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Baker backs down on demand to rein in MassHealth costs » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, backing away from a showdown with Democratic lawmakers, said Tuesday that he will sign legislation that imposes $200 million in higher fees on businesses to fund health care fo…

Trump backer Geoff Diehl launches bid to unseat Elizabeth Warren » Boston Globe WHITMAN — State Representative Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican and top local supporter of President Trump, formalized his 2018 US Senate bid Tuesday, promising a populist approach in his effo…

RETAILERS WILL FILE SALES TAX CUT BALLOT QUESTION » State House News Service Massachusetts voters in November 2018 may have a major tax cut on their ballot to go along with a proposed surtax on high income households. …

DEEPWATER WIND TAKING TWO SHOTS AT STATE ENERGY PROCUREMENT » State House News Service One of the three developers vying to build wind energy installations south of Martha's Vineyard took its first shot last week at winning a long-term contract to bring renewable power to Massachusetts.…

GAS AND OIL COMPETING WITH CLEAN ENERGY FOR JOB SUPREMACY » State House News Service The natural gas and oil industries supported nearly 240,000 jobs in New England and contributed more than $27 billion to the region's economy in 2015, according to a study released Tuesday by the New …

BAKER WILL AGREE TO NEW HEALTH CARE FEES, FINES ON EMPLOYERS » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 2, 2017....Gov. Charlie Baker will sign into law $200 million in new fees and fines on Massachusetts employers to help pay for MassHealth without sought-after reforms to the …

The person who introduced 'Mooch' to Trump? That would be Scott Brown, apparently » Boston Globe Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, who is now the US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, said in late July he introduced Scaramucci to President Trump, referring to the former as a “dear…

Sanders preps month-long campaign for single-payer health care, with legislation to follow » The Washington Post Sen. Bernie Sanders is ramping up his campaign for single-payer health care, starting with digital ads that ask voters to endorse his planned “Medicare for All” legislation ahead of the Se…

Lobbying After Congress Declines in Popularity » Roll Call Whether it was the ascension of Donald Trump, the endless vitriol of today's politics or other factors, former members of the 114th Congress departed Washington in droves, a marked difference from pre…

Why Jeff Flake's Conscience of a Conservative Rings Hollow » The New Republic The senator's new book is a lucid examination of everything that's wrong with the GOP in the Trump era. Too bad Flake is part of the problem.…

Nurses file ballot question on staffing requirements » The Recorder Minimum nurse staffing levels would be initiated in operating rooms, maternity wards and outpatient units under a proposed ballot question that the Massachusetts Nurses Association says would affect e…

Eversource rate request pilloried at Department of Public Utilities hearing » The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — Electricity customers pleaded Tuesday for relief from a "greedy" company pursuing a rate increase they said will threaten businesses, pinch households and costs jobs. …

“They’re acutely aware of the fact that, if we can’t come up with a way to manage this program effectively and continue to cover people here in the Commonwealth, it will crowd out opportunities to invest in education, in transportation, and other areas that are important,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the need to control spending on MassHealth.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Behind Fox News' Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale » NPR The Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump worked in concert under the watchful eye of the White House to concoct a story about the death of a young Democratic National Committee …

Business

Art and Science: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal visits Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing » Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Represents Opportunity For Berkshires » iBerkshires

State officials join fight to preserve consumers' right to sue » Consumer Affairs The House of Representatives has approved a measure that essentially repeals a consumer's right to sue a financial services firm. As the measure heads to the Senate, various state officials are appeal…

Crimes

In Boston federal court, trafficking case renews interest in ivory bill » Wicked Local A trafficking case in a Boston federal court that recently surfaced brought renewed attention to the facsimile ivory bills filed by state Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, and Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D- Marb…

Education

Some charter school leaders' pay far outpaces their public rivals » Boston Globe The median pay package for the top leaders of the 16 charter schools in Boston was $170,000 last year, making most of them among the highest-paid public school officials in Boston, according to a Glob…

Environment

Massachusetts accuses oil tank removal company of hazardous waste law violations » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit July 25 against Commonwealth Tank Inc. (CommTank) and President Kevin Hoag for allegations of illegally generating and storing hazardous…

Cape Cod's Kettle Ponds Are Showing Signs Of Climate Change » WBUR For years, scientists have been warning about the transformation of Cape Cod's seashore due to climate change. Now they're saying the Cape's other waterways, especially its hundreds of kettle ponds, a…

Health Care

Can the Age of Trump Spur Medicare for All? » You may have noticed that quite a few of the formerly united states of America have been choosing to go their own way. My own state, Massachusetts, now blooms with sanctuary cities sworn to protect re…

Baker backs down on demand to rein in MassHealth costs » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker, backing away from a showdown with Democratic lawmakers, said Tuesday that he will sign legislation that imposes $200 million in higher fees on businesses to fund health care fo…

Gov. Baker Will Agree To New Health Care Fees, Fines On Employers » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker will sign into law $200 million in new fees and fines on Massachusetts employers to help pay for MassHealth without sought-after reforms to the program, putting his faith in the Leg…

Immigration

Baker seeks to restore immigration detainers for criminals » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Tuesday that would allow police to temporarily detain illegal immigrants on behalf of federal authorities if they pose a threat to national security or have been c…

Governor Baker Filing Legislation to Allow Authorities to Honor Administrative Warrants from US Immigration and Customs and Enforcement » India New England Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is filing legislation that would give state and municipal police and court officers the statutory authority to honor certain detainer requests and administrative w…

Baker Bill Would Reset State Policy on Immigration Detainers » US News and World Report Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed legislation that would allow state and local police officers to cooperate with federal immigration officials by holding people who have committed violent …

Baker files bill to allow Mass. cops to honor certain ICE detainers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker today is filing legislation to give Massachusetts cops the authority to turn certain illegal immigrant criminal suspects over to federal immigration authorities even without a feder…

Baker Bill Would Allow Officers To Honor Certain ICE Detainers » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday filed legislation that would authorize state and local law enforcement to detain certain individuals based on requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…

Baker proposal would allow police to hold immigrants for ICE » WWLP 22 News Governor Charlie Baker is looking to allow state and local law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials when holding certain immigrants.…

Labor

Witness at 'Top Chef' extortion trial testifies about shouted slurs » Boston Globe In June 2014, Derek Cunningham, a location scout with more than a dozen years of experience, was drawing steady work in Boston's humming motion picture industry, helping major studios like Columbia Pi…

Minimum wage, paid leave questions proposed for 2018 ballot » The Sacramento Bee Proposed questions being offered for next year's state ballot would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and guarantee that workers have access to paid family and medical leave from their e…

Legislative

A fruitful time for Salem Sen. Joan Lovely » Wicked Local For state Sen. Joan Lovely, the last week and half has proven fruitful and filled with surprises atop Beacon Hill.…

Local Government

Thousands attend National Night Out community events » The Eagle Tribune The opportunity to meet the town's police officers and firefighters, put out imaginary fires, watch law enforcement dogs demonstrate their skills and enjoy free food drew more than 3,000 people to Nor…

Marijuana

Mass. pot law draws mixed reactions » The Recorder While local legislators hope recent changes to the recreational marijuana law signed into effect by Gov. Charlie Baker last week will help the region's farming industry, some officials worry that an u…

Rep. Moran (D), On Increasing Minority Pot Dispensaries and Lawrence's Pot Ban » The Valley Patriot Last week the Lawrence city council voted to ban the sale of marijuana within the city limits.…

Opinion

Letter: Lawmaker criticized for 'irresponsible' votes » Gloucester Times I am writing to bring a flyer was sent out a few weeks ago to your attention the recent votes of your state representative, Ann-Margaret Ferrante. This flyer focuses on her support of a bill that was …

Maura Healey should follow her own advice » Lowell Sun Attorney General Maura Healey recently joined a lawsuit against the U.S. secretary of education saying: "What Betsy DeVos did is pull the rug out from under us, with no notice, and announced that she…

Lois Ahrens: Urges continued in-person visits at jails » Gazette Net I agree that “The Personal Touch” (July 29) is crucial to families of men and women who are incarcerated. …

Politics

Canning Wants Chance to 'Get the Job Done' for 1st Berkshire District » iBerkshires Republican candidate for the 1st Berkshire House seat Christine Canning has a lot of respect for those running on the other ticket. "Each has a different angle and a different strength," Canning said…

Public Health

Charlie Baker signs bill to establish 'Ice Bucket Challenge Week' » Boston.com Massachusetts will now mark the beginning of each August with a splash of cold relief from the heat — and for a cause.…

Too Big To Fail – Big Pharma Edition » The Valley Patriot There is probably not a single resident of the Merrimack Valley, fhe Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or this entire country that either has not been directly affected or knows someone who has been affe…

State Finance

Budget cuts send local reps on mission of recovery » Lowell Sun

State Government

Governor Baker names former Bain executive as technology secretary » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that former Bain Capital executive Mark Nunnelly, the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology and a former revenue commissioner…

As Diehl Announces Bid, Field Of GOP Challengers Opposing Sen. Warren Expands » WBUR Whitman state Rep. Geoff Diehl acknowledged it will be a tough race, but on Tuesday, he officially launched his bid for U.S. Senate in hopes of ousting Massachusetts' senior senator, Democrat Elizabet…

Transportation

I-Team: Monopole Moratorium Extended for MBTA's Controversial WiFi Project » CBS Boston On Monday, Fiscal and Management Control Board members listened to more than an hour of public feedback during another crowded meeting. Homeowners and state lawmakers representing communities like Roc…

LAZ Parking pays $5.6M in Mass. transportation dispute » HartfordBusiness.com Hartford's LAZ Parking Limited LLC has paid $5.6 million to settle allegations it failed to detect and deter millions of dollars in theft by three of its employees from the Massachusetts Bay Transport…

Utilities

National Grid, Swampscott discuss 'smart-grid' programs » Wicked Local Swampscott In its capacity as an electric utility, National Grid has various “smart grid” programs designed to control use and lower costs for consumers. …

DPU considering Eversource's electricity rate increase » WWLP 22 News

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ears of corn, kernels cut off
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Baked Piecrust
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

Heat oven to 375°.In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Put half of the corn mixture into Baked Piecrust. Layer grated cheese evenly on top. Add remaining corn mixture. Scatter cherry tomatoes and scallions on top. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and cream; pour egg mixture over tart. Bake 30 minutes until tart is golden brown.

 

Baked Piecrust

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, pulse together flour, butter, and salt until mixture resembles corn kernels. Add water, and pulse just until the mixture forms a ball. Roll out dough and place in pie pan. cover with parchment paper and a handful of dried beans or pie weights. Bake 15 minutes. Let crust cook, remove beans/weights, and add filling. Makes one piecrust. 


Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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