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10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

11:00am Time Zone Commission Meeting, Hearing Room 222

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Must-Reads

Mass. wants to update its alcohol laws. Not all are happy » Boston Globe When Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg last year announced a major push to rewrite the state's alcohol laws, the message was clear: Our antiquated and confusing booze rules frustrate businesses…

As Trump Weighs Shake-Up, He Faces Recruiting Challenge » New York Times Back from overseas and confronting an unforgiving political environment, President Trump appears increasingly isolated inside the White House, according to advisers, venting frustration over the perfo…

DeLeo: several options available to resolve big budget gap » Lowell Sun With the state budget seeing about a $500 million shortfall, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Robert DeLeo, said several discussions need to take place to address this financial issue.…

Trump's window for scoring early legislative victories is shrinking » The Washington Post President Trump faces an increasingly narrow path to win major legislative victories before the looming August recess, with only two months left to revive his health-care or tax initiatives before Con…

Senate wants commission to examine MBTA retirement fund » Metro The Senate will push in upcoming budget talks with the House for a special commission to make recommendations to rescue the faltering MBTA pension fund, which the T's top manager says is only one stee…

The Topline: Left turn ahead? Team Baker looks to reshape coalition for re-election bid. » MassINC Polling Group As Charlie Baker accelerates toward his re-election season, he may have just flipped on his left blinker. If the strategy he shared with donors in a recent meeting is any indication, his campaign may …

Charting common ground » Commonwealth Magazine National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee is going to need that sabbatical that comes with the honor.…

Is Mass. Heading For A Budget Crisis? » WGBH News Massachusetts state government is on track to spend more money than it may take in, possibly leaving state leaders forced to make up a $1 billion dollar budget deficit next year if revenue continues t…

"We're going to have, in a couple of weeks, a discussion about the fair share tax plan relative to half of the funds, so called millionaires tax, going to transportation and education," he said. "I think, also, we're going to be talking about revenue through the marijuana law, through Airbnb and whatnot. So, we've got some discussions to do."

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the Commonwealth's $500 million budget shortfall.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Richard Neal says Democrats must focus on economic development » Boston Globe If the Democratic Party is to regain the trust of its traditional working-class base, it must begin to talk seriously about economic development, US Representative Richard Neal said Tuesday.…

Trump's cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns » AP News President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns ab…

GOP taps anti-Clinton strategy to damage Elizabeth Warren early » McClatchy DC The Massachusetts Democrat is preparing to run for re-election to the Senate in 2018 and hasn't said yet whether she'll challenge President Donald Trump for the White House. But in-state and national …

Business

Is Boston's building boom coming to Kenmore Square? » Boston Globe Developers filed initial plans Tuesday to build two large hotels on either side of Beacon Street on the western side of Kenmore, creating a new gateway to the busy square with what would be its talles…

Judge voids car title loans for Massachusetts consumers » Consumer Affairs A car title loan company operating in Massachusetts without a license faces huge losses, while its customers in the Bay State won't have to pay back their loans.…

Fisheries council wants voice heard in Trump's monuments review » State House News Service New England fishery regulators might seek to reclaim some of the authority they lost when President Barack Obama virtually walled off thousands of square miles of ocean south of Cape Cod to commercial…

$185K in state Senate budget for industry-based cod survey » Gloucester Times The state Senate's amended 2018 budget includes $185,000 to continue the industry-based cod survey that could help close the divide between commercial fishermen and regulatory scientists on the true s…

Roxbury rebuild eyes building big » Boston Herald Constructing Roxbury's tallest tower would cost $144 million for a 25-story residential and commercial building proposed for Dudley Square, according to detailed project plans submitted to the city.…

Trying To Find An Economic Balance In The Battle For Dudley Square's Future » WGBH News A pretty good crowd comes through Dudley Dough in Roxbury at midday for their huge pizza slices. But manager Luther Pinckney says overall, business isn't great. “We're not struggling, but we're …

Bay State gets high business scores in report » Worcester Business Journal Massachusetts's business climate won high marks from dozens of companies interviewed for a new MassEcon report, particularly for its educated workforce and infrastructure.…

Civil Rights

When hate happens to someone else, what do you do? » Boston Globe Megan Lim is, by her own description, not the sort who would jump into a volatile situation. Yet that's exactly what the 39-year-old Watertown resident did recently at a local Target store.…

R.I. House OKs ban of 'conversion therapy' for LGBTQ youth » Providence Journal House lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to ban licensed professionals who treat children and adolescents from practicing “conversion therapy,” which aims to change sexual or…

'Sanctuary City' issue rises again in Easthampton with letter from ACLU lawyer » The Republican Three months after a City Council subcommittee withdrew consideration of a Sanctuary City ordinance, the matter could be back in the public eye.…

Crimes

Markey bill targets fentanyl trafficking » Gloucester Times As fentanyl propels the scourge of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey plans on Tuesday to tout a bill he's filed with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to give border patrol agents t…

Education

Petition calls for delayed start times at Massachusetts schools » The Republican The Massachusetts branch of a national organization working to delay school start times across the country will deliver a petition to the State House Tuesday morning. …

80 new nurses graduate at 2017 Springfield Technical Community College pinning ceremony » The Republican Graduating as a nurse is a big thing. But it's the little things that can be the most important to a patient. Holding a hand, smiling and letting a patient know you are there for them can be paramount…

Baker pushes early preparation for college costs » The Eagle Tribune Baker also encouraged families to take advantage of the tax benefits afforded through the 529 programs, including not having to pay taxes on money earned in the 529 account and being able to withdraw …

Boston Bridge aims to provide free college for some students » Boston Globe In an effort to provide teenagers a pathway to future prosperity, Boston and state officials announced an initiative Tuesday to allow high school graduates from low-income families in Boston to attend…

Gov. Charlie Baker will be honored at Bristol Community College commencement » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the commencement address at Bristol Community College on Saturday, June 3, as President John J. Sbrega, retiring after 17 years, says goodbye.…

Parents pushing for later school start times statewide » WWLP 22 News Two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep. Parents are pushing state lawmakers to start school later to improve their children's academic performance and safety.…

Boston is testing out a tuition-free college program » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Tuesday launched a new college affordability pilot program for Boston high school graduates, which will enable low-income students to complete a four-ye…

Sleep needs of teens just one factor in school start time debate » State House News Service For high school students balancing academics, homework, athletics and a part-time job, it can be a challenge to clock the 8.5 hours of sleep teens need -- and make it to school in time for the 7:30 a.…

Staffing 'debacle' unfolding in Framingham Public Schools » The Metro West Daily News More than a dozen jobs are on the chopping block as the school district grapples with a drop in federal funding that will overlap with planned cuts to support staff.…

Schools might start later in Massachusetts after experts say teens need more sleep » Metro

When education is a marathon, not a sprint » The Landmark

Environment

Last year's drought had an upside: cleaner beaches in Boston » Boston Globe Last year's drought killed crops, parched lawns, and stressed municipal water systems. But it did have an upside, at least for beach bums.…

State OKs $150K for algae cleanup » Lynn Daily News Item Lynn and Nahant's beaches should smell a lot sweeter this summer, thanks to a decision the by the Baker administration to spend $150,000 for algae cleanup.…

State readies new plans as booming bears move in » Boston Herald State wildlife officials are preparing for possibly “catastrophic” encounters as bears move into eastern Massachusetts, with new protocols and taking steps to limit public outrage over bea…

Critics lash out at Trump amid reports of Paris Accord pullout » Sentinel & Enterprise

Arcadia Wildlife Sancturay connects art, nature with new Art House » MassLive

Mass. Politicians Blast Trump After Reports Say He'll Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Deal » WBUR

Boston mayor urges Trump to remain part of climate pact » Boston Globe

Toxins detected in air near Fore River Basin, doctor says » Patriot Ledger

Human Services

Autism help center opens Fall River location » South Coast Today Southcoast Autism Center, an intensive Applied Behavior Analysis hub for children and families affected by autism, welcomed local and state to an open house at its new Fall River location, 657 Quarry …

US Rep. Jim McGovern introduces bill to help train service dogs for disabled veterans » The Republican Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, is again pushing a bill that would give funding to nonprofits that train service dogs for veterans with disabilities, his office recently announced.…

Immigration

In a first for Mass., undocumented immigrant seeks refuge in Cambridge church » Boston Globe A woman fleeing US immigration authorities has taken refuge in a Cambridge church with her two children, making them the first family in Massachusetts known to publicly seek “sanctuary” in…

Judiciary

New Springfield Drug Court Offers Addicts An Alternative To Prison » Valley Advocate It looks like a normal courtroom, but once a week, Courtroom 10 in Hampden District Court hosts a legal session that is anything but typical.…

Legislators ask Gov. Charlie Baker to put Western Massachusetts resident on Supreme Judicial Court » The Republican A recent letter to Gov. Charlie Baker signed by 19 Western Massachusetts legislators was written "to highlight the lack of representation of our region by those now serving on the state's Supreme Judi…

Governor appoints Kelley clerk magistrate in Wrentham District Court » The Sun Chronicle

Labor

Gov. Baker bill calls for reforms in state's unemployment system » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking a number of changes in the state's unemployment insurance system. Legislation filed by the administration on Tuesday would allow the spouses of relocated military personn…

Local Government

Council overrides mayor's meal tax veto » Lynn Daily News Item Days after Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy vetoed the local option meals tax, the City Council overrode the mayor's action by a 10-1 vote.…

Barnstable County plans early retirement offer » Cape Cod Times Fresh off a budget cycle that saw its operations budget slashed by more than $1 million for the upcoming fiscal year and an uncertain financial future, Barnstable County officials are planning a new r…

Rep. Hannah Kane to hold Shrewsbury, Westborough office hours » Wicked Local Shrewsbury Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, will hold office hours in both Shrewsbury and Westborough during the month of June. Shrewsbury office hours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Shrewsb…

Rep Velis to be sent to Korean peninsula in August » WWLP 22 News State Representative John Velis (D-Westfield) will be sent to South Korea this August to participate in military training exercises with the U.S. Army and allies in the region. Velis is a Captain in t…

Likening it to Boston residency requirement, Springfield councilors praise proposed rule for new firefighters » The Republican SPRINGFIELD -- City councilors praised a new contract proposal that if approved will require all new firefighters hired by the city to live in Springfield for a minimum of 10 years as a condition of e…

Budget amendment to fund Sudbury River water quality testing » Wicked Local Lincoln During recent debate on the state budget, state Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, successfully inserted a $25,000 amendment to test the water quality of three local rivers, including the Sudbury River i…

How Much Will Plymouth Get for Big Anniversary Celebration? » New Boston Post There could be state money coming down the pike for Plymouth's 400th anniversary, along with more road signs to guide tourists from Route 3 toward historic sites in downtown Plymouth, if a Senate budg…

Mayor presents $228.5M budget, calls it 'responsible fiscal management' » Taunton Gazette

Marijuana

Rep. Day eyes pot money to fund jobs » The Recorder One percent of the excise taxes collected on retail marijuana purchases would be used as subsidies for businesses that hire and train youth employees under a bill pitched to the Labor and Workforce De…

Beverly eyes temporary recreational pot shop ban » The Salem News The City Council and the Planning Board began the process of considering whether or not to put a temporary ban on recreational marijuana sales in the city.…

Opinion

Mark Zuckerberg 2.0 - the road to the White House » Boston Globe IT'S MARK ZUCKERBERG'S world, and we're all just living in it. Let's get this out of the way right up front: Zuckerberg is running for president. …

Too little, too late from President Trump on Portland killings » Boston Globe IT TOOK President Donald Trump three days — and a tsunami of social media ire, including a lengthy Facebook post from newsman Dan Rather — to mention last week's racist attack on a Portl…

Trump embarrasses the US overseas » Boston Globe

Salem State presidential pick reflects parochial search process. Students deserve better » Boston Globe Oops. They did it again. With the nomination of John Keenan as the next president of Salem State, the trustees of another public university in Massachusetts passed over more experienced female candida…

Editorial: More budget blues » Boston Herald The celebrations continue for a fiscal 2018 state budget that is being built on quicksand. Meanwhile, with time running short, news of the deficit in the current budget is deeply discouraging. Beacon …

State should sign on to Paris Climate Agreement » Cape Cod Times The Trump administration's public position toward climate action -- ranging from ambivalence to outright hostility -- hurts U.S. standing and credibility internationally. It is important to let the wo…

Gelzinis: Alleged dealers' colorful discussion leaves no room for shades of gray » Boston Herald Beyond the 30 defendants, the drugs, guns and cash the feds netted in their latest strike on a Lawrence-based cartel, there was this chilling bit of intercepted conversation between two alleged dealer…

Carr: Lawrence illegal immigrants swept up in raid prove Sununu, LePage right » Boston Herald Where do New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Maine Gov. Paul LePage go to get their apologies from the Democrat hacks and the fake-news media who were so recently blasting them as xenophobes and nativ…

Western Mass. needs regional economic development plan » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET process demonstrates economic progress does not always create revenue for the Commonwealth. Total employment is eclipsing previous highs, unemployment rates are below four per…

Politics

Dems to feature guv candidates, new delegates at Worcester convention » Lowell Sun

Public Health

GE Foundation, Mass. AG to announce opioid prevention effort » Boston Business Journal The GE Foundation, General Electric Co.'s philanthropic organization, is partnering with Attorney General Maura Healey and the non-profit Herren Project on a new initiative to curb substance use in yo…

Milford Legislators Land $52K Of Budget To Continue Substance Abuse Program » Marlborough Patch MILFORD, MA—Lawmakers for Milford—State Sen. Ryan Fattman and Rep. Brian Murray—said last week that $52,000 has been included in the state budget for a regional substance abuse pr…

Public Safety

Bill Proposed by Massachusetts Lawmaker Would Prevent Teens From Texting and Driving » NECN A Massachusetts lawmaker is working to prevent teenagers from texting while behind the wheel. With three teenagers at home, State Rep. Carolyn Dykema often worries about distracted driving. So, the Ho…

Mass. legislator pushes bill to set guidelines for police drone use » My Fox Boston The 2017 Boston Marathon and the search for a missing 16-year-old in Randolph weeks later are two examples where police department in Massachusetts used unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drone…

Feds crack down on Lawrence drug network » Commonwealth Magazine THIRTY PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED Tuesday on gun, drug, and immigration charges in a sweep that brought down a Lawrence-based network that Acting US Attorney William Weinreb described as “one of the l…

State Finance

Montigny helps secure $185K for fishing research in proposed FY18 budget » South Coast Today The state Senate has added $185,000 for commercial fishing research to its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. …

DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap » Lowell Sun

Transportation

The fight over T privatization was supposed to be on hold. So much for that » Boston Globe The fight over privatizing parts of the MBTA was supposed to be put on hold to give the Baker administration flexibility to make the T more efficient. So much for that idea.…

JetBlue will test facial-recognition system for boarding at Logan » Boston Globe JetBlue Airways will be the first airline to test facial-recognition systems with passengers at Logan Airport in June, part of a broader rollout of the nascent technology at US airports this year.…

MassDOT adds 'Dutch Reach' to driver's manual » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wants motorists to practice a method of getting out of their cars that has long been the standard in places like the Netherlands.…

Utilities

Local high def battle pits lawmakers against cable companies » State House News Service Maybe you missed the big city council vote because you couldn't find the meeting on your television guide.…

Cambridge ditches standard electric service to embrace green power » Wicked Local Cambridge Two weeks ago Cambridge joined a growing number of cities and towns that have negotiated new electric contracts for their residents to boost renewable energy use in Massachusetts, bypassing the basic …

Brayton Point goes dark » South Coast Today

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds of bay scallops. Sea scallops can also be used.

About 8 small round potatoes (1” in diameter)

2 large onions, chopped

2 tsp dried thyme

A good pinch of red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese

½ cup cream or milk

Directions

1. Keep potatoes whole but parboil them in lightly salted water.

2. Saute onions until clear with the thyme, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. (Be more generous with the spices to your taste.)

3. Toss parboiled potatoes and sauteed onions together in the pan.

4. Roll out the bottom pie dough, and line a 9” pie pan with it.

5. Put the potatoes and onions into the bottom pie crust. Take the scallops and press them into the curves in the potatoes, pressing all down. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Pour the milk or cream over all.

6. Place the top pie crust on top and cut attractive slits to release the steam.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is browned. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes before cutting as there is a lot of delicious sauce that runs out otherwise.

1 double pie crust (These are my proportions for a double crust, but you can use your own. It should be made with butter.)

2 cups of flour

Dash salt

5-6 tablespoons ice water

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter cut into pieces

1. Put flour, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until it is like meal.

2. Add five tablespoons of ice water, and pulse again, fairly aggressively. If it doesn’t come nicely into a ball, add the last tablespoon of water. Chill for just a bit or longer if you want, and roll out.


Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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