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Today on Beacon Hill

Joint Rule 10 deadline - Last day for reports by Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

9:00am American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:30am Department of Developmental Services Statewide Advisory Council State House Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

1:30pm Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection, Public Hearing

5:30pm Women's Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

5:30pm Milton Selectman Candidate Tony Farrington Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for Senate Cohasset Reception

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammar

Must-Reads

Massachusetts halts five ICOs for defying financial rules » Engadget It's not just the feds concerned about sketchy cryptocurrency fundraising. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has ordered a halt to the sale of five initial coin offerings (18 …

Are Massachusetts Gun Laws a Model for the Country? » Governing U.S. Sen. Ed Markey introduced a bill this month that would incentivize other states to adopt his state's gun laws, which advocates say have helped make Massachusetts the home of the lowest gun death …

More turnover as Sen. Donoghue eyes exit to take city post » State House News Service Sen. Eileen Donoghue was chosen Tuesday night to serve as Lowell's next city manager, adding to the turnover in the Senate where she chairs the committee charged with moving the legislative agenda.…

Police: Brockton Senator Drank At Work Event Before Drunk Driving Arrest, Declined Breathalyzer » New Boston Post Sen. Michael Brady of Brockton told police he had been drinking at a “work event” before he was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving in Weymouth early Saturday morning, according to …

House GOP divided on non-disclosure issue » Sentinel & Enterprise Rep. Diana DiZoglio's revelations this month about the House's use of 33 non-disclosure agreements, including one she signed as an aide, put House Speaker Robert DeLeo under the spotlight, but also sh…

Want to impeach the president? This billionaire is on the case. » Washington Post On a recent weekday afternoon in Largo, Md., California billionaire Tom Steyer — a philanthropist, political fundraiser and former hedge fund manager — changed out of his business suit, …

Election officials prepare for cyberattacks » Boston Globe The headlines kept getting worse: “Feds Tell 21 States They Were Targeted During Election Day;” “Governor’s E-mail Hacked;” a former election official claiming on Twitte…

“I want to apologize to the Weymouth police, my constituents, my friends, and colleagues in the Legislature for any embarrassment and distraction that this incident causes. I know that as a senator, I am held to a higher standard, and I will abide by the advice of my counsel as this matter is adjudicated by our judiciary,” he said. “I am grateful for the fairness, integrity, and transparency of that process.”

Senator Michael D. Brady

Apologizing for failing multiple sobriety tests after being pulled over in Weymouth.

News By Category
Business

Ash outlines jobs bill, and touches on Amazon » The Valley Dispatch Baker administration officials appealed to lawmakers Tuesday to approve $610 million in new economic development funds, promising the money would be put to work for growth and prosperity throughout Ma…

Hancock will leave Seaport, return to the Back Bay — but not to the landmark glass tower » Boston Globe The insurance company said Tuesday that it will relocate more than 1,000 employees from its headquarters in the Seaport District to two properties it owns in the Back Bay, including the longtime Hanco…

Facebook CEO expected to testify on user data breach in coming weeks » Boston Herald Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is now in congressional crosshairs — with his company’s stock plunging and throngs of users ditching his social media service — amid the growing p…

MA Senate creates program to help grow and promote local businesses » Shrewsbury Post A bill seeking to improve and help grow the local economy of Massachusetts by aiding entrepreneurship was passed by the Senate recently. MassMade, a program product of bipartisan support in the Senate…

Crimes

State Police's Latest Controversy Could Be Criminal » Framingham Patch An overtime scandal at the State Police has led in the past week to a rash of suspensions and sudden retirements from the embattled law enforcement agency that has struggled to regain its footing sinc…

Education

Robin Young, state Rep. Decker top the bill at Friends of CRLS fundraiser on March 29 » Cambridge Day Television and radio personality Robin Young hosts and state Rep. Marjorie Decker speaks at “Celebrate our Students, Invest in our Future,” a fundraiser by the Friends of Cambridge Rindge …

Spring is in the air, and so is rejection for high school seniors » Boston Globe You’ve seen the viral videos: high school seniors leaping around the room, overjoyed at discovering that their top-choice college has welcomed them into the ranks of the incoming freshman class…

Koch effort at Wellesley will be overhauled after public attention » Boston Globe The founder and director of Wellesley College’s controversial Freedom Project, a program backed by the Charles Koch Foundation, is stepping aside amid an outcry from college alumnae uncomfortab…

Mass. Education Board Unanimously Rejects Trump's Call To Arm Teachers » WBUR The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously Tuesday on a resolution that opposes arming classroom teachers in Massachusetts, arguing it could make schools "less safe." …

Education board passes resolution opposing plan to arm teachers » Boston Globe The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution declaring its opposition to President Trump’s call to arm teachers as part of an effort to prote…

Trump policy threatens Massachusetts' regulation of student loans » The Republican The Trump administration has declared that states cannot regulate student loan servicers, an interpretation of federal law by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that threatens efforts by Massachusetts la…

Environment

Walsh: Despite cost, city must stem climate change tide » Boston Herald Securing enough money to combat climate change will be a challenge, but is “non-negotiable,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said yesterday, a day after experts said Boston should expect to pay as m…

Gaming

Three takes on Lottery move » Commonwealth Magazine There are three ways to look at the Massachusetts Lottery’s decision to move its headquarters from Braintree to Dorchester. …

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester » Commonwealth Magazine Disappointed Braintree mayor says it was Goldberg's decision …

Health Care

As hospitals cut maternity services, burden is on expectant mothers » Boston Globe The day Ellie Paris-Miranda celebrated her baby shower suddenly turned scary. An unexpected complication forced her to deliver her child that night.…

Human Services

Lawmakers tap into elder issues » Wicked Local Cape Cod No one votes more reliably than the senior population and the local legislative delegation (from Chatham north) visited the Orleans Senior Center last Friday to inform local residents and take questio…

Immigration

Bay State pols, advocates slam ‘scare tactic’ » Boston Herald The Trump administration sparked a firestorm and lawsuits with its announcement that the 2020 Census will include a question about citizenship for the first time in more than half a century.…

Legislative

Cornell Alumna Karen Spilka Could Be Third Female President of Massachusetts Senate » The Cornell Daily Sun Massachusetts State Senator Karen Spilka ’75 (D-Mass.) announced last Wednesday that she has secured enough votes to be the next president of the Massachusetts Senate, according to The Boston G…

Sen. Lovely receives Frederick E. Berry Early Intervention Champion Award » Wicked Local Beverly The Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium (MEIC) presented Sen. Joan Lovely with this year’s Frederick E. Berry Early Intervention Champion Award. …

State Sen. Cyr announces staff changes » The Barnstable Patriot State Senator Julian Cyr, D-Truro, recently announced staff changes in his senate office. Cyr has promoted Leslie Sandberg to senior advisor and has hired Jeffrey Soares as his new district director. …

Sen. Brady admitting self for alcohol counseling, treatment » State House News Service

41 Bills Signed By Gov. Baker In Past 2 Months » Framingham Patch

Brockton senator entering substance abuse treatment after second OUI charge » The Enterprise

Local Government

Reading Receives Check For Early Voting Costs » Framingham Patch Reading has received $4,119.40 as compensation for some of the costs associated with implementing the new early voting law during the 2016 state election.…

Council OKs OT pay for firemen » Lowell Sun Emergency weather conditions and retirements, as well as maintenance work on fire apparatus, led to a $163,510 transfer for Fire Department overtime last week.…

'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado » The Republican Public and private investment in the city since the tornado of June 2011 now totals more than $3.76 billion, Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday during a presentation at CityStage.…

Tourism office review remains sight unseen » Boston Herald Nearly two years after Mayor Martin J. Walsh ordered a “top to bottom” review of how the city’s troubled tourism office handles public events, it’s unclear what — if a…

Haverhill Residents Participate in Local ‘March for Our Lives’ Event Saturday » WHAV A busload of Haverhill students and teachers were among those who joined the ‘March for our Lives” event in Boston Saturday. An estimated 800,000 people descended upon the nation’s…

Borrowing bill approved to address Lynn's fiscal woes » State House News Service Amid a prolonged economic recovery in Massachusetts, the city of Lynn is turning to Beacon Hill for relief from its fiscal crisis.…

Donoghue unanimous choice for Lowell city manager » Lowell Sun Eileen Donoghue will be Lowell's next city manager. The state senator, lawyer and former Lowell mayor was unanimously chosen by the City Council after she and two other finalists were interviewed by t…

Historic vote for Lowell Council names Donoghue first female city manager (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun Eileen Donoghue -- the state senator, lawyer and former Lowell mayor -- will be Lowell's next city manager. …

Marijuana

Brockton City Councilors vote to table marijuana issue, voice anger at mayor » The Enterprise Brockton Councilor At-large Robert Sullivan, along with several colleagues, blasted Mayor Bill Carpenter’s rollout of proposals for legalized marijuana in the city during a public meeting on Mo…

Opinion

Don’t set Boston body camera program up for failure » Boston Globe IT WAS SLOW in coming, but it appears that Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans are finally convinced that a department-wide body-worn camera program is a good idea.…

The arrogance of automatic voter registration » Boston Globe UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION is a lousy idea whose time appears to be coming.…

Celebration of King’s legacy reflects a broader Boston embrace » Boston Globe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech is one that many people think they know, but not many actually do.…

EDITORIAL: Next on Trump’s agenda: inaccurate census data » The Daily Free Press The 2020 census will now include a question asking people for their citizenship status in an effort to monitor the Voting Rights Act and make sure every American has the opportunity to take part in de…

Carr: Time to close curtain on staties’ bad actors » Boston Herald If a regular citizen gets in trouble, he gets arrested, or indicted, and maybe he might even end up in prison.…

Editorial: Don’t look bike bridge funding gift horse in the mouth » The Recorder Northfield residents packed into the elementary school cafeteria last Thursday evening to view three final renderings of the proposed Schell pedestrian bridge set to replace the long-closed span linki…

Civic engagement on display at Boston march » Newburyport News In an era dominated by standardized testing, preparing teenagers for citizenship in Massachusetts middle and high schools has taken a back seat to core subjects such as English, math and science. …

New England’s largest battery » Commonwealth Magazine Pumped-hydro facility plays key role for region …

LETTER: Yes, governor, you should take the train » Newburyport News

Politics

In Marblehead, state Rep. Lori Ehrlich kicks off re-election » Wicked Local About 75 people attended state Rep. Lori Ehrlich’s 2018 re-election campaign kickoff party at Wick’s Brick Oven restaurant in Marblehead.…

Keller @ Large: RMV Mess Could Tighten Governor’s Race » CBS Boston Did you go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday to take care of business? If so, you have my deepest sympathies. Perhaps they worked out some of the kinks in their new software Tuesday, but Mon…

In bid for Congress, GOP's Green minimized Trump's influence on race » Sentinel & Enterprise He might garner more newspaper ink than anyone in memory, but President Donald Trump takes second-billing to transportation projects in the minds of many Merrimack Valley voters, according to a Republ…

Western Mass Year of the Woman? Election could bring all-female delegation to Hampshire County » Valley Advocate Hampshire County has the highest proportion of women of any county in the state, and yet for years has been represented in the Statehouse mostly by men. With the retirement of longtime Amherst Rep. El…

Boxford hosts Dem Candidates’ Night » Wicked Local Boxford On March 21, a Democratic Candidates’ Night was held at the Boxford Community Center.…

Jamaica Plain’s Nika Elugardo Challenging State Rep. Sanchez » Jamaica Plain News Nika Elugardo has had an impressive career so far. She was a senior policy advisor to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, founded departments at the Emmanuel Gospel Center to provide education, youth violenc…

New 'Women for Kingston' coalition to support John Kingston's GOP US Senate campaign, focus on community service » The Republican John Kingston, a Winchester businessman and Republican running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, has launched a coalition of female supporters to help promote his 2018 bid, campaign officials announce…

Former Methuen city councilor to run for state representative » Eagle Tribune Former City Councilor Lisa Yarid Ferry is running for state representative in the 14th Essex District.…

Public Health

Aid-in-dying bill dead for this session » Sentinel & Enterprise For at least the fifth consecutive legislative session, bills that would open the door to doctors prescribing lethal doses for terminally ill patients were dropped from consideration by the Public Hea…

Gov. Baker to receive Sister Caritas Award for addressing opioid abuse crisis » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will be honored for his efforts in addressing the state's opioid abuse crisis as one of two recipients of Mercy Medical Center's Sister Caritas Award.…

Public Safety

State Police will pay Troop F directly, disclose missing records to comptroller » Boston Globe State Police troopers who patrol Logan International Airport, the Seaport, and other Massachusetts Port Authority properties will now be paid directly by the beleaguered law enforcement agency under a…

Reporter tests out Bay State gun permit process » Lowell Sun I'm from northwest Indiana, where gun laws are the ninth weakest in the nation. You don't need a permit to purchase, register or own a rifle or shotgun, although you need a permit to carry a handgun. …

Students take the lead in community rally against gun violence » Wicked Local Falmouth

State Finance

Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons » The Wall Street Journal The proportion of state and local tax revenues dedicated to Medicaid and public pensions is the highest since the 1960s …

State Government

Mass. To Sue Trump Administration Over Census Change » New England Public Radio The Massachusetts attorney general says she will join a lawsuit seeking to stop the Trump administration's decision to add a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census.…

Minimum wage, family leave and the 'Millionaires Tax' get a hearing in Springfield briefing » The Republican Activists from more than a dozen community organizations met Tuesday night with a number of state legislators trying to gauge the progress of two progressive proposals making their way through the Sta…

Taxation

An Evening with The Friends of the North End Library [Photos] » North End Waterfront The legislation would subject short-term rental units to undergo safety inspections to ensure that basic needs like fire alarms and emergency exits are in place. The bill would also create much needed…

Cape lawmakers push short-term rental tax to help pay for wastewater cleanup » Cape Cod Times State lawmakers hope the latest attempt to regulate and tax short-term rentals will bring the industry into compliance with building and safety codes, and return money to towns to help fund wastewater…

Sales tax holiday proposed again » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker is making another push to create an annual sales tax holiday, even as a similar proposal inches toward the November ballot…

Baker pushes again for sales tax holiday » Gloucester Times

Transportation

Panel issues report on restoring passenger rail from New York to the Berkshires » the Berkshire edge The goal of returning passenger rail service to Berkshire County took another step forward yesterday with the release of a feasibility study by the so-called Berkshire Flyer Working Group.…

RMV Wait Times After REAL ID Change Frustrate Mass. Drivers » NECN Frustration over long wait times and confusion over new requirements have some drivers waiting hours at the RMV this week, but the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says part of the solution …

Problems at Massachusetts RMV will subside in the next several weeks, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican The long lines and increased wait times at the Massachusetts RMV will be gone in several weeks, Gov. Charlie Baker said as state transportation officials switched to a different technology system and …

Some Fall River pothole relief coming to Canning Boulevard » The Herald News A truckload of cash will smooth out the potholes around SouthCoast Marketplace.…

A Berkshires-NYC train service could relaunch by 2019 » Boston Globe Time was, summer tourists from New York City could hop on a train to Tanglewood. Those days ended decades ago, but now transportation officials are raising the specter of a Big Apple-Berkshires rail c…

Study Says Pittsfield, Mass., To NYC Train Service Can Work » New England Public Radio A working group says seasonal passenger rail service between Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and New York City is a possibility, and that the so-called Berkshire Flyer could start running in the next coupl…

Hinds: Berkshire Flyer Project To Establish NYC-Berkshires Rail By 2020 » WAMC A proposed passenger rail line from New York City to Berkshire County took a big step forward Monday. …

Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Will Resume In Boston » CBS Boston Self-driving vehicles will be back on the road in the Seaport. Two companies that have been testing cars in Boston have been cleared to start testing again.…

Utilities

Why Massachusetts is the best state for landfill solar arrays » Energy News Network A 2.2-megawatt solar array on a shuttered municipal solid waste landfill in Lexington, Massachusetts, is not particularly remarkable on its own.…

Deepwater Wind commits to local foundation facility » Commonwealth Magazine Would employ 300 people in Massachusetts location …

No decision yet on clean energy procurement » Commonwealth Magazine Utilities issue no decision as of late Tuesday …

State, utilities ditch Northern Pass for hydro contract » State House News Service

Mass., utilities cut ties with Northern Pass power line project » Boston Globe

Massachusetts electricity supplier to pay $5 million to settle claims » Boston.com

NRC: Pilgrim Operates Safely in 2017, But Remains Under Additional Oversight » Cape Cod Online

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

House Republicans divided on non-disclosure agreement use » WCVB

U.S. adds citizenship question to 2020 census; AG Maura Healey will sue » The Republican

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker suggests state senator arrested for drunk driving could've taken an app like Lyft or Uber » The Republican

Town considering legal action on opioid crisis » Wicked Local Falmouth

State legislators to Springfield councilors: Local aid, regional bus transportation are priorities » The Republican

Letter To The Editor: Massachusetts Must Lead Gun Reform Movement » Framingham Patch

Public barred from library group's meetings » Newburyport News

When passion is needed, Charlie Baker is nowhere to be found » Boston Globe

Mass. regulators again hit firms selling cryptocurrency » Boston Globe

Cambridge Analytica scandal a hint of what's to come unless Bay State lawmakers act (viewpoint) » The Republican

Lottery moving headquarters from Braintree to Dorchester » State House News Service

Brockton senator arrested in Weymouth, charged with drunk driving » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 24 Servings

Directions

Cake

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13x9-inch baking pan. In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, and vanilla just until combined. At medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the carrots, pineapple, and nuts. Stir just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, place onto a rack, and let cool. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (2 small packages) softened cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced orange peel
  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Instructions

For frosting: Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Adjust the amount of confectioners' sugar, depending on how stiff you like the icing to be. 


Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

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

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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