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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Human Services Rally, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am The Future of Transportation: Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive & Briefing, Members Lounge & Ashburton Garage, State House

10:30am Occupational Therapy Day at the State House, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

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

2:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

3:00pm Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Gerly Adrien Everett Listening Tour

6:00pm Rep. Evandro Carvalho for Suffolk District Attorney Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Richard Palmieri Meet & Greet

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammar

7:00pm Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Public Hearing, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

Must-Reads

Everett’s mayor, loath to see Wynn removed from casino project, says he has veto power » Boston Globe If Wynn Resorts wants to sell the massive casino it’s building on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, it will need the blessing of Carlo DeMaria. And that may not come easy.…

Dr. King Said Segregation Harms Us All. Environmental Research Shows He Was Right. » New York Times Both minorities and whites who live in racially divided communities are exposed to higher levels of pollution than those who live in more integrated areas.…

How John Kelly’s Boston Neighborhood Led Him to Trump’s Side » Politico On the morning of October 20, a Facebook Group called “Originally from Oak Square Brighton” was in an uproar. …

MBTA chair promises look at finances as T approves $2 billion budget » State House News Service As one of its chief constituencies – local elected officials – calls for more transit funding, the chairman of the board that Gov. Charlie Baker assembled to govern the MBTA said Monday …

Where Donald Trump and Charlie Baker find common ground » Boston Globe President Trump, according to one prominent official, has curated an understanding of the opioid epidemic through his brother’s own experience with addiction.…

GOP governor absent from Pence visit to Massachusetts » Politico Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Boston Tuesday for two fundraisers — including one for the Republican National Committee, which is expected to haul in $500,000.…

“because my calendar has other stuff on it”

Governor Charlie Baker

Explaining why he would be unable to attend Vice President Mike Pence's GOP fundraiser in Boston.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

VP Mike Pence attending RNC event in Boston Tuesday » The Republican Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a Republican National Committee event in Boston on Tuesday.…

Clark seems like she’s in a good spot » Commonwealth Magazine Her stock will rise if Dems retake House, and maybe even if they don’t …

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts' net neutrality push » MassLive

Business

Startup world changes Boston » Boston Herald Once the best-kept secret in the area, Boston’s startup ecosystem — led by a couple of breakout companies and hundreds hoping to follow in their footsteps — has dramatically chan…

Bloomberg Baystate Business: Markets and the Mayor of Boston » Bloomberg Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchors Peter Barnes, Pat Carroll and Anne Mostue are joined by top names from local business and finance to medicine and politics, along with …

'Wicked Tuna' captain schools candidate on fishing issues » Gloucester Times We here at FishOn try to steer clear of the political arena, mostly because you can never get good seats, the traffic is such a bother and the price of parking usually involves surrendering your first…

Living drugs, fast-track, high costs discussed at WPI bio forum » Worcester Telegram & Gazette At the start of his presentation Monday morning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Bruce Levine paused as he got to photographs of Emily Whitehead and Bill Ludwig.…

Civil Rights

Gun owners weigh appeal of assault weapons ban » Salem News A plaintiff in the case challenging the state's 1998 assault weapon ban plans to decide "pretty shortly" if they will appeal a federal judge's ruling that upheld the law.…

Gun owners may appeal ruling on state assault weapons ban » Boston Herald

Education

UMass Boston feels snubbed after Mount Ida deal » Boston Globe UMass Boston students and professors are livid after learning that UMass Amherst will buy a new campus in Newton for its students, while Boston is forced to keep cutting people and programs to make en…

'It's just depressing.' Students angry over sudden closure of Mt. Ida College » WCVB Mount Ida College in Newton announced Friday it is closing at the end of the semester and that the University of Massachusetts is purchasing the assets of the small private school. UMass Dartmouth is …

'There's going to be more contraction in the industry' after UMass/Mount Ida deal: Here's why » The Republican Mount Ida College students and parents are reeling from news of the struggling institution's decision to close up shop and to get absorbed into the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.…

Harvard: Justice Department carrying water for anti-affirmative action group » Politico Harvard University says something's fishy about the Justice Department's entry last week into a long-running civil suit accusing the prestigious school of discriminating against Asian-American applica…

Republicans concerned about civics education funding » Worcester Telegram Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, has called the comprehensive civics education bill that passed the Senate less than two weeks ago bipartisan and bicameral, but two of the four Sen…

Massachusetts students top national math and reading exams » Boston Globe The latest results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams contain mostly good news for students in Massachusetts and those in Boston, but also raise concerns about stagnation, accord…

Inspirational talks are not cheap » Commonwealth Magazine Big names demand big bucks for community college speaker series …

Mount Ida faculty ‘betrayed’ in debt deal with UMass » Boston Herald

'Stunned, shocked, amazed': Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says Mount Ida 'grown-ups' let the students down » MassLive

Environment

STATE OKS ADDITIONAL ASH RESIDUE AT WHEELABRATOR’S EXISTING LANDFILL » Lynn Daily News Item “The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) takes seriously its responsibility to protect public health and nearby resource areas, and following a comprehensive stakehold…

Tax that dirty water » Commonwealth Magazine Communities impose new stormwater fees to deal with pollution …

Federal

US Army expanding research hub » Berkshire Eagle The U.S. Army plans to increase its research presence in Massachusetts after choosing to partner with Northeastern University as part of nationwide effort to work with academic institutions to advance…

Army picks Northeastern University for lab site » Boston Herald

Gaming

Lottery winners not getting full prize value » Commonwealth Magazine https://commonwealthmagazine.org/economy/lottery-winners-not-getting-full-prize-value/…

Whatever happens to Wynn Boston Harbor casino, Gaming Commission, Everett officials will play big role, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

Health Care

April proclaimed as Donate Life Month in Springfield » WWLP The City of Springfield proclaimed April as Donate Life Month during a celebration highlighting some local organ recipients on Monday. It was an emotional morning at Springfield City Hall as organ don…

An upstart helps to reshape MassHealth » Commonwealth Magazine Health centers band together to form an innovative ‘accountable care organization’ …

Beth Israel, Lahey officials lay out case for merger » Lowell Sun

Tufts hospital CEO criticizes planned Beth Israel-Lahey merger » Boston Globe

Housing

Officials see positive signs for affordable housing » The Recorder After a year of stressful negotiating in Congress for federal money, housing officials came together Monday to discuss the effects of a recent increase in funding for affordable housing.…

Landlord fined $6,000, gets three years of probation for forging documents to obtain Section 8 money » Eagle Tribune A man who owns 16 apartments in Lawrence and pleaded guilty to forging occupancy permits and de-leading certificates to obtain federal Section 8 money for low-income housing must pay a $6,000 fine.…

Bellingham house restored as part of state program » Wicked Local Bellingham Much can happen to a house when it’s unoccupied, even for a short time. Pipes can freeze. Vandals can break in. Animals can cause damage. Wood can rot.…

Human Services

The Bipartisan Food Stamp Reforms Congress Won't Talk About » Governing The farm bill expected to be unveiled this week offers Republicans a rare opportunity to reshape one of the largest federal anti-poverty programs. …

Immigration

Springfield City Council calls for non-interference with immigrant sanctuary at South Congregational Church » The Republican The City Council voted unanimously Monday to order the city not to interfere with South Congregational Church, which is providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation.…

Amherst church is now his home » Commonwealth Magazine Immigrants seek sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation …

Labor

Released from prison, ex-Teamsters lash out at ‘evil’ prosecutors who put them there » Boston Globe In the two years John Perry spent in federal prison, his sister and mother-in-law died and his family was forced to sell their house to pay for his attorney’s fees.…

Baystate Franklin nurses union 72-hour lockout / strike starts Tuesday » MassLive Baystate Franklin Medical Center said Monday that most of the 90-bed hospital will remain open during a nurses strike and lockout this week.…

1099 Nation spreads its tentacles » Commonwealth Magazine Employees in every sense of the word — but without the benefits …

Business owners direct anger at lawmakers over $15-an-hour wage proposal » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

GALLERY: Jim Cantwell’s farewell speech at the State House » Wicked Local Scituate After eight years in the Massachusetts House of Represenatives, Jim Cantwell said farewell with a speech before his colleagues on Thursday, April 5, highlighting the work they’ve accomplished t…

Local Government

Town meeting rejects adoption of state energy code » Cape Cod Times At Monday’s annual town meeting kickoff, voters had a lot of questions about a proposal to adopt the state’s stretch energy code, which establishes requirements for energy efficiency for…

AG: Wayland School Committee broke Open Meeting Law » Wicked Local Wayland In yet another tweak to Wayland municipal boards, the state attorney general’s office has ruled that the School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law.…

Amherst state Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, now an independent, announces bid for re-election » MassLive State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who switched his party affiliation from Democratic to unenrolled in February, has announced he will run for a second term.…

Students participate in Student Government Day » Eagle Tribune Methuen High School senior Haley Hamilton and junior Gisel Perez recently spent time in Boston for Student Government Day, an April tradition at the Statehouse. Hosted by state Rep. Linda Dean Campbe…

Proposal For Opening Council Agenda To Public Gets Tepid Reception By Council » WGBH In addition to passing the annual budget and approving city ordinances, Boston’s City Council hold hearings – lots of hearings, on topics ranging from geese droppings to police body came…

Everett city councilor apologizes for racist Facebook post » My Fox Boston Everett city councilor Stephen Simonelli issued a public apology on Monday for making a racist Facebook post aimed at the Haitian community.…

Judge denies appeal after Fall River City Council violates open meetings law » Herald News

Marijuana

Massachusetts Is The New Testbed For Cannabis Legalization » Forbes

Opinion

UMass-Mount Ida deal smacks of empire building » Boston Globe IN A SUDDEN ANNOUNCEMENT that caught many by surprise, the University of Massachusetts Amherst agreed to buy Mount Ida College, the small, private, and struggling liberal arts college in Newton. …

Purchase of Mount Ida is an insult to UMass Boston » Boston Globe TO BALANCE THE BOOKS at UMass Boston, they are cutting janitors and day care, and gutting programs for women, veterans, and minorities.…

Keep pressure on for state police reform » Newburyport News The package of reforms proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker to restore public trust in the embattled state police department is practical, fair-minded and sensible.…

John Bolton and Trump National Security 3.0: Does the reboot even matter? » Boston Globe PRESIDENT TRUMP’S foreign policy apparatus gets another reboot this week, with his third national security adviser in 14 months starting Monday and his new secretary of state nominee debuting …

How should Boston fund its future? » Boston Globe WE OFTEN TAKE for granted the network of roads and rails, water and sewer lines, and the green infrastructure of open spaces, flood defenses, and a clean electric grid. These features form the structu…

Our View: Reforming State Police comes at a cost politically » Eagle Tribune The package of reforms proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker to restore public trust in the embattled State Police department is practical, fair-minded and sensible.…

Opinion: Criminal Justice Reform Lightens Up On The Little Guy » The Belmontonian Last week, the legislature sent a broad reform of the criminal justice system to Gov. Baker with a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts State Senate and a near-unanimous vote in the House of Representa…

Spring 2018 Issue » Commonwealth Magazine

Book review: Massport at 60 » Commonwealth Magazine Independence has been Massport’s greatest asset and its chief vulnerability …

EDITORIAL: What's the deal, Marty, on Mount Ida purchase? » Lowell Sun

Democrats must drop quest for perfection » Boston Herald

Politics

Stan Rosenberg’s Primary Opponent Says She’d Build on Former Senate President’s Legacy » New Boston Post A Northampton Democrat hoping to unseat one of the Senate’s longest-serving lawmakers — its former president — plans to make her case by touting her local ties and a fresh perspec…

Political Notes: State treasurer candidate questions casino plan » Cape Cod Times A four-term Republican legislator from Southeastern Massachusetts — and critic of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to build a resort casino in Taunton — has launched a campai…

With Sollitto retiring, first candidates emerge » Martha's Vineyard Times The first candidate seeking to replace long-time Dukes County Superior Court clerk of courts Joseph Sollitto Jr. has emerged.…

Anti-LGBTQ Extremists Unite As Peter LaBarbera Joins MassResistance » Right Wing Watch The anti-LGBTQ group MassResistance announced yesterday that as it “continue[s] to expand,” it is bringing Peter LaBarbera, the founder of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, onto its…

Dan Koh has another eye-popping fund-raising total for congressional race » Boston Globe Congressional candidate Dan Koh raised a massive amount of money in the first quarter of 2018, pulling in more $900,000 in January, February, March, according to the campaign.…

Field shrinks by one in 3rd District congressional race » Eagle Tribune Missed any of the action in the 3rd District congressional race? Catch up now.…

L’Italien Endorses DiZoglio for State Senate » WHAV In the first official week of her campaign for state Senate, Diana DiZoglio is racking up endorsements. A current member of the House of Representatives advocating for residents in Haverhill and Methu…

Sen. Warren Says She's Not Running for President in 2020 » NewsMax “Yes, that’s my plan. I’m running for the United States Senate in 2018,” Warren told reporters Thursday at a town hall meeting for the Boston Teachers when asked about commit…

Attleboro City Councilor Sara Lynn Reynolds to run for state representative » The Sun Chronicle City Councilor Sara Lynn Reynolds has taken out nomination papers and says she intends to run for state representative in the fall.…

Political notebook: Ellen Story backs Natalie Blais » The Recorder In addition to gathering signatures for her nomination papers, Natalie Blais of Sunderland has picked up the endorsement of retired Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst.…

Congressional hopeful Amatul-Wadud says 'status quo is failing people' » Berkshire Eagle Springfield attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud decided to run for Congress to combat a creeping sense of hopelessness, she said during an event Monday. …

Democrats have a lot to learn from Trump » Commonwealth Magazine OUR DAILY FOCUS on Donald Trump’s narcissistic behavior diverts attention from something much more significant: the likelihood that his presidency may constitute an important historical transit…

Fall River’s lightning rod » Commonwealth Magazine Mayor Jasiel Correia should be riding high, but these are trying times …

Public Health

Newest opioid tied to deaths » Salem News A powerful synthetic opioid that turned up in Massachusetts last year has now been linked to overdose deaths in the state.…

Walsh commits $50 million to Long Island bridge in new budget » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has committed $92 million to rebuild the Long Island bridge over the next three years, according to a city spending proposal he unveiled Monday, keeping to his plan for providing…

Price jumps for anti-overdose drug Narcan through Massachusetts bulk buying program » MassLive

CDC: Few high school students checked for HIV infection » MassLive

Public Safety

Mayor steps up police presence after violent Brockton weekend » The Enterprise With gunshots ringing out in the city on four occasions in as many days, leaving one man dead, Pine Avenue resident Alicia Martin found the violence to be a bit too close for comfort on Monday afterno…

SJC case to determine if trooper gets pension » Boston Herald

New money, state efforts will help crime victims in Massachusetts » MassLive

State Government

'My calendar was full': Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he's not attending event with Vice President Mike Pence » The Republican The two top Republicans in Massachusetts aren't planning on spending any time with Mike Pence while the vice president swings through the Bay State for a Republican National Committee fundraiser.…

Baker, Polito will be out of town when Pence visits » The Milford Daily News

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Order starts to emerge from the chaos » Wicked Local Arlington Has the Senate been in utter disarray since December? Yeah, pretty much. Has it been a distraction? Senate President Harriette Chandler said last week it hasn’t been “helpful.” But …

DiZoglio Presents Resolution on Parkinson’s Disease Awareness » WHAV DiZoglio recently sponsored a resolution, co-sponsored by more than 40 other legislators from across the Commonwealth, proclaiming the month of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in M…

Lawmakers refuse to release records » Commonwealth Magazine Governor, courts met some requests despite exemption …

Gov. Charlie Baker names Patrick Carnevale, Pittsfield emergency management expert, to head Springfield office » MassLive

Taxation

Hollywood haves and have-nots » Commonwealth Magazine Film tax credit economic benefits flow primarily to Greater Boston …

Transportation

What will it take for Wellesley commuter rail stations to become accessible? » The Wellesley Report Wellesley’s lucky to have 3 stops on the MBTA commuter rail line that runs between Framingham/Worcester and Boston, but if you’re in a wheelchair and want to board a train at one of Well…

MBTA: Suffolk Construction to blame » Boston Herald One of the city’s largest developers violated a construction agreement with the MBTA and sent concrete falling to the floor of the Silver Line’s World Trade Center station, officials sai…

In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent » MassLive Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus riders will pay 20 percent more at the fare box and for passes and paratransit trips starting July 1 following a vote Monday of the the PVTA Advisory Board.…

Potential public transit cuts loom as dwindling funding threatens BRTA services » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has outlined numerous proposed reductions in services.…

Rep. Marc Lombardo announces $1,297,509 funding for Billerica » Wicked Local Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, announced that Billerica is scheduled to receive $1,297,509 in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs under the state’s Chapter 90 program.…

MBTA expansion means new maps » Commonwealth Magazine Stickers make some changes cheaper and easier …

Three officials part of attempt to change the T’s culture » Commonwealth Magazine Agency trying to shed its 'insular and slow-moving bureaucracy' …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Starting in October, you can fly nonstop from Worcester to Philly » Boston Globe

American Airlines to start daily flights from Worcester Regional Airport to Philadelphia in October » The Republican

It's About 100 Days Until The Mass. Legislative Session Ends: Beacon Hill In 5 » New England Public Radio

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey says Mount Ida/UMass deal can be 'distressing' for students, encourages calls to her hotline » The Republican

Mass. governor defends Vertex drug pricing, saying ‘innovation is expensive’ » STAT News

Talk of school funding dominates ed. reform event » Bay State Banner

Baker-Polito Administration announces $15 million in additional school funding to support hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin islands » Sampan

Gov. Baker to deliver Worcester State University commencement address » Worcester Mag

Gov. Baker to dodge visit tomorrow by VP Mike Pence » Boston Herald

Healey looking into UMass-Mount Ida deal » Sentinel & Enterprise

To See Offshore Wind Energy’s Future, Look on Shore – in Massachusetts » Inside Climate News

Gender wage gap costs Mass women $23B a year: Report » Metro.us

Fishing groups back New Bedford as wind liaison » South Coast Today

Attorney General Maura Healey among speakers at Lexington gun violence forum » Wicked Local Lexington

Board to MBTA: Greater efficiency "not a substitute for adequate funding" » State House News Service

Promising "more," Kline giving Rosenberg first primary fight since 1991 » State House News Service

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