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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

Must-Reads

BAKER DESCRIBES "THINGS HAPPEN" APPROACH TO MANAGING BUDGET » State House News Service The four-month slide in tax collections that opened a nearly half-a-billion-dollar shortfall in state revenues ended in May, but Gov. Charlie Baker continues to face a challenge of holding down spendi…

Seeds of fascism sprout anew in Trump's America » Boston Globe WATCHING DONALD TRUMP on TV whipping up his base of supporters at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., I had a sudden feeling I had seen this all before. I remembered a speech I had seen on YouTube. It was a s…

Under Trump, Worker Protections Are Viewed With New Skepticism » New York Times There's a relaxation in the approach to occupational safety and business is getting a bigger voice, while hard-won victories for safety advocates are being reversed. …

Senate GOP aims for June vote on Obamacare repeal » Politico Republican leaders could bring up a bill they know will fail in order to end the health care debate and move on to tax reform. …

The Real 13 Senators to Watch on Health Care » Roll Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's 13-member health care working group has gotten a lot of attention. But in the Senate, where a minority group of members can effectively stall any legislation f…

CUNHA GETS FIVE MORE YEARS AS INSPECTOR GENERAL » State House News Service Inspector General Glenn Cunha has been reappointed for a second five-year term, according to the governor's office, ensuring that the former state prosecutor can remain in his current role through 202…

This is how not to leak top secret documents » theoutline.com Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old federal contractor in Augusta, Georgia, was arrested Saturday for “removing classified material from a government facility” and sending that material to…

Democrats Can't Shake Their Inequality Blind Spot on Health Care » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Continuing to support Obamacare and failing to enact prescription drug reform favors the wealthy …

Millionaire tax will put Massachusetts back on track » Boston Globe WE ALL WANT a future for our Commonwealth in which our economy continues to grow, the great quality of life enjoyed by some of us is enjoyed by all of us, and our young people in every community have …

IRS, DOR undermining Earned Income Tax Credit » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE MIDST of new proposals for a major tax system overhaul, there's one tax policy almost everyone agrees has been highly effective: the Earned Income Tax Credit. It delivers significant financial …

Rosenberg Sees 'Millionaires' Tax As Solution To Mass. Revenue Woes » WGBH News Beacon Hill could be facing a serious budget crisis if state revenues continue to drop. Lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker are poised to fill the budget gap, but Senate President Stan Rosenberg want to…

“I think fortunately we’ve been a party of people of many different views. And that’s important,” DeLeo told the News Service when asked if the party platform influences his leadership of the House. “We’re an inclusive party of people of all views, so I think that’s a good place to be and that’s why I’m proud to be a Democrat.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking after being criticized last week for allegedly not being attuned to policy interests of many Democrats.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The Trump effect: Everyone's thinking of running for president. » The Washington Post When former vice president Joe Biden announced a few days ago that he was setting up a new political action committee called American Possibilities, the political world read it as a signal: He's serio…

Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech giants are joining an effort to adhere to the Paris climate agreement » recode Apple, Amazon, Google, Lyft and Spotify are among hundreds of U.S. businesses teaming up with state and local regulators to pledge their support for the Paris climate agreement as part of a new campai…

TOP-SECRET NSA REPORT DETAILS RUSSIAN HACKING EFFORT DAYS BEFORE 2016 ELECTION » The Intercept RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last Novemb…

Business

Hinds, Rosenberg Discuss A Berkshire Innovation Economy » WAMC

Civil Rights

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts 13 years ago: What battles are LGBTQ people fighting now? » The Republican

Crimes

AG holds Billerica moving company in contempt » Lowell Sun The moving company had been warned: Don't inflate fees, demand last-minute cash and hold consumers' goods hostage.…

Hernandez case brings effort to keep convictions intact » Star Tribune The legal tradition in Massachusetts of erasing criminal convictions when a defendant dies before an appeal can be heard is coming under renewed scrutiny following the prison death of Aaron Hernandez.…

Bella Bond's mother says she's ashamed she didn't call 911 » Boston Globe Rachelle Bond admitted Monday she lied about 2-year-old Bella Bond's whereabouts in the weeks after her young daughter's death, offering a series of explanations including that she feared for her life…

Education

Political Notes: Will legislation end Barnstable Red Raiders era? » Cape Cod Times Could a pending bill on Beacon Hill signal the end is near for the Barnstable High School Red Raiders team name and logo?…

Eddy and Babcock: Greater fraud protections for students » The Metro West Daily News The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure will hear testimony June 6 on a proposed Student Tuition Recovery Fund that would extend greater protection to consu…

Boston Just Got A Free College Plan. Can Western Mass, Too? » Valley Advocate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker just announced a low-income, free-tuition program for the city of Boston that sounds like it came from the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Four years of college…

At Harvard, Memes — Good And Bad — Spark An Uproar » WBUR At Harvard University's commencement in late May, President Drew Faust devoted her address to free speech, with warnings about the dangers of censorship. "If some words are to be treated as equivalen…

Bill Would Ban Native American Mascots In Mass. Public Schools » WBUR A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is heading to a public hearing at the State House. …

Environment

19 Democratic attorneys general commit to Paris climate pact » WRAL.com Democratic attorneys general of 19 states are joining with governors, mayors and business leaders who have pledged their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.…

Health Care

Springfield health fair looks to help seniors in 'time of great uncertainty' » MassLive State Senator Eric Lesser attends the 2016 Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club annual senior picnic at Spec Pond, welcoming 250 seniors and town officials. …

Human Services

Massachusetts Judge Allows Right-To-Die Lawsuit to Move Forward » US News and World Report A Massachusetts judge ruled that two doctors may move forward with a lawsuit seeking an order that the state's murder and manslaughter laws do not apply to physicians who offer lethal medications to t…

Sen. Lovely, Rep. O'Day host Postpartum Depression Awareness Day » Wicked Local Danvers Boston, MA – On Tuesday, June 13, The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression will host its 3rd annual Postpartum Depression Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House.…

Man's 'Sex Change Regret' Life Story Set To Rock Beacon Hill » State House News Service

Judiciary

Criminal Justice Reform At Risk Of 'Analysis Paralysis,' Sen. Chang-Diaz Warns » Commonwealth Magazine For months, criminal justice advocates have said this legislative session is the time for Beacon Hill to tackle sweeping reforms aimed at reducing recidivism and incarceration rates, and Monday aftern…

Local Government

FACING PROGRESSIVE PUSH, DeLEO SAYS DEMS ARE INCLUSIVE » State House News Service Criticized last week for allegedly not being attuned to policy interests of many Democrats, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he values the inclusive nature of the party in Massachusetts.…

States Try To Block Robocalls That Go Straight To Voicemail » CBS Boston Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is joining several other states to prevent so-called “ringless robocalls”.…

Former Sen. Menard, past golf pro to get Fall River bridge dedications » The Herald News Two bridge dedications are set for this week in Fall River, honoring longtime State Sen. Joan Menard and local golf pro Tom Tetrault.…

Noise improvements promised for train station neighbors » Eagle Tribune Commuter rail officials will bring in newer, cleaner burning locomotive engines and change the procedures for morning start-ups after neighbors complained the MBTA has not done enough to reduce noise,…

CAPE BUSINESS CALENDAR » The Inquirer and Mirror

Opinion

How to fix the H-1B visa program » Boston Globe

Politics

Sheriff Tompkins finds one way to quiet a crowd » Boston Globe Democrats were, in the description of their senior US senator, Elizabeth Warren, “tired” and “angry.” Yes, party faithful predictably expressed frustration at the Trump adminis…

Facing progressive push, DeLeo says Dems are inclusive » Newburyport News Criticized last week for allegedly not being attuned to policy interests of many Democrats, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he values the inclusive nature of the party in Massachusetts.…

Rep. Diehl visits Scituate as he considers run for U.S. Senate » Wicked Local Scituate “I strongly believe that we need a senator who will put Massachusetts first and stop all the partisan bickering,” Diehl said in a released statement. “That's why I have opened an FEC…

For Warren and Baker to win in 2018, a lot of people will have to vote for both of them » Boston Globe

Public Health

Numbers and names: The opioid epidemic hits home » The Metro West Daily News Combing through the many files and folders on his desk in the Milford Police Headquarters, Chief Tom O'Loughlin pulls a manila folder that's chock full of papers.…

Public Safety

Former Somerville athletes say hazing went undetected before assault » Boston Globe Somerville's mayor and school officials have insisted for nearly four years that they did all they could to prevent members of the high school soccer team from indecently assaulting three teammates du…

Massachusetts to regulate drone use by police, government if bill passes » The Republican Lawmakers will consider a bill proposing to impose limitations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, by police and other governmental authorities in the State Gouse in Boston on Monday. …

State Finance

Tax revenue rises, but state still faces budget deficit » Boston Globe State tax revenues in May offered mixed news, but Massachusetts remains mired in a nearly half-billion budget hole with just four weeks left in the fiscal year.…

Behind closed doors, Legislative leaders hammer out state budget » Lowell Sun Negotiations on the fiscal 2018 state budget kicked off Monday as six lawmakers huddled behind closed doors to begin resolving differences between the House and Senate's roughly $40.3 billion spending…

May tax revenues $30m higher than expected » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TAX REVENUES in May came in $30 million higher than expected, but that still leaves Beacon Hill officials with a $439 million revenue shortfall to deal with before the fiscal year ends at the en…

May Tax Collections Beat Expectations, But Revenues Still $439M Below Projections For Fiscal Year » WBUR Massachusetts has taken in more than $1.9 billion in tax collections in May — about $30 million or 1.6 percent above expectations. Despite the bump up, total revenue collections for the state …

Budget talks begin; conferees await word on softening revenues » Worcester Telegram

State Government

Baker replaces another authority chief » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has engineered the appointment of a new president at Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public authority engaged in workforce training efforts. J.D. LaRock, a Northeastern Universit…

Taxation

Don't just tax Airbnb rentals — regulate them, too » Boston Globe To tax or not to tax Airbnb-style rentals, there should be no question about it. Of course travelers booking a stay at a house or an apartment through an online portal should be taxed — just as…

Proposed Charlemont recreation tax gets House OK » The Recorder The town's proposed 3 percent recreation tax has been approved by the state House of Representatives. The next step is for the bill to be reviewed by the state Senate.…

Massachusetts tax revenues tick up in May; shortfall remains » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts took in more than $1.9 billion in tax collections in May — about $30 million or 1.6 percent above expectations, revenue officials said Monday.…

Massachusetts Millionaires' Surtax: Green Light? » State House News Service BOSTON — There is a “good possibility” that the House and Senate will vote next week on advancing an income tax measure to draw $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion from the state's highest…

Transportation

MBTA officials, busing plan get chilly reception » Newburyport News The chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority began his presentation at Monday's first of three public forms on the agency's shutdown mitigation plan with a confession…

MBTA breaks ground on Blue Hill Avenue station » Boston Globe The MBTA broke ground on the Blue Hill Avenue commuter rail station in Mattapan on Monday. “Construction of the Blue Hill Avenue Station is a long-awaited milestone for the Mattapan community. …

T to accept donations, workers from businesses » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board indicated on Monday that it plans to accept money and loaned workers from Massachusetts businesses to aid in the recruitment and retention of employees a…

$60m targeted for commuter rail overhauls » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS PLANNING to spend close to $60 million to nearly double the number of new or overhauled commuter rail locomotives in its fleet by the end of next year. T officials said they have 44 new or…

Shortsleeve move to T board opposed » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL and other advocacy groups on Monday came out against the appointment of Brian Shortsleeve to the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board starting July 1. The…

5 Key Issues Mass. Lawmakers Are Considering On Self-Driving Cars » WBUR Self-driving cars are expected to dramatically change how people and goods move around. These vehicles are already being tested in Boston, but there are a number of questions about how the technology …

Utilities

After A Decade Of Growth, Wind Energy Stalls In Maine » WBUR Almost every year since 2007 a new wind energy plant has gone into service in Maine. Last December, New England's biggest-yet joined the mix, spinning 56 turbines from the hills of the Bingham region …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Governors Face Pressure to Distance Themselves from Trump on Climate » Scientific American

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

Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future » iBerkshires

Senior citizen tax breaks considered » Lowell Sun

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

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

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

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

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