Happening Today

Cannabis licenses, Connors honored and more

— Lt Gov. Karyn Polito joins U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, state Rep. Jim O’Day, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, City Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and others for an announcement related to the Bryan Building at the Worcester Biomanufacturing Park development, Hospital Drive, Worcester, 9:45 a.m.

— Mayor Marty Walsh attends the New England Heritage Homes & Talbot Commons Phase 1 groundbreaking, 131 Southern Ave., Boston, 10:45 a.m.

— Attorney General Maura Healey joins students and teachers for a discussion highlighting ‘Project Here,’ a public-private collaboration to make substance use prevention education available in public middle schools, Marshall Middle School, 15 Floyd St., Billerica, 11 a.m.

— The Museum of Science comes to the State House for a lunchtime briefing on how local educators are implementing engineering curriculum in Massachusetts classrooms, with Rep. Alice Peisch, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and Museum of Science president Ioannis Miaoulis attending, Hall of Flags, 12 p.m.

— The Cannabis Control Commission meets and may vote to approve the state’s first retail marijuana licenses since pot became legal in Massachusetts, Transportation board room, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, 1 p.m.

— Republican secretary of state hopeful Anthony Amore holds a press conference to address media reports that Secretary Bill Galvin ‘touted the accomplishments of his office’ inside the 2018 voter guide, State House steps, 1 p.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker, Kraft Group chariman Robert Kraft, TD Garden president Amy Latimer, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Undersecretary of Homeland Security Patrick McMurray and others make an announcement regarding the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force, Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, 2:30 p.m.

— U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl holds a press conference to discuss U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘presidential ambitions,’ 171 Springs Road, Bedford, 2:30 p.m.

— The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate holds its annual meeting where it plans to honor Jack Connors, Jr., a long-time businessman, charity leader, supporter of the institute and current chair of Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign, 210 Morrissey Blvd, Columbia Point, Boston, 5:30 p.m.

City Life/Vida Urbana host members of the press for dinner and discussion of what organizers call Boston’s ‘escalating displacement crisis’ marked by evictions and rising rents, Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, 6 p.m.

For more calendar listings, check out State House News Service’s Daily Advances (pay wall – free trial subscriptions available) and MassterList’s Beacon Hill Town Square below.

Today’s Stories

Political cost analysis: HPC’s Question 1 dollar estimates

The state Health Policy Commission yesterday waded deep into the political battle over the nursing-staffing Question 1, estimating that mandatory staffing levels for nurses could drive up health care costs in Massachusetts by $676 million to nearly $1 billion, figures that are in line with what hospitals have been warning about in recent months. Supporters of Question 1 are not happy and are disputing the HPC’s estimates. Michael Jonas at CommonWealth magazine and Shira Schoenberg at MassLive have the details.

But what caught our attention, besides the huge numbers involved, is Bruce Mohl’s piece at CommonWealth magazine on the how the decision was reached by the HPC to get involved in the Question 1 dispute. It turns out that not all that many were involved in the decision. Stuart Altman, chairman of the commission, swears the commission isn’t taking sides in the Question 1 fight, only providing data to voters. Yet the HPC did indeed effectively take sides in the debate over whose numbers are right.  

So was it wrong for the HPC to get involved? We tend to think the state needs more, not less, cost analysis when it comes to proposed new laws and regulations, similar to how the Congressional Budget Office operates at the federal level. But we’d prefer a more institutional approach toward cost-benefit analysis, not a case-by-case approach that leaves it up to individual agency heads to decide what’s analyzed and not analyzed.

Columbia Gas rents cruise ship to house emergency gas-line workers

We’re pretty sure we won’t be seeing a cruise ship on the Merrimack River. But there will be a ship around somewhere, after Columbia Gas announced yesterday its intention to lease a 1,900-passenger cruise ship to house hundreds of workers brought in to repair and replace gas lines in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, reports the Globe’s Matt Rocheleau. Officials at Columbia Gas and Florida-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line don’t know yet where the 773-foot cruise ship will be docked or when it will arrive, Rocheleau writes.

Meanwhile, the Herald’s Alexi Cohan reports that Columbia Gas is now footing the bill for more than 300 displaced families who are staying in hotels throughout the region until gas service is restored. Btw: Kiera Blessing at the Eagle-Tribune reports that at least 15 buildings in the Merrimack Valley have been deemed uninhabitable in the wake of last month’s gas-line disaster, with an additional 19 homes considered safe enough for only “restricted use.”

Maybe next year: Longmeadow mulls moratorium on Columbia Gas pipeline work

Can you blame them? Selectmen in Longmeadow are considering a moratorium on new construction projects, including a proposed natural gas pipeline and metering station in town, by Columbia Gas, the same firm now at the center of controversy over the gas-line explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley, reports Elise Linscott at MassLive. 


‘Starkly different’: Healey and McMahon go at it in first AG debate

Here’s a pleasant surprise: They held a political debate yesterday and an actual debate broke out. Unlike the recent non-debate debates during the primary season – when participants so often agreed upon most issues – the two general-election candidates for attorney general, Democrat Maura Healey and Republican Jay McMahon, really went at it last night on WGBH-TV, presenting “starkly different” views on a wide range of issues, as Antonio Caban and Maddie Kilgannon at WGBH report. There’s a video of the debate with the ’GBH link.


Oh, no: Has beer now become an issue in the nation’s ideological wars?

Embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has acknowledged, over and over again, that he’s a beer drinker, suggesting to some he’s trying to come across as a ‘regular guy’ and using beer as an ‘identity marker.’ The Globe’s Mark Arsenault takes a look at how beer is part of American political culture, from Ronald Reagan’s stop at the Eire Pub in the 1980s to Barack Obama’s “beer summit” between Harvard professor Henry Gates and a Cambridge police officer.

If hyper-partisan ideologues find a way to actually clash over beer, we’ll know then that the nation is truly doomed.

Boston Globe

Charting how men and women think about sexual assaults …

The Globe’s Steve Annear has a fascinating story about how a simple chart — which chronicles how men and women view sexual assault – has gone viral. The bottom line: Men don’t think about the issue at all on a daily basis –while women think about it, and take precautions, all the time. Here’s the chart at Instagram, btw.

Re-shuffling the deck: State wants to hear feedback on possible third casino in southeastern Mass.

With a Wampanoag casino in Taunton now in serious doubt, the state’s Gaming Commission is inviting residents and gaming-industry officials to weigh in on a possible third casino in Massachusetts, specifically in the southeast portion of the state, reports SHNS’s Colin Young at South Coast Today. And, Brockton, the fairgrounds idea has already been reviewed and rejected.

In other gaming-license news, the Globe’s Joan Vennochi writes how the controversy over Wynn Resorts and the fate of the Everett casino license has entered the governor’s race, with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez hammering away at the issue.

South Coast Today

Telegram sues Worcester over withheld police records

After several failed efforts to dislodge internal affairs records relating to police officer misconduct allegations, the Telegram & Gazette has filed suit over access to police records, saying the department is flouting a ruling from an earlier lawsuit 15 years ago, Brad Petrishen reports at the Telegram. 


As Warren gets pumped up for a fight, Diehl gets police union endorsement

Noah Bierman at the LA Times has a big story on how Elizabeth Warren sure sounds like a candidate gearing up for a non-stop fight for president, even returning to her Oklahoma roots to super-charge the batteries, so to speak.

Meanwhile, Geoff Diehl, Warren’s Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race here, seems to be trying to steal a page from the ’88 presidential election when the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association endorsed Republican George H.W. Bush for president over Democrat Mike Dukakis, to wit: Diehl announced yesterday that the BPPA has endorsed him, reports the Herald.

LA Times

Warren and Diehl to debate in Springfield, while Goldberg and Orrall will face off on WGBH-TV

More debate season news: Shannon Young at MassLive reports that U.S. Senate candidates, Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Geoff Diehl, will face off in an October 21 debate at WGBY-TV. Meanwhile, state treasurer candidates, Democrat Deb Goldberg and Republican Keiko Orrall, will face off on October 10 on WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston,” with host Jim Braude acting as moderator, reports SHNS’s Colin Young (pay wall).

Winning streak: State tax collections continue to exceed expectations

More good news on the state revenue front. SHNS’s Matt Murphy reports that state tax collections during the first three months of the fiscal year are now running $323 million above projections, with DOR reporting yesterday that September’s tax revenues were up an impressive 13.3 percent over last year’s numbers. Credit the strong economy.

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

Jordan’s Furniture wins abatement over timing of tax holiday sales

Speaking of state tax-revenue issues: Jordan’s Furniture, which is now part of Warren Buffet’s portfolio of companies, has won a $2.3 million tax abatement from the state of Massachusetts, Aaron Nicodemus reports at Bloomberg News. The store had sought relief from taxes on sales that customers canceled and then re-purchased during the state’s sales-tax holiday weekends from 2010 to 2012. After all these years, the Appellate Tax Board finally ruled in Jordan’s favor. 

Bloomberg News

Boston Symphony Orchestra: An oboe is not a flute, so a male oboist deserves higher pay than a female flutist

They may have hit a sour note for some with this argument. Greg Ryan at the BBJ reports that the Boston Symphony Orchestra, responding to a lawsuit by a top flutist who claims she makes significantly less pay than the orchestra’s male lead oboist, argues that the two instruments are not comparable and therefore there’s no gender discrimination.

BBJ (pay wall)

Baker is the most popular governor in the country — and also one of the better paid

He’s not tops in pay, unlike his being tops in popularity among governors across the country. But Gov. Charlie Baker’s annual salary is up there among the highest paid governors in the country – at No. 38, to be exact, with a salary of $151,800 a year. Jeff Jeffrey at the BBJ (pay wall) has all the gubernatorial-salary details. Btw: Maine Gov. Paul LePage is the lowest paid governor, with a salary of $70,000.

How Charlton became ground zero in recreational marijuana rollout

The Globe’s Dan Adams checks in on the epic battle between a Charlton farmer who wants to sell his property for a proposed $100 million recreational pot farm and finds the not-in-my-backyard dustup has turned “nasty” and could drag on for months with multiple lawsuits and local reviews still ahead.  

Boston Globe

Arbitrator orders state to give, not receive, in dispute over fiber optic network

An arbitrator has ordered the Commonwealth to pay $12.2 million to an entity it hired to operate the state’s so-called middle-mile fiber-optic network, turning the tables in a case in which the state had initially sought a payment of $30 million, Larry Parnass reports at the Berkshire Eagle.

Berkshire Eagle

Not par for the course: Brockton city worker indicted for biting off another golfer’s finger during fight

Derek J. Harkins, a Brockton city employee, has been indicted by a Plymouth County Superior Court grand jury on mayhem and assault-and-battery charges for allegedly biting off the tip of another golfer’s finger during a fairway brawl at a Plymouth golf course. Cody Shepard at Wicked Local has the details.

Wicked Local

Developer wants to replace MIT Coop building with glass tower for Google

Hey, what Google wants, Google gets. The old humdrum building won’t be missed anyway. From Catherine Carlock at the BBJ: “Boston Properties is proposing to develop an 18-story glass office tower in Cambridge’s Kendall Square that would likely house Google Inc., along with a 34-story residential tower — a project that would replace the existing MIT Coop building and transform the entrance to the white-hot neighborhood.”

BBJ (pay wall)

HUBweek 2018 Panel Discussion: The Future of Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a major issue in Greater Boston. This panel will address how to make sure more people have access to affordable housing and use it as a springboard to economic mobility.


Demystifying Lobbying

Join Civic Series for this special HUBWeek event to better understand lobbying and how you can be more effective communicating to your elected officials. You’ll hear what it’s like to be on the other side of the lobbying and learn how to effectively communicate to elected officials and become a reliable advocate for your issues. This session includes plenty of time for your questions.

Civic Series

A Reception in Support of Jay Gonzalez for Governor

Please join Former Treasurer Steve Grossman; Former Mayor Setti Warren; Senator Cindy Creem; Representatives Ruth Balser, Kay Khan; Councilors Vicki Danberg, Josh Krintzman, Rick Lipof; Newton DCC Chair Shawn Fitzgibbons, DSC Member Martina Jackson; Hosts Dennis Kanin, Mike Offner for a reception in support of Jay Gonzalez for Governor.

Jay Gonzalez: Democrat for Governor

Coffee With Colleagues

Jump start your day with this popular, fun and informal networking event at the offices of TIAA. Welcome remarks will be made by Sam Flood, Director of Corporate Real Estate at TIAA. This is an ideal opportunity to develop or rekindle business relationships while enjoying a continental breakfast. Move past business cards and make real connections at Coffee with Colleagues!

NAIOP Massachusetts

Get in the Know

Boston School Finder’s “Get in the Know” event will break down recent education data from a variety of sources, taking these insights from ideation to action by enlisting the help of parents and families. The goal is to equip parents and families with the information necessary to advocate for changes within schools and to work toward equitable opportunities for all students in Boston.

Boston School Finder

Book Release: “The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation”

Join us for a lively discussion of Pioneer Institute’s new book, “The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.”

Pioneer Institute

11th Annual Public Performance Conference

Please join us for the 11th Annual Public Performance Conference. The goal of the conference is to examine and discuss performance management research and models for the adoption and implementation of compelling practices in the public sector.

Suffolk University

Divest to Invest: Divesting from the Prison Industry to Invest in Our Communities

Please join New Leaders Council Boston and community organizers, including the Corrections Accountability Project and College Bound Dorchester, on Thursday, October 18th to discuss a Boston-wide campaign to divest public and private funds from the prison industrial complex.

New Leaders Council

Negotiating Skills: Art, Science or Luck?

Learn how to identify the appropriate tactics and counter tactics employed for any type of negotiators to reach a more leveraged position (even when you think you’re at a disadvantage).

NAIOP Massachusetts

Fight Night Boston: Demetrius Andrade vs Billy-Joe Saunders

Matchroom Boxing USA and Murphys Boxing Promotions announce a major world championship boxing event to be held at Boston’s TD Garden on October 20, 2018.

Matchroom Boxing USA and Murphys Boxing Promotions

18th Annual Meeting on Oral Care & Oral Cancer (CSE)

18th Annual Meeting on Oral care & Oral cancer (Oral care 2018) scheduled to be held during Oct 24-25, 2018 at Boston, USA. This Oral care conference includes a wide range of Keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations, Symposia, Workshops, Exhibitions and Career development programs.

New York Events List

Boston Trade Compliance and Policy Seminar

International trade regulations change constantly—old rules are updated and new regulations are added every day. Attend one of the full-day seminars in a location close to you to stay up to date on the latest information. Learn about changing international trade regulations with industry experts—C.H. Robinson’s Kevin Doucette —who is passionate about this subject.

C.H. Robinson

We The People’s For Creators, By Creators

We The People, the world’s only multi-channel crowdfunding retail chain and community, is hosting a kick-off crowdfunding event where local entrepreneurs from companies such as Rocketbook, Think Board and allocacoc will provide tips on how to leverage crowdfunding to launch products. They will also discuss how to create crowdfunding campaigns and some lessons learned.

We The People

Global Summit on Agriculture, Food Science and Technology (CSE) AS

The annual Food & Beverage Conference continues to be the premier environmental event for the food industry, bringing together senior environmental managers from food and beverage companies to share their experiences with sustainable practices, environmental compliance and new technologies and approaches.

New York Events List

Real Estate Finance Fundamentals Onsite Course

This is a two part course that will be held on October 26, 2018 and November 2, 2018. This 2-day course will focus on debt and equity financing of income-producing real property. The course will look at both the private debt and equity markets for real estate finance, and the commercial mortgage-backed securities market for debt financing.

NAIOP Massachusetts

Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War (Gonson Lecture)

Experts say we are closer to accidental or intentional nuclear war than at any time since the 1950s – and yet, at the same time, also closer than ever to an international ban to dismantle all of these immoral weapons. Come hear about the race for human survival, and what citizens can do to help.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Today’s Headlines


Harvard places head diving coach on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations – Boston Globe

Developer wants to replace MIT Coop building with glass tower for Google – Boston Business Journal


Bike sharing may return to Worcester but not before year’s end – MassLive

Neighbors against 598-unit development proposed for old Quincy Hospital site – Patriot Ledger

Worcester DA Early, challenger to face off in ACLU debate – Worcester Magazine


If ‘Times’ is right, Trumps could face $400M state tax bill – Crain’s New York

What happens if a Democratic House votes to impeach Kavanaugh – Politico

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