NBC Boston reports the governor has changed his mind on sending even just a single helicopter and some support staff because of the "cruel and inhumane" Trump, his attorney general and ICE are breaking families apart as they come into the US.
Some 27% of the delegates at the state Republican convention in Worcester voted for Scott Lively today, which is more than enough to force a primary with Gov. Baker this September.
Lively, who also ran four years ago, really hates the gays, although he says he doesn't want to see them put to death. Lively came up with his gay Nazi theory after he got tired of being called a Nazi himself.
WBUR reports the governor's proposal, in response to last week's Supreme Judicial Court ruling, would only be for people who pose a public-safety risk. The ACLU, though, says the proposal is really broader than that. The state's highest court ruled local authorities can't detain people on an ICE request if they aren't facing any criminal charges.
Gov. Baker yesterday signed a bit that will let a developer tear down the condemned Winthrop Square garage for a skyscraper that would cast some shadows on Boston Common - but only briefly, and in the winter, the developer says. Read more.
The Hill reports on a letter signed by Baker and other governors of both parties on a possible Senate measure that could lead to the destruction of the state's current health-insurance system.
The letter comes even as the state House of Representatives was rejecting Baker's proposal to move large number of people off MassHealth and into privately-run insurance plans.
WGBH takes a look at the Confederate memorial on Georges Island; reports Gov. Baker would rather have the thing put somewhere else.
Matt Viser posts a copy of Gov. Baker's statement that Massachusetts will join the new US Climate Alliance, announced yesterday by the governors of New York, California and Washington state to uphold and go beyond the Paris Agreement on climate change. Baker is, of course, a Republican; the other governors are Democrats.
The Boston Business Journal reports on an announcement by Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker of a plan that would let students graduating high school in Boston this year to go to one of three community colleges and then from there to a state college or university. Unlike the current two-year city program, the pilot would also cover fees. However, students will still have to come up with money for room and board.
In what has become an annual tradition for governors of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker went down to Jamaica Pond yesterday to join with local school kids and City Councilor Matt O'Malley to restock the pond with fish.
Moby Carp lives!
State would lose billions in coming years, the Herald reports. And that doesn't include the risks to people who would no longer be able to get coverage at all.
The Globe reports.
Because it seems his constituent-services phone numbers, the ones people have been calling since Monday to ask him to say something, anything about how he's going to protect vulnerable populations in Massachusetts, are now out of order.
UPDATE: At a press conference, Baker said the lines are back up. Also, while he wouldn't call Massachusetts a sanctuary state, saying sanctuary stuff is up to cities and towns, he said, "People need to feel welcome here. ... We will not tolerate acts of violence against anyone."
AllstonBrighton Vets attended a Veterans Day service at the State House today with, among others, Gov. Baker, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
The Globe reports: Mass. seen as insulated from a Trump repeal of Obamacare. The reason has to do with our preexisting condition of Romneycare; the Globe quotes Gov. Baker (formerly head of Harvard Pilgrim) as vowing to keep the state system running.
UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).
In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.
Channel 25 reports: Mouse reportedly caught in Mass. Governor's office, released outside.
Now, glass houses and all that here at UHub Action News, where we've never met an "allegedly," we didn't like, but then Channel 25 goes on to make sure we know there could be another side to this story:
BOSTON - A mouse was allegedly caught and released in Governor Charlie Baker's office Tuesday morning.
The Supreme Judicial Court today struck down a Baker-administration plan to tax electric users to pay for new natural-gas pipelines to feed Massachusetts power plants.
In its ruling, the state's highest court said the proposed tax would violate a 1998 revision of state laws regulating utilities, which sought to shift the costs of new construction away from consumers and onto the companies that would benefit from them. Read more.
WBUR reports Gov. Baker has signed a law that will limit MBTA fare increases to 7% every other year. Previously, the limit had been, depending on one's interpretation, up to 10%.
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