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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Commonwealth Corps Celebration of Service, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:30pm 7th Annual Summer Campaign Cookout for Rep. Jim Lyons

6:00pm Birthday Reception for Sen. Joe Boncore

6:00pm Worcester House Party for Setti Warren

6:00pm ELM Action Fund Protect Our National Monuments Campaign Briefing, 14 Beacon Street, Boston

7:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Birthdays: Rep. Kay Khan

Must-Reads

Major overhaul of pot ballot law clears House » State House News Service After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of t…

Baker could provide roadmap for troubled budget, MTF says » State House News Service As the deadline to finalize a new state budget nears, amendments from Gov. Charlie Baker to the $40.5 billion budget he presented in January would provide House and Senate negotiatiors with a roadmap …

Millionaires might complain about new tax, but they probably won't flee, studies show » Boston Globe It's a tough time to be making a million in Massachusetts. …

Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: 'Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump' » New York Times A demoralizing special-election defeat has left some Democrats questioning the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.…

A troubling health-care bill rushes forward in secret. The media (mostly) shrug. » The Washington Post Nothing screamed that the Senate will probably vote on — and approve — the legislation next week, even though it's being worked on behind closed doors, hidden from the public, from exper…

Working-Class Republicanism » Sabato's Crystal Ball A new book tells the story of a president who made his name as an entertainer and a Democrat before moving to the Republican Party and then launching a bid for the presidency. This candidate won his p…

History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through the Senate » The Washington Post To highlight the secrecy of the GOP health-care deliberations, many Senate Democrats have pointed out that the debate over the Affordable Care Act was the second-longest consecutive session in Senate …

G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really a Rollback of Medicaid » New York Times Tucked inside the Republican bill to replace Obamacare is a plan to impose a radical diet on a 52-year-old program that insures nearly one in five Americans. …

An Ironworker With a Great Mustache Is Coming for Paul Ryan's House Seat » New York Magazine Bruce Springsteen's discography has taken on human form — and now it's trying to kick Paul Ryan out of Congress. …

"Massachusetts is a preview of coming attractions. Only 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the whole country (in 2015). We're three times worse than the national rate," he said. "Unless we put in place the prevention and treatment programs, we are going to see this epidemic just explode even further."

Senator Ed Markey

Speaking about the national opioid crisis.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Anguished Democrats bicker over meaning of Georgia loss » Boston Globe Twin defeats in the Georgia and South Carolina special House elections set off paroxysms of angst and second-guessing among Democrats on Wednesday, revealing a party confused by the political landscap…

What is Seth Moulton up to? » Boston Globe Around 20 minutes after news organizations declared that Republicans had won a nationally watched US House special election in Georgia, US Representative Seth Moulton, Democrat of Massachusetts, was a…

Moulton, frustrated with party leaders, endorses 8 veterans in House races » Politico Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), frustrated over Democrats' loss in the Georgia special election and tired of relying on party leadership to recruit candidates, on Wednesday will release a list of eight f…

Business

With an eye on the future, Globe returns to downtown Boston » Boston Globe The Boston Globe this week completes a move to new downtown headquarters, a practical and symbolic milestone in the ongoing evolution of an enterprise remaking itself for the digital era.…

Don't bet on a Steve Jobs-like vindication for Uber's ousted CEO » Boston Globe Could the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick from the ride-hailing service Uber be a blessing in disguise?…

State approves tax incentive plan for Agri-Mark facility in West Springfield » The Republican The state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved tax incentives that will help Agri-Mark with its multimillion-dollar expansion plan in West Springfield.…

MIT plans massive project for Kendall Square » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to use the former Volpe Center site in Kendall Square to build up to 1,400 apartments and condominiums, along with office, lab, and retail space.…

State Approves Tax Incentive To Help Worcester Build Armory Business Center » Framingham Patch On Wednesday, the Commonwealth's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved tax incentives through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) that will support the expansion of 16…

Lowell, state leaders bullish on Hamilton Canal » Lowell Sun City officials invited developers, architects and businesspeople from around the state to the Mill City for what was essentially a sales pitch with a simple message: the Hamilton Canal Innovation Dist…

Crimes

As More Officers Reach Retirement, Boston's Police Force Is Becoming Less Diverse » WBUR Fifty-six new recruits are ready to hit the streets after graduating Wednesday from the Boston Police Training Academy.…

Boston 25 News » My Fox Boston BOSTON - Following the serious stabbing of a nurse in a Southbridge ER, other nurses around the state are asking for tougher penalties.…

Education

UMass tuition, fees likely to rise by 2, 3 percent, Meehan says » Gloucester Times 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 Martin T. Meeha…

Citing Safety, MIT Disbands Its Oldest, Oddest Dorm » WBUR MIT housing staff are at work cleaning out the school's oldest, oddest dorm after its closure was announced last week.…

Environment

Chatham petition supports refuge boundary challenge » Cape Cod Times Town officials have started a petition in support of legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., to restore the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.…

Barrett proposes carbon fee to help reduce greenhouse gas » Wicked Local Lexington Environmental activists crowded the State House's largest meeting room June 20 to call on lawmakers to put a price on carbon emissions as a way to reduce global warming and ensure the state meets its …

Gaming

Appeals court sides with Connecticut, rejects MGM lawsuit » Mass Live MGM Resorts International has lost another round in a court fight aimed at giving it leverage against Native American tribes in Connecticut as they compete over casino customers.…

Health Care

Dentist group asks for AG review of Delta Dental » Worcester Telegram & Gazette A move to change Delta Dental into a for-profit plan is being challenged by Mass Dentists Alliance For Quality Care, a group of dental providers who want the attorney general to investigate.…

Baker's health care fees seem like a solution in search of a problem » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and state business leaders seem to have reached a compromise on the thorny question of how to deal with companies that shunt employees onto MassHealth, the state's Medicaid prog…

CDC study slams Lyme disease treatment with long-term antibiotics » Martha's Vineyard Times Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report which is adding fuel to the fire in the debate about the existence, and treatment, of “chronic Lyme Disease.”…

Baker Medicaid plan raises employer burden » Lowell Sun Employers would be counted on to pay $200 million more a year over the next two years to help pay for rising expenses in the state's $16.6 billion Medicaid program under a plan the Baker administratio…

Governor Baker criticizes Senate Republicans' version of health care bill » Boston Globe

Baker: Senate GOP Health Plan Would Cause 'Significant' Cuts » US News and World Report

Housing

Confronting problem properties: a conundrum for neighborhoods » Dorchester Reporter Almost every neighborhood in Boston has that nightmare property – the house that sags under the weight of burned-out beams, seems ready to blow over in a stiff breeze, or is used more by squatt…

Human Services

Housing, transportation growing issues, elders tell state » Gloucester Times PREVIOUS Tax scammer's sentencing pushed to August The sentencing of convicted scammer John Carr Jr. has been rescheduled for the s… NEXT UP Gloucester District Court: Drunken driver held in j…

Services sought for autistic patients » Newburyport News When Beth Homand applied a decade ago for mental health counseling for her son, who has Asperger's syndrome, she was turned down.…

Judiciary

Council confirms Singh, Donatelle for judgeships » Mass Lawyers Weekly

Labor

Baystate Franklin nurse: 'We are still negotiating and hoping to settle a contract' » The Republican GREENFIELD -- Baystate Franklin Medical Center's announcement Wednesday that it will lock out members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association for two days came as a surprise to nurses who are in contr…

Legislative

Lawmakers honor “unsung heroines” who help their communities » WWLP 22 You see these people every day, volunteers who provide meals at soup kitchens, helping those in need. But often times their hard work goes unnoticed.…

Cariddi's friends in House recall hardworking, fun colleague » State House News Service Four days after the death of Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, her House colleagues remembered the North Adams Democrat as a hard worker, quietly effective legislator and passionate advocate for her constituents…

Baker orders flags to half-staff in memory of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi » Berkshire Eagle State and national flags across Massachusetts have been ordered to half-staff in memory of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi until sunset on Thursday, the day of her funeral. …

Local Government

Tully Stoll announces run for Framingham City Council » The Metro West Daily News The chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen officially announced her candidacy last week for a spot on Framingham's new City Council.…

State secretary takes tour, but no funding promises » Newburyport News With a needed sewer project on hold for lack of funding, the town gave the state's top economic development guru a tour of Route 1 on Wednesday, showing him the development potential of the area once …

Selectmen will not seek second DPW review » Daily Times Chronicle

Marijuana

House drastically rewrites pot bill citing 'health and safety' » Boston Herald The House passed its version of the state's revamped recreational marijuana law by a vote of 126-28 last night, after a monthslong, controversial process that critics said threatened to undermine the…

Mass. House votes for sweeping changes to pot law » Boston Globe The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an expansive rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law Wednesday night — a bill that would alter major aspects of the referendum…

House debates contentious overhaul of Massachusetts pot law » South Coast Today The Massachusetts House debated a bill on Wednesday that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state's voters in November. Critics who lashed out at the proposal accu…

Pot Bill Passes Late, Overhauls Voter-Passed Ballot Law » Framingham Patch After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of t…

House debates bill to revise Massachusetts marijuana laws » WWLP 22 The House is gearing up for a vote on a bill to revise the states marijuana laws, but they have to get through more than 100 amendments.…

With 100+ amendments, Rosenberg anticipates "robust" Senate pot debate » State House News Service A day after the House passed a bill more than doubling the tax rate on marijuana and wiping away the right of local voters to directly weigh in on whether to host marijuana facilities, the Senate on T…

Major Overhaul Of Mass. Marijuana Ballot Law Passes House » WBUR After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of t…

Marijuana campaign slams House pot law rewrite » State House News Service The group that led the fight to enact a recreational marijuana law at the ballot last year is ripping the House's repeal and replace effort on Wednesday.…

Urban reps seek stronger equity measure in marijuana bill » The Metro West Daily News 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 Cann…

With 100-plus amendments, Rosenberg anticipates 'robust' Senate pot debate » The Salem News A day after the House passed a bill more than doubling the tax rate on marijuana and wiping away the right of local voters to directly weigh in on whether to host marijuana facilities, the Senate on T…

How Brockton lawmakers voted on bill to redo marijuana legalization » Wicked Local Easton

Mass. Senate voting on marijuana bill Thursday » Boston Globe

Opinion

A start, but not a solution, for 'Methadone Mile' » Boston Globe ON A RECENT afternoon at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, a group of people tried to revive an unconscious man lying on a strip of grass. …

Travis Kalanick, Uber's nightmare CEO » Boston Globe Travis Kalanick did one great thing, and a whole bunch of bad ones.…

So much for the Democrats' 'resistance' movement » Boston Globe I THINK I know the exact moment “the resistance” came to a crushing end. No, it wasn't Tuesday night's loss in Georgia's congressional race, when Democrat Jon Ossoff — described as …

Getting real about heroin » Boston Globe It's easier to talk about opiate addiction as a disease, and a public health emergency, when the user in question is someone like us, or someone we know.…

Battenfeld: Keeping focus on Trump, Dem party crashing again » Boston Herald Democrats are showing once again they're great at protesting, but lousy at vote-getting.…

Politics

Tito Jackson challenges Marty Walsh to debate on Herald Radio » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh ignored a debate challenge issued by opponent Tito Jackson — opting to dismiss the city councilor's direct call to “jump into the ring,” in a mayoral contest t…

Public Health

Massachusetts Doctors Vote In Favor Of Safe Injection Facilities » The Fix Massachusetts is one of six states that has considered allowing safe injection facilities. …

Fentanyl a 'game changer,' former White House drug czar says » Taunton Daily Gazette The emergence of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl has been a “game changer” in the public health response to addiction and overdoses, former White House drug control czar Michael Bot…

Public Safety

COVER STORY: From the Inside Out: Adjusting to life without bars » Worcester Mag After he was released from state prison, it took 36-year-old Tim Peak of Worcester two months to get a state I.D. He said he couldn't even get a library card, his only access at the time to a computer…

New Bedford Police Chief Cordeiro seeking new ways to fight opioid crisis » South Coast Today Members of the Greater New Bedford Opioid Task Force sat behind Joseph Cordeiro as the police chief stepped to the podium at Police Headquarters on Wednesday.…

State Finance

School transportation costs a burden to Mohawk Trail » The Recorder Those yellow school buses, big and small, may look pretty much the same, but the 530 miles of roads they travel vary across the roughly 253 square miles served by the Mohawk Trail Regional School dist…

State Government

AG's Codman Square forum tackles criminal justice, fraud » Dorchester Reporter Attorney General Maura Healey said she plans to continue to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable during a town hall event in Codman Square last Thursday that was consumed by talk of criminal justice, …

First lady Lauren Baker finds her calling with the Wonderfund » Gloucester Times About the same time Lauren and Charlie Baker's three kids were going off into the world, the couple entered public life in a big way.…

State Rep. Cariddi recalled as hardworking, fun colleague » Berkshire Eagle Four days after the death of Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, her House colleagues remembered the North Adams Democrat as a hard worker, quietly effective legislator and passionate advocate for her constituents…

Taxation

Millionaires' tax clears Legislature » Bay State Banner The Fair Share Amendment or so-called “millionaire's tax” is on the path to go before voters in a November 2018 statewide ballot. During last week's constitutional convention, the amendmen…

Costs at heart of arguments in both sides of sugary beverage tax debate » The Recorder BOSTON — 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.…

Worcester Chamber backs sales tax holiday » Worcester Telegram BOSTON - Give us a sales tax holiday, and hold the tax on sugary drinks, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce told state lawmakers.…

Transportation

MA: Cape Transit Authority Reaches Out to Seniors » Mass Transit The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority unveiled several new senior transportation initiatives on Tuesday -- including free fares one day per week -- to increase ridership among the rapidly-growing de…

Buyouts a $12M toll as savings overblown » Boston Herald State transportation officials are shelling out nearly $12 million to cover hundreds of incentive-laden packages they gave ex-toll collectors, completing the pricey deal the state cut to eliminate the…

DA: Man Allegedly Yelled Anti-Muslim Slurs At Woman On The Orange Line » WBUR A 34-year-old faces charges that he violated the civil rights of a woman riding the MBTA's Orange Line after he allegedly yelled anti-Muslim slurs at her and struck her with an umbrella.…

Utilities

FERC says no environmental review for 'heavy-duty' vehicle use variance, says it will trust Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. » Berkshire Eagle Environmentalists are claiming a bait and switch after Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow "heavy-duty" vehicle use on two access roads that were given e…

Hinds, Pacheco Host MA Clean Energy Future Tour In Pittsfield » WAMC State Senators Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco hosted a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour in Pittsfield on Monday. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

Funeral Services Slated for Rep. Cariddi » iBerkshires

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

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

POLL: Taxing marijuana and banning pot shops » The Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

Transit Authority Announces New Senior Transportation Initiatives » Capecod.com

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

State OKs design money for Middleboro rotary » South Coast Today

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

Activists call for repeal of mandatory minimums » Bay State Banner

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

Questions linger about Mass. health care fee » Boston Globe

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

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