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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

6:00pm Boston Pride Political Forum on Activism & Advocacy, Boston Pride, 12 Channel Street, Boston

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Honan, Rep. Diana DiZoglio

Must-Reads

Is There an Emerging Democratic Agenda? » New York Times Behind the internal fights, a new economic consensus is taking hold. …

After global search, Salem State picks a familiar face » Boston Globe THERE WERE 106 applicants from 37 states and three countries. But in typical Massachusetts fashion, the global search for the next president of Salem State University ended up in the school's backyard…

Baker: Income surtax already spent "six ways to Sunday" » State House News Service While declining to take a position on a proposed 4 percent income surtax on household income above $1 million, Gov. Charlie Baker in a televised interview Sunday reiterated his general opposition to n…

GOP SuperPac hopes to raise $10 mil to oppose Warren » State House News Service Two Bay State Republicans have launched a super PAC focused on defeating Sen. Elizabeth Warren next year and with a goal of raising at least $10 million. …

Progressives Demonize Speaker DeLeo At Their Own Peril » WGBH News A part of the Massachusetts Democratic Party convened in Worcester this weekend. In the form of 3,298 delegates, this part of the party heard from established and emerging leaders then crafted and vo…

Left-leaning Acosta to lead labor dept. » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's appointment yesterday of a progressive, anti-Trump activist as the state's top labor official could aid him politically in his expected re-election fight, where Bay State Democrat…

“I’ve been frustrated by how little Governor Baker has accomplished, but I’ve been more frustrated by how little he has even tried.”

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about Governor Baker's political vision.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Housing Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Comment That Poverty Is A 'State of Mind' » WBUR Housing Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Comment That Poverty Is A 'State of Mind' …

Trump Vows Protection From 'Vile Enemy' » WBUR President Trump Sunday night said the violence in London over the weekend was a "horrific terrorist attack."…

The Senate's 4 Big Problems With Health Care » WBUR Republicans are running way behind schedule. In the dream scenario outlined by party leaders back in January, President Trump would have signed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Ac…

Business

A major issue for some Boston food trucks? Hand-washing » Boston Globe They're restaurants on wheels, churning out everything from pan-seared dumplings to juicy porchetta sandwiches for the city's hungry lunchtime crowds.…

Is the Boston Globe seeing a 'Trump bump' in subscriptions? » Boston Business Journal As the Boston Globe prepares to move into a new, smaller headquarters this month, the media company appears to be enjoying a bit of a Trump bump in overall subscriptions — although not to the e…

Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future » iBerkshires

Domestic Relations

Children's Advocacy Center holds annual Hope and Healing Breakfast » The Recorder Delivering a keynote to a group of about 250 people from across the region, including elected officials and directors of health care programs, Donna Lloyd talked about her two nieces. In 2013, Lloyd h…

Education

Good news, for some families, about saving for college » The Eagle Tribune It's that celebratory time of year when college graduates turn their tassels, pack up their dorm rooms, and head home to either plot a way to extend their education or hunt for a job.…

Gloucester JROTC team visits Statehouse » Gloucester Times The Gloucester High School Junior Marine Corp JRTOC team was honored at the Statehouse on Thursday.…

Bill banning Native American mascot names at public schools to be discussed » MassLive The proposed bill banning the use of Native American mascots in public schools will be heard during a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. …

Environment

$300,000 LEADs to a cleaner Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item The city will be little cleaner thanks to a $300,000 Brownfields grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).…

Governors Face Pressure to Distance Themselves from Trump on Climate » Scientific American Republican governors in blue and purple states are confronting a gulf between Trump and voters frustrated with his decision on the Paris accord …

Cape Officials Question A Withdrawal From Climate Agreement » Cape News President Donald J. Trump yesterday announced intentions to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, sparking local concern.…

Judiciary

Oops: Supreme Court mistakenly threatens to disbar Mass. Bar Association leader » Boston Globe The US Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice when it comes to matters of life and death, civil rights, and presidential elections.…

Labor

Report highlights a labor issue for the Berkshires - and it's not a lack of jobs » The Berkshire Eagle Unemployment dropped dramatically in the Berkshires last year, while average weekly wages rose. …

Legislative

Lawmakers mull later school openings, time zone change » The Berkshire Eagle A drive to push back start times for Massachusetts schools has intersected with an ongoing study into the merits of shifting the state to an altogether different time zone. Whether either suggestion h…

Senators bemoan lack of cash for state's ailing, shuttered visitor centers as summer nears » The Salem News State senators last week touted myriad investments sprinkled throughout the state's first $40 billion budget, but slammed the door on $200,000 for visitor centers, disappointing lawmakers whose distri…

MOORE NAMED ACTING CHAIR OF PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE » State House News Service

Local Government

Mansfield mini-park construction to start soon » The Sun Chronicle Construction will start soon on a revised version of a mini-park planned for the former Fales Oil property on Old Colony Way following action this week by the capital improvements committee.…

Eyes on Beacon Hill as Lowell High vote nears » Lowell Sun All the pieces are beginning to fall into place for the City Council's upcoming vote to decide where the new high school will be built, although there's disagreement over whether legislation at the St…

THE COLUMN: Tempers rise over health board vote » Lowell Sun LOWELL BOARD of Health chairman Jo-ann Keegan, who joined four of her colleagues last week in a stunning vote urging the city temporarily close the high school due to building concerns, insisted the b…

Opinion

Carr: Baker a broken record of disappointment » Boston Herald Where was Gov. Charlie Baker? Oh, that's right, I forgot, Tall Deval is a Republican, or claims to be. I guess that explains his no-show yesterday at the state Democrat party convention in Worcester.…

After-school programs are a lifeline for kids and parents » Boston Globe THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has announced its first full budget, which calls for the elimination of federal funding for after-school and summer programs for low-income communities, known as 21st Century …

Who are you calling crazy? » Boston Globe IT IS AN article of faith in polite society, where I live in a kind of internal exile, that President Trump is clinically insane.…

Editorial: The 'rebel' alliance » Boston Herald Within hours of President Trump announcing plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the Democratic governors of California, New York and Washington state had announced the formatio…

Editorial: Sparsity aid concept would greatly benefit rural schools » The Recorder A provision to study how rural schools might get more state aid has been included in the Senate budget that was adopted last month. That's good news for Franklin County's struggling, small school dist…

Politics

Keller @ Large: Mass. GOP Chair Kirsten Hughes Talks Gov. Baker, Trump » CBS Boston Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes told WBZ political analyst Jon Keller on election night 2016 that she voted for Donald Trump for president.…

More Taxes, More Free Services, Less Trump, Say Democratic Candidates » New Boston Post Three Democrats vying for the opportunity to challenge Governor Charlie Baker — widely expected to seek re-election next year — laid out for party faithful their opening case against the…

Who can beat Gov. Charlie Baker?: Candidates make their cases at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester » MassLive Three Democrats, Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren have thrown their hats into the ring to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in the 2018 election. …

Mass. Democrats Criticize Trump At State Convention » WBUR Massachusetts Democrats gathered Saturday at their annual state convention, where they criticized President Donald Trump and strategized ways to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Mass. Democrats Adopt More Progressive Platform At State Convention » WBUR In Worcester Saturday, Massachusetts Democrats gathered for their annual issues convention — as they continued to deal with last November's loss of the White House to President Donald Trump.…

FACING PROGRESSIVE PUSH, DeLEO SAYS DEMS ARE INCLUSIVE » State House News Service

Public Safety

Local residents praise police for fight against drug crime » WWLP 22 Drug crime is an on-going issue affecting residents and police departments across the country, including right here in western Massachusetts.…

State, city leaders share concern but not fear for Boston » Boston Herald For Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker, Saturday night's deadly terrorist attack in London wasn't just more news from overseas.…

Drone bill seeks to bring order to 'wild west' » Newburyport News The Bay State's skies are a “wild west” for law enforcement operating remote-controlled aircraft, known as drones, according to a Weymouth Republican who is seeking to provide a “fou…

State Finance

State conservation grants given in Western Mass. » The Recorder Protecting 1,972 acres in Shutesbury and Leverett was among the four conservation projects getting state grants, the Baker-Polito administration announced Friday…

BUDGET TALKS BEGIN, CONFEREES AWAIT WORD ON SOFTENING REVENUES » State House News Service

Taxation

Online sales tax plan faces challenge » Newburyport News Massachusetts plans to begin collecting sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers next month, a move state officials say could drum up $30 million next fiscal year – if the order isn't bl…

Baker: Income surtax already spent "six ways to Sunday" » Lowell Sun

Senior citizen tax breaks considered » Lowell Sun

DeLEO SEES GOOD CHANCE OF INCOME SURTAX VOTE NEXT WEEK » State House News Service

Utilities

Sound testing for Plymouth turbines underway » Cape Cod Times Plymouth officials have signed off on sound testing protocols for four turbines that sit along the border with Bourne.…

Boston security firm hired for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. surveillance in Otis State Forest » The Berkshire Eagle Either they're smart and wore a head net bug shield, or they're constantly flapping their hands as they man their work sites.…

Weekend News

Booze, the other innovation economy » Boston Globe If Massachusetts laws treated beer, wine, and liquor as an opportunity, not just a threat, we'd see a burst of new energy in that industry — and the state would be better off for it. …

Senator Collins must lay claim to courage » Boston Globe MARGARET CHASE SMITH was a freshman in the United States Senate and a party loyalist.…

Massachusetts Democrats tout 'energy in grass roots' » Boston Herald Many of the Massachusetts Democrats who spoke at the state Democratic convention in Worcester yesterday, including U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, called on their members to heal the divides exposed by un…

State Democrats turn attention to Trump, not Baker, at convention » Boston Globe Massachusetts Democrats, who met here Saturday for their annual convention, are so sore over losing their last campaign, they are barely even talking about the next one.…

Deval Patrick creates a buzz in the beekeeping world » Boston Globe Deval Patrick knows the challenges of beekeeping.…

Boston police remember the year's lost officers » Boston Globe From new recruits to seasoned officers to retired veterans, more than 100 members of the city's law enforcement community gathered at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan for a somber memorial with fam…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Massachusetts Democrats: President Donald Trump is afraid of you » MassLive Contending that Massachusetts "is a state of resilience," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on local Democrats Saturday to join her in fighting back against President Donald Trump and Republican polic…

US Rep. Jim McGovern calls President Donald Trump 'embarrassment' at Massachusetts Democratic Convention » MassLive U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, excoriated President Donald Trump's administration Saturday, calling the Republican self-obsessed and "an embarrassment" as he addressed the 2017 Massachusetts Dem…

SouthCoast politicians discuss 'hot topics' at chamber luncheon » South Coast Today Four state representatives and one state senator found themselves in the “hot seat” during Friday's legislative luncheon by the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce.…

Rep. Cabral honored by emerging Southeast Asian country » South Coast Today Rep. Antonio Cabral was awarded the highest civilian honor from the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste for his advocacy for the young nation, his office announced this week.…

School opening later? Massachusetts lawmakers mull push by citizens » WCVB A drive to push back start times for Massachusetts schools has intersected with an ongoing study into the merits of shifting the state to an altogether different time zone. Whether either suggestion h…

Baker: State is 'aggressively working to exceed' Paris Agreement goals » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charlie Baker should enlist Massachusetts in a new coalition of states committed to carbon reduction efforts called for under the Paris agreement, according to a state senator from western Massac…

Hernandez suicide inspires bill to uphold convictions » Metro After a judge vacated the murder conviction against Aaron Hernandez following the former New England Patriots player's prison suicide, Rep. Evandro Carvalho said he watched the victim's mother experie…

Mass. Democrats take on Baker, Trump at issues convention » Patriot Ledger Three Democrats vying for the opportunity to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker - widely expected to seek re-election next year - laid out for party faithful their opening case against the popular Republica…

New Plymouth Pilgrims owner seeks local support » Boston Herald There are direct ways to confront public safety problems and there are indirect ways. Leave it to Beacon Hill to generally opt for the long way around.…

Council debates spay and neuter program » During last week's budget session debate, Councilman Chris Walsh warned fellow Council members that defunding the city's free spay and neuter event would could lead to a severe backlash. “It is …

Mass. house bill banning conversion therapy for children to be presented Tuesday » My Fox Boston BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping third time's a charm when it comes to a controversial bill that would make conversion therapy illegal for kids and teens, because two previous attempts have…

On Beacon Hill: What does it all mean? » Worcester Sun Words can inspire, they can sting and they can leave one scratching their head.…

Hingham to hold forum on housing bill currently before state senate » Wicked Local Cohasset Senate Bill 81, a wide-ranging bill currently being considered in the Massachusetts State Senate, will affect these issues and more, and the Hingham Republican Town committee is sponsoring a public fo…

Mass. bill would end dismissal of convictions when defendants die » NBC 10 News The dismissal of Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction after the former NFL star took his life in prison has renewed calls to change a longstanding legal tradition in Massachusetts.…

The promise of a Cape Cod Water Protection Trust » The Inquirer and Mirror No one likes a new tax, and already at least one special-interest group is running to the ramparts to battle a proposed tax on short-term rentals booked online, such as through vendors AirBnB and VRBO…

Marlborough One Of Few Schools To Get $240k Grant From Skills Capital » Milton Patch On June 2 at the State House in Boston, Marlborough Public Schools was honored to accept a $240k grant from 2017 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program through the Executive Office of Education, s…

In Hudson, a school district piles problems on a 12-year-old's shoulders » Boston Globe Keegan Concannon already has way too many problems. But the Hudson school district has piled even more onto his 12-year-old shoulders.…

Editorial: Community chest » Boston Herald Cities and towns that have adopted the Community Preservation Act want the state to cough up more money to offset the cost of their local projects. And state lawmakers, of course, want to keep their c…

Trump Supporters And Counter-Protesters Collide In Portland, Ore. » WBUR Riot police descended in downtown Portland, Ore., Sunday to bring calm among thousands of demonstrators who converged for competing rallies in the wake of the racially charged stabbing that claimed th…

Pols & Politics: Bill aims to put skids on state-funded detention » Boston Herald Plymouth County's sheriff is wading into the debate over a proposed bill targeting his and other lawmen's pacts with federal immigration officials by warning the legislation could have “unintend…

HAND: Taxpayers getting antsy over high school numbers » The Sun Chronicle It has been several weeks since Attleboro city officials unveiled proposals to build a new high school, but still there is no word on how much they would cost taxpayers…

Friday's Late-Breaking News

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up » Governing

Week In Review: Who Will Run For President From Mass. In 2020? » WBUR

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/5

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Honan, Rep. Diana DiZoglio

9:00am Nonprofit Awareness Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

6:00pm Boston Pride Political Forum on Activism & Advocacy, Boston Pride, 12 Channel Street, Boston

Tuesday - 6/6

9:00am Annual Heritage Day of Portugal, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports, Room 222

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

12:00pm Common Cause Massachusetts: Building a More Perfect Democracy Lunch, Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

3:00pm 100th Anniversary of Mass. Constitutional Convention, Nurses Hall

6:00pm Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo's Annual Birthday Reception

Wednesday - 6/7

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

9:00am Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Awards, Great Hall

9:00am Drunk Driving Prevention Awareness, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:30am MassCann/NORML Rally, State House steps

6:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

6:00pm Fenway Health Young Leaders Council Healthcare Advocacy Event with Attorney General Maura Healey, Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston

Thursday - 6/8

9:00am Walmart State House Day 2017, Great Hall

9:00am Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, Grand Staircase

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

5:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Boston City Council Candidate Rufus Faulk

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn City Council Candidate Taso Nikolakopoulos

Friday - 6/9

Birthdays: Rep. Lori Ehrlich

10:00am Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair presented by Sen. Eric Lesser, Western New England University - Rivers Auditorium, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

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

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Taunton City Council Candidate Barry Sanders

6:30pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor House Party


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