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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Herter Scholars Luncheon, Great Hall

10:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:30pm American Health Care Act Press Conference, State House, Room 360

5:30pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Brockton City Councilor Tom Monahan

5:30pm Mass. Voters for Animals Wine & Dine Fundraiser

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern with Congresswoman Katherine Clark

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Revere City Council Candidate Eric Lampedecchio

Must-Reads

Beacon Hill group calls for ethics investigation of Brockton lawmaker » The Enterprise A state lawmaker from Brockton is calling “fake news,” after the nonprofit Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance recently asked the State Ethics Commission to launch an investigation into a contro…

Reporter alleges GOP hopeful Greg Gianforte body-slammed him » New York Times The Republican candidate in a hotly contested special House election in Montana was accused of assaulting a journalist on Wednesday at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote. T…

Mass. House Passes Bill Preventing Out-Of-State Use Of Inmate Labor » WBUR The House on Wednesday voted to prevent the use of inmate labor beyond the borders of Massachusetts over the objections of Republicans who argued that existing law addresses the issue and questioned w…

GOP health care bill casualty? Insurers markets » Boston Globe If the House Republicans' health care plan becomes law, the number of uninsured Americans would double, from roughly 26 million today to over 50 million in 2026. That's the topline finding from the Co…

Peril for Republicans if they push forward with Obamacare repeal » Politico Obamacare repeal is in trouble in the Senate, and a nonpartisan analysis of the House's repeal legislation issued Wednesday only reinforced that reality.…

Salem State University trustees pick Keenan to succeed Meservey » Wicked Local Salem State University Board of Trustees has voted to recommend John D. Keenan to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) as the university's 14th president.…

Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids » The Hill Campaign aides and state chairs from the 2016 presidential race are stepping out from behind the scenes for their own runs for office, looking to build on the momentum from their former presidential h…

N.H. Democrats score a little one » Boston Globe Here's something you don't hear very often — or, actually, ever: national Democrats crowing about their big success in Wolfeboro, N.H. In case you weren't eagerly awaiting the election returns …

“That’s the thing about Representative Cabral — he couldn’t answer the questions, and he basically filed a bill out of ignorance, not knowing anything, and that usually happens — especially in this case — because he wanted to fit a political agenda,”

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson

Speaking about the bill passed yesterday in the House which bans corrections inmates from working across state lines.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

With Trump away, D.C. unclenches, just a bit » Boston Globe Vice President Mike Pence moves through the crowded US Capitol like it's the Indiana State Fair. He leans in for a selfie here. He gives a thumbs up there.…

Clark chastises DeVos on school discrimination » Boston Globe US Representative Katherine Clark, a Melrose Democrat who has emerged as a leading critic of the Trump administration, wanted a simple answer Wednesday from US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.…

Is Alan Dershowitz defending Trump? Not quite, he says » Boston Globe

Mnuchin Tells Democrats No Go on Border Tax in Private Meeting » Bloomberg Politics Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pronounced House Speaker Paul Ryan's proposal for a border-adjusted tax dead during closed-door conversations with Democrats on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committ…

Katherine Clark grills Betsy DeVos: 'I am shocked' » The Washington Post Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBT students from receiving federal dollars, explaining that she believes st…

Warren pushes for records from Trump appointee with ties to for-profit college » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren and a Democratic colleague want the Trump administration to determine whether a top Education Department appointee is using his position to benefit his former employer, the fo…

Business

How other countries are trying to censor the Internet » Boston Globe The Internet is as American as it gets. Not just the hardware and software, but the mind-set. Many of those who built it are libertarian types — First Amendment fans who regard uncensored acces…

Plans to redevelop Widett Circle could collide with need to park trains » Boston Globe Food wholesalers with an ambitious vision for what could be Boston's next hot neighborhood may be on a collision course with state transportation officials, who are eyeing their land as a crucial park…

MAR Sets Date For Realtor Day On Beacon Hill » Banker & Tradesman The Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced it will hold the 32nd annual Margaret C. Carlson Realtor Day on Beacon Hill on Wednesday, June 14.…

Boston is thriving - and that's a problem for millennials » Boston Business Journal When Massachusetts was named the best state in the country by U.S. News and World Report earlier this year, it was just the latest feather in the cap for a state that's been a continuing economic powe…

Mass. Senate votes to restore funding to state small-business program » Boston Business Journal

Education

Attorney General Investigates School Amid Racial Tensions » US News and World Report The Massachusetts attorney general is investigating a high school after complaints of rising racial tensions.…

State Rep. Jim Miceli Hosts Third Graders At State House » Marlborough Patch State Rep. James Miceli (D- Wilmington) hosted the Shawsheen Elementary School third- grade class on their yearly visit to the Massachusetts State House.…

Biotech Academy to graduate first class » Gloucester Times The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is set to graduate its inaugural class Thursday, sending its first 13 students onto the professional biotech landscape and capping an eventful year for the school …

'We did it together,' says outgoing Salem State University president » Wicked Local Manchester

Investment needed in all levels of education » Leominster Champion

Environment

Nuclear Decommissioning Panel Holds First Meeting Wednesday » WCAI A newly-formed nuclear decommissioning advisory panel will meet for the first time Wednesday with owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. …

Legislation looks to commit state to climate change agreement » Martha's Vineyard Times State Representative Dylan Fernandes aims to commit Massachusetts to the standards of the Paris Agreement, an agreement within the U.N. Convention on Climate Change that deals with greenhouse gas emis…

Savannah, Boston seaports beat competitors in Trump budget » Boston Globe U.S. seaports seeking funds to deepen their harbors aren't seeing much support in President Donald Trump's proposed budget, though they could still benefit from an upcoming spending plan.…

Gaming

Appeals court passes on Vineyard tribe's gaming hall » Boston Herald Construction of a tribal gambling hall on Martha's Vineyard can't begin until the nation's highest court considers an appeal from those challenging the casino's existence, a federal appeals court rule…

Health Care

CBO report details effects of health bill » Boston Globe The legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade than the current law, according to a much-anticipated official go…

10 key points from the CBO report on Obamacare repeal » Politico Here are some key facts and figures from the new CBO report on the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. …

Columnist Solomon Goldstein-Rose: Eliminate inequality in state revenue system » Amherst Bulletin About a month ago the House passed a fiscal year 2018 budget. Now it's over to the Senate, and during June a few members from each side will meet in conference committee and work out the differences.…

$1M NARH endowment shifts to Berkshire Health Systems in bankruptcy case » Berkshire Eagle More than $1 million donated for use by the former North Adams Regional Hospital will be placed into new hands, but for an old purpose: benefiting public health in northern Berkshire County. …

Human Services

25 Investigates: Gov. Baker says state may need to change daycare oversight » My Fox Boston Gov. Charlie Baker said there may need to be a change in the way the state oversees private daycares – a month after 25 Investigates first reported that regulators abruptly dropped an investiga…

Immigration

Basic rights addressed at second immigration forum » Martha's Vineyard Times Island communities like Martha's Vineyard, which rely on international visitors, are losing millions in the current political climate. Under the Trump administration, international tourism has dropped…

Petition against 'Sanctuary' ordinance survives » The Salem News Page 160, lines 4 and 5. City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe stared down a pair of signatures as two other city registrars alongside her did the same.…

ICE spokesman slams Tito Jackson's Sanctuary School Act as 'policy for a non-issue' » Boston Herald City Councilor and mayoral challenger Tito Jackson is pushing a “Sanctuary School Act” to shield Boston's kids from the feds — but immigration officials say they don't target school…

Insurance

Mass. health insurers say they'll hike rates 'substantially' if Trump cuts subsidies » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Veterans court program celebrates its first graduate » Eagle Tribune After more than a year of a rigorous court program, Ishmael Harvey became the first graduate of the Essex County Veterans Treatment Court in Lawrence on Wednesday.…

Legislative

Hodgson Mexican wall plan dealt blow by House » The Sun Chronicle State lawmakers moved Wednesday to block Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and others from volunteering jail inmates to do work outside the state, such as building a wall with Mexico.…

Mass. House passes bill restricting inmate labor; stalls ICE cooperation bill » The Herald News BOSTON — Massachusetts House leaders indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump's illegal immigration crackd…

Local Government

Charlemont: Yes on budget, no on resolution » The Recorder Annual town meeting voters stayed past midnight, deliberating on a nonbinding resolution for a federal and state carbon fee and dividend — and about whether such an article belongs at an annual…

ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center Trip to Rockport » North End Waterfront Seniors at the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) enjoyed a gorgeous, fun and sun-filled day out at Rockport on May 16th…

Truro edges closer to taking over state land » Cape Cod Times Truro expects to own nearly four acres of state highway land soon. State officials have sent Truro town counsel a draft deed for the land off Highland Road, which would be used for year-round housing.…

Opinion

Wiping out Net neutrality helps only big telecom firms » Boston Globe REMEMBER WHEN millions of protesters from coast to coast insisted that their broadband providers be allowed to favor Netflix over Hulu, or vice versa?…

Boston needs to figure out how to share the roads » Boston Globe Hey, cyclist dudes. If motorists don't own the roads — neither do you.…

Trump's budget doesn't forget the taxpayer » The Sentinel & Enterprise Over the last few days, the Trump administration, through Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, presented Congress with its first formal look at the president's $4.1 trillion fiscal …

Politics

Mayor Warren in New Bedford to outline plans for governor campaign » South Coast Today Newton Mayor Setti Warren's governor campaign tour rolled through New Bedford Wednesday to meet with fellow Mayor Jon Mitchell and clear up who he is running for.…

John Kerry to Harvard grads: 'This is not a normal time' » Boston Globe Former US secretary of state John F. Kerry said he didn't want to get “political” in his address Wednesday to graduates at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. And then he excoriated Pr…

Baker: I like Tom — but I'm with Judy » Lynn Daily News Item Popular Gov. Charlie Baker could make the difference in re-electing Republican Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy in what could be a close race in November.…

Warren candidacy could connect in a blue state » Lynn Daily News Item Newton Mayor Setti Warren is running for governor and political handicappers are unlikely to pick him as an odds-on favorite to beat Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018. But Warren, a Democrat, has a track rec…

Public Safety

House blocks Hodgson push to use inmates to build wall » South Coast Today Each side of the aisle labeled House Bill 3034 “simple,” but neither backed down from debate that spanned more than an hour.…

What does a guy have to do to get a jaywalking ticket in this town? » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department has gone for long stretches without even issuing one. Talk to any resident who's done even a small amount of walking in the city, and they'll tell you the same thing: They…

Can Massachusetts Prisoners Work on the Wall? House Democrats Say... » New Boston Post In the end, Republicans' calls to further examine a bill that would bar county sheriffs from allowing prisoners to participate in building President Donald Trump's proposed Mexican border wall were no…

Citing Molly Bish case, officials push for added resources when kids go missing » Worcester Telegram & Gazette When 16-year-old lifeguard Molly Bish went missing in 2000, it took three years to find her body some two-and-a-half miles from her Warren home. When 16-year-old Lawrence High School student Lee Manue…

17 years later, Bish family hosts final Missing Children's Day event » My Fox Boston Seventeen years after they lost their daughter, the Bish family is letting go of another creation.…

Bristol sheriff speaks at anti-sanctuary cities meeting » Boston Herald Conservative opponents of sanctuary cities and liberal supporters of illegal immigrants had a rare moment of civil discussion as they came face to face in West Roxbury last night.…

Repair and retreat planned for Herring Cove Beach parking lot » Cape Cod Times A storm-battered Cape Cod National Seashore beach parking area — known for its drive-up convenience and dramatic sunsets — will undergo $420,000 in short-term repairs after an extensive …

Police set to hit Boston crime 'hot spots' to thwart gun violence » Boston Herald Boston cops are preparing to flood the city's street crime “hot spots” with resources and services geared toward young people as authorities brace for what is typically the most violent ti…

Hodgson Fires Back At Beacon Hill Dems Over Out-Of-State Prisoner Work Ban » New Boston Post Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson fired back at Beacon Hill Democrats on Wednesday night, labeling them and specifically the sponsor of a leadership-backed bill passed along party lines hours befo…

Residents resist Frederickson Farm's liquor license » The Valley Breeze Residents of Scituate voiced concern and frustration at the prospect of Frederickson Farm getting a beverage and liquor license during a May 15 Town Council meeting.…

State Finance

Reps add $45M in spending despite budget difficulties » Lowell Sun Despite on ongoing revenue slump, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday packed on $45.5 million in fiscal 2017 spending. …

Senate rejects tax cuts, pads budget with spending » Eagle Tribune The state Senate on Tuesday rejected a Republican-led effort to reduce the sales and income taxes, even as Democrats tacked on millions of dollars in new spending to the $40.3 billion budget.…

Senate seeks to cut Mass. film tax credit » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Senate took a swipe at the decade-old film tax credit on Tuesday, adopting a proposal to impose more stringent requirements for studios to qualify, which one of the incentive's House supporters sa…

Taxation

Lowell to ask LGH about payment-in-lieu-of-taxes » Lowell Sun

Transportation

Flight delays rise as Logan Airport rebuilds a runway » Boston Globe The number of delayed flights into and out of Logan International Airport has increased substantially in the past week after the airport shut one of its main runways for reconstruction.…

Senate has approved study of NYC to Pittsfield train service » WWLP 22

MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down » Boston Globe

T Fiscal Control Board Member Steve Poftak Named New Interim MBTA GM » WBUR

Utilities

Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants » The Republican Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has released state broadband grants to six more rural towns that plan to build their own high-speed fiber-to-the-home networks.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Many angry over possible school layoffs in Leominster » Sentinel & Enterprise

Parties agree on shaky foundation » Sentinel & Enterprise

Denial only slows the process » Martha's Vineyard Times

Microsoft reportedly pays $100M for Boston cybersecurity company » Boston Business Journal

Mass. House pulls back bill aimed at countering Trump » State House News Service

Roxbury wins Boston's third cultural district designation » Bay State Banner

Stay vigilant on online gambling bills (Letters) » The Republican

Let's prevent students from dropping out » Dorchester Reporter

House adds $45 mil in spending despite budget difficulties » State House News Service

The Mission Of Trump's New Opioid Commission » WBUR

New senators granted priority items after maiden speeches » State House News Service

Gold Star Families given more leeway with benefit paperwork » WWLP 22

My View: Setti's run » Wicked Local Newton

Aquinnah casino opponents given time for Supreme Court appeal » Martha's Vineyard Times

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