... Rallies planned on Thursday and Sunday to fight repeal of Affordable Care Act ...... Mass. home sale agreements up nearly 15 percent in December, per Mass. Association of Realtors ...... MBTA poised to dip into deficiency fund to pay down debt, get lower interest rates ...... Audit recommends improvements at Carver Housing Authority ...... Baker, Walsh plan joint on-air conversation Jan. 26 on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 ...... State awards $5.7 million to local groups to combat gang violence ...... Moulton to participate in MLK Day service Monday in Lynn ...... Credit agencies reaffirm existing ratings on UMass debt ...... Economic outlook conference set for Jan. 17 at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ...... Charter school group flags concerns over Trump education secretary pick DeVos ...... Baker, legislators face $615 million gap in fiscal 2018 budget ...... Codman Academy teacher a finalist for national teacher of the year ...... "Take a Second Look" PSA campaign aims to uncover human trafficking, DHS says ...... Rail link study in planning stages nearly 1,000 days after Legislature's directive ...... GAO issues flood insurance report ...... Party chair supports rule that trimmed guv field at 2014 Dem convention ...... MBTA angles to outsource warehouse operations ...... Wagner: DeLeo called him the days before swearing-in to ask him to make his speaker's nomination ...... Mass. gas prices up 21 cents per gallon since just after Thanksgiving ...... Wait is on for Marijuana Committee appointees now that session has begun ...... After chaotic end to formals, Legislature caps informals with 13-hour marathon sessions ...... Salem State University President Maguire Meservey plans to retire ...... New law governing notaries public took effect this week ...... MBTA Control Board plans to live-stream its public meetings ...... House, Senate agree to bill requiring defibrillators in schools ...... House, Senate again fail to agree on bill aimed at curbing metal theft ...... Lawmakers agree to bill aimed at boosting electric vehicles, charging infrastructure ...
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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

BAKER OUTLINES PLANS FOR LOCAL AID INCREASES

In next week's annual budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker will call for a $91 million increase in education local aid and a $40 million boost in unrestricted local aid to cities and towns. The combined $131 million increase in the two main local aid accounts compares to a more than $158 million increase in the two accounts in this year's state budget. Read More


Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

ADVANCES - WEEK OF JAN. 22, 2017

The clash of competing visions, shifting revenues and policy preferences is about to get real. President Donald Trump is on the verge of attaching key details to his successful campaign rhetoric. Read More


BATTLE OVER BEER DISTRIBUTION RENEWED

Renewing what has become a frequent battle on Beacon Hill, the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts on Friday filed a bill that they say will give breweries more choice and flexibility in their partnerships with distributors. Read More


SENATOR'S MARIJUANA PLANS DRAW REBUKE FROM BALLOT COMMITTEE

A senator who played an active role in marijuana debates on Beacon Hill last session is proposing 14 new bills on that topic, and drawing criticism from legalization supporters who say he is trying to unwind the will of voters. Read More


AUDITOR FLAGS NEED FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE $$$

The state should pump at least $50 million annually into local water infrastructure projects for the next 10 years to help municipalities handle the $17.8 billion in unmet water spending needs over the next two decades, Auditor Suzanne Bump recommended this week. Read More


LYNCH CHALLENGER GETTING IN EARLY, PLANS TO MOVE TO DISTRICT

An outspoken video game developer who was shaken by President Donald Trump's victory in November plans to take on Congressman Stephen Lynch in the 2018 primary, believing she would do a better job on women's rights, cybersecurity and challenging the new administration. Read More


Newton Mayor Setti Warren [File Photo/SHNS]

SETTI WARREN KNOCKS STATE BUDGET PRACTICES, CITES REVENUE NEEDS

As he mulls a bid for the governor's office, Newton Mayor Setti Warren added his voice to the debate over state budgeting Friday by criticizing the common practice of using temporary revenue sources to plug budget holes, expressing support for higher taxes on the wealthy, and describing himself as open to discussion of other tax increases. Read More


LAW FIRM PARTNER TO CHAIR ALCOHOL TASK FORCE

A task force to examine the state's alcohol laws is fully formed with the announcement Friday that attorney E. Macey Russell will serve as chairman of the advisory group formed by Treasurer Deb Goldberg. Read More


DA SPOKESMAN OBJECTS TO ACLU ACCUSATION

Citing praise for prosecutors' work from a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, a spokesman for Boston's top prosecutor on Wednesday refuted a civil liberties advocate's claim that district attorneys contributed to the scandal caused by disgraced drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP - GETTING OVER THE TRUMP

Transitions of power in American politics are meant to be peaceful, unifying moments when the partisanship of campaigns are left behind, however briefly, for the greater cause. Exercising power, whether on Capitol Hill or Beacon Hill, is an altogether messier affair. Read More

In the days before Friday's bill filing deadline,

In the days before Friday's bill filing deadline, lawmakers participated in organized policy discussions, hearings, and lobby events in and around the State House offering a window into issues that could stir debate this session and of what causes lawmakers are lining up behind. [Photo: Antonio Caban and Sam Doran/SHNS]


RATE HIKES TO HIT 55,000 IN MASS. LONG-TERM CARE INSURE MARKET

Roughly 55,000 people in Massachusetts will face higher costs in their long-term care insurance policies under rate increases state regulators announced on Friday. Read More


POLL TAKES MASS. VOTERS' TEMP ON ACA REPEAL, REPLACE

President Donald Trump plans to take the weekend off after being inaugurated as 45th president of the United States of America on Friday, and decisions pertaining to the fate of the Affordable Care Act await him in the Oval Office when he gets in Monday morning. Read More


TRUMP TAKES OATH AS NATION'S 45TH PRESIDENT

President Donald Trump took the oath of office in Washington D.C. Friday, succeeding President Barack Obama and saying "America first" would be the thread running through his administration's efforts in the years ahead. Read More


ON HILL, TRUMP'S NAME POPPED UP ONLY OCCASSIONALLY OVER THE YEARS

Donald Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th president of the United State of America around noon Friday after a lengthy and personal campaign that left many voters feeling like they knew the man. Read More


SETTI WARREN TO KNOCK STATE BUDGETING PRACTICES

For the second time in 24 hours, potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren is bidding to break into the news cycle. Read More


Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

LYFT STRIKES DEAL TO PICK UP PASSENGERS AT LOGAN

Travelers at Logan Airport will gain at least one new app-based means of ground transportation on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Read More


NEWTON MAYOR TOUTS CITY'S CREDIT RATING UPGRADE

Newton Mayor Setti Warren now has something that Gov. Charlie Baker doesn't – a AAA bond rating. Read More


VIDEO | SUDDEN PUBLIC HEARING MAY SET STAGE FOR PAY RAISE EFFORT

Beacon Hill lawmakers waded into potentially treacherous political waters Thursday as they started the ball rolling on what could become significant pay raises for legislative leaders and statewide officeholders. Read More

UMass Boston Vice Provost Ira Jackson, chair of a

UMass Boston Vice Provost Ira Jackson, chair of a two-year old commission which recommended raising the salaries of state public officials, testified on Thursday before House and Senate members of the Ways and Means committees. [Photos: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


TREASURER SETS SIGHTS ON ALCOHOL REFORMS

Charged under a new ballot law with assembling a marijuana regulatory body, the state's treasurer has also turned her attention to a more established intoxicant, forming a task force to review the state's liquor rules. Treasurer Deb Goldberg on her own volition established a seven-member advisory task force to look into the wide range of post-prohibition regulations and laws governing the alcohol industry in Massachusetts. Read More

GOLDBERG

GOLDBERG


CAPE WIND'S $88,000 LEASE PAYMENT SHOWS PROJECT STILL ALIVE

For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purchase and permitting setbacks. Read More


SEVEN LGBT OFFICIALS FROM MASS SIGN NATIONAL LETTER TO TRUMP

Seven Massachusetts elected officials are among the 164 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender politicians nationwide who have signed an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump asking him to "declare full support for LGBT equality." Read More


STATE OFFICIALS DISCUSS CHALLENGES OF EDUCATION "PERSONALIZATION"

As an education think tank and members of state boards called for more personalization in learning Thursday, the state's top education official cautioned of potential "danger" ahead in setting expectations beyond what can be delivered. Read More


ON INAUGURATION EVE, MASS. VOTERS STILL DOWN ON TRUMP

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America on Friday, more than half of Massachusetts voters view him unfavorably and are less confident in his ability to do the job than they were on Election Day, a poll released Thursday found. Read More


WALSH

WALSH TO ADDRESS SUFFOLK LAW SCHOOL GRADS

Suffolk University Law School has tapped Boston Mayor Martin Walsh as its 2017 commencement speaker. Read More


TWO FINALISTS SELECTED AS ETHICS COMMISSION EYES NEW LEADERSHIP

As a task force undertakes a review of ethics laws applying to state and local officials, the state agency charged with enforcing those rules has selected two finalists from within state government to lead the agency, including the acting executive director. The State Ethics Commission's longtime executive director, Karen Nober, left that post last June after holding the job for nearly a decade. Read More


MASSACHUSETTS JOBLESS RATE SINKS TO 16-YEAR LOW

The Massachusetts economy added 6,600 jobs in December as the state's unemployment rate continued its downward trend, hitting its lowest level in 16 years. The state's total unemployment rate ticked down one tenth of a percentage point to 2.8 percent last month -- the sixth straight month it has declined, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported. The last time the jobless rate was as low as 2.8 percent was December 2000. Read More


VIDEO | REP HOPES TO ALIGN TOBACCO AGE WITH POT, ALCOHOL LAWS

With marijuana now legal for those 21 and older, Rep. Paul McMurtry sees an opportunity to revive a measure that failed last session to raise the tobacco purchasing age. Read More

McMURTRY

McMURTRY


REPORT CALLS FOR 'STUDENT-CENTERED' EDU REFORM

[Story Developing] Eighty-seven percent of Massachusetts public school students graduate high school in four years, and 30 percent who enroll in the state's public colleges or universities require developmental or remedial courses, according to a new report that calls for taking a "student-centered" approach to education reform. Read More

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chair

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chair Paul Sagan, Board of Higher Education Chair Chris Gabrieli, and Board of Early Education and Care Vice Chair Mary Walachy discussed challenges facing public education and strategies for personalizing learning Thursday at a panel moderated by Rennie Center executive director Chad d'Entremont. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


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