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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am State Ethics Commission Meeting, One Ashburton Place, Room 619

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:30am Briefing on Senate Chamber Restorations, Senate Reading Room, State House

12:00pm Celebration Honoring Excellence in Teaching, Great Hall

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro

6:00pm Reception for Boston City Council Candidate Ed Flynn

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate Mike Berry

6:30pm Reception for Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke

7:00pm Boston Town Hall with AG Maura Healey, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Rep. Russell Holmes, Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Councilor Andrea Campbell, The Great Hall, Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester

Must-Reads

Marijuana law rewrite criticized, DeLeo postpones debate » State House News Service House leadership-backed legislation overhauling the marijuana law approved by voters last year came under fire from multiple sides Wednesday and by the end of the day, Speaker Robert DeLeo opted to pu…

Income surtax clears major hurdle, but legal challenge likely » State House News Service For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion from the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot quest…

Report: Rich will not leave state if tax takes effect » Sentinel & Enterprise 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…

William T. Hogan Jr., a judge who led state's correction, welfare, and human services departments, dies at 90 » Boston Globe The state correction commissioner job had been vacant for about eight months in 1979 when Governor Edward J. King appointed a boyhood friend, William T. Hogan Jr., to the post. …

Two Too Many » Roll Call A Lesson from Giffords, Scalise and Trump: Tone It Down …

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Mocks Donald Trump In Leaked Video » The Huffington Post Leaked video from an event in Australia shows the prime minister mocking President Donald Trump. …

Nantucket shop operator again appeals to state for housing help » State House News Service A year ago today, Charlotte Hess testified in favor of a land bank that she said could make housing on Nantucket more affordable. Hess, a small business owner, returned to the State House this week su…

“It’s important that, with a bill of this magnitude, that we try to get it right, or as close as right the first time. And so I’d rather do that than try to rush it through tomorrow,”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the new marijuana legislation passed out of committee yesterday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump faces obstruction probe, report says » Boston Globe The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of w…

STAT, Trump, And The Journalistic Ethics Of Speculating About A President's Health » WGBH News Is President Trump quite literally losing his mind? That's the explosive question that reporter Sharon Begley asked in a recent article published by STAT, a Boston Globe Media-owned website covering h…

Business

The Tall Ships may be majestic. But bringing them here can be a headache » Boston Globe The Grand Parade of Sail that will grace Boston Harbor on Saturday promises to be a visual delight, a slow, majestic procession of 54 vessels from around the world that pays homage to the city's rich …

They're Shipping In: Boston Hosts More Than 50 Tall Ships » WBUR A majestic maritime gathering is bringing more than 50 grand sailing vessels from 14 countries into Boston Harbor.…

Crimes

Inmate's apparent suicide in Bristol County jail renews concerns about sheriff » Boston Globe Bristol County officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 47-year-old inmate at the county jail in North Dartmouth, prompting renewed criticism of the jail's management under Sheriff Thomas…

On South Shore, shooting stirs sadness and anger -- but no surprise » Patriot Ledger From Quincy to Hanover, South Shore residents were saddened, angered and sometimes left at a loss for words by what appeared to be a politically-motivated shooting in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday mor…

Education

Healey to sue feds over student loans » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday that she intends to sue US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the federal agency over the decision to halt student loan borrower protec…

State grant to promote equal opportunity in construction at Diman » The Herald News Attorney General Maura Healey announced recently that Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School will be one of the seven organizations across Massachusetts that will be awarded grant funding in …

Editorial: Decisions about Native American mascots should remain local » Gazette Net A statewide bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools is generating strong opinions on both sides of the issue.…

UMass eyes tuition hike rather than more belt-tightening » Boston Herald University of Massachusetts officials worried about a smaller total on next year's state budget are looking to boost tuition rates instead of calling for another round of expense cuts they say could s…

The biggest job in education just opened up, so who's in the running? » Boston Globe

Environment

Ware receives $17K state grant to prepare for climate change » The Republican The municipal government here has received a $17,000 state grant to prepare for climate change, Rep. Todd Smola, R-Warren, announced last week.…

Paris Accord decision fuels Mass. rally for renewables » Worcester Telegram Calling President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from The Paris Agreement a “disgraceful” and “destructive” move, proponents of a bill that calls for Massachusetts to run …

Gray Seals, Once Hunted, Are Thriving In New England » WBUR The gray seal population in New England has bounced back, and new data points to how well seal numbers are doing.…

Federal

State lawmakers saddened, concerned by shooting of congressman » WWLP 22 News of Wednesday morning's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia brought Beacon Hill to a pause.…

State police patrols increased on Beacon Hill after Virginia shooting » WCVB State police troopers stood guard on Beacon Hill Wednesday and parked their cruisers near the State House's front steps.…

Moulton: 'Put an end to this violence' » Salem News After a rifle-wielding gunman opened fire Wednesday at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, injuring five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisia…

Gaming

Nearly 13,000 gamblers enroll in addiction prevention effort » The Sun Chronicle Nearly 13,000 gamblers have signed up for a unique gambling addiction prevention effort being tested at Massachusetts' first casino.…

Feds reportedly have 'serious' concerns about the DraftKings, FanDuel merger » Boston Business Journal

Health Care

TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances » The Republican TechSpring, Baystate Health's digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield, has received $80,000 in state money from the the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative.…

Local Democrats to host health care forum » Wicked Local Shrewsbury WESTBOROUGH — Westborough and Northborough Democrats will host a forum at 7 p.m. June 20 at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St. The topic of the forum will be “Health Care Reform toward a Si…

Lahey Hospital CEO takes top job at New Hampshire health system » Boston Business Journal

?Mass. AG joins sweeping investigation of opioid makers » Boston Business Journal

Baystate, Mercy join Baker effort to redesign MassHealth » The Republican

Judiciary

Amherst, East Longmeadow women are Gov. Charlie Baker's latest judicial nominees » The Republican An assistant U.S. Attorney from Amherst and a partner in a city law firm from East Longmeadow are Gov. Charlie Baker's latest judicial nominations.…

Supreme Judicial Court Punts On Executive Defamation Privilege » JDSupra Last week, everyone in Washington, D.C. was talking about the invocation of “executive privilege,” the ability of a President to withhold information from, for example, an investigation in…

US Rep. Richard Neal wants Western Massachusetts resident on state's high court » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has added his voice to other officials and lawyers asking Gov. Charlie Baker to nominate a person from Western Massachusetts to the state Supreme Judicial Court.…

State High Court Rules Private Needle Exchange Programs Are Legal » WBUR The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Wednesday that privately run hypodermic needle exchange programs can be operated without state or community approval.…

Labor

Hiring sale: Job availability on the rise » Boston Globe Just how tight is the job market? Hollister Staffing is so busy finding workers for employers that the agency is looking to beef up its own staff — and is networking practically around the cloc…

Family leave question colored by ballot threat, growing support » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- 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 Tu…

Even with job growth, Mass. unemployment rate rises past 4 percent » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Constitutional amendments, explained » Boston Globe Constitutional conventions have been a hallowed Massachusetts tradition since 1779, when town delegates and Revolutionary War-era legends — including John Hancock — met in Cambridge to d…

Local Government

Cambridge Seeks Solution For “Worthless” Liquor Licenses » Boston Magazine Not only did Jackie Linnane “get priced out” of her eclectic pub, River Gods, in Cambridge, she also apparently spent more than $300,000, at the city's behest, in what was ultimately a wor…

Marijuana

Massachusetts marijuana tax could hit 56 percent, legalization proponents argue as state lawmakers struggle with overhaul bill » The Republican Massachusetts marijuana advocates were enraged on Wednesday, saying taxes on Bay State marijuana could skyrocket to 56 percent under a State House plan to overhaul the legalization law approved by vot…

Pot tax revamp sparks debate » Lynn Daily News Item A proposal on Beacon Hill to give local officials the right to veto recreational marijuana clinics and boost the tax rate on pot is getting mixed reviews.…

House leaders pull controversial pot bill hours before vote » Boston Globe House leaders abruptly yanked a controversial rewrite of the voter-approved recreational marijuana law Wednesday afternoon — just hours before it was scheduled to be debated by the full chamber…

House Speaker Postpones Vote On Changes To Mass. Marijuana Law » WBUR House Speaker Robert DeLeo is postponing a vote on a bill that would make changes to the state's recreational marijuana law that was passed by voters last year.…

House eyes 18.75 percent tax on pot » The Sun Chronicle The Massachusetts House is eying taxes as high as 18.75 percent on recreational marijuana, a levy local lawmakers say is needed to fund regulation and enforcement.…

Cape legislators, activists have reservations about pot bill » Cape Cod Times A proposed overhaul of the state's recreational marijuana law that would would more than double the tax on the drug and make it easier for towns to ban pot shops has drawn criticism from supporters an…

Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Marijuana Law “Insults Voters” » The Daily Chronic BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy has voted to advance a bill to repeal and replace the marijuana legalization measure approved by voters in November, angering …

House puts off vote on rewrite of recreational pot bill » WCVB House leaders announced late Wednesday they were postponing debate on a contentious bill that seeks major changes in the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law, including higher taxes on re…

Despite Legalization, No Spike in Marijuana Related Crimes in Western Mass. Communities » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts House has delayed a vote scheduled for Thursday on changes to the state's marijuana law. There were problems with the bill's language and plenty of criticism of some of the proposed …

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here's what Gov. Charlie Baker says about hiking the tax rate » The Republican

Errors Lead DeLeo To Postpone House Vote On Marijuana Law Rewrite » WGBH News

UPDATED: Marijuana law rewrite criticized, DeLeo postpones debate (with interactive map) » Wicked Local Medfield

Opinion

Pilgrim poses significant risk » Martha's Vineyard Times Regarding The MV Times article of June 1 on the Pilgrim nuclear reactor (“45-year-old Pilgrim Station slated to shutter”), John Christenson is right on target to signal that wet fuel-rod s…

If the feds won't face climate change, the region can » Boston Globe President Trump's disgraceful decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement has an unintended silver lining — within days of the announcement, a large and growing grou…

After Alexandria shooting, both parties owe the nation a more civil political dialogue » Boston Globe A violent attack on elected officials is a violent attack on democracy itself. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, evidently didn't like Republicans like Steve Scalise, the politician voters in Louisiana had cho…

Boston's health care sector is on front line of climate readiness » Boston Globe The evidence is overwhelming: Climate change is the greatest health threat of the century, and health care is on its front line.…

Now is not the time to talk about guns. Or is it? » Boston Globe Let's not use the occasion of a shooter targeting congressmen on an Alexandria ball field — one of two mass shootings before lunch on Wednesday — to talk about guns, and whether this cou…

Our Opinion: Bees, beekeepers share a mission » Berkshire Eagle Many Berkshire residents may remember when fireflies, or lightning bugs, were plentiful and lit up the night with their flashes. While they are still with us, their numbers have been much reduced. Tha…

Editorial: No ambiguity in OUI law » Boston Herald Once might be a mistake, a serious lapse in judgment that puts lives at risk. Twice is the infuriating act of a recidivist.…

Carr: Who's to blame now, lefties? » Boston Herald Is it finally time for the vast left-wing conspiracy to tone down its endless torrent of unhinged hate speech and vitriol directed at Republicans and Donald Trump?…

Cohen: Hostility of left vs. right must end, and end now » Boston Herald America, you're being handed a big flashing neon “Cease and Desist” notification.…

Pulling out of Paris Climate Agreement a wise choice » Cape Cod Times I am delighted that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker plan to adhere to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.…

Politics

Former Councilor Jay Ferreira begins bid to defeat Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse » The Republican Jay Ferreira, a former city councilor, began a campaign on Wednesday to defeat Mayor Alex B. Morse in the Nov. 7 election by saying Fire Department funding and public safety must be city priorities.…

Former Sheriff Michael Ashe endorses Jesse Lederman for Springfield City Council » The Republican Former Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. may be out of office, but he's not out of the public spotlight.…

Brockton man detained for stalking Malia Obama running for mayor » The Enterprise Brockton resident Jair Nilton Cardoso was detained by the U.S. Secret Service in April on the suspicion that he was stalking former first daughter Malia Obama. Now, Cardoso has taken out papers to run…

Back on the trail, Walsh says, 'I feel comfortable where I am' » Dorchester Reporter Mayor Martin Walsh says he's not about to forget his roots. The Dorchester native, a former representative and civic leader, now the mayor of a city where no challenger has unseated an incumbent since…

Public Health

A step closer to nipping this problem? » Martha's Vineyard Times The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed change to the bottle bill to add a 5 cent deposit on nip bottles.…

State panel approves UMass psychiatric bed closures » Worcester Telegram The Department of Public Health has conditionally approved UMass Memorial Medical Center's plan to close 13 inpatient psychiatric beds as part of a $30-million renovation project to increase medical/s…

Public Safety

Inmate's apparent suicide in Bristol County jail renews concerns about sheriff » Boston Globe Bristol County officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 47-year-old inmate at the county jail in North Dartmouth, prompting renewed criticism of the jail's management under Sheriff Thomas…

Massachusetts lawmakers question gun control laws after Virginia shootings » WWLP 22 Some Massachusetts lawmakers have concerns after the shooting of a Republican Congressman near D.C. They told 22News this calls the nation's gun control laws into question.…

State lawmakers concerned about their safety after Wednesday's shooting » WWLP 22

State Government

Attorney General Maura Healey takes aim at President Donald J. Trump during business meeting at Clark University » The Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey took aim at President Donald J. Trump, healthcare, energy and the opioid crisis in a lengthy address to Worcester business owners Wednesday.…

Attorney General Healey looks at impact national issues have on Mass. » Worcester Telegram What state Attorney General Maura Healey says drives her agenda is the impact national and local issues have on the state and its residents.…

Rockport gallery owner tied to contender for state song » Gloucester Times Massachusetts has an official state cookie, state bean, state donut and state beverage, and state lawmakers now have a chance to decide if it should have an official rock song and sweetener, too.…

Charlie Baker to attend opioid panel meeting in DC » Boston Globe

Taxation

'Millionaire tax' makes it to the 2018 ballot (with interactive map) » Wicked Local Belmont For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion from the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot quest…

UPDATED: 'Millionaire tax' makes it to the 2018 ballot (with interactive map) » The Metro West Daily News For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion from the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot quest…

Nonprofits speak out against property tax legislation » Worcester Business Journal Hospitals, human service providers, churches, YMCAs and land conservation groups turned out Tuesday to try to sink pieces of legislation that call for some non-profits to pay more in property taxes or…

Mass. Lawmakers Push 'Millionaire's Tax' Through To 2018 Ballot » WBUR State lawmakers have voted to put a constitutional amendment that would create a so-called "millionaire's tax" on the 2018 ballot.…

'Millionaire tax' heading to Mass. voters on 2018 ballot » Worcester Telegram A proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment is heading to the 2018 ballot after Massachusetts lawmakers voted 134-55 Wednesday to place the measure before voters. Under the plan,…

Proposed 'millionaire tax' question heading to 2018 ballot » The Associated Press (AP) A proposed "millionaire tax" constitutional amendment is heading to the 2018 ballot after Massachusetts lawmakers voted 134-55 Wednesday to place the measure before voters.…

State lawmakers approve tax on top earners for 2018 ballot » Boston Globe Could a tax on the rich be the political kryptonite that weakens Charlie Baker's seemingly invincible status as one of the most popular governors in the country? Some Democrats seem to think so.…

DAILY POLL: The ``millionaire's tax'' » Patriot Ledger

Transportation

Contractor must replace faulty rail trail paving » The Eagle Tribune City officials said the contractor that paved the Bradford Rail Trail must bear the cost of replacing the new asphalt surface of the roughly half-mile long trail after testing showed it did not meet s…

Massachusetts Bill Asks for All Vehicles to Have Convex Mirrors » A bill has been introduced to the Massachusetts Joint Committee that would amend the state's general laws to require the installation of blind spot mirrors on certain vehicles in effort to protect ped…

PVTA considers cutting back on 20 routes amid budget woes » The Recorder A possible shortfall in the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's budget, triggered in part by anticipated flat or reduced state aid, is prompting the agency to consider cutting back service on nearly 20…

SPECIAL PHOTO FEATURE: #CondeMBTA » Medium.com It's often noted that the trains which pump through tunnels underneath our feet downtown and barrel over bridges into Cambridge, Quincy, and beyond belong to the most ancient subterranean transit matr…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

Legislators probe costs of Safe Communities Act » Bay State Banner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts Bill Would Double Cannabis Tax, Globe Reports » Leafly

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

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The Boston Globe: Million-dollar earners by city, town

This map shows the number of million-dollar earners in each Massachusetts city and town. Million-dollar earners are defined as residents who reported an adjusted gross income of over $1 million during the 2014 tax year, the most recent year for which data is available. (Note: The state Department of Revenue does not provide data for towns with fewer than four million-dollar earners.) To see this same data in a searchable, sortable table, click here. http://bit.ly/2seAL0F



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