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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Step Up for Kids (Child Abuse Prevention Month), Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:30pm LGBTQ & Allies Reception for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Jennifer Rocco-Runnion Amesbury Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. Paul Brodeur

Must-Reads

Sales tax cut will force layoffs and service cuts, new oppo group says » State House News Service A new group made up largely of organized labor has formed to oppose a proposed ballot question that would reduce the state sales tax by 20 percent, further solidifying the campaign as one pitting unio…

Senate official: Rosenberg probe in "end phase" » State House News Service The Senate Ethics Committee's investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg appears to be entering its final stages, but the exact timing of the committee's report remains a matter of much speculation aft…

CNN’s Dana Bash ‘Surprised’ by Kellyanne Conway’s Outburst: ‘It Was a Completely Legitimate Question’ » The Daily Beast Filling in for Jake Tapper on State of the Union, (Dana) Bash got way more than she bargained for when she asked what she thought was a fairly innocuous question about Conway’s husband’s Twitter h…

The war over Airbnb regulations in Boston keeps escalating » Boston Globe Airbnb’s salvo last week against City Councilor Michelle Wu for her stance on short-term rentals surprised many. Even in the sharp-elbowed world of Boston politics, public attacks by an out-of-town …

How Kanye West Became a Far-Right Media Hero » The Daily Beast Kanye West on Monday continued his public flirtations with the far right, this time earning the plaudits of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. …

GOP food stamp plan falls short » Politico House Republicans have proposed a massive expansion of an obscure job training program as a way to get millions of people off of food stamps — notching a welfare reform win as part of the farm bill.…

The 100 Most Influential People in Boston » Boston Magazine Who really runs this town? That’s the question we asked ourselves—and dozens of insiders—when we sat down to put this delightfully subjective list together.…

Mass. hospital group says nurse staffing ratio would cost $881M in first year » Boston Business Journal The state’s largest hospital organization says that passage of a ballot initiative to cap the number of patients per nurse would cost Massachusetts hospitals $881 million in the first year, sending …

“If a Democrat can win in Alabama, a Democrat can win in Massachusetts,”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie.

Optimistically explaining that a democrat can win in an election against Governor Baker.

News By Category
Business

Natick-based Examity acquires Atlanta online testing firm » Worcester Business Journal Natick-based online proctoring and identity verification company Examity has acquired an Atlanta firm specializing in online proctoring for academic institutions, professional associations and worldwi…

Gas prices are up 15 percent — and they’re probably going higher » Boston Globe The rising price of gasoline is sucking money out of drivers’ pockets — in Massachusetts and across the country.…

Federal program to increase investment in WMass businesses » WWLP.com Governor Baker recommended more than a dozen local cities and towns to be considered for the federal "opportunity zone" program. The new federal "opportunity zone" program allows for private, tax-fre…

Worcester firm to pay $125K over tax lien fees » Worcester Business Journal

Education

Setti Warren surprised by Mount Ida troubles » Boston Herald Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren got a $70,000-a-year teaching and community relations post at the fiscally flailing Mount Ida College months before they abruptly announced a controvers…

Workers at third “City on a Hill” charter school join Boston Teachers Union » Sampan Teachers and staff working at City on a Hill New Bedford, a charter school, have organized to join the Boston Teachers Union (BTU), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.…

Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield » iBerkshires Dr. Brian Dempsey is sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription for the parents: "Read aloud to your children every day." In support of that effort, Sen. Ada…

Massachusetts high court upholds charter school cap » The Republican

Environment

Snail talk likely to dominate Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's listening session » State House News Service When Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stops by the Town Offices for a public meeting with the Select Board on Tuesday morning, she'll get an earful about some of the major issues facing the community. …

Health Care

Urgent care centers becoming major health care player on North Shore » Wicked Local Danvers On a recent Thursday afternoon, physician assistant Adam Rodman stood in an examination room inside the new AFC Urgent Care center in Swampscott’s Vinnin Square and shared how, just moments ago, he …

Massachusetts Health Connector launches $164,000 outreach campaign » The Republican The Massachusetts Health Connector is launching a $164,000 ad campaign urging people to buy health insurance.…

Housing

Homes near ocean risk losing value, even in a hot market » Boston Globe Real estate broker Jim McGue expects to soon list for sale a home off Quincy Shore Drive, a location whose top selling point would normally be its front-row water views. …

Immigration

Supreme Court hears case involving Brazilian immigrant who lives on Martha’s Vineyard » Boston Globe A case involving an immigrant from Brazil who lives on Martha’s Vineyard was argued before the US Supreme Court Monday. And while the case won’t determine whether the man will be allowed to stay i…

Judiciary

Judge Who Had Affair in Courthouse Hanging On, But Court, Legislature, Governor, and Governor’s Council May Cut Him Loose » New Boston Post A judge who admitted to having a sexual affair with a social worker who worked in a special drug court overseen by the judge is trying to keep his job, but the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court may…

Cape legislators call for review after Gannon killing » Cape Cod Times The Cape and Islands legislative delegation wants to know why Thomas Latanowich, the career criminal charged with killing Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon, was not behind bars at the time of the fatal…

Challenging The Massachusetts Bail System, One Arrestee At A Time » WGBH The new criminal justice law Governor Baker signed last week could prevent hundreds of small-time defendants from spending time in Massachusetts prisons just because they can’t scrape together a few…

Attorney General Healey promises changes after drug lab scandal » Boston Globe

AG Healey Files Brief With SJC, Proposes Reforms » WBUR

Mass. High Court Will Decide Future Of Judge Who Engaged In Sex Acts In Chambers » WBUR

Judge Thomas Estes 'can never command the moral authority' to be a judge, lawyer tells Massachusetts SJC » The Republican

Salem man nominated to Housing Court » The Salem News

Labor

Governor Baker swears in new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning » Sampan Governor Charlie Baker today swore in members of his new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning, a group charged with developing recommendations to expand online learning opportunities…

Plant closing puts many workers in dark place » Boston Herald Robert Moniz has been helping his daughter pay off her staggering college loans. Now he’s going to lose the job he’s had for more than four decades as Philips Lighting shutters its Fall River plan…

Legislative

Bryon Hefner, husband of Sen. Stan Rosenberg, to be arraigned on sexual assault, other felony charges » The Republican Bryon Hefner, the husband of Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, is to be arraigned on multiple charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness, and distributing nude photographs without consent Tuesday mornin…

Husband of former Senate president due in court on sex assault charges » My Fox Boston The estranged husband of the former Massachusetts Senate president is due make his first court appearance on felony sexual assault charges Tuesday. …

Advocates push to open Legislature's records » Gloucester Times Deliberations on the $41 billion state budget are held in secret. Committee hearings and party caucuses on bills affecting millions of people are closed to the press and public. Requests for documents…

Senate official: Rosenberg probe reaches 'end phase' » The Berkshire Eagle The Senate Ethics Committee's investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg appears to be entering its final stages, but the exact timing of the committee's report remains a matter of much speculation aft…

Senate pays $230,000 to firm investigating former president Stanley Rosenberg » Boston Globe The state Senate paid nearly $230,000 this month to a law firm hired to investigate whether its former president, Stanley C. Rosenberg, broke any chamber rules in the wake of sexual misconduct allegat…

Rodrigues quiet as Senate pays $230,000 to firm investigating Rosenberg » The Herald News The Senate paid the law firm assisting with an investigation of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg nearly $230,000 in April, according to state spending records, the first recorded payments since the independent …

Bryon Hefner, husband of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, pleads not guilty to 10 felony charges » The Republican

Hefner pleads not guilty, ordered to stay away from State House » Boston Business Journal

Muradian Hosts Delegation For Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide » Worcester Patch

Local Government

New Lowell city manager sworn: 'The sky is the limit' » Lowell Sun Eileen Donoghue was unpacking her kitchen 30 years ago when she heard a knock at the door.…

Saugus Special Town Meeting leads to big spending for public projects » Lynn Daily News Item Removing the double electricity poles, replacing and rehabilitating the town’s dams, and upgrading gas pumps and getting new systems for public works and public safety locations were three of the si…

Springfield City Council OKs hiring of retired cops for road jobs » The Republican The City Council gave its approval Monday for the Police Department to hire back some retired officers for extra-duty details such as road construction jobs. The proposal now needs approval from the s…

Group wages last-minute campaign to save majestic Worcester church » Boston Globe A majestic 89-year-old church in Worcester may soon be torn down, but community members are still not giving up on their beloved building.…

Mashpee selectmen announce opposition to tribe land legislation » Cape Cod Times The Board of Selectmen are opposing a bill introduced by federal lawmakers last month that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s trust land, citing fears that the tribe may re…

DiZoglio Petitioning for Increased Special Education, Veteran Funding for Haverhill » WHAV When Rep. Diana DiZoglio heads into budget debate sessions this week at the Statehouse, two Haverhill interest groups will be top of mind: Veterans and those in need of special education benefits. Sec…

Quincy moves to block Boston construction vehicles from Long Island Bridge site » Patriot Ledger Mayor Thomas Koch wants to block the city of Boston from rebuilding the Long Island Bridge by banning construction vehicles from Quincy roads that lead there.…

Sunderland to vote on anti-corruption resolution » Hampshire Gazette When residents meet at Friday’s Town Meeting to decide on a measure to combat corruption at the state and federal levels, they could be following in the footsteps of Montague, Whately, Colrain, Conw…

The winter’s storms cost Lynn more than just salt » Lynn Daily News Item Consecutive nor’easters last winter did more than deplete the city’s snow removal budget, it tripled the amount of property claims.…

Opinion

For Tran, district priorities take precedence in first 100 days » Sentinel & Enterprise In my first 100 days as your State Senator, I've worked hard to build a strong, bipartisan approach to governance. I've been an active participant in the Legislature, filing bills, advocating for the …

Jim Kruidenier and Jessamyn Smyth: Urge full funding of transit authorities » Hampshire Gazette In the context of rising operational costs, level funding of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is effectively a budget cut (“PVTA to hike fares to help cover $3 million deficit,” April 11).…

Supreme Court should strike down Trump’s travel ban » Boston Globe THE SUPREME COURT will journey into uncharted territory on Wednesday, when justices hear a legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban. Opponents will seek to show that the president exceeded h…

With few cards to play, does Kim Jong Un hold the trumps? » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP fancies himself the master negotiator, but he may have met his match in Kim Jong Un. The North Korean dictator has demonstrated a brazen disregard for global norms, an embrace of high…

Big issues, closed doors » The Salem News State lawmakers are currently debating a $41 millino budget for next year that will set the agenda for dealing with a myriad of challenges facing the state - improving education, adding affordable hou…

Students and families need real investment in public colleges (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican For nearly two decades, Massachusetts has been steadily reducing its commitment to public higher education at our community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts. Outrage ov…

Our View: Transparency should apply to Beacon Hill, too » Eagle Tribune State lawmakers are currently debating a $41 million budget for next year that will set the agenda for dealing with a myriad of challenges facing the state -- improving education, adding affordable ho…

Politics

Democrats challenge Charlie Baker’s record on environment » Boston Globe The three Democrats vying for the state’s top office blamed Governor Charlie Baker Monday for failing to take more aggressive action to combat climate change, promote public transportation, and prot…

Democratic Congressional candidates appearing at Berlin forum » telegram.com The Berlin, Harvard, and Lunenburg Democratic Town Committees are co-sponsoring a public forum on Friday, April 27, for Democratic Congressional candidates Rufus Gifford, Dan Koh, Barbara L’Italien,…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Blame it on the rain » The Metro West Daily News One early poll does not make a congressman. But it can help shape the narrative of a race.…

Swampscott Democratic Town Committee chair steps down » Wicked Local Swampscott On April 8, the Swampscott Democratic Town Committee honored Ralph Edwards as he stepped down as chair of the local committee after 10 years of service.…

Mass. Senate candidate fights city order to remove anti-Warren ‘fake Indian’ signs » The Washington Times A Massachusetts Senate candidate is fighting an effort by city officials in Cambridge, home of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to take down prominent anti-Warren campaign signs calling the Democrat a “fake I…

Kingston selectwoman announces run for state representative » Wicked Local Kingston Selectwoman Kathy LaNatra announced Monday that she will be running for state representative in the 12th Plymouth district.…

Public Safety

Baker Says State Police Troop E Eliminated In Wake Of Overtime Scandal » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker announced sweeping changes to the Massachusetts State Police on Monday, including eliminating Troop E, which patrolled the Mass Pike, and activating GPS locators on all state police…

State Police payroll head struggled with debt before alleged theft began » Boston Globe The former head of payroll for the Massachusetts State Police kept her head bowed Monday during her highly anticipated arraignment on a charge of stealing $23,900 in public funds.…

Political Notes: Keating to speak at gun violence meeting » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., will be guest speaker at the next meeting of Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. …

Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation Calls for Oversight Hearing » Cape Cod Today The entire Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation has sent a letter to the Chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. The full text …

State Finance

Lawmakers push for earmarks as Massachusetts House begins budget debate » The Republican Lovin' Spoonfuls picks up excess perishable food from grocery stores, farmers markets and produce wholesalers, then distributes it to homeless shelters, after-school programs and other nonprofits.…

Barrett Enters His First State Budget Debate, Sets Eyes on RTAs » iBerkshires State Rep. John Barrett III is looking to make a statement with a state budget amendment for regional transit. Barrett said one penny on the sale tax ends up in the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Tran…

House rejects major cuts in sales, income taxes » Sentinel & Enterprise The House rejected a pair of major tax cuts on Monday, including one that may be headed for this year's ballot.…

State Government

Governor Orders Flags at Half Staff To Honor Former State Rep. James Miceli » Framingham Source Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings effective immediately, until the day of interment…

Taxation

Union-backed ballot committee formed to fight Massachusetts sales tax reduction » The Republican A new union-backed ballot committee has been formed to oppose a ballot question that would lower the state sales tax.…

Transportation

Burlington roads get boost through Chapter 90 funding » Wicked Local Burlington Warmer weather often equates to more street construction in the commonwealth. Now, with the addition of the yearly Chapter 90 funds on its way to be approved by Gov. Charlie Baker on Capitol Hill, roa…

If you use the Mass. Pike, the state is hoping you might take a vacation from July 26 to Aug. 11 » Boston Globe For commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike, late July through early August might be a good time for a vacation.…

Driving to Logan won’t cost you an extra fee, Massport decides » Boston Globe Not that there was ever much likelihood of it, but Thomas Glynn wants to make clear his agency has no plans to charge a fee to drive to Logan airport.…

Parts of Commonwealth Avenue Will Close for over Two Weeks This Summer » Boston Magazine The BU Bridge and the portion of Comm. Ave. between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square will be closed from July 26 at 7 p.m. to August 11 at 5 a.m., resulting in “significant service impacts to a…

SSA board visits Vineyard Haven and gets earful » Martha's Vineyard Times The Steamship Authority needs to do better. That was the clear message from a crowd of about 50 people gathered inside the Katharine Cornell Theater Monday morning for a meeting of the SSA board of di…

No sign of consensus on West Station » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE GROWING PRESSURE from transit advocates, state transportation officials aren’t budging on their view that a new transit station isn’t needed until 2040 to serve an emerging mixed-use neigh…

While Not Quite Gold Standard, Chelsea Welcomes New Silver Line Bus » WGBH A new branch of the MBTA’s Silver Line began service on Saturday, connecting Chelsea to South Station with stops at Logan Airport and the Seaport Area. The new route appears on T maps along with the…

Utilities

Selection of offshore wind providers delayed one month » South Coast Today Faced with a Monday deadline to select a project that can deliver between 400 and 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the Bay State, utility companies working with the state instead have extended…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito holding Springfield fundraiser Thursday » The Republican

Mass. State Police payroll director Denise Ezekiel applied for pension benefits days before criminal charges were filed against her » The Republican

Westboro shop a chance for older special ed students to practice workplace skills » telegram.com

Education activists plan to jam State House phone lines in noon hour » WWLP.com

Suffolk University to live stream judicial misconduct hearing of Thomas Estes, judge who admitted having sex at Belchertown courthouse » The Republican

Sales tax cut will force layoffs and service cuts, new group says » WWLP.com

Majority in House support major welfare system changes » State House News Service

Sanchez: MassHealth is state's "largest economic development initiative" » State House News Service

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Press Releases

MassLive and Berkshire Theatre CEOs to Headline C-Suite Conversations and Cocktails » Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

MHSA MEMBER AGENCY PROJECT HOPES SEEKS DIRECTOR OF HOUSING SERVICES » Mass. Housing and Shelter Alliance

Mass Insight Education & Research honors Dr. Pia Durkin with Michael G. Contompasis Leadership Award » Mass. Insight

KENNEDY DEFENDS MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITALS » Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Push to Increase State Retiree's Life Insurance Benefit » Mass. Retirees

Governor Baker Swears In New Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

EVERSOURCE BEGINS SPRING HELICOPTER INSPECTION OF REGIONAL ELECTRIC GRID » Eversource

2018 Medical Reimbursement Rate Review for Workers' Comp. Cases » Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Markey Statement on Resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan » Office of Sen. Ed Markey

AG's Office, GE Foundation Seek Applications from Public Middle Schools for Substance Use Prevention Grants » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Julie Johnston, M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with The Women's Health Award » Mass. Medical Society

Brigham and Women's Hospital Celebrates 10 Years of Designation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality » Brigham & Women's Hospital

Ask Your State Rep. to Support the Healthy Youth Act! » Mass. Equality

Much at Stake for Employers in Final 100 Days of Legislative Session » Associated Industries of Massachusetts


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