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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

Must-Reads

Ann Coulter Smears Immigrant Children as ‘Child Actors’ » The Daily Beast During a Sunday night Fox News panel show that also included Donald Trump Jr.’s new girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Coulter declared that any kids seen …

Laura Ingraham: Migrant child detention centers 'essentially summer camps' » The Hill Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday described the child detention facilities housing immigrant youth as “essentially summer camps.” …

Nurse staffing initiative petition survives court challenge » State House News Service The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that the initiative petition seeking to impose limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned to care for at a time can go to voters on the November b…

Reax: Policy, politics world digests SJC's surtax spurn » State House News Service Reaction continued Monday afternoon as policymakers and advocacy groups came to terms with the Supreme Judicial Court's 5-2 decision derailing the constitutional amendment calling for an income surtax…

Transpo chair sees surtax ruling as "loss for the Commonwealth" » State House News Service The state's high court on Monday struck a proposed $2 billion income surtax from November's ballot, ruling the question could pose a "conundrum" for voters by improperly asking them to make one decisi…

Democrats will need to regroup on taxes in wake of SJC ruling » State House News Service No longer a political safety net, the death of the "millionaire's tax" ballot question on Monday could put Beacon Hill Democrats in the hot seat leading into this year's elections to either scale back…

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country » New York Times A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee’s one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Then they descended on Antioch, a quiet Nashville suburb, armed with iPad…

‘Nooooooooooo!’ and other reactions to the Massachusetts millionaire tax court ruling » Boston.com

Boston City Council to take up lobbying rules — two years after Walsh made his proposal » Boston Globe Two years after Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed what he called tough reforms of municipal lobbying laws, the City Council seems ready to tackle the issue – with its own proposal. …

“I think immediately we should go back to the setting where we’re not ripping children away from their parents, and then we expect Congress to take whatever action is necessary to fix this on a permanent basis,”

Mitt Romney

Calling on President Trump to stop separating families at the Southern border.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

GOP governors dodge family separations fallout » Politico ‘Separating children from their parents is bad policy and heartbreaking,’ said one governor.…

Business

Startup aims to make allies of human gut’s microbes » Boston Globe It sounds like a preposterous idea: Collect a sample of every type of bacteria that lives in the human gut. But that’s the goal of Bernat Olle, an MIT-trained chemical engineer. …

Wedding bells are ringing, but justices of the peace aren’t getting the call » Boston Globe These days, many newlyweds have touching stories about how they bucked tradition by choosing to be married by a family member or friend — an increasingly common practice in Massachusetts, where…

BJ's IPO could value company over $2B » Worcester Business Journal Westborough bulk retailer BJ's Wholesale Club said it is anticipating selling 37.5 million shares for between $15 and $17 in its initial public offering, a price valuing the company at over $2 billion…

In The Running For Amazon's HQ2, Suffolk Downs Turns Toward Redevelopment » WBUR The Suffolk Downs racetrack is one of 20 sites still in the running to become Amazon's second headquarters. The stakes: 50,000 high-paying jobs. …

Student loan firm to pay $44k in refunds » Berkshire Eagle

Education

Layoffs possible at Quincy College » Patriot Ledger Quincy College nursing program faculty members are at risk of layoff, as the college struggles to make up for millions in lost tuition because the state has shut down the program.…

Environment

Environmental bond bill with local earmarks passes House » The Recorder The $2 billion state environmental bond bill that passed the House last week includes money for projects in Greenfield, Colrain, Orange and other Franklin County communities.…

Seashore advisory board meets, but uncertainty lingers » Cape Cod Times More than a year after it was last allowed to meet by the federal government, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission convened Monday to catch up, moving through a full agenda amid continue…

Federal

Political Notes: 'Breaking up families is cruel,' Tedeschi says » Cape Cod Times Peter Tedeschi, a Republican candidate challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., in the 9th Congressional District race, has joined the growing chorus of politicians condemning separat…

Children’s wails sharpen outcry over border policy » Boston Globe President Trump has vanquished Republicans and Democrats with his mastery of the media and disregard for facts. With denials and by shifting blame to victims, he has survived allegations of sexual abu…

Baker Cancels National Guard Deployment To Border, Citing 'Inhumane' Treatment Of Children And Families » WGBH Governor Charlie Baker is canceling the deployment of Massachusetts National Guard troops to the border in light of recent reports about the Trump Administration’s practice of separating immigr…

Romney calls for ‘disturbing’ family separations to stop » The Washington Post

Joe Kennedy III Railed Against Family Separation Policy at a “Tent City” in Texas » Boston Globe Massachusetts Dems are sounding the alarm over inhumanity at the border. …

Gaming

Massachusetts Sports Betting Must Wait Until 2019, Says Gov. Charlie Baker: Slow and Steady Outlook Called For » Casino.org Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Bay State will look seriously at legalizing sports betting, but he doesn’t see it happening this year.…

Health Care

SJC clears measure on nurse staffing ratio for November ballot » Boston Globe The state’s highest court cleared the way on Monday for voters to express their views on nurse staffing levels in Massachusetts hospitals, ruling in favor of a ballot petition backed by the Mas…

Mass. House seeks $450 million to prop up struggling community hospitals » Boston Globe The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up legislation that would slap $450 million in new assessments on the health care industry to prop up struggling community hospitals but…

Southcoast Health reviews culture, fires two after allegations of sexual misconduct » Boston Business Journal Southcoast Health System has fired two employees and completed a review of its workplace policies in the wake of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations that involved not only female employees bu…

House seeks to help community hospitals with $450M assessment on insurers, large hospitals » Boston Business Journal A House bill that would assist struggling community hospitals by levying $450 million in new assessments on insurers and large hospitals over the next three years will be debated Tuesday. …

Immigration

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey calls Trump administration's family separation policy 'immoral and reprehensible' » The Republican

Maura Healey joins other AGs in calling for end of family separation at border » Fox 25 News

Labor

Reinstated Whittier workers say they were blocked from center » Boston Globe A group of Whittier Street Health Center workers who were laid off suddenly late last week, then apparently reinstated on Sunday, said they were kicked off the property when they tried to attend a sta…

Nurses applaud SJC ruling on staffing that allows ballot question » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Representatives of the Massachusetts Nurses Association are counting down the days until the November election after the state’s highest court ruled Monday that a petition initiative that limit…

Spilka: Breakthrough might be imminent on paid leave » State House News Service

Local Government

Sunderland is 300 years old, and three residents have lived there a third of that » The Recorder With horns honking, children cheering and brass bands blaring, Sunderland was alive with the sounds of happiness.…

Legal claim says city ‘deceived and defrauded’ in enforcing false License Commission rules » Cambridge Day The city has received a legal complaint from a half-dozen of its most recognizable names in food and entertainment saying they have been “deceived and defrauded” by Cambridge agencies and …

Survey: Worcester voters want ballot question on Community Preservation Act » Worcester Telegram & Gazette City voters appear to clearly want the opportunity to decide at the ballot box whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act.…

Waltham's Nabulime announces run for Ward 6 council seat » Wicked Local Waltham

Marijuana

Charlton pot farm battle is taken to the state » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Residents have taken the pot farm battle to state authorities and will petition selectmen at a board meeting Tuesday to rescind a host agreement that could bring the largest marijuana business in the …

Opinion

The EU melting pot is melting down » Boston Globe One hundred ten years ago the British author Israel Zangwill completed his play “The Melting Pot.” Premiered in Washington in October 1908 — where it was enthusiastically applauded …

Misguided millionaires tax was a nonstarter » Boston Globe Make no mistake, Massachusetts just dodged the economic bullet that the so-called millionaires tax would have been.…

Laura Bush and Melania Trump break through the madness on immigration policy » Boston Globe It’s women’s work. Because, after all, it involves children. That must be why Laura Bush — with some assistance from Melania Trump — became the voice of reason and Republic…

Harvard can’t have it all » The Washington Post Rule No. 1 of successful litigation: find yourself a sympathetic plaintiff. The anti-affirmative action activists behind the current lawsuit charging Harvard University with racial discrimination in u…

Elizabeth Warren can unify Democrats and take back the White House » The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been very vocal of late. She recently leveled sharp criticism against Democrats who bowed before the “billionaire class” and voted to weaken the restrai…

President Trump must put an end to family separation » Boston Herald President Trump is clearly doing a bad job of marketing the whole “family separation” policy at the U.S. Mexican border, so maybe what he needs is a better name.…

Howie Carr: Working stiffs catch break as court nixes 'millionaire tax' ploy » Boston Herald The “millionaire tax” is dead, and no matter how much money you make, that’s great news for you — at least if you’re not a hack or an illegal immigrant.…

Christopher K. Powell: Reacts to comments about Senate candidates » Gazette Net After reading “Gender & Politics” by Dave Eisenstadter (June 9-10), I had to respond to the line drawn in the sand by Rachel Gordon whose comments were hard to believe. …

Study: N-S Rail Link cost at least $12.3b » Commonwealth Magazine Dukakis says numbers have 'no relation to reality' …

Auditor on target with park mismanagement probe (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

3rd District candidate Rufus Gifford made splash in Denmark -- and Danish documentary followed every step of the way » Lowell Sun In the penultimate episode of the documentary series "I Am the Ambassador," Rufus Gifford visits a Danish high school and is greeted eagerly by beaming students snapping pictures on their phones as if…

Sen. L’Italien Rallies Supporters During Weekend Canvass in Haverhill » WHAV As September’s congressional primary inches closer, Sen. Barbara L’Italien is making her platform known across the Merrimack Valley. On Saturday, L’Italien was joined by supporter…

State Representative Candidate Robinson Hosting Kick-Off Celebration on June 25 » Framingham Source On Monday, June 25, the Committee to Elect Maria Robinson will host a kick off celebration, marking the official start of her write-in campaign for state representative. The event is open to the publi…

Governor candidate Gonzalez visits Northampton, gets endorsement » Gazette Net As November draws closer, eyes are on Democratic primaries across the country as the party looks to define its opposition to Donald Trump and the Republican Party.…

What’s next for Mass. progressives now that the ‘millionaires tax’ has been tossed out by court? » Boston Globe

Public Health

As Massachusetts mulls changing smoking age to 21, questions remain » Wicked Local The effort to increase the tobacco sales age limit to 21 years will undoubtedly cut into the revenue of convenience stores, including the 7-Eleven Dennis Lane has owned for 44 years.…

Public Safety

'It Can Happen To Anybody': Judge From Trooper Case Says Daughter Is 'Just A Kid With A Substance Use Disorder' » WBUR Thousands of parents in Massachusetts are dealing with a child with a substance use disorder — but few are dealing with it in such public a manner as Dudley District Court Judge Tim Bibaud.…

State Government

Berkshire County veterans oppose statue of African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois » The Republican A group of Berkshire County veterans oppose plans to install a statue of W.E.B. Du Bois in front of the Great Barrington library, saying the scholar's association with Communism disqualifies him from …

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Why Some States and Cities Want to Secede » Governing The push to form new governments is heating up in places from Georgia to California. …

Gonzalez blasts Baker for quasi-public agency pay hikes » Boston Herald

Taxation

Business Groups Applaud, While Progressives Bemoan 'Millionaire's Tax' Ruling » WBUR Business groups in Massachusetts are applauding, and progressive activists and organized labor are expressing disappointment, after the Supreme Judicial Court on Monday rejected the so-called "Fair Sh…

Voters won’t be able to weigh in on the millionaires tax. How about the Legislature? » Boston Globe In a decision policy makers and advocates have waited for months to arrive, the Supreme Judicial Court on Monday sounded a death knell for the so-called “millionaires tax.”…

Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot » Boston Herald Massachusetts' highest court on Monday struck down a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question, blocking it from going before state voters in November and ending advocates' hopes for generating some …

Democrats look to regroup in wake of millionaire's tax ruling » The Enterprise No longer a political safety net, the death of the “millionaire’s tax” ballot question on Monday could put Beacon Hill Democrats in the hot seat leading into this year’s elec…

Tax debate returns to Legislature after SJC strikes down Massachusetts millionaire's tax » MassLive The Supreme Judicial Court on Monday effectively threw the battle over taxes in Massachusetts back to the state Legislature. …

SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot » Commonwealth Magazine Court rules provisions of question not sufficiently related …

Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest » Commonwealth Magazine https://commonwealthmagazine.org/the-download/grand-bargain-talks-can-now-begin-in-earnest/…

The Supreme Judicial Court Just Killed the Millionaire’s Tax » Boston Globe An idea with overwhelming support statewide has been stricken from the ballot. …

Transportation

North-South rail link would cost $12b, maybe much more, study estimates » Boston Globe Connecting the North and South train stations in Boston by tunnel would come at a Big Dig-level cost of at least $12 billion, and possibly as high as $21.5 billion, state officials said Monday.…

Parking prices will go up at 32 T stations, to as high as $10 a day — but drop at others » Boston Globe MBTA riders avoided a fare increase this year, but some will be paying more to park at train stations.…

'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders at Springfield's Union Station » The Republican Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station.…

Ten-dollar fees part of $8.5 million MBTA parking $$$ plan » State House News Service Drivers who park and ride from MBTA facilities during the work week will pay steeper prices at the more popular garages but could receive discounts at underused lots, under a policy adopted by the MBT…

MBTA to try surge pricing for parking » Commonwealth Magazine

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link » Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines.…

Straus: Rail link info shows project "expensive and unnecessary" » State House News Service A new projection of what it would take to build an underground rail link between North and South stations bolsters the argument against the project, according to Rep. William Straus, House chairman of…

State urging feedback on MBTA's unlimited opportunities » State House News Service

Utilities

Savoy, Florida back wireless route to last-mile internet » Berkshire Eagle Two Berkshires communities bringing up the rear on last-mile internet access have picked a business partner — one that would not cost local taxpayers a dime. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

SJC upholds nurse staffing ballot question » The Republican

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

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

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

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

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

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