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11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

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Must-Reads

Trump lashes out at Sharpton, saying he ‘hates whites’ » Boston Globe President Trump, after a weekend spent assailing a leading African-American congressman from Baltimore, widened his war on critics of color Monday morning as he denounced the Rev. Al Sharpton as “a…

Four more years of an authentically racist Trump? » Boston Globe From the moment he announced his presidential run with a broadside about Mexico sending rapists here, Trump hasn’t bothered with dog whistles or apologies. He sees no need to hide behind a campaign …

State watchdog seeks to simplify complex health care system — and save money » Boston Globe The tedious administration of health care — the paperwork, the phone calls, the clunky computer systems — costs billions of dollars annually in Massachusetts alone. …

Speaker Robert DeLeo introduces bill on child wellness, plans vote this week » The Republican Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday released a multi-faceted bill related to children’s wellness, with plans to vote on it this week, before the House recesses for its August break. …

‘The Revenge of the Menino’ plays out in Walsh aides’ federal extortion trial » Boston Herald In a delicious twist that could only happen in Boston politics. Menino’s daughter-in-law has emerged as a star witness in the extortion trial of two top aides to current Mayor Martin Walsh. …

After Federal Minimum Wage Bill Advances, What’s the Future of the Fight for $15? » Governing Connecticut’s final struggle for $15 took 14 hours. By the time the state House of Representatives approved the new $15-an-hour state minimum wage on a Thursday afternoon this past May, lawmakers ha…

DCCC faces mass staff upheaval after uproar over diversity » Politico The departures comes as chairwoman Cheri Bustos faces accusations that she has done little to address the lack of diversity in the upper ranks of the campaign arm. …

Rivals unload on Kamala Harris’ health plan from left and right » Politico Bernie Sanders' and Joe Biden's campaigns immediately criticized the version of Medicare for All Harris released Monday. …

“Over the last several years, countless brave women and men have come forward to call out the painful and all-too-common reality of workplace sexual assault and harassment,” Trahan said. “NDA’s have played a role in sustaining this for too long.”

Congresswoman Lori Trahan

Speaking about the use of of nondisclosure agreements in the State House.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Where are they? It’s high summer in N.H., but the candidates are elsewhere » Boston Globe Historically, the weeks before Labor Day have been among the most interesting in the presidential primaries, as candidates decamp from Washington to Iowa and New Hampshire to campaign. As a result, th…

Debate pits lefties Sanders, Warren against each other » Boston Herald Watch for U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to jockey for position and try to politely pull ahead of each other in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, which is pitting the f…

Warren and Sanders could be targets of moderates instead of each other in debate » Boston Globe For the first time since the Democratic presidential campaign began, the race’s two leading liberal candidates — Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — will appear on the same debate sta…

For this long-time Republican, Trump has gone too far » Boston Globe A former executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party is creating an “Eighty-Six Trump” political action committee to back candidates from any party who oppose President Trump and are r…

Business

State lawmakers eye special commission to examine ‘news deserts’ » Gazette Net Growing up in Lynn, state Rep. Lori Ehrlich remembers reading newspapers on the North Shore and discussing the articles as part of her family's dinnertime conservation.…

Natick Business Owners And Residents Resilient After Fire » WGBH One week ago, a nine-alarm fire destroyed a commercial building in downtown Natick.…

Developers betting on Green Line extension with spec lab building in Somerville » Boston Business Journal DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Leggat McCall have started construction on a nine-story laboratory building in Somerville’s Boynton Yards, a more than 3-acre site near the future Union Square s…

Cannabis

Are marijuana host agreements harshing the entrepreneurial buzz? » South Coast Today Two years and a day after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the state’s marijuana law into effect, lawmakers on Monday morning weighed two issues that have proven to be the among the thorniest for regulator…

Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts — but not off its shores » Boston.com A relaxing, breezy cruise off the Massachusetts coast may offer an escape from another week of sweltering summer heat. However, state officials are warning boaters that they’re still subject to loca…

Education

Simply blaming teachers won’t solve Providence schools’ woes » Boston Globe In “R.I. education chief seeks to take over Providence schools” (Metro, July 19), you suggest that the biggest thing standing in the way of the state takeover of Providence public schools is the P…

Ed funding bill stuck in committee heading into recess » State House News Service With the days dwindling before state lawmakers take their traditional August recess, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday shut the door on the possibility of an education funding bill emerging before …

Environment

Recess plans don't sit well with climate activists » State House News Service Dozens of activists slammed political leaders Monday over the state's response to climate change, arguing that progress made so far is insufficient given the scale of the crisis.…

Delay From Environmental Regulators Blows Vineyard Wind Off Course » WBUR Construction of Vineyard Wind, the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind farm, is on hold as developers wait for an environmental impact statement from federal regulators.…

New Bedford cited as a leader among clean energy communities » South Coast Today Local leaders gathered last week to celebrate New Bedford’s inclusion in a new Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center report on innovative clean energy programs at the municipal level.…

State Announces $3.6 Million in Massachusetts Dredging Program Awards » Cape Cod Online Chatham, Dennis and Nantucket are among five communities across the state that were awarded $3.6 million in Massachusetts Dredging Program grants recently.…

Weather service confirms 3rd Cape tornado » Cape Cod Times It doesn’t change the amount of damage done, but the National Weather Service has announced that three tornadoes, not two, touched down on the Cape last Tuesday.…

Gaming

Baker sees sports betting bills sliding into 2020 » The Herald News Gov. Charlie Baker, who filed a sports betting bill in January, thinks lawmakers will push consideration of the issue into 2020 and now hopes a legalization bill will be approved by the middle of next…

Charlie Baker on future of legalized sports betting in MA via GHS: It's only a matter of time » WEEI Governor Charlie Baker joined the Greg Hill Show Monday morning for “Breakfast with Baker” to discuss a number of topics. Among those was the future of legalizing sports gambling in Massachusetts.…

Health Care

Every day pediatricians encounter mental health system’s intolerable lapses » Boston Globe Kudos to the Globe for the July 17 editorial calling for an ombudsman to advocate for and support children with mental health needs (“Children with mental illness need an advocate”). …

Children's health bill teed up for House vote » State House News Service The Massachusetts House suddenly appears poised this week to pass a multi-pronged children's health bill, which includes provisions addressing behavioral health, the pediatric health workforce and ins…

Housing

The high cost of housing emerges as a presidential campaign issue » Boston Globe For millions of Americans, including many in Greater Boston, housing costs rank with health care, student debt, and taxes when it comes to issues that affect their personal budget.…

Shortage and variety of affordable housing still an issue facing Medford, surrounding communities » Medford Patch There is a shortage of affordable housing options in Massachusetts, and Medford is one of the many communities in the state dealing with this problem.…

Human Services

Child deaths under state’s watch fall, but new data raise more questions » Boston Globe The number of children dying while under the state’s watch has fallen to its lowest level in the past five years, according to new data from the Baker administration, but child advocates say the inf…

Judiciary

McGrath provides services for women leaving prison » Commonwealth Magazine A LITTLE OVER A YEAR after it closed, a new and improved McGrath House is up and running as the only exclusively female residential reentry program in Massachusetts. …

Labor

Boston biz bigwigs try to help new college grads enter the workforce » Boston Globe While the hiring market is hot in Boston right now, landing that crucial first job often still seems like a daunting challenge.…

Braintree company fined more than $100,000 for labor law violations » The Enterprise A Braintree temporary staffing agency and its president have agreed to pay more than $106,000 in fines and restitution for labor law violations in a deal with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Heal…

Braintree temp agency The Credence Group Corporation, accused of violating wage and sick time laws, to pay $106K in penalties, restitution » The Republican Attorney General Maura Healey said a temporary staffing agency in Braintree will pay $106,435 after it allegedly violated state wage and earned sick time laws.…

Legislative

Bryon Hefner in court: Sexual assault charges against estranged husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will remain part of one case, judge rules » MassLive A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied an attorney’s request to hold three separate cases to hear the charges against Bryon Hefner, the estranged husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg …

Local Government

South End trash woes kicked to curb » Boston Herald Don’t take a walk in the South End today unless you like the smell of rotting garbage that’s been out for nearly 24 hours.…

Woburn delegation secures funding to support education, community services and programs in FY20 budget » Wicked Local Woburn Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, Rep. Rich Haggerty, D-Woburn, and Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, D-Lexington, recently joined their colleagues in passing a fiscal year 2020 conference committee budget, maki…

Tax override fails by ‘substantial amount’ in Orange » The Recorder Residents filed in and out of the Armory Monday evening to cast a ballot on the tax override, mostly staying tight-lipped about how they voted. …

Politics

Political Notes: Stanton undecided on 2020 plans » Cape Cod Times With state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, recently announcing he will not seek a sixth term in the House, speculation is already swirling around possible candidates in next year’s 5th Barnstable Distr…

Once considered a ‘can’t-miss’ to be mayor of Providence, councilman resigns in disgrace » Boston Globe Luis Aponte broke a lot of barriers during his time in Providence politics. He was the first Latino to be elected to the City Council, the first Latino majority leader, and later became the first Lati…

Far-right candidate opts not to appeal against Baker, MassGOP » Boston Herald The far-right conservative candidate who staged a primary challenge against Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he won’t appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against the governor and the state GOP, claimi…

Springfield mayoral candidate Linda Matys O’Connell suspends campaign due to health » The Republican Mayoral candidate Linda O’Connell announced Monday that she is suspending her campaign due to a sudden health condition.…

Public Health

Tainted bottled water is being sold at supermarkets throughout New England » Boston Globe Nearly a month after spring water from a Haverhill company was found tainted with toxic chemicals, its gallon-sized jugs are still stocked on supermarket shelves across New England, despite a health a…

Retreat center proposed in Leyden to combat video game addiction » The Recorder A national behavioral health care organization is seeking to open a retreat for young adults with compulsive internet and video game use.…

Public Safety

Former Belchertown police chief arrested on OUI charge » Gazette Net Former Belchertown Police Chief Francis R. Fox was arrested on charges of drunken driving and a marked lanes violation on Sunday night in Granby.…

Falmouth Officials Seeking Full Early Retirement for Two Officers Shot Last Year » Cape Cod Online Officials in Falmouth have approved disability retirement for the two police officers shot just over a year ago and are asking Governor Charlie Baker to file legislation that would allow them to recei…

After a near record number of homicides in 2017, crime rate has gone down in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item It was a lot safer in the city last year, according to the latest data from the Lynn Police Department. After a near-record number of homicides in 2017, the homicide rate fell dramatically and so did …

State Finance

State fiscal 2020 budget includes investments to support Billerica » Wicked Local Billerica State Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, recently joined her colleagues in passing a fiscal year 2020 conference committee budget, making substantial investments in education, health care, mental healt…

Berkshire State Lawmakers Discuss New Massachusetts Budget » WAMC State lawmakers in Berkshire County say the new state budget is a success for the county – with some exceptions.…

Tax collections surged by $1.9 billion in fiscal 2019 » State House News Service State tax collections will need to grow by less than 1 percent in fiscal 2020 to hit the benchmark lawmakers included in the $43.1 billion budget that Gov. Charlie Baker is reviewing.…

State Government

Trahan, Pressley back efforts to change state non-disclosure policy » Commonwealth Magazine TWO STATE LAWMAKERS waging what could be an uphill battle to expose the extent of hush agreements used by state government and put restrictions on the practice throughout Massachusetts received some s…

Lawmakers want to gauge prevalence of NDAs » State House News Service More than a year after the House overhauled its sexual harassment policies to limit the use of non-disclosure agreements, two legislators requested that Auditor Suzanne Bump examine the prevalence of …

Auditor refusing to look into state-issued silence agreements » Boston Herald Auditor Suzanne Bump is refusing to audit taxpayer-funded nondisclosure agreements, which critics say are being used to silence victims of sexual harassment and hide the misdeeds of people in power ac…

Lawmakers call for audit of use of nondisclosure agreements in Massachusetts state government » The Republican Two state lawmakers who have been outspoken on victims’ rights issues are calling for a ban on the use of nondisclosure agreements in settlements involving taxpayer funds. …

State Legislators To Local Newspapers: We’re From the Government and We’re Here To Help » New Boston Post A bill before the Massachusetts Legislature would establish a legislative commission to study communities “underserved by local journalism” and “review all aspects of local journalism” includi…

Taxation

Late fees waived for Cape taxpayers affected by tornadoes » Cape Cod Times In the wake of last week's tornadoes, the state Department of Revenue has announced that it will waive late fees for taxpayers in Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich and …

Transportation

Massachusetts Lawmakers Get A Do-Over Hearing For RMV » New England Public Radio Massachusetts lawmakers this week will try again to get some information out of the officials from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. …

South Station now bears Mike Dukakis's name, but for the love of God, build the north/south link instead of expanding the station, he says » Universal Hub At a Boston City Council hearing this afternoon on connecting commuter-rail lines that now end at North and South stations, former Gov. Mike Dukakis had a simple message: "Please kill any further work…

Montigny Continues to Push Hands-Free Legislation » WBSM Senator Montigny called upon state lawmakers to finalize his legislation before the legislature's annual summer recess. Earlier this session, the bill received approval from the House and Senate, crea…

City meeting to discuss North-South rail link held Monday evening » Fox 25 News A meeting took place Monday evening at Boston City Hall to hear arguments for a plan to connect North and South stations. People who support the plan say it would solve traffic problems in the area.…

RMV officials will testify before Legislature without ‘any limitations,’ Baker says » Boston Globe A week after a hearing to examine the failures within the Registry of Motor Vehicles ground to a halt, a slate of state officials are expected to testify Tuesday at the State House where, legislative …

Registry of Motor Vehicles computer system under scrutiny in scandal » Boston Herald Lawmakers will focus on a $62.2 million new computer system that’s long plagued Gov Charlie Baker’s administration as a key factor in the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ explosive records scandal wh…

Too Hot For The T? Here Are Some Of The Ads The MBTA Rejected » WBUR What do the JFK Library, online dating company OkCupid, a local poetry nonprofit and a book called "White Fragility" have in common?…

Supporters of North-South rail link rally, testify before City Council » Boston Globe Supporters of a rail link between North and South stations rallied at Boston City Hall Monday evening, cheering for lawmakers to “build the link” ahead of a City Council hearing on how the proposa…

Can a 27-year-old learn to drive in Boston? I was determined to find out » Boston Globe On the day of my first driving lesson, my instructor pointed at the cars surrounding us and cheerfully explained the most important rule: All of these people despise you.…

RMV was told in March that out-of-state notifications — including OUIs — weren’t being processed, official says » Boston Globe The former head of the Registry of Motor Vehicles was told as early as March that nearly 13,000 out-of-state notifications about law-breaking drivers were sitting unprocessed in an obscure unit within…

Utilities

Baker eyeing "cure plan" for Vineyard Wind project » State House News Service After a "really productive and substantive" meeting with new U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration will be working …

Columbia Gas settles class-action lawsuits, but is it enough to rebuild the community? » News 22 WWLP.com Monday, Columbia Gas announced that they will pay $143 million to families displaced by the Merrimack Valley Gas explosions, but many worry that it won’t be enough to fully re-build the affected com…

Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Lawsuits Settled for $143 Million » Boston Magazine Last year, the Columbia Gas explosions set off more than 120 fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. …

Gov. Charlie Baker is in Washington D. C. to push for the wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard » The Republican Governor Charlie Baker is in Washington D. C. Monday for talks with key White House officials to discuss plans to install a long-anticipated wind farm proposed in Martha’s Vineyard.…

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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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