... In State of the City, Walsh lays claim to Boston as the "leader of cities" ...... Former Ohio Gov. Kasich to speak at Amherst College Feb. 7 ...... Warren hosting presidential bid event Friday night in Claremont, N.H. ...... New Bedford charter school expansion accord poised to put charters back before Legislature ...... Baker appoints North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor as the new state comptroller ...... MTA reports collecting 15,000 signatures for education funding bill since November ...... Airbnb announces program to support federal employee hosts in Massachusetts during government shutdown ...... Common Cause hosting third annual Anti-Gerrymandering Conference this weekend in North Carolina ...... MassEcon adds Marlborough, Waltham, and Revere sites to its ReadyMass 100 portfolio of business expansion sites ...... Citizens Bank touts $150 mil construction loan for major lab building, garage in Cambridge ...... MassDevelopment issues loan to Nano-C, developer of nanostructured carbon for use in electronics and energy ...... Walsh says he's taking a bipartisan "road trip" to Washington with Gov. Baker ...... ...... ...
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LATEST HEALEY OUTLINES PRIORITIES IN "TIME OF CONSEQUENCE"

Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself on Wednesday to an ambitious new clean energy goal and promised to fight gun violence, reduce barriers to mental health treatment, and support increased funding for education as many Democrats continue to look to her as the future of the party. Read More

Attorney General Maura Healey outlined her priorities for a second term in a speech to hundreds at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res

AG HEALEY OUTLINES GOALS FOR A "TIME OF CONSEQUENCE"

[Story Developing] Attorney General Maura Healey launched her second term as the state's top prosecutor on Wednesday, committing herself to an ambitious new clean energy goal, reducing barriers to mental health treatment and supporting efforts on Beacon Hill to boost funding for public education. Read More


CRIGHTON

LYNN SENATOR PUTTING SPORTS BETTING BILL ON TABLE

With thousands of fans getting ready to settle into their couches this weekend for the NFL playoffs, one state senator has a proposal ready to make sports betting legal in Massachusetts, eight months after the Supreme Court opened the doors for states to enter the sports gambling market. Read More


FALL RIVER POT STORE CLEARED TO OPEN ON RHODE ISLAND BORDER

As soon as Sunday, Massachusetts marijuana consumers -- and those in eastern Rhode Island -- could have another retail store to patronize. Read More


BOSTON FED REPORTS "MODEST TO MODERATE" ECONOMIC GROWTH

Economic activity in the Greater Boston region recently expanded at a modest to moderate pace amid signs of slowing growth, according to the latest observations of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Read More


GOLDBERG WANTS NEW REVENUE SOURCE FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

After taking the oath of office in the newly renovated Senate Chamber on Wednesday for another four years, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg previewed a second term in which she plans to maintain and expand programs she said have been successful and seek new revenue sources and funding flexibility for school construction projects in Massachusetts. Read More

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg was sworn in to a secon

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg was sworn in to a second term Wednesday by her parents, Carol and Avram Goldberg (left). [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


MTA CHIEF WANTS TO SEE BAKER COMMIT TO $1.5 BIL MORE FOR EDUCATION

When Gov. Charlie Baker unveils his state budget next week, the head of the state's largest teachers union is looking for him to commit to a multi-year program that will lead to the investment of $1.5 billion in K-12 and public higher education. Read More


BAKER HIGHLIGHTS FIRST RESPONDER COUNSELING LAW

Gov. Charlie Baker helped police and firefighters from around the state on Wednesday celebrate a new law protecting the confidentiality of first responders who seek mental health support from their peers to deal with the stresses of the job. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker said it is important that first

Gov. Charlie Baker said it is important that first responders "have the ability to share" through mental health counseling. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


PERSONNEL FILE - WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2019

... Needham Sen. Rebecca Rausch has staffed up ... Citizens for Juvenile Justice has named its new executive director ... The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling has its first director of responsible gambling ... The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has added new members to its board for 2019 ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ... Read More


BUMP STARTS TERM THREE WITH EMPHASIS ON ACCOUNTABILITY, SCRUTINY

Suzanne Bump embarked on a third term as state auditor on Wednesday with an inaugural address in which she recommitted herself to ensuring accountability and transparency in government and saluted former Rep. Byron Rushing as "the conscience of the House of Representatives." Read More

Former House Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushi

Former House Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing administered the oath of office to Auditor Suzanne Bump while Bump's mother, Ruth, held their family Bible. [Photo: Kaitlyn Budion/SHNS] | Hi-Res


WALSH'S "ROAD TRIP" WOULD PUT MAYOR, BAKER IN SPOTLIGHT

Who drives is not the only question lingering about the "road trip" that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would be taking with Gov. Charlie Baker to Washington, D.C. to spread their brand of buddy bipartisanship. Read More

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (right) said Tuesday that

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (right) said Tuesday that "Governor Baker and I are going on a road trip" to Washington, D.C. [Photo: SHNS/File 2015] | Hi-Res


BUMP SEES AUDITOR'S ROLE AS MORE THAN A "CURLED LIP OR FEROCIOUS SNARL"

[Story Developing] Suzanne Bump embarked on a third term as state auditor on Wednesday with an inaugural address in which she recommitted herself to ensuring accountability and transparency in government and saluted former Rep. Byron Rushing as "the conscience of the House of Representatives." Read More


GALVIN OUTLINES PRIORITIES, BUT FORGOES INAUGURAL SPEECH

Secretary of State William Galvin will forgo the trappings of inaugural addresses and celebrations that his fellow constitutional officers are taking part in Wednesday, instead opting for a private swearing-in by Gov. Charlie Baker at some point Wednesday afternoon. Read More

Secretary of State William Galvin will be inaugura

Secretary of State William Galvin will be inaugurated in private on Wednesday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2018] | Hi-Res


BAKER NAMES MAYLOR STATE COMPTROLLER, REPLACING SHACK

Gov. Charlie Baker has tapped North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor, with whom he has worked in the past, to serve as the state's top fiscal watchdog, an announcement that came just after the Boston Globe reported that Comptroller Thomas Shack plans to step down. Read More

Thomas Shack has served as state comptroller since

Thomas Shack has served as state comptroller since 2015. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2018] | Hi-Res


Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

BAKER TO CELEBRATE NEW LAW FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday will hold a ceremony to mark a new law passed in December by the Legislature protecting the confidentiality of first responders who seek help in coping with the aftermath of critical incidents. Read More


BAKER TOUTS NEW DANGEROUSNESS BILL, GETS BACKING FROM BPD CHIEF

Gov. Charlie Baker, drawing a sense of urgency from a fatal car crash this summer in Cotuit and a new Supreme Judicial Court ruling, made a case Tuesday for why judges must be able to consider someone's full criminal record when deciding whether to release them before trial or hold them as a danger to society. Read More


VIDEO | VETERAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY JUDD-STEIN TO CHAIR GAMING COMMISSION

With complex decisions over the future of the nearly completed casino in Everett and the possibility of casino gaming in southeastern Massachusetts looming, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday appointed someone the lieutenant governor described as one of the administration's "go-to people for complicated things" to chair the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Read More

New Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein

New Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein has worked as a legal advisor to the last five governors. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


GALVIN

GALVIN "DELIGHTED" BY COURT RULING ON CENSUS QUESTION

A federal judge in New York has blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, a move that left Secretary of State William Galvin "delighted." Read More


NEW LAW PROMOTES PERSONAL FINANCE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

A new law Gov. Charlie Baker signed last week aims to give Massachusetts students the tools they need to navigate their financial futures, including milestones like buying a home and planning for retirement. Read More


TRAHAN

TRAHAN APPOINTED TO ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, freshman U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan announced Tuesday that she will serve on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, which has broad oversight of the country's defense. Read More


BONCORE

SENATOR SIZES UP LEGISLATIVE REACTION TO JANUS RULING

Expect another attempt by lawmakers this session to respond to the Supreme Court decision that struck down the ability of public sector unions to charge fees to non-members. Read More


NEW BEDFORD SCHOOL DEAL STIRS UP DEBATE OVER CHARTERS

State and city officials are touting a "creative agreement" to expand a New Bedford charter school, but the state's top teachers union says the proposed deal is "unacceptable" and will drain funds away from traditional public schools in that city. Read More

The proposed expansion of the Alma del Mar Charter

The proposed expansion of the Alma del Mar Charter School reflects "outside the box thinking," according to Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell (right) said the expansion agreement "contemplates a fairer way to do charter schools." [Photos: SHNS/File] | Hi-Res


REPORT ON SPEEDING EXPLORES DEATH RATES, ATTITUDES

Speed remains a factor in nearly one third of all traffic deaths in the U.S., with Massachusetts ranking 23rd among the states in speed-related deaths, according to a new report. Read More


BAKER MAKES DANGEROUSNESS BILL HIS FIRST FILING OF SECOND TERM

[Story Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that judges must be able to consider someone's full criminal record when deciding whether to release them on bail, reupping a court reform proposal that the governor believes could save lives. Read More


GAMING REVENUES BOUNCE BACK IN SPRINGFIELD, PLAINVILLE

After a down month in November, gaming revenues at the state's two casinos rebounded in December, delivering nearly $12.3 million to the state in taxes. Read More


MILLBURY SOLAR INSTALLER PLANS PROJECT ON NEW HAMPSHIRE FARM

A solar installation company based in central Massachusetts plans to build a five-megawatt solar farm in New Hampshire, and has a pipeline of projects totaling up to 40 megawatts. Read More


BAKER

GUV SET TO ANNOUNCE GAMING COMMISSION CHAIR

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the new chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Read More


Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

DRONE AGE SPURS PUSH FOR GROUND RULES BILL

Lawmakers will take another stab at establishing ground rules for the use of drones in Massachusetts skies this session with Rep. William Straus filing a new bill that would put limits on law enforcement's use of drones and extend privacy protections for homeowners. Read More


FATTMAN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER

Republican Leader Sen. Bruce Tarr has promoted Sen. Ryan Fattman of Webster, who was caucus whip last term, as one of two assistant leaders. Read More


NO SNAGS SO FAR, 320 WORKING ON GREEN LINE EXTENSION

The leader of the MBTA's Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon. John Dalton, the Green Line Extension project manager, also said that construction work is beginning to pick up ahead of the planned December 2021 grand opening. Read More


BAKER NAMES HOTEL EXEC TO MASSPORT BOARD

Warren Fields, the chief investment officer of Pyramid Advisors, is joining the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. Read More


HOUSE SESSION - MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2019

A half dozen state representatives met for nearly two hours Monday to pass two bills enabling state employees to donate sick, personal or vacation time to ill coworkers. The House conducted little other business during a session marked by light chit-chat and long recesses. Read More


GEORGIA COMPANY TO ACQUIRE MASS. MARIJUANA OPERATIONS

New England Treatment Access, the company that operates a retail marijuana store in Northampton, a medical dispensary in Brookline and a cultivation facility in Franklin, has agreed to a deal to be acquired by a Georgia company. Read More


PRESIDENT, WARREN TWEET ABOUT "POCAHONTAS" AND "#TRUMPSHUTDOWN"

For the first time since she announced herself as a presidential hopeful, President Donald Trump unleashed a volley of tweets deriding U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday night and again referred to Warren as "Pocahontas." Read More


BAIL TRENDS UNDER SCRUTINY AS NEW PANEL EYES REFORMS

More than a year after the state's high court ruled judges setting bail must consider a defendant's ability to pay, state officials are embarking on an examination of the bail system in Massachusetts that will consider measures including potential impacts of eliminating cash bail. A massive April 2018 criminal justice reform law made a series of changes around bail, in keeping with a high court decision in the 2017 case Brangan v. Commonwealth. Read More


VIDEO | APPALLED BAKER SAYS SHUTDOWN SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO SOLVE

With President Trump and Republicans bearing the brunt of the blame for the federal government shutdown, Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Monday that neither his party nor Congressional Democrats should be proud of what's happening. "My pox is on all the houses down there," the governor told reporters. Read More


VIDEO | GAS PROJECT MET REQUIREMENTS, LEFT BAKER WITH "NO CHOICE," GUV SAYS

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he "basically had no choice" but to approve air quality permits for a natural gas compressor station in Weymouth given the federal rules governing the project and results of a state-authorized review. Read More


ROLLOUT OF NEW ORANGE LINE CARS DELAYED UNTIL SPRING

The MBTA announced Orange Line delays Monday – not delays in subway service, but delays in beginning to get a fleet of 152 new Orange Line cars into passenger service on the T. Read More


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2019

The first enacted legislation of the 191st General Court - bills creating sick leave banks for two state employees - were shipped to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk on Monday. Before adjourning until Thursday, the Senate held a moment of silence for a 59-year-old former firefighter who died of cancer last summer. Read More


GAS AVERAGING $2.44, BUT SURVEY CITES 86-CENT RANGE

The average price of gas in Massachusetts dropped five cents in the last week, AAA reported Monday, even as the national average price for gas inched up for the first time in months. Read More


EDUCATION GROUP HIRES FORMER REP, MAYOR AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As lawmakers gear up for the next attempt at passing education funding reform legislation, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education has brought on a former state representative, mayor and school committee member as its new executive director. Read More


BIZ CONFIDENCE DIMS AMIDST MARKET VOLATILITY, GOV'T SHUTDOWN

Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December, driven by national factors like the federal government shutdown and the largest one-month stock market decline since the Great Depression. Closer to home, employers have their eyes on the cost of health care and fees imposed by the state. Read More


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