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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:30pm Cape Cod Town Hall with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn City Council Candidate Rick Starbard

Must-Reads

'Grandstanding' or truth teller? CNN's Acosta walks a fine line with Trump. » The Washington Post These are times that try a White House reporter's soul. Jim Acosta hasn't kept quiet about what's been troubling his. …

Citing Health Deal, Business Leaders Tell Baker To Send State Budget Back » WBUR The state's leading business groups on Friday called on Gov. Charlie Baker to send the just-approved compromise budget back with amendments. …

State again owes lawyers for poor » Boston Globe Lawyers said they are maxing out credit cards, borrowing money from relatives to cover child care expenses, and postponing vacations they can no longer afford because the checks from the state stopped…

Communities, activists and businesses in holding pattern while Massachusetts Legislature debates pot » The Metro West Daily News As state lawmakers continue to argue over how to revamp the state marijuana law, local officials agree on one point: It's time to get something on the books. "I understand it's kind of a third-rail is…

Obama returns to politics with redistricting group fundraiser » Politico Barack Obama will make the first official political move of his post-presidency on Thursday, headlining a private fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee at a private home in Wa…

Marijuana advocates say $2M from state won't be enough » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Legislature has only allocated $2 million to cover costs associated with legalizing recreational marijuana, despite projections from the state that the first year would cost at least…

Shiva Ayyadurai: The Shock Candidate » Boston Globe Just before dusk on a warm Tuesday in May, V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai parks his red, white, and blue school bus outside the Lexington Community Center and cues up a recording of the Florida State Seminoles…

“Whoever made up those rumors and spread them had an intention, a nefarious intention. There were never any discussions linking the two. It was b.s.,”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Denying rumors that the state budget and marijuana conference committees were interfering with each other.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Democratic leaders keep guard up in health law battle » Boston Globe The Senate plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is struggling as lawmakers return to Washington this week, with the ability of Republicans to corral enough votes so uncertain that Senate…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells constituents to 'persist,' fight back against ACA repeal efforts at Pittsfield town hall » MassLive U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, urged Berkshire County residents Saturday to continue fighting back against Republican-led efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, stressing that the…

Business

As North Washington Street gentrifies, the last of the restaurant suppliers ships out » Boston Globe For six decades, any chef, baker, or restaurateur looking to make a mark on Boston's culinary scene needed at least three things to get started: a location, a menu, and Eastern Bakers Supply Co. in th…

Amazon confirms new Boston office, plans to hire 900 » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

REP. SHEILA HARRINGTON: My journey from opposing to backing transgender rights » Lowell Sun One year ago, the Massachusetts legislature updated state law to include full protections for transgender people from discrimination. That was a testament to our Commonwealth's values of fairness for …

Activists mark first anniversary of Mass. transgender rights law » Worcester Telegram Transgender rights activists are marking the anniversary of a Massachusetts law guaranteeing transgender people can use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities —…

Education

What if your high school transcript didn't include grades? » Boston Globe For years, students have been stacking their high school transcripts with as many advanced courses and A's as possible in an effort to get into the best colleges. But under a radical redesign of the d…

Early Education Advocates Host Business Leaders » WAMC Business and community leaders will meet in Springfield Monday for a progress report on early childhood education in Massachusetts.…

Early childhood education in Cambridge: We can do it – in fact, by September 2020 » Cambridge Day We don't have to talk anymore about the value of early childhood education: Everyone agrees it's critical. We do, however, have to talk about affordability, logistics and policy. …

Environment

Berkshire Wildlife Linkage aims to reduce roadkill by giving critters safe passage » Berkshire Eagle From high overhead, Route 8 is a thread, barely visible, woven more or less north-south across rural Massachusetts. …

Health Care

Drive to help nursing home patients live independently could face deep cuts under GOP health plans » STAT News A national initiative to help patients leave nursing homes and regain their independence — which has saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars — could face deep cuts under the Repu…

Hospital closure process lacks teeth » Gloucester Times Three times in the last three years, residents have attended public hearings to protest the closing of health services in Salem. All three times, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health responde…

State delays Partners' deal to acquire Mass. Eye and Ear » Boston Business Journal The state is hitting pause on Partners HealthCare's plans to acquire Massachusetts Eye and Ear, saying that the deal could cause an impact on health care costs and create too much market power.…

HMOs Provided $193M In Community Benefits In 2016 » Banker & Tradesman

Human Services

In Chelsea, coalition aims to save lives on verge of unraveling » Boston Globe Nicole Castro was someone who could have slipped through the cracks. Homeless, destitute, and addicted to heroin and other drugs, she passed most days around a downtown square in Chelsea after losing …

Immigration

Baker not ruling out support for Safe Communities Act » The Salem News

Labor

Lack of visa workers has Cape and Islands hotspots in a bind » Boston Globe The Fourth of July has come and gone, and for Cape and Islands employers grappling with a worker shortage, reality has set in. This is going to be a rough summer.…

Local Government

Sparse And Inaccurate - Letter » Cape News I write on behalf of the planning committee of Cape Cod Pride Celebration 2017 to express surprise and disappointment over the paucity of coverage in The Falmouth Enterprise of an important community …

Atkins snubs Cawley petition » Lowell Sun ONE LEGISLATOR prevented unanimous support for Lowell's home rule petition in the House on Friday. It was Concord Rep. Cory Atkins, who represents part of Chelmsford. She had previously asked House Sp…

Pilgrim seeks to skip cybersecurity rules » Cape Cod Times Despite reports of hackers attempting to breach networks connected to U.S. nuclear power stations, one of the nation's worst performers is looking for a pass from federal cybersecurity requirements.…

Marijuana

Lawmakers to Restart Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill » US News and World Report Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are restarting negotiations over legislation that would overhaul the state's recreational marijuana law. …

Opinion

From normalizing Bill Clinton to normalizing Donald Trump » Boston Globe “AT SOME POINT I'm gonna be so presidential that you people will be so bored,” Donald Trump took to telling campaign rallies and TV interviewers in the spring of 2016. “I'll come bac…

A hopelessly outdated voter registration deadline » Boston Globe GLADYS VEGA has been registering new voters in Chelsea since the early 1990s, an eternity in political time. But one of her biggest challenges has stayed constant.…

Welcome to Shame-Free America » Boston Globe SO NOW WE have our primal memory of summer vacation: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie languishing like a stranded whale on a public beach that he had just closed off to the nine million residents of…

It's unfair and unjust. So why has gerrymandering lasted this long? » Boston Globe LAST MONTH, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case in which Wisconsin seeks to overturn a decision of a lower court holding that the state assembly district map is an u…

Editorial: The budget bypass » Boston Herald

Trump has seen the enemy, and they're American » Boston Globe TWICE, AS A JOURNALIST, I've feared for my personal safety.…

Massachusetts Legislature Must Protect Pets, Consumers, Pet Stores from Cambridge City Council » New Boston Post

Leadership takes a holiday at State House (Viewpoint) » MassLive

Letter: 'Millionaire tax' would help state address pressing issues » The Salem News

Politics

Boardroom backers line up for Charlie Baker » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has been rapidly expanding his base of well-heeled donors, collecting a quarter-million dollars this year from corporate CEOs, out-of-state executives and hundreds of other new dono…

Robbins: Fresh face worth watching in Conn. race » Boston Herald When political newcomer Deval Patrick emerged as though from nowhere to rout party veterans in the Democratic primary for governor and go on to win the general election, among his calling cards were f…

Experts: Hire effort shows Elizabeth Warren will seek a higher office » Boston Herald New job ads posted by Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren signal she's turbocharging her “grassroots” 2018 Senate re-election campaign by enlisting D.C. political pros — drawing ji…

North Adams City Councilor Lisa Blackmer joins race to fill Cariddi's seat » Berkshire Eagle Lisa Blackmer, the treasurer and tax collector for the town of Buckland, will vie with local Democrat Stephanie Bosley for the Democratic nomination to fill the state representative seat vacated by t…

California Democrats plunge into 'civil war' » Politico In the wake of Donald Trump's election, progressives are demanding the party move more aggressively on a variety of issues. …

State Finance

$40.2B state budget passes » Lowell Sun Baker has 10 days to sign the budget and to veto sections of it. It would then take a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override any vetoes. The conference committee version was hammered out …

State budget funds beach patrols, shellfish plant » Newburyport News The state budget passed on Friday includes money for mounted state troopers to patrol Salisbury Beach during the busy summer months, funds to continue operation of the shellfish purification plant on …

Lawmakers approve $40.2 billion spending package » Newburyport News Following weeks of closed-door negotiations, the state Legislature passed a $40.2 billion budget Friday that bumps up local aid for cities and towns and schools without raising sales or income taxes. …

Massachusetts politicians agree to $40.2 billion budget for FY18 » Wicked Local Sherborn House and Senate leaders agreed to a $40.2 billion budget that avoids tax increases and mostly holds spending flat at state agencies for fiscal 2018, according to two sources close to the negotiations…

State budget includes new fees on businesses to help the state pay for health care costs » Boston Globe State lawmakers on Friday approved an annual budget that imposes new fees on businesses to help pay the state's ever-rising health care costs, but they rejected a controversial series of proposals fro…

On Beacon Hill: The $40 billion buzzkill » State House News Service CRUNCH TIME: Seven days into the new fiscal year, an overdue budget bill was filed Friday morning and enacted in both branches within eight hours. …

Funding boost for low-income legal aid canceled in Mass. budget » Taunton Gazette

State Government

$25,000 for Moving Wall OK'd by Legislature, now before Gov. Baker » Wicked Local Wareham The $40.2 billion fiscal 2018 budget that lawmakers sent to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk Friday includes the $25,000 earmark for the Vietnam Veterans' Moving Wall coming to Wareham from Aug. 17 through A…

WMass Lawmaker Wants Revamped Voter Registration System » New England Public Radio

Taxation

Souring on this tax pitch » Boston Herald There's nothing like a healthy drop in state revenue (see above) to inspire calls for higher taxes. The millionaires' tax has been the big push lately. But now the Sugar Mamas and Papas on Beacon Hill…

At local stores, hope for tax holiday » Lowell Sun

Transportation

You can ride the commuter rail through Rhode Island for free for the rest of the year » Boston Globe Rhode Island officials want more residents to commute to work by rail, so much so that they're going to pay for free rides. …

Drop of high-speed rail study a 'disservice' to Springfield, says City Council candidate Victor Davila » MassLive The lack of funding for a high-speed rail study in the state budget is "a disservice" to the city and Western Massachusetts as a whole, said Springfield City Council candidate Victor Davila in a state…

East-West Rail Study Derailed By Massachusetts Budget Negotiators » WAMC

Riders troubled by PVTA's proposed service reductions » Gazette Net

Utilities

Baker may visit site of proposed compressor station » WWLP 22

Weekend News

Mass. towns balking at pot shops as Beacon Hill weighs tighter local approvals » Boston Globe At least 103 cities and towns — nearly one-third of all Massachusetts communities — have placed outright bans or other restrictions on marijuana businesses since voters legalized the dru…

Offering some solitary thoughts » Boston Globe We like to think of ourselves as enlightened here in Massachusetts. But when it comes to how we treat inmates in our jails and prisons, a bunch of other states have us beat — including Maine, l…

Plug the loopholes in alimony reform » Boston Globe UNTIL A much-needed reform in 2011, the alimony and divorce laws in Massachusetts were among the most antiquated and unfair in the nation. The law that the Legislature approved unanimously that year m…

You can't get there from here: Sen. Hinds seeking road to better transit » Berkshire Eagle North Adams workshop on transportation relies on "empathetic" design thinking …

Livin' and Dion: FROED living like a bum Fall River tenant » Herald News You can spend months in court, desperately trying to pry a tenant out of your third floor. In that respect, FROED is the king of non-paying tenants.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Council mulling options for vacant properties » Sentinel & Enterprise FOR THE SECOND meeting in a row, Fitchburg City Council opted to continue a hearing that would streamline the process for reinstating properties that have been abandoned or vacant for over two years.…

Southborough seeks state OK for land swap » The Metro West Daily News Before the town can buy the St. Mark's Golf Course to build a new public safety complex, the state Legislature must approve a special act for a land swap that is part of the deal.…

Legal marijuana law amendments remain cloudy » Lowell Sun A deal on compromise legislation changing the voter-approved marijuana law does not appear likely to emerge for final votes Friday, while lawmakers from both branches are at the State House to vote on…

Scituate awarded Green Communities Competitive Grant » Wicked Local Scituate The Town of Scituate has been awarded $246,733 from the Department of Energy Resources, or DOER, as part of its Green Community Competitive Grant program.…

Health Care Dominates Warren's Town Hall in Pittsfield » iBerkshires The most pressing issue before U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren right now is the proposed federal health care bill.…

Here are 9 takeaways from the new $40.2 billion Massachusetts budget deal sent to Gov. Charlie Baker » MassLive Massachusetts lawmakers spent a Friday afternoon in July rushing a state budget to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Mass. budget compromise drops study of high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston, a move Sen. Eric Lesser calls 'sketchy' » MassLive State House negotiators working behind closed doors to craft a state budget quietly dropped a proposal to study a high-speed rail link between Springfield and Boston.…

$25,000 Vietnam Moving Wall earmark now before governor » Wareham Week Those working to bring the Vietnam Veterans' Moving Wall to Wareham this August are hoping a $25,000 earmark for the memorial installation survives the governor's veto. …

Federal grant funding to pay for dam removals » Wicked Local Taunton State Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, says the nearly $750,000 in federal funding coming to Taunton, as part of the state's comprehensive dam-elimination program, is also indicative of environmental, im…

Mass. Lawmakers OK $40.2B Compromise Budget » WBUR House and Senate lawmakers on Friday voted to approve a $40.2 billion compromise state budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that avoids tax increases and mainly holds spending flat.…

Top pol backs hands-free phone law » Boston Herald A hands-free cellphone bill stiffening penalties for texting while driving is “a good step” toward making Bay State roadways safer, especially amid spiking infractions, a top Beacon Hill l…

Lawmakers approve compromise $40.2B state budget » South Coast Today Massachusetts lawmakers voted Friday to approve a compromise $40.2 billion state budget that reduces spending levels to account for lower expectations for tax revenues.…

Airbnb tax dropped from Massachusetts budget, negotiations continue » Boston Globe While Massachusetts lawmakers could not agree on a budget measure to tax short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb, they pledged on Friday to continue the long-running debate over state …

Mass. budget accord reached, negotiators slash spending » Lowell Sun House and Senate leaders agreed to a $40.2 billion budget that avoids tax increases and mostly holds spending flat at state agencies for fiscal 2018, according to two sources close to the negotiations…

Sina-cism: Lobbying stinks — don't make it worse » Worcester Sun Legislative leaders in Massachusetts who are today asking business leaders for money for a conference are the same leaders who next session will be sitting in judgment on legislation affecting those b…

House, Senate send budget to Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local legislators' votes on roll calls from the week of July 3-7.…

Sen. Lewis named to Regional Health Policy Committee » Daily Times Chronicle Senator Jason Lewis has been recently appointed by the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC) to serve as a member of the CSG/ERC Health Committee. …

Some seeking help for opioid abuse are lost in a circle of lies » Boston Globe Drug users, desperate to break addictions to heroin or pain pills, are pawns in a sprawling national network of insurance fraud, an investigation by The Boston Globe and STAT has found.…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren issues call for resistance, organizing » Berkshire Eagle "The point is that we must persist." That was the message from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in a town hall in Pittsfield on Saturday. …

Andover Mill District Remembered In State Budget » Andover Patch Senator L'Italien secured funding in the Senate budget for economic development in Andover associated with its Historic Mill District. …

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 7/10

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:30pm Cape Cod Town Hall with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Lynn City Council Candidate Rick Starbard

Tuesday - 7/11

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

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

11:00am Hong Kong Day Celebration, Great Hall, State House

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Mothers Out Front Rally, State House steps

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 7/12

9:00am Association of Developmental Disability Providers: ACO-MCO Training, Assumption College, Worcester

10:30am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Summer Celebration for Sen. Jason Lewis with AG Maura Healey

Thursday - 7/13

Birthdays: Rep. Daniel Ryan

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Transportation, Public Hearing

6:00pm Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons

Friday - 7/14

10:30am Senator Ed Markey Press Conference on the Revised Senate Health Care Bill, Devine Recovery Center, 70 Devine Way, South Boston

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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