U.S. jobs numbers
Federal officials plan to release updated U.S. jobs and unemployment data, 8:30 a.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation invites the news media to view the work of its dive team from a park near the Neponset River, separating Dorchester from Quincy. Pope John Paul II Park, 174 Hallet Street, Dorchester, 8:30 a.m.
Executive order on veterans’ services
Gov. Charlie Baker signs an executive order “reaffirming and restructuring the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services” and swears in members of the council, Room 360, 12 p.m.
Gov. Baker meets with employees of Cybereason and discusses the Massachusetts cybersecurity industry, 200 Clarendon Street – 21st Floor, Boston, 2 p.m.
October revenue numbers ease immediate budget fears
More evidence is streaming in that maybe, just maybe, Gov. Baker was a little too quick to pull out the budget-cutting ax last month: October revenue numbers surged 7.4 percent compared to the same month last year, pushing overall state tax collections this fiscal year to $7.97 billion, or 1 percent ahead of revised projections and 4.7 percent higher than the same period last year, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy. Before release of the new numbers late Thursday, House budget chief Brian Dempsey had expressed optimism that October’s tax collections would show state finances were in “relatively good shape.” And that’s what they indeed appear to show. Under pressure from Dem legislative leaders, the Baker administration last week backed off, for now, its plans for immediate budget cuts.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again to tie Obama to Question 2
Supporters of the Question 2 charter-school measure recently received minor blowback when they inaccurately suggested in a mailer that President Obama had endorsed the current charter-school initiative in Massachusetts. Now the Yes on 2 campaign is taking a slightly different tack, releasing a new video highlighting how Obama has supported charter schools in general, not Question 2 in particular. It’s a fine-line argument, but it’s an accurate argument, since Obama has indeed praised and supported charter schools – in general.
Mayor Walsh must be really popular outside Boston
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is in demand these days outside the city. This morning, he stumps for Kara Nyman, a candidate for the Fifth Plymouth District House seat who is aiming to unseat Rep. David DeCoste, and then Walsh is off to support Plymouth selectman John Mahoney, who is challenging Republican Rep. Mathew Muratore. This afternoon, he travels to Cape Cod in support of Senate candidate Julian Cyr.
And the mystery backers of the slots parlor ballot question are …
The mystery of who’s really backing the Question 1 slots parlor initiative is no longer a mystery — and it’s now safe to say they’re not a bunch of mysterious Asian backers. From the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert: “The $3.2 million campaign to open a second slots parlor in Massachusetts has been secretly financed by a team of developers who brought gambling to Maine and whose casino in Laos was seized by the government last year amid corruption allegations, new campaign finance documents show.” The Bridge Capital LLC team includes John K. Baldwin and Shawn Scott, who a Question 1 front-man has previously denied was involved in the ballot initiative, Ebbert reports.
Harvard cancels men’s soccer season over lewd ‘scouting report’
From the Harvard Crimson: “Harvard has cancelled the men’s soccer team’s season after an Office of General Counsel review found that the team continued to produce vulgar and explicit documents rating women on their perceived sexual appeal and physical appearance.” The Crimson originally broke the story of the past and apparently ongoing “scouting reports” by the male soccer players of their female counterparts.
Shock campaign fliers: ‘He is allowing boys to shower in girls locker rooms’
Two Dem legislative candidates are the target of campaign mailings criticizing their stance on the recently passed transgender-rights law, with fliers ominously reading: “He is allowing boys to shower in girls locker rooms.” Paul Ferro, chairman of the Marlborough Republican City Committee, acknowledges his group sent the mailer to Rep. Michael Day’s constituents, though he wouldn’t say who else was targeted, reports the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan. Rep. Ken Gordon said he district was also hit by the mailings.
Comptroller: DCR low-balled how much its July Fourth bash cost taxpayers
Thomas Shack, the state comptroller, isn’t impressed with the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s internal probe of its party-hearty staff members who used state resources for a GOP-tied July Fourth bash, reports the Herald’s Matt Stout. Leo Roy, the DCR commissioner, and former deputy Matthew Sisk actually owed the state $2,579, not $817, and Shack blasted the agency for not immediately informing his office of the blatant misuse of state funds. A Baker spokeswoman said the duo have reimbursed the state for the remaining amount, Stout writes.
Rosenberg open to revisiting voter registration law
With the American Civil Liberties Union suing the state over its law requiring voter registration 20 days prior to an election, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he has no problem taking a look at possible changes to the law, Mike Deehan reports at WGBH. “The ACLU has raised an interesting point. We should be making it easier for people to vote and to engage in their communities, not harder. Since in Massachusetts we always want to make it easier for people to vote, this is worth considering,” Rosenberg wrote in a statement.
Healey raps FBI director for email probe
Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday called FBI director James Comey’s decision to notify Congress that the FBI was reopening its email probe of Hillary Clinton “improper” and “irresponsible,” reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. “This is a total break with protocol,” said Healey, a Democrat. “I think it’s most unfortunate, but it is what it is.”
At all costs, avoid Route 128/I-95 in Needham area this weekend
Consider this your official warning: Avoid the I-95/Route 128 area in Needham this weekend, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation moves to demolish the old Highland Avenue bridge, leading to detours for northbound and southbound traffic, reports WCVB: “MassDOT plans to begin the construction project around 8 p.m. Friday, closing down Highland Avenue over Route 128/Interstate 95. Crews will start their demolition on the northbound side, then move to the southbound side. The detours are expected to transition from one side to the other between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.”
Eight hundred thousand people say ‘yes’ to early voting, but not Charlie
Secretary of State William Galvin’s office says that just over 800,000 people have voted early in Massachusetts as of yesteday – and more will vote today, the last day of early voting – but Gov. Charlie Baker is sticking to old-school voting, reports SHNS’s Colin Young at Wicked Local. “I’ll be voting on Election Day,” Baker said. “I’m one of these guys that likes to read the whole book before I make my decision.” He added: “My only fear about this, and to each his own, is stuff comes out in the last few weeks in an election. I don’t know if that would be enough to change anybody’s point of view with respect to what they would do anyway.”
Developers sue Springfield over RMV project
A team of developers and investors is suing the city of Springfield and a handful of officials, alleging they plotted to stall their project and steer resources toward a competing team that has ties to the MGM resort casino development, Stephanie Barry of MassLive reports. The lawsuit seeks $50 million in damages, the amount the team says it would have received over 50 years of leasing their building back to the state.
Messy T stations draw more complaints
Complaints about the tidiness of MBTA stations have spiked 40 percent since September, when the T began enforcing performance-based agreements in its contracts with cleaning vendors that in turn led to layoffs of some janitors, Matt Stout of the Herald reports.
MWRA warns again of water ‘catastrophe’
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is reiterating its system relies on a single major water supply tunnel to move water to the Boston area, leaving it vulnerable to ‘catastrophe,’ Marilyn Schairer of WGBH reports. The agency is making final tweaks to its 15-year, $1.5 billion redundancy project—something that has been on the drawing board since 1938—that it expects to roll out early next year.
Springfield plans 41-officer casino crowd unit
The Springfield police department will create a dedicated unit to police the area around the future downtown MGM casino, dedicating 41 officers and supervisors to handle the daily 25,000 new visitors expected in the city once the casino opens, Dan Glaun of MassLive reports. The officers will be chosen early next year, go through six months of specialized training and then be on the beat for six months before the casino welcomes its first customer.
Mother of student informant sues UMass
The mother of a UMass Amherst student who died in 2013 of a heroin overdose is suing the university and a member of its police department for using the student as a police informant without informing his family that he had been charged with drug offenses, John Element of the Globe reports. The university says it has changed its policies in the wake of the case, which the Globe first detailed in a 2014 story.
Sunday public affairs TV
This Week in Business, NECN, 11 a.m. House Speaker Robert DeLeo talks about ballot questions and election 2016, plus his agenda for business related issues on Beacon Hill; two MassChallenge winners discuss their budding businesses and how the startup accelerator has helped them.
On The Record, WCVB TV Channel 5, 11 a.m. Libertarian vice presidential candidate and former Gov. Bill Weld talks with anchor Ed Harding and State House reporter Janet Wu.
CEO Corner, NECN 11:30 a.m. Jim Koch, Sam Adams brewer and chief executive of Boston Beer Company, discusses the beer industry; Bev Armstrong, the winner of a Brewing the American Dream Award, discusses her Brazo Fuerte brand.
CityLine, WCVB TV Channel 5, 12 p.m. With host Karen Holmes Ward, this week’s focus: Politicking, with looks at Rep. Gloria Fox’s tenure, interracial marriage, and legalizing marijuana.
Harvard cancels men’s soccer season over sexually explicit ’scouting reports’ – Boston Globe
T station cleanliness criticized – Boston Herald
Boston’s early voter turnout varied by neighborhood – WGBH
MWRA says crumbling water infrastructure threatens greater Boston catastrophe – WGBH
Alleging cronyism and corruption, developers file $50M lawsuit against Springfield – MassLive
Mother whose police informant son died of overdose sues Umass Amherst – Boston Globe
41 officer unit to patrol downtown to content with casino crowds – MassLive
Documents reveal true backers of driver for 2nd slots parlor – Boston Globe
Comptroller blasts DCR review of party funding – Boston Herald
UMass Med researchers may have found clue in latest ebola outbreak – Telegram & Gazette
Be mindful of how you smell, Halifax tells town hall visitors – Patriot Ledger
At UMass, Amherst elementary school foes, supporters vie for student early votes – Hampshire Gazette
Pot proponents hit critics on ‘scare tactics’ – CommonWealth Magazine
GateHouse media to hire more digital ad reps as newsrooms shrink – Boston Business Journal
Women set to make gains in Congress but still have long way to go – NPR
Intelligence officials warn of Russia meddling in election and beyond – Washington Post
Trump income doesn’t always match claims, records show – New York Times
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