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9:00am Birthday of the Massachusetts National Guard, Memorial Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Health Policy Commission Conference Center, 50 Milk Street, 8th Floor, Boston

1:00pm Health Policy Commission Public Hearing, 50 Milk Street, 8th Floor, Boston

2:30pm Economic Development Plan Signing, Great Hall, State House, Boston

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards Re-Election Birthday Bash

Must-Reads

Stoughton Rep. Kafka Will Not Run for Re-election » State House News Service Kafka, who ran unopposed in 2018, holds the post of fourth division chair in Speaker Robert DeLeo's leadership team and is a member of the Rules Committee. His district includes the town of Sharon and…

What if Trump Weren’t Nuts? » Politico Magazine A disrupter with a smidgeon of self-control would be remaking American politics and coasting to reelection.…

MassGOP Snubs Weld on Mass. Ballot Access » State House News Service "Having a sitting President as the only name on the potential candidate list is not unprecedented, and is in fact, an established procedure," MassGOP Chair Jim Lyons wrote. A spokeswoman for Galvin to…

Baker-linked Super PAC could fuel state Republican schism, pundits say » Boston Herald “In my opinion, they are creating a de facto parallel Republican party that is capable of financially supporting candidates that have some semblance of electability,” political consultant Chip Jon…

Inside Deval Patrick’s time at Bain Capital » Politico A number of companies in Patrick’s “impact investing” portfolio have been hit by lawsuits.…

Healey takes on grid operator » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY, backed by the Barr Foundation, is launching a campaign to convince the operator of the regional power grid to embrace renewables and move away from electricity produced …

Where is Liberty Mutual in the climate change fight? » Boston Globe Liberty Mutual has been a Boston institution for over a century and, across that span, like any good insurance company, it’s been fixated on risk — in 1946, its employees invented the automatic sa…

Critics say the T needs more money. So why did lawmakers then give it less? » Boston Globe Weeks after lawmakers first voted to set aside $50 million for the MBTA, a searing report into the T’s safety practices surfaced and appeared to confirm what many legislators and critics have argued…

Chabot: Ethics Commission ducks DeLeo fast food investigation » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo is free to serve up pricey meals to state lawmakers on the taxpayers’ dime after state Ethics Commission officials refused to investigate his state-issued credit card for …

“Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I’m not betting my agenda on the naive hope that if Democrats adopt Republican critiques of progressive policies or make vague calls for unity, that somehow the wealthy and well-connected will stand down,”

Elizabeth Warren

Speaking out against her democratic rivals that are depending on the donations of wealthy donors and corporations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Living or dying in the Live Free or Die state » Boston Globe New Hampshire is a hill Michael Bennet is willing to die on.…

In N.H., Warren gives her most forceful attack yet on rivals as her poll numbers stall » Boston Globe With polls showing her momentum waning, Senator Elizabeth Warren traveled to the must-win state of New Hampshire on Thursday and launched an amped-up offensive against her chief rivals for the Democra…

John Kerry slams President Donald Trump for mocking Greta Thunberg, says ‘childish tweets are his binky’ » The Republican John Kerry, former Secretary of State and longtime Massachusetts senator, called President Donald Trump a “baby” on Thursday, joining a chorus of critics slamming the president for mocking tweets …

Rep. Kennedy: Nothing Will Stop Trump From Doing Crimes Except Having Him ‘Removed’ » Mediaite Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah that President Donald Trump will not stop committing impeachable acts unless he is removed from office by the United States Senate.…

Business

Allston Yards project gets city OK amid neighborhood cries of ‘betrayal’ » Boston Business Journal Allston Yards, a 1.23 million-square-foot mixed-use development on 10.6 acres of parking lots and a Stop & Shop grocery store adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike, has been approved by the Boston Pl…

Megan Rapinoe wants to get into investing — and Fidelity’s listening » Boston Business Journal Megan Rapinoe doesn't have any interest in running for political office. What the soccer superstar would like to do — beyond being a two-time World Cup winner, winner of the Ballon d’Or and Golden…

The State's Vape Ban Has Ended. But Some Shops Are Still Looking To Rebrand — Or Relocate » WBUR Customers can once again buy some vaping products in Massachusetts, after Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration lifted a ban on the sale of nicotine vape products Wednesday.…

Cannabis

Cannabis Control Commission amends quarantine; sale of some vapes at marijuana stores allowed to resume » The Republican A day after public health officials lifted Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s ban on nicotine vapes, the Cannabis Control Commission did the same for certain vape products sold at marijuana stores.…

Marijuana Vape Sales Can Resume, CCC Declares » State House News Service State marijuana regulators on Thursday eased their ban on vaping product sales, allowing certain types of products to return to store shelves one day after state public health officials backed off a b…

Civil Rights

Baker, Walsh offer details on 2020 NAACP convention in Seaport » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Thursday offered new details on funding and dates for the NAACP National Convention in the Seaport next year.…

Baker, Walsh Welcome NAACP Ahead Of 2020 Convention » CBS Boston It was standing room-only in Roxbury on Thursday as NAACP leaders officially announced their plans to bring the 111th convention to Boston next year. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Mar…

Education

UMass Dartmouth campus ripped for ‘free speech zone’ » Boston Herald A national group that defends free speech and the First Amendment is blasting UMass Dartmouth for its “unconstitutional free speech zone” — and urging the public university to change its policy …

Dartmouth College celebrates 250th anniversary » Boston Globe Dartmouth College turns 250 years old on Friday, so it seemed like a good time for Metro Minute to recount the history of the Ivy League school.…

The Central Falls school system is suddenly bursting at the seams. But no one knows how to pay for it » Boston Globe Eight years after filing for bankruptcy, the tiniest city in Rhode Island should be celebrating a milestone this week: It now has 3,000 students enrolled in the public school system, its largest numbe…

Environment

Guest column: Transportation and Climate Initiative is just another tax » The Sun Chronicle Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance launched a mail program into the district of state Rep. Betty Poirier regarding the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).…

Better ways for Baker to cut carbon emissions » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants to reduce carbon emissions — that’s the reason for the Transportation Climate Initiative’s planned fee rollout, which would charge fuel companies for the carbon …

Conservation partnership protects 1,000 acres of forestland in 4 towns » Gazette Net Heavily deforested during the Colonial period, New England forests had been rebounding for the last 150 years. But, according to a Harvard Forest Report, reforestation in the region has peaked, and Ne…

Cambridge's 'Passive House' Development Takes Aggressive Approach to Affordable Housing, Climate Change » WBUR The construction site across the street from Fresh Pond Reservoir in Cambridge looks like your typical scene from today's building boom in Massachusetts — but it's not.…

Federal

Senate confirms Stephen Hahn, an oncologist, as FDA commissioner » Boston Globe Stephen Hahn, an oncologist and top official at MD Anderson Cancer Center, was confirmed Thursday as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. The Senate vote was 72 to 18.…

Trump’s US Space Command will bring Earth’s battlefields to the stars » Boston Globe “Space: The Final Frontier” is now “Space: The War-Fighting Domain.” This isn’t a new Hollywood movie. It’s the future of space if we don’t act now.…

House Judiciary panel takes unexpected recess, delays vote on articles of impeachment to Friday » Washington Post The House Judiciary Committee unexpectedly adjourned late Thursday after more than 13 hours of debate, delaying votes on two articles of impeachment against President Trump to Friday morning.…

Health Care

Massachusetts legislators help pass federal bill to lower prescription drug prices » Boston Herald The House of Representatives on Thursday passed sweeping legislation that would lower prescription drug prices by allowing the federal government to negotiate the costs of the most expensive medicatio…

Partners HealthCare is launching a $100 million digital health initiative » Boston Globe Boston-based Partners HealthCare is spending at least $100 million on a broad new digital health initiative designed to improve the patient experience and make care more efficient, part of a growing m…

House backs giving government more power to negotiate lower drug prices » Boston Globe The House, delivering on one of the Democrats’ central campaign promises, on Thursday passed ambitious legislation to lower the rising cost of prescription drugs by empowering the US government to n…

In an about face, FDA approves Sarepta's 2nd Duchenne drug » Boston Business Journal The FDA unexpectedly reversed course Thursday, approving the second treatment developed by Sarepta Therapeutics for the rare disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy just a few months after rejecting the d…

Massachusetts Democrats don’t buy Trump’s argument against their bill to lower prescription drug costs » Boston.com House Democrats often say they can “walk and chew gum” when it comes to investigating President Donald Trump and advancing their “for the people” legislative agenda. And they’re trying to pr…

Housing

'Messed up' zoning keeps housing growth in Brockton mostly suburban » The Enterprise With nearly two-thirds of new housing units coming from single-family homes, city planner Rob May says it's time to re-evaluate why apartments are so heavily restricted in Brockton.…

Editorial: Milestone moment in Mattapan » Dorchester Reporter A groundbreaking ceremony is set for next Wednesday (Dec. 18) at 2:30 p.m. at the site of the future Cote Village project in Mattapan. Work on the five-building campus, which will replace what has bee…

Human Services

Western Mass. Food Pantries Expecting Influx After SNAP Changes » New England Public Radio Food pantries in western Massachusettts are expecting an influx of clients as a result of the Trump Administraton's latest cuts to the federal food stamp program known as the Supplemental Nutrition As…

The federal government has one main law to prevent child abuse. No state follows all of it » Boston Globe Hundreds of thousands of children face abuse every year, but there is only one federal law that directly addresses this national tragedy. That law, a review by the Globe and Pro Publica finds, is rout…

Immigration

New England Sees Drop In Deportations Of Undocumented Immigrants, Despite National Increase » WGBH Deportations of undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have increased nationally over the last three years, according to a new report from the agency. However, during the same …

While Others Wait, One Teen In Boston Is Granted Medical Deferred Action » WBUR Months after federal immigration officials reinstated deferred action for medical cases, a family in Boston who feared they'd be removed from the U.S. — even as their son continued to need life-savi…

Labor

A court ruling boosts au pairs’ pay, but it puts families in a bind » Boston Globe Families who count on au pairs to care for their children are scrambling to find a way to pay them significantly more, or find alternative arrangements, in the wake of a federal court ruling that au p…

'The Gig Academy': What’s Driving Union Organizing In The Ivory Tower? » WGBH On the last day of classes this semester, graduate students at Harvard University went on strike over pay, benefits and the handling of harassment and discrimination complaints.…

Legislative

Chabot: Ethics Commission ducks DeLeo fast food investigation » Boston Herald House Speaker Robert DeLeo is free to serve up pricey meals to state lawmakers on the taxpayers’ dime after state Ethics Commission officials refused to investigate his state-issued credit card for …

Dates set for state Senate special election » Patriot Ledger A long-stalled agreement has been reached on Beacon Hill for a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated last month by Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo.…

Election Dates Set To Fill Mr. deMacedo's Senate Seat » The Bourne News Dates have been established to hold the special elections to fill the state Senate seat recently vacated by Viriato M. (Vinny) deMacedo.…

Local Government

Tim Burke retires as Boston planning agency's chair » Boston Business Journal Tim Burke, chair of the Boston Planning and Development Agency, is retiring from his position this month, the agency announced Thursday afternoon.…

Amherst officials assess state of the town » Gazette Net As the Town Council begins its second year, deciding how to handle long-deferred investments in municipal buildings, responding to the urgency of climate change and adopting responsible capital and op…

Politics

15 Democrats to be on primary ballot in Massachusetts » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts Democratic Party submitted the names of 15 candidates for inclusion on the March president primary ballot, including two who call Massachusetts home.…

Weld Gets Boost from Massachusetts Democrat [OPINION] » WBSM The Massachusetts Republican Party didn't want former Republican Governor Bill Weld's name added to the list of presidential candidates to appear on the state's primary election ballot on March 3, but…

This Decade, Boston Voters Crushed the Old Guard » Boston Magazine A mere ten years ago, Boston politics didn’t seem all that different from a century earlier.…

Public Health

Baker’s ban on flavored tobacco deserves praise » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed into law a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, immediately prompting cries of outrage from retailers who traffic in such a potentially deadly ha…

Marijuana Vape Sales Can Resume, Say Mass. Regulators » New England Public Radio Massachusetts marijuana regulators eased their ban on vaping product sales Thursday, allowing certain types of products to return to store shelves one day after state public health officials backed of…

Massachusetts’ Ban on THC Vape Pens Is Over Now, Too » Boston Magazine The state's ban on THC vaporizers has come to an end following a vote from the Cannabis Control Commission.…

Vapers need to understand potential adverse consequences of their habit » Lowell Sun To vape or not to vape? Even with the lifting of the state ban, that still remains the question.…

Public Safety

Boston officials unveil safety recommendations for bars and patrons » Boston Globe Boston officials unveiled new safety recommendations for bars, nightclubs, and their patrons Thursday, urging caution and vigilance after two women were allegedly abducted in downtown Boston last wint…

Bars, police need to work together to protect patrons from ‘predators,’ officials say » Boston Herald City officials are urging bar and nightclub owners to be on the lookout for “predators” who are “groping, or ‘upskirt’ grabbing” young women after a series of high-profile abductions — i…

Murphy: Boston’s nightlife regulations need teeth » Boston Herald The long anticipated “Best Practices” guide for club owners in Boston is out, and there’s not a single mandate.…

State Finance

Our View: Beacon Hill: End the dithering and free up cash for New Hope » The Sun Chronicle Think the goings on under the Golden Dome of the Statehouse are far removed from your daily life?…

Mass. House, Senate Pass $541 Million Spending Bill » WBUR House and Senate leaders broke a weeks-long impasse over a more than $1 billion surplus spending bill Wednesday night, cutting a deal that dropped a controversial corporate tax change.…

Mass. Legislature clears elusive final spending bill » Gazette Net House and Senate leaders broke a weekslong impasse over a more than $1 billion surplus spending bill Wednesday night, cutting a deal that dropped a controversial corporate tax change that would have f…

Supplemental budget compromise leaves most Cape funds intact » Cape Cod Times With little time to spare, Beacon Hill lawmakers reached a compromise late Wednesday on a pared-down $541 million supplemental budget to close out fiscal year 2019, and funds earmarked for the Cape an…

Taxation

State Income Tax to Drop for Sixth Time This Decade » iBerkshires Massachusetts residents are getting some income tax relief in the new year with individual rate dropping to its lowest in years thanks to a state law passed nearly two decades ago.…

Massachusetts Income Tax Rate Dropping to 5% on January 1, 2020 » Cape Cod Today The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the state’s Part B individual income tax rate will be reduced from 5.05% to 5% effective January 1, 2020. This upcoming tax cut represents the co…

Transportation

WRTA receives state $ for new vans, senior trips » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Regional Transit Authority has received Community Transit Grant Program funding to purchase 11 vans or minibuses, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Thursday. The W…

Bold design for a car-free span over Fort Point Channel would reflect a forward-looking city » Boston Globe Wow. That was my reaction Wednesday on seeing the latest renderings for a new Northern Avenue Bridge to link the Fan Pier/Moakley Courthouse wedge of the Seaport with the Financial District.…

State Awards Grant to WRTA for 11 New Vehicles » This Week in Worcester The Worcester Regional Transit Authority [WRTA] will receive 11 new vehicles as part of the state’s Communities in Transit Program Awards.…

Northern Essex Elder Transport Receives State Grant to Aid Mission to Provide Senior Rides » WHAV Northern Essex Elder Transport, which provides rides for Greater Haverhill seniors going to medical visits, this week was awarded a $12,500 state grant to reimburse drivers.…

Foxboro train service slow to attract riders » The Sun Chronicle Commuter rail ridership on a new service from Gillette Stadium has been less than expected in its first seven weeks of operation, but officials say the pilot program needs more time.…

Utilities

Objections filed to Columbia Gas class action lawsuit » The Eagle Tribune Daniel Rivera is known around the area as the mayor of one of the biggest cities in the Merrimack Valley.…

Save the planet and money at the same time » Commonwealth Magazine Renewables now; natural gas is not a bridge fuel…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB4246 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4132 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4196 - An Act modernizing tobacco control

HB4183 - An Act modernizing tobacco control

SB2418 - The committee on Ways and Means to whom was referred the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (House, No. 4132),-- reports (on the residue), recommending that the same ought to pass with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the text of Senate document numbered 2418.

SB2378 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB1148 - An Act relative to medical necessity for mental health acute treatment

HB4127 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB1777 - An Act relative to tax title expense

SB1145 - An Act ensuring access to addiction services

House Actions This Week: 74

Senate Actions This Week: 40

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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