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Today on Beacon Hill

8:00am State of the Town hosted by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front Street, Marblehead

9:30am 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission Meeting, Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin

7:00pm Green Difference Awards, Great Hall

Must-Reads

Gonzalez supports soda tax, but says income surtax is his priority » Boston Business Journal When Democrat Jay Gonzalez tried to goad the governor into a position earlier this week on the "millionaires' tax," Republican Party officials wondered aloud where the gubernatorial candidate stood on…

Tufts Graduate Students Are Latest To Vote To Unionize » WBUR Graduate students at Tufts University have voted to form a union. …

Senate early ed agenda hits budget realities » South Coast Today Raising wages for early educators, eliminating the waiting list for early education and care, ensuring access to after-school and summer programs, and expanding state education aid to cover younger ch…

Health care law changes would reduce tax credits » The Salem News Health care advocates say the elimination of the so-called 'premium tax credits' would make medical coverage for low- and moderate-income individuals more expensive. …

Bump for Walsh on city's mean streets » Boston Globe On at least one thing, everyone seemed to agree. “This is where I'm going to get myself in trouble right now,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said — correctly, it turns out — before l…

State senator seeks money for sex-trafficking victims from horse racing funds » Boston Herald The state's “grossly underfunded” trust for sex-trafficking victims could see a surge of funding under a new budget proposal that would come at the expense of the struggling horse racing i…

Mass. lawmakers impatient with chaos, lack of action in D.C. » Boston Globe There's anger. There's agitation. But most of all there is impatience, as Massachusetts' top politicians watch the Trump-driven drama unfolding in Washington and lament the serious work of federal gov…

Minority residents in Lowell file federal suit alleging unfair elections » Boston Globe Lowell has been transformed by refugees fleeing Cambodia and immigrants coming from Latin America and Africa. The city, which was more than 90 percent white four decades ago, is now 49 percent minorit…

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman top pick for Trump's new FBI director » ABC News The president said former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is his top choice in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. Lieberman was also former Vice President Al Gore's running mate in th…

Latest numbers undercut need for health care tax » Commonwealth Magazine THE LATEST DATA for the state's MassHealth program indicate enrollment has stabilized, suggesting the assumption behind Gov. Charlie Baker's health care tax on employers – that Medicaid rolls a…

“It feels like we all have whiplash from trying to keep up with Trump’s chaos,”

Representative Katherine M. Clark

Speaking about President Trump's frequent scandals.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

'The whole thing has been a witch hunt,' Trump says » Boston Globe President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election, saying it ''hurts ou…

Moulton says special counsel not enough » The Salem News The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is an "important step in the right direction" and "long overdue," according to …

Aetna wants out of NJ'S individual, small-group health insurance markets » NJSPOTLIGHT Uncertainty about future, as federal officials repeal and replace Obamacare, contributes to the decision. …

President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation » WBUR In his first on-camera remarks amid burgeoning scandals engulfing his White House, President Trump denied he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to scuttle an investigation into his former national se…

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!' » WBUR As part of President Trump's executive order to review "job-killing regulations," the Environmental Protection Agency last month asked for the public's input on what to streamline or cut. It held a se…

Business

On the former Medieval Manor site, a bookstore with a mission » Boston Globe Raise a toast, the former Medieval Manor, boarded up for more than a year, will come to life again as a sprawling used bookstore with an unusual social mission.…

A study will explore expanding Boston's convention center » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority controls about 30 undeveloped acres in one of the country's hottest real estate markets. Now, the agency is trying to figure out what to do with that prim…

Behind the craft beer boom in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal For some, it's a lifelong dream and a license to print money. But those who jump in now face the likelihood of being drowned in a crowded market. Here's how the craft beer has blossomed, and how newco…

Expansion on tap: How brewers are raising cash to grow » Boston Business Journal Finding financing is far more convenient.…

Beer distributors call draft bill a compromise » Worcester Business Journal Companies that haul suds to bars and package stores said they have found some middle-ground on a long simmering disagreement about how the business should be regulated, but a spokesman for Bay State b…

Detroit's DIY Cure for Urban Blight » Politico Magazine Recovering from bankruptcy, the city created the country's largest land bank to transform a surplus of abandoned properties into livable, tax-paying homes. …

Forbes' Under 30 Summit to return to Boston » Boston Globe The Forbes Under 30 Summit will return to Boston in October for a second year, with a few new avenues for 6,000 of the world's youngest entrepreneurs and creatives to explore during the four-day event…

Civil Rights

Franklin group: 'Hate has no home here' » The Metro West Daily News Chanting “Immigrants are welcome here, say it loud and say it clear,” and holding up signs that read “Hate has no home here,” about 20 protesters gathered in front of the Veter…

Generations share meal, LGBT concerns at Orleans event » Cape Cod Times

Education

NECC President appointed to statewide STEM council » Wicked Local Newburyport Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito have appointed Northern Essex Community College President Dr. Lane Glenn, a resident of Amesbury, to the STEM Advisory Council, a statewide group that is e…

Environment

Beach lovers cry foul » Boston Globe The dreadful stench that greets beach-goers to Lynn and Nahant is gone. Now, and all summer. Pressed by local legislators, state officials said removal of the foul-smelling brown algae will continue t…

Action needed to save the bees » Eagle Tribune Bees – honeybees in particular – are serious business, and they are in trouble. Pollination of flowers and crops by honeybees is responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat.…

Enviro concessions part of deal to add 5,000 parking spaces at Logan » State House News Service The agency that manages Logan Airport agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub.…

Amherst supports carbon pollution fee » Amherst Bulletin Imposing a carbon pollution fee on fossil fuels imported to Massachusetts is a way to encourage people to reduce consumption of oil and gas by purchasing automobiles that are more fuel efficient and a…

Lexington will save $19 million with new solar farm » Wicked Local Lexington Lexington officials could not have asked for a better day to officially open the town's new solar facility than Thursday, May 18. With the temperature already hovering around 90 degrees, the power of …

Gaming

High stakes for Vineyard tribe » Boston Herald A small Martha's Vineyard town and a local nonprofit are preparing to ask the nation's highest court to overturn an appellate ruling that has opened the door for tribal gaming on the Bay State island.…

Health Care

AGs don't trust Trump to defend health care subsidies » Berkshire Eagle Bay State Attorney General Maura Healey joined with her legal counterparts in 14 other states and the District of Columbia on Thursday attempting to intervene in a federal lawsuit that could jeopardiz…

15 states sue in bid to preserve key aspect of federal health law » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey has joined 15 other attorneys general in a bid to preserve a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act — the subsidies that help people cover their copays and d…

Steward to acquire 18 hospitals through merger with Tennessee system » Boston Business Journal Steward HealthCare has announced plans to merge with a Tennessee health care system, making it the largest private for-profit hospital operator in the 10 states in which it will have a presence.…

Immigration

Attorney General Offers Guidance on Immigration Policy » US News and World Report Attorney General Maura Healey is trying to help patients and students better understand the impact of federal immigration policies under President Donald Trump's administration.…

Judiciary

Massachusetts SJC needs regional diversity, says retired Judge John M. Greaney » The Republican Massachusetts' highest court benefits greatly from having a diverse panel of judges, including members representing all regions of the state, says John M. Greaney, a retired Supreme Judicial Court jud…

Labor

Massachusetts unemployment rate rises for fourth straight month » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose from 3.6 percent to 3.9 percent last month, the largest single-month increase in at least half a decade.…

Longmeadow senator seeking death benefits for all public servants » State House News Service The family of a Longmeadow Department of Public Works foreman killed after a train struck his snowplow in March would be eligible to receive death benefits like those given to police and firefighters …

Local Government

State of the Cape: An In-Depth Look at the Issues Facing Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod Broadcasting Media will present the 2nd Annual State of the Cape on Friday morning at the Cape Cod Community Center in Dennis.…

Ground broken on downtown revitalization project » Leominster Champion Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined Assistant Secretary for Communities and Programs Juan Vega, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, state Rep. Natalie Higgins, and other community…

Around Amherst: Memorial bike ride Sunday » Amherst Bulletin A memorial bicycle ride in memory of late Amherst breadbaker and cyclist Dorie Goldman caps off Amherst Bicycle Week on Sunday.…

Marijuana

Robert DeLeo says no rush on marijuana regulations » WWLP 22 Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, delivered the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council's keynote address Thursday afternoon.…

Opinion

Commentary: Reflections after first Town Meeting » Wicked Local Needham Ending late the evening of May 10, or really early the next morning, I had the privilege of representing precinct A at the most recent Town Meeting. Although bleary eyed from the late evenings, I woul…

The Trump rally: denial or long-term wisdom? » Boston Globe Every once in a while, investors seem to catch a glimpse of the unique risks posed by President Trump — and they panic. It happened Wednesday, when the scandals embroiling the White House spark…

Boston Teachers Union's tall tale » Boston Globe A CERTAIN ANNOYANCE has crept into Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman's voice.…

President just seems way too cozy with Russia » Boston Globe I USED to work with somebody who would say, whenever the boss showed unaccountable deference to another employee, “He must have pictures.”…

Like him or loathe him, Roger Ailes transformed the news » Boston Globe Very few figures in the history of television news have been as transformational as Roger Ailes — partly because Ailes transformed the definition of news itself.…

The greatest self-inflicted witch hunt in history » Boston Globe I'M NOT GOING OUT on much of a limb to say “the greatest single witch hunt” in American history was that actual witch hunt in Salem that ended in the execution of 20 people, including the …

PETER LUCAS: Dem field for governor begs Peggy Lee's musical question » Lowell Sun Is that all there is? That is what Gov. Charlie Baker must be happily asking himself as he views his potential Democratic Party challengers lining up to oppose him for re-election in 2018. Is that all…

Editorial: Senate: Ease up on business » Boston Business Journal The Senate budget repeats the same wrongheaded ideas that lean far too heavily on businesses to bail out the state's spending problems.…

Carr: GOP pols spineless amid fake-news Russian 'collusion' scandal » Boston Herald Where the hell are all the Republicans on Capitol Hill? Have you ever seen — or not seen — such a bunch of cowardly, spineless front-running, back-pedaling political curs?…

Political polarization complicates Watergate comparisons » Commonwealth Magazine THE CASCADING INVESTIGATIONS into relationships between Russia and Donald Trump's campaign and staff rings loudly with echoes of Watergate. Trump sometimes seems to invite the parallel, tweeting about…

Letter: Join rally backing public education » Berkshire Eagle To the editor: On Saturday, thousands of educators, parents, students and community members will Rally for Public Education on the Boston Common. When working as intended, public education is the bedr…

Our Opinion: Debate needed on private college funding » Berkshire Eagle The demands for higher education funding in the state when dollars are tight has prompted a discussion on Beacon Hill about ending financial assistance to the wealthiest private colleges. This is admi…

A voice of experience promotes SJC regional diversity (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Michael Dukakis on Roger Ailes: 'He was not my favorite person' » Boston Herald Of all the political scalps Roger Ailes collected during his decades spent running political campaigns, none were bigger than Michael Dukakis.…

Lyons an 'ideologue' with 'partisan agenda' » Andover Townsman Jim Lyons, the Republican state representative for the 18th Essex District, which includes Andover, has co-sponsored Bill H.286, “An Act relative to valid identification at voting polls.” …

Public Health

Raising The Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 Appears To Now Rest With The Mass. House » WGBH News The minimum age for buying tobacco products in Massachusetts could rise to 21 if House Speaker Robert DeLeo were to allow a vote on a bill. Supporters of raising the age say they have the support of G…

E-cigarette regulation tied up in tobacco age bill » The Recorder Debate over raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 has largely focused on the health risks of smoking and the ability of teenagers to obtain cigarettes from older friends, but pending legislati…

Health leaders, retail group spar over tobacco age » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly …

Public Safety

For former gang members, making education pay » Boston Globe Inside his 8- by 8-foot cell, Alex Diaz looked at his daughter's pictures every day.…

Milford's Maloney set to testify at Statehouse hearing » The Metro West Daily News State lawmakers, immigration advocates and critics are poised for a lengthy debate at the Statehouse next month as the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is holding a public hearin…

Cape presence felt as bikers 'storm' Statehouse » Cape Cod Times Clad in leather and star-spangled bandanas, motorcyclists descended on the Statehouse on Thursday asking for government to take a more hands-off approach toward helmet use and step up enforcement of d…

Somerville mothers aim to stop gas leaks » Boston Globe For every linear street mile you drive in Somerville, there are just over five gas leaks. That's according to the Home Energy Efficiency Team, which surveyed the area in 2014. Somerville members of t…

Bikers urge state to ditch helmet law » The Enterprise Clad in leather and star-spangled bandanas, motorcyclists descended on the State House Thursday asking for government to take a more hands-off approach towards helmet usage and step up enforcement of …

Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian honors staff during recognition ceremony » Wicked Local Harvard

State Finance

Senators offer more than 1,000 ideas to improve budget » State House News Service Senators have filed 1,031 amendments to their $40.3 billion budget bill set for debate next week. Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester filed 137 amendments, including proposals to lower the income…

$50,000 available for Fales park » Wicked Local Mansfield Some $50,000 in state funds is available to begin renovation of the former Fales Oil site, but selectmen want more information before moving forward.…

Senators offer more than 1,000 ideas to improve budget bill » The Salem News

State Government

Wanted: State House security director » Boston Globe Terrorist attacks around the world are rattling the folks who run the State House, so much so they have created a new position – director of security – and are on the verge of filling it…

Governor announces $9.3 million in facilities grants » South Coast Today The names engraved in the plaques hanging on the wall of the Seamen's Bethel and Mariners' Home distracted Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.…

Transportation

Legislature approves $200M for local infrastructure needs » Wicked Local Maynard Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, and Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, joined their colleagues in the Legislature to pass legislation that authorizes $200 million for Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities com…

Baker-Polito administration celebrates opening of Boston Landing station » Sampan The Baker-Polito Administration, state transit and local elected officials, and New Balance executives today celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new $20-million Boston Landing Commuter Rail Station, …

Grieving father campaigns to eliminate guardrail equipment he blames in daughter's death » WCVB Hannah Eimers' car drifted off a Tennessee highway and struck a piece of safety equipment.…

Quincy meeting attendees express Fore River Bridge concerns » Patriot Ledger

Utilities

Offshore wind energy gears up to hook up » Cape Cod Times As three offshore wind energy developers move closer to preparing construction plans for areas south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, each will spend time this summer exploring where to install tra…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigarette regulation gets wrapped up in bill » Metro

AG Healey issues guidance to health care providers and public schools on immigration enforcement requests » Sampan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate questions rail route swap during stop in Taunton » Taunton Daily Gazette

Goldman Sachs-backed iboss plans to hire 'thousands' after Boston HQ move » Boston Business Journal

After knocking Obama, Baker mum about Trump's monuments review » State House News Service

Engineering roots prepped Appeals Court nominee for legal career » State House News Service

Task force mulls more power for ethics law regulators » State House News Service

Sudders sees pot industry evolving in wake of voter laws » State House News Service

Group plans sit-in outside governor's office » Boston Globe

Clawbacks threaten mental health services » Commonwealth Magazine

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2059 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Gail Normandin, an employee of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

SB 2043 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Gary Kellenberger, an employee of the Department of Mental Health

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3600 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2053 - An Act relative to healthy youth

HB1153 - An Act to ensure safe medication administration

HB2451 - An Act to contain health care costs and improve access to value based nurse practitioner care as recommended by the IOM and FTC

HB3680 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

House Actions This Week: 109

Senate Actions This Week: 85


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