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LATEST ADVANCES - WEEK OF FEB. 7, 2016

Education and animal welfare advocates are ready to visit Beacon Hill next week to warn lawmakers that they're on track to circumvent the Legislature and pass ballot laws in November unless lawmakers decide to take action before then.   Both sides of the charter school expansion debate are set to testify Monday on a proposed initiative petition that will be paired before the Education Committee with a ballot plan to roll back the state's adoption of Common Core education standards. Read More

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - LOYALTY TRUMPS

The sidelines of history can be a lonely place. The longer Gov. Charlie Baker insisted he cared little about national politics and was solely focused on Massachusetts, the stronger the whispers started to grow. Does the governor not care who the next president of the United of States will be? Read More


VIDEO | BACKING CHRISTIE, BAKER QUESTIONS ABILITIES OF TRUMP AND CRUZ

Concerned by what he sees as the polarizing nature of the two Republican frontrunners for president, Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed Chris Christie for president on Friday, praising the sometimes bombastic New Jersey governor's ability to work with Democrats in a "deep blue" state. Baker, who was joined by his Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in making the endorsement, said he made the decision to endorse Christie after Monday's Iowa caucuses where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New York businessman Donald Trump finished in the top two positions heading into the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Read More

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POLITO

POLITO MUM ON CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT

Gov. Charlie Baker is getting behind Chris Christie's campaign for president, but who will Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito support? Read More


BAKER

AHEAD OF NH PRIMARY, GOV. BAKER TO ENDORSE CHRISTIE FOR PRESIDENT

Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate New England Republican who has resisted overtures to get involved in the rowdy GOP primary for president, will on Friday endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Baker's decision, first reported on Thursday by the Boston Globe, will come just four days before the New Hampshire primary where Christie, a blunt-talking Republican governor from a blue state, faces long odds even in a field that has winnowed since the Iowa caucuses. Read More


BAKER TO SIGN BILL BANNING MINORS FROM INDOOR TANNING

Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a bill prohibiting anyone under 18 from using or operating a tanning booth, an administration spokesperson confirmed Friday. Read More


VIDEO | BAKER SEES "MESSY" RUSH HOUR ON ROADS, "UNEVENTFUL" MBTA COMMUTE

With snow coating the streets outside a first-floor conference room in the State House, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday predicted a messy afternoon rush hour on the roads and an "uneventful" ride for Metro Boston straphangers. "The commute today home will be an especially messy one," Baker told reporters early Friday afternoon. He said an additional 110 state troopers are on the roads and those officers have reported "spinouts and a variety of other minor accidents." Read More


SPINA RETIREMENT MEANS SECOND SJC VACANCY FOR BAKER TO FILL

Justice Francis Spina, who has served on the Supreme Judicial Court since 1999, will retire from the state's highest court effective Aug. 12, the court announced Friday. Spina, who was appointed to the SJC by Gov. Paul Cellucci, will turn 70 in November and would have been required to retire at that time. Read More


BAKER, POLITO TO MEET PRESS AT NOON

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan a 12 p.m. media availability on Friday. The availability will be held in the press briefing room, and is likely to feature questions about the governor's support for presidential candidate Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey. The accumulating snow in much of Massachusetts is also likely occupying the governor's attention on Friday.
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TAUNTON GROUP SUES OVER TRIBAL CASINO

A group of Taunton residents filed suit Thursday, seeking to block federal action clearing the way for a tribal casino at an industrial park in the city. Read More


ENVIRO FUND'S AD CAMPAIGN TARGETS UTILITIES IN BREWING ENERGY DEBATE

With an expansion of solar incentives bottled up in committee and a battle over a comprehensive new state energy policy looming this spring, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund plans to launch a $25,000 ad campaign targeting the influence of the utilities in shaping the energy debate. Read More


Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

FRIDAY: WINTER RETURNS AFTER BALMY WEEK

With up to eight inches of snow forecast for the Greater Boston area on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker's “winter resiliency” planning at the MBTA could be put to the test in the first significant way this rather mild and dry winter. Read More


SENATE UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC RECORDS LAW UPDATE

Acknowledging that the current decades old law has been rendered ineffective by advances in technology, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill updating the law governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. By a unanimous vote, the bill (S 2120) that supporters said would strengthen access to state and municipal records cleared the Legislature's upper chamber after debate on dozens of amendments. Read More


BOSTON POLICE SEEK CONCURRENT JURISDICTION IN SEAPORT

They live in one of the most successful and affluent neighborhoods in Boston, but residents of the South Boston Seaport cannot get Boston police to show up for home calls. Read More

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans urged law

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans urged lawmakers at a Thursday hearing to vote favorably on a bill that would allow Boston police to have concurrent jurisdiction on city streets owned by MassPort. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


SUFFOLK BOARD CHAIR AND PREZ REACH ACCORD AS HEALEY OPENS PROBE

Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna and the chair of the university's board announced Thursday they have reached an agreement regarding her future at the downtown school as Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed she is seeking information from trustees related to concerns over reports about failures to address several problems pointed out by its accrediting agency. Read More


NURSES SEEK PROTECTION FROM WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

Telling lawmakers of violent attacks at the hospitals where they work, nurses on Thursday advocated for legislation requiring health care employers to put a bigger emphasis on worker safety. Read More


CHANG-DIAZ AIRS MBTA FARE HIKE CONCERNS IN ONLINE VIDEO

Arguing in an online video that MBTA fare increases would disproportionately affect low-income residents with no other transportation options, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said she is “deeply concerned” about the proposed hikes and asked T riders to join her in voicing their opinions. Read More


BRIEF LOOKS AT ENROLLMENT, IMPACTS OF HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLANS

Twenty-five percent of Americans with employer-sponsored health coverage are enrolled in high-deductible health plans, up from 4 percent a decade ago, according to a policy paper released on Thursday. Read More


GROUP PUSHES FOR POLICE BODY CAMS THURSDAY

A volunteer group called the Campaign for Digital Fourth Amendment Rights will push Thursday for Massachusetts to join South Carolina as one of two states to mandate police body cameras. Read More


LIFE SCIENCES CENTER ADVISOR QUITS OVER FRUSTRATION WITH BAKER

Frustrated by his belief that the Baker administration's support for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is "dwindling," the founding member of a panel that advises the agency on investments announced on Thursday plans to resign later this spring. The resignation later submitted to the Life Sciences Center board and others by scientific advisory board chair Harvey Lodish called into question Gov. Charlie Baker's commitment to the center, which became one of his predecessor Deval Patrick's signature accomplishments when he signed in 2008 a $1 billion, 10 year commitment to bolstering the industry. Read More


DeLEO COUNTING VOTES ON TRANSGENDER BILL

Speaker Robert DeLeo has begun polling House members to learn how the votes might line up on a transgender bill that would allow people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity but not their anatomical sex. Read More


VIDEO | DOWNTOWN MIXED-USE PROJECT "ULTIMATE WIN" FOR BOSTON, BAKER SAYS

Praising it as the "ultimate win" for the city of Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker joined officials Thursday to break ground on a new development project that will house more than 200 units of affordable housing, a parking garage, and a Marriott hotel. Read More

Gov. Baker, Boston Mayor Walsh join various state

Gov. Baker, Boston Mayor Walsh join various state and city officials to break ground on a new building that will house affordable residential units and a hotel. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


VIDEO | PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM CLEARS THE SENATE

[Story developing] The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill, updating the laws governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. Read More

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Ways an

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Sen. Karen Spilka speak to the media following passage of a public records reform bill. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


AUDITOR: STATE HOUSE ARTWORK NOT PROPERLY ACCOUNTED FOR

The Bureau of the State House failed to properly appraise or record 20 works of art, including portraits, plaques and sculptures of former elected officials, in the agency's possession since 2001, according to a new audit published by Auditor Suzanne Bump. Read More


LAWMAKERS SET TO DEBATE ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

Nearly three months after the House finished work on its proposal (H 3858), the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday will tackle updates to the state's antiquated public records laws, which critics say have often been used to slow the flow of information from inside the government rather than to facilitate openness. Read More


Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

THURSDAY: SENATE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Senate, with its newish president who preaches openness and transparency, will debate a bill (S 2120) on Thursday to reform the state's public record laws for the first time in more than four decades. Read More


HOUSE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO AMEND CONSTITUTION TO ADDRESS CAMPAIGN FINANCING

The Massachusetts House on Wednesday voted to urge Congress to pass a constitutional amendment limiting private campaign contributions and super PAC spending. The resolution filed Wednesday by House Judiciary Chairman John Fernandes calling on Congress to act was adopted on a 119 to 34 vote. Read More


TARR RAZZES SCACCIA OVER HIS WORRIES ABOUT REPUBLICANS

Wednesday's Constitutional Convention featured an inter-cameral, inter-party, rhetorical dust-up, after the dean of the House worried aloud about offering more control over state reserves to the minority party. Read More


DEBATE ON CHARTERS EXPOSES TENSIONS WITHIN TEACHERS UNION

Leadership of the Massachusetts Teachers Association has vowed to fight a ballot initiative to expand charter schools with everything it has, but the issue has exposed strife within the union heading into new leadership elections in May. The MTA Board of Directors over the weekend backed away from a plan put forward by President Barbara Madeloni to commit $9.6 million in union resources to the "Keep the Cap" campaign to fight charter expansion. Read More


HOUSING COURT JUDGE APPROVED AFTER ARGUMENT OVER HER PREDECESSOR

The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Newton attorney Maria Theophilis for a Housing Court judgeship, but not before a heated squabble over a judicial appointment from 13 years ago. Theophilis, a partner with the Newton firm Broderick Bancroft, will replace Steven Pierce, who as Westfield's Republican representative rose to the position of minority leader in 1987 and ran for governor in 1990, losing to William Weld. Read More


LAWMAKERS REJECT RAINY DAY FUND, REDISTRICTING AMENDMENTS

Recessing until April without voting on a surtax on millionaires, Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday rejected constitutional amendments that would make it more difficult to withdraw money from the state's reserve account and turn redistricting duties over to an independent commission. Read More

Senate President Stand Rosenberg presides over a j

Senate President Stand Rosenberg presides over a join session of the legislature Wednesday for a Constitutional Convention. [Courtesy:House Broadcast]


EXPELLED REP'S FACEBOOK POST SUGGESTS POSSIBLE RUN FOR OFFICE

Call it a comeback? Former state Rep Carlos Henriquez, who in 2014 became the first member of the House to be expelled by his colleagues in almost a century, stoked speculation on Wednesday that he may be eyeing a return to the House with a cryptic Facebook update. Read More


LAWMAKERS REJECT REDISTRICTING, RAINY DAY FUND AMENDMENTS

Recessing until April without voting on a surtax on millionaires, Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday rejected constitutional amendments that would make it more difficult to withdraw money from the state's reserve account and turn redistricting duties over to an independent commission. Read More


COMMISSION ALLEGES STOUGHTON MODERATOR VIOLATED CONFLICT LAW

Stoughton Town Moderator Howard Hansen violated the state's conflict of interest laws by directing town business to his own printing company, the State Ethics Commission alleged on Wednesday. Read More


CORDY TO RETIRE, GIVING BAKER HIS FIRST HIGH COURT NOMINEE

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, the court announced Wednesday, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state's highest court. The former chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld, Cordy was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov. Paul Cellucci. Baker served in top cabinet posts under both Weld and Cellucci. Read More


DELEO: MILLIONAIRE TAX VOTE UNLIKELY WEDNESDAY

Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said he does not think a vote on the millionaire tax will come up in the afternoon's constitutional convention. "I don't think that will be coming up today," DeLeo told the News Service on his way out of the State House on Wednesday morning. Read More

DELEO [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

DELEO [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


TAX COLLECTIONS BEAT ESTIMATES FOR JANUARY

Tax collections in January eclipsed even newly bullish projections by the Baker administration as state revenues rose 4.4 percent over the same period last year, according to the Department of the Revenue. Read More


ADMIN HANDS OUT $6.7M IN ANTI-GANG GRANTS

Fifteen communities and 10 community partners were awarded shares of $6.7 million in state grant funding Wednesday to combat youth gang violence in Massachusetts. Read More


GOLDBERG USING WEBSITE TO HELP BUSINESSES ACHIEVE PAY EQUITY

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg's office will soon roll out a website to help business owners address potential pay inequities in their workplace. Read More

Treasurer Goldberg delivered remarks Wednesday at

Treasurer Goldberg delivered remarks Wednesday at the 21st annual Women's Bar Association's legislative breakfast at the State House. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


MARK CONSIDERING RUN FOR SENATE SEAT

With Sen. Benjamin Downing opting out of a sixth term in office, Rep. Paul Mark is weighing whether to make a move for the Senate. Read More


ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE, HOUSE URGES CONGRESS TO AMEND CONSTITUTION

The Massachusetts House voted 117-34 Wednesday afternoon to approve a resolution (H 3985) urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment limiting private and superPAC campaign contributions. The vote followed a Constitutional Convention where lawmakers opted against taking action on state constitutional amendments aimed at accomplishing similar goals. Read More


SPRINGFIELD ATTORNEY NOMINATED FOR HOMETOWN DISTRICT COURT JUDGESHIP

Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated a Springfield attorney and former assistant district attorney to serve on the bench in Springfield District Court. Michele Ouimet-Rooke, who works as a litigation attorney at the Springfield law firm Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, began her legal career in 1989 as a victim/witness advocate in the Hampden County district attorney's office, a job she held for 10 years, according to her resume. Read More


CRITICS OF TRADE DEAL WARN OF IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE LEGISLATURES

As world trade representatives gather in New Zealand this week to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, state legislators and staffers huddled in a meeting room Wednesday morning to learn how the international trade deal could affect Beacon Hill. Read More


EXPERT URGES NEW APPROACH TO IMPROVE EARLY EDUCATION

Massachusetts senators planning to recommend strategies to support the state's children heard a pitch Wednesday from a child development expert to take a multi-pronged approach inspired by the innovation in fields like biotechnology and health care. Read More

Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the D

Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University delivers a presentation as part of the Senate's newly launched "Kids First" initiative.


CORDY TO RETIRE, GIVING BAKER HIS FIRST SJC APPOINTMENT

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state's highest court. Read More


HOUSE TEES UP CAMPAIGN FINANCE RESOLUTION

The Massachusetts House on Wednesday afternoon may take up a resolution (H 3985) urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment limiting private and superPAC campaign contributions. Read More


CONSULTANT PREPPING REPORTS ON MBTA'S DEBT OPTIONS

The substantial debt load at the MBTA, always a factor in debates over the agency's revenues and expenses, will be the focus of reports to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board later this month and in early March. The authority's debt burdens, including those related to the Big Dig project, have long been cited by analysts as a major drag on the agency's ability to rid itself of persistence budget deficits and become more self-sufficient. Last June, as lawmakers were authorizing a control board to take charge of the agency, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recommended that lawmakers guarantee state funding to cover debt service costs from Central Artery mitigation projects, debt transferred before 2000 and the costs to move T personnel from the capital to the operating budget. Read More


BIZ GROUP WARNS LAWMAKERS SURTAX WILL TIE THEIR HANDS ON TAX POLICY

Ahead of a potential vote on the proposal, the Massachusetts High Technology Council warned Wednesday that a proposed 4 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million would "severely limit legislative and citizen power to set and amend tax policy in response to economic conditions." The House and Senate meet together at 1 p.m. for a Constitutional Convention where a citizens' initiative (H 3933) is on the agenda behind nine other proposed legislative amendments to the state's constitution. Read More


GOLDBERG

GOLDBERG: GUV'S TAX DIVERSION MAY RAISE "RED FLAGS" AT RATING AGENCIES

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Tuesday raised concerns about Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to divert $150 million that could be used to rebuild the state's rainy day fund, but Baker says his plan makes progress in shoring up reserves and he's not concerned about a potential bond rating downgrade. Baker has proposed to scale back spending growth next year to 3.5 percent and boost the balance in the state rainy day fund by $206 million. But as he reduces the state's reliance on one-time revenues, Baker also plans to make targeted investments in part by spending $150 million marked for the rainy day fund under current law. Read More


Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

CASSIDY WINS BROCKTON PRIMARY, FIELDS NARROWED IN FITCHBURG, PEABODY

Gerry Cassidy, a former city councilor and longtime aide to the late Sen. Thomas Kennedy, is on track to become Brockton's next state representative after winning one of three special primary elections held in Massachusetts Tuesday. Voters in districts covering Brockton, Peabody, Fitchburg and part of Lunenburg selected their nominees for March 1 elections to fill the seats of lawmakers who left the House in recent months. Read More


HEALEY PROMISES RETURN ON INVESTMENT FROM NEW FUNDING FOR CIVIL LAWSUITS

Attorney General Maura Healey is asking for $3.5 million in next year's budget to start a new fund she hopes to use to go after unlawful debt collectors, prosecute human traffickers, rehabilitate abandoned properties and address other complex issues. The nearly $47 million Gov. Charlie Baker proposed for the Office of the Attorney General in his fiscal 2017 budget proposal included $1 million to create the Civil Penalties Retained Revenue Revolving Fund. Read More


PIGNATELLI CHOOSES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN OVER SENATE BID

Lenox Democrat Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli announced his decision on Tuesday evening to seek re-election to the House in November rather than risk his seat in the Legislature by launching a bid for state Senate to replace outgoing Sen. Benjamin Downing. Read More


LOTTERY REPLACING 'JACKPOT POKER' THIS SUMMER WITH NEW GAME

The Massachusetts Lottery plans to launch a new electronic monitor game this summer to replace its existing "Jackpot Poker" game, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday. Read More


IG FINDS DISCREPANCIES IN OLD HINTON DRUG CASES

After months spent testing hundreds of samples from the notorious Hinton State Laboratory Institute, the state inspector general verified the crime lab's findings in the "vast majority" of cases, though several discrepancies were raised by the review. Read More


AUDITOR'S INVESTIGATION BUREAU TO REPORT RECORD FRAUD DETECTION

The unit within the auditor's office that pursues allegations of public assistance fraud will announce Wednesday that it identified a record $13.7 million in fraud last fiscal year, an increase of 44 percent over the previous year. Auditor Suzanne Bump, testifying before the Joint Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, said that her Bureau of Special Investigations will release its findings in its fiscal 2015 annual report on Wednesday. Read More

State Auditor Bump testified before the Joint Ways

State Auditor Bump testified before the Joint Ways and Means Committee Tuesday. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


GOLDBERG: BAKER'S TAX DIVERSION MAY RAISE "RED FLAGS" AT RATING AGENCIES

[Developing Story] Warning the state's credit rating can be downgraded at any time without warning, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Tuesday raised concerns about Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to divert funds that could be used to shore up the state's rainy day, or stabilization fund.
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COMMITTEE BACKS INCOME REEVALUATION FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENT SPOUSES

A bill that would change the interest rate MassHealth uses to evaluate investment income for the spouses of nursing home residents won the endorsement of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs Tuesday. Read More


UTILITY UNION PROTESTS NATIONAL GRID IN LEXINGTON

Warning of safety implications, workers plan to protest National Grid's outsourcing of work on "sensitive gas lines" at a standout in Lexington Center on Tuesday afternoon. Read More

About a dozen union members from Boston Gas Local

About a dozen union members from Boston Gas Local 12003 took up position at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Waltham Street in Lexington Tuesday afternoon protesting efforts by National Grid the union claims would roll back starting pay and compromise safety. [Photo: Craig Sandler/SHNS] | Hi-Res


WEDNESDAY: WHO WANTS TO TAX A MILLIONAIRE?

It may not happen on Wednesday, but lawmakers appear poised for the first-time since the gay marriage debate in 2007 to serisouly consider an amendment to the Constitution. Read More


VIDEO | GALVIN BELIEVES BAKER UNDERFUNDED NEW EARLY VOTING REQUIREMENT IN BUDGET

Saying he is confident that more than 3 million ballots will be cast in the November general election and that political parties will be "very active" in encouraging early voting, Secretary of State William Galvin told a state budget writing committee that Gov. Charlie Baker's budget proposal falls short of adequate election funding. Read More

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[Video: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


VIDEO | MASSHEALTH WASTE A TARGET FOR STATE'S TOP OFFICE HOLDERS

Outlining their requests for funding in the next fiscal year, the state's attorney general, auditor and inspector general all asked budget writers on Tuesday for support in combating waste, fraud and inefficiencies in the MassHealth system. Read More


LEPORE: CLOSING BUDGET GAP WILL FREE UP $$$ FOR FUTURE YEARS

If lawmakers adhere to Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed budget proposal, the state could be near closing its structural deficit in fiscal 2018, allowing spending levels to subsequently grow apace with revenue growth, Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore told lawmakers Tuesday. Read More

Sec. Lepore testified before a joint hearing of th

Sec. Lepore testified before a joint hearing of the Ways and Means Committee to outline details of the Baker administration's budget. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


GOLDBERG: SOCIAL MEDIA REACH PROVES ONLINE GAMING MARKET IS THERE

The results of social media and digital advertising campaigns suggest there would be a market for an online Massachusetts Lottery program, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers Tuesday. Testifying on her office's budget before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Goldberg said Lottery holiday commercials reached 454,156 users on Instagram and more than 1 million users on Facebook. Read More


TWO MORE STATE COMMITTEE CANDIDATES TOUT BAKER ENDORSEMENTS

Two more Republican State Committee candidates are promoting endorsements from Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Reed Hillman, a retired former state representative and superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, and Wales Republican Town Committee founding member Lindsey Valanzola received endorsements. Read More


ENVIRONMENTAL LEAGUE TO HONOR SIX REPUBLICANS

A reception to be held Tuesday evening honoring six Republican state lawmakers who have “strongly supported environmental protection” aims to break down the perception that environmental activism is a partisan issue, according to the event's host the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund. Read More


BIZ CONFIDENCE NUDGES UPWARD TO START 2016

Optimism about the state economy -- bolstered by news that Boston has lured GE away from Connecticut -- helped get 2016 off to a positive start for business confidence despite uneasy financial markets, according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Read More


MOODY'S CITES CREDIT IMPACTS OF GE HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION

General Electric's plan to relocate its corporate headquarters is credit positive for the City of Boston and credit negative for Connecticut, where the economic recovery lags the nation and the state has not regained the total jobs lost during the recession, according to Moody's. Read More


MASS. FORECLOSURES UP THROUGH 2015

Across several metrics, the number of foreclosures continued to rise through the end of 2015 with foreclosure starts up 55 percent over 2014 and completed foreclosures up 21.4 percent over that same period, according to The Warren Group. Read More


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