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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Department of Unemployment Assistance Public Hearing, Minihan Hall, 6th Floor, Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

1:00pm Trump Policies Working Group, Room 350, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

5:00pm Fundraiser for Hampden County Register of Deeds Candidate Marie Angelides

6:00pm Dracut Selectmen Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm Sen. Joe Boncore's Birthday Celebration

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Sandra Biagetti Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

Must-Reads

Who’s the Most Conservative Massachusetts State Legislator? » New Boston Post Almost three-quarters of the Massachusetts Senate voted conservative less than 10 percent of the time in 2017, forming a “Coalition of the Radical Left,” according to the American Conserva…

After no new taxes pledge, Baker faces grand bargain bill — with an $800 million new tax » Boston Globe It is Governor Charlie Baker’s most sacrosanct policy position. The one he repeated on the campaign trail. The one that helped him win his close race in 2014. The one that’s easiest for …

Union workers to picket at seven Marriott-run hotels » Boston Globe After 30 years of scrubbing toilets on her hands and knees at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Mei Leung’s knees are permanently black with bruises. Leung, 71, can’t afford to retire, in part …

What experts are saying about Atul Gawande and the Boston-based bid to revolutionize health care » Boston.com The reaction was swift. Here’s what experts are saying about Gawande, Boston, and the company’s aspirations in the wake of last week’s news. …

Texas Tested A Strategy For Discriminating Against Voters. It Worked. » The Huffington Post The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 to uphold Texas electoral districts in a significant decision that condoned a legal strategy Texas Republicans used to get away with discriminatory districts…

Trump doubles down on turning away undocumented immigrants with no due process » ABC News President Donald Trump doubled down Monday on his likely unconstitutional assertion that rather than hiring more judges to handle immigration cases on the southern border, undocumented immigrants shou…

Intern for Dem senator suspended for shouting 'f--- you' at Trump » The Hill An intern for Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.) was suspended for a week for shouting an expletive at President Trump while he visited the Capitol last week. …

Plymouth Democrat to challenge deMacedo » Cape Cod Times Plymouth lawyer Deborah Rudolf, a Democrat, has launched a campaign to challenge state Sen. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo, R-Plymouth, in this year’s election. …

REPORT DETAILS EXPECTED BENEFITS OF SENATE ENERGY BILL » State House News Service Four policies contained in sweeping energy legislation the Senate passed earlier this month could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 600,000 metric tons and create an average of 1,800 new jobs, accord…

NATIONAL GRID: UNIONS REJECTED "FAIR AND BALANCED" OFFER » State House News Service About 1,100 gas workers were locked out of their National Grid work sites Monday, according to the heads of two United Steel Workers locals. …

Scott Lively raises questions of 'favoritism' in AJ Baker sexual assault probe » The Republican Scott Lively, the conservative minister running against Gov. Charlie Baker in the Republican gubernatorial primary, on Monday raised questions about "favoritism" in how allegations of sexual assault m…

Relief from health care fees sought » The Salem News Employers are demanding relief from new fees charged to companies that aren’t providing health insurance to a majority of their workers. Business leaders say the assessments are crushing some …

Gun access, health care, veterans bills shipped to conference committees » Sentinel & Enterprise Three more pieces of legislation are bound for conference committees, giving Beacon Hill lawmakers a growing queue of seven major bills that have passed both branches but need to be reconciled and wra…

“Charlie Baker is a politician. Politicians say what they have to say in the moment,” he later added. “But I still say, he’s the best Democrat out of the bunch to elect.”

Chip Ford, executive director of the Citizens for Limited Taxation

Charlie Baker and his decision to sign the Grand Bargain bill adding $800 million in new taxes.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

POLITICO Magazine » Politico ‘The Best Recruiter Out There Is Our Commander In Chief’…

What’s Behind Mitt Romney’s Run for Senator in Utah? » Boston Globe Massachusetts’ favorite son is bucking to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate. But what's he really running for? …

Business

MetLife charged with fraud for failing to pay pensions of ‘dead’ retirees » Boston Globe Financial services company MetLife Inc. was charged with fraud Monday by Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office for allegedly failing to make pension payments to hundreds of Massachusett…

MetLife avoided paying pensions to retirees it 'presumed dead,' Massachusetts Securities Division complaint says » MassLive Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's Securities Division has charged the insurance company MetLife with fraud for allegedly failing to make pension payments to retirees it incorrectly presum…

Owner of Eagle-Tribune, other local papers puts itself up for sale » Boston Business Journal The Alabama-based owner of the The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover and a handful of other community newspapers north of Boston, CNHI LLC, is being put up for sale.…

To Build A Better Slaughterhouse, Livestock Farmers Band Together In Westport » WBUR This is a story about an often controversial, emotional part of our food system that can be hard to talk about: how livestock is processed into a meat. …

Civil Rights

How A Suburban Teenager Sparked A Push For A Gender-Neutral State ID Option » WGBH Ella is 16 years old, lives in a suburb west of Boston, and is about to be a high school junior. Ella's also about to get a driver’s license — but as things stand right now, that ID won'…

Crimes

Gov. Baker Addresses 'Serious' Allegations Against His Son » NECN Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he looks forward to "a full and complete and independent review" of allegations that his son groped a woman on a flight to Boston last week.…

Gov. Charlie Baker says his son AJ will fully cooperate with sexual assault probe » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that his son Andrew Baker will fully cooperate with an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office into whether he sexually assaulted a fellow airline passenger. "We exp…

US attorney will do ‘fair’ and ‘independent’ review of allegations against son, Baker says » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said he expects the US attorney’s office to perform a “fair and completely independent” review of allegations against his adult son after an alleged incident …

Baker says feds reviewing son’s groping charge » Commonwealth Magazine Governor 'expects' A.J. Baker will cooperate in probe …

Charlie Baker Says His Son Will Cooperate with Groping Investigation » Boston Globe The governor's son, A.J., is accused of assaulting a woman on an airplane. …

Education

State audit cites GCC for lack of evacuation plan for disabled students » The Recorder A state audit looking into Greenfield Community College’s compliance with requirements for ensuring equal opportunity for students with disabilities found the college did not have a formally wr…

$1 Million Earmarked To 'Home Grow' Doctors In Western Massachusetts » WAMC A $1 million earmark in the Massachusetts state budget is aimed at creating a pipeline of primary care physicians to rural and urban areas of western Massachusetts where there is a severe shortage of …

Tommy Chang Denies BPS Tipped off ICE about a Student » Boston Globe The outgoing superintendent called reports that school officials shared info with the agency "false." …

Health Care

N.J. hospitals take a hit during June frenzy at the Statehouse » nj.com The promotion on Cooper University Hospital's website invites people with "sore throats, fever, cold symptoms and minor lacerations" to come to its emergency room. …

Immigration

Democratic insurgents want to ‘abolish ICE.’ Democrats aren’t there yet. » The Washington Post Toward the end of his speech to Nevada Republicans on Saturday, President Trump issued a warning: Democrats were working to abolish Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, or ICE. “They want to…

Ayanna Pressley Says She Wants to Abolish ICE » Boston Globe The city councilor and congressional candidate says it's time to defund the agency. …

Judiciary

Gerrymandering Critics Suffer Twin Blows at the Supreme Court » Governing Challenges against gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give one party an advantage over another -- have suffered a series of recent setbacks at the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. …

Labor

Union workers to picket at seven Marriott-run hotels » Boston Globe After 30 years of scrubbing toilets on her hands and knees at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Mei Leung’s knees are permanently black with bruises.…

Legislature sends 'Grand Bargain Bill' to Gov. » Sentinel & Enterprise Raise minimum wage, family and medical leave and sales tax holiday (H 4640) -- House 119-24, Senate 30-8, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would hike the minimum wage from $11 to $1…

Legislature sends 'Grand Bargain Bill' to Gov. Baker » Lowell Sun Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives' votes on roll calls from the week of June 18-22. …

Legislative

Beacon Hill focuses on 7 major bills » The Salem News Three more pieces of legislation are bound for conference committees, giving Beacon Hill lawmakers a growing queue of seven major bills that have passed both branches but need to be reconciled and wra…

Gun access, health care, veterans bills shipped to conference committees » Lowell Sun Three more pieces of legislation are bound for conference committees, giving Beacon Hill lawmakers a growing queue of seven major bills that have passed both branches but need to be reconciled and wra…

Voter registration, conversion therapy on house’s agenda » The Recorder The Massachusetts House plans to debate automatic voter registration and a ban of so-called conversion therapy for minors on Wednesday, the House speaker told reporters Monday afternoon.…

LIST: Region’s most conservative state senators » Wicked Local Franklin The American Conservative Union Foundation ranked the members of the state senate to “reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislatur…

Lewis Endorsed by Environmental and Conservation Advocates » Reading Patch State Senator Jason Lewis has been endorsed for reelection by two leading environmental advocates: the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund and the Massachusetts Sierra Club Politic…

Local Government

$20M sewer line on Route 20 boosts economic development » Worcester Telegram When Paul J. Moosey started as a junior engineer for the city 34 years ago, people were talking about extending the sewer line to Route 20, one of the busiest roads in the city.…

State sings praises of two Danvers women » Wicked Local Two Danvers women were honored last Wednesday at the State House as two of the state's 2018 Unsung Heroines. …

Raises for Methuen officers are astronomical — and a surprise for the city » Boston Globe In cash-strapped Methuen, where the average resident earns just under $32,000 a year, five police captains stand to each make a whopping $432,295 a year under their new contract, according to an analy…

Marty Walsh talks taxes, Baker, and more » Commonwealth Magazine Marty Walsh rolled to a huge reelection win last year and just hosted a national gathering of the US Conference of Mayors, where he could bask in the glow of a city booming on the strength of its envi…

Marijuana

What You Need To Know About Recreational Marijuana In Mass. » WBUR The marijuana industry in Massachusetts will hit a major milestone Sunday, as recreational sales of cannabis become legal. …

What Recreational Cannabis In Mass. Means For Medical Marijuana » WBUR It’s not clear when you’ll be able to walk into a store and buy recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, but the where will likely be one of the state’s existing medical marijuana…

Attorney general's marijuana ruling on Mansfield stirs controversy » The Sun Chronicle Attorney General Maura Healey has approved a town meeting vote extending a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses, a move that has spurred criticism from advocates for such business…

Cape Cod town farmers unhappy with proposed pot zoning bylaw » The Register Citizen Town planning experts are hoping to write a zoning bylaw to limit locations of legal marijuana facilities in Truro. But a cooperative of local farmers who want to grow marijuana and sell it wholesale …

Recreational marijuana may be back on the front burner in Plymouth » Wicked Local Scituate Is it a groundswell of support or a tempest in a teapot? Have residents been denied their rights, or are opponents asking for a second bite at the apple? Will recreational marijuana soon be available …

Opinion

Veterans charged with crimes shouldn’t get free pass » Boston Globe THERE IS NOTHING valorous about an act of domestic violence.…

The end of recycling? » Commonwealth Magazine Cutting curbside collections will overload landfills, create environmental crisis …

Don’t let charters take over in Puerto Rico » Commonwealth Magazine It’s New Orleans all over again – and that’s not good …

Politics

Would you ask someone to leave your restaurant? Boston owners say that’s tricky » Boston Globe The hospitality industry aspires to uphold certain expectations: Service with a smile. The customer is always right.…

State Government

Gun access, health care, veterans bills shipped to conference » Gloucester Times Three more pieces of legislation are bound for conference committees, giving Beacon Hill lawmakers a growing queue of seven major bills that have passed both branches but need to be reconciled and wra…

Steinberg Calls On State House To Pass Safe Communities Amendment » Andover Patch From Ted Steinberg For State Rep.:On Monday morning, Ted Steinberg published a letter he sent to Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging the passage of …

Taxation

Massachusetts Lawmakers Ponder E-Taxes As Budget Deadline Nears » New England Public Radio The Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its legal battle with a Boston based online retailer. The ruling last week basically paved the way for a widespread taxation of online sales. …

Transportation

Auditor faults MWRTA on vehicle policy, payroll records » Wicked Local Framingham The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority has implemented new measures to report spending data and to track how its vehicles are used following a review by the state auditor’s office.…

Officials Break Ground On Green Line Extension » WBUR Officials broke ground Monday on the long-delayed MBTA Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was on hand, as were Gov. Charlie Baker and other st…

T notes: What’s causing bus ridership to fall? » Commonwealth Magazine Officials indicate commuter rail ridership is increasing …

T backtracking on parking rate hike » Commonwealth Magazine Reversal comes after complaints from Braintree’s mayor …

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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