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Executive order seen boosting minority, women business office

Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that the Office of Access and Opportunity, which helps businesses owned by minorities, women, people with disabilities and veterans to secure contracts with state government, will now report directly to the Governor’s Office, a ...

Bring-your-own bill divides city council

A pair of city councilors sparked controversy last week, advancing a measure that would allow patrons to bring their own liquor to restaurants in Boston

Black and Latino Caucus growing in clout, membership

The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus has undergone a renaissance of sorts, with more members than at any point in its 42-year history and a level of coordination not seen in recent years.

New book examines blacks and U.S. foreign policy

Ambassador Charles Stith, along with his coeditors from Boston University, Dr. Linda Heywood, Dr. Joshua C. Yesnowitz and Professor Allison Blakely, launched their new book African Americans in US Foreign Policy: From the era of Frederick Douglass to the Age ...

CEPR study: Women, minorities pay higher effective social security rate

Improving retirement security was among the many proposals in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union message in January. But advocates for older Americans say Obama should ask Congress to strengthen the nation’s principal middle-class retirement support — Social Security ...

United Independent Party kicks off voter registration drive

The United Independent Party announced the kickoff of its statewide “Civic Engagement and Voter Registration Drive” today.

Supreme Court’s latest race case: housing discrimination

If you’ve never heard of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, you have company. The issue of housing segregation has never captivated the nation’s attention like affirmative action or voting rights.

Mass. lawmakers propose criminal justice reforms

State Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz (D, Jamaica Plain) and Rep. Mary Keefe (D, Worcester) are co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors and reinvest the savings from those reforms into ...

Sen. Forry, Plumber's Local 12 to hold open house

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry in conjunction with Brian Doherty of the Boston Building Trades Council and Mark Erlich of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will be hosting several open house fairs at union halls throughout Boston.

Mayor Walsh touts gains in diversifying city leadership, pledges to work on education, housing issues

After a year in office, Mayor Martin Walsh has assembled a diverse cabinet and outlined plans to tackle some of the city’s more vexing problems, including a lack of affordable housing, educational inequality and poor relations between police and black ...

MLK legacy honored as protests continue

Last Thursday, demonstrators in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement stopped traffic on Interstate 93, chaining themselves to 1,200 pound concrete-filled barrels in an action that garnered international attention. Friday, members of the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus ...

Walsh pledges investments in housing, education

Mayor Martin Walsh pledged to build on Boston’s strengths with investments in housing and education in his first state of the city address, delivered at Symphony Hall Tuesday.

Baker targets spending in inaugural speech

Sounding themes of fiscal restraint and government reform, Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to tackle some of the state’s more intractable problems — homelessness, educational disparities and opiate addiction — during his inaugural address last week.

Baker sworn in as governor

Governor Charlie Baker pledged to close a state budget deficit, rein in state spending, expand charter schools and contain health care costs in his inaugural speech.

In the News: Francisco Urena

The Baker-Polito administration announced Francisco Urena will serve as Secretary for Veterans’ Services.

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