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Today on Beacon Hill

Joint Rule 10 deadline - Last day for reports by Joint Committees (except Health Care Financing)

9:00am Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester

9:00am DMH Metro Boston Area Citizens Legislative Breakfast, Great Hall, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Public Hearing, Room 119, Math/Science Building, North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers

5:30pm Maura Healey's Birthday Celebration

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Kuros

Must-Reads

Proposed bill to categorize Asian-Americans stirs debate » Boston Globe A State House effort to categorize Asian-Americans into specific ethnic groups is clashing with a vocal and well-organized opposition that has likened the effort to racial profiling. …

Heffernan: Baker budget limits one-time revenues, grows reserves » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's budget chief laid out what he called "a thoughtful and careful roadmap" for fiscal 2019 on Tuesday morning, focusing on limiting one-time revenues, building state reserves and adv…

Sen. Stan Rosenberg should "abandon any plans" he may have to return to his former post of Senate president, Auditor Suzanne Bump said Tuesday. » State House News Service The auditor, who has no oversight of the Legislature where she once served, also said senators may need to take some sort of action before an official investigation reaches its conclusion. …

Healey says Hefner criminal probe "ongoing" » State House News Service While some senators are urging patience with regard to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and the activities of his husband Bryon Hefner, there's another ongoing crimi…

Democratic Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering » New York Times A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama intends to pour millions of dollars into an eclectic array of elections in a dozen states, in an effort to block Republicans from single-hand…

New candidate for state Senate president emerges » Boston Globe State Senator Eric P. Lesser, 32, of Longmeadow, is pulling together a politically and geographically diverse faction of other relatively new faces to the Senate, according to one of his Democratic co…

New report finds 76 deaths last year of children in Massachusetts under state supervision » The Republican In fiscal 2017, there were 76 deaths of children under state care or supervision, 25 reports of near-fatalities and nine serious bodily injuries, according to a report released Tuesday by the Office o…

The State Budget: The $40-Billion-Plus Reason Why You Vote » WGBH News At the State House, nearly every political rally, speech or proclamation can be rendered meaningless if there isn't funding to back it up. So when lawmakers opened a series of marathon hearings Tuesda…

Future Of State Senate Leadership May Be Decided At Caucus » WBUR Senate Democrats are expected to discuss the chamber's leadership crisis when they meet behind closed doors at the State House Wednesday. It will be the first time the 31 members will have had an opp…

“I am not one who thinks we should drag this out,’’ Gobi said. “I don’t want to wait for the Globe to come out with another article that stabs our colleague in the heart.”

Senator Anne Gobi

Speaking about the ongoing investigation of Stan Rosenberg,

News By Category
Beltway Politics

'It will be an intraparty war' » Politico In interviews with more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers and aides, most on the condition of anonymity in order to freely discuss sensitive caucus dynamics, a clear divide emerged. Most of those in…

Business

This week's wild stock market ride is kind of mild by comparison » Boston Globe Stock markets don't move gracefully. After Monday's white-knuckle collapse, Tuesday brought a wild down-then-up frenzy which ended up producing the largest one-day gain since 2016, pushing the Dow Jon…

Mass. alcohol inspectors carry large caseloads » Lowell Sun Staffing at the state's alcohol regulating agency has failed to keep up with the proliferation of new drinking establishments over the past several years, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers on …

Should Boston Stop Using Cash? » Boston Magazine It's dirty, annoying, and legally required. But in today's local economy, is cold, hard cash doing more harm than good? …

Education

Walsh says city isn't getting enough state aid for schools » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston is not getting enough state aid to pay for public schools under a budget proposal unveiled last month by Governor Charlie Baker.…

Connolly to chair new Lawrence school oversight board » Commonwealth Magazine JOHN CONNOLLY, WHO made education the centerpiece of his unsuccessful 2013 campaign for mayor in Boston, has been tapped to chair the new state-appointed board that will oversee the Lawrence public sc…

Swampscott principal: I'm transgender » Lynn Daily News Item The principal of Stanley Elementary School has announced they're transgender. Principal Tom Daniels, 52, announced the change in a letter to parents on Tuesday. Daniels will go by Shannon and will pre…

As A Pressure Group Folds, Mass. Charter Advocates Survey The Damage » WBUR

Environment

STATE WIRE: NEW COALITION TO FIGHT CARBON POLLUTION » Dig Boston State lawmakers have launched a multistate coalition to collaborate on legislation to combat carbon pollution.…

Gaming

Steve Wynn resigns as chair and CEO of Wynn resorts » Boston Globe Stephen A. Wynn, the billionaire gambling mogul and worldwide brand, who swaggered into Massachusetts to snatch a casino license from the hometown favorites, resigned Tuesday night as chief executive …

Wynn resigns, company touts Everett casino » Lowell Sun Steve Wynn, the public face of the company building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, has resigned less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal detailed charges of "a decades-long pattern …

Wynn resigns, company touts Everett casino plans » State House News Service Steve Wynn, the public face of the company building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, has resigned less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal detailed charges of "a decades-long pattern …

Steve Wynn Resigns as CEO of Wynn Resorts » Boston Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker said it is the right move for the casino mogul, who has been accused of sexual abuse. …

Gaming Commission's Wynn probe should be expanded to include 2014 campaign donations, Democrats running for governor say » The Republican

Health Care

Local health leaders wear red to protest federal cuts » Cape Cod Times Cape community health center officials wore red Tuesday — and met with congressional leaders — to illustrate the need for the federal government to fund the nonprofit organizations that …

Urgent care clinic set to open Friday » Gloucester Times Dr. Miguel Martinez, standing in the reception area of the new Lahey Health Urgent Care facility — which is poised to open in the Gloucester Crossing shopping complex — says the similar …

Lowell health center holds red-alert rally for congressional funding » Lowell Sun Health-center advocates wearing red clothes and holding signs repeated chants Tuesday on Jackson Street in Lowell, hoping politicians all the way down in Washington, D.C. could hear their pleas.…

Housing

Cape Cod Lawmakers Tout Affordable Housing Bill » Cape Cod Online Local state representatives are touting their roles in the House's recently passed comprehensive housing bond bill, which would provide $1.7 billion for the rehabilitation and modernization of public …

Human Services

Reforms haven't cut state's child abuse rate » Boston Herald Children in Massachusetts are being abused and neglected at the highest rate in the nation, according to newly released federal data that shows the growing number of victims hasn't budged in three yea…

Immigration

Haverhill man deported St. Lucia » Eagle Tribune On Monday, Jacob Leonce, a 45-year old man originally from St. Lucia who has lived in the city for close to a decade, was deported back to the Caribbean Island from an Immigration and Customs Enforcem…

CAPE FEAR: SHERIFF SIDES WITH TRUMP AND ICE, AGAINST CONSTITUENTS AND IMMIGRANTS » Dig Boston “It's essentially an end run around the bail process,” said Laura Rótolo, a staff counsel and community advocate with the Massachusetts branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. …

Judiciary

SJC justices mull millionaires' tax » Commonwealth Magazine Ballot question decision may hinge on whether court thinks elements are sufficiently related …

SJC asks public for help identifying mystery portrait of judge who served nearly 200 years ago » Boston Globe

Massachusetts laws do not require tracking or testing of rape kits; This advocacy group wants to change that in 2018 » The Republican

Labor

Quincy T garage will keep union workers » Patriot Ledger The Quincy MBTA maintenance garage will remain a union shop. The T and the IAM Local 264 machinists union signed a contract this week that both sides say keep the T's union maintenance garages from be…

Airport worker strike set for Wednesday afternoon » Boston Globe A group of 500 baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and skycaps at Logan Airport plans to go on strike late Wednesday afternoon in what is expected to be one of the largest labor a…

Legislative

Concerns grow over Rosenberg probe, legislating » The Recorder With the Senate's leadership situation in turmoil, pressure mounted Tuesday on Democrats to find a way to steady the ship before the cloud of a seven-week-old ethics investigation and jockeying among …

Longmeadow Sen. Eric Lesser considering run for Massachusetts Senate presidency » The Republican State Sen. Eric Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, is considering a run for Massachusetts Senate president. Lesser has been talking to other senators and trying to gather support.…

Concerns grow over Rosenberg probe's impact on legislating » Sentinel & Enterprise With the Senate's leadership situation in turmoil, pressure mounted Tuesday on Democrats to find a way to steady the ship before the cloud of a seven-week-old ethics investigation and jockeying among …

Sharp elbows in fight to replace Rosenberg » Commonwealth Magazine

Acting Senate President Chandler wants to remain in post » Sentinel & Enterprise

Rep on track to join turbulent Senate next month » The Salem News

Chandler to remain Senate president, ending possibility of Rosenberg return this year » Boston Globe

Local Government

Cohasset receives MIIA award for risk management » Wicked Local Cohasset Cohasset is once again gaining recognition for their continued efforts to improve wellness throughout the town. The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association awarded the Town of Cohasset with the…

What you need to know for Arlington's special Town Meeting » Wicked Local Arlington Town Meeting members unite--it's time for Arlington's special Town Meeting. The event is set to begin on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall.…

The Metro Areas With the Most Job Growth in 2017 » Governing

Lunenburg board opposes Baker's housing bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

Marijuana

School buffer zone, on-site consumption at issue in Easthampton marijuana zoning talks » The Republican Members of the public and the City Council's Ordinance Subcommittee pushed back Monday night as school officials and a youth advocate recommended strong limits on marijuana business development in the…

Planning Board, residents show support for pot moratorium » Sippican Village Soup Marion's Planning Board has endorsed an agenda item at Marion's Feb. 15 Special Town Meeting that will allow for a moratorium on marijuana sales until December 31.…

Baker to cannabis commission: Keep pot legalization simple » Boston Globe The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.…

Farmer to pot commission: Turn to us for advice » The Recorder Driving west on Route 2 three months ago, Jennifer Flanagan hoped to hear from a local farmer regarding the Cannabis Control Commissions upcoming regulations.…

CANNABIZ CORNER: THEORY WELLNESS » Dig Boston Big ideas in Bridgewater and Great Barrington …

“WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!” » Dig Boston Moral panic hamstrings promising North Andover cannabis farm deal …

Opinion

Columnists Ben Hellerstein and Johanna Neumann: Offshore drilling not worth the risk » Gazette Net On Jan. 4, President Trump's administration announced plans to open 90 percent of America's coasts to leases for offshore drilling, including Georges Bank off the coast of Massachusetts. This plan wou…

Editorial: Safe injection sites worth considering » Gazette Net Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is right to call for “outside-the-box thinking” — including supervised injection facilities — to combat the scourge of opioid…

Rachelle Cohen: Millionaire's Tax shouldn't make ballot » Boston Herald The real question posed by the so-called Millionaire's Tax ballot question is, can you fool some of the voters some of the time? The question for the state's Supreme Judicial Court, which heard the ca…

Carr: A couple of shoves later, Stanley Rosenberg still holding fast » Boston Herald The only way to pry disgraced ex-Senate president Stanley Rosenberg out of the State House will be with the Jaws of Life.…

Jeff Jacoby: Poland and Israel need friendship, not a fight over history » Boston Globe Poland and Israel are embroiled in a diplomatic crisis, the worst between the two countries since the Cold War ended, 30 years ago.…

If elected officials won't act on carbon tax, voters should think of kids, take initiative » Cambridge Day Kudos to Claire Halloran for her excellent oped (“It's time to act boldly on climate change, easing the terrifying cost of being young,” Feb. 3, 2018) explaining why our state Legislature …

Renée Graham: The danger of forgetting that the Civil War was caused by slavery » Boston Globe The Civil War tried to rectify the breech birth of this nation, and to understand America, one must understand the Civil War. And to understand the Civil War, one must recognize unequivocally that thi…

No more snakes on a plane, please » Boston Globe The merely ridiculous turned into the surreal recently when a New York woman showed up at the United Airlines counter in Newark Airport trying to check into her Los Angeles flight with Dexter, a peaco…

Jonathan Goldman: Urges more candidates to run for office » Gazette Net A healthy democracy relies on active civic participation. And, one of the most important parts of active civic participation is competitive, contested elections.…

The case for paid family leave and a boost in minimum wage » Commonwealth Magazine 25 years after federal leave law passed, it's time for Massachusetts to step up …

Viewpoint: Connecticut example argues against millionaires' tax » Boston Business Journal

Letter to the Editor: Businesses benefitting from PILOTs should consider other forms of support » The Herald News

Politics

Little surprise: It's all Crighton in State Senate preliminary election » Lynn Daily News Item Brendan Crighton won't be state representative for much longer. The Lynn Democrat, who was unopposed on the ballot to fill the senate seat vacated by Mayor Thomas M. McGee, received 2,149 votes across…

Rep. Carvalho enters First Suffolk race » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Evandro Carvalho announced his candidacy for the First Suffolk Senate seat in a statement Tuesday, framing his bid as a push for needed representation for neighborhoods that often feel unhe…

Democratic candidates for 3rd Congressional District talk transportation, higher ed » The Metro West Daily News The 13 Democrats seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress touched on a number of topics at a forum Tuesday, including transportation, climate change and higher education.…

Democrat running for governor calls on Rosenberg to resign from Senate » Newburgh Gazette According to a report in the Boston Globe, Rosenberg's now-estranged husband, Bryon Hefner, had access to his spouse's Senate email account and tried to lobby budget writers. …

At first forum, 3rd District candidates agree on policy, differ on polish » Sentinel & Enterprise For the very first time, every one of the dozen Democrats running to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas appeared on stage together to share their views, providing an opportunity for each to take firm posi…

Galvin: Trump administration 'sabotaging' 2020 census » Gloucester Times The Trump administration is attempting to sabotage blue states like Massachusetts by putting them at a disadvantage during the 2020 United States Census, Secretary of State William Galvin said, and he…

Rep. Byron Rushing of South End, Roxbury To Face Democratic Challenger » WGBH News House Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing could face a primary challenge this fall. Jon Santiago, a Boston Medical Center emergency medicine resident and Ward 4 committee member, filed to run for …

Public Health

How Much Is the Opioid Crisis Costing Governments? » Governing Some of its expenses are easy to quantify. But most aren't. …

Public Safety

Ex-statie boss seeks dismissal of lawsuits » Boston Herald Former state police Col. Richard McKeon — who retired with a $188,000 annual pension in the wake of the Troopergate scandal — wants the federal lawsuits filed against him by two subordin…

State Finance

State leaders ask for more budget money » The Salem News Lawmakers heard pitches Tuesday for a larger slice of next year's $40.9 billion state budget from leaders who say the Baker administration is underfunding vital programs.…

Sen. Joan Lovely files amendments to Capital Facilities Bond Bill » Wicked Local Danvers Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, filed five amendments to the Capital Facilities Bond Bill to support local priorities in the 2nd Essex District. …

Lawmakers urge caution as state tax collections surge » State House News Service Stung in each of the last two fiscal years by overestimated tax collections that forced major eleventh-hour spending adjustments, state budget writers sounded a cautious tone Tuesday as they kicked of…

Rent Hike Prompts AG to Request Bigger Budget » Banker & Tradesman

State Government

Michael Dukakis on the memories and lessons that stick with him from the Blizzard of 1978 » Boston.com Michael Dukakis says there's a good reason why governors are so cautious in the run-up to major snowstorms. After all, he was at the center of it all when the worst one hit the Northeast, exactly 40 y…

Galvin:  Trump Administration 'Sabotaging' Massachusetts Through Are-You-A-Citizen Query in Census » New Boston Post The Trump administration is trying to sabotage Democrat-leaning states like Massachusetts by undercounting immigrants and college students in the 2020 federal census, Massachusetts Secretary of State …

Layoffs almost hit watchdog commission for Massachusetts alcohol industry, state treasurer says » The Republican Staff on the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission narrowly escaped layoffs this summer, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday in testimony before the budget-writing Ways and Means Committe…

Taxation

Mass lawmakers urge caution as state tax collections surge » Worcester Telegram Stung in each of the last two fiscal years by overestimated tax collections that forced major eleventh-hour spending adjustments, state budget writers sounded a cautious tone Tuesday as they kicked of…

SJC hears arguments for and against 'millionaire tax' » Boston Herald

Transportation

In Williamstown selectman, Berkshire County gets its voice on state transportation panel » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshire County legislative delegation wrote a letter to Massachusetts' Gov. Charlie Baker asking that he include on his Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth a represent…

SouthCoast Rail service to Boston could start in 2022 » South Coast Today Commuter rail from SouthCoast to Boston took a leap closer to reality Wednesday as the Mass. Department of Transportation issued a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) on a phased-in…

PVTA proposes fare increase and route cutbacks » The Daily Collegian The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has proposed a 25 percent increase in fares and pass prices, in addition to route cutbacks, all to begin July 1.…

Uber vs. the T » Commonwealth Magazine A new poll of 944 Massachusetts users of ride-hailing apps indicated that services like Uber and Lyft are adding to congestion on the roads and drawing passengers away from public transit. …

Baker pushes phased S. Coast Rail » Commonwealth Magazine Service would start late 2022, generate 3,220 daily one-way trips …

T abandons privatization of bus garages » Commonwealth Magazine Signs new contract with machinists that will save $4.1m a year …

T notes: Pay-to-play on transportation projects » Commonwealth Magazine Mattapan trolleys: Money pit or wise investment? …

Middleboro rail service to Boston may start in 2022 » The Enterprise

Utilities

Flop of Northern Pass project raises a question: Is our energy plan being short-circuited? » Boston Globe Charlie Baker seems ready to bypass Northern Pass. But before we move on, the question remains: How did a bidding process overseen by the governor's people pick a project that was dead on arrival?…

Healey to Baker: Don't leave N. Pass decision to utilities » Commonwealth Magazine AG says DOER, independent evaluator need to be involved …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Council backs tenant 'right of refusal' bill, so long as Cambridge gets to alter it to fit » Cambridge Day

Bentley names former Michigan business school dean as next president » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey says if email allegations are true, Stan Rosenberg should not return as Senate president » The Republican

Massachusetts budget writer expects $65 million windfall from federal tax overhaul » The Republican

Trump administration accused of 'sabotage' in census process by Mass. official » WCVB

Layoffs almost hit watchdog commission for Massachusetts alcohol industry, state treasurer says » The Republican

Baker-Polito Administration Award Preliminary Designation to Framingham State, Mass Bay as Early College Program » Framingham Source

Justices weigh bid to derail income surtax ballot proposal » State House News Service

AG Healey Calling For DOER To Be More Transparent About Northern Pass » WBUR

Concerns grow over Rosenberg probe's impact on legislating » State House News Service

Dorchester rep joins race for open Senate seat » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Baked Scallops

Yankee Magazine

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds scallops (sea or bay)
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz (or similar) crackers
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • Garnish: Lemon slice, chopped fresh chives or parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325º, and set a rack to the second-to-top position.Wash the scallops and pat dry.

Arrange scallops in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the cracker crumbs, garlic salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the scallops evenly with the cracker crumb mixture, then the Parmesan. Pour the butter over all, then sprinkle evenly with the lemon juice and vermouth. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Turn the heat up to "broil" and, with the oven door ajar, brown the top for an additional 2 or 3 minutes (keep a constant eye on the dish to avoid burning). Serve hot, garnished with a slice of lime and fresh chopped chives or parsley. 


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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