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LATEST INCOME SURTAX OPPONENTS CALL PROPOSAL "TRULY RADICAL"

A proposed constitutional amendment that roughly 70 percent of Bay State lawmakers voted to put before voters is "truly radical," a group of business representatives told the state's highest court in a brief filed Monday. Read More

PANEL RECOMMENDS LIMITING CAPITAL DEBT INCREASE TO $80M

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration should boost state capital borrowing by no more than $80 million in fiscal year 2019, a committee of state finance experts recommended Monday. Read More


SOCIAL CONSUMPTION, HOME DELIVERY MARIJUANA RULES DEBATED

The first day of policy debate among state marijuana regulators indicated that the Cannabis Control Commission is working towards industry regulations that would give consumers more options for how they obtain marijuana and where they will be able to use it. Read More


BAKER, BUMP CONTINUE TO CLASH OVER DCF AUDIT

Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a forceful rebuke Monday of Auditor Suzanne Bump's review of the Department of Children and Families, calling the claims in the audit release last week "irresponsible" and in some cases "simply not true" in a letter to DCF staff. Read More

Charges and counter-charges have bounced back and

Charges and counter-charges have bounced back and forth between Auditor Suzanne Bump and Gov. Charlie Baker's administration over the auditor's DCF review. [File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


MASS. STEPPING UP TRANSPO SECURITY AFTER NY BOMBING

Massachusetts on Monday planned to up the visibility of law enforcement at transportation hubs following the detonation of a bomb in New York City's main bus terminal, but Gov. Charlie Baker said there were no known threats to the state. Read More


CHANDLER STAYING BACK, BUT STAFF MOVING INTO PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

It's moving day in the Senate president's office. Read More

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler's name

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler's name was inscribed on the doorway to the president's office. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


BAKER OUTLINES PLAN FOR 135,000 NEW HOUSING UNITS BY 2025

Aiming for the construction of 135,000 new housing units by 2025, the Baker administration on Monday heralded $10 million in incentives to encourage cities and towns to promote development within their borders. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

The House on Monday advanced numerous local bills, giving final approval to legislation affecting matters in Methuen, Westford, Dennis and Taunton. Rep. Christine Barber of Somerville presided. The House plans to meet again on Thursday morning in another informal session. Read More


BAKER BACKING DEMOCRAT JONES IN ALABAMA SENATE RACE

Gov. Charlie Baker supports the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances towards teenage women well into his adult years. Read More


MARKEY ANTICIPATES "DAY OF RECKONING" FOR TRUMP

President Donald Trump "shouldn't get a pass" on the sexual harassment allegations against him, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Monday. Read More


TRAHAN

TRAHAN TOUTS ZERO TOLERANCE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAMPAIGN POLICY

Congressional candidate Lori Trahan of Westford declared a zero tolerance sexual harassment and discrimination policy on her campaign Monday, saying the policy mirrors the one in place at the business she owns, Concire Leadership Institute. Read More


OPPONENTS OF FCC "INFORMATION GERRYMANDERING" PLEDGE COURT BATTLE

An open internet creates a level digital playing field and makes up the "foundation of our tech economy" in Massachusetts, but rules that protect it face a "day of reckoning" on Thursday, Sen. Edward Markey said. Read More

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Monday that he thinks

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Monday that he thinks "there is a very good chance" the FCC's planned reversal of net neutrality rules "will be overturned in the courts." [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


STATE BUILDING GRANT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS MARINE ECONOMY

State officials are developing a Grand Challenge grant program, with awards expected next summer, to spur the growth of technologies that can solve problems facing marine industries. Read More


FERNANDES

REP SCHEDULED FOR SURGERY TO REMOVE BENIGN TUMOR

Rep. Dylan Fernandes will be out of commission through the end of 2017, with plans to recover from a surgery scheduled for Wednesday, in which doctors will remove a footlong benign tumor from his leg. Read More


NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S TRIALS CONSORTIUM HAS LOCAL TIE

A local researcher will join colleagues from California and Minnesota to build a network of 35 trial sites with the goal of finding new strategies and therapies to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease. Read More


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

The Senate sent a bill to Gov. Baker's desk on Monday naming a bridge over Route 290 in Auburn in memory of police officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., who died in the line of duty in 2016. The bill also names a portion of Route 9 in Leicester in Tarentino's memory. Local legislation dealt with on Monday included five separate bills dealing with liquor licenses in Salem and two liquor license bills for Westford. The branch adopted resolutions in honor of Hanukkah and adjourned in memory of a Korean War veteran from Westfield. Read More


BAKER

IN LETTER, BAKER CALLS BUMP'S DCF AUDIT "IRRESPONSIBLE"

Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a forceful rebuke Monday of Auditor Suzanne Bump's review of the Department of Children and Families released last week, calling the claims in the audit "irresponsible," and in some cases "simply not true" in a letter to DCF staff. Read More


HEALEY

HEALEY JOINS COUNTERPARTS IN SUIT OVER CFPB

Attorney General Maura Healey and her counterparts from other states are backing a legal challenge to the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing that President Donald Trump's appointment of an acting director will hinder the agency's independence and effectiveness. Read More


Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

PITMAN

ADMIN OFFICIALS DEPARTING FOR BAKER CAMPAIGN, MASSGOP

As Gov. Charlie Baker moves into re-election mode, two administration staffers are shifting into political roles. Billy Pitman, who had been Baker’s press secretary in the governor’s office, served his last day in that post Friday. His new role is deputy campaign manager for communications and digital. Read More


Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

ADVANCES - WEEK OF DEC. 10, 2017

As murky as the waters were in the state Senate this week they could grow even cloudier in the coming days and weeks. Having suddenly lost their leader, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, as he becomes the focus of an investigation, senators elected Acting President Harriette Chandler, but the branch feels adrift, with Rosenberg's fate unknown and four of his colleagues already openly discussing their interest in becoming the next permanent president. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: OLDER AND WISER

There's no vacancy in the Senate presidency, but there is a vacuum. That's in no way meant to disrespect Harriette Chandler of Worcester, an eminently substantial and respectable choice to serve as acting president, whose selection constituted the opening act of an unparalleled week-long drama on Beacon Hill. Read More

<strong>UNITED FRONT:</strong> Nearly every member

UNITED FRONT: Nearly every member of the upper branch appeared at a press conference Monday night after a full day of private caucuses. Behind closed doors, they had hashed out the future of the Senate presidency -- at least temporarily, choosing Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (center) as acting president. Four senators have reportedly been drumming up support to take the gavel after Chandler. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


PERSONNEL FILE - FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans has tapped into the Senate for new communications director....A former state lawmaker and Obama health care official is getting into the fast food business...the conservative Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has a new finance director...a Fallon Health executive is moving up the ladder.... Read More


FEDS SAY JOYCE RAN SENATE OFFICE "AS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE"

Federal agents from the FBI and IRS took former state senator Brian Joyce from his Westport home in handcuffs before sunrise Friday, the result of a two-year investigation that led a top prosecutor to declare that Joyce "ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise." Read More

"The indictment alleges that Mr. Joyce ran his Sen

"The indictment alleges that Mr. Joyce ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise," Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said Friday morning at the Moakley Federal Courthouse. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


FBI: FORMER MILTON SENATOR ARRESTED, CHARGED IN FED INDICTMENT

[Developing Story] Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday and charged in a federal indictment, the FBI said. Joyce, a Milton Democrat, did not seek re-election last year after the launch of a federal probe into his alleged actions in the Senate to benefit his private law firm. He gave up his leadership positions during the investigation and maintained that he had committed no wrongdoing. Read More

Former Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyc

Former Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyce was arrested Friday by federal authorities. [Photo: File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


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