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Today on Beacon Hill

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

Birthdays: Rep. James Dwyer

Must-Reads

Coalition undecided between ballot and compromise on minimum wage » State House News Service The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition of more than 100 labor, community and faith-based groups did not reach a decision Wednesday on whether a fast-moving bill to raise the minimum wage would be enough…

OVER GRUMBLES, LAWMAKERS SWIFTLY MOVE WAGE, BENEFITS DEAL TO GUV'S DESK » State House News Service Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill's passage was tainted with charges…

National Enquirer Executives Said to Be Subpoenaed in Cohen Investigation » New York Times The investigation into President Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael D. Cohen has ensnared the publisher of The National Enquirer, further thrusting the media company into a f…

Need a blue wave? Twisting and shouting won’t work » Boston Globe ‘Out of control,” “unhinged” and “downright mean.” A description of President Trump? Not this time. In my recent voter interviews, these are phrases that voters acr…

Why I’m supporting Democrats in 2018 » Boston Globe Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided to throw his political clout and personal fortune behind the Democratic campaign to take control of the House of Represent…

White House to propose merging Labor and Education into one agency as centerpiece of federal government overhaul » The Washington Post The White House on Thursday will propose merging the Education and Labor departments into one federal agency, the centerpiece of a plan to remake a bureaucracy that President Trump and his supporters …

Trump’s Ace in the Hole in Trade War: A Strong Economy » New York Times The American economy has picked up speed and is now on course to expand this year at the fastest rate in more than a decade. That acceleration gives President Trump a stronger hand as he contemplates …

Secretary of State William Galvin debates Boston Councilor Josh Zakim in Swampscott » Wicked Local Malden Many have said Zakim’s bid to unseat Galvin is the 24-year incumbent’s first serious challenge since Massachusetts voters elected him in 1994. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ad Congressman Set…

Wickham to challenge Hinds in Democratic primary for state senator » Berkshire Eagle Lee Selectman Thomas Wickham is challenging Berkshires state Sen. Adam Hinds for a senatorial district the size of Rhode Island. Wickham will square off against the incumbent in the Sept. 4 Democratic…

3rd District candidates debate response to opioid epidemic » The Eagle Tribune The 10 Democrats running to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress expressed few differences at a two-hour forum Tuesday that probed their solutions to the opioid epidemic. …

“I don’t care what party you are, or who you are, ripping kids away from their parents & putting them in a detention center is wrong. I will stand up for these kids for as long as I am alive on this earth because this is the most inhumane thing we have ever done as a country."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Speaking about families being separated on the U.S. and Mexico border.

News By Category
Business

Berkshire Museum schools trustees on conflict, will rebid major project » Berkshire Eagle Four months after their landmark accord, key points of dispute between the Berkshire Museum and the Attorney General's Office are back in play.…

Parking lot fees are expected to rise in Revere. Lot owners say they will have to shut down. » Lynn Daily News Item Some parking lots owners say if the proposed 1,400 percent licensing fee increase is approved, they will shut down.…

Berkshire Innovation Center groundbreaking expected after Labor Day » Berkshire Eagle With a project manager chosen, groundbreaking for the $13.8 million Berkshire Innovation Center is expected by October.…

Education

Lawmakers consider new civics requirements for students » Boston Globe State lawmakers want schools to do a better job teaching civics, but they are divided over whether completing a civics project should be a high school graduation requirement.…

Once completed, North Shore Community College’s greenhouse will support food service career pathways » Lynn Daily News Item North Shore Community College will unveil its newest campus addition before the start of the fall semester.…

Quincy College to slash budget, keep faculty » Patriot Ledger Nursing faculty at Quincy College would keep their jobs if the school's board of governors approves a recommended budget next week.…

Environment

CLF plans suit to overturn new zoning that allows skyscrapers on harbor’s edge » Boston Globe A major environmental group said Wednesday that it will sue to overturn a new zoning plan for Boston’s downtown waterfront, creating yet another hurdle for a long-planned skyscraper on the site…

The gull next door: Some Gloucester residents can’t stand all the seabirds » Boston Globe The following statement is not news: There are lots of seagulls in Gloucester. No, that’s a story as old as the city’s fabled fishing fleet.…

House Environmental Bond Bill Includes Funding for Mid, Lower Cape » Cape Cod Online The Massachusetts House recently passed a $3 billion environmental bond bill which included three funding amendments for Mid and Lower Cape communities..…

A towering battle » Commonwealth Magazine State approval of a waterfront zoning plan brings controversy …

Health Care

House agrees to new assessments of community hospitals » MassLive 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…

Mass. House Lawmakers Approve $337 Million In New Assessments To Help Community Hospitals » WBUR 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…

Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals » MassLive The Massachusetts House passed a major health care bill late Tuesday night.…

Gawande Will Lead Boston-Based Health Co. Formed By Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JPMorgan Chase » WBUR In January, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were banding together to form a new company with the goal of providing high-quality health care with lower costs for their Amer…

Immigration

Activists flood State House in Boston to protest family separations » Boston Globe Hundreds of people who want more protection for immigrants who illegally entered the country rallied at the State House Wednesday, flowing into the building’s corridors and chanting outside the…

Family separations spur huge rally on Beacon Hill » MassLive Immigration activists swarmed Beacon Hill on Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families crossing the southern border, forcefully demanding action in Massachus…

Mass. immigrant families in jeopardy as Temporary Protection Status nears end » Fox 25 News

Protesters Demand Action on Immigration from State House » Boston Globe Activists demanded answers from the Massachusetts legislature, as well as Governor Charlie Baker. …

Hundreds Protest ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy At State House » CBS Boston Chanting “immigrants are welcome here”, protesters numbering in the hundreds rallied outside the State House Wednesday. …

Evacuees from Puerto Rico finding community in Fall River » Herald News The constant smiles and laughter abounded, the shouts of young children were many, the food was plentiful.…

Outraged over a Crisis at the Border, Protesters Rally at the State House » Boston Globe They called for an end to the family separation policy and for new state law protecting immigrants. …

Insurance

Massachusetts, New York attorneys general sue President Donald Trump over association health plans » MassLive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Wednesday that they will sue President Donald Trump's administration over the expansion of "association…

Judiciary

Court should intervene in convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman's case, Attorney General Maura Healey says » MassLive A court should be able to intervene and review the two qualified examiners' determination that convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman can be released, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in…

Maura Healey joins in legal plea: ‘Give victims a voice’ » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey is signing on to a legal plea calling for the Supreme Judicial Court to change the law that would let serial child rapist Wayne W. Chapman be released over the objection…

Lovely bill seeks tougher rules on reporting abuse » The Salem News Lovely proposal bans non-disclosure agreements, raises age of consent at schools …

Labor

‘Grand bargain’ $15 minimum wage bill passed by Legislature » Valley Advocate The Massachusetts House has unveiled and quickly passed a long-awaited “grand bargain” bill aimed at keeping citizen petitions off the ballot this year, including measures supporting a $15…

Mass. AG Maura Healey fines owners of Longmeadow Subway $77K for wage theft, child labor law violations » MassLive The state Attorney General's office on Wednesday announced it fined the father-and-daughter owners of a Subway restaurant $77,000 after finding they paid employees below minimum wage, and in one case …

$15 minimum wage, mandatory paid leave remain rare » Boston Globe The wide-ranging “grand bargain’’ bill emerging from Beacon Hill would make Massachusetts just the third state in the country to approve both a $15 minimum wage and mandatory paid …

Massachusetts Legislature passes 'grand bargain' on minimum wage, family leave, sales tax » MassLive The Massachusetts House and Senate passed a "grand bargain" on Wednesday that would establish a paid family and medical leave policy, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and establish an annual sale…

Spilka: Breakthrough imminent on paid leave » Lowell Sun A day after the Supreme Judicial Court knocked an income surtax off the ballot, Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka hinted movement could come soon another issue that's set to come before vo…

'Grand bargain' could be state law by Wednesday night » Boston Business Journal The bill under consideration would raise the minimum wage from $11 to $15 an hour, boost wages for tipped workers, create a paid medical and family leave program, and scale back premium pay to those w…

Lawmakers approve minimum wage hike, sales tax holiday bill » WCVB Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on the November…

Lawmakers approve family leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage » Boston Herald Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on the November…

Massachusetts Legislature reaches 'grand bargain' on $15 minimum wage, sales tax holiday, paid leave » Wicked Local Weymouth The Legislature has reached an agreement on a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15, institute paid family and medical leave and create a permanent sales tax holiday, in an attempt to keep multiple pr…

Minimum wage bargain reached » Boston Herald A grand bargain between political powerhouses over a slate of economic ballot questions passed the Legislature, sending to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise that boosts minimum wages, enacts paid family…

Massachusetts is on the verge of eliminating time-and-a-half pay » The Republican The requirement to pay employees time-and-a-half on Sundays and holidays would be phased out over five years under a deal Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

Coalition undecided between ballot and compromise on minimum wage » State House News Service The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition of more than 100 labor, community and faith-based groups did not reach a decision Wednesday on whether a fast-moving bill to raise the minimum wage would be enough…

Lawmakers hold line on sales tax, OK $15 minimum wage, family leave » Gazette Net Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on the November…

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill for $15 Minimum Wage » Boston Globe With the flick of Gov. Charlie Baker’s pen, Massachusetts could join New York and California to become the third state in the country with a $15 minimum wage. …

Legislative

Accuser who is suing Hefner and Rosenberg will have his identity kept private, for now » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge has agreed to extend for several weeks an order to keep private the name of a man suing former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, amid allegati…

Stanley Rosenberg Is Being Sued for His Alleged Role in Bryon Hefner’s Behavior » Boston Globe The complaint accuses the former senate president of putting his State House colleagues in danger by failing to curtail his husband's access. …

Local Government

O’Connor amendments would prohibit Weymouth compressor station » Wicked Local Hingham Amendments proposed by State Sen Patrick O’Connor, R- Weymouth to a state clean energy bill would keep a compressor station from being built in the Fore River basin by Spectra Energy Enbridge.…

Longtime Advocate for New Bedford’s Children Honored at State House » WBSM Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Rules Committee Chairman Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) honored New Bedford native and longtime children’s advocate Bernadette Souza today as a 2018 Unsung H…

3 Councilors walk out of Holyoke meeting to protest non-discussion about treatment of female councilor » The Republican Three city councilors walked out of a meeting at City Hall Tuesday in protest of treatment they said a female colleague received during the session and the Council's failure to address that treatment.…

Marijuana

Cannabis insiders size up market buildout in Massachusetts » State House News Service The Bay State cannabis market will likely reach around $1.8 billion and it will take years to develop the cultivation infrastructure necessary to meet the demand, according to a business executive in …

Opinion

Why I’m supporting Democrats in 2018 » Boston Globe I’ve never much liked political parties. I’ve always believed that we should put country before party. Too many politicians practice the reverse, with terrible consequences for the Ameri…

What I learned at the shooting range » Boston Globe This first-time shooter — an extremely near-sighted baby boomer wearing prescription sunglasses — fired five rounds that hit their mark 50 yards away. All it took was a Bushmaster XM-15 …

Need a blue wave? Twisting and shouting won’t work » Boston Globe ‘Out of control,” “unhinged” and “downright mean.” A description of President Trump? Not this time. In my recent voter interviews, these are phrases that voters acr…

Our View: Salve for hospitals still just half a remedy » The Eagle Tribune Community hospitals in Massachusetts — including those in the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore — got a dose of good news this week when lawmakers signed off on a health care bill tha…

President Trump’s misstep could be costly for GOP friends and foes » Boston Herald

Baker bill brings much-needed reform to sex-offender law » Boston Globe The firestorm ignited by the possible release of convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman has given lawmakers a chance to rethink and make long-overdue changes to state laws dealing with sexually dangerou…

Our view: Salve for hospitals still just half a remedy » The Salem News Community hospitals in Massachusetts — including those in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore — got a dose of good news this week when lawmakers signed off on a health care bill that lo…

Do the right thing on immigration » Commonwealth Magazine It’s not just a federal issue; state lawmakers also have role to play …

Politics

Mass. Women's Political Caucus launches Central Mass. unit » Worcester Telegram After the last presidential election, Karen Duffy, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Credit Union, said she was “extremely motivated” to get more active in politics.…

Baker endorses Tedeschi in congressional race » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has endorsed Peter Tedeschi in his bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., in the state’s 9th Congressional District.…

Dems try to tie Governor Baker to President Trump’s border plan » Boston Herald President Trump, reacting to virulent political pressure, yesterday changed his administration’s policy and will now allow illegal immigrant families to stay together in custody — even a…

Franklin County courthouse officials endorse Comerford in race for Rosenberg's Senate seat » The Republican Following a recent endorsement by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, all other elected officials associated with the Franklin County Justice Center today expressed support for Democrat Jo …

In Massachusetts' First Congressional District, A Powerful Dem Faces A Primary Challenge » WGBH On a stunningly beautiful morning in central Massachusetts, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud got a crash course in animal husbandry at Charlton's Signal Rock Farm. She approached the sheep raised there by Kevin a…

Patriots star power fuels DA debate » Commonwealth Magazine McCourty twins, Slater question Suffolk candidates …

Public Health

Former doctors with offices in Brockton, Holbrook named in AG's opiods lawsuit » The Enterprise One doctor who formerly practiced in the city and another doctor who formerly practiced in Holbrook were both prominently named in Attorney General Maura Healey’s lawsuit against drug company P…

Compressor station health assessment gets underway Thursday » Wicked Local Braintree

Public Safety

AG calls for investigation of Bristol County House of Correction » South Coast Today The state attorney general is calling for an investigation of the Bristol County House of Corrections, citing a high inmate suicide rate and allegations that inmates with mental illnesses are routinel…

AG wants investigation of Bristol sheriff » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for an investigation into the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, citing concerns about suicides and allegations of “harsh or unhealthy” condit…

Massachusetts State Police leader says Troopergate reforms going 'smoothly' » Boston Herald State police Col. Kerry A. Gilpin said reforms at the embattled public safety agency are moving forward “smoothly” as the force works to implement a body camera pilot program and expands t…

A trail of controversies for Sheriff Hodgson » Boston Globe Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is facing new fallout on two fronts: A rights group is suing him and members of his staff, alleging that they illegally imprisoned an immigrant.…

Firefighters plan to picket Attleboro mayor's house » The Sun Chronicle The city firefighters’ union plans to picket outside Mayor Paul Heroux’s house during a cookout Saturday to protest the lack of a new contract.…

Entire Shutesbury Fire Department vows to quit unless town agrees to pay increase for Chief Walter Tibbetts » The Republican Frustrated with what he termed an impasse with the town's Select Board over a pay increase, Fire Chief Walter Tibbetts intends to step down July 31 unless a deal is reached.…

State Finance

Baker files $5B bill to keep government running in July » Lowell Sun

State Government

State Senate pushing gender X debate to June 28 » Gloucester Times The state Senate now plans to debate a bill next Thursday that would allow Massachusetts residents to designate their gender as "X" instead of male or female on driver's licenses and state ID cards. T…

James Otis, Jr., Enrages Colonial Governor » Mass Moments On this day in 1768, James Otis, Jr. gave a characteristically fiery speech to his fellow legislators in Boston. He referred to the British House of Commons as a gathering of "button-makers, horse joc…

Registry of Deeds marks 225th birthday » Patriot Ledger

Transportation

Next bus in 3, 2, 1 . . . 20 minutes?! » Boston Globe When she takes the 32 bus to work from Jamaica Plain, Kara Solomon uses a smartphone app, Transit, to time her walk to the bus stop.…

Boston driverless car company will expand testing citywide » Boston Globe Self-driving cars are about to roll out of the Seaport District and onto roads throughout Greater Boston.…

Braintree State Delegation Call For Reversal Of MBTA Parking Hike » Wicked Local Weymouth Braintree State Delegation Call For Reversal Of MBTA Parking Hike…

Steamship Authority Board Selects Top Choice for Independent Review » Cape Cod Online The Steamship Authority’s Board of Governors selected their top choice of firms yesterday to conduct an independent review of operations.…

Boston gives green light to self-driving car startup » Boston Business Journal Self-driving car startup nuTonomy will expand testing of its autonomous vehicle software beyond the Seaport District to the entire city of Boston, city transportation officials announced Wednesday. …

Seattle consulting firm hired for Steamship Authority review » Cape Cod Times The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority will enter negotiations with a Seattle-based marine consulting firm to conduct an independent and comprehensive review of the…

Red-Blue pedestrian link stirs debate » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are exploring a pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines because it could be done much sooner and at far less cost than a rail link.…

Boston residents worry dirt bikes will return with warmer weather » Boston Globe Each year, when the weather turns warm, Cynthia Gordon dreads what has become routine: groups of people on dirt bikes, ATVs, and other motorized bikes zooming down her Dorchester street.…

Worcester To Join Cities Allowing Autonomous Vehicle Testing » Framingham Patch

Utilities

O'Connor amendments would prohibit Weymouth compressor station » Wicked Local Weymouth Amendments proposed by State Sen Patrick O’Connor, R- Weymouth to a state clean energy bill would keep a compressor station from being built in the Fore River basin by Spectra Energy Enbridge. …

State officials seek supplemental report Vineyard Wind project » Cape Cod Times With the largest purchase of offshore wind resources in the country on their doorstep, state officials say they want more information to provide proper environmental oversight.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

The politics of payback » Commonwealth Magazine

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

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

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

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

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