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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Taiwan Relations Act Celebration, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

10:00am Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Public Hearing

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Occupational Therapy Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:15am Rep. David Robertson Student Luncheon, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Congressman Stephen Lynch on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

1:00pm Department of Agricultural Resources Public Hearing, Conference Rooms C & D, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston

6:30pm Lynn Green New Deal Town Hall with Sen. Ed Markey, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 100 Brookline Street, Lynn

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Boston City Council Candidate Lee Nave, Jr.

7:00pm Congressman Stephen Lynch on Greater Boston with Jim Braude, WGBH 2

Birthdays: Rep. Brian Ashe

Must-Reads

Stop & Shop agreement seen as a win for workers » Boston Globe (i)f the contract is approved, current workers would get raises and the company would boost pension contributions for full-timers and maintain its current contributions for part-timers. That prompted …

Mass. foster care oversight plagued by conflict of interest, advocates say » Boston Globe “We need a foster care review that’s independent from DCF itself, and that’s robust enough to identify and communicate clearly when DCF has not provided for the safety and well being of the chil…

Massachusetts House to talk about raising revenue, but not as part of budget debate » The Republican The Massachusetts House is committed to talking about new ways to raise revenue – but not in the annual state budget debate, House leaders said Monday. …

How population numbers in Boston and Massachusetts changed over the past 8 years » Boston Globe (N)ot all areas of Massachusetts saw a net gain of residents: Barnstable, Berkshire, and Franklin counties all saw population losses from 2010 to 2018.…

Moulton dings Dems right out the gate for single-payer health care push » Politico Newly declared presidential candidate Seth Moulton criticized his Democratic competitors Monday for pushing the idea of single-payer health care, citing what he called an imperfect experience at the D…

Crighton named Senate chair of tech caucus » State House News Service Sen. Brendan Crighton is the new Senate chair of the Legislative Tech Hub Caucus, Senate President Karen Spilka announced. …

Rep pulls amendment to raise capital gains tax » State House News Service Rep. Mike Connolly last week talked up his budget amendment to increase the state's capital gains tax, but the Cambridge representative decided to withdraw the measure before his colleagues opened the…

There’s a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment » New York Times Keeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party. …

Who’s the Jeb of the 2020 Race? » New York Times When I noticed a T-shirt available on her website recently — “Warren Has a Plan For That,” it reads — I flashed immediately to one of Mr. Bush’s particularly ill-fated slogans: “Jeb Can Fi…

5 ways Trump is reshaping environmental policy » Roll Call With Democratic presidential candidates making climate change a top priority and the introduction of dueling Green New Deal and Green Real Deal resolutions in Congress, the debate around environmental…

K Street gets behind Mayor Pete Buttigieg » Roll Call Many of Buttigieg’s K Street boosters are openly gay like the candidate himself. The Indiana mayor, in contrast to some of his competitors such as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warre…

How Freshman Rep. Katie Porter Puts Wall Street In The Hot Seat » HUFFPOST You don’t often see some of the smartest people in the country being asked to do math at a congressional hearing. (You rarely see tough questions at all, really). That’s exactly what Wall Street e…

“If somebody commits a serious crime — sexual assault, murder — they’re going to be punished,” Sanders said in his CNN town hall talk Monday night. But, he added, “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.”

Senator Bernie Sanders

Standing up for his belief that everyone has the right to vote.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Congress has a duty to begin impeachment proceedings » Boston Globe Robert Mueller has done his job. Now it’s time for congressional Democrats to do theirs — and begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.…

The Mueller report is a roadmap for impeachment » Boston Globe Despite Attorney General William Barr’s best efforts to protect President Trump by declaring the matter closed, the 400-page Mueller report is a referral and roadmap for a congressional impeachment …

Lynch: Biden Has Best Chance Of Defeating Trump » WGBH On the same day that one of his Massachusetts colleagues threw his hat into the 2020 presidential campaign ring, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch tossed his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who …

Warren’s student loan plan targets 42M borrowers » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s opening shot on a higher education plan raises the bar for 2020 candidates, moving far beyond free college and calling for sweeping loan forgiveness for millions of Americans…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolls out plan for canceling student loan debt and creating a universal free college program » MassLive Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a policy plan that would cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for millions of people and provide universal free college to Americans. Warren plans to pay for it b…

Elizabeth Warren Wants College to Be Free » The Atlantic The Democratic presidential hopeful has proposed canceling outstanding loans and making public college tuition-free—and she has an idea for how to pay for it. …

Lights, Camera, Town Hall: Behind The Scenes At Made-For-TV Take On N.H. Tradition » New England Public Radio The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College played host Monday night to a televised forum with a few 2020 presidential candidates: Five Democrats, over five hours, in front of 500 or…

Business

Jay Ash Is the King of the Corporate Hill » Boston Magazine Fidelity. Wayfair. Bank of America. The recently appointed CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership speaks for some of Boston’s heaviest hitters.…

With real estate deal, drug maker boosts its bottom line » Boston Globe Sanofi Genzyme makes most of its money developing really complicated drugs for rare diseases. But for the next decade it will make a nice little profit in a far simpler way: by flipping its real estat…

Proposed Massachusetts bill aimed at eliminating puppy mills » The Metro West Daily News Legislation filed by state Sen. Patrick O’Connor, R-Weymouth, and state Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, would require pet shops to sell only rescue cats and dogs.…

More layoffs at athenahealth » Boston Business Journal Athenahealth confirmed that the company is laying off employees in the midst of a reorganization, occurring two months after the company was taken private by Veritas Capital.…

Groundswell building around bill targeting robocall "plague" » State House News Service U.S. Sen. Edward Markey thinks he has a plan to bring the people of a politically divided nation together in opposition to a common enemy: robocalls.…

Attorney general reviewing report about Wayfair’s alleged ‘exaggerated savings claims’ » Boston Business Journal Somerville-based consumer advocacy website Consumer World says it discovered “exaggerated savings claims” and “misleading price comparisons” during Wayfair’s “Way Day” sale, the online f…

Civil Rights

As Supreme Court Takes Up Census Citizenship Question, Mass. Officials Warn Of High Stakes » WBUR The legal battle over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, which lands before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, could have a major impact on all Massachusetts citizens, state officials…

Crimes

Man To Plead Guilty To Threatening Boston Globe Journalists » WBUR A Los Angeles man charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe will plead guilty.…

Education

BPS students deserve an honest process in search for schools chief » Boston Globe Is the playing field level for all three finalists vying for the job of Boston schools superintendent — or is Cathedral High School headmaster Oscar Santos already the anointed one?…

Superintendent candidate says ‘frank conversation’ needed on declining BPS enrollment » Boston Globe In more than seven hours Monday in four separate meetings, Izquierdo advocated for why she was the best candidate to become Boston’s superintendent. In front of parents, school leaders, and communit…

Auditor concerned that communication issues hurt foster children’s education » Boston Globe Foster children often bounce from school to school, suffer chronic absenteeism, experience disciplinary problems, and drop out more frequently than their peers. Yet poor communication between state ch…

Local teachers push for increased state funds » The Landmark Wachusett Regional School District teachers and supporters gave an enthusiastic reception to legislators and educational leaders at a recent forum at the Wachusett Regional High School on April 11 to …

Public hearing on Worcester school budget Tuesday night » Worcester Telegram There’s still much uncertainty about the outcome, but the annual budget process so far for city schools has at least yielded promising developments for next year, according to the district’s analy…

Newton teachers, officials continue contract negotiations » Wicked Local Newton As negotiations over the teachers’ contract continues, Michael Zilles, president of the Newton Teachers Association (NTA), recently expressed his frustration with the process that occurs every three…

First Candidate For Boston Superintendent Answers Questions » WBUR On Monday, Marie Izquierdo — the chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools — became the first of three finalists to lead Boston Public Schools to submit to full-day, public interv…

State to explore consequences of invalidated MCAS question » State House News Service State education officials plan to bring in outside researchers to analyze this year's MCAS test results for any "unintended consequences" of a question on the 2016 novel "The Underground Railroad" tha…

Environment

Take My Council, Please: Banned in Boston…& Now Springfield? » Western Mass Politics and Insight After weeks and months of fits and starts, the City Council passed its ban on the free distribution of plastic bags. However, passage came at the expense of the fee on non-plastic bags provided at ret…

4 Worcester County Communities to Receive Thousands in Climate Change Grants » This Week in Worcester Four communities in Worcester County were awarded grants to complete climate change vulnerability assessments in their respective municipalities.…

Springfield approves ban on single-use bags, calling it the ‘right thing to do’ » The Republican The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags given out by stores, with councilors saying it was the right thing to do for the protection of the environment.…

Harvard Students, Faculty, Alumni Call For University's Fossil Fuel Divestment On Earth Day » WGBH Students, faculty and alumni at Harvard University celebrated Earth Day on Monday by calling on the university to eliminate oil and gas companies from its $40 billion endowment. The divestment campaig…

Plastic Bag Ban Passes In Springfield, Massachusetts » New England Public Radio The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Monday banned stores from providing plastic bags at the checkout counter. …

Federal

A Decade Of Implications At Stake, Supreme Court Hears Census Citizenship Question » WBUR The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a legal battle with lasting implications that could dramatically affect political representation and federal funding over the next decad…

Health Care

New Bedford nursing home in crisis as paychecks bounce » South Coast Today Bounced paychecks and unpaid bills have thrown a New Bedford nursing home into crisis. Paychecks have been late for the last two pay periods at Bedford Gardens in the city’s far North End. When Frid…

Human Services

Aspen Dental MouthMobile to Service Cape Cod Veterans » Cape Cod Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) is pleased to announce that Aspen Dental’s “MouthMobile” will conduct a visit to service local veterans on Tuesday May 7th from 9am-3pm at the C…

Massachusetts veterans’ bonus sees surge after application goes online » The Republican In the nearly two months since a state veterans’ bonus has had an online application, the number of veterans claiming the money has skyrocketed.…

Immigration

Focusing the lens on immigrants » South Coast Today When Mark Chester set out to photograph one person from every nation that had immigrated to Massachusetts, he didn’t envision it as a geopolitical statement.…

Jim Lyons: The Safe Communities Act is designed to make us less safe » Lowell Sun A bill currently before the state Legislature seeking to transform Massachusetts into a "sanctuary state" proves beyond a doubt the Radical Left's disdain for American sovereignty, and especially the …

Labor

Stop & Shop employee says union members subjected him to homophobic slurs, threats and harassment » The Republican A Stop & Shop employee in western Massachusetts says he was subjected to homophobic slurs, threats and harassment from union members when he crossed the picket line, according to a federal complaint.…

Legislative

The Interview: State Representative Russell Holmes » Boston Magazine The outspoken state representative on what’s rotten on Beacon Hill, running for higher office, and where to find the best Chinese food in Jamaica Plain. …

Local Government

A.G. Maura Healey slaps Natick School Committee with meeting law violations » Wicked Local Natick The School Committee violated the state's Open Meeting Law on 14 occasions, according to the AG. The complaints were made by Ron Alexander, of Wellesley who filed more than 600 open meeting complaints…

Progressive Boston City Council expected as race takes shape » Boston Herald The City Council has emerged as a progressive stronghold in the city and experts predict the body will continue trending leftward in the upcoming municipal election, as more women and candidates of co…

Burlington to dedicate bridge to Lance Cpl. MacDonald » Wicked Local Burlington Burlington will celebrate Memorial Day weekend in a special way this year as the town will come together to recognize the service and sacrifice of Lance Cpl. Gregory E. MacDonald, a former resident of…

Hughes will not seek re-election for Quincy council seat » Patriot Ledger Ward 5 City Councilor Kirsten Hughes will not seek re-election in the fall, opening up the seat on the city council she has held since 2011.…

Lowell school board wants say in how panel is elected » Lowell Sun The Lowell School Committee has a message to those negotiating the ongoing voter-rights lawsuit: Don't change the way the School Committee is elected without involving the board in the proceedings.…

Marijuana

Heath to vote again on selling school to cannabis company » The Recorder The town will vote again on selling its former school to a cannabis company at its annual meeting May 11.…

First pot store in Northern Berkshires to open Wednesday » Berkshire Eagle The first weed shop in the Northern Berkshires is opening Wednesday morning. Although it is the fourth retail marijuana store to open in the county, it is the first one north of Pittsfield.…

Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but your boss doesn’t have to allow it -- yet » MassLive Using marijuana is legal in Massachusetts — but that doesn’t mean your boss has to allow it. …

Politics

Moulton's run may put North Shore on the map » The Salem News Congressman Seth Moulton's White House bid could put the North Shore in the limelight. …

Jeff Sessions to speak on Trump, Republican Party at Amherst College » Gazette Net Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. attorney general and senator from Alabama, will speak on Wednesday at Amherst College.…

The Powers That Will Be » Boston Magazine For decades, power has been static in Boston and mostly gray-haired and male. But lately, a new power structure is emerging, one that’s bolder, younger, and more diverse than ever. From hip-hop arti…

6th District voters react to Moulton’s big plans » Wicked Local Middleton After months of speculation, U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton has become the 19th Democrat to officially announce he’s running for President.…

Public Health

Sober homes spark legal battles, calls for more oversight » Boston Herald Sober homes are popping up in neighborhoods across the state, sometimes without any notice, triggering lawsuits and complaints despite a recent law designed to oversee the industry.…

Public Safety

Students convince Medford to install ‘3-D’ crosswalks at elementary schools » Boston Globe At the urging of a pair of young students, Medford is taking an eye-catching approach to try to increase safety for children walking to and from school.…

State Finance

Massachusetts lawmakers begin budget debates » News 22 WWLP.com State lawmakers began to debate items in the budget on Monday…

House advances $43 million state budget proposal » Lowell Sun House members from both parties on Monday folded their cards on revenue amendments, deferring to House leaders and their call to debate revenues later this year and not as part of the annual budget de…

Transparency sacrificed with consolidated amendments » Commonwealth Magazine Fate of proposals decided at ‘backroom meetings’ …

State Government

Reading resident appointed first female Massachusetts director of US Selective Service » Reading resident Cindy Canavan is the new Massachusetts director for the Selective Service.…

Tourism officials want more state money » The Eagle Tribune Tourism officials want more money to promote Massachusetts and a more predictable way of spreading the funds to regional councils that lure visitors to the state.…

Move to revise state seal gains Cape support » Cape Cod Times A statewide movement to back legislation aimed at overhauling the state flag and seal has gained traction on the Cape and Islands, with nearly a half-dozen towns slated to take up resolutions supporti…

Taxation

House tables tax bills to open budget in ‘responsible way’ » Boston Herald Amid a “booming” state economy, House legislators tabled a slew of revenue proposals as they had open budget deliberations Monday.…

Transportation

South Coast Rail is now 'full speed ahead' » South Coast Today A project to renovate and expand commuter rail lines to the SouthCoast cleared important hurdles after receiving a crucial federal permit and full state funding, officials announced Monday.…

Baker comes up with South Coast Rail financing » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER followed through on a first-term campaign promise on Monday by dedicating more than $1 billion in state bond funds to the South Coast Rail project, which is now expected to be compl…

South Coast Rail delayed to 2023 as cost rises past $1 billion » WPRI.com Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced Monday it is delaying the start of train service to New Bedford and Fall River by another year after the cost of its scaled-back proposal rose to more tha…

T notes: Fare gates coming to 3 commuter rail stations » Commonwealth Magazine ESTIMATING THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL operation lost between $10 million and $20 million last year due to fare evasion, the transit authority said on Monday that it plans to install fare gates at the …

Uber customers urged to lobby Massport » Commonwealth Magazine UBER followed the lead of Lyft on Monday, urging its Boston customers to send emails to Massport opposing the agency’s anti-congestion plan, which targets ride-hailing apps with higher fees and less…

Biz model offered for inner harbor ferry service » State House News Service With the highways and public transit options around Boston perpetually congested, a new study funded in part by the state details potential new ferry routes to connect downtown Boston with other inner…

Utilities

Offshore wind auction faces a new hitch » Boston Globe The second round of bidding for offshore wind contracts hasn’t even started yet. But the complaining sure has.…

Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse Opposes Gas Expansion In City » New England Public Radio Holyoke, Massachusetts, Mayor Alex Morse has come out against a natural gas expansion plan by his city's municipal energy company because of concerns over climate change. …

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