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Today on Beacon Hill

7:30am State House News Forum: Our Renewable Energy Future, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston

9:00am Water Infrastructure Awareness Day, Great Hall

9:30am Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting, Scituate High School, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate

10:00am Department of Public Utilities Hearing, 10 Park Plaza, Second Floor, Boston

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Massachusetts Missing Children's Day, Grand Staircase

12:00pm State Library Author Talk, State Library, Room 341

Birthdays: Rep. James O'Day

Must-Reads

Nursing homes at 'crisis point' due to state underpayments » State House News Service One out of every seven direct care staff positions in Massachusetts nursing homes is vacant, the number of deficiency-free homes has dropped since 2013, and half of the facilities have less than four …

New HCFA leader praises guv's advocacy for Medicaid » State House News Service Amy Rosenthal, named executive director of nonprofit advocacy group Health Care for All on Monday, says she is excited to work on the "front lines" of health care advocacy in Massachusetts.…

Rosenberg: Senate ready to act on short-term rental tax » State House News Service The Senate is expected to pass a budget this week that would tax short-term rentals through websites, like Airbnb at the same rate as hotel and motel rooms, preempting the work of the committee that i…

Trump's Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts » New York Times The package calls for spending more than $2.6 billion for border security - including $1.6 billion to begin work on a border wall - and slashing more than $800 billion from Medicaid. …

White House moves to block ethics inquiry into ex-lobbyists on payroll » Boston Globe The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government's top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists wh…

Bay State Forum with Barbara Anthony » Cambridge Community Television What Should Massachusetts be Doing in Healthcare? …

Full city apparatus at work in Marty Walsh's reelection bid » Boston Globe As Mayor Martin J. Walsh's reelection campaign picked up steam, his administration sent an e-mail newsletter this month to 90,000 subscribers, offering something that only he has the authority to deli…

Video shows Framingham mayoral candidate removing opponent's display » Wicked Local Framingham police on Monday released a recording of mayoral candidate John Stefanini interfering with an opponent's campaign material at the library.…

Setti Warren: Public College Should Be Free » WGBH News Newton's outgoing Mayor Setti Warren announced his bid for Mass. Governor on Saturday, emphasizing single-payer health care, reducing income inequality, and free tuition for public colleges and univer…

“We’ve got a crisis here,” Warren said. “Does anyone in the state of Massachusetts … think that graduating with a high school degree allows someone to make ends meet in this economy? It’s fantasy.”

Newton Mayor Setti Warren

Emphasizing his plan for more affordable college tuition for Massachusetts residents.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren reports $200,000 advance for her latest book » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren banked a $200,000 advance for her latest book, according to her newly filed Senate financial disclosure forms.…

Business

Mass.' new biggest bank: Berkshire Bank » Boston Globe Its roots may be in Western Massachusetts, but on Monday Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. set its ambitions firmly on Boston with plans to purchase Commerce Bancshares Corp. and move its headquarters to t…

Boston Landing's secret weapon » Boston Globe Of the dozen or so politicians and executives who cut the ribbon for the new Boston Landing train station, one of them must have been particularly relieved.…

State approves Turners Falls cultural district » The Recorder A busy section of town known for its music venue, library, family park and other attractions is now recognized as a cultural district.…

Sawmill dust-up generates plenty of buzz » Gazette Net A special permit for a controversial wood-chipping operation — a dispute brewing since 2012 — is up for public hearing on Tuesday.…

Can Linda Henry Save the Boston Globe? » Boston Magazine By any standard, Linda Pizzuti Henry lives a glamorous and well-Instagrammed life. There she is, checking out a piece of inscrutable conceptual art at Art Basel Miami; interviewing cast members of Ham…

Massachusetts receiving $625,000 in massive Target breach settlement » MassLive

Target pays $18.5 million to settle 2013 data breach case » Boston Globe

Education

St. Paul's School admits 13 staffers engaged in 'sexual misconduct' » Boston Globe Thirteen former faculty and staff members at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., engaged in sexual misconduct with students over four decades, according to a report released Monday that faulted admini…

Malden school defends controversial hair policy it suspended » Boston Globe A Malden charter school that has weathered intense criticism for a ban on hair extensions defended its stance in a letter to parents Monday, less than a day after the school's board of trustees voted …

Gov. Charlie Baker encourages Salem State University grads to listen more » Wicked Local On Saturday morning, 783 graduates in Salem State University's College of Health and Human Services and Bertolon School of Business moved tassells dangling off their mortarboards from the right to the…

Roxbury students given opportunity to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy » Cape Cod Times For dozens of students at John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the fastest path to a good-paying career — after a debt-free college education — could be by way of Buzzards…

Environment

Meetings to focus on beaches, state funding » Lynn Daily News Item Summer is still a month away but a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday and another for June will focus on area beaches and their state funding.…

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE STATE OF OUR PUBLIC BEACHES » Lynn Daily News Item Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Thomas M. McGee of Lynn and Rep. RoseLee Vincent of Revere invite you to share your thoughts on the state of our public beaches in Lynn, Swampscott, a…

Opponents of proposed compressor station want independent air quality review » Patriot Ledger Residents against a proposed natural gas compressor station want an independent consultant to conduct a new air quality analysis for the project after what they see as a biased review by state environ…

DEP approves waterways permit for compressor staiton » Wicked Local Hingham Weymouth officials are trying to decide whether to appeal a state Department of Environmental Protection's issuance of a waterways permit for a proposed compressor station near the Fore River.…

Plymouth selectmen adopt endangered shore bird » Wicked Local Plymouth On their 9,000 mile flight they often make only two stops – including Plymouth – so it seems only fitting that the town has now officially laid out the welcome mat for the Red Knot.…

Northeast marine monument under review, Beaton hoping for modifications » WWLP 22

Gaming

Here's how police plan to boost safety as MGM Springfield casino nears completion » The Republican A new police substation will open at 75 Dwight St. and three lighted police booths will boost the city's visible police presence in preparation for the 2018 opening of the MGM Springfield casino, offi…

Aquinnah casino opponents given time for Supreme Court appeal » Martha's Vineyard Times Like a ferris wheel being stopped at the top of its arc, a federal appeals court has frozen its decision in the case that paves the way for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) bingo hall.…

Health Care

NSMC pediatric patients would go to Mass General » Gloucester Daily Times North Shore Medical Center officials say Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston has enough capacity to accommodate patients after the expected closing of the inpatient pediatric unit in…

Health care advocacy group names new leader after eight months » Boston Business Journal Health Care For All has announced a new leader, eight months after its previous leader stepped down to become a priest.…

Study finds that more than 10 percent of Mass. residents would be uninsured if US House health care bill passes » Boston Globe

Immigration

Homeland Security extends protection for Haitian immigrants by six months » Wicked Local Randolph More than 58,000 Haitians living in the United States, including 4,700 in Massachusetts, will have their temporary immigration protections extended for six months, a timeframe some officials said Mond…

Deportation Crisis Creates Strains For Boston's Immigration Lawyers » WGBH News The phones won't stop ringing at Cameron Law Offices, Attorneys at Law, in East Boston, but that may not be the best thing.…

Feds okay six-month extension for Haitians with 'Temporary Protected Status' » Dorchester Reporter More than 58,000 Haitians living in the United States, including 4,700 in Massachusetts, will have their temporary immigration protections extended for six months, a timeframe some Bay State officials…

Chinatown Activists Look To Establish Housing Sanctuary In Booming Real Estate Market » WBUR A brick row house at 29 Oak Street was the ideal candidate to be the first property acquired by a group trying to keep housing affordable in Chinatown. …

Insurance

Fail first: Common insurance industry practice targeted by state lawmaker » WCVB This process is called step therapy, or fail first. Doctors prescribe a drug an insurance company may consider too new or expensive. The patient must try other drugs that may not work before the compa…

Judiciary

Trial to begin in case of UMass overdose death » Gazette Net The trial for a former University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student accused of supplying a fatal dose of heroin to a student working as a confidential police informant is set to begin this wee…

Former Mass. House Speaker DiMasi's Home Confinement Ends » WBUR Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's six months of home confinement ended Monday with a ruling from the judge who originally sentenced him in a 2011 corruption case. …

Labor

Mass. teachers union pushes state pension fund to divest » Boston Globe Days after activists pressed the Massachusetts state pension fund to divest of fossil fuel companies, the Massachusetts teachers union has endorsed a bill in the state Legislature aimed at curbing inv…

Legislative

Special election set to replace ex-Sen. Timilty » WPRI According to a calendar released by the secretary of state's office, the primary election to succeed Timilty will be Sept. 19 and the special election will be Oct. 17. Candidates must submit nominatio…

Former House Speaker DiMasi's Home Confinement Ends » CBS Boston A federal judge ruled Monday that former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi's home confinement is over.…

Local Government

Ashland: Board of Health members clash over meeting scheduling » The Metro West Daily News Board of Health members are once again leveling insults and accusations against one another – this time over who has the power to call a meeting.…

'Bottom line is Marblehead is in good shape' » Wicked Local Marblehead The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce served legislative updates with coffee and eggs Friday during it's annual State of the Town Address at The Landing Restaurant.…

Shrewsbury Town Meeting votes down opposition to artificial turf and keeps the plastic bag ban » Community Advocate Shrewsbury's Annual Town Meeting reconvened for a second night May 17 with Article 13 which was brought forth by Town Meeting Member Brian Moss, representing Sustainable Shrewsbury, a grassroots advoc…

Local roads are a fiscal pothole » The Sun Chronicle With city revenue barely able to keep up with the increasing costs of day-to-day expenses, the mayor and council have gotten some bad news.…

2-vote difference ousts incumbent selectman in Washington » Berkshire Eagle Write-in candidate Richard Grillon ousted incumbent Michael Case for the Select Board in a narrow victory last Saturday.…

Easthampton City Council denies CPA funds for Hampshire County Courthouse restoration in Northampton » MassLive

Sherborn selectmen explain high legal budget » Wicked Local Dover

Marijuana

Mayor Walsh joins outrage over burbs' banning pot shops » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh blasted towns looking to ban sales of recreational marijuana despite residents voting to legalize it last year, saying the state Legislature needs to put a halt on plans that cou…

It's official: Wilbraham referendum rejects recreational marijuana » The Republican It's official: The Town of Wilbraham does not like recreational marijuana. …

Moratoriums on retail pot sales in Mass. baffle advocate » Worcester Telegram A spokesman for the triumphant campaign to legalize adult-use marijuana said he doesn't understand why communities have enacted moratoriums on pot stores, in light of the state Legislature's efforts t…

Dudley town meeting puts freeze on recreational marijuana businesses » Worcester Telegram Town meeting voters adopted a balanced budget Monday and enacted a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses.…

Salem eyeing recreational pot options » The Salem News The slow and steady will have the best rules in place. City leaders began digging into options on recreational marijuana at a City Council committee meeting Monday night…

Opinion

White House needs data, not word clouds, on health care » Boston Globe IF EVER THERE was a time for careful, sober, data-driven policy analysis, that time is now. The nation has a president whose claims are a word cloud of superlatives, assertions that frequently bear li…

A bad ban doesn't make for a racist school » Boston Globe THE BAN on hair extensions at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School is essentially over. What lingers is the cloud that comes with calling it racist.…

Casting off illusions about Russia » Boston Globe “Things will work out fine between US and Russia,” Donald Trump recently tweeted. “At the right time everyone will come to their senses & and there will be a lasting peace.”…

DR. AMANDA METZGER, Norwell: AG Healey battles opioid scourge » The Enterprise The devastation from the opioid epidemic continues. However, I was encouraged to read about Attorney General Maura Healey's announcement to continue her dedication to fighting this danger.…

PETER LUCAS: Liberal justice is no justice for murdered doctors » Lowell Sun Attorney General Maura Healey should consider taking over the prosecution of Bampumim Teixeira, the alleged cutthroat killer of those two unfortunate South Boston doctors.…

Beer Nut: Brewmaster Jack pours a glass of Crushendo » The Republican According to the State House News Service, two bills in the Massachusetts legislature are seeking to end the standoff, which sees brewers looking to unshackle themselves from contracts with distributo…

Politics

From Hobnobbing To Website Colors: Political Newcomers Get Tips » New England Public Radio The election of President Donald Trump is inspiring many people to explore a run for public office – especially those who oppose his policies. A new pop-up school in Western Massachusetts  

Former Salem mayor Salvo dies » The Salem News Anthony Salvo, who went straight from the classroom to City Hall to become mayor of his hometown, died on Monday.…

GOP in D.C. Shaping Up as the Major Problem for Charlie Baker » JD Supra Charlie Baker sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate this past Friday, an ominous document concerning matters with the potential to cause enormous harm in Massachusetts: federal cost sharing …

Baker, Polito to decide on re-elex bid this fall » State House News Service The three Democrats running for governor will need to wait until the fall to learn for sure whether the popular incumbent Republican decides to try for a second term.…

Warren pledges to keep focus on Newton during run for governor » Wicked Local Newton Last Saturday, Mayor Setti Warren officially announced what might be the worst kept secret of the year — he's running for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.…

Public Health

Political Notes: Whelan seeks to regulate carfentanil » Cape Cod Times State Reps. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, and Paul Tucker, D-Salem, have filed legislation to add carfentanil to the state's controlled substances and drug trafficking laws.…

Public Safety

Gov. Baker: Concert security will be upped after Manchester attack »

State Government

From guns to drugs, AG Healey fields questions in Lowell » Lowell Sun The line between national and local issues seemed fuzzy during Monday night's meeting at the Wang Middle School led by state Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Taxation

AirBnB room tax may be coming » The Recorder The house at 94 Main St. in Northfield, one of the grand homes built by the Stearns family in 1811, stands out in the historic town center.…

Senators urged to back tax relief proposals » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders continue to struggle with the problem of tax collections falling short of expectations they've used to draw up spending plans. Democrats in the Legislature a…

DeLeo considers state's 'fragility' as he weighs taxes » Lowell Sun He helped raise the sales tax from 5 to 6.25 percent in 2009, wants to pass legislation addressing taxes on short-term rentals and marijuana, and voted last year to advance a 4 percent income tax on h…

Transportation

T missing out on college student market » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday they are struggling to come up with a pass that would be attractive to local universities and their students and at the same time produce significant revenue for the tran…

New ride-hail regulations focus of state forum » Boston Herald Representatives of Uber and Lyft, local elected officials and a host of community organizations from across the Bay State are expected to pack into a hearing Tuesday focused on newly enacted security …

New ride-hailing rules under criticism » Boston Globe New background checks by Massachusetts that resulted in thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers being removed from the roads have prompted a range of interest groups, from business organizations to social …

Penn Station debate offers lessons for Boston » Commonwealth Magazine New York City is having its own North-South Rail Link debate, just on a much bigger scale. …

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce backs Massachusetts Sen. Eric Lesser's high speed east-west rail study » MassLive

Utilities

Safety a concern as Pilgrim panel holds first meeting » Cape Cod Times A 21-member panel established to provide citizen input into the complicated process of decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will meet for the first time Wednesday night.…

25 Investigates: Water utility chief racking up travel on taxpayers' dime » My Fox Boston A government water utility employee in Boston asked customers and taxpayers to pick up the tab for his luxury hotel stays and travel to vacation destinations, a 25 Investigates review found.…

Pilgrim powered up for final two years » State House News Service Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station powered up again early Monday morning, six weeks after shutting down to refuel one last time before closing for good by June 2019.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Can Cory Booker Win Over Progressives? » The New Republic

Harvard grad Baker admits his regret over not choosing Hamilton College » The Enterprise

Mass. Maritime, Boston school announce early college program » Cape Cod Today

CLF intends lawsuit against Saugus landfill operator » State House News Service

Berkshire Bank to acquire Commerce and move HQ to Boston » Boston Business Journal

Trump Administration To Extend Protections For Haitians For 6 Months » WBUR

Buzzards Bay Coalition Receives Cultural Facilities Fund Grant » Cape Cod Online

Worthington: Health care forum slated Wednesday » Berkshire Eagle

Cyber official "amazed" that feds not affected by Wannacry » State House News Service

Senator Jason Lewis: Lower Healthcare Costs by Reducing Consumption of Sugary Drinks » Reading Patch

Industry: Nursing homes at "crisis point" due to state underpayments » Lowell Sun

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