuesday spotted a shark near the shore on Cape Cod and shut down a Wellfleet beach for an hour — the “new normal” for the popular tourist destination, less than a year after the fi…

Pull The Plugs: How A Simple Move May Help Plum Island’s Salt Marshes Adapt To Sea Level Rise » WBUR Walking through the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island with wildlife biologist Nancy Pau is to take a tour through the various ways humans have disrupted the saltwater marsh for the last 300-…

Federal

Push for national service getting high-profile support » News 22 WWLP.com Former Governor Deval Patrick is one of several well-known Americans who are getting behind an effort to have all young people perform some sort of national service.…

Human Services

Tragedy cited in push for day care bill » State House News Service When Marquita Kelley went to go pick up her 10-week-old son Elijah from her church day care one evening in April 2017, she found a staff member changing the diaper of her unconscious baby.…

Immigration

‘Playdate protesters’ gather at Congressman Jim McGovern’s office in Northampton » The Republican Supporters in Northampton came together Tuesday with their children in a “playdate protest,” joining immigration advocacy groups across the country in asking lawmakers that migrant detention cente…

18 Activists Arrested During Citywide March Against ICE Detention Facilities » WGBH Eighteen people were arrested during a rally in Boston on Tuesday while protesting the detention of migrants in facilities along the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration.…

Trump administration drops fight to add census citizenship question, New York says » Boston Globe The Trump administration is abandoning its hard-fought plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census after the US Supreme Court questioned its justification.…

‘Inexcusable;’ Elizabeth Warren, other Massachusetts lawmakers slam secret border patrol Facebook page mocking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, migrant deaths » The Republican Some Massachusetts legislators are speaking out against U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement this week after a ProPublica investigation revealed racist and sexist messages in a secret Facebook group fo…

Labor

Employees Of Iron Horse Entertainment Group Planning Legal Action Over Alleged Wage Theft » New England Public Radio A workers' rights activist says about a dozen current and former employees of Northampton, Massachusetts, music venues are planning to take legal action over wage theft.…

Summer is the season for perks » Boston Globe In the middle of June, Zoe Carlberg packed up her laptop and her dog and drove from East Boston to Butte, Mont., to live with a friend. Carlberg isn’t starting a new job or a new chapter in her life…

Feature follow-up: The road to zero » Binj Boston’s plan to achieve “zero waste” by 2050 has drawn plenty of attention for its flashy prospects. What’s been largely overlooked, however, is a policy shift decades in the making that will…

Local Government

Flag display on Common to raise awareness of deaths due to overdoses » The Sun Chronicle On the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, the Town Common will be carpeted by nearly 8,000 multi-colored miniature flags to raise awareness of those who lost their lives to addictions in Massachuse…

'Now they appreciate us': Fall River breaks ground on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall » Taunton Gazette The crowd may have been filled with public officials, but people such as John Carvalho were the real stars Tuesday.…

Political newcomer Lindsey Rothschild running for council » Gazette Net Lindsey Rothschild, a first-time candidate, former educator and local real estate agent, has announced her campaign for one of the City Council’s at-large seats in November.…

Braintree not exempt from 40B developments, state rules » Patriot Ledger A state board has rules the town does not meet a "safe harbor" provision of Chapter 40B, which opens the door for comprehensive permit applications.…

Four School Committee members vie for seats on Framingham City Council » The Metro West Daily News There will be at least four new faces on the School Committee come next year, as several board members are running for seats on the City Council.…

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter dies at 62 » Boston Globe Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter has died. Carpenter was 62 and the father of six children. The circumstances of his death were not immediately known and Brockton officials did not immediately return tel…

Politics

Elizabeth Cole: Neal finally found someone to defend him over fundraising excesses » Gazette Net U.S. Rep. Richie Neal found someone to defend against critics of his controversial fundraising excesses. (Jack Connors: Richie Neal is a ‘game-changer’ for Massachusetts, June 24)…

Lively undecided about appeal in case against Baker » State House News Service Former gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively said Tuesday he hasn't decided whether he will challenge a judge's dismissal of his lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker and the Republican Party over assista…

PETER LUCAS: Fighting for social justice will not make the trains run » Lowell Sun The first call Gov. Charlie Baker would have made following the disastrous Red Line derailment would have been to Mike Capuano.…

Public Safety

Research firm pays $750,000 to Mass. for failing to pay law enforcement agencies » WHDH A giant research firm is paying $750,000 to Massachusetts as part of a multi-million-dollar settlement for knowingly keeping fees from law enforcement agencies, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Offic…

Lawsuit claims Lawrence police chief falsified overtime records » The Eagle Tribune A federal whistleblower lawsuit alleges Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque and a lieutenant of detectives lied about working overtime on drug investigations.…

State Finance

Our view: Secrecy and delays in the budget grind » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker is looking on the budget bright side. Too bad the rest of us can't be so good humored about the shape of our state government's most basic financial document.…

State Government

Baker’s detachment now has a body count » Boston Herald Did it ever occur to Gov. Charlie Baker last week that maybe he should cut short his exotic junket to the United Kingdom and come home to the mess he left behind here in Massachusetts?…

Worcester human rights panel backs change to 'inactive' voting designation » Worcester Telegram The Human Rights Commission has come out in support of a bill filed with the state Legislature that would no longer require municipalities to designate registered voters as “inactive” if they fail…

Transportation

RMV probe turns to violations the state was obliged to send » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is acknowledging a “complete failure” at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, adding the investigation will now include a look into Massachusetts’ notifications to other states abo…

Baker: RMV failed to do part of its job » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack took responsibility on Tuesday for the failure of the Registry of Motor Vehicles to process thousands of out-of-state violations by Ma…

Driver, transportation company sued over N.H. crash that killed seven people » Boston Globe A Marine veteran injured last month in a fiery crash in Randolph, N.H., is suing a trucking company and the driver accused of causing the collision, which killed seven.…

MADD Urges Update to Massachusetts Drunk Driving Law » Cape Cod Today A Massachusetts truck driver charged in a horrific crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire in June kept his commercial driver’s license despite a drunk driving arrest in Connect…

Attleboro commuters say now's not the time for MBTA fare hike » The Sun Chronicle The way Steve Roberts sees it, the MBTA should have addressed its own mismanagement before asking commuters to pay more for public transportation.…

Riders say MBTA downplays service issues on Stoughton commuter rail » Milford Daily News Systemwide, ridership is on the rise for the MBTA’s commuter rail, and so is reliability.…

‘It’s a failure across the board.’ Advocates say RMV’s blunder points to bigger issues » Boston Globe The dismal driving history of the man charged with killing seven motorcyclists in a New Hampshire crash last month — coupled with bureaucratic failures in Massachusetts that allowed him to keep his …

RMV shakeup not enough » Boston Herald The sheer scope of the malpractice on display at the Registry of Motor Vehicles requires us to demand extraordinary measures from our state government to prevent citizens from being harmed any further…

State audit showed previous problems at RMV office that put notices into bins » Boston Herald The Registry of Motor Vehicles office that tossed tens of thousands of out-of-state violation notices into bins — letting a trucker now accused of killing seven people stay on the road — struggled…

Lawmakers seek more oversight of RMV suspensions » Gloucester Times Lawmakers called for stepped-up oversight of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday after revelations the agency failed to suspend the licenses of hundreds of drivers with out-of-state violat…

Our Opinion: A deadly scandal at state registry » Berkshire Eagle The accident that killed seven motorcyclists and severely injured a Dalton man was horrific enough before it was learned the alleged operator of the truck that hit them was driving with a license that…

Baker feels the love on South Coast » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who has been facing heat for his oversight of the MBTA since a Red Line derailment June 11, traveled to the South Coast on Tuesday to bask in the adoration of a region thrilled he …

After nearly 30 years, a (real) South Coast Rail groundbreaking » The Providence Journal Tuesday marked the highly celebrated beginning of the SouthCoast Rail project’s southern expansion, bringing MBTA Commuter Rail Service from Boston south to the cities of Fall River and New Bedford.…

South Shore pols top RMV office that ignored driver alerts » Boston Herald The $114,000 director of the Registry of Motor Vehicles board that ignored thousands of out-of-state driving violations — letting them pile up in storage bins — is a Braintree town councilor and …

Ground broken for South Coast rail » Turn to 10 South Coast Rail by 2023 is the promise from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.…

At the Registry of Motor Vehicles, deadly inefficiency » Boston Globe Michael Ferazzi survived four years in the Marine Corps, 34 years working as a cop, and a bout of cancer, only to die when some guy who had no business driving a golf ball much less a pickup truck hau…

The T makes it harder to run a business in Boston » Boston Globe Steve Kurland, partner and general manager of Evoo and Za restaurants in Cambridge, needs a reliable Red Line. So do Werner Meier, acting CEO of Revitope Oncology, and Cathleen Wardley, general manage…

Crackdown on Dudley gypsy cabs » The Bay State Banner For Joe Temas, the gypsy cab business has been a lifeline. A former cab driver, Temas was barred from driving a licensed taxi after a stint in state prison. For a few years, he worked at an auto detai…

Baker flunks driver’s license test » Commonwealth Magazine

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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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