... Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo to address New England Council in Boston on Wednesday ...... Sen. McGee running for mayor of Lynn, Rep. Heroux joins race for mayor of Attleboro ...... Gaming Commission to vote on sale of Suffolk Downs racing facility ...... Kennedy to discuss role of immigrants in economy at TripAdvisor event ...... Enviro groups tout emissions reductions at Boston Medical Center, Boston Public Library ...... Plainridge Racecourse plans to provide an update on its 2017 racing meet ...... Rollout of table game rules and regulations on Gaming Commission agenda ...... Census Bureau: uninsured rate for adults under 65 decreased in 71 percent of nation's counties from 2014 to 2015 ...... House set on Wednesday to take up annual bill to fund local road repairs ...... UMass Lowell adjunct faculty to discuss pay and benefit issues during April 3 town hall in Lowell ...... State awards $20 million to fund affordable housing projects in six cities ...... ...
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LATEST LAWMAKERS CAUGHT UP IN COLLISION OF ONLINE GAMING, GAMBLING

As the commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the developing industries, the Massachusetts Lottery is concerned that it could be left behind. Read More

Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby, Sen. Eileen Donoghue, and Rep. Joseph Wagner (L-R) heard testimony from online gaming experts Tuesday. The Lottery is worried about the possibility of being shut out of the online gaming marketplace. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res

RAID WARNING, SHERIFF'S CALL FOR ARRESTS SPARK IMMIGRATION DEBATE

Tension over illegal immigration in Massachusetts spiked on Tuesday after one Democratic lawmaker warned her city about a potential federal raid and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson went before Congress and said elected officials in "sanctuary cities" should be arrested. Read More


STATE, PARTNERS HIGHLIGHT TRADE TIES

State and business officials stressed the importance of building bonds across borders as representatives of Canadian, French, Swiss and Haitian governments and companies gathered at the State House Tuesday. Read More

Mark Sullivan, executive director of the Office of

Mark Sullivan, executive director of the Office of International Trade and Investment, spoke at an annual event highlighting Massachusetts' economic relationships with French-speaking countries. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


STATE ED BOARD ADOPTS REVISED ENGLISH, MATH STANDARDS

Revised standards describing "what students should know and be able to do" in math and in English language arts and literacy were adopted Tuesday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Read More


LOTTERY SALES SLIDE CONTINUED THROUGH FEBRUARY

Massachusetts Lottery sales were down by almost $6 million in February, the fourth consecutive month in which the Lottery has sold fewer products than it had the previous year, the Lottery announced Tuesday. Read More


MILTON EYES MAJOR EXPENSES TO ADDRESS FIRE STATIONS

Selectman Tom Hurley and Town Administrator Mike Dennehy testified Tuesday for legislation (S 24) they said is needed to restore or replace three fire stations and a Department of Public Works facility in Milton. Read More


OPPONENTS OF RIDE CUTS ENCOUNTER BAKER AT PROTEST

About a dozen seniors seeking a commitment from Gov. Charlie Baker that cuts to the paratransit service for the elderly and disabled will not be used to balance the MBTA's budget got a chance Tuesday to make their pitch directly to the governor. Read More


STATE AWARDS $20 MIL FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SIX CITIES

Renovations to 53 housing units in Worcester and the construction of 36 units of housing for homeless elders in West Springfield are among seven projects that received funding awards Tuesday from the state. Read More


NEW NON-PROFIT AIMS TO RAISE $50 MIL TO FIGHT OPIOID ADDICTION

A new non-profit in Massachusetts plans to raise $50 million over the next three years to support innovative efforts to fight opioid addiction and substance abuse and has already attracted $13 million in funding commitments. RIZE Massachusetts held its first meeting in Boston on Tuesday morning and has begun its search for an executive director. Read More


BAKER RECALLS SUGGESTING HIGHER LINE OF DUTY DEATH BENEFIT

Before Gov. Charlie Baker signed a spending bill Tuesday, he recounted how a provision doubling the one-time line of duty death benefit for first responders came to be attached to the bill. Read More

Shortly before Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislati

Shortly before Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation increasing death benefits for families of first responders who die in the line of duty, Speaker Robert DeLeo thanked Baker "for primarily making sure we got this done." [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


FEMALE LAWMAKERS REFLECT ON EXPERIENCES IN POLITICS

When Lois Pines transferred to a new law school and noticed she was the only woman enrolled, she began to wonder if the admissions officials had mistook her name for "Louis." Read More

Former Sen. Lois Pines shared her story as a woman

Former Sen. Lois Pines shared her story as a woman legislator on Tuesday during a panel discussion in the State Library. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


LAWMAKERS ATTACH URGENCY TO MILLIS SCHOOL BILL

Legislators are calling on their colleagues to rapidly pass a land transaction bill that's critical to a $52 million elementary school construction project in Millis. "This is very time sensitive," Sen. Richard Ross told the Municipalities Committee, which endorsed the bill immediately after a brief hearing on it. Read More


HEALEY

IMMIGRATION WARNING FROM SESSIONS CONSTITUTES "FEARMONGERING," HEALEY SAYS

In response to the top national law enforcement official vowing to hold back funds from cities that flout federal immigration law, the Massachusetts attorney general accused U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions of fearmongering on Tuesday. Read More


FEBRUARY HOME SALES BRISK, MEDIAN PRICE RISES TO $319,000

Despite cracking the 2,500 mark for the second straight year, single-family home sales were down almost 9 percent in Massachusetts last month, according to a report released Tuesday by the Warren Group. Read More


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MOULTON

MOULTON SEEKS AUTHORIZATION FOR NEW WAR MEMORIAL IN D.C.

With no end in sight to the "war" on terrorism, the acts of sacrifice and service by American military members cannot legally be commemorated in sculptural form in the nation's capital for the foreseeable future. Read More


WARREN: SINGLE PAYER AT "TOP OF THE LIST" IF CARE SYSTEM WERE RESTARTED

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested Monday that the United States should consider single-payer health care if Congress were to upend the health care system and start from scratch, a position that has Republicans accusing the senator of flip flopping. Read More


WARREN

BIZ LEADERS SHOULD JOIN FIGHT AGAINST TRUMP, WARREN SAYS

Though the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act failed last week, the battle over health care in Washington, D.C. will likely continue to rage in less visible ways, U.S. Elizabeth Warren told business leaders Monday. "If you think we're past that because health care reform failed last Friday and has been taken off the table, I just want to say, think again," Warren said. Read More


MassDOT officials are pursuing a new approach to the South Coast Rail through Middleborough. [Image: Courtesy MassDOT]

COST OF DIESEL RAIL ROUTE TO SOUTH COAST ESTIMATED AT $1.1B

Providing diesel-based commuter rail service to the South Coast via Middleborough would cost about a third as much as the $3.3 billion price-tag for building an electrified route through Stoughton, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Read More


BAKER

ONCE A FAN, BAKER NOT READY TO BACK LOWERING OF SALES TAX

Gov. Charlie Baker in 2010 supported rolling the state sales tax rate back to 5 percent, but is withholding judgment for now on a potential 2018 ballot question to ratchet down the sales tax until it moves closer toward becoming a reality. Read More


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SENATOR LAUNCHES BID FOR MAYOR OF LYNN

Longtime senator and former state Democratic Party head Thomas McGee will run for mayor of his hometown of Lynn this fall, describing himself as a leader with the "vision, skills and experience" to unite the city. McGee, who has worked as a legislator on Beacon Hill for more than 22 years, announced Monday that he had pulled papers to run for City Hall, setting up a probable showdown with the city's incumbent Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. Read More


WARREN AND SANDERS TO TEAM UP AT BOSTON RALLY

Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to join Sen. Bernie Sanders Friday night at a rally in downtown Boston. Read More


ATTLEBORO REP RUNNING FOR MAYOR

Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux is taking a shot at becoming mayor of Attleboro this fall and says he is leaning against running for reelection to his House seat in 2018. Heroux announced his candidacy for mayor over the weekend and joins a four-person field that includes incumbent Kevin Dumas, a 1994 Attleboro High School graduate who became mayor in 2003 after a career in finance. Read More

Rep. Paul Heroux, center, has announced his intent

Rep. Paul Heroux, center, has announced his intention to run for mayor of Attleboro. [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS/2017] | Hi-Res


OBAMACARE'S SURVIVAL OPENS PATH FOR BAKER TO SEEK CHANGES

Gov. Charlie Baker breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Republican plan to replace Obamacare collapsed and the Trump administration declared itself ready to move on from the legislative health care debate. Read More


CLAWBACK PLEDGE FROM SESSIONS RAISES STAKES IN SANCTUARY CITIES

The U.S. Department of Justice will require communities applying for its grants to "certify compliance" with federal immigration law and "claw-back" funds awarded to those who are not complying, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions urged municipalities and states to end so-called sanctuary policies, through which local governments do not enforce federal immigration laws. Read More


BAKER TO ADDRESS MASSBIO CONFERENCE THURSDAY

Gov. Charlie Baker will later this week address more than 400 representatives of the state's growing life sciences sector at a conference designed to tackle the most critical issues for the industry. Read More


NEW ED GROUP LEADER FOCUSED ON "HUGE PROBLEM" OF EARLY LITERACY RATES

Since taking over as Massachusetts head of the education advocacy group Stand For Children, Ranjini Govender has started carrying around with her a sheet of statistics. The numbers show what Govender, who has taught both preschool and high school, says is a "huge problem" in early literacy -- 43 percent of Massachusetts third graders are not proficient in reading, according to Stand For Children's numbers. Read More

Ranjini Govender, the new executive director of St

Ranjini Govender, the new executive director of Stand for Children Massachusetts, pegged improving early literacy rates as one of her top priorities. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


REORG PLAN TAKES EFFECT AFTER LAWMAKERS PASS ON ITS CONSIDERATION

Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to eliminate the Department of Public Safety and move its functions elsewhere has taken effect without input from the House and Senate as the 60-day window for a vote on the plan came and went on Sunday. Read More


REPORT: NIH PUMPED NEARLY $2B INTO BOSTON

Institutions throughout Boston received $1.85 billion in grants from the National Institutes of Health last fiscal year, marking 22 consecutive years that Boston has received more NIH funding than any other city, according to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. Read More


T HANDS OFF SIX BUSES AND A CONTRACT TO MAINTAIN THEM

While contemplating a larger move to outsource bus maintenance, the MBTA last week inked a deal with a local company to perform repairs and maintenance on six new T buses it uses for routes serving Winthrop. Read More


RETAILERS WEIGHING SALES TAX CUT BALLOT QUESTION

There may be a major tax cut competing with the significant tax increase that's already being prepared for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts. Retailers have conducted polling and are encouraged by results suggesting Massachusetts residents are receptive to reducing the state sales tax, which was raised to 6.25 percent from 5 percent during a 2009 push led by House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Read More


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