... 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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LATEST NEW PRESIDENT HIRED AT MOUNT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Mount Wachusett Community College will get a new president in March after the Board of Higher Education on Tuesday approved the hiring of James Vander Hooven, a veteran administrator with community colleges around the country. Read More

GAMING ATTORNEY SHINES LIGHT ON ESPORTS WAGERING

It generates about $275 million in revenue annually in North America, drew 134 million viewers in the United States in 2015, attracts illegal wagers from countless bettors and exists outside any concrete regulatory structure. Read More

Justin Stempeck (right) and Paul Connelly (left),

Justin Stempeck (right) and Paul Connelly (left), attorneys for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, on Tuesday told the special commission studying online gaming that eSports and betting on eSports represents the next front in online gaming regulation. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


MOODY'S TO PAY MASS. $12 MIL IN SETTLEMENT

The credit analysis agency Moody's entered into a nearly $864 million settlement agreement with 22 states, including Massachusetts, to resolve charges it acted deceptively when rating securities tied to subprime mortgages. Read More


ETHICS COMMISSION SEEKS BROADER REG-WRITING AUTHORITY

The State Ethics Commission wants the power to write regulations interpreting the laws it is tasked with overseeing, which would provide a resource for public officials with ethical questions. Those officials can now call the commission for confidential advice. Read More


LAWMAKERS HEAR APPEAL FOR INFO ABOUT PRIVATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS

Representatives of organizations that work with private special education schools urged lawmakers Tuesday to help make more information available about such programs that serve students with needs for intensive services. Read More

Rich Robison of the Federation for Children with S

Rich Robison of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Carla Jentz of Massachusetts Administrators of Special Education, and attorney Paige Tobin testified Tuesday at an oversight hearing on private special education schools. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


FORMER REPS TO REJOIN HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY

Three representatives-elect who were absent from the House swearing-in ceremony Jan. 4 will take their oaths of office on Wednesday, according to staff from their offices. Read More


TRUMP-LEWIS FEUD FEATURED AT BOSTON MLK BREAKFAST

Massachusetts Democrats condemned President-elect Donald Trump at Monday's Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast for his recent comments about a Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader who questioned the legitimacy of Trump's upcoming presidency. Read More


ZANDI SEES TUG-O-WAR EFFECT IN TRUMP POLICIES

President-elect Donald Trump's fiscal stimulus, pro-business and deregulation plans will lift the U.S. economy higher but gains associated with those efforts will be offset by strains caused by Trump's plans for immigration and globalization policies, the chief economist at Moody's said at a conference in Boston on Tuesday. Read More


BIZ GROUPS SEE BAKER ASSESSMENT AS TAX TO BAIL OUT MASSHEALTH

Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to address rising public and private health care costs by capping provider prices and fining employers that don't offer coverage drew a strong rebuke from some in the business community Tuesday who called the latter a unfair "tax" on small businesses. Read More


AG WILL PRESS DPU TO REJECT EVERSOURCE RATE HIKE

Attorney General Maura Healey plans to challenge Eversource's request to increase its electric rates by $96 million, saying the utility company should instead be delivering savings to customers. Read More


LEGISLATIVE LEADERS PUT THEIR PAYCHECKS ON THE AGENDA

The leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday revived the often controversial topic of compensation for the state's political leaders, announcing plans for a hearing Thursday to take up a 2014 report that found the pay for legislative leaders and constitutional officers is "generally outdated and inadequate." Read More


VIDEO | COALITION LAYS OUT AGENDA TO BOOST MASS. WORKERS

Labor unions, community groups and workers rights organizations set up shop in the Great Hall on Tuesday morning to draw attention to a raft of bills that constitute a "healthy workplace legislative agenda" that they said will make workplaces safer for all employees. Read More

Chris Addis, a legislative aide to Rep. Mike Conno

Chris Addis, a legislative aide to Rep. Mike Connolly, signed his boss's name to a form asking for support on a bill increasing the earned income tax credit at an event Tuesday highlighting bills focused on worker's safety. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


COAKLEY TOUTS DRAFTKINGS DURING TESTIMONY

Boston-based daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings pledged Tuesday to work with lawmakers who are attempting to wrap their arms around the online gaming realm, vowing to be proactive in ensuring a level online playing field. Read More

Partner at Foley Hoag and former Attorney General

Partner at Foley Hoag and former Attorney General Martha Coakley spoke on behalf of DraftKings at a meeting of a special commission tasked with studying online gaming. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


EVERSOURCE FILES FOR RATE INCREASES ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

Expressing a commitment to energy reliability and clean energy technologies, Eversource filed a rate request with state regulators Tuesday that would boost charges to its eastern Massachusetts customers by 7 percent and hit western Massachusetts with a roughly 10 percent increase in their monthly bills. Read More


LEGISLATIVE LEADERS RENEWING PAY RAISE DEBATE

Two of Beacon Hill's most powerful committees will sit jointly for a public hearing Thursday on a 2014 report that recommended pay raises for public officials and concluded compensation of constitutional officers and legislative leadership was "outdated and inadequate." Read More


REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY BACKS AYLWARD IN PARTY CHAIR RACE

With just over a week until the state Republican Committee elects its chair, the group that bills itself as the party's conservative wing has endorsed challenger Steve Aylward for the post. Read More


BAKER PLANS EMPLOYER ASSESSMENT, PRICE CAPS, BENEFIT CUTS TO ADDRESS HEALTH COSTS

Companies that do not offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker plans to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state's Medicaid program, the State House News Service has learned. Read More

BAKER [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

BAKER [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

MASS DEMS HOSTING BRIEFING IN NEWTON TUESDAY

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III will lead a party briefing Tuesday night in Newton as Democrats plan for the year ahead and 2018 elections. Read More


STATES' RIGHTS IN PLAY ON IMMIGRATION, MARIJUANA ISSUES

The federal government could go in different directions on two major issues involving states' rights, according to a prominent local Donald Trump supporter. Read More


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