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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Dept. of Transitional Assistance Client Recognition Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Rep. Joan Meschino

6:30pm State Rep. Candidate Erika Johnson Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm Sunset Cruise for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

Nancy Pelosi says Seth Moulton’s calls for new leadership are ‘inconsequential’ » Boston.com Rep. Nancy Pelosi isn’t worried about the dissent in her ranks, and not in the least from the Seth Moultons of the world. Or so she says. …

Parent provocateur: Mom-in-chief Keri Rodrigues rallies parents on education issues, but her past work on charters dogs her » Commonwealth Magazine IT’S A THURSDAY EVENING in late May and about 20 immigrant parents and grandparents are gathered in a meeting room of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell. It’s the mont…

Tim Ryan weighs new challenge to Pelosi amid Democratic unrest » Politico Massachusetts Rep. Tim Ryan is considering taking on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi again in November despite previously ruling out the idea — the latest turn in the caucuswide chaos unleashed by Rep. Jo…

Atypical Lobbying Shop Targets Lawmakers From Poorest Districts » Roll Call An unlikely cast of lobbyists, odd bedfellows even by K Street’s typically bipartisan approach, has spent the past year nurturing a fledgling firm aimed at building coalitions between dyed-in-t…

A Liberal’s Case for Brett Kavanaugh » New York Times The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice is President Trump’s finest hour, his classiest move. Last week the president promised to select “someone with…

DeLeo suggests policy subtractions to speed budget deal » State House News Service With the state's annual budget now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund …

Sales tax holiday in the works for August » Gloucester Times Shoppers could soon see a break from the state's sales tax, with Beacon Hill leaders pushing to reinstate a two-day tax holiday as early as this summer. …

Nancy Pelosi: ‘They Come After Me Because I’m Effective’ » Rolling Stone As the countdown to November commences, with Democrats desperate for a moonshot, Nancy Pelosi sits atop a three-stage rocket, full of possibility and danger. If all goes according plan, the first stag…

DeLeo plunks opioid, education funding bills on House agenda » The Recorder Education and opioid bills are on the House’s agenda for this week, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday.…

Brutal poll: Democrats' Senate dream slips away » Axios To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 — plus pick up two more seats. Why it matters: That's not happening.…

Immigration, health care, tobacco, budget: Here's what's on the Massachusetts legislative to-do list before July 31 » The Republican Time is running out on the legislative session, and the Legislature's propensity for procrastination has resulted in a mound of bills piling up for consideration in the final weeks of July.…

"We do a budget, we do it as fast as we can," DeLeo said. "We try to come up with a figure, which I think is a lot easier than trying to resolve policy matters."

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

On the importance of getting a budget completed for Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Pundits: Democrats need fresh face for chance at toppling Donald Trump » Boston Herald

'Disastrous': New England Lawmakers React to Trump's Kavanaugh Nomination » NECN New England lawmakers and leaders are reacting to President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.…

Susan Collins is no maverick with GOP judicial nominees » Boston Globe Abortion rights activists are desperately pinning their hopes on Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, to join Democrats and block President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination …

Business

Massachusetts House to consider $666 million economic development bill Tuesday » The Republican The Massachusetts House is preparing to vote Tuesday on its version of a $666 million economic development bill.…

Granite City Electric Supply Will Pay $2.3 Million to Commonwealth » Cape Cod Today A Quincy-based electrical and lighting product supplier will pay more than $2.3 million to settle allegations that it overbilled hundreds of state entities for supplies it sold them under a five-year …

Berkshire Museum art sale opponents plan Saturday vigil » Berkshire Eagle Opponents of Berkshire Museum art sales plan to mark the one-year anniversary of that move with a downtown rally this weekend.…

Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris » Boston Globe If the semiconductor industry is going to keep up with Moore’s Law, chip makers might have Bertrand Loy (above) and his team at Billerica-based Entegris to thank.…

King's Roast Beef owner admits to tax fraud » The Salem News Another roast beef joint owner has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. John Kalantzis, the owner of King's Roast Beef in Salem, admitted Monday in U.S. District Court that he failed to report $855,000 in i…

Two top editors at the Boston Globe are leaving » Boston Business Journal Two senior editors at the Boston Globe, Ellen Clegg and Joe Sullivan, are planning to retire as the paper’s deadline to accept the most recent buyout offer looms.…

Raise a Toast: Boston software startup valued at $1.4B in latest funding » Boston Business Journal If you keep an eye on the checkout counters at your favorite local restaurants, you're bound to soon see a simple white "Toast" logo etched onto the register.…

Technetics closing Oxford business, laying off 97 » Worcester Telegram Technetics Group will close its Oxford manufacturing center, laying off 97 workers by the end of August.…

Civil Rights

Mass. Legislators Push NASTY Women Act on Abortion Restrictions » cnsnews.com Massachusetts legislators are moving to pass the NASTY Women Act, which would repeal pre-Roe v. Wade abortion restrictions in the state, amid concerns about the future of the Supreme Court ruling that…

Hate crime investigation stalls on Nantucket » Cape Cod Times It has been nearly four months since the doors of the African Meeting House were spray-painted with racist graffiti, sending a chilling discomfort through the small offseason community that outwardly …

Education

Students, activists to protest Northeastern University's contract with ICE » WCVB Northeastern University is facing backlash from students, alumni and community members because of its $7.8 million research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.…

Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project » The Republican

Environment

Local river groups meet success in EPA challenge » Wicked Local Stow Following a lawsuit by local environmental groups, a long-awaited federal stormwater permit went into effect for the commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 1.…

A possible threat to the food we eat » The Metro West Daily News Some might think Desiree Robertson-DuBois has the best job in the world. She wasn’t tiptoeing through the tulips, but it was close.…

State to hold hearings on new beekeeping and farm composting rules » The Republican Farmers take note: New proposed regulations around beekeeping and agricultural composting will aired at public hearings in Western and Central Massachusetts.…

One Last Question: Can I Take a Dip In Any of Boston’s Rivers? » Boston Magazine Whether or not you’d actually want to swim in the five official rivers that run through Boston, we asked the local authorities whether you could swim within city limits. …

Federal

On This Day: Anti-war Activists Sentenced to Prison » Mass Moments On this day in 1968, four men were sentenced to federal prison for counseling young men to refuse military service. Dubbed the Boston Five, the defendants included famed baby doctor Benjamin Spock and…

Gaming

MGM Springfield reveals that new 3,400 space parking garage will be free to patrons and the public » The Republican The MGM Springfield parking garage, nearing completion in the downtown-South End area, will be free of charge to casino patrons and the general public, according to MGM.…

Housing

Developer and pizza magnate Sal Lupoli opens 55 new apartments at Riverwalk » The Eagle Tribune Thirteen years after he began buying up the massive Wood Mill and rebuilding it into his Riverwalk project, developer and restaurateur Sal Lupoli on Monday cut the ribbon to the next to last piece of …

Immigration

Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser Supports Immigration Budget Amendment » New England Public Radio Massachusetts is the only state in the country without a budget for the current fiscal year, which started July 1. One item that could slow legislators down is a proposed immigration amendment.…

Labor

Mass., 10 other states probing fast-food industry policy that stops workers from changing jobs » Boston Globe Eleven state attorneys general are launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists say drags down…

Legislative

Beacon Hill scrambles to finish packed agenda » The Daily News of Newburyport The state Legislature is entering the homestretch of its two-year session with a long to-do list and only three weeks to finish it.…

Beacon Hill goes at a snail’s pace » Commonwealth Magazine

Local Government

Noncitizen voting in Boston would have the biggest impact in E. Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan » Boston Herald Expanding voting rights to noncitizen legal immigrants looks like it would have the biggest effect at the polls in neighborhoods such as East Boston, Dorchester and Mattapan — all areas where i…

Upcoming hearing to discuss making Boston's elections more inclusive » News 22 WWLP.com Non-U.S. citizens living in the country legally may one day be allowed to vote in Boston elections.…

DiZoglio Urges Creation of Finance Control Board Amid Methuen Budget Crisis » WHAV One week into the new fiscal year, Methuen has yet to solidify a formalized budget and state Rep. Diana DiZoglio is fed up. In an open letter to city officials including Mayor James P. Jajuga issued S…

Mashpee seeks lobbyist to support bills backing tribe land in trust » Cape Cod Times The town is looking to hire a lobbyist in an attempt to bolster federal legislation aimed at ending an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation.…

Methuen reps disagree on level of state financial oversight » The Eagle Tribune Two of the city's state representatives disagree over the level of state financial oversight Methuen should receive for borrowing nearly $4 million to pay off a school budget shortfall.…

Gateway Cities discover the power of food » Commonwealth Magazine Fresh veggies, koshari turn food deserts into oases …

Keeping Somerville cool » Commonwealth Magazine For Greg Jenkins, the arts encompass just about everything, even Marshmallow Fluff …

Leominster starts process to pay 3-year-old $60G bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

Marijuana

Is Massachusetts growing enough pot? » Boston Globe On a recent weekday, a parade of construction workers in hard hats and reflective vests shuffled into a century-old brick mill building on the banks of the Nashua River, carrying tools and clipboards.…

Ban on recreational marijuana upheld in West Springfield as Council overrides mayor's veto » The Republican The Town Council voted 8-1 to override a veto from the mayor in a special meeting Monday at Town Hall that means a ban on sales of recreational marijuana will be imposed.…

Opinion

Well-meaning Democrats can't rescue unions » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts has traditionally been a union-friendly state. The Democratic Party, which dominates the Legislature, counts labor unions among its founding constituencies. Unions have always spent heav…

Editorial: Monday mix on new citizens, Old Ironsides, family court honor » Gazette Net “So excited. I became part of the United States.” That was Carmen Quiroz, a native of Ecuador, talking on the Fourth of July, as she walked across the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthou…

Letter to the Editor: Long wait for justice continues in Westport » The Herald News The fourth week of July marks two years since the second Medeiros tenant farm tragedy shocked and sickened Westport residents and people across the country. …

Changing sex offender law needs to be evidence-based » Boston Globe Massachusetts is hardly soft on sex offenders, being one of only 20 states and the District of Columbia that incarcerate people convicted of sex offenses after they’ve completed their criminal …

San Francisco vs. Boston: a world of difference in transit riders’ etiquette » Boston Globe Adam Vaccaro’s article “T looks at barriers as a crowd control option” (Page A1, July 5) reminded me of the first time I took the Bay Area Rapid Transit from San Francisco to the Ea…

Why we had to get a late-term abortion » Boston Globe As we write these words, Karen can feel our baby girl swirling inside her belly. The baby is all elbows, legs and knees — especially active at night. We experience each belly jab as a gift, the…

In global warming piece, Cal Thomas only tells half the story (Letters) » The Republican Cal Thomas has some of his facts right but doesn't tell the whole story, "30 years of 'global warming' panic," July 1, page C4. Yes, Mr. Hansen's 1988 forecast was wrong, but with time his models have…

Third Hillary Clinton run would be disaster for Democrats » Boston Herald Three times will not be a charm for Hillary Clinton if she runs for office — more like three strikes and she’s out.…

Now brutal fight for Kavanaugh's confirmation gets in gear » Boston Herald The road to Supreme Court confirmation for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, promises to be rocky as senators ready to grill the nominee…

Lovely stood up against Citizens United » The Salem News Many thanks to Senator Joan Lovely for supporting and working to pass S.2243, a bill using all means possible to propose a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United deci…

The real driver of health care spending » Commonwealth Magazine An inefficiency gap is boosting costs — and profits …

Politics

Johnson campaign opens Tuesday » Lowell Sun Erika Johnson, candidate for state representative in the 19th Middlesex District, announced her campaign kickoff event will take place on Tuesday, July 10. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the W…

The Push To Set New Limits On Election Spending » WGBH Congressman Jim McGovern says a push to add a new amendment to the U.S. constitution that would limit election spending is making headway.…

Suffolk County District Attorney's Race Takes Off » WGBH District attorney races across the country have often been sleepy affairs, pitting establishment law and order campaigners against one another. But in recent years, criminal justice reformers are runn…

Warren holds town hall following Mideast trip » Tampa Bay Times Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tackled Trump administration immigration policies, taxes and her heritage during a town hall she hosted. Hundreds of people heard the Democrat posed the question …

Political Notes: State ballot questions lined up » Cape Cod Times The bumper stickers can now be printed and the advertising queued up: Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has assigned numbers to the three questions that will be on the 2018 statewide bal…

Zakim takes ‘open’ approach to new tech » The Metro West Daily News Along with pushing for reforms that he says will open up the electoral system to more voters, secretary of state hopeful Josh Zakim is also calling for “openness” in regulating new financi…

2018 ballot questions now available » News 22 WWLP.com The 2018 ballot questions are in.…

Former VP nominee Sen. Tim Kaine endorses Rufus Gifford in 3rd District race » Lowell Sun Tim Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia who was the Democratic Party's vice-presidential nominee in 2016, will endorse Rufus Gifford in Massachusetts' crowded 3rd Congressional District race, Gifford'…

Not a 'gimmick;' Ayanna Pressley hopes her community-driven campaign will get her to Congress » The Republican It took Ayanna Pressley 20 minutes to walk the less than a half mile stretch from the Jackson Square MBTA station where she was greeting commuters, to her campaign office in a strip mall on Centre Str…

Is it possible Elizabeth Warren is becoming more bipartisan? » Commonwealth Magazine CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HAS IT that the Massachusetts delegation to Congress is very liberal and very partisan, with few substantive differences separating the state’s nine representatives and two …

Nurse staffing, transgender, political spending questions set for ballot » Gloucester Times Proposals to mandate nurse staffing levels, repeal transgender accommodations protections and investigate potentially changing the U.S. Constitution will be decided by Massachusetts voters on Nov. 6.…

Robert Reich backs Comerford in Senate race » Gazette Net Robert Reich, the nationally-known progressive commentator and former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, has endorsed Jo Comerford’s bid for the Massachusetts state Senate.…

1st Franklin candidates forum to be held at Shea Theater » The Recorder A candidates forum featuring the seven candiates for the 1st Franklin House seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, is planned for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Shea Theater.…

Charlie Baker reserves millions in television airtime for campaign » Boston Globe

Trump's DNA jab at Warren strikes chord among Senate hopefuls » The Valley Dispatch

Public Health

In Lawrence, bodegas now carry healthier options » Boston Globe Bodegas are an integral part of Latino community life in this racially and culturally diverse city of more than 80,200. There are at least 85 such sundry shops in an area spanning just a little more t…

Massachusetts House to Debate Gov. Baker's Opioid Bill » US News and World Report The Massachusetts House is preparing to debate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's opioid legislation, minus one key element.…

House committee advances new bill addressing opioid addiction » Lowell Sun

Public Safety

Federal judge tosses troopers’ suit over altered arrest reports » Boston Globe A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by two state troopers who said they were illegally forced to alter a report on the arrest last year of the daughter of a district court judge.…

Course corrections » Commonwealth Magazine Dogs, drumming, and beads: Is this really jail? …

State Police overtime scandal: Attorney for accused trooper Gary Herman says his client is a 'hardworking public servant' » The Republican

State Finance

House Speaker Robert DeLeo suggests stripping policy riders from Massachusetts budget » The Republican As Massachusetts gets deeper into the fiscal year without a permanent state budget, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, floated the idea of stripping all policy changes from the budget. "We do a b…

To end impasse, lawmakers consider divided state budget » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts legislative leaders may try to end the current state budget impasse through an unusual separation of spending and policy matters.…

Mum's The Word On The Delayed Massachusetts Budget » New England Public Radio Massachusetts is the last state in the country without a permanent spending plan for fiscal year 2019. What do we know about the status of the $41.5 billion budget? …

Creative accounting on Beacon Hill » Commonwealth Magazine Lawmakers warm to the idea of private funding for police, fire training …

State Government

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- The lost week on Beacon Hill » The Metro West Daily News Massachusetts prides itself on being first. The first public school. The first state to legalize gay marriage. The state with the “best” benefits for veterans. So it must’ve been ja…

Suspension and $22,000 pay cut for state employee 'appropriate,' Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is defending a move by the state's chief medical examiner to keep an employee who misrepresented her educational qualifications.…

Baker defends medical examiner for keeping top aide who ‘misrepresented’ resume » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday said he has “full confidence” in the state’s chief medical examiner and defended her decision to keep her former chief of staff on the payroll despi…

Kelly Cavanaugh-Kelly appointed Acting Hampden County Registrar of Deeds following death of Donald Ashe » The Republican

Hampden Register of Deeds, Donald E. Ashe, has passed away at 83 » Western Mass News

Transportation

MassDOT awards $1.8 million to expand industrial rail, freight initiatives » RT & S

Driscoll sees transportation needs as priority » The Salem News Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll wants to see a greater sense of urgency at the state level about fixing transportation problems.…

Lawmakers consider $100M in state funds to help expand capacity of Boston’s cruise terminal » Boston Globe With the cruise ship business booming, Massachusetts port officials are planning on a major upgrade to the Black Falcon terminal, the biggest renovation to the South Boston facility since it was conve…

Utilities

Granite City Electric Supply to pay more than $2.3m to settle overbilling charges » Boston Globe One of the state’s largest electrical distributors has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million to settle claims that it overbilled hundreds of state entities, including municipalities and public s…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Reel life drama: Martha’s Vineyard’s housing crisis » Martha's Vineyard Times

Mass Maritime marina dedication set for Thursday » Wicked Local Bourne

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier endorses Quentin Palfrey for LG » The Republican

Here are your Mass. ballot questions for November 2018: Patient-nurse limits, election spending and transgender anti-discrimination » The Republican

Mayor: Millionaire's Tax Would Have Helped Salem » Salem Patch

November's ballot questions are assigned numbers » Sentinel & Enterprise

Mass. legislators to take up Baker's $610 economic development bill » Worcester Business Journal

In State Legislature races, it's 'The Year of the Women' in Massachusetts » The Republican

Mount Ida president blames closure on Lasell College maneuvers » Boston Globe

Fast food hiring under scrutiny: AG Healey part of 11 state coalition looking into "no-poaching" agreements » Berkshire Eagle

States seeking info on fast food "no-poach" agreements » Boston Herald

Dunkin’ defends franchise agreements in face of Healey probe » Boston Business Journal

Columbia Gas rate plan faces challenge » Gloucester Times

Berkshire Museum Releases Financial Statements » iBerkshires

Refuge Tells Its Side Of Boundary Dispute: Monomoy Officials Express Willingness To Work With Town, State » The Cape Cod Chronicle

Comley's view: Claims of a cover-up and call for public hearing » Newburyport News

Gov. Charlie Baker nominates Kevin Maltby of Longmeadow as Northampton District Court judge » The Republican

Advocates urge Massachusetts budget negotiators to include immigrant protections » The Republican

Busted unions » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill » The Republican

Tech and the law: State legislation to keep an eye on » Boston Business Journal

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