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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator Mark Montigny

Must-Reads

Employers warn health care assessments adding up » State House News Service The state's largest business group is calling on the Legislature to take more seriously the need to lower health costs. …

Winchester senator hopes to revive income surtax on wealthy » State House News Service After the state's highest court torpedoed a proposed new tax on Monday, a Winchester Democrat announced his intention to pick up the pieces for another try next session, when his plan will have the su…

To rescue community hospitals, House agrees to new round of assessments » State House News Service The House on Tuesday night passed health care reform legislation that uses $337 million in new assessments to stabilize community hospitals and charts a new course to help the Legislature make decisio…

Stephen Miller is the architect of family separation at the border. He must go. » Boston Globe IN ANY OTHER WHITE HOUSE, someone like Stephen Miller never would have had a job. Now Donald Trump’s 32-year-old senior adviser has caused his biggest outrage yet: the family separation crisis …

With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education? » Boston Globe As a matter of public policy, I was torn on the measure. With Beacon Hill reluctant to raise taxes, progressives had little choice but to stick it to the wealthy via a voter initiative. A recent WBUR …

Kirstjen Nielsen heckled by protesters at Mexican restaurant. Other diners applauded them. » The Washington Post Protesters entered a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening to heckle Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. She appeared to sit quietly with her head down for more than 10 …

Rep. Katherine Clark: "I Would Politely Decline" Help From Bill Clinton On Campaign Trail » WGBH Rep. Katherine Clark says she would not accept campaign help from former President Bill Clinton and encouraged fellow Democrats to follow suit. …

Peter Lucas: On the road with the 'Mayor of Massachusetts' » Lowell Sun He is not the Mayor of America. That was the late Boston Mayor Kevin White. He was the Boston pol we dubbed Kevin Deluxe, the Mayor of America, because of his lavish political lifestyle (financed by t…

Spilka plans "welcoming environment" in Senate » Lowell Sun The first time Karen Spilka visited the State House was the day she was sworn in as a state representative after winning a 2001 special election. …

Democratic candidates vow to dump Pelosi » Politico A growing number of hopefuls say they won’t back her for speaker if Democrats win the House. Pelosi has little margin for error. …

Corey Lewandowski Dismisses Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: 'Womp, Womp' » The Huffington Post Corey Lewandowski enraged a fellow panelist on Fox News on Tuesday when he derisively brushed off reports of a girl with Down syndrome being separated from her mother at the U.S.-Mexico border. …

Middlemen drive up patient drug costs » Commonwealth Magazine AS LEADERS OF organizations dealing with two of the most difficult chronic conditions to treat – hemophilia and HIV/AIDS – we consistently hear stories about how patients living with the…

“[If asked], I would politely decline,” Clark said in an interview Tuesday with Boston Public Radio. “It’s not because I don’t think he did some good things in his presidency, and continues to, but I think that this issue in this time, we’d need to hear more of an apology.”

Representative Katherine Clark

On accepting campaign help from Bill Clinton.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

The politics of payback » Commonwealth Magazine

Business

Massachusetts health bill helps community hospitals at expense of insurers, expert says » Boston Business Journal State legislators are turning to the insurance market to help save community hospitals, but some are concerned about what the assessments might do to an already shaky insurance industry. …

FDA retreats: Maple syrup may not need an ‘added sugars’ label, after all » Boston Globe The Food and Drug Administration will rethink its controversial proposal to require maple syrup and honey producers to label their products as containing added sugars.…

Speaker of the House DeLeo Offering Keynote Address at Friday’s MV Chamber Luncheon » WHAV Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo is the featured speaker at Friday’s Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce executive luncheon at The Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill.…

Citibank to pay $100M to settle fraud allegations » Berkshire Eagle Citibank has agreed to pay $100 million to settle allegedly fraudulent conduct relating to the manipulation of LIBOR interest rates that misled governmental and nonprofit entities in Massachusetts and…

GE is dropped from Dow Jones industrial average » Boston Globe General Electric Co. was booted out of the Dow Jones industrial average Tuesday, a symbolic indignity that reflects the decline of the Boston-based giant as it tries to remake itself in the Internet e…

Spilka: Breakthrough may be imminent on paid leave » The Metro West Daily News Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, acknowedged that paid leave was part of so-called “grand bargain” negotiations to address ballot questions within the Legislature, but did not provide details…

Education

Charter committee mulls abolishing school board » The Eagle Tribune Citing redundancy in positions and distrust between city and school officials, Charter Review Committee Chairman Dennis DiZoglio has proposed combining the School Committee and the City Council.…

As Charter Schools Narrow Achievement Gaps, Some Rethink Strict Discipline » WBUR As charter schools have experimented over the last 20-plus years, they have made some headway in closing the academic achievement gap — the disparity between certain groups of students such as …

WBUR Poll: Most Mass. Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes To Support Local Schools » WBUR Though Massachusetts public schools regularly rank as top in the nation, a clear majority of the state's voters believe they need improvement, according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs)…

Environment

Lawmakers adopt $1M proposal to fix Swampscott Fish House » Wicked Local Swampscott’s iconic Fish House, long pier and boathouse sustained significant damage during the winter’s conveyor belt of winter storms - and state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, annou…

The state is set to spend bucks on the regions beaches » Lynn Daily News Item Revere and Nahant are set to get their share of a $900 million budget for the state’s natural resources.…

New technology tracks Connecticut River nitrogen pollution in Massachusetts » The Republican Federal efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound depend upon what happens upstream, and states along the Connecticut River -- including Massachusetts -- must help solve the problem, a…

Health Care

Lawmakers demand secret VA nursing home data be released after report » Boston Globe Several members of Congress demanded Tuesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs release a full complement of nursing home data that the agency has kept hidden from the public for years, citing a …

Business group urges Legislature to lower health care costs » Boston Herald The state’s largest business group is calling on the Legislature to take more seriously the need to lower health costs.…

Warren town hall hears about health care, taxes, splitting families » The Local News Taxes, the environment, and health care were all aired at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s town hall meeting on Saturday. But the treatment of families at the border with Mexico proved to be a partic…

Billionaire trio forms health care firm to be based in Boston » Boston Herald A new health care company created by an all-star lineup of A-list CEOs has tapped a Brigham and Women's doctor to be its lead, and will be headquartered in Boston. …

New Bezos, Buffett, and Dimon health care company will be based in Boston, run by Dr. Atul Gawande » Boston Globe The new health care company being formed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will be based in Boston and will be led by author and Br…

Housing

Why are millennials living at home? Housing costs and student debt, for starters » Boston Globe Monica Beato-Howson’s dining room was starting to look more like a dorm room earlier this month, cluttered with books, linens, lamps, and clothing. The interior decorator was her son, Gabriel H…

Immigration

Area politicians decry family separation policy » Gazette Net For area politicians, the reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is pretty uniform: “horrible,” “rep…

Immigrant groups to protest separation of migrant families » Boston Herald Immigrant activists are calling for a rally in front of the Massachusetts State House to protest President Donald Trump's administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.…

How to Protest the Family Separation Policy in Boston » Boston Globe If you’ve been following news this week about Trump administration’s brutal family separation policy that is tearing children from their parents’ arms en masse at the southern bor…

Walsh Calls Trump ‘An Embarrassment’ Over Child Separation Policy At Border » CBS Local Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had some harsh words for President Donald Trump and his administration’s actions that have led to immigrant children being separated f…

Hundreds rally at Massachusetts Statehouse against Trump family separation immigration policy » The Republican

Labor

Mass. workers would benefit greatly from grand bargain » Boston Globe Lawmakers, liberal activists, and business groups are moving quickly toward a grand bargain that aims to reshape the workplace for millions of Massachusetts residents and avoid a bitter electoral show…

Gov. Charlie Baker still hoping for 'grand bargain' on ballot questions » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he is still hopeful that a "grand bargain" can be reached to keep some of the proposed ballot questions off the ballot in November.…

Massachusetts Legislature reaches 'grand bargain' on $15 minimum wage, sales tax holiday, paid leave » The Republican

'Grand bargain' could be state law by tonight » The Metro West Daily News

Legislative

Alleged sexual assault victim files suit against Hefner and Rosenberg » Boston Globe A then-State House aide who said Bryon Hefner sexually assaulted him is suing both the 31-year-old and his husband, former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg, alleging the former lawmaker “kn…

Accuser says Stanley Rosenberg conspired in estranged husband's alleged sex assault » Boston Herald Ex-Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and his estranged husband are being targeted for damages in a civil lawsuit by a former Beacon Hill legislative aide who says Bryon Hefner sexually abused him…

Lawsuit: Ex-Senate president Stan Rosenberg understood risk posed by spouse Bryon Hefner » MassLive A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an a…

Work of late Hampshire County Representative Peter Kocot honored » News 22 WWLP.com Students, teachers, and officials gathered at the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden in Florence Monday to honor the work of late Hampshire County Representative Peter Kocot.…

Lawsuit: Rosenberg Knew Estranged Husband Posed Risk » NECN A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an a…

Lawmakers start voting on deal to avert ballot questions » State House News Service Pressured by ballot activists, Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to advance a deal to knock a $1.2 billion sales tax reduction off the November ballot.…

Local Government

Orange votes to support changing the state flag, keeping plastic bags » MassLive Change the state flag, but keep plastic bags. That’s how Orange residents voted Tuesday night during the second and final leg of the annual Town Meeting.…

Barnstable looks to change two polling places » The Barnstable Patriot Voting for town elections is getting out of the public schools, Barnstable Town Clerk Ann Quirk reported to Barnstable Town Council June 7.…

Around 1K Western Mass. residents visit Sen. Eric Lesser's second annual 'Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair' in Springfield » MassLive Nearly 1,000 Western Mass. residents turned out to Sen.Eric P. Lesser's second annual "Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair" on Friday, to learn about local resources available to help them plan for retireme…

Unpaid taxes pile up in North Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle Abandoned factory sites. Swampland. A strip of land between two houses.…

Marijuana

The first recreational marijuana license in Mass. could be granted Thursday » Boston Globe Massachusetts regulators are expected to vote Thursday on the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana license.…

Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How do we report threats of any kind under SCA? » Sentinel & Enterprise In regards to the Safe Community Act, I often see the statement from both Natalie Higgins and Andrea Freeman that the SCA offers no "sanctuary" to people who commit crimes. Coming into our country wit…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Higgins is trying to convey rights on illegals » Sentinel & Enterprise The Mass. Fiscal Alliance flyer is 100 percent correct. There is no other way to put it. Rep. Natalie Higgins you are a prevaricator. They bill you co-sponsored in the House (H. 3269) does make Massac…

Trump voters must protest his border outrage » Boston Globe LOOK CLOSELY, Trump supporters. The action that has shocked the world and shamed this country — the ripping of terrified children from their parents at the border — is something you 

Wails of children is the sound of zero tolerance » Boston Globe I hurried home Monday afternoon to see my 2-year-old daughter. She likes blowing bubbles and eating pie and hugging the cat. Nearly every night before dinner, she interrupts the blessing to make sure …

The nation’s historical amnesia » Boston Globe ANYONE WHO BELIEVES the malicious separation of immigrant children from their parents is contrary to American values doesn’t understand what — and whom — America has always valued…

Editorial: Fair Share Amendment offered no fair choice - SJC decision was on the money » Worcester Telegram The state Supreme Judicial Court this week stripped the Millionaire Tax referendum from November’s ballot over what should have been clear to anyone who ever saw the question posed on Sesame St…

Striking down the ‘millionaires tax,’ the SJC cleans up Maura Healey’s mess » Boston Globe SHED NO TEARS for the “millionaires tax” ballot initiative, which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court struck down on Monday. …

Letter: State can do better for long-term care workers » Concord Monitor New Hampshire’s combination of the nation’s second-lowest unemployment rate and second-oldest population is brewing the perfect storm. …

Cranberry diplomacy » Cape Cod Times U.S. Rep. William Keating, who represents the Cape and Islands in Congress, recently scored a victory for cranberry growers across the state by facilitating a deal through which European nations will …

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns » Commonwealth Magazine Maybe commuter rail trains could operate as MBTA shuttles …

Yawkey Way renaming only sanitizes history » Commonwealth Magazine We should grapple with our past, not erase it …

Clive McFarlane: Baker's stand against Trump policy is too little too late » Worcester Telegram

Politics

McCourtys, Slater host debate ahead of district attorney election » New England Patriots Patriots Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty and Matthew Slater are no strangers to studying. They study the playbook and film constantly, but this week, they were doing a different kind of studying.…

Fresh off Democratic endorsement, Secretary of State challenger Josh Zakim visits Northampton » Valley Advocate Josh Zakim, a Boston City Councilor and a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State, visited the Northampton farmers’ market this afternoon alongside Mayor David Narkewicz, spea…

Campaign Notebook: Debate over Trump child-separation policy at border reverberates in Bay State races » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts Republicans’ endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, state Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, is defending Trump Administration border policy while blaming the current crisis over migrant c…

Secretary of State William Galvin debates Boston Councilor Josh Zakim in Swampscott » Wicked Local Topsfield Swampscott Democratic Town Committee recently hosted Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin and his challenger, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, in an evening forum.…

Northampton children learn organic gardening skills thanks to late Rep. Peter Kocot » The Republican Shauneen Kocot said her late husband was known for bringing bushels of produce from the Pioneer Valley to Beacon Hill to share with his colleagues.…

Another state legislator backs colleague in 3rd District contest » Lowell Sun Once a candidate for the seat himself in a previous election cycle, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge has now given his support in the crowded 3rd Congressional District race to his colleague, fellow state Se…

Another state legislator backs colleague in 3rd District contest » Lowell Sun Once a candidate for the seat himself in a previous election cycle, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge has now given his support in the crowded 3rd Congressional District race to his colleague, fellow state Se…

Sen. Eldridge Endorses Barbara L'Italien For Congress » Beacon Hill Patch Eldridge also announced a partnership between his re-election campaign and L'Italien campaign for Congress. …

Senator Jason Lewis Endorsed by Mass Alliance » Reading Patch Mass Alliance, a coalition of a wide range of political organizations dedicated to making Massachusetts more progressive, is proud to announce its endorsement of State Senator Jason Lewis, running for…

'Late Show' host Stephen Colbert skewers Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively » The Republican

Public Health

Boston taps law firm to sue pharma companies over opioid epidemic » Metro.us The city of Boston has retained a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies to recover damages from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday.…

Public Safety

Police Misconduct Is Increasingly a Financial Issue » Governing Lawsuits are costing governments millions, and, in some cases, forcing them to shut down departments. …

Bristol County Sheriff Accused In Lawsuit Of Illegally Imprisoning Immigrant » WBUR A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illeg…

Boston police seeks input before enacting drone policies » Boston Herald Drone technology may prove to be a big help to police investigating crime scenes or searching for suspects, but Boston police want to hear from the public before any official policy is set.…

Taxation

Reaction to SJC's tax ruling runs gamut from » Lowell Sun The 5-2 decision was carried by a majority opinion written by Judge Frank Gaziano. Judge Barbara Lenk wrote a concurring opinion. The dissenting opinion was written by Judge Kimberly Budd, with Chief …

Relief and dismay as court strikes down millionaire's tax ballot question » The Republican After three years of advocacy, two legislative votes, thousands of signatures and a court case, the Supreme Judicial Court on Monday dashed the hopes of liberal advocates as businesses breathed a sigh…

Massachusetts senator revives push for "millionaire tax" » Boston Herald A proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question may not be dead in Massachusetts, after all.…

Transportation

It Could Cost $21.5 Billon to Connect North and South Stations » Boston Magazine A new study from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority found a tunnel burrowed deep below Boston would rack up quite the price tag, though it might not move forward.…

MBTA repairman charged with stealing $80,000 from agency’s fare box system » Boston Globe

Utilities

State Senate approves new clean energy bill » News 22 WWLP.com State senators are supporting a new bill aimed at promoting a clean energy future. The bill aims to protect the state's public health, create jobs, and reduce air pollution.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe of the Week

RHUBARB JAM

Chef Jason Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/4 inch pieces or batons
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamon pods
  • 2 ounces candied ginger, sliced

Directions

  1. Mix all and allow to sit overnight to macerate.
  2. The second day, scrape into a heavy pan. Make sure it is large enough for the mixture to bubble up without spilling over.
  3. Cook on high heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cook to 224 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Remove from heat. Ladle into jars. Refrigerate.


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