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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am Realtor Day on the Hill, Grand Staircase

9:30am Mass. Retail Lumber Association Lobby Day, 80 City Square, Charlestown

9:30am Flag Day Ceremony, Nurses Hall

10:45am Renewable Energy Rally, State House steps

11:00am House Committee on Ethics, Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

12:00pm Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Executive Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

1:30pm MBTA Retirement Fund Presentation, Hearing Room 437

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn School Committee Candidate Michael Satterwhite

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Paul Feeney

Must-Reads

Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections » New York Times The Labour Party won big in Britain by pushing a proudly progressive agenda. Democrats in the United States should do the same. …

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean' » The Associated Press (AP) President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill he helped revive is "mean" and urged them to craft a version that is "more generous," congressional sourc…

Family leave question colored by ballot threat, growing support » State House News Service With the threat of a ballot fight hanging over the hearing room and with more than half of House and Senate members in support, workers, business owners and economists called on lawmakers Tuesday to i…

Geoff Diehl calls tracking by PACs 'disconcerting' » Boston Herald The state lawmaker eyeing a 2018 challenge for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's seat is encouraged to know the left is “worried” about his prospects against the liberal leader as evidenced by …

House Democrats battle behind the scenes over impeachment » The Hill Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), a leadership ally, stood during the Democrats' closed-door caucus meeting to denounce Rep. Brad Sherman's (D-Calif.) impeachment push as a selfish maneuver that could h…

Drugs often cheaper without using insurance » Commonwealth Magazine I'VE BEEN AN INDEPENDENT PHARMACIST for 37 years and during that time I have gotten to know many patients. In some cases, I know quite a bit about their families, their medical histories, and much mor…

Legislators call for Tufts Medical Center to offer nurses better contract » BostonBusinessJournal Contract negotiations have been ongoing since April 2016, with 24 sessions held to date …

“Here’s a guy who can’t distinguish what’s important and what’s not and doesn’t know when to stop,”

Representative Randy Hunt

Speaking about Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. who is considering running for Hunt's seat.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Congressman, others shot during softball game near D.C. » Boston Globe A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning during a softball game being played by Republican lawmakers and staffers in Alexandria wounding at least five people including a top Republican lawmaker and at lea…

Sessions' non-answers did nothing to dispel questions » Boston Globe If President Trump was looking for his own attorney general to provide a strong answer to James Comey's blockbuster testimony last week, the latest must-see hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday probably le…

Democratic Lawmakers Sue Trump, Handing The President Another Legal Challenge » WBUR More than 190 Democrats in Congress have joined together to sue President Trump on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.…

Business

Hey, Fed. Are you sure we need a rate increase? » Boston Globe Raising rates is like stepping on the economic brake. The whole point is to slow the economy down so that it doesn't overheat and trigger high inflation.…

State official calls new business park at Whaling City Golf Course 'a no-brainer' » South Coast Today Jay Ash, the state's housing and economic development secretary, looked out Tuesday upon the driving range at Whaling City Golf Course. He squinted to see the farthest distance marker at 265 yards. …

Education

Wheelock College is selling buildings and examining its programs » Boston Globe Facing mounting financial pressure and plunging enrollment, Wheelock College in the Fenway has put its president's house on the market, is trying to sell one of its dormitories, and is reevaluating it…

Lawmakers cite need for better civics lessons » The Salem News Kids aren't learning enough about their government, say lawmakers and education advocates who want to update a decades-old social studies curriculum and make passing civics a graduation requirement.…

Boston schools revamp programs to tackle summer learning slide » Boston Globe Boston school officials, in an attempt to boost attendance and achievement in summer programs, will be moving toward a hands-on project approach that will take more students outside, under an initiati…

Saugus School Committee united in opposition to bill that would prohibit Native American mascots/logos in schools » Wicked Local Saugus Wearing matching red T-shirts with the message “Great Day to be a Sachem,” School Committee members presented a unified front in opposition to a state Senate bill that aims to ban the use …

In Boston, An Effort To Turn Summer School Into Something Students Won't Want To Miss » WBUR Educators have a phrase for the way summer school has historically worked: "drill-and-kill."…

Healey, Democratic attorneys general defend student loan protections » Boston Globe

Drew Faust, Harvard president, to step down next year » Boston Globe

Teachers, parents and students to speak at State House briefing against harmful school 'turnaround' policies » Sampan

UMass President sees at least "slight" increase in student charges » State House News Service

Environment

;Sierra Club Director Rains On Charlie Baker's Climate Change Parade » New Boston Post The state's Sierra Club director arguably stole the show during a rally Tuesday at the foot of the Massachusetts State House, which had been organized by a Falmouth lawmaker looking to drum up support…

Bottle deposits on nips billed as antidote to litter » The Herald News A Cape Cod Republican wants Massachusetts to follow Maine's lead and charge a 5-cent deposit on miniature bottles of alcohol to help reduce litter. Rep. Randy Hunt, of Sandwich, told the Committee on …

Union of Concerned Scientists: States Enact Clean Energy Plans as White House Pulls out of Paris Climate Agreement » PR Newswire A dozen states, Puerto Rico, at least 80 mayors and more than 100 businesses will submit a plan to the United Nations showing how they will collectively reduce their global warming pollution in reacti…

Gaming

Mammoth Wynn Boston Harbor resort taking shape » Boston Globe First impression upon visiting the construction site of the Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and resort casino: This place is going to be massive.…

Health Care

Two state digital health innovation labs awarded $250,000 » WWLP 22 News Two Massachusetts Digital Health Innovation Labs have been awarded $250,000 as an effort to build stronger ties between the region's digital health innovators and healthcare customers.…

Human Services

Lauren Baker unveils child welfare initiative » Boston Herald Lauren Baker, the wife of Gov. Charlie Baker, is looking to nearly quadruple fundraising for a nonprofit that funnels money through the state's child welfare agency in the hopes of helping the most vu…

Advocates call for tighter security at Bridgwater State Hospital » South Coast Today Advocates for prisoners and people with mental illnesses on Tuesday praised the Baker administration for reforms to improve clinical care at Bridgewater State Hospital, but said they want the state to…

Immigration

Pulitzer-Prize winner Vargas speaks on immigration, Trump in Needham » Wicked Local Needham In 1993, Jose Antonio Vargas' mother put him on a flight from the Philippines to the United States. He hasn't seen her since. “I hope she knows putting me in that plane 24 years ago was worth it…

Legislators probe costs of Safe Communities Act » Bay State Banner

Labor

Should Massachusetts have paid family and medical leave? » WWLP 22 News Five states have paid family and medical leave, and Massachusetts is not one of them. Lawmakers are considering a bill to bring paid leave to Massachusetts.…

Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses set strike date » The Republican GREENFIELD -- Registered nurses and their supporters picketing outside Baystate Franklin Medical Center on April 27, 2016. The nurses have been working without a contract since Dec. 31 and have set Ju…

Family leave question colored by ballot threat, growing support » Lowell Sun

Legislative

Ethics task force concludes without recommending legislation » State House News Service

Local Government

Millbury bylaw restricting drug treatment clinics is rejected as discriminatory » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The state attorney general ruled Monday that a zoning bylaw amendment adopted in January that would restrict the location of methadone or similar clinics in town was disapproved because it violated st…

Hardwick Town Meeting to decide whether to keep bylaw banning nuclear weapons in town » The Republican Town Meeting voters on Saturday will decide whether to rescind a set of 1990 bylaws banning the production, transportation, storage, processing -- and detonation -- of nuclear weapons within town bord…

Pittsfield: Hinds' Day of Service to support Habitat » Berkshire Eagle

Marijuana

House to vote on bill that more than doubles pot tax » Boston Herald State taxes on legalized marijuana would be hiked to 28 percent — or more than double the rate voters approved in November — under a long-awaited bill that would dramatically change how …

Baker declines to back House proposal to hike pot tax rate to 28% » Boston Herald

A 28 percent tax on marijuana? That's the plan under the latest bill » Boston Globe In a sweeping rewrite of the voter-passed marijuana legalization measure, House leaders will advance a bill Wednesday that would more than double the total tax on recreational pot and give municipal o…

Marijuana bill seeks higher taxes, more control for city, town officials » WCVB Lawmakers reviewing the state's new recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according…

Read the Massachusetts House's plan to overhaul the state's legal marijuana law » The Republican Massachusetts House lawmakers this week plan to take up an overhaul of the legal marijuana law voters passed last year.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Advertising Restrictions on Cannabis Businesses » The Marijuana Times As Massachusetts prepares for the debut of their legal cannabis industry in 2018, they are working on what limits will be put on these businesses as far as advertising goes. One of the biggest hurdles…

Higher tax rate, new opt-out method in pot law rewrite, State House sources say » Wicked Local Georgetown Marijuana sales would be taxed at a maximum rate of 18.75 percent under legislation being developed by the House in preparation for a Thursday vote that would also alter the oversight and local contro…

Proposed Changes To Mass. Pot Law Would Bump Tax To 28 Percent » WBUR Taxes on recreational marijuana products could be as high as 28 percent under a bill about to be taken up by the Massachusetts House on Thursday, according to a draft copy of the legislation obtained …

Lawmakers Prepare Overhaul Of Recreational Marijuana Bill » CBS Boston State lawmakers are poised to unveil a new bill on recreational marijuana that proposes significant changes from what voters agreed upon last year. The bill includes a 16 percent tax increase on pot, …

Sen. Jehlen gives pot bill harsh reception » Wicked Local Medford

Massachusetts Lawmakers to Vote on Changes to Voter-Backed Cannabis Law » Ganjapreneur

Editorial: Rewriting pot law » Boston Herald

Massachusetts Bill Would Double Cannabis Tax, Globe Reports » Leafly

Legislators propose higher tax, sweeping changes to marijuana law » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

Trump vs. Comey: Who's telling the truth? » Boston Globe How can you assess credibility in a case of clashing accounts like we've seen with fired FBI director James Comey and President Donald Trump?…

AG Jeff Sessions stonewalls the Senate » Boston Globe Attorney General Jeff Sessions rode his high horse into Tuesday's hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is to say, he came mounted on a stolen steed.…

Behind closed doors, the right deal gets made on a skyscraper » Boston Globe As the highly-charged controversy over the Winthrop Square tower nears resolution through old-school, closed-door negotiations at the State House, I have to believe Bill Bulger is somewhere smiling. …

'Donald Trump' is now an epithet » Boston Globe Written by Oscar Hammerstein II for “South Pacific,” a hit Broadway musical, “You've Got To Be Carefully Taught” speaks of how prejudice is passed within families from one gene…

Columnist Johanna Neumann: Gov. Baker must speed up action on clean energy » Gazette Net In the wake of President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Gov. Charlie Baker's decision to join in the bipartisan climate alliance is a good step. (Editor…

EDITORIAL: Slicing film tax credit could be real horror show » Sentinel & Enterprise One of the nation's largest credit agencies just gave the governor and the Legislature another reason to curb the state's film tax credit. But big news out at Devens just demonstrated why it's worth e…

Amherst should know citizenship still counts (Viewpoint) » The Republican There's interest in Amherst to allow people who are not American citizens to hold public office, thereby giving them the opportunity to pass legislation affecting those who are.…

Don't target the tourism budget » The Eagle Tribune For such a small state, tourism is big business in Massachusetts. With some $20 billion spent last year by tourists and travelers in the Bay State, the governor and lawmakers should not take the statu…

Editorial: The mascot controversy - A source of pride or cultural misappropriation? » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Another culture wars skirmish is being contested in the Massachusetts Legislature over a proposal to ban Native American mascots from the Commonwealth's public schools - more than 40 employ some form …

Politics

Political Notes: Parking squabble sparks GOP clash » Cape Cod Times Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. says he is strongly considering a run for state representative in the 5th Barnstable District in 2018.…

Democratic candidates for governor pressure Baker on income surtax » Lowell Sun

Charlie Baker's high-dollar Cape Cod summer plans take shape » Boston Globe

Public Health

Bipartisan backing for bill establishing 'ice bucket challenge' week » Gloucester Times 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…

Governor Baker reviews progress two years into opioid fight » WCVB Two years into a concerted state effort to curb the opioid crisis, Gov. Charlie Baker sat down with NewsCenter 5's Antoinette Antonio to talk about progress the state has made.…

Public Safety

Bill Would Give Judges More Power to Hold OUI Suspects » NECN

Road safety bill goes beyond protecting bicyclists » Berkshire Eagle Boston University police responded to 336 incidents of pedestrians and bicyclists being struck by vehicles over the past five years through this April, according to a campus police officer who asked l…

Charlie Baker bill aims to sideline repeat drunken-driving suspects » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is crafting a bill that would ensure repeat drunk drivers don't get an easier path back to the streets…

State Finance

Mass. bond rating drops » The Daily News of Newburyport Gov. Charlie Baker is defending the state's fiscal standing after a bond-rating agency took it down a notch for the first time in decades amid concerns about Beacon Hill's reserve funds. …

State Government

Should maple syrup be the state's official sweetener? » The Greenfield Recorder Massachusetts has an official state cookie, state bean, state doughnut and state beverage, and lawmakers now have a chance to decide if it should have an official sweetener, too.…

Taxation

MTF Blasts Proposed 'Millionaire's Tax' » WAMC Massachusetts legislators are expected to vote Wednesday to put the so-called millionaire's tax on the 2018 election ballot. A new report from a well-respected fiscal watchdog group warns the proposa…

State Rep. proposes tax credits for investments in rural jobs » WWLP 22 News BOSTON (WWLP) – Worthington State Representative Stephen Kulik filed the “Massachusetts Rural Jobs Act” to encourage job creation and attract new businesses to rural areas, especial…

Nonprofits balk at lawmakers' call for property tax payments » The Salem News BOSTON — Hospitals, human service providers, churches, YMCAs and land conservation groups turned out Tuesday to try to sink pieces of legislation that call for some nonprofits to pay more in pr…

Will 'millionaires' tax?' appear on 2018 ballot? We'll find out Wednesday » Boston Globe State lawmakers are expected to vote Wednesday to place a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would raise taxes on the rich and direct the money to transportation and education.…

Nonprofits defend against bid to force property tax payments » Gloucester Times

Legislature advances income surtax to 2018 ballot » State House News Service

Transportation

Wilmington board backs bridge plan » Wicked Local Tewksbury Plans for Butters Row Bridge prompted debate and drew a large crowd, as the Board of Selectmen at its June 12 meeting heard input at the Middle School on Carter Lane.…

1,500 blazing railroad ties extinguished in Northfield » The Republican Eleven cities and towns sent firefighters to Northfield on Tuesday night to help extinguish 1,500 blazing railroad ties in a gravel pit off Route 142, The Greenfield Recorder reports. …

Council approves improvement near Weymouth Herring Run » Wicked Local Weymouth An aging bridge that straddles the Weymouth Herring Brook on Commercial Street and a flood control gate in the channel where the alewives migrate to Whitman's Pond during the spring will both be repla…

Utilities

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives » Microgrid Knowledge Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. …

Pilgrim watchdog group to head to Statehouse on Wednesday » Cape Cod Times The Cape Downwinders plan to head to the Statehouse on Wednesday to urge Gov. Charlie Baker to push Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's owner-operator, Entergy Corp., to transfer into dry casks the radioa…

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

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 6 to 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 5 thick bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, plus extra to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 medium-size 'Yukon Gold' potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1-3/4 cups milk
  • 1-3/4-2 pounds white fish, such as hake or pollock, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Garnishes: minced fresh chives, chopped bacon

Directions

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp and browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove all but 3 tablespoons fat from pot. Remove half the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the remaining bacon in pot.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and add onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until onion pieces are golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Add flour and stir.

Add water, whisking as you go; the flour will dissolve and the mixture will thicken a bit.

Add potatoes and cream, increase heat to medium, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are barely tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and add milk.

Add fish and cook until opaque, about 5 minutes.

Serve fish chowder sprinkled with chives and remaining bacon. 



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