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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

Must-Reads

Can bipartisan criminal-justice reform survive in the Trump era? » The New Yorker In the nineteen-nineties, when John Malcolm was a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, the nation's prisons were being filled up with small­-time drug dealers. The war on drugs was at its height, and the…

Anti-poverty tax break up against state's own revenue crunch » State House News Service With Democrats and Republicans agreeing that it is the most effective tool to combat poverty, the Joint Committee on Revenue considered legislation Tuesday that would more than double the state's matc…

Conversion therapy opponents say support growing for ban bill » State House News Service .As part of a therapy program his parents sent him to, Samuel Brinton said he had wires wrapped around his hands that would heat up when pictures were shown of men touching other men, with the heat tu…

When Companies Lead on Infrastructure, Taxpayers Often Bear the Costs » New York Times The Trump administration is talking up the promise of private investment in public infrastructure. Experts question the long-term benefits. …

Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses, associates: report » ABC News Eric Trump is slamming a Forbes report that alleges his charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, has been funneling donations -- from donors who believed the money was going to St. Jude Children's Research…

Shaheen not talking ancestry with Warren » Boston Herald New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says her direct lineage to Pocahontas is too touchy a subject to bring up in conversation with Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who claims her own Native Am…

Help (desperately) wanted in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Warm and able bodies. That's what was in most demand at a job career fair in Randolph recently. The ballroom was filled with companies looking for nursing assistants, home health aides, van drivers, t…

Governor Baker's quiet approach to the mental health crisis draws criticism » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker would seem to have the ideal background to tackle the state's unfolding mental health crisis. As health and human services secretary in the 1990s, he helped create the current p…

“People have increasingly been using the ballot as leverage to get the Legislature to do what it should be doing,” he said. “I’d prefer, always, that we do it in the Legislature.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about his preference to pass bills in the legislature rather than by referendum.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Christopher Wray Is Trump's Nominee To Be The New FBI Director » WBUR President Trump says he has chosen Christopher Wray, who worked in the Justice Department during President George W. Bush's administration, to head the FBI.…

Business

Ringless robocalls a growing problem » Berkshire Eagle When she sees missed calls from the 617 area code pop up on her cellphone, Sue Merritt fears the worst. …

MFA wants to expand its audience, broaden its appeal » Boston Globe Before taking over as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Matthew Teitelbaum presided over the Art Gallery of Ontario, dubbed by one publication the “hippest hangout” in Toronto.…

Likely developer of key Winthrop Square site hasn't in past met hiring goals » Boston Globe As they lobby to build a skyscraper at Boston's Winthrop Square, development company executives and city leaders have touted pledges by the developer to create unprecedented job and investment opportu…

Lyft to work with Boston driverless car company » Boston Globe NuTonomy, a small Boston startup that makes software for self-driving cars, has launched a research-and-development partnership with San Francisco's Lyft Inc., the second-largest ride-hailing company …

Lyft Teams Up With Cambridge Startup To Bring Driverless Ride-Hailing To The Roads » WBUR Imagine using your smartphone to hail a ride and when the car shows up there's no driver inside. That's the vision behind Lyft and nuTonomy's decision to partner in an effort to pilot an autonomous ve…

Boston ranks among top cities for quality of life, new report says » Boston Globe The American Fitness Index named Boston the fifth healthiest city in the country last year. Also in 2016, Money magazine called Boston the best city in the Northeast. Now, Deutsche Bank says Boston is…

Report predicts 17% growth in Mass. biotech jobs by 2022 » Boston Business Journal Biotech employment is still booming in Massachusetts, but there are signs that job demand in the industry is slowing down. That's one major takeaway from a job trends report released on Wednesday by M…

Civil Rights

Saugus rallies around the Sachems » Lynn Daily News Item SAUGUS — The beloved Sachem that represents many of the town's athletes may be going away.…

Crimes

Boston Woman Settles With MBTA In Police Brutality Case » WBUR The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has settled a 2015 civil rights lawsuit by a Boston woman who said two transit officers beat her when she tried to help a woman being shoved by an office…

Education

Later school starting times might be tough to legislate » Lowell Sun

Advocates push for tuition-recovery fund » Boston Globe Fearing that President Trump will ease up on regulating for-profits schools, consumer advocates and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey urged legislators on Tuesday to create a state fund that…

Harvard admission decision prompts debate over free speech » Boston Globe A nationwide debate has erupted over Harvard University's recent decision to rescind admission offers to at least 10 students because of extremely offensive memes they posted in a private Facebook cha…

Springfield Public Schools lauded for serving breakfast to more than 80 percent of students » The Republican Although breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, low-income neighborhood schools are noticing many students start their day without it.…

Weymouh school traffic supervisors rerouted to principal's administration » Wicked Local Weymouth Weymouth school traffic supervisors that monitor crosswalks before and after classes will report to the principal of the school they are stationed outside under a police reorganization plan approved b…

State rep calls Native American mascots bill pending in Massachusetts Legislature 'political correctness run amok' » The Republican Around 40 Massachusetts schools use Native American imagery and themes for their mascots and logos, according to a parent seeking to ban the practice.…

Advocates push for tuition-recovery fund » Boston Globe Fearing that President Trump will ease up on regulating for-profits schools, consumer advocates and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey urged legislators on Tuesday to create a state fund that…

State Rep Linda Dean Campbell to Hold Local Forum on Education Legislation » WHAV State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell invites Greater Haverhill residents to a June 12 forum on civic education legislation, ahead of a State House hearing June 13.…

Bill would create more flexibility for students learning English » WWLP 22

Environment

Cape Cod beaches see uptick in dead seabirds » The Republican The Northern gannets that make the occasional trek down to the Cape from their home nests off of Canadian shorelines are washing up on Cape Cod Bay in unusual numbers, according to a report by the Cap…

Fish and river groups to stabilize trout stream bank in Chester on Saturday » The Republican Two groups devoted to river habitat are looking for volunteers Saturday to help stabilize the bank along the Kinne Brook in Chester.…

Gaming

Panel leaning toward umbrella approach to online gaming oversight » Sentinel & Enterprise

Report: Massachusetts Online Gambling Likely To Get Green Light From Special Commission » Online Poker Report A special commission in Massachusetts is poised to recommend an omnibus approach to regulation of the online gambling industry, according to Statehouse News Service, which could pave the way for iGami…

Health Care

Nurses renew fight for hospital profits, CEO pay limits » Sentinel & Enterprise The two co-chairmen of the Health Care Financing Committee did not endorse the legislation in an interview after a hearing on the bill Tuesday, and committee co-chairman Sen. James Welch (D-West Sprin…

Nurses push for transparency, limits on hospital CEO pay » Cape Cod Times Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association testified Tuesday in Boston in favor of a bill they say would improve hospital financial transparency and put limits on CEO pay.…

Tufts Medical CEO says hospital plans to spend $30M on nurses contract » Boston Business Journal Executives at Tufts Medical Center said the hospital has a $30 million budget to spend on a contract with union nurses, saying that's the most the hospital can afford while remaining viable for the fu…

Optometrist battle puts DeLeo in hot seat » Boston Globe

Human Services

Errors leave Boston veterans shortchanged » Boston Herald Some veterans have been denied the monthly income they deserve for war-related injuries due to high error rates at the troubled Boston VA — a dismal showing advocates blame on sloppy work due t…

Rep. Haddad: ER wait times show it's time for mental health solutions » The Herald News For a mentally ill person in a crisis, it can be difficult to travel to an emergency room and seek help. But if they are able to make that trip, those patients are often left waiting for care for 16 t…

Mass. legislators hear testimony on proposed 'conversion therapy' ban » Worcester Telegram

Immigration

House Democrats' bills threaten DOC/ICE pact » Boston Herald State prison officials since last year have released nearly 150 dangerous illegal immigrants to federal officials before they could hit the streets — including drug traffickers, child rapists a…

DeLeo tables controversial immigration bill » Boston Herald

Judiciary

SJC ruling could lead to release of drunk driving suspects » The Salem News Dozens of people who are being held in jail while awaiting trial on charges of repeat drunken driving could soon be released, thanks to some sloppy syntax in the state's bail law.…

Criminal justice reform at risk of “analysis paralysis,” senator warns » WWLP 22 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…

Chang-Díaz Pushes for Justice Reinvestment and Comprehensive Reform » Jamaica Plain News Advocates, experts, legislators and community leaders converged at the State House on Monday to testify in favor of a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would repeal mandatory minimum dru…

State hears criminal justice reform advocates » Bay State Banner

Governor nominates Brockton prosecutor, Wellesley lawyer for superior court openings » The Enterprise

Assisted suicide case to move forward after judge rejects dismissal » Worcester Business Journal

Labor

Tufts Medical Center, nurses gird for possible strike » Boston Globe Negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and the union representing 1,200 of its nurses are growing more tense, with both sides preparing for the possibility of a strike if a contract deal can't be r…

Mass. will 'absolutely' see $15 minimum wage, Rosenberg predicts » Metro The minimum wage in Massachusetts stands at $11 and no further increases are scheduled, but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says the Bay State will "absolutely" see a $15 minimum wage law, or at le…

Senate President Rosenberg sees $15 minimum wage in the works » The Metro West Daily News The minimum wage in Massachusetts stands at $11 and no further increases are scheduled, but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says the state will “absolutely” see a $15 minimum wage law, …

Local Government

Beacon Hill bill calls foul on the mascots » Boston Herald

Swampscott Farmers' Market opening day is Sunday » Wicked Local Swampscott Swampscott Farmers' Market opens in a new spot: On the lawn of the Elihu Thomson Administration Building, 22 Monument Ave., on Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.…

Danvers resident seeks state representative seat for 13th Essex district » Wicked Local Middleton Danvers resident Mark Mezzina on Monday announced his candidacy for state representative in the 2018 elections.…

Political Happy Hour: June 6, 2017 » Boston Globe Is it possible for the nation's most popular governor, Republican Charlie Baker, and a leading voice of its populist left, Elizabeth Warren, to capture overlapping slices of the electorate and win the…

Ashland: Amid tumult, Margulies takes reins of health board » Wicked Local Ashland The bickering began almost immediately as the Board of Health met Tuesday night for the first time since a new member was elected in the town's May annual election.…

What we are working on 6/7/2017 (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun

Marijuana

Tobacco wholesalers want in on recreational marijuana » Boston Globe Plenty of companies are angling to get in on the coming legalized pot bonanza. Some, however, are lobbying the state to carve off a piece just for them: cigarette wholesalers.…

Opinion

Trump is dragging America down » Boston Globe BACK WHEN A FRETFUL Jimmy Carter was diagnosing the nation with a case of spiritual doldrums, which he called a “crisis of conscience” in an address now known to history as “the mala…

Battenfeld: Kennedy scion could provide a big boost to gov hopefuls » Boston Herald The rudderless state Democratic Party needs a captain — could it turn to a Kennedy to steer the ship back into the Corner Office?…

EDITORIAL: Major drug bust was a lesson worth praising » Lowell Sun When local, state and federal law-enforcement police officers broke up a major fentanyl drug-distribution ring in Lawrence and Lowell last week, the silence from progressive politicians was deafening.…

Remembering When Boston TV News Was Shooting For The Moon Instead Of Plumbing The Depths » WBUR "The Golden Age" is a catchphrase tossed around willy-nilly these days. We've had the Golden Age of Bodybuilding, the Golden Age of Bacteriology and the Golden Age of Jewish Baseball. So it was inevit…

Carr: Anyone else related to Pocahontas? » Boston Herald Who could have ever imagined that Jeanne Shaheen would prove she was a Native American before Elizabeth Warren did?…

Reed: Geriatric Dems stealing spotlight from new faces » Boston Herald Quick, name the year: Hillary Clinton is blaming others for her own mistakes. Joe Biden is dipping his toe into the presidential waters. John Kerry is bloviating about foreign policy. Nancy Pelosi is …

Editorial: Baker makes right move after Paris accord pullout » The Recorder

Our view: Next-gen state cabinet post » Milford Daily News

Politics

Setti Warren unconcerned about party focus on Donald Trump » Boston Herald Newton Mayor Setti Warren says he's not worried that Bay State Democrats so far seem to be more focused on bashing President Trump and national Republicans than taking on Gov. Charlie Baker in next ye…

Public Health

On mental health front, a battle over who decides what's medically necessary » WWLP 22 Groups representing insurance plans and behavioral health service providers scrapped Monday over a bill that would give clinicians a greater say in determining medical necessity for mental health serv…

Boston leaders skeptical of supervised injection site plan » The Republican A move to create supervised injection sites in Boston for opiate addicts is being met with skepticism and early opposition from city leaders, including the mayor, reports The Boston Herald. …

Deadly synthetic opioid turns up in state » The Salem News A powerful synthetic opioid linked to overdose deaths in New Hampshire and elsewhere has turned up for the first time in Massachusetts, according to state police.…

Discarded drug needles resurface as issue in Holyoke, Councilor James Leahy says » The Republican The presence of discarded intravenous drug needles around the city will be the topic of three orders the City Council will discuss tonight at 7 at City Hall.…

Baker, Essaibi-George seek hearing on 'supervised injection sites' » Dorchester Reporter Two Boston city councillors from Dorchester are calling for a hearing on the potential impacts of supervised injection sites in the city as the controversial idea gains mainstream attention in Massach…

Public Safety

Springfield leaders to hold community anti-gun violence meeting in response to shootings » The Republican City Councilor Bud L. Williams and several community organizations will hold a public meeting on Thursday to discuss strategies to combat gun violence in the city.…

State Finance

Massachusetts Tax Revenues Tick Up In May; Shortfall Remains » Banker & Tradesman 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.…

State Government

Massachusetts voting system not vulnerable to hacking, officials say » WCVB From inside a vault, Northboro town clerk Andy Dowd pulled out a vote-counting machine.…

Taxation

DeLeo: 'Millionaire's tax' may get vote next week » Lowell Sun OSTON -- 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 earners, according…

Editorial: Double talk on taxes » Boston Herald Lest any taxpayer believe that Beacon Hill wants to raise taxes only on the ultra-wealthy via a “millionaire's tax” (as we wrote on this page yesterday) some lawmakers are also pushing a b…

Millionaires tax goes before Legislature next week » The Sun Chronicle Local legislators are preparing to take a stand on a surtax on millionaires that goes before a state constitutional convention next week.…

What's up with the millionaires' tax? Baker isn't saying » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker touched on familiar themes during today's speech to the Massachusetts High Technology Council.…

Baker's new sales tax plan already has opponents » Boston Globe

Transportation

Concord Select Board can't stop monopoles » Wicked Local Concord The MBTA plans to build three 74-foot monopoles along the commuter rail tracks in Concord, and Concord Select Board members acknowledged there's nothing they can do to stop it. Board members said June…

Beverly riders, officials call for added MBTA buses » The Salem News Shuttle buses will run during the weekdays and weekends to some stations throughout the Newburyport/Rockport line during the MBTA's closures, but not all.…

North Shore commuter rail service disruption plans 'not perfect' » Wicked Local Manchester

Utilities

Hearings on proposed Eversource rate hike to begin Wednesday » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

CAPE BUSINESS CALENDAR » The Inquirer and Mirror

Springfield health fair looks to help seniors in 'time of great uncertainty' » MassLive

Hinds, Rosenberg Discuss A Berkshire Innovation Economy » WAMC

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

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Recipe of the Week

Bitter Blueberry Collins

Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli

Ingredients

1½ ounces Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Gin

½ ounce Aperol

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce Blueberry Puree (recipe here)

Soda water, ice cold

Directions

Mount first 4 ingredients in a highball, add ice and shake. Top with soda, and garnish with a lemon wheel.



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