Happening Today

Governor’s budget, lower voting age, and more

— The Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers Association hosts a legislative luncheon with Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Auditor Suzanne Bump planning to attend, Grand Staircase, State House, 11 a.m

Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy holds a hearing on various bills, including legislation related to the closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Hearing Room B-2, 11 a.m.

— Gov. Charlie Baker holds a press conference to announce his fiscal 2021 budget proposal, Room 157, 1 p.m.


Joint Committee on Election Laws holds a hearing on 10 bills, including one that would lower the voting age to 16 for municipal elections, Room A-2, 1 p.m.

— Former Gov. Deval Patrick holds a ‘community celebration’ as part of his presidential campaign in Massachusetts, followed by an appearance on WGBH-TV’s ‘Greater Boston, with the event held at Prince Hall, 24 Washington St., Dorchester, 6:30 p.m. and the show airing at 7 p.m.

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

Today’s Stories

Baker: Net-zero emissions by 2050, more money for the T

In his State of the State address last evening, Gov. Charlie Baker set out an ambitious goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while also reiterating his support for the controversial Transportation and Climate Initiative and calling for more funds for the MBTA. CommonWealth’s Bruce Mohl, the Globe’s Matt Stout and the Herald’s Mary Markos have the details. MassLive’s Steph Solis has the T-funding request covered, while SHNS’s Katie Lannan and Matt Murphy (pay wall) report on the favorable reaction of Dems to Baker’s climate goals.

WBUR has the full transcript of the governor’s speech.

Senate plans climate bill rollout tomorrow

Gov. Charlie Baker sure seems to have stolen some of the Senate’s net-zero thunder. From SHNS’s Chris Lisisnki: “The Massachusetts Senate plans to roll out a ‘comprehensive climate change bill’ on Thursday, officials announced Tuesday, and one senator told reporters he expects the bill to feature a net-zero emissions requirement by 2050.”

The plans couldn’t come soon enough for those in the clean-energy sector. The Globe’s Jon Chesto reports that jobs growth within the industry has most definitely been slowing of late. One other related item, from SHNS’s Chris Lisinski (pay wall): “Toll Debate Continues as House Researches Transpo Financing Plan.”

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

That Iranian student’s deportation? He wasn’t the first

CommonWealth’s Sarah Betencourt and the Globe’s Deirdre Fernandes report that an Iranian student’s sudden deportation earlier this week – despite a judge’s order – wasn’t the first time a student from Iran was sent home after arriving at Boston’s Logan Airport. At least ten other students have been given the boot, according to reports.

Does Elizabeth Warren really want Hillary Clinton’s help?

Hillary Clinton was back in the news yesterday with her “nobody likes” Bernie Sanders remark, a timely shot at her former Dem presidential rival in 2016 and now Elizabeth Warren’s main progressive rival in 2020. The Globe’s Jess Bidgood sees more than a few “Ghosts of Elections Past” at work, as Sanders once again fends off accusations his campaign isn’t exactly female friendly.

At the Herald, Joe Battenfeld thinks Clinton is exacting a little revenge for the bitter and protracted primary fight against Sanders four years ago. Meanwhile, the NYT takes a look at Bernie’s in-house “media critic,” whose job is apparently to literally hound the media with criticism, amid accusations that Sanders’s media operatives are just a tad bit too aggressive.

Btw, this Politico headline certainly caught our attention: “Warren hires former Castro aides.” Then we read it’s Julián Castro, not the other Castro.

Boston Globe

Deval Patrick’s ‘old baggage’

We’re pretty sure former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray doesn’t consider himself old baggage, but the Herald’s Hillary Chabot thinks otherwise, as she reviews some of those now helping out with former Gov. Deval Patrick’s long-shot campaign for president in Massachusetts.

Btw, here are other Patrick items of note. From The Hill: “Patrick backs reparations in unveiling ‘Equity Agenda for Black Americans’” And from the Herald: “Deval Patrick rolls out foreign policy agenda as he struggles with voters.”

Boston Herald

Pro-life Patriots player Ben Watson producing abortion documentary

The New England Patriots’ Ben Watson, an outspoken pro-life Christian, is producing a documentary on abortion that he says will provide arguments from both sides of the controversial topic, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The film will feature former presidential candidate Ben Carson and Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among others, according to reports.

Hollywood Reporter

Thanks, TikTok: Fire Marshal warns of viral video that brings out the pyro in kids

From SHNS’s Colin Young: “The state fire marshal on Tuesday put all Massachusetts fire chiefs on alert that his office has already received reports of two instances in which teens trying to recreate a viral (TikTok) video have caused electrical system damage or fire.” It involves inserting the “plug part of a phone charger into a wall outlet and then slide a penny down the wall to make contact with the two exposed prongs.”

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

Shifting blame: Brockton sues attorney who oversaw costly lawsuit loss

When in doubt, blame the lawyer. The city of Brockton has filed a malpractice suit against the attorney who defended it in the employment discrimination lawsuit that resulted in a $4 million judgment against the city, Marc Larocque reports at the Enterprise. The main claim in the suit: That attorney Stephen Pfaff should have told the city to settle the case before it went to trial. 


MetroWest Medical Center to close nearly all services at Natick campus

The BBJ’s Jessica Bartlett reports that Texas-based Tenet HealthCare, the for-profit owner of the two-hospital MetroWest Medical Center, is planning to close most of its services at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick. We’re talking shuttering “medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit, operating rooms, emergency department, and outpatient rehabilitation service.” A nurses union is furious.


Again? State Street to cut an additional 750 jobs

Speaking of corporate cutbacks, it seems GE and State Street Corp. are in competition to see who can shrink the most and fastest in Boston. The BBJ’s Greg Ryan reports that State Street plans to reduce its headcount in offices, including at its Boston headquarters, by 750 employees in 2020, “as the company remains in cost-cutting mode after eliminating approximately 3,400 jobs last year.”

Take this job and shove it: Departing Gardner mayor leaves in huff over salary

Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke formally announced his resignation on Monday and blasted the city on the way out the door for paying the mayor less than dozens of other department heads, school principals and teachers, Stephen Landry reports at the Gardner News. Hawkes’s letter begins with the admission that “I am bitter” about how the city council slow-walked plans to increase what the mayor earns. 

Gardner News

Ferry fury: Steamship Authority website stumbles out of gate

This sounds familiar. Two years after software issues dogged the Steamship Authority for weeks, would-be island-hoppers who tried to secure online reservations on the first day they were available were again thwarted en masse by technological glitches, Ethan Genter reports at the Cape Cod Times. SSA General Manager Robert Davis called the snafus, which appear to have been contained by day’s end, “an unacceptable result on our biggest reservation day of the year.” 

Cape Cod Times

The Rise and Fall of Jasiel Correia: A cautionary tale of youth and hope and immaturity, etc.

Chris Sweeney at Boston Magazine has a big piece on former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, once the youthful pride of the city and now someone most residents simply want to forget.

Speaking of the federally indicted Correia, his former chief of staff, Genoveva Andrade, who has been indicted on six federal counts herself, is distancing herself from her old boss, saying being tried alongside Correia would cause “substantial prejudice” against her, according to the Herald News.

Boston Magazine

Baker-tied Super PAC keeps on running

Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth reports that the Super PAC with strong ties to Gov. Charlie Baker has continued to vacuum up funds since the November elections, raising nearly $270,000 and largely replenishing what it spent on municipal races in the last election cycle. The biggest individual donor: John Fish, president and CEO of Suffolk Construction, $50,000. There’s lot of other donors linked to the business community.


Boston’s dystopian future: No children?

The Globe’s Tim Logan reports on a new Boston Foundation study that raises concerns over the declining number of school-age children in the city, particularly middle-class children. Considering all the empty nesters buying up condos in Boston, this isn’t too surprising.

Boston Globe

Group presses for investigation of Trahan’s funds

They’re not letting go of this issue. Christian Wade at the Eagle Tribune reports that a watchdog group is renewing calls for an investigation of U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan’s campaign financing moves two years ago, saying she “knowingly and willfully violated federal law” by loaning money to her campaign in 2018.

Eagle Tribune

And another one is seeking Kennedy’s 4th District seat

From SHNS’s Chris Lisinski: “Brookline attorney and community advocate Ben Sigel announced his campaign for Congress on Tuesday, expanding an already-crowded primary field of Democrat seeking to represent the Fourth Congressional District.”

SHNS (pay wall — free trial subscription available)

Meanwhile, three candidates file for special election to fill O’Connell’s seat

WPRI’s Ted Nesi and Eli Sherman report that two Democrats and one Republican have filed nomination papers to run in the special legislative election fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Republican who left Beacon Hill to become mayor of Taunton.


Condition of Education in the Commonwealth

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy is hosting a discussion on the status of education in Massachusetts. The event will explore the latest data on educational progress in the Commonwealth and look at innovative approaches to measuring student success. Education Secretary James Peyser and Commissioner of Early Education and Care Samantha Aigner-Treworgy will be among the speakers.

Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy

Boston Speaker Series: Douglas Brinkley

An award-winning historian, Brinkley has written on a wide range of topics, including D-Day, Hurricane Katrina, President Kennedy, and the Great Space Race and the lives of Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and Walter Cronkite. Brinkley serves as a CNN Presidential Historian, and as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Lesley University

Boston Speaker Series: Douglas Brinkley

An award-winning historian, Brinkley has written on a wide range of topics, including D-Day, Hurricane Katrina, President Kennedy, and the Great Space Race and the lives of Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and Walter Cronkite. Brinkley serves as a CNN Presidential Historian, and as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Lesley University

The Impact of Latinos in Massachusetts

The Impact of Latinos in Massachusetts incorporates a dialogue with executive leaders around the buying power and impact of Latinos in community and business.

El Mundo Boston

Today’s Headlines


Lawyers say at least 10 Iranian students deported in last year – CommonWealth Magazine

Quincy wants to know how it can improve by 2025. And residents have plenty of suggestions. – Patriot Ledger


Danvers selectmen endorse Indigienous Peoples Day – Salem News

Victims’ lawyer releases credibly accused clergy list for Fall River diocese – Standard-Times

‘History is testing us,’ Congressman Jim McGovern says of impeachment of President Donald Trump – MassLive


Senate Democrats privately mull Biden-for-Bolton trade in impeachment trial – Washington Post

Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos’ phone backed by Saudi crown prince – The Guardian

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