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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am JVS Bridges to College Graduation, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:30am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Annual Spring Fundraiser for Auditor Suzanne Bump

6:00pm House Party for State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford

Must-Reads

Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department » Boston Globe An outside counsel hired by the city to independently review the Boston Fire Department’s handling of harassment and misconduct allegations has a long history of representing City Hall in emplo…

Shell-shocked Democrats regroup in Wisconsin » Politico Donald Trump’s romp through white, working class America in 2016 was nowhere more traumatic for Democrats than in Wisconsin, which flipped Republican in a presidential race for the first time s…

DraftKings, tech sector lobby for sports betting in Massachusetts » Boston Herald DraftKings and one of the state’s powerful technology industry associations is advocating for Massachusetts to legalize sports betting, arguing the new industry would boost the state’s t…

John Walsh: Why Charlie Baker is beatable » Commonwealth Magazine

Paychecks balloon on Gov. Charlie Baker's watch despite his vow to reform spending » Boston Herald Bloated salaries at many of the state’s under-scrutinized quasi-public agencies have rapidly ballooned under Gov. Charlie Baker’s watch — despite the Republican’s promises …

Caputo amends testimony to say a Russian offered dirt on Clinton » The Buffalo News Through his lawyer, Republican operative Michael R. Caputo of East Aurora has told a House committee that he wants to add to the testimony he gave a year ago as the congressional panel investigated Ru…

SJC rejects ‘millionaires tax’ ballot question » Boston Globe The Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a ballot question that would raise the state income tax on Massachusetts’ highest earners and put that money into transportation and education, deliverin…

“One of the personnel said we treat these folks like they’re our kids,” Kennedy said. “Yeah, but they’re not your kids, they’re somebody else’s kids and they’re screaming for their parents.”

Representative Joe Kennedy III

Speaking about the tent city facility in Tornillo Texas.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton And His Wife Announce They Are Expecting Their First Child » WBUR U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton used Father's Day to announce some personal news. Moulton said he and his wife Liz Boardman are expecting their first child — a girl — in the fall.…

Business

Wayfair, anticipating rapid growth, leases more office space in the Back Bay » Boston Globe The fast-expanding online retailer said it has signed a lease for another 395,000 square feet of office space in the Back Bay that could eventually accommodate 4,000 employees.…

Local access channels getting tuned out » Commonwealth Magazine Cable companies keep programming in standard def, off channel guides…

UMass Amherst Lauds $47 Million in Capital Authorization For New Biotechnology and Precision Manufacturing Initiative » News & Media Relations Legislation signed today by Governor Charlie Baker will provide nearly $463 million in capital and reauthorize a tax incentive program to continue to grow Massachusetts’ life sciences industry.…

State renews law to boost biotechnology sector » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that seeks to continue the state's commitment to the life sciences industry over the next five years. …

Globe, after extensive review, suspends columnist » Boston Globe The Boston Globe said Friday that it will suspend columnist Kevin Cullen without pay for three months after an examination of his work found significant problems in a series of radio interviews and so…

The MidTown Hotel Property Is Going on the Market » Boston Globe The old school Back Bay outpost harkens back to a more affordable, less flashy era of buildings long-since replaced by opulent, shiny towers. But now, the holdout where you can still manage to book a …

Gazette to outsource design of ads; 4 jobs will be lost » Gazette Net As part of a move across its parent company, Newspapers of New England, the Daily Hampshire Gazette is outsourcing its advertising design…

Gov. Charlie Baker signs $623 million life sciences bill » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a $623 million life sciences bill.…

Education

Massachusetts teachers push new education funding bill » Boston Herald As teachers and staff across the state’s school districts face layoffs amid budget pressures, frustrated educators and experts say it is time the Legislature take action on a proposal that woul…

Monfredo: House Members Need to Step Up & Support Funding for Education » Go Local Worcester “There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education, after all, is …

Taking a community approach to hunger » Cape Cod Times A Hyannis school is being praised as a “gold standard” for a breakfast program that anti-hunger advocates want implemented at high-poverty schools statewide.…

How Your School District Scored On The MCAS Over The Last 10 Years » WBUR Though Massachusetts public schools rank first in the nation, significant disparities remain between various demographics: White students, for example, score higher on the MCAS than minority students …

How The State's 'Grand' Education Bargain Came To Be — And How It Comes Up Short » WBUR Working in a Brockton elementary school, Kathleen Smith tried to hold the attention of large classes — as many as 35 grade-schoolers in one big room. And conditions were deteriorating. …

Environment

Rising seas could mean 62,000 Mass. homes will face chronic flooding by 2060, report says » Boston Globe Nearly 62,000 homes and $45 billion worth of real estate in Massachusetts could face chronic flooding from sea level rise in the decades to come, according to a report out Monday, with the effects bei…

$2.2 billion bond bill for climate change adaptation passes House » Sentinel & Enterprise Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of June 11-15. …

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Linsky amendments could mean environmental money for Natick, Millis » The Metro West Daily News A bill that puts more than $2 billion toward protecting Massachusetts against climate change and conserving natural resources passed the state House of Representatives with amendments that could benef…

Rep. Kane Joins House In Approving $3B Environmental Bond Bill » Framingham Patch House Bill 4599, "An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity," provides a five-year blueprint for …

Sea Level Rise Could Threaten 90,000 Homes In Mass., Study Finds » WBUR If nothing is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions from their current levels — and if the world as it's known to climate scientists doesn’t shift in some dramatic way — the coast…

Funding Authorized for Winter Pond, Middlesex Fells Reservation » Framingham Patch

Health Care

Delta Dental, dentists find common ground on payment rates » Boston Globe A year after sparring over payment rates, Massachusetts dentists and the state’s largest dental insurer have made peace.…

Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public » Boston Globe World War II veteran Rosario “Russ” Bonanno was facing worsening dementia when his family took him last year to the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Bedford. He had been in a…

The Limits to Trump's Medicaid Freedom for States » Governing The president promised to give states more flexibility on health care. His administration has -- but with some restrictions. …

Housing

'We're Just Hoping For A Miracle': Hurricane Maria Evacuees Brace For End Of Housing Assistance » WBUR Nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, there are an estimated 300 families still living in hotels in Massachusetts with FEMA and the state footing the bill.…

Human Services

Massachusetts Legislators Take on SNAP Program to Try Living on $5 a Day » NECN Two Massachusetts legislators took on a week-long challenge from two major food banks to see if they could live on $5 a day.…

Higgins takes a $4.65-per-day lesson in food benefits for needy » Sentinel & Enterprise As she reached the final stretch of a challenge to live off just $4.65 of food per day, state Rep. Natalie Higgins said she was experiencing fatigue, weight loss and a mounting craving for the iced co…

Immigration

Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy near ‘tent city’ for children » Boston Globe Representative Joe Kennedy III joined protesters at the Texas border Sunday and blasted President Trump for separating migrant children from their parents, comparing those fleeing violence in Central …

Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy » Boston Globe Representative Joe Kennedy III joined protesters at the Texas border Sunday and blasted President Trump for separating migrant children from their parents, comparing those fleeing violence in Central…

Judiciary

Gardner retires from Clinton District Court » Worcester Telegram First Justice Robert Gardner Jr., of Ayer, was honored on the occasion of his retirement at the Clinton District Court on May 31.…

AG: Embattled Salem judge should not be impeached » Newburyport News The state's top prosecutor said Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley, or any judge acting within the bounds of the law, should not be impeached.…

Mass. budget amendment aims to relieve backlog in Worcester juvenile court » Worcester Telegram Central Massachusetts legislators are pushing to retain an amendment adopted in the Senate budget that would add a justice to the Worcester County Juvenile Court for the fiscal year beginning July 1.…

State's highest court kills ‘millionaires’ tax’ proposal » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday struck down a proposal to impose higher income taxes on state residents making $1 million or more a year, ruling that it violates the state’s …

Labor

Whittier Street Health Center reverses cuts after Walsh steps in » Boston Business Journal Three days after Whittier Street Health Center announced that it would lay off 20 employees in the midst of a unionization effort, the community health center reversed the cuts.…

SJC upholds nurse staffing ballot question » The Republican The Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ballot question that would mandate nurse staffing ratios, sending the question to voters in November 2018.…

AG Healey’s office funds summer jobs » Boston.com

Legislative

Beacon Hill Roll Call » Worcester Telegram House 143-3, approved a bond bill allowing the state to borrow up to $2.2 billion for climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets.…

Local Government

New Salem to vote on pot moratorium, state flag resolution » The Recorder Next year’s budget, a marijuana moratorium, state flag resolution and new police cruiser are all up for discussion at this year’s annual Town Meeting.…

State intervention in Methuen finances likely comes with oversight » Eagle Tribune The city's request to borrow nearly $4 million from the state will most likely come with financial oversight from the Department of Revenue, according to local and state officials.…

Rockland selectman withdraws lawsuit to block release of surveillance footage » Patriot Ledger A selectman who has accused the town administrator of behaving inappropriately toward her withdrew a lawsuit Friday morning seeking to block the town from releasing surveillance footage of an after-ho…

Marijuana

Cash-only possible for first pot sales in Mass. » Boston Globe The first stores licensed to sell recreational marijuana in Massachusetts should be open in a few weeks. But anyone hoping to plunk down $60 for an eighth of an ounce of weed might have to leave the p…

Hard for women to break into legal marijuana business » Boston Herald Women looking to break into the legal weed business are bumping up against a green ceiling.…

Cannabis association convening forum as it seeks to build positive image » State House News Service The sale of retail marijuana in Massachusetts is no longer a debate. It's an industry. So where's the industry association?…

Would you smoke a joint in front of your kids? » Boston Globe

Opinion

This summer, there will be no vacation from Trump talk » Boston Globe I don’t speak French, but I am fluent in the international language of heated conversations.…

Three pieces of ‘employability’ advice for college seniors » Commonwealth Magazine A little planning will go a long way in finding a good career match …

Telling the wrong story about racial discrimination in education » Boston Globe In 2015, Indian-American Vijay Chokal-Ingam, brother of actress Mindy Kaling, went public with his story of posing as a black man to benefit from race-conscious admissions policies at medical schools.…

How immigration policy has affected one mother and her child » Boston Globe Sitting on the couch in the crook of his mother’s arm in their Everett apartment, his two hands wrapped tight around hers…

Modest immigration reforms in Mass. could send a powerful message » Boston Globe Massachusetts sheriffs have plenty on their plates, and shouldn’t be spending their time on federal immigration. That would go from common sense to state law if the Legislature approves modest …

Editorial: Lottery must get with the times and go online » Boston Herald Too big to fail? That’s what all those Wall Street banks thought about their corporations before the 2008 financial crisis. More recent history also shows that an industry giant unwilling to ad…

Are we doomed? » Boston Globe I’ve just returned from a relaxing, computer-free vacation in parts unknown. Now that I am reconnected to my favorite newspapers and websites, I am forced to conclude: Doom is right around the …

EDITORIAL: Healey reaches higher in opioid lawsuit » Lowell Sun Massachusetts' war against the opioid epidemic has opened up a new battlefront -- pharmaceutical companies negligently pushing their addictive products on an unsuspecting public -- and no doubt this i…

Harbor barrier study undermined by assumptions » Commonwealth Magazine Starting point of UMass Boston research dictated conclusions …

How to solve homelessness » Commonwealth Magazine Solutions abound; they just need money …

Politics

NFL players to moderate district attorney candidates' talk » The Register Citizen Three New England Patriots players will lead a discussion about the criminal justice system with candidates for Suffolk district attorney.…

Candidates agree on positive steps in U.S. diplomacy with North Korea » Lowell Sun The 10 Democratic and one independent candidate running in the 3rd Congressional District agree diplomacy with North Korea is a welcomed path, but also agree the legitimacy of progress toward denuclea…

Wife of late state Rep. Peter Kocot has endorsed Diana Szynal in race for his former seat » The Republican Shauneen Kocot, the wife of late State representative Peter Kocot, has endorsed candidate Diana Szynal to fill his former seat in the 1st Hampshire District.…

Dan Carey endorsed by Rep. John Velis in 2nd Hampshire District race » The Republican An at-large Easthampton city councilor running as a Democrat in the 2nd Hampshire House District has won the endorsement of a neighboring state representative. Rep. John Velis (D-Westfield) on Friday …

Diehl seeks Warren’s mantle » Wicked Local Tewksbury Getting through a long, hot summer is never easy. But as the calendar ticks closer to the Sept. 4 primaries, Republican and independent candidates are crisscrossing the state to gin up support and the…

'Grand bargain' talks on ballot questions fail to produce deal » Eagle Tribune Talks aimed at keeping three costly questions off the November ballot have failed to yield any breakthroughs, with a deadline fast approaching.…

Public Health

Springfield considers regulations for vaping in public » The Republican Some city councilors and the city's health commissioner have agreed to consider regulations that would prohibit vaping in public spaces ranging from restaurants to the MGM Springfield casino. …

Public Safety

Sherborn state senator supports 'ERPO' bill » Wicked Local Walpole The bill is also known as the “red flag” or “ERPO” bill, would allow a judge the ability to order the suspension and surrender of any licensed firearms from an at-risk person w…

State police woes compounded with new lawsuit filed by sergeant » Boston Herald A state police sergeant is suing the embattled agency and one of its troopers over claims she’s being punished for blowing the whistle on files of porn she found while on the job at the academy…

State Government

A Slow Burn For Both Marijuana Stores And Education Funding In Massachusetts » New England Public Radio Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.…

Governor Charlie Baker says Mass. National Guard will not help with patrols on Mexican border » Boston Globe

Charlie Baker Will No Longer Send the National Guard to the Border » Boston Globe

Taxation

An inheritance damaged by delayed taxes » Boston Globe Barry Arntz thought he and his sister owned the house passed down to them by their deceased mother “free and clear” — no mortgages, no liens, no encumbrances of any sort.…

On Beacon Hill, tense wait for SJC 'millionaire tax' ruling » Worcester Telegram All eyes are on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as it determines the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a 4 percent surtax on any portion of an individual’s …

SJC ruling on ‘millionaires tax’ coming Monday » Boston Globe The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled on whether a ballot question that would hike the state income tax on Massachusetts’ highest earners and put that money into transportation and education wil…

Transportation

The Seaport gondola idea isn’t dead yet » Boston Globe The Boston Planning and Development Agency announced this week it would review the vexing topic of Seaport transportation problems. Again.…

Rail link tunnel will cost at least $12B, state-sponsored study says » Boston Business Journal

Utilities

Pacheco: Putting price on carbon is not a tax » Commonwealth Magazine Senate calls its proposal a market-based compliance system …

Sunday Notebook: Tran sets sights on energy providers » Sentinel & Enterprise WHILE UNITIL, FITCHBURG'S only energy provider, wasn't mentioned during the debate of a comprehensive energy bill in the state Senate Thursday, there is little doubt that state Sen. Dean Tran's amendm…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/18

10:00am JVS Bridges to College Graduation, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:30am Department of Public Health Hearing, Public Health Council Room, 2nd Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Annual Spring Fundraiser for Auditor Suzanne Bump

6:00pm House Party for State Sen. Candidate Jo Comerford

Tuesday - 6/19

9:00am Greater Boston Employer Advisory Board Awards Breakfast, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:00am Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Ceremony, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Export Development, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Shaunna O'Connell Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Sheriff Tom Hodgson

6:00pm Spring Reception for Rep. David DeCoste

6:30pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Alex Bezanson

7:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Terry Ryan

Wednesday - 6/20

Birthdays: Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator Mark Montigny

7:30am Mass. State Police Spring Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:00am Unsung Heroine Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:30am Pollinator Week Event, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

5:00pm House Party for State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

5:30pm State Rep. Candidate Joe Truschelli Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm State Auditor Candidate Helen Brady Campaign Kickoff

6:30pm Meet & Greet with Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie

7:00pm Progressive Mass Summer Soiree & Awards honoring Rep. Mary Keefe, Jonathan Cohn & Rev. Jim Mitulski

Thursday - 6/21

Birthdays: Rep. James Dwyer

9:00am Celebration Honoring Excellence in Teaching, Great Hall, State House, Boston

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, Mass. Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:30am Department of Fish & Game Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm State Library Author Talk: Patricia Harris and David Lyon, State Library, State House, Boston

5:00pm Cheryl Coakley-Rivera Announcement for Candidacy of Hampden Register of Deeds

5:30pm 8th Annual Rep. Jim Lyons Summer Campaign Cookout

5:30pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Dan Hunt

5:30pm Fundraiser for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

6:00pm Rep. Susan Williams Gifford Re-Election Campaign Kickoff with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

6:30pm Rep. Jim Hawkins Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Strawberry Social with State Sen. Candidate Margaret Busse

7:00pm Conversations, Coffee & Cocktails with State Rep. Candidate Rich Haggerty

Friday - 6/22

Birthdays: Rep. Kay Khan

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate Patriotic Reception


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