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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am MassCann/NORML, Yes on 4 Coalition & Marijuana Policy Project Rally, State House steps

11:45am House Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm Unsung Heroine Celebration, Great Hall

6:00pm Sen. Sal DiDomenico's Annual Summer Fundraiser

6:00pm A Mercifully Progressive Night with Salem City Councilor David Eppley and City Council Candidate Jeff Cohen

6:00pm Campaign Celebration for Quincy City Council Candidate Anne Mahoney

Birthdays: Rep. James Dwyer

Must-Reads

University economists urge state to invest in early education » State House News Service Economists from 43 Massachusetts universities have signed a letter urging Beacon Hill officials to increase access to early education, an often costly service for families but one that analysts say im…

Current landscape amplifies case for single payer, supporters say » State House News Service Backers of single-payer, government-sponsored health care on Tuesday told lawmakers that now is the time to adopt a "Medicare for all" system in Massachusetts, citing uncertainty over federal health c…

Revenue-hungry pols mull popular sales tax holiday » State House News Service A two-day sales tax holiday, which has taken place nearly every year for more than a decade, is a lifeline for shops swamped with competition by online retailers that are always a few clicks away, the…

Baker scales back plan for health care fee on employers » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker initially proposed a $300 million new fee that would have charged businesses $2,000 per worker to help pay the costs of MassHealth, the state Medicaid program. …

How the Democrats Can Take Back Congress » The Atlantic Two architects of their party's last congressional victory argue Democrats need to recruit candidates who match their districts and offer voters a detailed agenda. …

With agreement reached, A Better City looks to create a Greenway bid » Boston Business Journal (A)butter committee will be crucial in the coming months as Rick Dimino, CEO of A Better City and former commissioner of transportation in Boston, begins conversations with other property owners and a…

Some senators prepare for Rosenberg's departure, whenever that is » Boston Globe State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg says he's not going anywhere. Not to UMass-Boston, nor to any of the other rumored landing spots swirling around the second-term president. Stan's staying, …

Arrest of undocumented Irish man in Boston sparks fears » The Irish Times The arrest and impending deportation of a prominent Donegal man living illegally in the Boston area has sent a shock wave of anxiety through the Irish community in the city. …

Ossoff chose civility and it didn't work. How do Democrats beat Trump? » The Washington Post Jeff Jacobson epitomizes the liberal conundrum: Deep down he wanted to back a warrior, but he found himself working for a high priest preaching civil resistance. …

Cusack denies retaliation over Lottery move » Commonwealth Magazine THE HOUSE CHAIR of the Legislature's marijuana committee denied that his ire at State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg over a potential Lottery headquarters move out of his hometown was connected to his pus…

Jill Stein Isn't Sorry » Politico Had a few thousand votes in key Midwestern states gone to Hillary Clinton instead of Jill Stein, many on the left believe, America might be having a very different conversation today.…

“Multiple senators have had conversations based on a thread of rumors coming from outside into the State House,” said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, adding that each of the senators involved backs Rosenberg’s presidency. “The senators obviously were concerned about a leadership position being handed off to someone else ... Senators want to be sure that everyone will have a say when the time comes.”

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry

Speaking about the the future of the Senate after Stan Rosenberg

News By Category
Business

Charlie Baker is no longer a biotech holdout » Boston Globe I didn't think Charlie Baker had it in him. But the governor is finally showing some love to the biotech community with a $500 million plan that ranks among the biggest in his administration.…

Biotech startup Rubius raises $120m to develop red blood cell technology » Boston Globe Rubius Therapeutics Inc. of Cambridge is set to announce Wednesday that it has raised $120 million — one of the largest biotech financing rounds this year — to develop a novel drug-makin…

12 Massachusetts cybersecurity companies with Israeli roots » Boston Business Journal On Wednesday, Boston-based startup Cybereason Inc. announced a $100 million round of investment, catapulting it into the top tier of companies fighting to be the next dominant players in the rapidly c…

Summer camps have a $545M impact in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal Turns out summer camp is big business in the Bay State. The 1,410 summer camps in Massachusetts have a direct impact of $545 million, according to a new report commissioned by the American Camp Associ…

Tempers flare in first public forum for New Bedford golf course business park » South Coast Today The etiquette usually observed on the Whaling City Golf Course flew out the windows of the clubhouse Tuesday, as members yelled over each other in opposition to a proposed business park.…

Builders wrestle with changing rules on minority businesses in Mass. » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

The N-Word Is Shouted In Boston's Back Bay, With Reverberations » WBUR A few weeks ago I was interviewing the Rev. Laura Everett, at an intersection in Boston's Back Bay where a bicyclist was recently hit and killed, when in the background, we heard a pedestrian yelling …

Crimes

Activists call for repeal of mandatory minimums » Bay State Banner

Education

Mass Board of Higher Ed confirms Keenan as Salem State's 14th president » Wicked Local John Keenan will serve as Salem State University's 14th president, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education decided in a unanimous vote Tuesday.…

UMass tuition/fees likely to increase 2 to 3 percent, Meehan says » State House News Service Tuition and fees for University of Massachusetts students will likely increase 2 to 3 percent for the coming academic year, depending on how the state budget shapes up, UMass President Marty Meehan sa…

Brockton school board finds money to bring back 52 teachers » The Enterprise The Brockton school committee voted to bring 52 teachers back into the school budget for fiscal 2018, cutting the number of “pink-slipped” teachers down to 127.…

UML adjuncts continue battle for better pay and benefits » Lowell Sun About 200 adjunct faculty from UMass Lowell, along with supporters from other faculty unions, protested outside a university event downtown Tuesday as they continued their battle for better pay and be…

Grants to go to Berlin-Boylston schools » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Digital Connections Partnership Grants have been awarded for Berlin and Boylston schools. Tahanto High School (Berlin-Boylston), Boylston Elementary School and Berlin Memorial School have all been awa…

Environment

Maura Healey fighting Scott Pruitt's stay of EPA rule on emissions » Boston Globe Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is fighting efforts by Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, to “halt regulation of leaks of greenhouse gas emissions and …

Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Tuesday that the mindset of the state bureaucracy needs to change and change fast if Massachusetts is going to have any chance of responding in a mea…

Locals honored for toxic reduction efforts » The Salem News A Newburyport woodworking company, an Eagle Scout from Topsfield and a Lawrence nonprofit were among those honored Tuesday by environmental officials for their efforts to reduce the use of toxic chem…

Attorney General Maura Healey leads fight to protect Clean Air Act » The Republican

Health Care

Dentists accuse Delta Dental of violating nonprofit rules, seek investigation » Boston Globe A group of dentists at odds with the state's largest dental insurer are accusing the company of violating nonprofit rules and engaging in anticompetitive behavior, and they're asking Attorney General …

Charlie Baker offers plan to overhaul state's Medicaid program » The Associated Press (AP) Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Tuesday offered up a revamped proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, known as MassHealth.…

Calls for single-payer health care increase » The Recorder Backers of single-payer, government-sponsored health care on Tuesday told lawmakers that now is the time to adopt a “Medicare for all” system in Massachusetts, citing uncertainty over fede…

Dentists petition AG Healey to review Delta Dental practices » Worcester Business Journal

Questions linger about Mass. health care fee » Boston Globe

Housing

New laws needed to boost housing production, officials say » Wicked Local Hamilton In the last seven years, the state's population has grown by about 246,000 people, Bay State employers have added 353,000 jobs, and for those seeking a new place to live, 81,000 new housing units have…

Immigration

ICE bust puts Boston's illegal Irish on edge » Boston Herald Boston's Irish community is on high alert after ICE agents detained a local leader for deportation, sparking fears that thousands of other illegal immigrants living and working here for years could be…

Locals agree with Trump's stance on DACA » The Metro West Daily News Retracting his stance on deporting immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as minors, many children who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program let…

Springfield Mayor And Church Battle Over Undocumented Immigrants » WGBH News South Congregational Church in Springfield is getting ready to open their doors to undocumented immigrants fearing deportation. However, Mayor Domenic Sarno is taking steps to stop them.…

Judiciary

Mary Hurley seeks comments on two Western Massachusetts judge nominations for Governor's Council hearing » The Republican Govenor's Council member Mary E. Hurley wants to hear opinions from the public on two new judicial nominees.…

Labor

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues » JDSupra Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a p…

Wage theft demands legislative response, advocates say » The Hull Times

Legislative

Rep. motivated to go door-to-door for "co-Senator" » State House News Service After blasting several soft-copy endorsements to his email list since early May in support of Cindy Friedman's Senate bid, Rep. Jay Kaufman penned a hard-copy letter that arrived Monday in mailboxes a…

Funeral Services Slated for Rep. Cariddi » iBerkshires

Hearing scheduled for bill that would allow Winthrop Square skyscraper » Boston Business Journal

Poll takes temp of Mass. voters on legislative pay raises » State House News Service

Local Government

Swampscott rail-trail election next Thursday, June 29 » Wicked Local Swampscott Polls open Thursday, June 29 for a special election in which local voters decide whether to affirm or nullify Town Meeting's May 15 vote supporting $850,000 under Article 18 toward a Swampscott rail t…

State: Council didn't break Open Meeting Law » Wicked Local Quincy The city council did not violate state Open Meeting Law when it set this year's property tax rates in December, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office determined this week.…

No new methadone rules as Holyoke Council again unable to vote » The Republican The City Council was unable again Tuesday at City Hall to bring to a vote a proposed ordinance that would further regulate facilities that provide methadone and suboxone.…

School Building Committee deadlocks on Lowell High recommendation » Lowell Sun In a microcosm of the debate over where to locate the new Lowell High School, the School Building Committee deadlocked Tuesday morning between the two most popular options.…

Cambridge councilors call for action on 'worthless' liquor licenses » Wicked Local Cambridge City councilors expressed concern Monday for business owners who have seen the value of their liquor licenses plummet due to the availability of no-value licenses.…

Boston councilors get testier with public, each other » Boston Globe The councilor's outburst came early this month, near the end of a four-hour hearing in City Hall. The teenager making her case about the Boston Public Schools budget got so worked up as she scolded th…

Worcester City Council ponders infant mortality rate » Worcester Telegram A relatively high infant mortality rate in the city has been a consistently confounding problem for public health officials over the past two decades.…

Marijuana

Critics say House pot bill weakens diversity efforts » Boston Herald A proposal to revamp the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law would weaken efforts to increase opportunities for blacks and other minorities to participate in the legal cannabis industry,…

Barre voters put freeze on recreational marijuana sales » Worcester Telegram Town meeting on Tuesday approved a temporary ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in town until 2019, and a $12 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.…

Salem's public pot use rules need more work » The Salem News An ordinance giving police the power to arrest anyone using marijuana in public was met with uncertainty by both supporters and opponents at a City Council meeting Tuesday night.…

Urban reps seek stronger equity measure in marijuana bill » State House News Service With lawmakers finally poised to debate marijuana legalization, urban officials are set to call for "stronger equity provisions" in the bill, including a requirement that at least one Cannabis Control…

Massachusetts House Delays Vote on Changes to the Voter Approved Marijuana Law » The Marijuana Times There have been a number of delays as Massachusetts lawmakers prepare for the state to bring on the new legal cannabis industry.…

POLL: Taxing marijuana and banning pot shops » The Enterprise

In port debate, reps weigh policy preferences against will of voters » State House News Service

Opinion

Our view: Lawmakers must move quickly to close drunken-driving loophole » Gloucester Times It should be evident that anyone facing a third drunken-driving charge is a danger to the community.…

Governor Baker makes the smart move going forward on life sciences » Boston Globe GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER'S proposal this week to extend the state's life sciences incentives for five years — at a cost of $500 million — represents a belated affirmation of former governo…

An 80 percent tax surcharge on millionaires? Don't fall for it, voters » Boston Globe Massachusetts voters have made some reckless choices over the years (two words: Barney Frank), but on the subject of income taxes their judgment has been consistently prudent and restrained.…

Trump doesn't care about AIDS » Boston Globe Not since the lethal negligence of the Reagan administration have people with HIV and AIDS and their advocates faced with such presidential indifference. In a scorching resignation letter published by…

Editorial: Baker shows way on health reform » Boston Herald The Baker administration has thrown the Legislature — and the taxpayers — a lifeline when it comes to dealing with rising Medicaid costs — which account for nearly 40 percent of t…

LAURA BURNS, Hingham: Ledger climate stand saluted » The Enterprise Kudos to The Patriot Ledger for endorsing the United States Climate Alliance, the nationwide response to Trump's destructive abandonment of the Paris climate agreement. Gov. Charlie Baker was quick to…

Editorial: 'Project Here' is a step in right direction to tackle opioid epidemic » The Recorder

EDITORIAL: Find alternative funding for Swampscott rail trail » Wicked Local Swampscott

Politics

Meet the 29-year-old who wants to shake up Everett politics » Boston Globe In a paneled third-floor City Hall chamber, votes are cast with a recitation of city councilors' names that easily reveals their heritage: Capone, DiFlorio, McKinnon, McLaughlin, Napolitano, Sarnie.…

Senate candidates differ on salaries, Route 3 speed limit » Lowell Sun Residents should be well aware at this point in the campaign: These candidates agree on a lot. Rep. Sean Garballey, Cindy Friedman and Mary Ann Stewart are all progressive Democratic candidates -- whi…

Endorsements rolling in for local Senate candidates » The Sun Chronicle Local candidates running in a special election to fill James Timilty's empty state Senate seat are starting to collect endorsements from other politicians. The candidates are running in a Sept. 19 spe…

Public Health

Doucette: Protecting ourselves from two-way microwave radiation » The Metro West Daily News Some may remember back in the 1990s when the first oncologist said his patient died of unusual tumors on the side of her brain that lined up with the antennas in her cell phone. …

Amid Opioid Crisis, A Drug Company's Strategy In Massachusetts » WGBH News A common way to promote a drug goes something like this: a well-dressed sales representative walks into a doctor's office and pitches the medication.…

Somerville organizations hope to tackle air pollution » Wicked Local Somerville Traffic-related air pollution is one of the top leading public health problems in the world, according to Doug Brugge, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.…

Fission already apparent on nuclear panel » Cape Cod Times The state's Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel has held only one meeting, but it appears factions are already developing based on how each of the 21 members views Pilgrim Nuclear Power St…

Twenty Years of the State AGs Win Over Big Tobacco » Mass Politics Profs Late today I received an email from my old boss Attorney General Scott Harshbarger reminding his former Assistant AGs that June 20 is the 20th anniversary of when a “bi-partisan group of state a…

Cost arguments on both sides of sugary beverage tax debate » State House News Service If Massachusetts lawmakers create a tax on sugary drinks, Polar Beverages' $10 million investment in a new can line and water treatment system might become unnecessary.…

Push on to identify chemicals in household products » Sentinel & Enterprise Environmental groups, workers' rights organizations and consumer protection advocates pitched a package of bills they said will give people more information about toxins in common household products a…

US Sen. Ed Markey says Massachusetts 'preview of coming attractions' in opioid crisis » The Republican

Fentanyl a "game changer," former White House drug czar says » State House News Service

Public Safety

For some Boston officers, extra money comes easy » Boston Globe A Boston police detective made more than four times his base salary last year, increasing his pay through a contract provision that allowed him to receive roughly four months of overtime for hours he …

Polito presents grant to Georgetown Fire Department » Wicked Local Georgetown The Georgetown Police and Fire departments had a visit from Beacon Hill Friday afternoon, as Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stopped by the public safety building to formally give a $69,000 Community Compact gr…

Taxation

Amid budget concerns, lawmakers consider nixing sales tax holiday again » Boston Globe Faced with a $439 million budget gap, state lawmakers are considering whether to cancel an annual sales tax holiday in August for the second year in a row.…

Beacon-Villager letters to the editor, June 8, 2017 » Wicked Local Stow Senate bill would tax water. At the Board of Selectmen meeting on May 16, Sen. Jamie Eldridge stated that he has proposed a bill to impose a 70 cent per thousand gallon tax on municipal water withdraw…

Revenue-hungry pols mull popular sales tax holiday » Lowell Sun

Transportation

A ferry fine commute » Lynn Daily News Item Mother Nature cleared the skies just in time for the ferry's first trip to Boston in two years.…

Middleboro rotary included in DOT capital improvement plan » Taunton Daily Gazette Funding for a project to improve the Middleboro rotary at Routes 44, 28 and 18 received approval from the state DOT and an MBTA board on Monday.…

Interim T chief to be paid $260,000 » Commonwealth Magazine STEVE POFTAK, who will be taking over as interim general manager of the MBTA on July 1, signed a contract with the authority that calls for him to be paid at a rate of $260,000 a year.…

Milford: Rtes. 16/140 intersection redesign detailed » Wicked Local Hopedale MILFORD - Both local officials and residents say that a project slated to redesign Rte. 16 - and particularly its busy intersection with Rte. 140 - is badly needed.…

Cape transit authority reaches out to seniors » Cape Cod Times The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority unveiled several new senior transportation initiatives on Tuesday — including free fares one day per week…

Union brass make bank on pension, pay loophole » Boston Herald Several recently retired Boston Carmen's Union officials have quietly hiked their total pay to nearly $200,000 a year thanks to a little-known agreement that beefs up their taxpayer-funded pensions by…

Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in Massachusetts » The Republican The City Council is all on board when it comes to supporting state Sen. Eric Lesser and his legislative bill that calls for a feasibility study of a high-speed rail access between Springfield and Bost…

Transit Authority Announces New Senior Transportation Initiatives » Capecod.com

State OKs design money for Middleboro rotary » South Coast Today

Utilities

Despite trespassing arrests, Sugar Shack Alliance members vow to begin 'summer days of resistance' protest » Berkshire Eagle A political message found traction in Southern Berkshire District Court Tuesday, but some legal terms proved slippery enough to delay action.…

Carbon fees debated as way to encourage fuel conservation, emission reduction » State House News Service Environmental activists crowded the State House's largest meeting room Tuesday to call on lawmakers to put a price on carbon emissions as a way to reduce global warming and ensure the state meets its …

Entergy prepares to leave Plymouth; Emera hopes to enter » Wicked Local Emera's plan is to lay an underwater, 900 to 1,000 megawatt transmission line from New Brunswick, Canada, to a landing site adjacent to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.…

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Recipe of the Week

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

Brook Farm Inn - Lenox, MA

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour, plus 1 Tbsp.
  • 3 Tbsp.sugar
  • 1 Tbsp.baking powder
  • ¼ tsp.salt
  • 6 Tbsp.butter
  • 1egg, slightly beaten
  • ¾ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup whipping cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Toss the chopped straw berries with 1 Tbsp of flour and set aside.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients and using a pastry blender or food processor, combine the butter
    until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  4. Combine the egg, ricotta, and cream. Add egg mixture all at once to the dry ingredients. Add
    strawberries. Using a fork, stir until just moistened.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Pat dough into a 10 x 4 rectangle or circle. Cut into 12 rectangles or triangles.
  6. Place pieces 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with whipping cream and sprinkle with course sugar.
  7. Bake 15-18 minutes. Serve warm.


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