Do cannabis regulators need to rein in focus? Concerns grow at State House

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.

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Baker eyes $200M for roads, Warren nets endorsement

It’s pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. Also, Setti Warren’s gubernatorial campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters’ association in Newton.

Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”

On Beacon Hill: Looking ahead to a taxing 2018

Taxes and wages loom as major election year issues in 2018, when state voters could rule on proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, cut the 6.25 percent sales tax to 5 percent, and impose a 4 percent surtax on household incomes above $1 million per year.

Activists argue racism, stereotypes fuel immigration debate

Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups called Monday for collective action in the face of negative stereotypes and a political power dynamic they said can stymie their agendas.