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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Center for Health Information and Analysis Public Hearing, 501 Boylston Street, Boston

10:00am Public Regional Commissioner Swearing In, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

5:00pm Greenfield Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Chelsea Kline

6:00pm Meet & Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Beth Lindstrom

Must-Reads

Locked out, National Grid workers grapple with loss of income, health insurance » Boston Globe As the lockout at National Grid stretches into its third week, 1,250 out-of-work gas employees around the state are grappling with the loss of income and health insurance following the utility company…

Massachusetts House warms up to new education funding commitments » The Republican The House gave initial approval Tuesday to legislation that would deliver roughly $500 million, and possibly more, in additional aid to cities and towns by 2023 to pay for special education and the co…

Kavanaugh’s words on presidential probes come back to haunt him » Politico Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took an aggressive stance toward White House investigations as a top lieutenant to independent counsel Ken Starr as they sifted through President Bill Clinton’s…

Pacheco: "No excuse" for House not to act on energy » State House News Service Failure to pass a new law responding to climate change in the next few weeks would put Massachusetts policymakers "on the wrong side of history," one senator said Tuesday.…

Trump tweeted about an Emerson College poll. But his facts weren’t quite right » Boston Globe President Trump gave Boston’s Emerson College a shout-out Tuesday afternoon when he tweeted about the findings of a recent “ePoll” by the school.…

Pfizer will roll back drug prices after discussion with Trump » Politico President Donald Trump today announced Pfizer would lower drug prices, although the pharma giant later clarified it would only temporarily roll back price hikes that went into effect July 1.…

U.S. Attorney broadcasts areas of marijuana law enforcement » State House News Service U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued a statement Tuesday expanding upon his previous comments about how his office will approach the newly state-legal marijuana industry, which remain…

Democrat Jay Gonzalez Criticizes Baker For Border Troops Decision: "It's A Decision That Never Should Have Been Made In The First Place" » WGBH Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez criticized Gov. Charlie Baker for his initial decision to send Massachusetts National Guard troops to the Mexican border in accordance with President Do…

"I don't know what people will say about all of us, 25 years from now, if we don't get about the business of getting this resolved here in Massachusetts," Sen. Marc Pacheco said. "We will be on the wrong side of history if we don't act this month. We need to act this month, or we're going to absolutely be seen as a group of people who had the ability to do something about this, and we failed in doing this."

Senator Marc Pacheco

On the importance of passing climate change laws in Massachusetts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kavanaugh Nomination Draws Wave Of Opposition In Massachusetts » Wicked Local Weymouth President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's spot on the Supreme Court, immediately triggering waves of support and opposition around the country and mos…

How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president » Boston Globe AS FLEETWOOD MAC took the stage in January 1993, awkwardness hung in the air. It was, after all, the full band’s first performance since an acrimonious breakup many years earlier. …

Mike Flynn’s Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm » The Wall Street Journal Hours after a new lobbying firm aimed at domestic and global clients announced it was partnering with former national security adviser Mike Flynn, attorneys for the embattled Mr. Flynn said the deal w…

Alan Dershowitz jabs at Elizabeth Warren, dishes on Vineyard drama on ‘The View’ » Boston Globe Attorney Alan Dershowitz continued his all-out media blitz with a lengthy appearance on “The View” Tuesday morning. …

Trump tweeted about an Emerson College poll. But his facts weren’t quite right » Boston Globe President Trump gave Boston’s Emerson College a shout-out Tuesday afternoon when he tweeted about the findings of a recent “ePoll” by the school. …

Business

Toast, a fast-growing supplier of restaurant technology, says it has achieved ‘unicorn’ status » Boston Globe Toast, a Boston company that makes technology systems to help restaurants manage their sales and operations, is the newest member of the region’s crowd of billion-dollar startups.…

New era begins for Berkshire Museum finances » Berkshire Eagle As newly filed documents make clear, the month of April will go down as a turning point for the Berkshire Museum, when it muscled up financially after taking in $47 million from art sales. …

GateHouse offers buyouts to newspaper employees across New England » The Republican GateHouse Media has offered buyouts to employees at newspapers it owns across New England, citing a desire to cut costs.…

Liquor coupon add-on yanked » The Salem News Coupon clippers are out of luck when it comes to buying beer, wine and spirits because state law forbids package stores to offer them.…

Education

Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center » iBerkshires Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.…

Mental health is a college stumbling block. For students of color, it can be a wall » Boston Globe As the daughter of Lebanese immigrants growing up in Minnesota, Rayyan Mikati was used to being one of few people of color in her high school classes.…

Cape Cod Community College to build science center with $25M bond funds » Boston Business Journal The two-year college, located in West Barnstable, was among the recipients of capital construction bond funds through legislation that Baker signed during a ceremony at Westfield State on Tuesday.…

UMass Dartmouth to renovate science and engineering building » South Coast Today UMass Dartmouth is planning a $54 million renovation of its science and engineering building, and state officials announced $25 million for the project on Tuesday.…

For new students, BCC using $5.5M from state to create one-stop Success Center » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Community College will receive $5.5 million to create a one-stop onboarding program for new students, the governor's office has announced. …

Westfield State receives funding for Parenzo Hall renovation » News 22 WWLP.com The oldest building on Westfield State University's campus is getting a makeover.…

At Harvard Law School, he’s Professor Kavanaugh » Boston Globe When Elena Kagan was dean of Harvard Law School, she was in search of rising conservative legal stars. The traditionally liberal campus, the thinking went, could use a little ideological diversity wit…

Environment

State could boost dredging projects » Gloucester Times Sediment is piling up on the bottoms of rivers and harbors, putting cities and towns on Cape Ann and elsewhere into a multimillion-dollar bind.…

Devens says it is fighting environmental lawsuit » Worcester Business Journal The Devens Enterprise Commission, which oversees development at the former Fort Devens military base, said Tuesday it is fighting against a lawsuit that alleges Devens has allowed polluted rainwater t…

Gaming

To guard against cheating at MGM Springfield, Massachusetts calls in 'The Hitman' » The Republican When the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was training its agents in how to look out for cheats as MGM Springfield readies to open, the agency knew they needed to bring in a hitman.…

Health Care

Healey raises concern about Beth Israel, Lahey merger » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey is raising concerns about the planned merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, a sign she may press for changes to the blockbuster deal.…

At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male » Boston Globe Last month, Brigham and Women’s Hospital removed 31 portraits (above) of former department chairs from the walls of the hospital’s amphitheater.…

Immigration

Northeastern Could Send a Powerful Message by Cutting Ties with ICE » Boston Magazine Protesters are calling on the university to end a multimillion dollar contract with the agency. …

Protesters take immigration complaints to Beacon Hill » Telegram News Supporters of a Senate proposal aimed at preventing local law enforcement from entering collaboration agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement appealed directly to House members Tuesday aft…

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. …

Judiciary

Teen leads charge to raise marriage age in N.H. » Boston Globe When Cassandra Levesque, 19, attended a Girl Scouts’ conference in 2015, she never imagined that what she learned there about the prevalence and consequences of child marriages around the world woul…

Legislative

Lawmakers Race to Complete Work on Budget, Other Major Bills » US News and World Report Ten days into a new fiscal year Massachusetts remained without a state budget Tuesday and lawmakers faced a mountain of other unfinished business just three weeks from the end of the legislative sessi…

Beacon Hill goes at a snail’s pace » Commonwealth Magazine They may all be Dems, but they’re not the same type of Dems …

Local Government

Falmouth backs death with dignity » Cape Cod Times After listening to a retired Falmouth physician who has stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer make his case for medical aid in dying, the Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to become the sixt…

Council considers allowing noncitizens to vote in municipal elections » Boston Globe The Boston City Council considered Tuesday whether some non-US citizens should be able to vote in municipal elections — a change some say would boost rights for legal immigrants already contributing…

Allowing non-citizens with legal status to vote isn’t unprecedented. But would it work in Boston? » Boston.com For all the unsubstantiated claims made about non-citizens voting in the United States, Boston is actually looking at making it a reality.…

Investigator: Rockland official pressured town administrator into 'sexual activities' » The Patriot Ledger Selectman Deirdre Hall quits after a six-week investigation concludes that she pressured Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activity after hours at town hall. The selectmen will decide on Ch…

Walter Hannon, visionary former Quincy mayor, dies at 86 » The Patriot Ledger Walter J. Hannon Jr., a former mayor of Quincy seen as a visionary planner whose brief time in office in the 1970s set the course for the city’s ongoing redevelopment, has died. He was 86.…

Idea on noncitizen voting at standstill » Boston Herald City councilors — who say they’ve been flooded with calls and emails from residents angry about the idea of letting noncitizens vote — ended a hearing on the issue yesterday with no plans to cha…

Marijuana

Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging » Boston Globe Good news for toking tourists on their way to Boston: There’s a new collection of marijuana-themed short-term rentals in town, ready to uplift visitors in ways chain hotels cannot.…

Barnstable Planning Board weighs in on pot zoning amendments » Cape Cod Times The Barnstable Planning Board has concluded the town needs more time to define and review recreational marijuana sales zoning options, volleying the hot-button issue back to Town Council.…

The DEA just put out a new list of slang terms for marijuana, and some of them are pretty hilarious » Boston Globe If you’re looking to purchase some legal marijuana in Massachusetts, you might want to get ready to ask for some . . . “shoes”?…

Charlton Residents Sue Selectmen Over Marijuana Votes » WBUR Residents in Charlton are suing the town, alleging selectmen there violated the open meeting law when they approved a host and development agreement for a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facil…

Opinion

In Kavanaugh, Trump has a justice who could pass judgment on him » Boston Globe There are plenty of good reasons to be skeptical about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. His ascendancy will put at risk a host of longstanding judicial precedents, including Roe…

Anthony Kennedy answered tough questions. Judge Kavanaugh should, too » Boston Globe Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution requires the president to “nominate . . . by and with the advice and consent of the Senate . . . judges of the Supreme Court.”…

Our Opinion: Legislature's inexcusable July bottleneck of laws » Berkshire Eagle Bay State residents treat their legislators well. Each one of them pulls down an average of approximately $64,000 per year, which can be augmented by up to $35,000 for those in leadership positions.…

Burning question as summit approaches » Boston Globe I don’t know — is this Trump-Putin summit going to happen soon enough to figure out how to interfere in the US midterm elections?…

The Democrats running for governor must be wondering when the cavalry arrives » Boston Globe The 2018 governor’s race has nearly gone missing. Even Governor Charlie Baker must be wondering when the campaign starts.…

EDITORIAL: Congress is no place for these ICE-bashers » Lowell Sun A growing number of Democrats, pushed by a rising tide of progressives, wants to abolish the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.…

LETTER: Carbon fee would mean money for communities » The Daily News of Newburyport The leadership in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is deciding this week whether to include Rep. Jen Benson’s carbon-pricing bill, “An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure, Reduce Greenho…

An Open Letter to the Massachusetts House Leadership: Time for Climate and Energy Action » Union of Concerned Scientists Honorable Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House; Honorable Ronald Mariano, Majority Leader; Honorable Patricia Haddad, Speaker pro Tempore; Massachusetts State House, Boston, Massachusetts…

LETTER: Legislature should back sales tax holiday » The Daily News of Newburyport The sales tax holiday is an important boost for small-business owners who create jobs and are the fabric and backbones of our communities.…

Adam Hinds and Anita Walker: Cultural Facilities Fund expansion a Berkshire boost » Berkshire Eagle Across Western Massachusetts museums, theaters, music halls, and art studios are among our most cherished icons, centers for creativity and civic life, and engines for our local economies. It's easy t…

EDITORIAL: Congress is no place for these ICE-bashers » Lowell Sun A growing number of Democrats, pushed by a rising tide of progressives, wants to abolish the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. …

Politics

Gov. Charlie Baker urges US Senate to consider Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's stance on abortion » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he hopes the U.S. Senate considers the potential impact President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could have on abortion access as lawmakers beg…

BAKER: Senate should press Kavanaugh on Roe v. Wade » Milford Daily News Unlike many other top public officials in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker did not issue a public statement on Supreme Court nominee Brent Kavanaugh, but he quickly faced questions about it on Tuesda…

L’Italien Launches ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’ Tour in Methuen » WHAV In her bid for Congress, Sen. Barbara L’Italien isn’t afraid to ask—or answer—the tough questions. Over the weekend, the Beacon Hill lawmaker met with locals in Methuen to discuss the city’s…

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'…

US Rep. Jim McGovern endorses Jimmy Tingle in Democratic campaign for Massachusetts lieutenant governor » The Republican U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, has endorsed Jimmy Tingle in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.…

Video: Candidate Forum with Rep. Sanchez and Nika Elugardo » Jamaica Plain News State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and his Democratic Nika Elugardo faced off against each other in a candidate forum on Monday night. Boston Boston Building Resources: Drafty Doors This is an unedited video …

Meet Anthony Amore: Swampscott Republican running for Mass. secretary of state » Wicked Local Anthony Amore, the Swampscott Republican running for Massachusetts’ secretary of state, finds himself filling voters in about what the constitutional office holder does.…

WARREN, MARKEY say KAVA-NO — Sales TAX HOLIDAY could be returning — STEYER brings impeachment town hall to Boston » Politico The state’s two senators have already made their position clear: They plan to vote against Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren say their concerns about Judge…

Barbara L'Italien, Running For 3rd District, Taking Kitchen Table On Campaign Trail » WBUR Most kitchen table conversations happen in a kitchen because that's where most kitchen tables are. But congressional candidate Barbara L'Italien is taking her kitchen table conversations — and her k…

Campaign Notebook: Hard knocks in 3rd District race » Telegram News Knocko McCormack would approve. Rival campaigns in the 3rd Congressional District race have been trying to outdo each other knocking on doors - and slinging the hashtags, too. …

Political Notebook: Greenfield town councilor endorses Chelsea Kline; State Senate candidate Jo Comerford comes to Northfield » The Recorder Greenfield Town Councilor Otis Wheeler has endorsed Northampton Democrat Chelsea Kline’s bid for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate seat in the Massachusetts Senate. …

Public Health

Massachusetts House to consider opioid bill Wednesday » The Republican The Massachusetts House plans to vote Wednesday on its version of a bill to address opioid addiction.…

Bill to combat opioid crisis rejects 72-hour hold, adds mandate for hospital care » Boston Globe Leaders of the state’s House of Representatives have nixed Governor Charlie Baker’s controversial proposal to give physicians and other clinical professionals the power to involuntarily hold, for …

Local lawmakers back bill aimed at opioid crisis » The Sun Chronicle Local lawmakers say they support a House bill aimed at addressing the state’s opioid crisis, although it lacks a few provisions they were hoping for.…

Statistics reveal record pace for Narcan use, opioid ambulance runs in Boston » Boston Herald The city’s first responders logged thousands of ambulance runs and administered lifesaving Narcan at a record pace last year as Boston emerged as a mecca for out-of-town opioid addicts, shocking new…

House bill addresses opioid addiction in Mass. » South Coast Today The general public would have more ready access to overdose-reversing medication, pharmacies would start moving to electronic prescriptions, and state prisons would need to work with health authoritie…

Public Safety

Event honoring retired Hampden County Sheriff Mike 'Rocky' Ashe sparks tributes to 'one of the greatest sheriffs in history' » The Republican Among his friends and family, former Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. earned the nickname "Rocky," or "The Rock," for his fighting spirit.…

Methuen police, city reach resolution on contract » Fox 25 News The City of Methuen and the Methuen Police Superiors Union have reached a compromise on the contract that was set to give ranking officers huge raises.…

Hundreds brave oppressive heat to honor former Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe for legacy monument unveiling » The Republican Despite sweltering temperatures, former Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. drew hundreds to the campus of county jail on Tuesday afternoon for the unveiling of a legacy monument.…

Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending could be impossible » Boston Globe

State Finance

Green Bonds Are in High Demand, But Are They a Better Deal? » Governing Green bonds help governments finance environmental projects. It's unclear whether they help governments' finances. …

Robert DeLeo looks to speed up delayed budget process » Boston Herald With the state’s annual budget now 10 days late, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo floated the idea of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the …

Massachusetts' budget 10 days overdue » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts is now the last state in the country still without a budget in place for fiscal 2019. …

The New Gold Rush for Green Bonds » Governing Investors are lining up to buy them to fund environmental projects. …

To end impasse, lawmakers consider divided state budget » Boston Herald Massachusetts legislative leaders may try to end the current state budget impasse through an unusual separation of spending and policy matters.…

State Government

State's Highest Court Issues Major Ruling on Voting Ahead of Election Season » WGBH The state Supreme Judicial Court has stopped hearing arguments for new cases until September. Now the Court is starting to issue rulings on dozens of cases that went before the court and one recent ru…

Taxation

Massachusetts House votes to adopt sales tax holiday amendment » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts shoppers could see a sales tax free weekend sooner than expected. The Massachusetts House has approved an amendment to establish a sales tax-free weekend, which could start this summer.…

Massachusetts lawmakers considering August 2018 sales tax holiday » The Republican Massachusetts consumers may get a sales tax holiday this August.…

After surtax fail, senator sees regional transpo tax as "great Plan B" » State House News Service

Transportation

Rally to be held to push for stalled hands-free driving bill » WCVB A rally will be held Wednesday to push a hands-free driving bill that has stalled in the State House.…

Utilities

House countering Senate energy bill with four proposals » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

House committee advances new bill addressing opioid addiction » Lowell Sun

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

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

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

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

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

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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Recipe of the Week

Classic Baked Beans

Yankee Magazine

Makes 8 to 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry beans (navy beans, soldier beans, Great Northern beans, etc.)
  • 3/4 pound salt pork
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Directions

Wash the beans in a colander or strainer; pick over the beans to remove any pebbles or debris. Put in a large saucepan and add water to cover the beans by an inch. Soak overnight.

In the morning, bring the beans to a boil. Boil until the skins break when you blow across a few beans on a spoon. Place a layer of beans in the bottom of a crockery bean pot. Score the salt pork, cutting through the pork but leaving the rind intact. Place about 1/2 pound of the salt pork in the pot. Add most of the remaining beans and water. Place the remaining 1/4 pound of salt pork in the pot. Cover with the remaining beans. Add the molasses, brown sugar, salt, and mustard. Cover with additional water. Place the lid on the pot.

Bake in a 300 degrees F oven for at least 6 hours, adding water as needed. You may want to use a drip pan under the pot in the oven. 



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