... CLF heading to court against Wheelabrator over its alleged failure to monitor water quality near Saugus landfill ...... Wellness trust supporters say insurance assessment will expire in June without passage of new law ...... Amy Rosenthal named executive director of Health Care For All ...... Setti Warren announcing "first step" Saturday as he weighs run for governor, wife Tassy says in email ...... New employer health care assessment appears likely, lawmakers deferring to Baker to work out the details ...... Everett casino developers, Lasell College teaming up on hospitality curriculum ...... Tarr: Senate taxes warrant analysis, but state facing "serious issues with our state's revenue collections" ...... MBTA mechanics plan rally outside State House Wednesday to oppose privatization ...... Senate budget directs Connector to explore public health insurance option ...... Sales, rented rooms taxes part of more than $400 million in new taxes included in Senate budget bill ...... State's $2.26 bil fiscal 2018 capital plan will lead to more than $4 billion in investments, Baker says ...... State House in store for nearly $39 million in upgrades under Baker's capital budget ...... Lynn Rep. Cahill files happy hour bill, dubs it An Act Relative to Municipal Millenials ...
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LATEST SENATE BID TO TRIM FILM TAX CREDIT RIPPED AS "ATTACK"

The Senate took a swipe at the decade-old film tax credit on Tuesday, adopting a proposal to impose more stringent requirements for studios to qualify, which one of the incentive's House supporters said could deal a death blow to the program. Sen. Michael Rodrigues, a Westport Democrat who sponsored the approved Senate budget amendment, said it would give the program a "trim," saving the state roughly $14 million to $15 million annually. Read More

REPORT: WAGE SUPPORTS NOT REACHING DIRECT CARE WORKERS

A report released Tuesday by a human service workers union found direct care workers' wages have not increased proportionally with new state funding, a dynamic senators may address as they debate their fiscal 2018 budget. Read More


SENATORS: LOCAL SPORTS SUCCESS A SIGN OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE

The odds of the Republican minority in the Massachusetts Senate getting all of what it wants during this week's budget debate may be akin to the Boston Celtics rallying to win their series against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and then toppling the Golden State Warriors to claim the NBA crown. Read More


DAIRY FARMERS TO TURN MANURE INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY

For years, dairy farmers have used cow manure as fertilizer to spread over crops like corn and hay. But two farms in Western Massachusetts have a new use for all that manure - renewable energy. Read More


CONDUCTIVE CONCRETE PITCHED TO ADDRESS SNOW AND ICE

A South Shore senator pitched his colleagues Tuesday on studying the possible uses of electrically-conductive concrete, an engineering breakthrough that he said could save money on snow and ice costs, and prevent chemicals from entering the ecosystem. Read More


WHEELABRATOR DENIES IT NEGLECTED WATER QUALITY IN SAUGUS

A Saugus ash landfill operator on Tuesday denied allegations that it failed to track and monitor water quality surrounding its 140-acre landfill, saying the claims appear to be designed to interfere with an application Wheelabrator filed with the state to continue operations. Read More


SENATE FORGES AHEAD ON BUDGET DESPITE WEAK REVENUE SUPPORTS

Senators from both parties are in agreement that the $40.3 billion spending bill up for debate and amendments this week rests on shaky revenue supports but Senate budget chief Karen Spilka claimed at the outset of deliberations Tuesday that "we are clear-eyed about our current financial situation." Read More


VIDEO | BAKER: CONCERT SECURITY WILL BE UPPED AFTER MANCHESTER ATTACK

With thousands of concert-goers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but urged residents to remain "vigilant" following the deadly attack Monday night at a concert in Manchester, England. Read More


BEATON

NORTHEAST MARINE MONUMENT UNDER REVIEW, BEATON HOPES FOR MODIFICATIONS

The state's top environmental official hopes the Trump administration modifies President Barack Obama's 2016 designation of a marine monument area off the Massachusetts coast, which is on the Trump administration's list of areas under review. Read More


SENATE TURNS BACK BID TO EXPAND MANDATED ABUSE REPORTERS

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan proposal to expand the number of professionals required to report to authorities when they have reasonable suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected. Read More


VIDEO | TRUMP'S "TAXPAYER FIRST" BUDGET ENCOUNTERS STRONG MASS. BACKLASH

Deep cuts proposed by President Donald Trump to federal Medicaid and research spending in his $4.1 trillion budget plan drew bipartisan pushback in Boston on Tuesday over concerns that the plan could strain thinly stretched state tax dollars and cut off a key line of support for the life sciences and health sectors. Read More


RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW LEAVES TIMEFRAME, SCALE QUESTIONS, PANELIST SAY

As public officials take steps towards wind and hydropower procurements called for under a new renewable energy law, industry officials on Tuesday said the state should require utilities to purchase more electricity from renewable sources. Read More


TARGET TO PAY $625K IN CONNECTION WITH 2013 DATA BREACH

Target will pay Massachusetts $625,000 as part of an $18.5 million multistate settlement resolving the investigation into its 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment accounts. Read More


LOTTERY SALES DECLINE CONTINUED THROUGH APRIL

Keno was the only Massachusetts Lottery product to have a positive month in April as overall sales fell $4.3 million from April 2016. Read More

While lottery sales over the first 10 months of fi

While lottery sales over the first 10 months of fiscal 2017 are lower than this point in fiscal 2016, prize payout percentages are also down. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]


Monday, May 22, 2017

ROSENBERG

ROSENBERG: SENATE READY TO ACT ON SHORT-TERM RENTAL TAX

The Senate is expected to pass a budget this week that would tax short-term rentals through websites, like Airbnb at the same rate as hotel and motel rooms, preempting the work of the committee that in two weeks will start its three-stop tour of the state to solicit feedback on the idea. Read More


BALLOONING PENSION GAP FORCES MBTA TO WEIGH OPTIONS

Faced with a report that the MBTA's pension fund will need about $1 billion over the next 18 years to remain solvent and fulfill its obligations, the T's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday was presented with three options. Read More


BAKER, POLITO TO DECIDE ON RE-ELEX BID THIS FALL

The three Democrats running for governor will need to wait until the fall to learn for sure whether the popular incumbent Republican decides to try for a second term. Read More

At the 2014 MassGOP convention, Charlie Baker high

At the 2014 MassGOP convention, Charlie Baker high-fived running mate Karyn Polito after capturing the party's nomination. [Photo: File/SHNS/2014] | Hi-Res


INDUSTRY: NURSING HOMES AT "CRISIS POINT" DUE TO STATE UNDERPAYMENTS

One out of every seven direct care staff positions in Massachusetts nursing homes is vacant, the number of deficiency-free homes has dropped since 2013, and half of the facilities have less than four days of cash on hand, according to advocates seeking more state support for nursing homes. Read More


WELLNESS ASSESSMENT IN FLUX AS FISCAL YEAR WINDS DOWN

Supporters of an insurance assessment that finances health wellness and prevention services say programs are at imminent risk unless the Senate approves a budget rider to prevent the assessments from lapsing on June 30. Read More


SENATORS URGED TO BACK TAX RELIEF PROPOSALS

On the eve of the annual Senate budget debate, a group opposing tax increases is urging senators to "just say no" to any new taxes and to lock in the final step toward a 5 percent income tax rate. Read More


BAKER

AFTER CONFESSING HIS REGRET, BAKER FINALLY GETS HAMILTON DEGREE

More than 40 years after choosing to attend Harvard instead, Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday finally got a degree from Hamilton College. Addressing the 508 graduates at the liberal arts school in New York's Mohawk Valley on Sunday morning, Baker began his commencement speech by explaining just how it was that he came to be the Hamilton Continentals' featured speaker. Read More


PILGRIM POWERED UP FOR FINAL TWO YEARS

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station powered up again early Monday morning, six weeks after shutting down to refuel one last time before closing for good by June 2019. Read More

PILGRIM

PILGRIM


BAKER "WORRIED AND DISAPPOINTED" ABOUT D.C. HEALTH CARE MOVES

President Donald Trump and the Republican-led U.S. House have caused Gov. Charlie Baker some agita with their health care proposals, while Senate President Stanley Rosenberg assigned a failing grade to the new president. Read More


FEDS OKAY SIX-MONTH EXTENSION OF PROTECTED STATUS FOR HAITIANS

More than 58,000 Haitians living in the United States, including 4,700 in Massachusetts, will have their temporary immigration protections extended for six months, a timeframe some Bay State officials said Monday is not long enough. Read More

Haitian community members joined in prayer with la

Haitian community members joined in prayer with lawmakers - including Rep. Dan Cullinane, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and Rep. Daniel Cahill - last week at a Haitian Heritage Day event at the State House. Attendees pushed for an extension of temporary protected status for Haitians living in the United States. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


CLF INTENDS LAWSUIT AGAINST SAUGUS LANDFILL OPERATOR

Alleging violations of federal resource conservation and clean water laws, a Boston-based foundation announced plans Monday to sue the operators of an ash landfill in Saugus, saying Wheelabrator has failed to monitor and track water quality in the surrounding area. Read More


NEW HCFA LEADER PRAISES GUV'S ADVOCACY FOR MEDICAID

Amy Rosenthal, named executive director of nonprofit advocacy group Health Care for All on Monday, says she is excited to work on the "front lines" of health care advocacy in Massachusetts. Read More


CYBER OFFICIAL "AMAZED" THAT FEDS NOT AFFECTED BY WANNACRY

President Donald Trump's "cyber czar" said Monday he was surprised that the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack had not compromised federal government computer systems, and he said he worries about future attacks on power grids and hospitals. Read More

White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce sa

White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware were "preventable" with up-to-date operating systems. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


WALSH

WALSH PROBABLY BACKING INCOME SURTAX, BUT HAS BIZ CONCERNS

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is "probably" going to support a proposed 4 percent income surtax on household earnings above $1 million, but wants to know how Boston will benefit before getting formally behind it. Read More


JUDGE WHO SENTENCED DiMASI ENDS HIS HOME CONFINEMENT

Former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's six months of home confinement ended Monday with a ruling from the judge who originally sentenced him in a 2011 corruption case. Read More

DiMASI [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS/2016]

DiMASI [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS/2016]


Sunday, May 21, 2017

DeLEO

DeLEO CONSIDERS STATE'S STRENGTHS, "FRAGILITY" AS HE WEIGHS TAXES

He helped raise the sales tax from 5 to 6.25 percent in 2009, wants to pass legislation addressing taxes on short-term rentals and marijuana, and voted last year to advance a 4 percent income tax on household earnings above $1 million. But House Speaker Robert DeLeo continues to hold the line on raising broad-based taxes in this year's budget. Read More


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