National headlines

Marco Rubio launches barrage against Donald Trump in last debate before Super Tuesday – The Boston Globe

Romney ex-aide: The Donald was ‘loose cannon’ in ’12

State headlines

Radio rattlesnakes? State plan calls for high-tech tracking of snakes on island in Quabbin – The Boston Globe

MBTA to ban hoverboards from buses, trains, stations – The Boston Globe

Following the Massachusetts money in the presidential race – The Boston Globe

Clinton, Sanders tied in new Mass. primary poll – The Boston Globe

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey won’t offer opinion on legislative exemption from Open Meeting Law

Donald Trump dominating GOP field in new Massachusetts primary poll

To woo the next General Electric, Baker administration wants stronger incentives – Boston Business Journal

How Boston’s Late-Night MBTA Service Compares To The Rest Of The World

Why Trump’s Lead In Liberal Mass. Might Not Be A Surprise

These Are the Biggest Lobbyists on Beacon Hill

Healey pushes for delay on pipeline contracts – CommonWealth Magazine

Attorney general announces expansion of Abandoned Home Initiative

As Joyce returns, DeLeo proposes ethics law task force

Massachusetts Senate divided on resolution urging US Senate vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court pick

Is U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsing anybody in the Massachusetts presidential primary?

Local headlines

Brockton City Council sues Mayor Bill Carpenter over power plant

Easton raises age to buy tobacco to 21

Talks on Regulating Charles River Runoff Fail, Leading CLF To Sue EPA

Logan Airport Tries New Ways To Handle Overflow Parking

Legislator looks to close ‘loophole’ on occupancy taxes – News – capecodtimes.com – Hyannis, MA

Hyde out as Mashpee schools chief

Latinos urge city to take voting issues seriously | Local News | salemnews.com

Easton receives federal subpoena for information regarding Sen. Joyce

Legal dispute over Quincy council seat still pending as election nears

Despite the polls, Massachusetts students for Hillary say they don’t feel outnumbered

Republican to challenge Tsongas in Third Congressional District

Dog park master plan for Worcester to be unveiled in April

Leaders unite in call for Fed probe of BLS

Herald publisher recounts CNC deal at Babson forum

 

 

National headlines

Warren bill would help limit opioids

Mitt Romney: Donald Trump’s taxes will blow up in his face

Supreme Court’s credibility could be diminished in nominee fight, Obama warns – The Boston Globe

State headlines

State looks at reducing incentives for insurance companies to serve low-income communities – The Boston Globe

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans defends use of covert cell trackers – The Boston Globe

Mass. GOP establishment braces for Trump win – The Boston Globe

New hearings for sex offenders begin this week, could take 2 years to complete – The Boston Globe

Federal prosecutors looking into Sen. Brian Joyce’s role in Stonehill College solar project – The Boston Globe

Charlie Baker moves to resolve Wynn Resorts casino crisis

Is Donald Trump appearing at Faneuil Hall this weekend or not? – Boston Business Journal

Mass. Attorney Who Represented Guantanamo Inmates Discusses Obama’s Plans To Close Prison

State: Snake colony 
will start ssssmall

Chabot: Transparency watchdog takes aim at AG

Baker faces backlash amid bid to reshape GOP state committee

Gov. Baker Appears To Be Growing Frustrated With Lack Of Movement On Opioid Bill

DeLeo Will Consider Fingerprinting For Ride-hail Drivers, But Uber Says It Could Leave Boston

Time is not right for large T fare hike – CommonWealth Magazine

Fish calls casino ‘game-changer’ for MA – CommonWealth Magazine

Curtatone invites Steve Wynn to call him – CommonWealth Magazine

Pilgrim owner faces penalty for violating state law

Lawmakers consider pitch for high-speed Boston-Springfield rail line | masslive.com

Local headlines

Detectives, union gave $25G ahead of vote | Boston Herald

Municipal road rage brewing between Dracut, Methuen

Police union denounces bid to link Trump, organization with KKK

Marty Walsh watches ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ – The Boston Globe

Trump supporters in Brockton trumpet their candidate ahead of primary

Hingham to get state’s newest drug court

Holliston lawyer announces run for Middlesex sheriff

Shrewsbury frets about tear-downs replaced by larger houses

Worcester City Councilor Michael Gaffney sues InCity Times

Few Hispanics on Southbridge schools turnaround panel

Walsh: No need for federal case

Walsh files municipal lobbying legislation – The Boston Globe

Emotions run deep as Children’s Hospital defends expansion – The Boston Globe

Boston City Council approves 29 percent pay hike for detectives – The Boston Globe

 

 

Today: Rethinking the medicine cabinet

 

Gov. Baker plans to help launch the MyOldMeds Massachusetts campaign, which will highlight state resources for returning unused medications and provide substance abuse treatment options. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America President and CEO Steve Ubl and Massachusetts Police Chief Association President William Brooks plan to attend. At the Grand Staircase, 11:30 am.

 

Gov. Baker also is scheduled to be in studio on “NightSide with Dan Rea,” WBZ NewsRadio 1030, 8 pm.

 

Electrical workers plan to protest National Grid’s “continued push to outsource key work to contractors that could negatively impact public safety” with a standout at the State House. Boston Gas Local 12003 USW authorized leadership to call a strike against National Grid and its contract expires Feb. 28. Massachusetts Jobs with Justice will join the group. It will be held outside the State House, 12 pm.

 

State employees fill out GOP slate

As Gov. Baker pushes his slate of moderates for GOP state committee seats, about 20 of them are state employees, Shira Schoenberg of MassLive reports. “The state employees running for Republican State Committee include some well-known members of Baker’s administration: Dominick Ianno, chief of staff for the Office of Administration and Finance; David D’Arcangelo, director of the Office on Disability; Ryan Chamberland, director of Baker’s Western Massachusetts office; Laura Rigas, communications director for the Office of Education; and Peter Lorenz, communications director for the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs,” reports Schoenberg. Under state law, state employees are not allowed to raise money for political causes, which some say should be one of the primarily roles of state committee members. http://bit.ly/1QxE5H7

 

Baker on ‘secret’ donations

“We follow all the rules, Frank, and as you know we follow all the rules.”

—Gov. Baker, in response to a question by Globe reporter Frank Phillips on disclosing the source of donations Baker has solicited for GOP state committee races. More here via the State House News Service: http://bit.ly/1Qx5glE

 

 

Baker promises MBTA OT crackdown

Gov. Baker reacted to revelations of loose overtime practices at the MBTA, saying, “I do think a lot of it has to do with how things were done. And things aren’t going to be done like that going forward,” Baker said, according to Matt Stout’s story in the Boston Herald. The highest earner on the T payroll was signing off on his own overtime on the way to making $327,000 last year. Overtime this year is has been reduced, Stout reports. http://bit.ly/1PZdgyo

 

Joyce won’t seek reelection

Sen. Brian Joyce said yesterday he would not seek reelection on the same day that a state representative in his district announced his intentions to run for the seat. “I have worked hard for Milton and achieved results, while always trying to abide by the rules. I will continue to work hard for Milton and all of the district but will not seek re-election,” Joyce said in a statement. Joyce was the subject of a Boston Globe report in January that explored a controversial, 10-year arrangement he engaged in for dry cleaning. Last week Joyce’s law offices were raided by the FBI and IRS. More from Matt Murphy of the State House News Service. http://bit.ly/1R0SM6j

 

Bill would expand death benefit for state workers

Lawmakers are considering a bill to expand benefits for state and local government workers killed in the line of duty, reports Christian Wade, State House reporter for several North Shore dailies, including the Salem News. “Legislation filed by Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston — and backed by lawmakers including Reps. Frank Moran and Marcos Devers, both Lawrence Democrats — offer the one-time $150,000 payment as a death benefit to the families of any state or local government worker,” Wade reports. Current law awards payment to police, firefighters and paramedics killed in the line of duty. http://bit.ly/1TFlcbX

 

City Sports brand revival

Two New Jersey brothers who run a soccer retail company have bought the City Sports brand and plan to start operating an e-commerce site within weeks and open a brick-and-mortar store by the end of the year, the Globe’s Jon Chesto reports. http://bit.ly/1QxB5KY

 

Baker still undecided 

Less than a week before the March 1 state primary, Gov. Charlie Baker says he still hasn’t decided who will get his vote for the GOP Presidential nomination, Gintautas Dumcius of MassLive reports. Baker did say it’s “unlikely” he’ll vote for frontrunner Donald Trump.  http://bit.ly/1S0KAI2

Diehl backs Trump 

Trump did get his first endorsement from an elected Republican in the Bay State on Tuesday, with State Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman— a lead crusader in the effort to repeal automatic increases in the state’s gas tax—saying he’d back the real estate mogul, Garrett Quinn of Boston Magazine reports.http://bit.ly/1p2lGwn

‘Rattlesnake Island’ gets a hearing 

State wildlife officials laid out the rationale behind their plan to create a colony of timber rattlesnakes on the largest island in the Quabbin Reservoir to a crowd of about 200 Tuesday, assuring residents there will be no danger to the public, Bob McGovern of the Herald reports. Officials said the snakes will have monitoring devices implanted and that the first snakes would be located to the island early in 2017. http://bit.ly/1mXbOCq

Galvin upholds decision to keep Jones video from public 

Secretary of State William Galvin says Foxboro police acted property when they withheld surveillance video that showed Patriots player Chandler Jones as he arrived at the town’s public safety complex to seek medical attention after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana, Colman Herman of CommonWealth Magazine reports. Galvin cited the privacy exemptions in the state’s public records law as a valid reason to withhold the video, which both the Herald and New England Cable News had sought.  http://bit.ly/1TyEsXs

BPD keeps cellphone tracker use in the dark 

The Boston Police Department is refusing to shed light on its use of secret cellphone trackers and is adhering to a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI that shields the information even from judges who are being asked to grant search warrants, according to a piece by Shawn Musgrave of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting published by the Globe and other outlets. The practice that has drawn the ire of privacy advocates and civil liberties groups has forced other jurisdictions to reveal how they use the tools. http://bit.ly/1mXa9ws

Worcester may tie tax breaks to ‘living wage’

The Worcester City Council is considering amending its policy toward granting tax increment financing agreements to require that workers who receive jobs created on projects that receive the property tax breaks be paid at least $15 an hour, Steven H. Foskett Jr. of the Telegram reports. http://bit.ly/1PZlWVF

How ‘Spotlight’ changed the legislative process 

Rep. Antonio Cabral recalls in a CommonWealth Magazine piece how the reporting of the Boston Globe’s investigative team, highlighted in the Academy Award-nominated ‘Spotlight’ movie helped a bill adding priests and other clergy to the ranks of mandated reporters of child abuse—one that had languished in the past—move quickly through the legislature.  “[T]he Globe stories changed everything,” the New Bedford Democrat writes. http://bit.ly/1La7sTU

 

Tall order at the White House

It’s no question that many people when they meet Gov. Charlie Baker are often forced to look up – and that includes President Barack Obama. At a Tuesday event celebrating the passage of Race Amity Day, Baker, who’s back from his whirlwind trip to D.C. where he attended meetings with his fellow state executives and dined with the Obamas, shared this comical exchange he and First Lady Lauren Baker had while at the White House:

 

“We got upstairs and did the photo line and got our picture taken with the President and the First Lady and my wife was complaining as we line up for the picture about being so short relative to the President and First Lady and me. The president looked at her and said ‘you’re not short he’s just crazy tall,’ ” Baker said.

 

Baker stands 6 feet 6 inches tall, according to a Boston Globe item printed during the 2014 campaign, which is a full five inches above the Commander in Chief. —Antonio Caban, State House News Service

 

 

National headlines 

Donald Trump wins Nevada GOP caucuses – The Boston Globe

State headlines

Galvin upholds Jones decision on privacy grounds – CommonWealth Magazine

First Elected Mass. Republican Backs Donald Trump

State approves expanded charter schools in Boston, new schools in Brockton, Springfield – The Boston Globe

Timilty to run for state Senate

Education board adds 1,500 seats to existing Massachusetts charter schools

How ‘Spotlight’ impacted the legislative process – CommonWealth Magazine

Sales Of Single-Family Homes Make Huge Jump In Mass.

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker: I haven’t decided whom I’m voting for in March 1 state primary

Gov. Charlie Baker mum on source of donations for state committee campaigns

State: Endangered rattlesnakes won’t stray far from rocky hibernation sites on Quabbin island

Gov. Charlie Baker vows T changes after OT abuse audit

Rattlesnake refuge on Quabbin island is not a done deal

Local headlines 

Dartmouth Select Board unhappy with ‘tone’ of New Bedford opioid letter

Bridgewater councilor uses charter objection to delay plastic bag ban vote

Plan to renumber Route 6 exit signs hits speed bump

Milton police chief confronts selectmen about contract decision

Boston Police Decline To Disclose Details Of Cell-Phone Monitoring

Northborough restaurant proposes ‘pet friendly’ dining room

Sudbury officials disclose 40B conflict filings, say relationships won’t affect decisions

Worcester mulls $15 minimum wage provision in tax incentive policy

Rising cleanup costs could delay new WRTA garage in Worcester

Fed probe sought for embattled BLS

Some citizens rattled by Quabbin serpent plan

One Watertown resident does not want to see “Patriots Day” movie come to town – The Boston Globe

Wanted: Boston festival sponsors with deep pockets – The Boston Globe

Latin School head apologizes for slow response to racial incidents – The Boston Globe

Boston police cast a veil on warrants, uses for cellphone trackers – The Boston Globe

Boston to give women, minority-led businesses a leg up in city contracts – The Boston Globe

 

National headlines

Donald Trump will be absent from Megyn Kelly-hosted GOP event on Fox – The Boston Globe

Ted Cruz fires top aide for spreading misinformation on Marco Rubio

How Boston 2024 Used the ‘Miracle on Ice’ to Sell Its Doomed Bid

Senator Edward Markey maintains opposition to FDA commissioner nominee ahead of vote – The Boston Globe

Apple calls on Congress to form committee for privacy issues – The Boston Globe

Kerry to give Northeastern commencement address – The Boston Globe
State headlines

Editorial: Massachusetts, and nation, are ready for Marco Rubio

Bill would prohibit cities, towns from imposing their own gun laws

Suffolk trustees chairman defends board against president’s complaints – The Boston Globe

MBTA pension fund’s long-term liabilities grow by $53 million – The Boston Globe

Governor raises money from unidentified donors to shape Mass. Republican Party – The Boston Globe

Tougher laws for trafficking fentanyl begin Tuesday

Backups help keep T buses on road – CommonWealth Magazine

T fare hike seems likely – CommonWealth Magazine

MBTA reining in operating expenses – CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. reprints primary ballots after ink problems

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld endorses John Kasich for president

Travel writer Rick Steves is coming to Massachusetts to push for marijuana legalization

Local headlines

Idea floated about reuniting Groton, Dunstable as one town

Lowell police confiscate first weapons under replica-gun ordinance

Ed Markey’s 20-Year War With The Cable Box, And Other Consumer-Protection Tales

Lexington, Home Of Revolutionary War’s First Shots, Wants To Ban Assault Weapons

Marlborough police chief, officers named in federal lawsuit

Fitchburg state rep candidates: People are unhappy with government

Worcester Housing Authority to go smoke free

Holyoke City Councilor Jossie Valentin ‘extremely honored’ to introduce Bernie Sanders at UMass

MGM Springfield’s design changes approved by City Council

Police commish wants fingerprints of Uber, Lyft drivers

Young and old cheer Bernie Sanders in Amherst – The Boston Globe

‘Patriots Day’ reportedly wants to recreate Watertown shootout scene – The Boston Globe

Chang says no reason to reopen Boston Latin School investigation – The Boston Globe

 

 

Today: Guv at White House

 

Gov. Baker joins other governors visiting Washington for a meeting with President Obama, followed by a press conference. 10:30 a.m.

 

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg joins Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in studio for an interview on Boston Public Radio. WGBH-FM 89.7 and 1 Guest St., Brighton, 11 am.

 

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board reviews a report on bus maintenance — an area T officials have already highlighted as a cost driver – receive an update on an audit of MBTA overtime and hear an update on the commuter rail vendor’s improvement plan. 10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor conference rooms, Boston, 12 pm.

 

U.S. Senator and Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosts a rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. According to an advisory, topics Sanders plans to discuss include “getting big money out of politics, combating climate change and making college affordable.” William D. Mullins Memorial Center, University of Massachusetts, 200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, 4:30 pm.

 

Trump Effect stirs GOP fears

As Donald Trump continues to cruise toward the Republican nomination, others in the GOP are beginning to worry about the damage that could be left in his wake with other contests on the state level. “Polls have shown him performing poorly among women and minority voters, two groups the party needs to attract in greater numbers than it has in recent elections,” reports the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan from Washington, where national governors associations were meeting this weekend. http://bit.ly/1Q4bkTk

 

Legalization lessons from Colorado

Legalization of marijuana is a mixed bag, reports Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, who recently spent some time in Colorado, where the substance, in various forms, has been legal since 2014. Legalization brought in $135 million in tax revenue last year in Colorado while the state has the highest youth rate of marijuana use in the country. And there’s been an uptick in the number of kids admitted to the ER for accidentally eating THC-infused marijuana. http://bit.ly/1RW6dcu

 

IndyCar racing infrastructure arriving

The controversial IndyCar race, tentatively scheduled to roar through South Boston over Labor Day weekend, already has begun storing large barriers as Grand Prix of Boston prepares for the event. The Globe’s Jon Chesto reports the organizers have secured a short-term lease at the Marine Industrial Park in South Boston to store the concrete barriers.

http://bit.ly/1Q5e5Ue

 

Baker lags in implementing nursing home regs

The track record of nursing home company Synergy Health Centers, the New Jersey based firm that operates 11 nursing homes in Massachusetts, has made clear the need for additional regulations, writes blogger HesterPrynne. But the Baker administration has been slow in producing them as the administration continues its regulatory review. …“It was difficult to avoid the conclusion that protecting Synergy Health Centers from meddlesome governmental regulators was more important to the Baker administration than protecting elderly and disabled nursing home residents from Synergy Health Centers.” http://bit.ly/20PRhNw

 

New container bill would do away with Bottle Bill
The food and beverage industry endorses a new bill that would end the 5-cent bottle bill and replace it with a 1-cent container bill, one that would generate an estimated $135 million per year to go towards expanding curbside recycling. However, environmental groups say it would have a negative impact on municipal recycling programs. “Supporters of the measure, which is backed by the food and beverage industry, say the changes would boost recycling by more than 30 percent, reduce landfill waste and create more than 3,000 new jobs while reducing carbon emissions,” the Christian Wade, State House reporter for the Newburyport Times, reports. However, not everyone is as certain the new program would work. “The reality is the bottle deposit system is the most effective recycling tool in the state, if not the country,” executive director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Janet Domenitz said.
http://bit.ly/1RhIoK2

 

Puppy mills target of pet sale bill
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley wants to ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and bunnies. The ban is intended to stop pet stories from selling animals from breeding mills. O’Malley said there are 120 municipalities that have a similar ban including Chicago and Los Angeles. Not everyone agrees with the ban. “I don’t see the logic here,” said Jim Gentile, owner of The Pet Shop in Brighton said to Brian Dowling of the Boston Herald. “I don’t see it helping. Does Weymouth or Cambridge sell bunnies? Are you pushing customers over the city limits?”
http://bit.ly/1mSlkGI

 

Financial engineering costing the T

The MBTA carries over $5 billion in debt, some of it at floating rates that it has hedged with derivatives called swaps, which basically are insurance against a sudden rise in rates. Those swaps, given the low interest rate environment, are costing the T about $26 million per year extra in interest, reports the Globe’s Beth Healy. The T is considering exiting some of its swap deals with Deutche Bank, which would cost $30 million. http://bit.ly/1TzZaY8

 

EPA orders costly cleanup in Charles River towns 

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue regulations forcing communities along the Charles River to spend millions to prevent contaminated runoff, David Abel of the Globe reports. While the Federal government says it will help defray some of the costs, municipalities are expecting to spend millions to comply with the new rules. Franklin alone expects to spend $62 million over the next 20 years.  http://bit.ly/1OpBnlG

Towns lament ABCC overrules

Several towns in Central Massachusetts say their attempts to punish liquor license holders for selling alcohol to minors are being thwarted by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which often overturns local rulings on appeal, sometimes twice in the same case, Susan Spencer of the Telegram reports. The ABCC says the communities have overreached in cases where violations are identified through sting operations. http://bit.ly/1XHJmSk

Is history in Brian Joyce’s corner? 

Amid calls for the expulsion of Sen. Brian Joyce, Matt Stout of the Herald reports in his Pols and Politics column that the Massachusetts Senate rarely forces its members out, last doing so in 1977 and only then acting after the senator was convicted of extortion. Before that, the most recent example of state senators throwing one of their own out dates to 1913.  http://bit.ly/1Tu7I1n

Making the case for Deval 

WGBH’s Callie Crossley lays out reasons why Gov. Deval Patrick makes sense to be President Obama’s choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. Crossley: Some of her arguments: Patrick has never openly coveted a court seat, which would allow him to “keep his cool” during tough confirmation hearings. And even if the Senate rejected him, the experience could help raise his profile nationally.  http://bit.ly/1QtfMtY

Is a Romney endorsement coming? 

Reports that circulated over the weekend that former and two-time presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney would endorse Marco Rubio are being called “false,” Boston.com’s Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.com reports. Rubio himself said no endorsement was in the offing—though he said he’d welcome it — and others report that Romney will likely wait until later in the nomination contest to anoit a candidate.  http://bit.ly/1QUPT6W

 

National:

Presidential candidates plan campaign events in Mass: What People are Tweeting

State:

Bills aim to curb teacher-student relationships

Governors eye Mass BC/BS efforts to reduce opioid prescriptions

Baker finds recognition, praise in Washington – The Boston Globe

Battle over charter school cap reaching fever pitch

Plan to scrap bottle bill draws ire of environmentalists

Local:

O’Malley bill takes aim at puppy mills

Campaigning Democrats appeal to Framingham town committee

Holyoke water rates increased for 1st time since 2009 but next could come sooner

Selectman, residents call for removal of Stoughton town manager

Students, black leaders question scope of Latin School inquiry – The Boston Globe

Some city councilors favor arbitration award for detectives – The Boston Globe

Essex Tech officials to appear before Peabody City Council

City plans to end septic stench

US Rep. Neal, Mayor Walsh to join in Easter Rising forum

 

Today: Remembering Iwo Jima survivors

Marine Corps League Metrowest Detachment 1037 hosts a ceremony honoring those who survived the carnage of the Battle of Iwo Jima more than 70 years ago. After fighting across the Pacific Ocean, the United States military wrenched the island away from Japanese forces over 36 days of a battle that killed 6,800 American and 19,000 Japanese fighters, according to the U.S. Marine Corps History Division. A collation with lunch and refreshments in the Great Hall follows the ceremony, Memorial Hall, 11 am.

 

No fare: For commuters, a day of deja vu

 

Yet another commuting meltdown enveloped the much of the commuter rail yesterday, this time from a failed signal between South Station and Back Bay Station. The signal is maintained by Amtrak, making a cameo in local transportation malfeasance. Innocent commuters, as always, took it on the chin.

Until a year ago, a widescale systemic breakdown like this would barely merit a mention in the media. It was business as usual, no story here. After last winter’s epic snows severely crippled the entire commuting system and transportation became the dominant public policy story in the region, now even minor delays receive coverage. The Globe dispatched transportation reporter Nicole Dungca and three other staff to cover yesterday’s signal failure and ensuing chaos. They talked to commuters, and guess what? They’re pissed off. Pressure from the media and the riding public that consistently points out the embedded flaws in our second-rate public transportation system will help drive improvements.

The T needs money. Yesterday, Gov. Baker, speaking on Boston Public Radio, defended raising fares the way to fix the T. We beg to differ. A nearly 10 percent fare increase would raise about $50 million. The T pays over $420 million in debt service annually. Until the $8 billion in principal and interest the T carries on its books are restructured, fare increases will be a drop in the bucket and won’t move the needle on service reliability. The T also needs to secure a new, significant revenue streams to address the $7 billion plus in deferred maintenance and to build for the future.

Yesterday and today’s delays are being presented as an aberration. They’re not. They’re part of a persistent pattern that management reforms and fare hikes can’t solve alone. Good news: The T announced this morning that the signal has been fixed. http://bit.ly/1TttRhr

 

While it was a bad day for commuters, we learned just how bad the year was for Keolis, the commuter rail operator. The company lost $29.3 million in its first year of operation, reports Andy Metzger of the State House News Service. “My sense is that it has been a more costly endeavor than Keolis assumed going into it,” commented Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. http://bit.ly/21ddU0v

 

 

Rosenberg: Joyce deserves due process

Senate members said Sen. Brian Joyce, whose law office was raided yesterday by FBI and IRS agents, would not call for his resignation, saying the legal process should be allowed to play out.

“I don’t rush to judgment, especially in a situation like this,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said. “An individual’s reputation, integrity is on the line. It affects himself, his family, his constituency, his career.” More on the perspective of other Senators and the pressure Joyce faces by the Globe’s David Scharfenberg. http://bit.ly/1PJx0pE

 

Senate President Rosenberg reinforced his position when he was presented with a letter outside his office calling for Sen. Joyce’s resignation by Paul Craney, executive director of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

“We’re asking you to take the lead and show the rest of your colleagues that this behavior isn’t tolerated, and only you can do that,” Craney said to Rosenberg. “As of right now, everyone is looking at you and saying, ‘What is allowed under this Legislature?'”

“We have very high ethical standards. If the ethical standards have been violated, then the Senate will take action,” Rosenberg responded.

The debate was captured on video by the State House News Service’s Antonio Caban, and can be seen on the SHNS’s Youtube channel: http://bit.ly/1oOZg1w

 

 

Data breaches affect over 1.3 million Mass. residents

The growing volume of compromised personal data affected 1.3 million Massachusetts residents last year, a fourfold increase from 2014, reports the Globe’s Deirdre Fernandes. The single breach was at Anthem Inc., the health insurer where 78 million customers’ personal information was compromised, including over 650,000 in Massachusetts. http://bit.ly/1oOU51q

 

 

Yes, they’re watching: Employee monitoring grows

 

Software that tracks employees’ computer activities is increasingly being adopted in the workplace, as, we all know, the temptations multiply beyond Facebook and other social media, writes Katie Johnston of the Globe. “Other major time wasters: fantasy sports and cat videos. One company that started monitoring workers’ computers discovered they spent 80 hours watching feline hijinks in a single month, said New York human resources consultant Corinne Jones.” The monitoring is legal, although Sen. Marc Pacheco has introduced a bill to require employers to inform employees about their electronic eavesdropping. http://bit.ly/24e1KXE

 

MassHousing hires director in 10 minutes 

The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency deliberated for just 10 minutes before naming a new executive director last month, Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth Magazine reports, citing minutes of the January meeting. The board entered executive session to discuss hiring “strategy’ — the topic was not on the board’s agenda for that day — but instead emerged and voted in favor of hiring Chief Financial Officer Timothy Sullivan to helm the agency.  In contrast, it took MassPort over a year to find its next leader, Mohl notes. http://bit.ly/24e2wnh

Who’s backing whom on Beacon Hill 

The Lowell Sun’s Kyle Plantz does a roll call of known Presidential endorsements on Beacon Hill and finds most Democratic Lowell-area lawmakers firm behind Hillary Clinton and a more varied set of endorsements on the GOP side.  http://bit.ly/1oskK3P

Charter waiting list at 34,000 

State education officials say the number of students on waiting lists to enter charter schools shrunk by 8 percent last year but still stands at 34,000, Kara Bettis of the New Boston Post reports. Although the state auditor and others have questioned the data, charter supporters say it demonstrates the need to lift the state’s cap on charters.  http://bit.ly/1RTisX8

Curtatone girds for battle with Wynn 

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said he won’t back down from what he expects to be a “vicious” campaign against his city from Wynn Resorts, which says the mayor’s decision to appeal an environmental permit would cost it $55 million a month, Brian Dowling of the Herald reports. “No amount of public harassment from Wynn is enough to stop us from addressing this issue,” he said.http://bit.ly/1Q57Pj0

Globe columnist Shirley Leung weighs in on the Somerville-Wynn issue, questioning the logic of Curatone’s legal action. “It’s a ridiculous claim considering that the 5.7 million square feet planned at the work-live-play Assembly Row development in Somerville would be nearly twice as big as the Wynn casino.” http://bit.ly/1PWbNa1

Worker says Baker team strong-armed her 

A state employee is accusing the Baker administration of using strong-arm political tactics to get her to back a Baker-chosen candidate for the state Republican committee, the Globe’s Frank Phillips reports. The Baker administration says no pressure has been applied, but Lisa Barstow, a GOP state committeewoman and director of community relations at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said in an email peppered with all caps that the “hard anvil of the corner office came down on me with vengeance and no mercy” to get her to back candidate Peter Lorenz.  http://bit.ly/1owQVzx

Connecticut study may be boon for MGM 

MGM Springfield got some potentially good news from across the border in Connecticut, where a lawmaker wants to commission a study on whether the state should authorities a third tribal casino located just over the Massachusetts border, Dan Glaun of MassLive reports. The partnership of the state’s two Indian tribes, however, says no more study is needed and plans to move forward with plans to review proposals already submitted.   http://bit.ly/1Qq1kD0

 

 

Sunday public affairs TV

 

Keller at Large, WBZ-TV, 8:30 am. Congressman Stephen Lynch discussing war with ISIS, US foreign policy and the presidential race

 

DC Dialogue, NECN, 10 am, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D) MA and political analyst Scott Spradling

 

On the Record, WCVB-TV, 11 am:  Rep. Mike Capuano who discuss Green Line expansion as well as the nomination process for a new Supreme Court Justice.

 

This Week in Business, NECN, 12:30 pm, Mass Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby and Greater Boston Chamber CEO Jim Rooney

 

Inside the Brand, NECN, 1 pm. Hosts Roger Berkowitz and Larry Gulko get inside stories from Dave and Busters CEO Dolf Berle and Polar Beverages CEO Ralph Crowley about their brands and how they evolve.

 

CEO Corner, NECN, 8:30 pm   Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham and Putnam Investments CEO Bob Reynolds give us an inside look into their major multi-year marketing agreement.

 

National headlines

Rep. McGovern says Obama’s trip to Cuba will legitimize new open relations

Hillary Clinton questions Bernie Sanders’ Democratic credentials at town hall

State headlines

Massachusetts salary data: How many state workers earned more than Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015?

He’s Mr. Popularity; now can Charlie Baker deliver? – The Boston Globe

Somerville mayor fires back at Wynn Resorts

State employee accuses Baker crew of strong-arm tactics – The Boston Globe

Baker attempts to muscle conservatives out of GOP state committee – The Boston Globe

In D.C., Baker to discuss opioid epidemic, hold campaign fundraiser – The Boston Globe

Baker: GE’s pollution of Pittsfield, move to Boston a ‘separate issue’

‘Pac Man’ for cash? States weigh rules for new kind of slots – News – southcoasttoday.com – New Bedford, MA

Who’s backing whom for president on Beacon Hiil? – Lowell Sun Online

Governor Charlie Baker “Ready To Strangle Someone” Over Latest Transit Snafus

How a UMass professor became the center of a national debate over Bernie Sanders’ plan

Report: 34,000 Mass. students on charter school waiting lists – Education – Boston.com

Amtrak: Switch problems fixed, normal operations have resumed

Mass Housing hires new chief in 10 minutes – CommonWealth Magazine

Senate president says he won’t pressure Brian Joyce to resign

GOP senator says Sen. Joyce must assess whether he can do his job

Local headlines

Worcester state Rep. Campanale backs Kasich – Worcester Mag

Political debate stalls Tyngsboro landfill solar plan

Work begins at site of $21M Worcester hotel

Brockton has most dangerous intersection in state

Mary Jo Meisner Is Leaving the Boston Foundation

Brian Hyde apologizes for ‘ordeal’

Rockland can’t censure selectman who got probation in OUI, gun case

DeLeo speaks to South Shore community leaders about economic development

Coakley and Eldridge will debate presidential primary in Weston forum

Marlborough: Ferro running for Republican State Committee

Congressman Joe Kennedy to launch ‘Massachusetts Students for Hillary’ at Boston College

Conn. lawmaker proposes additional study of casino development; could slow competition against MGM Springfield

Two more swastikas found on UMass campus, solidarity gathering slated for Friday evening

National headlines

President Barack Obama expected to visit Cuba in March – The Boston Globe

Fight over San Bernardino gunman’s locked iPhone could have big impact, major privacy implications

State headlines

Suzanne Bump launching quest for DCF’s ‘greatest risks

UMass made major strides in renovations, new buildings, Meehan says – The Boston Globe

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy says no to more polka on WMUA, host says

Should State Sen. Brian Joyce resign? Gov. Charlie Baker says investigation should ‘take its course’

Mass. Republican Party demands State Sen. Brian Joyce’s resignation after FBI raids law office

New conditions for MGM Springfield project approved by City Council

FBI, IRS raid Canton law office of state Senator Brian Joyce – The Boston Globe

You’ll never guess where John Kasich is spending S.C. primary night – The Boston Globe

$1.2M statewide economic program launches | WBJournal.com

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone: We’re Not Looking for Money From Wynn Resorts

Minority Supporters Make State House Pitches For Clinton, Sanders

Sanders Leads Clinton in New Poll of Massachusetts Voters

Nurses press for increased workplace protections | Local News | gloucestertimes.com

Cheap gas and more miles traveled lead to increase in traffic fatalities in state – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA – Quincy, MA

Baker pledges more for repairs | State News | salemnews.com

Local headlines

Legal questions arise New Bedford leaders’ heroin OD talks

Hillary for President regional HQ opens in downtown New Bedford

Hyde found not guilty in trespass case

UMass hires former head of failed Cape business

After city spends $1.37 million on legal fees, council continues Brockton Power fight

Former Raynham treasurer-collector suing town

Council mulls tax hike for housing, preservation | Dorchester Reporter

Mayor Walsh, Cardinal O’Malley will travel to Knock Shrine in July | Dorchester Reporter

Boston Lobsters are moving to New York City – Boston Business Journal

Education Activists Charge Walsh And Baker Skimp On Public School Funding

Landlord: Rivera on hook for $2m in repairs – CommonWealth Magazine

Pittsfield man accused of bilking MassHealth of $47,000

Police accuse Rockland selectman of carrying loaded gun and driving while drunk

Protesters seek more money for Boston schools

GOP presidential candidate John Kasich to hold town hall in Worcester

ACLU rebuts Worcester’s bid to reduce $1M in fees for panhandling case

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders backers tout support in Massachusetts communities of color

Milton selectmen decline to renew chief’s contract – The Boston Globe

Immigrant advocates rally against raids, deportation – The Boston Globe