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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Mass. Lobby Day for Carbon Pricing, Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, & Recovery, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

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

12:00pm Mass. Postpartum Depression Awareness Day, State House, Great Hall

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Paul Tucker

5:30pm Pride Celebration & Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

Must-Reads

Disabilities group opposing Senate $15 an hour wage plan » State House News Service Language added to the Senate budget in hopes of boosting pay for human services workers would likely not accomplish its goal, according to an association representing organizations that serve people w…

Biz groups urge conferees to drop tax break review panel » State House News Service As lawmakers work to craft the final fiscal year 2018 budget, some of the state's largest employer organizations are imploring them to cut a Senate plan to review the cost and effectiveness of tax exp…

Tech secretariat would need annual budget of up to $15 mil » State House News Service The disparate information technology systems in use across Massachusetts state government and the lack of standardization in IT make the state vulnerable to cyber attacks, a vulnerability that could b…

The Halfhearted Opposition to the G.O.P.'s Health Care Misery » New York Times The lobbying groups for doctors, hospitals and many others oppose the Republican health care bill. But they're being far too timid about it. …

Baker touts state's fiscal health, despite bond rating drop » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker is defending the state's fiscal prowess after a bond ratings agency took it down a notch for the first time in decades, amid concerns about Beacon Hill's reserve funds. …

Dems keeping track of Geoff Diehl » Boston Herald The 2018 re-election bid of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is already being bolstered by a liberal super PAC, which is deploying a team of “trackers” and researchers to hound her GOP opponent,…

Surtax backers say mobility fears about wealthy are overstated » State House News Service Some Massachusetts millionaires are "clearly terrified" that voters will raise their income taxes, but even if the proposal takes effect the top earners won't flee the state en masse, according to a l…

"I opposed Sessions for being Attorney General of the United States. And you may remember I got sent away from the Senate for that and got shut down and not allowed to speak again until after the vote,"

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about her opposition to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

News By Category
Business

Greenway deal could clear the way for Winthrop Square tower » The Boston Globe The City of Boston, Baker administration officials, and key Beacon Hill lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a deal that would smooth the way for a massive skyscraper to rise over Winthrop …

Jeff Immelt ends 16-year tenure as CEO of General Electric » The Boston Globe General Electric Co.'s Jeff Immelt will step down as chief executive this summer, an earlier-than-expected departure that will leave Boston's biggest company under new leadership just a year after it …

New GE CEO's salary starts at nearly half Immelt's pay » Boston Business Journal A few million dollars doesn't go far in a company with $124 billion in revenues, but it appears General Electric Co. will save at least that much in yearly compensation costs when it switches chief ex…

Expansion, hotel could be in DCU Center's future » Worcester Telegram & Gazette While the DCU Center has long had the reputation of being one of the more successful venues of its kind, it has been able to do so by adapting to the times and the needs of its patrons and those who u…

Education

Malden and Medford looking to get a Head Start » Lynn Daily News Item Nearly 140 families from Malden, Everett and now Medford, will benefit from the opening of a new Head Start center near the Medford-Malden city line.…

Faculty to speak out on Keenan vote » The Salem News Several faculty members at Salem State University have asked to speak at the state Board of Higher Education meeting that will determine whether John Keenan becomes the school's next president.…

Jessica Tang quietly makes history with Boston Teachers Union election » Boston Globe

Environment

A mysterious ailment is killing birds on Cape Cod » The Boston Globe Local scientists are waiting for lab results that could shed light on what is killing dozens of northern gannets. Since April, the plunge-diving birds have been washing up dead or dying along the Sout…

Freetown-Fall River forest about to get bigger » South Coast Today The Freetown-Fall River State Forest is set to expand its acreage thanks to a recent land protection grant issued by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration.…

Charged Atmosphere and Electrifying Tales at EV Car Show » The Local News IPSWICH — The future of driving rolled into town as people got an up-close look at electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid cars.…

Bill to combat nip bottle litter set for hearing today » Cape Cod Times The tiny plastic bottles are everywhere. Discarded along the side of the road, littering parks and dotting the landscape.…

Cape Downwinders To Present Gov. Baker With Nuclear Waste Referendum Results » Capecod.com

Health Care

Promotion of health care execs could lift GE's efforts in life sciences and health data » The Boston Globe General Electric Co. has been ramping up its activity in the state's health care and life sciences sectors for several years. The rise of two health care-focused executives on GE's new leadership team…

Bipartisan support for bill establishing Ice Bucket Challenge Week » WWLP 22 News The first week in August would be set aside to recognize the impacts of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral fundraising campaign that started in Massachusetts but spread across the globe, under a bill l…

Scope of health disparities bill divides Democrats » State House News Service

Housing

Construction of 773 more condos and apartments begins in Seaport » Boston Globe

Human Services

Tito Jackson blasts plan to double size of Dorchester shelter for vets » Boston Herald A proposal to double the size of a Dorchester recovery home for homeless vets has run into opposition by mayoral candidate Tito Jackson, who's slamming the plan for his City Council district even as h…

Lauren Baker's new mission with DCF charity » Boston Globe

Judiciary

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court finds OUI law ambiguous » Berkshire Eagle Defendants charged, but not yet convicted, with third offense OUI can no longer be held without bail as dangerous, according to a new ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court.…

Lawmakers pushing for juvenile justice reform » WWLP 22 News Nearly 30 percent of Massachusetts youth discharged from prison are re-convicted. State lawmakers are pushing legislation that could help these youth turn their lives around and keep them out of the s…

Lobbying

Waltham Company's Lobbying Effort For Its Drug Used To Treat Opioid Addiction Raises Questions » WBUR A NPR investigation published Monday raises questions about the marketing and political influence surrounding a drug used to treat opioid addiction.…

Local Government

Lowell has plan to rescue bridge work » Lowell Sun In a race against the clock, the city administration has put together a plan to retain vital federal funding needed to repair seven bridges.…

School committee member challenges executive session » The Eagle Tribune School Committee member Ted Teichert didn't like what he didn't see on the agenda last week.…

Amherst representative pushes for non-citizen voting rights in town » WWLP 22 News Amherst State representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose has filed a bill that would grant voting rights in town elections to permanent Amherst residents who are non-citizens. Goldstein-Rose said the chan…

Two city council races set in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle With the Aug. 1 deadline for submitting nomination papers for the city election looming larger on the horizon, just two city council races are set.…

Local attorney was denied a Zoning Board seat after Turtleboy Sports ties questioned » Worcester Mag Local Attorney Margaret Melican was denied the opportunity to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals after an interview in which her ties to Turtleboy Sports were called into question.…

Saugus School Committee united in opposition to bill that would prohibit Native American mascots/logos in schools » Wicked Local While supporters of Bill S291 said the portrayal of Native Americans as mascots can be harmful and disrespectful to people they are intended to represent, opponents of the ban said the mascots honor h…

Non-citizens could run for office in Amherst under new charter proposal » The Republican

Marijuana

Mass. House To Take Up Pot Bill This Week » WBUR The Massachusetts House of Representatives will begin debate Thursday on a bill making changes to the state's voter-passed recreational marijuana law.…

Lawmakers left in dark as legislation changing pot policy barrels forward » Boston Herald State lawmakers are barreling toward a vote on an omnibus bill that could reshape the state's fledgling marijuana legalization law, though what they'll debate remained largely secret yesterday, even t…

Limits considered for marijuana advertising » The Daily News of Newburyport BOSTON – Driven by concerns over marijuana marketing to teens, state lawmakers are weighing strict rules for recreational pot advertising but entrepreneurs seeking to take advantage of legal we…

Pot bill up for a vote in House on Thursday » The Enterprise House leadership will unveil its proposal to overhaul the voter-backed law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts on Wednesday, setting up an expected debate and vote before the full membership on Thur…

Opinion

FCC should reject new robocall initiative » The Boston Globe THE FIRST official phone call ever — a shouted summons from Alexander Graham Bell to his lab assistant, Thomas Watson — was made in Boston in 1876. …

EDITORIAL: Governor, take a stand: 'Fair Share' is a bad idea » Sentinel & Enterprise Hold on to your wallets, Massachusetts millionaires! But don't think for a minute that grip will prevent Beacon Hill from picking your pockets of more than you've been accustomed to forking over.…

The economic theory that changed the world » The Boston Globe THE FIRST BUSINESSMAN president, Herbert Hoover, was widely unloved. But any comparison to the businessman in the White House now would be terribly unfair — unfair to Hoover. Hoover was an inte…

Ann Hallstein: Thank governor for conservation grants » Gazette Net The Gazette published some good news on June 6 regarding four state conservation grants protecting 3,600 acres in the area.…

Editorial: More to rating story » Boston Herald One of the Wall Street rating agencies has downgraded Massachusetts' bond rating, which has critics throwing darts in Gov. Charlie Baker's direction.…

Trump's toxic war on Muslims — at home and abroad » The Boston Globe OUR LEADING HISTORICAL illiterate is reanimating our historic xenophobia in novel and dangerous ways.…

It's time to make it legal for Americans to order prescription drugs from abroad » STAT News Every day, countless people across America order prescription drugs from pharmacies in other countries as they hunt for something increasingly elusive — affordable medications.…

Dissecting Baker's stance on millionaire's tax » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER hasn't formally said he's against the so-called “Fair Share” ballot question, which would create a surtax on incomes over $1 million and earmark the proceeds for educati…

Saving for retirement just got easier » Boston Globe Many Massachusetts families, like families all across the United States, are finding it harder than ever to save for their retirement. There are a lot of reasons for this: Wages are flat, housing cost…

Editorial: The legal aid quandary » Worcester Telegram & Gazette People often use statistics to make a point. But we all know that you can massage numbers to make things look the way you want. The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. puts out a lot of numbers, so m…

We can't talk about kids' well-being without a focus on resources for parents » Boston Globe IN “FROM cradle to career” (Opinion, June 9), the closest that Stanley Rosenberg and Sal DiDomenico get to urging support for parents is the anodyne “Putting kids first means putting…

Editorial: Decision to use Native American mascots should go to communities » The Recorder

Politics

Political Happy Hour: June 12, 2017 » Boston Globe Here's your $2,750 frozen margarita machine of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House — with help from Globe politics intern Claire Parker.…

Political Notes: Beaty considers run for Hunt's seat » Cape Cod Times HYANNIS — Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. says he is strongly considering a run for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District in 2018.…

Public Safety

Holyoke mayor rejects plan for barriers to deter panhandlers » The Boston Globe Many Holyoke officials agree that the city has a panhandling problem, creating a public safety concern when beggars wander into the street and block traffic to solicit money. But they are at odds over…

Tall Ships event in Boston Harbor is assigned highest security risk » Boston Globe

State Finance

Gubernatorial hopeful: Downgrade a warning sign of looming budget crisis » Boston Herald Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren says S&P Global Ratings' downgrading of the state's bond rating to “AA” indicates a budget crisis is looming on Beacon Hill.…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP: Budget with a chance of rain » Wicked Local Halifax Storm clouds have been gathering for months over state finances, but as the end of the fiscal year fast approaches, it's the dense fog that has rolled into Beacon Hill casting the darkest shadow.…

State bond rating drops » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker is defending the state's fiscal prowess after a bond ratings agency took it down a notch for the first time in decades amid concerns about Beacon Hill's reserve funds. …

Taxation

'Ghostbusters' got more than $25 million in tax credits last year » The Boston Globe Something tells us Governor Charlie Baker isn't going to like the latest figures related to the state's tax credit program for film and television projects.…

Business-backed group says proposed tax would chase away top earners » The Boston Globe A proposed amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would raise taxes on the rich poses a serious threat to the state's fiscal stability and economic well-being, according to a scathing analys…

Battle lines drawn over short-term rental tax » Cape Cod Times Lawmakers considering a short-term rental tax took their show on the road Monday, visiting Barnstable Town Hall to gauge public sentiment on the proposal.…

Non-profits defend against bid to force property tax payments » State House News Service

Transportation

Capuano ready to make some noise over Logan racket » Boston Herald The roar from planes flying over East Boston has become so unbearable U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano has invited U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to a barbecue at his home to enlighten her o…

Utilities

Cape Wind opposition continues » Cape Cod Times Opponents of the stalled Cape Wind offshore wind farm continued efforts in April and May to end the company's federal lease.…

Attorney General Healey joins coalition suing Trump administration over energy standards » Boston Globe

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Walsh says he was 'caught off guard' by GE's leadership shakeup » The Boston Globe

Bill overhauling Massachusetts legal marijuana law expected to surface this week » MassLive

Massachusetts may consider “broad brush” approach to online gambling » World Casino Directory

Jeff Immelt leaving his legacy on the Boston skyline » The Boston Globe

Will GE's new CEO remain committed to Boston? » The Boston Globe

State lawmakers to vote on pot law rewrite this week » The Boston Globe

Mass. House leaders huddling on budget, marijuana issues » The Recorder

More Than Half of Springfield's Unemployed Don't Qualify for Casino Jobs » Valley Advocate

Amherst rep. pushes for noncitizen voting rights in district » The Recorder

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