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9:00am Hampden Sheriff Nick Cocchi's 2018 Golf Tournament

10:00am Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs & Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield

12:30pm Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration, Grand Staircase & Great Hall, State House, Boston

Must-Reads

‘Red flag’ gun access bill easily clears Mass. Senate » Milford Daily News Both branches of the state Legislature have now signed off on bills that would create a new judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals. The bill, which the Sena…

Baker’s primary spending limit: a whopping $9 million » Boston Globe Compelled by state law, Governor Charlie Baker this week declared he would limit spending to a whopping $9 million in his Republican primary election against longshot Springfield pastor Scott Lively.…

Grand bargain update: close on paid leave, friction on tax cut, min wage » State House News Service The behind-the-scenes talks to strike a deal on Beacon Hill to keep several initiatives off the ballot this fall have apparently reached a "standstill," raising the likelihood that voters could have t…

Giuliani Speaks for Trump. Except When He Doesn’t. » New York Times President Trump hired Rudolph W. Giuliani to speak for him. But no less than Mr. Trump’s wife and his chief diplomat spent Thursday explaining that Mr. Giuliani does not always know what he is …

Senate tees up bill to accelerate clean energy development » State House News Service Utilities would need to ramp up renewable energy purchases, the state could dramatically expand its support of offshore wind, and commercial solar endeavors would be freed from existing restrictions, …

Romney predicts Trump's re-election » Boston Herald Romney, the GOP's failed 2012 presidential nominee from Massachusetts, now a Republican Senate candidate in Utah, made the prediction Thursday as he welcomed dozens of high-profile business and politi…

Despite warning, MassDOT continued toll-free perk for workers, retirees » Boston Globe Despite warnings two years ago from the inspector general, hundreds of state transportation department employees and retirees continued to drive toll-free on the state’s highways, with taxpayer…

Why hasn’t Bernie Sanders endorsed his son’s run for Congress? » Boston Globe Senator Bernie Sanders has traveled to Iowa and narrated a 30-second ad to endorse one congressional candidate and journeyed to Allentown, Pa., on behalf of another. He publicly backed a mayoral candi…

Elizabeth Warren and a Scholarly Debate Over Medical Bankruptcy That Won’t Go Away » New York Times Elizabeth Warren is still sparring with academics over a paper she published in 2005.…

“If all lives matter, we need more solutions that not only make our middle-class families feel safer but that will actually decrease the number of shattering calls too many parents receive in our commonwealth,”

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

Speaking about the Red Flag Gun Safety bill which passed in the Senate yesterday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

'Cryin' Chuck' might just get the last laugh » Politico He’s been beat up by the left over his centrist instincts and vilified by the right as a liberal obstructionist in dealmaker’s clothing. But somehow, Chuck Schumer’s high-wire act…

John Kerry accuses Trump of ‘misleading’ Americans on Paris climate accord » Boston Globe Two years ago, with great fanfare, then-Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced in Beijing that Boston would host an international climate summit that would bring together thousands of urban and bu…

Business

Life sciences bill sent to the governor » Boston Globe The state Legislature finished up work Thursday on a life sciences bill, sending legislation to Governor Charlie Baker that would pump $473 million worth of capital spending into grants and authorize …

State seeks to spread influence of biotech beyond Boston » The Sun Chronicle State Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash praised bipartisan efforts to grow the economy and said Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration wants to spread the benefits of a growing bi…

French drugmaker relocates HQ to Cambridge, adds 250 jobs here » Boston Globe Kendall Square will soon welcome another global drug maker as Ipsen SA of France announced Thursday it will relocate its US operations from New Jersey to Cambridge.…

For smaller companies, a presence at BIO conference is a big deal » Boston Globe OK, so maybe it didn’t boast two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who posed for selfies with visitors to the pavilion promoting biotech in Canada. Or the Boston Cream Pie push pops …

Outward facing: Corporate affinity groups focus on clients, not just employees » Boston Business Journal Boston businesses are not only supporting their LGBT staff, but leveraging their point of view to make a difference in the community and boost bottom lines.…

Judge urges Globe, Sargent find common ground » Commonwealth Magazine A SUFFOLK SUPERIOR Court judge on Thursday told the lawyers for the Boston Globe and former Boston.com staffer Hilary Sargent they had 24 hours to work out an agreement for Sargent to speak with peopl…

Civil Rights

Needham panel calls for voter support of transgender anti-discrimination law » Wicked Local Needham From an early age Kelly Jenkins knew, despite everyone in her family and community telling her otherwise, that she was female. …

Education

Should the Legislature adopt the bill aimed at modernizing sex education in Massachusetts? » Boston Globe Massachusetts students deserve an education that will prepare them for the future and empower them to make healthy and informed decisions. We must ensure that young adults receive comprehensive educat…

‘Absurdity and horror’: School uses nursery rhyme to teach kindergarten about lockdowns » Boston Globe While touring a kindergarten in Somerville on Wednesday to get a sense of what to expect when her 5-year-old daughter starts school in the fall, Georgy Cohen took stock of the items one might typicall…

Environment

Worcester Awarded $100K Grant for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment » Go Local Worcester The City of Worcester received a grant of $100,000 to use for a city-wide climate change vulnerability assessment.…

Federal

The Army wants someplace to plot its future. Maybe Boston » Boston Globe The Army is looking for a place to design its future, and Greater Boston is on the short list.…

Western Massachusetts hurricane evacuees press lawmakers for action, long-term housing help » MassLive With federal housing support set to run out on June 30, dozens of Western Massachusetts residents displaced by the Puerto Rico hurricane took to Capitol Hill Thursday to share their stories and ask la…

Gaming

Former employee files harassment suit against Wynn Resorts » Boston Globe A former employee at the Wynn Resorts casino project in Everett filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday, alleging she was subjected to months of unwelcome sexual cond…

Health Care

DeLeo aiming to bring health care bill to floor this month » Sentinel & Enterprise Another week is about pass by without a House health care reform bill emerging from committee, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo said it is his intention to have a cost-control bill on the floor by the e…

Trump finally pulls plug on Obamacare » Commonwealth Magazine

Housing

Baker envisions signing of housing production bill » Milford Daily News The invitations aren't in the mail yet, but Gov. Charlie Baker is already starting to plan a signing ceremony for his housing production bill, one of his top priorities before the July 31 end of forma…

Judiciary

Lawmakers renew calls for judge's impeachment » The Salem News Lawmakers are pressuring House Speaker Robert DeLeo to hold a vote on a resolution seeking to remove a Salem Superior Court judge who is under scrutiny for recent rulings, including the release of a …

Gov taps nominees; panel OKs Bagdoian » Mass Lawyers Weekly The Governor’s Council on June 6 unanimously confirmed the fifth and final Housing Court nominee from the group Gov. Charlie Baker put forward in April to expand the court’s reach. …

Removing Judge Timothy Feeley would set 'dangerous precedent of bowing to an uninformed mob,' Mass. lawyer groups say » MassLive

Labor

Labor coalition says grand bargain talks on ballot questions at a standstill » MassLive The coalition of labor, faith-based and community groups behind a push to raise the minimum wage say negotiations with the Legislature and retailers aimed at avoiding simultaneous ballot fights over w…

Legislative

Negotiations on $15 minimum wage, other proposals, stall » Boston Globe Attempts to reach a compromise that would allow the Legislature to preempt a potential ballot question raising the state minimum wage have reached a stalemate, according to the coalition pushing for t…

Local Government

Melrose Rotary Club Gets Special Visit » Milford Patch Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian addressed the Melrose Rotary Club on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Memorial Hall, discussing innovative initiatives the Middlesex Sheriff's Office has launched for in…

After years of asking, New Bedford finally receives funding to begin Phase V dredging » South Coast Today Ask and you shall receive. On some days, like Thursday, you’ll receive more than expected. …

Fall River School Department's $106.85M budget clears Finance Committee, moves on to full council » The Herald News The School Department presented its fiscal year 2019 budget to the City Council Finance Committee, which unanimously agreed to send it on to the full council without much drama as in the past budget y…

Plainville gets a state grant for green energy » The Sun Chronicle The state has awarded Plainville a $144,000 grant to make town government more energy efficient.…

Westborough Cultural Council announces 2018 grant recipients » Community Advocate The Westborough Cultural Council (WCC) held a reception May 16 at the Westborough Senior Center to honor its 2018 grant recipients. The awardees were lauded by WCC’s Secretary Betheda Shuman an…

Medford Says Goodbye To Superintendent Roy Belson » Marlborough Patch Medford held a retirement party this week for outgoing superintendent Roy Belson, who is retiring at the end of the month. More than 300 family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, administrators, s…

Boston and other smart cities run better, but they should be even smarter, report says » Boston Globe America’s cities are smarter than they used to be, as municipal officials are increasingly using digital sensors to track everything from traffic to trash collection. And a report from McKinsey…

Scituate to redesign marina docks using state grant » Patriot Ledger The docks at Cole Parkway Marina will be getting a makeover in the near future.…

Pittsfield to Demo Columbus Ave. Garage, Hopes for Replacement » iBerkshires There's been $6 million in state funds dangling in the wind for years to rebuild the Columbus Avenue garage. It doesn't appear the city is ever going to get the money. …

Hanover-Hanson bridge named after former State Rep. Mann » Wicked Local Hanover

Marijuana

Hanson Selectmen to give voters say on cannabis » Whitman Hanson Express The Board of Selectmen has approved the placement of a local-control retail marijuana bylaw, banning the sale of cannabis, before October’s special Town Meeting as well as a referendum ballot.…

Opinion

Letter: Release bill to protect bees for a vote by the legislature » Worcester Telegram We applaud the Massachusetts Medical Society for recognizing the growing body of evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics), in addition to devastating pollinators, especially bees, can have neg…

Graham: Judges must be held accountable to public » Boston Herald Judge Feeley is no angel.…

Editorial: Sex offenders need full scrutiny » Boston Herald Is the consensus that child rapists are the worst, most horrific kind of criminals no longer unanimous? It sure seems like it in Massachusetts these days.…

Trump memo on nukes signals threat to Cape » Cape Cod Times The Trump Energy Department memo on saving nuclear power is alarming (“Trump memo on power plants raises concerns,” June 5, Page 1).…

Honoring the Boston legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King » Boston Globe On a rainy Friday in April of 1965, 22,000 Bostonians walked with Martin Luther King Jr., from the Carter Playground in Roxbury to Boston Common.…

Mayors can get around the feds in going green » Boston Globe As Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston hosts the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, many of the mayors bemoan federal policies that undermine local efforts to address climate change.…

Global addiction to social media is ruining democracy » Boston Globe A roar of voices — from the left and right — bemoans that our society, our democracy, our very nation, is slowly becoming absurd, unbelievable, and bizarre because of deep flaws in our o…

Benton: Rare rebuke for Salem judge » The Salem News The release of a transcript in which Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley expressed concern about how a jail sentence might result in a drug dealer's deportation hardly helped the beleaguered jur…

Our View: Dartmouth leads SouthCoast with smart bylaw on shopping bags » South Coast Today Kudos to the forward-thinking voters at Dartmouth’s annual Town Meeting, who left no doubt about their desire to protect our planet from the damages wrought by disposable plastic bags.…

Editorial: Investment required to keep Mass. at the global forefront of biotech » Boston Business Journal Boston hosted the the 25th BIO International Convention this past week, where the strength of the Bay State’s biotechnology sector was on full display, proving why it’s the envy of the n…

Welcome to the Age of Impeachment (Editorial) » MassLive

HINGHAM COMMENTARY: Supporting Weymouth in compressor fight » Wicked Local Weymouth

Politics

Campaign Notebook: Kline gets endorsement, Domb calls out governor » Gazette Net Chelsea Kline of Northampton, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District in the state Senate, has received an endorsement from the statewide progre…

Praise from Democrats is making Baker harder to hit » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura T. Healey has lavished praise on his work to battle opioid abuse. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh gushed this year about his “incredible accomplishments.”…

US Senate candidate Geoff Diehl unveils plan to tackle drug addiction » MassLive State Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican running for U.S. Senate in 2018, called this week for increased access to addiction treatment, alternative pain management practices and other solutions to…

State rep forum highlights similarities and differences among candidates » Jamaica Plain Gazette The three candidates for the 11th Suffolk District seat—incumbent Rep. Liz Malia, Charles Clemons Muhammad, and Ture Turnbull—all had similar stances on many topics discussed during a fo…

For Bob Massie, a hard climb ahead » Boston Globe Gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie got skunked at the state Democratic Convention last weekend, his campaign account is down to a piddling $23,000, and in recent days he has had to explain why his wif…

Littlefield withdraws from 3rd District congressional race » The Eagle Tribune The dozen-strong Democratic field in the 3rd District congressional race has shrunk by one.…

Public Health

Drug treatment for drug addiction » Commonwealth Magazine It’s an approach that research evidence and many in recovery say makes sense — but one that some advocates say has it all wrong. …

Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center unveils new therapy gym » Community Advocate Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (SNRC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new therapy gym May 18. CEO Dana Levenson, Executive Director Stacey Rutherford and R…

Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows » Boston Globe Suicide rates increased significantly in almost every state from 1999 through 2016, with nearly 45,000 people taking their own lives in 2016 alone, according to a report released Thursday.…

Public Safety

Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill » Commonwealth Magazine Measure approved on voice vote; nears final passage …

‘Red flag’ bill clears Senate hurdle » Boston Herald Backers of a “red flag” bill letting courts take firearms from people posing a risk to themselves or others say the measure’s Senate passage sends a clear response to the youth who …

Hands-free advocate: Beacon Hill is not taking this issue seriously » My Fox Boston Safe driving advocates in Massachusetts are pushing for a 'hands-free' law for drivers. But, once again, time is running out this legislative session. Massachusetts and Maine are now the only New Engl…

Massachusetts Senate passes 'red flag' gun bill » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill on a voice vote creating a method for a family member to have someone's guns taken away if the person poses a danger to themselves or others. …

State Finance

Facing July 1 deadline, negotiators embark on state budget talks » Sentinel & Enterprise The two different versions of $41 billion spending plans for fiscal 2019 are now officially in the hands of six lawmakers, who voted Thursday morning to take their negotiations behind closed doors. …

The Week in Public Finance: For an Increasing Number of Governments, One Credit Rating Is Plenty » Governing A decade ago, most sought two or three ratings before selling their bonds. Not anymore. …

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker to visit Springfield Museums Saturday » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker plans to visit Springfield on Saturday to tout a $200,000 grant for upgrades to the Springfield Science Museum.…

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visits South Shore, tours ongoing coastal resiliency projects » Sampan

Transportation

Some transportation decisions put off until after election » Commonwealth Magazine It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up …

'Glory' joins Hingham Commuter Boat fleet with fanfare » Wicked Local Norwell “Glory” is the fourth catamaran in the MBTA’s fleet, and, like the others, was built in Massachusetts. Also, like the others, she bears the name of one of the clipper ships built by…

Krause: “Stop making excuses for why things can’t get done.” » Lynn Daily News Item “We have to get more aspirational.” Those are the words of transportation expert Richard A. Dimino, president and CEO of A Better City, whose mission is to enhance the region’s econ…

North South Rail Link scores a Beacon Hill win » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker may have to make a decision about the North South Rail Link after all.…

Winchester Commuter Rail station is falling apart, but MBTA funding is still up in the air » Wicked Local Winchester The Winchester Center Commuter Rail station is falling apart, but it is still unclear when the MBTA will have the funds for necessary improvements to the station that was built in the 1950s, according…

Utilities

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey plans legislation to shift Berkshires from FCC's Albany cable market to Springfield » MassLive U.S. Sen. Ed Markey plans legislation to lift Berkshire County from the Albany, N.Y. cable TV market, and restore Massachusetts news and sports to the region's Charter Spectrum customers. …

Berkshire Lawmakers, Residents Upset Over Cable Changes » New England Public Radio A cable company in Berkshire County is pulling another Massachusetts-based TV station off of its systems. And that's upset some residents and lawmakers. …

Markey plans to file federal legislation in Spectrum station dust-up » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire County cable subscribers might need an act of Congress for Spectrum to restore a pair of Massachusetts televisions stations to its local lineup.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Drugmaker Ipsen to move US headquarters to Mass., add 200 jobs » Boston Business Journal

Baker envisions signing of housing production bill » The Metro West Daily News

State legislature approves $10M for environmental study of North South Rail Link » Boston Business Journal

Baker: Biggest threat to prosperity is 'lack of housing supply' » The Daily News of Newburyport

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan » State House News Service

Labor coalition says grand bargain talks at "standstill" » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2522 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Lisa Fuccione, an employee of the Department of Public Health

HB 4451 - An act establishing a sick leave bank for Audrey Art, an employee of the department of children and families.

HB 4381 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Felix Cruz, an employee of the Department of Youth Services

HB 4267 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elliot Brown, an employee of the Department of Public Health

SB 2223 - An Act relative to increasing city of Gloucester parking fines

Most read bills of the week:

SB2347 - An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns

HB4558 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4549 - An Act providing for capital facility repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth

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

HB4565 - Text of an amendment, recommended by the committee on Ways and Means, to the Senate Bill to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns (Senate, No. 2347). June 6, 2018.

SB479 - An Act relative to 2030 and 2040 emissions benchmarks

HB4401 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2019

SB2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future

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

House Actions This Week: 487

Senate Actions This Week: 293


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