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Today on Beacon Hill

7:15am North Shore Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast with Sec. Jay Ash, Four Points By Sheraton Wakefield, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield

9:00am Financial Planning Seminar, Great Hall, State House

9:00am Massachusetts Health Connector Board of Directors Meeting, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

3:00pm Senate Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, Oversight Hearing

6:00pm Boston Mayor and City Council Candidates Forum, English High, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain

6:30pm Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, DiBurro's, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill

9:00pm Optimizing Recovery Event, Nurses Hall, State House

Birthdays: Rep. Sarah Peake, Rep. Alice Peisch

Must-Reads

Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson gets a cold shoulder from political establishment » Boston Globe One of the first signs that City Councilor Tito Jackson was in political purgatory came on a cold afternoon in January, as he stood outside a Dudley Square cafe and announced he was running for mayor.…

Business groups go to SJC to challenge 'millionaires tax' proposal » Boston Globe Five powerful business groups on Tuesday filed a legal challenge with the state Supreme Judicial Court aimed at blocking a 2018 ballot question that would impose an added tax on the state's highest ea…

Prosecutors slammed for 'lack of moral compass,' withholding evidence in widening Mass. drug lab scandal » Washington Post Twice in recent years, chemists used by the state of Massachusetts to test drugs in criminal cases committed massive misconduct in their testing, affecting tens of thousands of cases. And twice, prose…

Senate goes big on criminal justice bill » Commonwealth Magazine THE SENATE IS poised to consider a wide-ranging criminal justice bill that would reform everything from the bail system to mandatory minimum sentences and fees and penalties that weigh heavily on low-…

Dems lower their outrage on guns after massacre » Politico The last record-setting shooting spree on U.S. soil — at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last year — prompted Democrats to occupy the House floor for a full day in protest of the GOP's …

The press, branded the 'enemy' by Trump, increasingly trusted by the public: Reuters/Ipsos poll » Reuters Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump's administration after a tumultuous year in U.S. politics that tested the public's trust in both institutio…

Republicans Are Reconsidering Full Repeal of State and Local Tax Deduction » New York Times Republican leaders are backing away from a proposal to fully repeal an extensive tax break used by more than 40 million tax filers to deduct state and local taxes amid pushback from fellow lawmakers w…

Pepperell's Green enters race for Congress » State House News Service There will be no more exploring for Rick Green. The wealthy Pepperell businessman formally declared himself on Tuesday a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Third District Congressional se…

“At best, you were incompetent, and at worst, you were complicit,” Warren told him. “Either way, you should be fired.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking to Wells Fargo’s chief executive Timothy J. Sloan on Tuesday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Supreme Court takes up first test in partisan gerrymandering claims » Boston Globe Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has long been troubled by extreme partisan gerrymandering, where the party in power draws voting districts to give itself a lopsided advantage in elections. But he has never…

U.S. Rep Seth Moulton protests moment of silence in wake of Las Vegas shooting » Wicked Local Marblehead U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem, did not join his Congressional colleagues for a moment of silence on Monday – just hours after a lone shooter killed 59 people and injured more than 520 …

Oral Arguments In Gerrymandering Case Reveal The Quagmire Faced By The Supreme Court » Forbes The Supreme Court tackled a gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin on Tuesday that could have a revolutionary impact on how legislative districts are drawn up for years to come.…

Elizabeth Warren demands that a second Wells Fargo CEO be fired » Boston Herald

Six things Trump probably shouldn't have said about Puerto Rico while in Puerto Rico » Boston Globe During a briefing with US and Puerto Rico officials Tuesday, President Trump griped about the cost of aiding the ravaged island as it recovers from Hurricane Maria while simultaneously patting members…

Business

Record 'pay-to-play' fine on beer distributor upheld by Mass. judge » Boston Globe A Massachusetts judge on Monday upheld the state's ban on so-called pay-to-play payments in the beer industry, rejecting the arguments of a craft beer distributor that had challenged the rule after ge…

Massachusetts helps draft legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches » Legal Newsline Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 25 that her office has updated legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches like the recent one at Equifax.…

Rising Mass. biz confidence may soar higher with tax reform » State House News Service Business confidence in Massachusetts reached its highest level this year in September, breaking a two-month slump.…

Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ » The Republican The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts has issued a letter supporting a bid by Enfield, Connecticut to be selected as the second national headquarters of multi-billion dollar intern…

Civil Rights

Boston's Only Confederate Memorial Will Move Out Of Public View » WBUR Boston's only Confederate monument will go into storage, perhaps as soon as next week. The monument, which is on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, is a memorial to 13 Confederate prisoners of war who d…

Blacks in Worcester envision better paths to equality » Worcester Telegram & Gazette At a Governor's Black Advisory Commission listening session Tuesday night at the Boys & Girls Club, local black residents talked about what they feel holds them back and what they see as pathways forw…

Education

Baker promotes 'runway to college' for 200 LHS students » Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker, his three top education officials and the presidents of two area colleges on Tuesday came to a city where only about one in 10 adults has a bachelor's degree or more to announce a …

Senate committee to hold hearing on T bus repair privatization » Newburyport News The Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight will hold a hearing Wednesday focused on the potential privatization of three Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus maintenance facilities in …

Bill seeks to outline stricter curriculum for sex education » Wicked Local Danvers Public schools in Massachusetts are not required to teach sex education, but a bill currently being considered by the House outlines a stricter curriculum for schools who wish to do so. In July, the s…

Environment

Cohasset receives recycling grant » Wicked Local Cohasset State Sen. Patrick O'Connor, R-Weymouth, and state Rep. Joan Meschino, D-Hull, recently announced that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Cohasset a $9,000 grant as p…

Inbox [Oct. 4]: News and notes from National Grid, Holy Name and WPI, Sen. Chandler, Research Bureau, AdCare, Anna Maria, UniBank » State House News Service Tomorrow, National Grid and Vionx Energy will introduce a premier energy storage project developed in partnership with Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School and WPI.…

Pesticide targeted in bid to preserve dwindling bee colonies » State House News Service Beekeepers, scientists and horticulturalists swarmed lawmakers Tuesday, bearing studies, anecdotes and dire warnings that a popular pesticide is killing off pollinators essential to the food supply, b…

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts » The Associated Press (AP)

Health Care

Mylan pays Mass. $12M for EpiPen rebate dispute » Boston Business Journal Drugmaker Mylan N.V. will pay over $12 million to Massachusetts for allegedly underpaying rebates owed to the state's Medicaid program for EpiPens.…

Lahey Health to lay off dozens as operating losses mount » Boston Business Journal As operating losses continue to mount at Lahey Health, the health system has announced it would let go of less than 1 percent of its 14,500-person workforce in the coming days.…

Lawmakers push to secure birth control coverage in Massachusetts » WWLP 22 News Lawmakers are pushing to approve a proposal that would ensure access to contraceptive coverage in Massachusetts with uncertainty over federal health coverage.…

Lowell health center frets funding deadline » Lowell Sun The clock struck midnight over the weekend on Congress' apparent deadline to reauthorize funding for community health centers, causing a bit of uncertainty for leaders of area facilities.…

Sturdy closes Attleboro High health clinic » The Sun Chronicle A health clinic operated by Sturdy Memorial Hospital at Attleboro High School since 2001 has closed.…

Housing

Barnstable offers home loans to stabilize neighborhoods » Cape Cod Times The town of Barnstable is now in the home loan business — sort of. The Hyannis Homebuyer Assistance Program was officially unveiled at last week's meeting of the Barnstable Town Council.…

Council could vote to give tenants protections against eviction » Boston Globe The City Council is poised Wednesday to adopt regulations that could make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without just cause, such as to boost rent.…

Human Services

For this CEO, each 'little wanderer' deserves a clean slate » Boston Globe The Home for Little Wanderers helps thousands of kids every year. To Joan Wallace-Benjamin , each one arrives with a clean slate. …

Insurance

Federal uncertainty may mean health insurance rate hikes of nearly 30% in Mass » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments Against Drug-Free Probation Requirement » New England Public Radio Justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court are reviewing some complex questions about how courts deal with addiction.…

SJC considering fairness of mandatory drug-free probation » WWLP 22 News The state's highest court will soon decide whether to mandate drug-free probation. Attorney General Maura Healey is asking the Supreme Judicial Court not to prevent judges from ordering people with ad…

Labor

Lawmakers act behind scenes to bring BMC, union together » Berkshire Eagle The city's representatives on Beacon Hill are working to resolve differences between Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses. …

Debate over tip jar access returns to Beacon Hill » State House News Service The battle between Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks popped up at a legislative hearing Tuesday afternoon, but the conflict was not over which coffee chain the committee's coffee would come from.…

Legislative

Local ties spur lawmakers to keep up pressure on Puerto Rico relief » State House News Service

Local Government

Ware, Warren receive state grants to install LED streetlights » The Republican The towns of Ware and Warren have received state grants to install energy-efficient LED streetlights.…

Ward issues dominate Salem candidate forum » The Salem News The hottest issues in the city's downtown and leading historic district dominated the focus of a City Council candidates forum Tuesday night, where an hour of discourse and debate never once featured …

Marshfield: Selectmen Approve New Town Administrator's Contract » 95.9 WATD In Marshfield, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the contract for the new Town Administrator.…

St. Fleur takes seat on city's Zoning Board » Dorchester Reporter Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur has been appointed to the city's Zoning Board of Appeal, officials confirmed this week. The zoning board, which consists of seven members and assorted alternate membe…

Dighton inks compact with state aimed at preserving town's rural character » Taunton Gazette The Dighton Board of Selectmen officially entered into the state's Community Compact Cabinet on Tuesday, marking the start of a closer collaborative relationship with the Commonwealth and Beacon Hill.…

New LED streetlights brighten up Burlington » Wicked Local Burlington Drivers in Burlington may notice things are a bit brighter in the community because the town has just completed a $750,000 program, installing LED Lights at nearly all of the streetlights in the town.…

Billerica selectman gets police escort from meeting » Lowell Sun Selectman George Simolaris announced he will launch yet another referendum petition moments after he was escorted out of Town Meeting by a police officer Tuesday night.…

Marijuana

Marijuana commission hammering out budget, revenue forecasts » State House News Service As he prepares an immediate budget request for this fiscal year and his agency's budget request for its first full year in existence, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission has been meeting w…

Opinion

Mapping our transportation future » Boston Globe All of a sudden, transportation and its discontents are in the public-agenda spotlight. The state Senate has just released a report about Massachusetts' transportation wants and needs. …

Make gun safety a state fight, too » Boston Globe In the aftermath of mass murder, the impulse is always for national action, the question by individual citizens always this: What can we do to end this madness?…

Editorial: Time out on tax hike » Boston Herald An alliance of business groups is poking sharp holes in the effort to establish a millionaire's tax in Massachusetts, arguing in a new lawsuit not just that the proposed constitutional amendment is ba…

State seeks to protect students from unscrupulous for-profit schools » Boston Globe The article “Student borrowers caught in limbo” (Page A1, Oct. 2) shows that students at for-profit schools need protections. Schools deceive or defraud students, recruiting them with fals…

Mass. Medical Board Escalates Retaliation Against Patients Opposed to Medicare Fraud » The Valley Patriot Ten years ago I raised concerns about substandard reports for brain MRI scans certified by Dr Carol Hulka and her colleagues at Cambridge Hospital (run by the powerful City of Cambridge). Patients wit…

Shelto: Funding for CHIP is critical » The Metro West Daily News There are 160,000 children in Massachusetts whose well-being rests in the hands of Congress as it returns to work this fall.…

The gun lobby is alive and well in blue Massachusetts » Boston Globe

Voters of color must flex political muscle » Bay State Banner

Politics

Democratic governor hopefuls show solidarity in Dighton forum » Taunton Gazette Two Democratic candidates who hope to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker in next year's gubernatorial race said they'll throw their full support behind whoever manages to win next September's primary.…

WBUR Poll: Walsh Has Big Lead Over Jackson; Housing Is Voters' Top Concern » WBUR A month before Boston's mayoral election, a WBUR poll finds incumbent Marty Walsh has a commanding lead over his challenger, City Councilor Tito Jackson.…

Sandy Tennant is raising money for a US Senate candidate. Remember him? » Boston Globe Sandy Tennant, once considered the colorful bad boy of the state GOP, is back at the table — at least to help a longtime friend raise money for her campaign to oust US Senator Elizabeth Warren.…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh maintains massive lead over challenger Tito Jackson, new WBUR/MassINC poll shows » The Republican

GOP Senate Hopeful Pours $3M Into Campaign to Defeat Warren » U.S. News and World Report

Public Health

Healey: Gun violence becomes America's public health crisis » The Salem News As Las Vegas grapples with the aftermath of Sunday night's mass shooting that left 59 dead and over 500 injured, Attorney General Maura Healey said she has offered help to her counterpart in Nevada.…

Cape Cod Breast Cancer Research Advocates Head to Beacon Hill to Lobby Lawmakers » Cape Cod Online Cape Codders will be a part of an effort by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition to lobby lawmakers Wednesday on Beacon Hill to restore research funding.…

South Shore mayors discuss opioid epidemic » Patriot Ledger Mayors from four South Shore communities brainstormed ideas with former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, on how best to fight…

Public Safety

State Suicide Rate Continues To Increase, Latest Mass. Data Show » WBUR The state's suicide rate continued a decade-long trend and increased three percent in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available. The suicide rate for women saw an uptick as compared with…

How Berkshire County officials stay prepared for mass casualty events » Berkshire Eagle A shooting took place at a college in Berkshire County 25 years ago, but the type of mass-casualty event that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night has never happened here.…

Local emergency management officials say region is prepared for mass shootings » Cape Cod Times Even before Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, emergency management officials in Massachusetts and on the Cape and Islands were preparing for a similar tragedy here, including plans for how to get i…

Vegas gunman had device that lets guns fire like automatic » Patriot Ledger The man who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas had two accessories that could have allowed his semi-automatic rifles to fire rapidly and continuously, as i…

Marty Walsh, detectives agree to pay hike » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the union representing police detectives have reached an agreement that would boost their pay by 2 percent annually, costing the city an estimated $16.7 million for the four-…

Easthampton Police celebrate national 'coffee with a cop' day » The Republican

State Government

Attorney General Healey speaking in Walpole » Hometown Weekly

Bid for Amazon HQ occupies state economic chief's time » The Salem News

Maura Healey To Speak In Newton » Stoneham Patch

Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass » The Republican

Taxation

Coalition sues to block tax » Boston Herald A coalition of business groups yesterday filed suit in the state's highest court to try to block the proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment from making it on the 2018 ballot.…

Business groups work to derail income tax » Sentinel & Enterprise

Transportation

Gulliver named Mass. highway administrator » Boston Globe Jonathan Gulliver has been named Massachusetts highway administrator, the state transportation department said Monday. Gulliver took over as the acting administrator in May when the former highway chi…

I-Team: Gov. Baker Responds To Complaints About New Vehicle Inspection System » CBS Boston As drivers and business owners continued complaining about the performance of the new statewide vehicle inspection system, Gov. Charlie Baker told WBZ-TV the system is “working,” but ackno…

Holyoke, Ware awarded MassDOT industrial freight grants » WWLP 22

Utilities

Nuclear Regulatory Commission responds to Seabrook safety activist's concerns » Wicked Local Ipswich A Rowley nuclear safety activist Steve Comley Sr. makes the rounds to various communities urging for a letter to request a public hearing on Seabrook, N.H., Nuclear Power Plant and the facility's evac…

ACEEE: Massachusetts tops energy efficiency scorecard for 7th consecutive year » Utility Dive In May, ACEEE released its biannual scorecard that ranks 51 large cities on energy-saving efforts, in which Boston took home the crown with a score of 84.5 points (out of 100). Therefore it's of littl…

Solar industry turns up heat on Mass. Legislature » Boston Globe When lawmakers struck a solar energy compromise on Beacon Hill last year, the industry claimed it was inadequate. The promise: We'll be back soon, asking for more.…

ENGIE North America Announces Largest Utility-Scale Energy Storage Installation in Massachusetts » Digital Journal ENGIE North America and Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) today announced plans for the largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/350…

Low-income families left in dark by solar law, advocates say » State House News Service Advocates on Thursday urged lawmakers to consider access to solar energy as a civil rights issue.…

Regulations Force Boston Churches to Cut Back Solar Plan » WGBH Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are hearing arguments Tuesday about the value of solar energy. And several churches in Dorchester and Roxbury are paying attention. The churches have had to scale back on thei…

State's largest utility-scale energy storage system to be installed on Mt. Tom » WWLP 22

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Business groups ask state court to kill 'millionaires tax' proposal » Boston Business Journal

Reps would like to pull back MBTA privatization authority » State House News Service

Massachusetts business groups ask state's Supreme Judicial Court to stop 'millionaires tax' from reaching 2018 ballot » Mass Live

MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, gets $20.3 million from Mylan as part of EpiPen settlement » Mass Live

Women's groups seek guaranteed birth control coverage » Eagle Tribune

Leominster awarded nearly $400G for street improvements » Sentinel & Enterprise

Wellesley seeks public input on new energy-efficient street lighting » Boston Globe

Lawmakers, union leaders want MBTA privatization reigned in » Metro

Speaker looks to improves state's gun law » Gloucester Times

It's not just Amazon: Mass. is aggressively going after taxes from all online retailers » Boston Business Journal

Chelmsford panel eyes future of former campus »

About $800,000 in pledges pours into Mass. United for Puerto Fund » Boston Globe

DeLeo suggests House may let Senate go first on health care » Lowell Sun

New commission to oversee transportation needs, funds » The Daily Free Press

Baker to revisit previous ideas in opioid bill » Gloucester Times

BMC, Tufts snag MassHealth contracts worth $1 billion » State House News Service

Healey cites "public health crisis" in wake of Vegas shootings » State House News Service

Insurers, reproductive health advocates reach compromise on no-copay birth control for Massachusetts women » Mass Live

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 1 15- oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. apple cider
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
  2. Spread pumpkin butter on toast, dollop over pancakes or serve with apples for dipping.


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