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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Division of Water Pollution Control Public Hearing, MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Criminal Justice Task Force on Juvenile Age, State House, Room 428

12:30pm The Healthcare Perspective in the Fight Against Big Tobacco, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lynn School Committee Member Donna Coppola

Birthdays: Rep. Paul McMurtry

Must-Reads

Some familiar execs back a Mass. super PAC focused locally » Boston Business Journal The co-founders of Boston-based online furniture retailer Wayfair Inc. are among a group of top Massachusetts business executives supporting a new Bay State super PAC.…

Senator Who Agreed to New Job Wants to Stay Through Recess » State House News Service A week after announcing plans to resign his Senate seat to take a job at Bridgewater State University, Sen. Viriato deMacedo says he trying to figure out whether he can stay in the Legislature until n…

Women leaders join new campaign to codify abortion rights in state law » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey, US Representative Ayanna Pressley, and Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Lydia Edwards vouch for the bill in short videos that highlight the barriers women face get…

A roadmap for combatting climate change » Commonwealth Magazine Developed with input from a diverse group of stakeholders, including labor and business leaders, local officials, environmentalists, and our utilities, the 2050 Roadmap Bill is a bold response to the …

State needs to cover cost of early voting » Commonwealth Magazine With the 2020 election looming, now is the time to address this unfunded mandate once-and-for-all ... (We) owe it to local officials to provide a predictable and easy process. Addressing the unfunded …

Should noncitizens vote in Northampton? Panel wants input » Gazette Net “These are folks who work in our restaurants, their kids go to the school with our kids, they help keep our city going and are an invaluable part of the community. Yet their voice is silenced,” sa…

Former Walsh aide to lead Biden’s Mass efforts » Boston Globe John Laadt will have the title of Biden’s Massachusetts state director, one of the first significant hires the campaign has made ahead of the March 3 Super Tuesday contests.…

‘Lock him up’ chant greets Trump at World Series » Politico The stadium greeted him with boos and chants of “Lock him up!” — a nod to the motto his supporters used against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.…

Why the Democratic superdelegate whispers are starting again » Politico The dynamics of the race could prevent any one candidate from seizing insurmountable momentum from the early nominating states.…

The Zombie Campaign Joe Biden is the least formidable front-runner ever. Will it matter? » New York Magazine “They have him in the candidate-protection program,” Axelrod says. “I don’t know if you can do that. I don’t know if you can get through a whole campaign that way. Either he can hack it or h…

“The first step according to Justice Wilkins was this notion that we needed to run . . . any kind of a ban like this through the Public Health Council,” Baker told reporters Friday. “We believe that the process we pursued was appropriate, but we’re going to go ahead and pursue the process that was suggested by Justice Wilkins and his decision.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about his state-wide vape ban which was criticized by Judge Wilkins for implementing the ban without holding public hearings.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

An American moment » Boston Herald In the moments immediately following Sunday morning’s news that U.S. military forces had chased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a Syrian cave where the head of the Islamic State took his own miserable lif…

Bill Weld says country ‘is never going to be able to breathe a sigh of relief’ unless Trump is removed from office » Boston Globe William F. Weld called Sunday for the impeachment inquiry against President Trump in the US House to continue and for the Republican-led Senate to remove Trump from office, as the former Massachusetts…

For Marty Meehan, impeachment brings a sense of deja vu » Boston Globe University of Massachusetts president and longtime Massachusetts congressman — figures impeachment will be a highly partisan and deeply divisive affair.…

President Trump’s re-election machine revs up in New Hampshire » Boston Herald Supporters of President Trump are cooking up countermeasures to their Democratic foes — from handing out free cheeseburgers outside an Elizabeth Warren event to poke fun at the Green New Deal, to us…

Elizabeth Warren's Ambiguity On Health Care Comes With Some Side Effects » WBUR Elizabeth Warren has built a reputation as the candidate with a plan for almost anything. Plans are her brand, so much so that her campaign shop sells T-shirts proclaiming "Warren has a plan for that.…

Business

Fashion incubator aims to be a one-stop for new designers » Boston Globe As a young fashion designer in Philadelphia, Donielle McKeever got a crash course in the laborious process of turning a sketch into a piece of clothing.…

A desperate plea to save a development project: ‘Who is ever going to trust me again?’ » Boston Globe They used to be so close, at times inseparable, so what happened to John Fish and Adam Weiner?…

Workspace provider Knotel selects first Boston location » Boston Business Journal Flexible office company Knotel Inc. has found its first Boston location.…

Proxy fights reach 'frightening' level in life sciences, other industries, top attorney says » Boston Business Journal More investors are buying up stock and attempting to strong-arm companies into adding new board members, increasing M&A prices and make other strategic moves than in any year prior. That’s according…

Ad agency MullenLowe signs lease for new Seaport headquarters » Boston Business Journal MullenLowe and Mediahub, subsidiaries of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), will move their headquarters from Boston’s Financial District to the Seaport in July 2020.…

Cannabis

Mass. hemp farmers say they face ruin thanks to state ban on most CBD products » Boston Globe It was June and the seeds were already in the ground when the bad news came: State agricultural officials had, without warning, banned Massachusetts hemp farmers and processors from making or selling …

Sale of recreational pot does not draw expected crowds to the Lynnway » Lynn Daily News Item The anticipated crowds for Apothca, the city’s first recreational pot shop, never materialized Saturday. Minutes before the store’s opening at 10 a.m. on the Lynnway, just three customers were in…

Education

Town may get $2M more under 'historic' Student Opportunity Act » Your Arlington Arlington's House delegation has joined colleagues in unanimously passing the Student Opportunity Act, legislation they called “historic.”…

Student Opportunity Act would invest $7 million more into Leominster schools » Sentinel & Enterprise State Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, is celebrating this week, after the State House passed an education funding bill known as the Student Opportunity Act to overhaul the state funding formula an…

Massachusetts Education Funding Bills Have Passed, But They're Yet To Be Reconciled » New England Public Radio In news of the week, the Massachusetts House passed an education funding bill that would potentially push $1.5 billion into school districts. But there's a key difference between the House and Senate …

Rep. Gifford supports Student Opportunity Act, will ‘benefit Wareham’ » Wicked Local Wareham State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, R-Wareham, is supporting legislation that calls for a seven-year, multibillion dollar investment in the state’s public schools to help ensure that all Massachusett…

Negotiators Named to Hash Out Major Education Bill » State House News Service Six lawmakers were named Monday to reconcile the House and Senate approaches to pouring $1.5 billion in new money into the state's K-12 education system over the next seven years and to avoid the pitf…

Environment

Residents' group to challenge compressor station permits » Patriot Ledger Opponents of a natural gas compressor station proposed for the Fore River Basin say they will challenge the approval of a waterways license and a wetlands permit for the project in superior court.…

Prosecutors: Exxon Mobil Misled The Public About Its Role In Climate Change » WBUR The fossil fuel giant Exxon Mobil is on trial for allegedly misleading the public about its contributions to human-caused climate change.…

Housing

Rent control bill gaining traction while Brockton lawmakers stay neutral » Wicked Local Brockton A bill proposed in the House would lift the statewide ban on rent control, enabling cities and towns to craft their own versions of the controversial policy for the first time since 1994.…

Baker, Polito: Quincy sets example in housing growth » Patriot Ledger Where shabby storefronts once were on the corner of Hancock and Granite streets, an ultra-modern apartment complex called West of Chestnut now stands. Down the street, at the site of the former Woolwo…

Labor

Dedham teachers reach ‘tentative’ deal on contract » Boston Herald Dedham teachers appear to be heading back to school Monday with a tentative agreement on a new contract, the Dedham School Committee and the Massachusetts Teachers Association said Sunday in separate …

Dedham teachers, school district reach tentative agreement to end strike » Boston Globe Teachers will return to work Monday after union representatives and school district officials reached a tentative agreement on a long-sought contract Sunday afternoon, ending two years of talks and a …

Legislative

Lawmakers hear list of concerns during Royalston visit » Athol Daily News State Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) and state Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol) were peppered with questions during a 90-minute-long “listening session” Saturday afternoon at Royalston Town Hall.…

DeLeo Hopes to Extend Run of House Into 2021-2022 Session » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo, already the state's longest continuously serving speaker, plans to seek re-election in 2020 and to extend his rule in the House in 2021.…

Local Government

On a lively tour, reminders of feminist history in Cambridge » Boston Globe Nearly three decades before chef-owner Ana Sortun built her reputation in this space, the upscale restaurant known as Oleana was a gourmet vegetarian spot that hosted radical female performers like An…

Appointments panel wants more info from town manager » Gazette Net Some members of the Amherst Town Council are continuing to express frustration about not getting enough information about the reasons the town manager is choosing people to serve on various town commi…

Columnist Clare Higgins: The prose of local governance » Gazette Net Every year, the Pew Research Center reports on the public's trust in the federal government. In April of 2019, only 17% of us trust government to “do what's right.”…

Voter Guide: Contested Mayoral Races In 6 Western Mass. Cities » New England Public Radio Voters in a half dozen communities in the four western counties of Massachusetts have some big decisions to make on November 5. Chicopee, Greenfield, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and Westfield…

Robert F. Walsh, former BRA director and guiding force at Pine Street Inn, dies at 78 » Boston Globe One day in 1978, Bob Walsh was head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The next, he was out of a job, having opposed a development favored by then-Mayor Kevin White.…

Politics

Kennedy, Markey address Lynn Democratic City Committee » Lynn Daily News Item The primary race in Massachusetts between U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is challenging him, took center stage Sunday at the annual Lynn Democratic City Committee unity breakfa…

Gomez facing Easthampton City Council challenge from longtime resident Flood » Gazette Net District 2 City Councilor Homar Gomez is seeking a second term on the City Council, and he's being challenged for the seat by photographer and educator Erica Flood.…

Newton candidates need to pipe up on housing » Boston Globe By most accounts, the crowded city council race in Newton is shaping up to be one of the most consequential contests for the city in more than a decade.…

Alan Khazei Hopes to Win Seat Vacated by Rep. Joe Kennedy III » NBC Boston After two unsuccessful campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012, Alan Khazei never thought he'd run for office again.…

Gov. Baker at Morin's in Attleboro to formally endorse mayoral challenger Heather Porreca » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker doesn’t get to endorse in person every Republican running for office around the state.…

Framingham Candidate Profile: Gloria Pascual For City Council » Brookline Patch District 8 Framingham School Committee member Gloria Pascual is running for a seat on City Council in perhaps the most interesting city race of 2019. The three-way race pits Pascual against a longtime…

Public Health

Warren voices openness to safe injection sites in sit-down with Rollins » Boston Herald Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins brought Boston into a criminal justice conversation with presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren Sunday in South Carolina, asking the senator in a sit-down abou…

Seniors clamor for high-dose flu shot, but it’s not always easy to find » Boston Globe A powerful flu shot that provides extra protection for older people with weaker immune systems is becoming a hot commodity for health-minded seniors. But as a new flu season gets underway, it’s not …

Vaping and prescription opioids: limbic capitalism in action » STAT News I had just finished a new book on addiction when the vaping crisis erupted. The gist of the book is that that globalization, industrialization, mass marketing, digitization, and social media have turn…

Baker bows to judge, submits vape ban as emergency regulation » Boston Globe Vapes will remain prohibited in Massachusetts, after Governor Charlie Baker bowed to a state judge’s ruling and submitted the country’s broadest ban on the devices to state health authorities for …

Public Safety

As Liaison Officer Is Stripped Of Role, Walsh Says BPD-ICE Partnership Is Under Review » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Saturday the police department will uphold its memorandum of understanding with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).…

Massachusetts Jewish congregations ramp up security » Boston Herald Greater Boston synagogues have boosted security and congregants are more on alert, area Jewish leaders told the Herald on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.…

Brockton area youth football supporters call foul on tackling ban » The Enterprise Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones, R-North Reading, and Rep. Paul Schmid, D-Westport, are pushing forward with an effort to eliminate tackle from youth football in the state. But many Bro…

State Finance

Sen. Lewis and State Senate pass supplemental budget bill » Wicked Local Winchester The Massachusetts State Senate passed a $779.8 million closeout supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on Thursday. The legislation would transfer $356 million to the state’s stabilization fund, b…

A Halloween Deadline Looms For Massachusetts Lawmakers » New England Public Radio A Halloween deadline looms for Massachusetts lawmakers to resolve differences in a fiscal year closeout budget.…

State Government

DCR begins charging Community Boating rent » Commonwealth Magazine COMMUNITY BOATING INC., the nonprofit public sailing center located on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, is now paying rent to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.…

Face surveillance tech unprecedented threat » Commonwealth Magazine DOZENS OF ADVOCATES—including district attorneys, MIT researchers, educators, and tech business leaders—sounded the alarm this week on an unprecedented threat to our civil liberties. We testified …

Taxation

Our Opinion: Corporate tax break needs better argument » Berkshire Eagle The dispute over a proposed corporate tax change last week on Beacon Hill wouldn't have attracted much notice if it hadn't exposed a generational and gender rift that may shake up the change-resistant…

Transportation

MassDOT outlines improvement plans for Route 138 » Canton Citizen The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is embarking on a long-term project to build sidewalks as well as bike and pedestrian paths over a nine-mile stretch of Route 138 between Brush Hill Ro…

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS BENEFITS GREATLY from a legacy passenger rail network mostly built out in the late 19th century. Thankfully, much of it was saved from the worst impulses of mid-20th century auto-centri…

Despite drawbacks, officials say new drawbridge a big improvement » The Salem News The new $16 million MBTA drawbridge has malfunctioned at least a handful of times since it was installed two years ago, causing significant delays and headaches for North Shore commuters.…

Subway-like service to Brockton under study, but could cost billions » South Coast Today On the Brockton-bound branch of the commuter rail, rush hour ends at 8:30 a.m. Riders who miss that train must wait an hour and a half before the train.…

Our Dreams of a Seaport Gondola Have Been Dashed » Boston Magazine It was a fun idea while it lasted.…

No More Curbside Pickups And Drop-Offs For Uber And Lyft At Logan Airport » WBUR Uber and Lyft services are being moved into the central garage at Logan Airport starting Monday.…

House Looking at Transpo System For New $$$ » State House News Service House leaders are inching toward a proposal to raise new revenue "sourced from transportation for transportation" to invest in infrastructure and public transit, keeping their eye on the third full we…

Rail Visions Leave Question: Who Will Pay? » State House News Service Two elected officials and two transportation advocates who studied potential commuter rail changes endorsed a $28.9 billion plan on Monday to transform the system, setting up a key decision for the MB…

Utilities

MAPC Hires Firm to Review Gas Project's Impacts » State House News Service Five months after it became clear that a study clearing the way for a proposed natural gas compressor station was based on incomplete data, the entity that produced it is seeking an outside review to …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 10/28

Birthdays: Rep. Paul McMurtry

10:00am Division of Water Pollution Control Public Hearing, MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm Criminal Justice Task Force on Juvenile Age, State House, Room 428

12:30pm The Healthcare Perspective in the Fight Against Big Tobacco, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Fundraiser for Lynn School Committee Member Donna Coppola

Tuesday - 10/29

Birthdays: State Senator Marc Pacheco

10:00am Mass. Regional Employment Collaborative Employer Recognition Event, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Author's Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Rally for Rent Control & Tenant Protections, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Public Hearing

1:30pm Medicare for All Caucus Meeting, State House, Room 437, Boston

5:00pm Fundraiser for Lynn School Committee Member Michael Satterwhite

5:30pm Celebration in Honor of 20 Years of Service by Rep. David Linsky

6:00pm Sen. Patrick O'Connor's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

6:30pm Community Conversation: Addressing Climate Change w/ Green Technology, Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue

7:00pm Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Public Hearing, DFW Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Wednesday - 10/30

Birthdays: Rep. Ruth Balser

10:00am Celebration of Life Event, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Farm to School Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:30pm Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Boston Office, One Winter Street, Boston

5:00pm Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing: Draft 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, MassDEP Central Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester

5:30pm Fall Fundraiser for Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn

6:00pm Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins Presents: Carol DiMaiti's Legacy 30 Years Later, John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, 40 Leon Street, Boston

Thursday - 10/31

Birthdays: Rep. Edward Coppinger, Rep. Ronald Mariano

6:35am Congressman Jim McGovern on 89.7 WGBH News with Jim Mathieu, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

9:30am Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, MassDEP Central Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Friday - 11/1

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

11:00am Congressman Stephen Lynch on 89.7 FM Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

1:30pm iPods for Wounded Vets, Memorial Hall, State House, Boston

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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