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ADVANCES - WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2015

Beacon Hill trots towards Marathon Monday and public school vacation week, one of the Legislature's many traditional rest periods, with Gov. Charlie Baker drafting legislation to overhaul the MBTA, all timely filed bills finally before joint legislative committees, and the branches poised to seek consensus on legislation aimed at luring 4,500 state workers off the payroll through early retirement incentives. Read More


PUBLIC TO REGAIN ACCESS TO KENNEDY STATUE TUESDAY

The John F. Kennedy statue overlooking the State House lawn and Boston Common will be available for close-up viewing to the wider public again starting on Tuesday. The public will be able to view the statue of the former U.S. president seasonally, from April to October, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Read More


REP: OLYMPICS BACKER MUST PAY MARKET RATES FOR STATE BILLBOARDS

Concerned that the Boston Olympics campaign could cut into public billboard and bus advertisement revenues, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has gotten behind a proposed budget amendment requiring Olympics organizers to pay market rates for public ad space. Except where market rates are paid, the amendment sponsored by House Transportation Chairman William Straus would ban the state from offering ad space controlled by the MBTA, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Department of Conservation and Recreation as a condition for hosting the Olympic Games. Read More


REP: OLYMPICS BACKER MUST PAY MARKET RATES FOR STATE BILLBOARDS

Concerned that the Boston Olympics campaign could cut into public billboard and bus advertisement revenues, House Transportation Chairman William Straus has proposed a budget amendment requiring Olympics organizers to pay market rates for ad space. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP - IMPOLITIC POLITICS (AND BUDGETS)

A framed copy of Irish poet William Butler Yeats' "The Fisherman" sits on the mantle in the governor's office, a gag gift from Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to Gov. Charlie Baker, displayed prominently in the now ceremonial digs. The souvenir from the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Southie playfully mocks Baker's tear-inducing, unsubstantiated campaign tale of a New Bedford fisherman's struggle to give his sons a better life. Read More


QUARTET NAMED TO LEAD RESTRUCTURING OF MASSHEALTH

The senior management at MassHealth, the state's massive health insurance program for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals, is undergoing a reshuffling as part of changes announced Friday by the Baker administration. Administration officials described the effort as anchored around making the program more patient-centered and accountable, and more focused on customer service, behavioral health and supportive care. Read More


QUARTET NAMED TO LEAD RESTRUCTURING OF MASSHEALTH

The senior management at MassHealth, the state's massive health insurance program for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals, is undergoing a reshuffling as part of changes announced Friday by the Baker administration. Read More


MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS RELEASE DRAFT OF LEGALIZATION PETITION

Individuals under 21 years of age would be prevented from possessing, purchasing or selling recreational marijuana under a draft initiative petition released Friday by the group behind a 2016 ballot effort. The backers, under the banner of Bay State Repeal, said they hoped for an informal review of the draft by Attorney General Maura Healey's office that might detect any "legal problems" that might keep the question off the ballot next year. Read More


Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015

ROSENBERG: INTER-BRANCH DUSTUP LAST SESSION WAS "CIRCUS"

Last session's procedural dispute over how minimum wage and unemployment reforms should be passed was one example of bills "bottled up" in committee, which occurs "way too often" in the Legislature, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Thursday. The Senate on Wednesday began the preparations for potentially extracting itself from the joint committees where the number of House members gives the House chairmen dominance over their Senate counterparts in the movement of legislation. Read More


POLL: PUBLIC SOURS ON MBTA CONDITIONS

The public's estimation of Boston's transit system dropped in April, below the depths of February and March when heaps of snow and cold hampered service and left riders stranded. According to a MassINC Polling Group survey published by WBUR-FM on Thursday, 52 percent of Boston area residents rated the condition of the MBTA system as fair or better, a drop from the 58 percent who shared that belief in February and March. In January, before snow hobbled the system, 85 percent of voters in and around Route 128 rated the MBTA as fair or better. Read More


STATE BOND RATINGS AFFIRMED BY BIG THREE AGENCIES

The three big rating agencies have affirmed the state's bond ratings and a "stable" economic outlook for Massachusetts, according to Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who met with representatives of Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch last week with Gov. Charlie Baker and House and Senate leaders. Goldberg announced Thursday that the state's bond ratings, which influence the cost of state borrowing, were affirmed at Aa1/AA+/AA+ respectively by the three agencies ahead of the next competitive bond offering. Read More


BAKER POISED TO PUT TRANSPORTATION BILL BEFORE LEGISLATURE

Legislation to overhaul the management structure of the MBTA could be filed by Gov. Charlie Baker as soon as next week, the governor said on Thursday, as Senate leaders voiced concerns about some ideas that could be included in the plan. A task force put together by Baker to review the finances and operations of the MBTA issued a scathing report last week recommending the T be placed under the oversight of a fiscal and management control board for three to five years. The report came weeks after MBTA services failed in the face of record-setting snowstorms. Read More


HOUSE LEADER SEES "ALL-OUT WAR" AS SENATE EYES OWN COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

The Massachusetts Senate has simultaneously shipped to 25 joint committees bills filed months ago by its members while beginning preparations to potentially detach itself from the decades-old joint panels and set up its own bill-vetting committee structure. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday said the Legislature should continue its "good work" while Democratic legislative leaders from the House and Senate continue private talks over changes in the joint rules that govern interactions between the branches. Read More

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr joined Senate Pr

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr joined Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Senate Rules Chairman Mark Montigny on Wednesday to discuss the Senate's approach to the joint committee process. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


BILL CLINTON MEETS WITH MARBLEHEAD REP ON IVORY TRADE BAN

Days after his wife announced her candidacy for president, former President Bill Clinton took time this week to sit down with state Rep. Lori Ehrlich to discuss efforts to ban the global ivory trade. Ehrlich and constituent Susan Livingston met with the former president and potential first gentleman at the headquarters of his Clinton Foundation in Manhattan Tuesday. Read More


PLAINVILLE OFFICIAL OBJECTS TO GAMBLING RESTRICTION

State gaming commissioners are considering a rule that would prohibit elected officials from communities hosting a gambling facility from wagering inside the facility. The proposed rule drew the ire of the recently elected town moderator of Plainville, who fired off an email to the Gaming Commission objecting to the regulation. A slot machine parlor, calling itself Plainridge Park Casino, is expected to open in Plainville on June 24. Read More


FACING EARNED SICK TIME DEADLINE, AG HOPING TO "GET THIS RIGHT"

Some Massachusetts employers want to push back the implementation of a voter-approved law instituting earned sick time for workers, saying they do not have enough time to make changes before the regulations take effect July 1. Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business organization, is behind a push to delay the new law until January 2016. Read More


ELDER AFFAIRS CHIEF, DTA COMMISH NAMED BY BAKER ADMIN

The state's health and human services chief on Thursday named a new secretary of elder affairs and a new commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. Alice Bonner, who has 30 years experience working with older adults, was appointed secretary of elder affairs. A registered nurse who also has a doctorate degree in nursing, Bonner currently teaches at the School of Nursing in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Read More


GAMING COMMISSION HIRING PRIVATE COUNSEL FOR CITIES' LAWSUIT

State gambling regulators are hiring their own private counsel as they face lawsuits from the cities of Boston, Revere and Somerville over a license awarded to Wynn Resorts for a casino in Everett. The move is an attempt to avoid legal issues that could arise if the attorney general's office, which represents the state and its agencies, were to defend the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from the civil litigation as the office pursues a criminal case involving the sale of land for the casino. Read More


CAROL SANCHEZ NAMED DCR COMMISSIONER

The overseer of the state's parks and recreation agency under Gov. Charlie Baker will be a former executive at Staples and Verizon who most recently works as managing partner of her own public accounting firm. Read More


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS AS STATE ADDS 10,500 JOBS

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped to 4.8 percent in March as the economy added 10,500 jobs, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The new job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects a drop in the state's unemployment rate of a tenth of percent as the labor force grew by 16,000 people in March and 18,300 more people were employed and 2,100 fewer residents were unemployed. Read More


ROSENBERG: EARLY RETIRE ACCORD "SHOULDN'T BE A MAJOR PROBLEM

House and Senate leaders are locked in a major dispute over rules reforms but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he doesn't see many barriers to reaching agreement on a consensus early retirement program to lure 4,500 state workers off the state payroll. Read More


POLL SHOWS SLIGHT REBOUND IN SUPPORT FOR OLYMPIC BID

After cratering for three months, support for hosting the Summer Olympics in Boston bounced back somewhat in a WBUR poll released Thursday. Read More


BIALECKI JOINS REAL ESTATE FIRM

Former Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki has been hired to lead business development efforts at Redgate, a real estate firm. Bialecki will create and launch of Gate Residential Fund I, a new, multi-family residential investment fund, Redgate announced Thursday. Read More


ROSENBERG HOSTING MEDIA AVAIL

Senate President Stan Rosenberg plans to hold a 45-minute availability with media starting at noon Thursday in his State House office. Gov. Charlie Baker also has a media appearance planned for noon when he will take calls on "Ask the Governor" on WGBH. Read More


GOV. BAKER FINDING HE LIKES THE "BANTER OF THE BUSINESS"

He's played the role of meteorologist and transit engineer. He's been to the White House and survived his first St. Patrick's Day breakfast as an officeholder. He even got a buzz cut for charity. Read More


Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015

EARLY RETIREMENT PLAN CAPPED AT 4,500 WORKERS CLEARS SENATE DESPITE CRITICS

Some senators lashed out against an early retirement incentive program aimed at helping to close a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit before the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that would trim the state's payroll by 4,500 employees. Several senators argued there were better ways to achieve the $172 million in savings the Baker administration projects it will gain in fiscal year 2016 if at least 4,500 executive branch employees retire early. Executive branch employees who are at least 55 year old or have at least 20 years of service can add up to five years to their age or years of service in order to boost their pension, under the bill. Read More


HOUSE SETS GROUND RULES FOR FY16 BUDGET DEBATE

Along strict party-line votes, House Democrats granted the Ways and Means Committee the power to bundle budget amendments and gave House lawmakers a little more than 48 hours to file amendments to the $38 billion spending bill released Wednesday. The order adopted on a 120 to 35 vote sets the stage for the budget debate that will start Monday, April 27, when the 160 members of the House will be able to suggest changes and vote on various aspects of the bill drafted by House Ways and Means. Read More


SENATOR RAISES SICK TIME LAW IMPLEMENTATION CONCERNS

A state senator briefly pressed an amendment Wednesday delaying the effective date of a ballot law expanding earned sick time benefits to more workers before dropping his push. Read More


OLYMPICS OPPONENTS TO BRIEF HOUSE MEMBERS

House members will be briefed by No Boston Olympics officials Wednesday at 4 p.m. Rep. Paul Donato, at 3:50 p.m., announced the briefing in the House Members' Lounge, saying it was for members of the House only. Read More


SENATE ORDERS PLAN FOR SEPARATE COMMITTEES

Escalating its dispute with the House, the Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday agreed to develop a plan to break from its decades-old joint committee system with the House and establish separate Senate committees. The Senate unanimously adopted an order requiring its Rules Committee, chaired by Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), to come up with an implementation plan for what would be a dramatic shift in legislative operations. Read More


HORGAN URGES LAWMAKERS TO REVISIT JUDICIAL RETIREMENT AGE

Seventy years old does not look like what it used to, a Boston Municipal Court judge told lawmakers on Wednesday as he tried to convince them to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges. Read More


AFTER GALVIN'S CONCERNS, HOUSE BOOSTS $$$ FOR ELECTIONS

Secretary of State William Galvin's recent appeal for additional funding was heard in the House, where budget-writers increased the proposed line item for elections by about $1.4 million. Read More


HOUSE LEADERS STEER CLEAR OF RESERVES WITH $38 BILLION BUDGET

With new revenues materializing for the first time from slot machine gambling, House Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposed a $38 billion budget for fiscal 2016 that Speaker Robert DeLeo said makes targeted new investments in early education, substance abuse prevention and behavioral health. The spending plan developed by the House Ways and Means Committee and its chairman Rep. Brian Dempsey hews closely to the blueprint outlined in March by Gov. Charlie Baker, squeezing more than $700 million in savings from MassHealth in large part by pushing off expenses into the future. Read More

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House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey and Speaker Robert DeLeo discuss their FY16 budget plan. | Hi-Res


MARKEY PRESSES NUKE BILLS, AIRS CONCERNS ABOUT PILGRIM

The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth contains nearly four times more radioactive waste than it was originally designed to hold, according to Sen. Edward Markey, who joined colleagues from California and Vermont Wednesday to reintroduce bills calling for increased safety at U.S. nuclear plants. Read More


REPORT: FEDS NEEDED FINGERPRINTS TO ID BOMBERS

Anti-terror officials and the FBI have increased "engagement" with state and local law enforcement since a congressional committee exposed a "troubling gap" that existed during the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. A follow-up report written by the Homeland Security Committee found the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Forces now provide regular briefings on open terrorism cases to state and local agencies. Read More


RAIL CAR PLANT LAND PURCHASED, NEW CARS EXPECTED IN 2019

The joint venture hired by the MBTA to design and manufacture 284 Orange and Red Line vehicles in Springfield on Tuesday announced its purchase of a 40-acre parcel where it plans to build a manufacturing plant. Read More


COMMISSION URGED TO CONSIDER BROADER DEFINITION OF EDUCATION

The commission looking at the financial underpinnings of public education in Massachusetts was urged Tuesday to consider a landscape that expands beyond the traditional K-12 system. "The state is grappling with an expanded definition of education," Chad d'Entremont, executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, told members of the Foundation Budget Review Commission who met at the Boston Bar Association offices. Read More


BAKER ASKS STATE TRANSPO BOARD MEMBERS TO RESIGN

Gov. Charlie Baker has asked members of the state transportation board, with the exception of his transportation secretary, to resign after Wednesday's board meeting. A representative from the governor's office asked the members to resign, and the request was also made in writing, according to Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, who also serves on the board. Read More


SIMILARITIES, AND KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HOUSE, BAKER BUDGETS

The $38 billion state budget put forward by House Democratic leaders on Wednesday is even more austere than the one proposed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, even though it makes modestly larger investments than the governor in areas like local aid and early education. While the bottom line is sure to grow when debate begins in the House in less than two weeks, House budget chief Rep. Brian Dempsey said the 2.8 percent growth in proposed spending, despite an estimated 4.8 percent increase in tax revenues, reflects the desire to be "cautious" just months removed from having to trim more than $760 million in spending to keep the current fiscal year budget in balance. Read More


SENATE CREATES SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT

The Senate on Wednesday formally established a committee charged with pro-actively exploring ways to make government work better. Sen. Brian Joyce of Milton and Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester will lead the panel, which is stocked with four Democrats and four Republicans. Read More


MBTA SCALING BACK LATE-NIGHT SERVICE

State transportation officials are paring back late-night MBTA service, saying the current pilot program is unsustainable. The state board that oversees the MBTA on Wednesday agreed to a staff recommendation that the program continue, but run until 2 a.m. instead of the current 2:30 a.m. in order to match supply and demand for the service. MBTA staffers said the reduction was an alternative to eliminating the service or charging a premium. Read More


HOUSE ADVANCES BOSTON HOTEL LIQUOR LICENSE BILL

Boston hotels would be able to transfer their liquor licenses to new hotel management under a bill that was granted initial approval in the House Wednesday. Read More


DENTERLEIN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BARRON ASSOCIATES

Geri Denterlein and Marjorie Arons-Barron have formed a new partnership between their communications and public relations firms. In a joint statement Wednesday, they said Denterlein and Barron Associates Worldwide Inc. will partner up to support new business opportunities while the firms will remain independent and retain separate names and business structures. Denterlein acquired Morrissey & Company in 2012 and already has a strategic partnership with Kelley Chunn & Associates. Read More


DeLEO BILL WOULD PAY $15K TO WIDOW OF REVERE COUNCILOR

Before diving into debate on the parameters of the annual state budget debate, the House moved forward Wednesday with Speaker Robert DeLeo's sole piece of legislation so far this session. Read More


HOUSE BUDGET PANEL APPROVES FY16 BILL

The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the panel's fiscal 2016 budget bill by voice vote Wednesday, moving the spending plan to the House. "It is roughly just shy of $38 billion dollars. It is a 2.8 percent increase above FY15 and slightly below the House One proposal by $100 million," Ways and Means chairman Brian Dempsey said. At the committee's brief open executive session to report the bill favorably, Dempsey noted the enthusiastic response of several colleagues who seconded the approval motion in unison. With each seat at the hearing room's panel taken up by Democrats, many Republicans, including ranking member Rep. Todd Smola, sat in the audience. Read More

The House Ways & Means committee.

The House Ways & Means committee. | Hi-Res


LAWMAKERS TEAM UP TO PUSH PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

The House and Senate may be at odds over rules that cover the flow of legislation, but lawmakers from both branches are in agreement for more awareness of early detection of prostate cancer. Joined by Gov. Charlie Baker, House and Senate legislators from both parties appear in a video that's being released Wednesday, a day before the seventh annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. Beacon Hill leaders are expected to attend Prostate Cancer Awareness Day event in the Great Hall at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Read More


SENATORS FILE 21 AMENDMENTS FOR EARLY RETIREMENT BILL

Senators have filed 21 amendments to early retirement legislation intended to lure state workers off the payroll without imposing layoffs. The Senate plans to take up the time-sensitive bill during a session that begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Read More


LAWMAKERS TARGET JUDICIAL TERMS

Competing constitutional amendments allowing Massachusetts judges to serve longer and requiring their names to be put up for re-approval every seven years are before a legislative committee Wednesday. Read More


MASS. OFFICIALS EYE NEW ENERGY SOURCES

Utilities and Massachusetts energy officials hope to tap into renewable energy from the north while opening the spigot of cheap natural gas from the south and west, they told lawmakers Tuesday. The Bay State has among the most expensive electrical costs in the nation, and the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy spent Tuesday afternoon hearing about the lay of the land and potential routes forward from utilities, regulators and an energy grid official. Read More

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National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed told lawmakers on Tuesday that the energy company supports approval of two natural gas pipelines into the Bay State. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY CONTINUES AFTER NEARLY A CENTURY

In 1923, a panel of Massachusetts lawmakers recommended legislation for the first time aimed at addressing pay inequalities faced by women. Ninety-two years later, lawmakers are still talking about equal pay for women who do the same job as a man - a disparity they say has existed far too long. Read More


BAKER "NOT WORRIED" ABOUT BILL FLOW DISPUTE

The Senate's entire legislative agenda is idling and legislative committees have yet to fully engage in hearings on thousands of House bills, but Gov. Charlie Baker doesn't appear concerned about a slow start to the 2015-2016 session. Asked about a weeks-long impasse between branch leaders over rules governing the flow of bills, Baker said Tuesday, "The debate's been going on for a while and over that period of time several pieces of really important legislation that were reasonably complicated found their way through the branches and back to my desk, so no, I'm not worried about it." Read More


STUDY RANKS MASS. 19TH IN RETURN ON TAXPAYER INVESTMENTS

Massachusetts ranks 19th among the states for return on taxpayer investments, according to a study released Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's annual tax return filing deadline. WalletHub, a social network focused on personal finance, ranked Massachusetts second among states for best schools, 10th for overall government services, and 31st for its tax rate. The rankings, based on assessments of states in six major categories, found red and blue states "nearly tie" in terms of returns on investment. Read More


REPS SAY TAX $$$ SLIPPING BEYOND "WATER'S EDGE"

Massachusetts could collect an estimated $79 million in additional annual tax revenue if the state tax code was changed to close the "water's edge loophole" that allows multi-national companies to avoid paying state corporate taxes, according to a new report. Small businesses wind up shouldering a larger tax burden because of the loophole, according to lawmakers pushing state tax code changes. Read More


DONATO CONSIDERING RUN FOR MAYOR OF MEDFORD

Medford Rep. Paul Donato said Tuesday he will consider running for mayor of the metro-Boston suburb after longtime Mayor Michael McGlynn announced Monday he would not seek reelection this fall after nearly three decades in office. Donato, 73, has been involved in Medford city politics since he was first elected in 1975 to the city council. Read More


DeLEO: HOLYOKE A "NATURAL SITE" FOR OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL

House Speaker Robert DeLeo put his two cents in Monday for hosting the 2024 Olympics volleyball competition in the city of Holyoke. Read More


MEDFORD MAYOR McGLYNN NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION

After nearly three decades in office, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn will not seek another term, he announced on Monday. Read More


OBAMA APPROVES MASS. DISASTER DECLARATION FOR FIRST SNOWSTORM

President Obama on Monday signed off on federal aid and a disaster declaration for Massachusetts, but stopped short of committing to the snow aid relief levels sought by Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker stepped off a Washington D.C. shuttle Monday evening with bad news: Obama had only granted emergency reimbursements for work and damage accrued during the first heavy snowfall of the season on January 26 and 27. Baker's requested relief for costly storms that spanned almost one month and dumped record snow totals. Read More


BAKER PRESSES MUNICIPALITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN REG REVIEW

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday urged municipal officials to "fully and aggressively" weigh in during his administration's review of state regulations. Baker said he had heard from educators, small business owners, the health care industry and others concerned about state regulatory policy more "than I heard from anybody in what I would think of corporate America over the course of the campaign." Read More


LAWMAKERS PLAN TO QUESTION MBTA TASK FORCE MEMBERS

Members of Gov. Charlie Baker's task force on the MBTA could face pointed questioning in two weeks when they testify before a legislative panel, as some senators raised concerns Tuesday over the underpinnings of their recent findings. Since the task force last week released its report critical of the MBTA's management, the question left largely unanswered so far has been what the Legislature will do next to respond. Read More


AT IMMIGRATION RALLY, PASTOR INVOKES ETHNIC CLEANSING RHETORIC

A Boston pastor rallied immigration activists at the State House Tuesday and railed against United States policies that he says favor moneyed and "polished" immigrants over the spiritual riches of the powerless. Rev. Roberto Miranda, of Leon de Juda Congregation, invoked the idea of ethnic cleansing to describe U.S. immigration policies at the rally, later telling the New Service there is "a place for poetic license and using terms in a dramatic way." Read More

Rev. Roberto Miranda said he used "poetic license"

Rev. Roberto Miranda said he used "poetic license" describing U.S. immigration policies as a form of ethnic cleansing. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


DeLEO: SENATE PLAN ADDRESSES "NON-EXISTING PROBLEM"

Lambasting a Senate joint-rules proposal in an op-ed Tuesday, Speaker Robert DeLeo called the Senate's move an "impolitic and manufactured reaction to a non-existent problem." Read More


MASS. PENDING HOME SALES UP 14 PERCENT IN MARCH

Home buyers in Massachusetts puts deals under agreement at a faster clip in March compared to last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced Tuesday morning that pending home sales for the month were up more than 14 percent compared to last March. Read More


PATRICK JOINING BAIN CAPITAL IN BOSTON

Before departing public office, Gov. Deval Patrick frequently mentioned how he hoped to return to the private sector and earn money. On Tuesday, Patrick announced he's joining Bain Capital, the company started by his predecessor, Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. Read More


Monday, Apr. 13, 2015

BARRETT DRAWS ON CANADIAN EXPERIENCE TO PROMOTE CARBON FEES

In British Columbia, a Canadian province nearly 35 times the size of Massachusetts with a smaller population, policy leaders say their seven-year-old carbon tax has succeeded in reducing emissions and fuel consumption without stymying economic growth. Here in Massachusetts, one senator is hoping to replicate that success. Read More


DeLEO MEASURES UP POT LEGALIZATION, ALCOHOL TAX

Predicting a potential victory for voters seeking to legalize marijuana, House Speaker Robert DeLeo expressed doubt Monday about whether the House would support a Boston City Council proposal to fund substance abuse treatment through a new tax on alcoholic beverages sold in the city. "Probably at the end of the day I'm going to guess that there right now are probably more supporters of this than not-supporters," DeLeo said of legalizing marijuana, citing the "overwhelming vote with medical marijuana." Read More


DeLEO'S CRITIQUES OF MBTA RUN IN TANDEM WITH TASK FORCE REPORT

The state needs to address the MBTA's debt while also improving management of the state's transportation system, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday. "I think there have to be some changes so that people who make these types of decisions probably have a better understanding of the transportation field," DeLeo told host Mara Dolan during an interview on WCAP-980 AM. Read More


FISHERMEN'S GROUP TO DISCUSS SHELLFISH HATCHERY PLANS

Cape Cod officials are still working with private groups on land protection funding but plan to discuss their strategy Monday to ensure the future of a critical shellfish hatchery in Dennis. Read More


PUBLIC GETS LAST WORD AT FINAL STATE BUDGET HEARING

Providers of medical equipment and supplies are asking lawmakers to kill a proposed budget provision they say puts over 1,000 Massachusetts jobs at risk. MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, currently can contract with the providers of medical equipment. But an outside section in Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2016 budget proposal would allow for MassHealth to contract with manufacturers, and bypass companies like Allcare Medical Supply Corp. in Millbury, the providers say. Read More


HOUSE TO TAKE UP BUDGET-DEBATE ORDER WEDNESDAY

The House on Wednesday plans to set special parameters for debate later this month on its annual budget bill, Speaker Robert DeLeo confirmed Monday. Read More


TELEGRAM DISPLAY AT STATE HOUSE ON LINCOLN ASSASSINATION ANNIVERSARY

Wednesday marks the 150-year anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and materials related to that event will be on display in the State House. Read More


GOP GROUP SEES MESSAGE IN STONEHAM SELECTMEN'S RACE

A local group committed to fiscal and social conservatism claims the election of Caroline Colarusso to the Stoneham Board of Selectmen last week shows voters are "fighting back against a complacent MassGOP." Read More



 
 
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