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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

9:30am Health Policy Commission Public Hearing, Health Policy Commission, 50 Milk Street, 8th Floor, Boston

6:00pm Birthday Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Casey Pease

Must-Reads

Why corporate America loves Donald Trump » The Economist Bosses reckon that the value of tax cuts, deregulation and potential trade concessions from China outweighs the hazy costs of weaker institutions and trade wars. …

Could Roger Stone spill Trump's secrets to Mueller? » Politico Magazine The self-proclaimed dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser may know more about the president's dirty laundry than his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. What if Mueller flips him? …

Senate candidate Dave Murphy apologizes to opponent Chelsea Kline for 'inappropriate' comments » MassLive State Senate candidate Dave Murphy apologized to opponent Chelsea Kline after she accused him of making inappropriate comments about her appearance at a political event. …

Top Fidelity executive poised to join Baker budget office » Boston Globe Gary D. Blank, a onetime top White House economic official and 11-year veteran of Fidelity, is poised to become the chief of staff at Governor Charlie Baker’s budget office in June, Baker admin…

Net Neutrality: Democrats’ Ticket to the Millennial Vote and Midterm Success » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Last week’s Senate vote to restore net neutrality was an important victory for Democrats hoping to ride a midterm election wave to take back control of Congress. …

Baker: Would veto Senate immigration amendment » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker would veto a Senate budget provision limiting state law enforcement's role in enforcement of federal immigration laws, he said today. …

A lot of people heard what Barney Frank said about the new banking law. Few knew he works for a bank. » The Washington Post But the proponents of the law rarely, if ever, mentioned that Frank is not just the author of the 2010 law, but also sits on the board of New York-based Signature Bank, a financial firm in position to…

"I feel badly for our body at this moment. We are being asked to vote on an amendment that won't be considered by the House, would be rejected by the governor and is not viable in this building,"

Senator Bruce Tarr

Speaking about the Safe Communities Act amendment filed by Sen. Jamie Eldridge.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

NARAL Pro-Choice America launches $5 million campaign to flip the House » Boston Globe NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching a $5 million, 19-state campaign to flip the House of Representatives, targeting Republicans who have voted to restrict abortion but have rarely had serious Democr…

Democratic campaign chairman welcomes Clintons’ help in midterm Senate elections » Boston Globe The chairman of the Senate Democratic campaign arm said Thursday that he welcomes the help of Bill and Hillary Clinton in the midterms, embracing the onetime power couple of the Democratic Party, even…

Attention, America: We’ve All Been Saying Gerrymander Wrong » The Wall Street Journal Two hundred years after a cartoonist used Elbridge Gerry’s name to skewer political cartography, Mr. Gerry’s descendants think it’s time people start pronouncing it right.…

Business

Selling state's seafood: Report says ports like Gloucester must take lead » Gloucester Times Massachusetts should increase its public commitment and investment in the state's commercial fishing industry to help foster innovation and partnerships among diverging stakeholders and the private se…

Pfizer to pay nearly $24 million to settle kickback charges » Boston Globe Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $24 million to settle federal charges that the drug-making giant used a purportedly independent charitable foundation to pay illegal kickbacks to Medicare patients…

Lawyer for Globe editor calls statements false » Boston Globe Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory, through his personal lawyer, has accused a former Boston.com employee of making “false and defamatory statements” against him that “are and continu…

Women-founded companies make up majority of MassChallenge finalists » Boston Globe For the first time, companies led by women make up more than half of the 128 finalists selected to compete in MassChallenge, the Boston-based startup accelerator.…

GDPR can have an impact on U.S. accountants » Accounting Today Under the GDPR, any company that gathers, monitors or manages the personal information of EU residents will need to make drastic changes in how it gets and stores the data. Companies in both Europe an…

Mayor says wind farm will boost New Bedford economy » WPRI.COM The mayor of New Bedford believes the newly announced Massachusetts wind farm will be "big" for the city, saying it will be a shot in the arm for economy and create new jobs. …

Stephen M. Mindich, longtime Boston Phoenix owner and publisher, dies at 74 » Boston Globe One of many legendary stories about Stephen M. Mindich involves him using his 5-foot-5 body to block a financial rival’s much-taller emissary from entering a room to make a counteroffer when Mr…

Largest veteran-owned businesses employ thousands in Bay State » Boston Business Journal U.S. Pavement Services Inc. believes so strongly in supporting the men and women who have served our country in the military that the Woburn-based company made a pledge in 2014 to hire more veterans. …

Official: No owners found for Microfab site » Newburyport News

Education

Are Massachusetts Schools Any Safer Since Newtown? » NECN There have been 152 shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, according to the Gun Violence Archive.…

Calling Mount Ida a 'wake-up call,' Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says new financial oversight office needed » MassLive Massachusetts should take an aggressive stance to prevent another abrupt college closure, as happened to Mount Ida, the small private institution in Newton, Mass., Attorney General Maura Healey said.…

Attorney General Maura Healey calls for oversight office after Mount Ida closure » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey says state higher education overseers need authority over private schools and the ability to force financially struggling schools to draw up contingency plans in case a s…

Most Harvard seniors say they will make $70,000 right out of college » Boston Globe More than half of Harvard University’s Class of 2018, which graduated Thursday, expects to earn at least $70,000 per year right out of school, and one-fifth of the undergraduates expect to make…

After Mount Ida, AG seeks tougher college oversight » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday called for greater state oversight of private colleges to prevent another fiasco like the abrupt closing of Mount Ida College, which disrupted the lives of hu…

Tracing Latino educational inequality » Commonwealth Magazine In Massachusetts, Latino college graduation gap among widest in US …

Environment

Haddad hails “regional approach” with offshore wind contracts » The Herald News One of the initiators and long-time legislative proponents of off-shore wind energy reacted enthusiastically to Wednesday’s announcement about selected projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Isla…

TV ads laud Gov. Charlie Baker for bipartisan leadership on climate change » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, is being lauded for his leadership on clean energy and climate change.…

Conservation Law Foundation Pushing Back On Lofty Waterfront Zoning » BisNow The same environmental group accused of being overly combative toward developer Jon Cronin’s proposed 150 Seaport development now has a state-approved waterfront zoning plan in its crosshairs. …

Federal

Retired Navy SEAL From Western Mass. Is Awarded Medal Of Honor » WBUR A former Navy SEAL from western Massachusetts has been awarded the Medal of Honor.…

Gaming

MGM Springfield seeking later 'last call' on casino floor » The Day Drinks could flow until 4 a.m. for gamblers at MGM Springfield, the Massachusetts casino opening this summer near Connecticut's northern border.…

State board raps casino over Wynn agreement » Boston Herald Massachusetts gaming regulators ripped an attorney for Encore Boston Harbor yesterday, after learning the company failed to disclose an agreement with Steve Wynn outlining the details of the former C…

Casino notes: MGM seeks later ‘last call’ » Commonwealth Magazine Three $1 million ferry boats ordered for Everett casino …

Health Care

Steward Health Care pressured doctors to restrict referrals outside chain, suit says » Boston Globe A whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Steward Health Care exposes a part of medicine largely hidden from patients: the behind-the-scenes pressure health care companies put on doctors to keep patient …

Surgery center opens in Shrewsbury, promising more affordable care » The Republican

Housing

More housing is coming to West Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Neighborhood Development Associates, the development arm of Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development, and elected officials broke ground on Orchard Grove Thursday morning, a $4.668 million th…

Massachusetts House, Senate Agree on $1.8 Billion Housing Bond » Next City Massachusetts lawmakers have sent a $1.8 billion housing bond bill to the governor, the State House News Service reports.…

Immigration

Challenge to ICE agreements faces uphill fight » Cape Cod Times The Massachusetts state Senate passed a condensed version of the Safe Communities Act as a budget amendment late Wednesday, potentially nullifying an agreement the Barnstable County Sheriff’s O…

Gov. Charlie Baker would veto Senate immigration measure » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker would veto a Senate budget provision limiting state law enforcement's role in enforcement of federal immigration laws, he said Thursday. The measure - a pared-down version of the so…

Baker: Would veto Senate immigration amendment » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker would veto a Senate budget provision limiting state law enforcement's role in enforcement of federal immigration laws, he said today.…

Mass. Senate slips ‘sanctuary state’ amendment into budget plan » Boston Herald You’d think the Massachusetts Senate would have had enough disgrace for one year. Think again. In another late-night session with much of the public heading off to bed, Democratic senators push…

L'Italien on Safe Communities Act Senate Vote: 'We Will All Rest Easier' » WHAV Andover Sen. Barbara L’Italien Thursday applauded the efforts of Acton Sen. Jamie Eldridge in passing legislation that amends key provisions of the Civil Rights and Safety budget relating to th…

What does the Massachusetts Senate immigration amendment do? » The Republican

Judiciary

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker blasts Judge Timothy Feeley for 'ridiculous' court decision » MassLive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday ripped Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley, who gave a drug dealer, Manuel Soto-Vittini, probation rather than prison time.…

SJC: Censured, suspended Judge Estes showed "complete disrespect" for court » News 22 WWLP.com The Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday publicly censured a western Massachusetts judge and ordered his suspension after he admitted to having "an undisclosed sexual relationship" with a woman who work…

Lawmakers call on Judge Thomas Estes to resign; focus turns to impeachment » MassLive After the Supreme Judicial Court decided to suspend Judge Thomas Estes without pay, some lawmakers are calling on Estes to resign -- or potentially face impeachment.…

Crowd rallies against judge's decision » The Salem News About 200 people gathered outside the Ruane Judicial Center on Thursday afternoon to protest a judge's decision to release an admitted heroin dealer.…

Council confirms BMC, Housing Court nominees » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor’s Council voted on May 23 to confirm one of Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent nominees for the Housing Court and his pick for the next clerk-magistrate in the Boston Municipal Cou…

Read the opinion: Massachusetts SJC suspends Judge Thomas Estes without pay » MassLive The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an order Thursday suspending Judge Thomas Estes without pay indefinitely and publicly censuring him, because of Estes' sexual relationship with a drug c…

Labor

Desperation setting in as Cape employers look to Puerto Rico for seasonal workers » Boston Globe With a backpack slung over his shoulders and a stack of pamphlets in one hand, the owner of the Provincetown Inn walked the streets of the Puerto Rican capital recently, searching for potential employ…

Teamsters Local 25, Gov. Baker award scholarships to Millis student » Wicked Local Millis Teamsters Local 25 of Boston awarded college scholarships worth $60,000 to 30 high school students at its May membership meeting, at the Local 25 Union Hall. …

A Boston-Based Company Has to Pay More Than Half a Million Dollars for Failing to Compensate Interns » Boston Magazine

Local Government

Lawmakers, HCG at odds on liabilities » Gazette Net In a letter to local officials in 20 Hampshire County communities, six area legislators termed “very misleading” the Hampshire Council of Governments’ contention that cities and tow…

MA. taxpayers group head to address Chamber » South Coast Today Eileen P. McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 SouthCoast Legislative Luncheon on Friday, June 1 at Rachel’s Lakeside in Dartmo…

New signs mark start of upgrades to North Adams' Eagle Street » Berkshire Eagle Long-planned improvements on Eagle Street are beginning to take shape now that the City Council signed off on a package of new overhanging, pedestrian-facing signs for multiple businesses on the stree…

City releases renderings of Boston Marathon bombing memorial » Boston Globe City officials on Thursday released renderings of two memorials to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings planned for Boylston Street.…

Framingham mayor empowered to appoint new constables » The Metro West Daily News In another marker of Framingham’s transition from town to city, City Councilors on Tuesday adopted a provision of state law that allows the mayor to appoint constables, conferring an additional…

Councilors refuse to act on Driscoll nod » The Salem News

Marijuana

Tito Jackson to lead marijuana company » Boston Globe Former Boston city councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson has been tapped as the chief executive of Verdant Medical, a medical marijuana group that plans stores in Boston and Provincetown.…

Former mayoral candidate Tito Jackson to become CEO of marijuana dispensary » Boston Business Journal Former mayoral candidate and former Boston city councilor Tito Jackson has been named CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., a medical marijuana company based in Randolph.…

Opinion

Let’s reinvigorate North Quabbin Bioreserve » Athol Daily News What is the North Quabbin Bioreserve? It was definitely something in 2002, and now it seems to be nothing but a memory shared by a very few people.…

Senate slips ‘sanctuary state’ amendment into Massachusetts' budget plan » Boston Herald You’d think the Massachusetts Senate would have had enough disgrace for one year.…

Editorial: Fitting conclusion to Amherst Town Meeting » Amherst Bulletin Representative Town Meeting ended its 80-year history in Amherst this week by taking a stand against nuclear weapons hours after it voted to encourage more affordable housing.…

Nurturing life, from the soil up » Boston Globe I back slowly out of my garden, trying not to do any more damage than I have already done. I had been so eager to get a jump on the season and start this long-awaited ritual of spring.…

Boston should do away with diesel buses » Boston Globe I cannot wait for all diesel buses to be replaced by zero-emission vehicles. This must happen as soon as possible (“A bus and a battery could be the route to a cleaner T,” Editorial, May 1…

Columnist Solomon Goldstein-Rose: Media literacy critical for civic engagement » Amherst Bulletin Successful civic engagement requires the ability to understand media. …

Our children show the way » Martha's Vineyard Times Here we are again. Just three months separate the horrific killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., and the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 more people are dead. An…

Viewpoint: Later school breakfasts needed to fuel our future workforce » Boston Business Journal Talent is the foundation for economic growth in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, many of our kids do not have the education and skills to fully participate in today’s economy, leaving our state wi…

Editorial: Mass. must prepare for the next Mount Ida » Boston Business Journal The sudden closure of Mount Ida College has been a nightmare for students, staff and faculty alike ever since it was announced last month. But it’s pure delusion to think that this will be the …

No more ‘falling through the cracks’ » Cape Cod Times

Politics

State Representative John Scibak endorses Ryan O'Donnell in his bid for Rosenberg's former Senate seat » MassLive State Representative John Scibak has endorsed Ryan O'Donnell in his bid as a write-in candidate for the former Senate seat of Stan Rosenberg.…

Democratic candidates for governor visit Springfield on Saturday » MassLive Area political committees on Saturday will host a meet and greet with the two Democratic candidates for governor.…

Local African-American Community Divided Over Capuano-Pressley Race » WGBH Ayanna Pressley was the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.…

Apology resolves Senate candidate’s accusation of inappropriate behavior by rival » Gazette Net

Public Health

City stocking Narcan in its buildings, at beaches » Gloucester Times City officials and community partners are rolling out nasal Narcan at more public facilities and offering free training sessions for the public on how to administer the opioid antidote in the wake of …

Public Safety

After Tense Debate, Mass. Senate Adopts Safe Communities Amendment » WBUR After lengthy and emotional debate late Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts Senate adopted a budget amendment to restrict cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities. The am…

Gun-rights group opposes bill allowing removal of firearms from ‘extreme risk’ people » Boston Herald The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts is pledging to fight the proposed “extreme risk” gun bill as it heads to the Senate after overwhelmingly passing the House this week, but its…

Legislation would shield trooper data from public view » Boston Globe The Massachusetts State Police — currently fighting a lawsuit seeking the birthdates for state troopers — is now pushing legislation to formally shield that very information from public …

Local reps back 'Red Flag' gun bill » The Sun Chronicle Local state representatives voted for a bill that allows for a court order to take away the guns of those found to pose “extreme risk” to themselves or others.…

Senate passes proposal aimed at Seaport turf war, but with no mandates » Boston Globe

State Finance

Massachusetts Senate passes $41.49 billion FY19 budget » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate late Thursday night passed a $41.49 billion budget for fiscal 2019.…

The Week in Public Finance: Governments Haven't Had Rules for Revealing Their Private Debt -- Until Now » Governing A new requirement forces states and municipalities to annually report the terms and amount of loans they have taken directly from banks. It's a growing source of financing for many public entities. …

Massachusetts Senate Adds Rural School Aid Funding To Budget » WAMC The Massachusetts Senate has adopted a budget amendment from State Senator Adam Hinds that would impact rural school districts. …

State Government

Top Fidelity executive poised to join Baker budget office » Boston Globe Gary D. Blank, a onetime top White House economic official and 11-year veteran of Fidelity, is poised to become the chief of staff at Governor Charlie Baker’s budget office in June, Baker admin…

Transportation

Senate passes amendment approving Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston rail study » MassLive The state Senate unanimously adopted an amendment on Thursday requiring the state Department of Transportation to conduct a study of high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield, this time with an e…

LRTA raises fares first time in 16 years » Lowell Sun The Lowell Regional Transit Authority's Advisory Board voted unanimously Thursday to raise fares for the first time in over 16 years in response to a proposed state budget that would leave regional tr…

BRTA approves deficit budget, staring down cuts » Berkshire Eagle Service cuts to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority remain likely in light of an enduring budget deficit, and the board is also considering a rate increase.…

Encore launching yacht transport » Boston Herald Charlestown-based Boston BoatWorks has been chosen to build three shuttle boats for Encore Boston Harbor, at a price tag of approximately $1 million per vessel.…

‘A surprisingly good idea’ from the T » WBUR After years and years of running weekend commuter rail trains that very few people ride, the T this week decided to do something about it. The Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to offer a spec…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Mass. LGBT population is second-highest in nation, according to new report » Boston Business Journal

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution? » MassLive

As civil rights icon Lewis backs Capuano, Pressley presses change agenda » Dorchester Reporter

SJC suspends judge without pay for courthouse affair » Boston Herald

'It was really uncomfortable': Chelsea Kline accuses state Senate opponent Dave Murphy of inappropriate comments about her looks » MassLive

Boston private equity firm penalized for failing to pay interns » Boston Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4354 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Sara Parmenter, an employee of the Department of Corrections

HB 4143 - An Act regarding the appointment of retired Cambridge Police Department officers as special police officers within the city of Cambridge for paid details

SB 2303 - An Act authorizing the town of Westport to grant 1 additional liquor license for the sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on the premises

HB 4085 - An Act increasing the maximum age to be eligible for appointment as a special police officer in the city Of Somerville

HB 4105 - An Act related to hayrides

SB 2146 - An Act authorizing the Brookfield Housing Authority to convey a certain parcel of land and the buildings thereon

HB 2658 - An Act relative to the annual observance of Massachusetts Women's Defense Corps Remembrance Day

HB 3849 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Hanson as the Hon. Charles W. Mann Bridge

SB 2372 - An Act relative to the Garden of Peace

HB 4514 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

Most read bills of the week:

SB4 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

HB4514 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4517 - An Act relative to firearms

HB4516 - An Act relative to the municipal police training fund

HB4520 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4382 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4438 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

SB2509 - An Act relative to veterans' benefits, rights, appreciation, validation and enforcement

HB4536 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

House Actions This Week: 679

Senate Actions This Week: 478


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