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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Tobacco Free Mass. Lobby Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:00pm Re-Election Campaign Rally for Westfield City Councilor William Onyski

5:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Northampton City Council Candidate Rachel Maiore

6:00pm First Annual Spaghetti Supper with Rep. Andy Vargas

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Springfield City Council Candidate Jynai McDonald

6:30pm Spring into Summer Social with Rep. Josh Cutler and Rep. Kathy LaNatra

7:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Melrose Alderman Candidate Maya Jamaleddine

Must-Reads

Voters open to higher taxes to level education inequality in Mass., poll says » Boston Globe Sixty percent of the registered voters who participated in a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Tuesday said they don’t believe the state is adequately funding its K-12 schools. …

Sal DiMasi pursues his inalienable right to lobby » Boston Globe In an interview after his release from prison, DiMasi told the Globe’s Matt Stout he still believes that “I tried to do everything in the right way.” Asked during an appearance on Greater Boston…

DeLeo, Spilka take wait-and-see approach to grad tax » State House News Service Ahead of this week's planned debate on imposing an additional tax on residents who earn more than $1 million a year, legislative leaders were mum on whether they support the proposal to move Massachus…

Mass. lawmaker faces antivaccine backlash over his bill to scrap religious exemption » Boston Globe A state lawmaker says he is being subjected to personal attacks from antivaccine conspiracy theorists over a bill he is sponsoring to eliminate Massachusetts’ religious exemption for vaccinating sch…

Baker urges tech leaders to focus on education, housing » State House News Service Even as industry leaders warned how the tax hike could erode the state's economic strength, Gov. Charlie Baker steered clear in a speech to technology leaders Monday of the millionaires tax proposal t…

Watchdog Group Aims To Brings Transparency To The State's Court System » WGBH CourtWatch MA began with the goal of having a better understanding of what goes on inside the courtrooms of the commonwealth. Co-founder Atara Rich-Shea said during an interview with Boston Public Rad…

Progressives out to oust ‘20 House Dems try to focus fervor » Washington Post Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year’s primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success…

Kerry says he is ‘delighted’ that Biden is running for president » Washington Post Former secretary of state John F. Kerry said Monday that he was “delighted” that Joe Biden entered the Democratic presidential race and that he had given some consideration to running himself befo…

Gov. Baker Making An Unprecedented Bid For A Third Term? » WGBH A new report from The Boston Globe details the governor’s quiet preparations for a potential run in 2022. If he goes through with it, he would be the first governor in the state’s history to seek …

“I’ve said that we didn’t think we should be raising taxes on people and I certainly don’t think we should be pursuing a graduated income tax,” Baker told reporters yesterday. “We believe there are plenty of resources available for us to do the work we need to do to serve the people of the commonwealth.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Cautioning legislators against the millionaires tax which is scheduled for Wednesday's constitutional convention.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Seth Moulton campaigns in Manchester on Monday » WMUR Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton campaigned in Manchester on Monday.…

Business

Raytheon not likely to be poor stepchild in UTC deal » Boston Globe We’ve seen this movie before. A high-profile Massachusetts employer — EMC, Gillette, John Hancock — strikes a buyout deal with a bigger company and gives up control to out-of-town executives.…

Cummings Foundation announces $10 million in grants » Wicked Local Woburn Cummings Foundation announced $10 million in grants to local nonprofits through its ”$100K for 100″ program on June 6.…

Connecticut’s losses are Massachusetts’s gains » Boston Globe This past weekend’s surprise marriage of Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. could create the second largest company headquartered in Massachusetts, as measured by annual revenue. Guess which…

Uncertainty Over How Raytheon-United Deal Could Impact Jobs, Commutes » New England Public Radio A day after Raytheon and United Technologies announced plans for a blockbuster merger, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he does not yet know where in the state the new company will be located…

Christian radio station broadcasting illegally in Worcester agrees to settlement after multiple FCC warnings » The Republican A radio station operating illegally in Worcester has agreed to stay off the air after multiple warnings and could face a $75,000 fine, officials said.…

What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn. » The Republican Combined defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will be headquartered in Massachusetts — not Connecticut.…

Officials size up labor impacts of Raytheon-United deal » State House News Service A day after Waltham-based Raytheon and the aerospace company United Technologies Corporation announced plans for a blockbuster merger, Gov. Charlie Baker said he does not yet know where in Massachuset…

New Jersey company's lawsuit over Fall River's King Philip Mill moved to Massachusetts » The Herald News The city has won an initial victory in a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey-based company related to a failed 2017 deal to sell the King Philip Mill, with a court order to transfer the case to Massachuse…

Why a Boston lawyer bankrolled the man behind the FBI’s infamous Bigfoot file » Boston Globe The FBI captured the imagination of the nation last week when the bureau released 22 pages of documents concerning the origin of 15 unidentified hairs and tissue sent to the agency by a renowned Bigfo…

Judge Vacates Boston Licensing Board's Rejection Of Dorchester Popeyes » WGBH A Superior Court judge has ordered the Boston Licensing Board to reconsider a restaurant license application for a proposed Popeyes in Dorchester. The ruling comes after the board rejected the applica…

Central Square business improvement district wins council okay with ‘place keeping’ mission » Cambridge Day A Central Square business improvement district won council approval Monday with a pitch to be cleaner, more welcoming and lively and a stronger promoter of square arts and businesses – what the busi…

Insys Files For Chapter 11, Days After Landmark Opioid Settlement Of $225 Million » WBUR Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just five days after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and civil cases aga…

Providence Place: With 150 stores, it’s trying to figure out what’s next in a rocky retail climate » Boston Globe A week before ground was broken for the Providence Place mall in March 1997, Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the mayor, declared the sprawling shopping complex would be the “brightest jewel” in…

Civil Rights

Charlie Baker in no rush to regulate facial recognition tech » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker indicated he is in no rush to regulate facial recognition technology at the state level, claiming federal controls, but concerned legislators and advocates say those federal rules d…

Markey: Data breach underscores need for DHS face recognition rules » State House News Service U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is calling for the federal government to formalize rules around facial recognition technology, after a data breach at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection exposed images of trave…

Education

Mass. should pay for foster kids’ education » Boston Globe How many fourth-grade boys look forward to returning to school after summer vacation?…

Mitchell: Tony Cabral ‘Killed’ Charter Deal [OPINION] » WBSM New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell is pulling no punches in addressing the defeat of a compromise proposal that would have allowed the Alma del Mar Charter School to proceed with its expansion but on a sm…

Worcester school board to honor students for research, but wants to see report first » Worcester Telegram The School Committee plans to honor a group of students for presenting their research on the district’s teacher diversity at Harvard University, but first wants to see their work.…

Bill removes college access barriers for students with disabilities » State House News Service Allowing individuals with developmental disabilities to access college courses alongside students without disabilities would grant them "transformative" experiences that can almost quadruple employmen…

Oversight training needed for higher ed trustees, IG says » State House News Service Pointing to school funds a former Westfield State University president allegedly misspent, Inspector General Glenn Cunha urged lawmakers Tuesday to back his legislation that would mandate oversight tr…

Environment

State handling of Weymouth air-quality data called ‘unfortunate process’ » Patriot Ledger State Department of Environmental Protection officials acknowledged under oath Monday that they were prompted to revisit key air-quality tests nine months after receiving the results because of a free…

A climate activist fighting the good fight » Boston Globe Thank you, Yvonne Abraham, for recognizing the dilemma of the climate activist (“Keeping the faith,” Metro, June 9) . …

Killer whale sighted off of Cape Cod waters » Boston Herald Three Chatham fishermen spotted and photographed a killer whale swimming with dolphins near the vessel Sunday — a rare sighting of an orca in the waters off Cape Cod.…

Environment Massachusetts announces campaign to save the bees » Wicked Local Concord This summer, young adults working with Environment Massachusetts will visit Concord and neighborhoods across the commonwealth to talk about how residents can work together to save the bees.…

Health Care

Massachusetts lawmakers weigh ‘Medicare for all’ bill » Boston Herald Beacon Hill lawmakers are planning a public hearing on health insurance bills, including one that aims to create a “Medicare for all” system in Massachusetts.…

Human Services

Baker comes to Brockton Y announcing free memberships to foster families » The Enterprise Lauren Baker, the wife of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with representatives of the nonprofit Wonderfund and DCF Commissioner Linda Spears, visited the Brockton YMCA on Tuesday to kick o…

Insurance

Single-payer health insurance: discussion heats up in Massachusetts. » The Metro West Daily News Single-payer health insurance is an idea that has been discussed for decades in Congress. A Massachusetts committee takes up the idea Tuesday, and one lawmaker thinks it's going to get traction.…

Judiciary

Cohasset resident nominated to Plymouth Probate and Family Court » Wicked Local Cohasset Gov. Charlie Baker recently nominated Attorney Jacqueline M. Burchill, of Cohasset, as associate justice of the Plymouth Probate and Family Court.…

Labor

Seniors are more likely to work past 65 in big metro areas like Boston, data show » Boston Globe Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other parts of the country, according to an …

Legislative

BCAC presents Community Hero Award to state Sen. Adam Hinds » Berkshire Eagle The Berkshire Community Action Council has honored state Sen. Adam Hinds with its Community Hero Award.…

Local Government

Mayor Walsh Scraps City Hall Education Post He Created » WBUR As Brenda Cassellius takes over as the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools, she won't be working alongside a cabinet-level aide to the mayor. Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday that he won't appoi…

Framingham Celebrates 2nd Annual Flag Day Parade » Brookline Patch Framingham celebrated Flag day a bit early this weekend with its second annual Flag Day Parade. This year's Flag Day Parade Grand Marshal was City Council Vice Chair Charles Sisitsky.…

Our Opinion: UFO monument belongs on site » Berkshire Eagle The dispute over the 5,000-pound UFO monument in Sheffield centers on whether the monument, which town officials removed last week, was or was not on town land. The larger and still unanswered questio…

North Adams City Council set to vote on mayor's budget » Berkshire Eagle The City Council's Finance Committee has recommended a raise for Mayor Thomas Bernard, but there's only one problem.…

Marijuana

Massachusetts veterinarians warn of uptick in dogs suffering THC intoxication from marijuana edibles » The Republican Some Massachusetts veterinarians warn they are seeing increasing numbers of dogs suffering from THC intoxication, mostly by getting into their owners’ marijuana edibles, following the state’s lega…

Politics

Poll explores views on education, travel, Baker » The Herald News A majority of Massachusetts voters would be willing to pay higher taxes to address inequalities in public education, according to a new poll, which also found a majority of respondents believe general…

Public Health

MGH center adds to concentration on gun violence » Boston Business Journal Doctors and state officials called for a focus on addressing the causes of gun violence as well as its aftereffects as they marked the opening of a new gun violence prevention center at Massachusetts …

Legislators hear call for help with Cape's drug crisis » Cape Cod Times Parents, business leaders, law enforcement officers and doctors spoke in unison Monday during a meeting with state legislators to discuss the addiction crisis and its broader mental health care challe…

Joint Committe on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery to Host Listening Session » Cape Cod Online A listening session focusing on mental health, substance abuse and recovery will take place today in Barnstable.…

Shutesbury man refiles lawsuit over lead in water in Amherst schools » Gazette Net An amended court complaint by Shutesbury resident Michael Hootstein against the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and Superintendent Michael Morris contends that unacceptable levels of lead remain in th…

Statehouse, Mass General Hospital to tackle gun violence » Gazette Net Doctors and state officials on Monday called for a focus on addressing the causes of gun violence as well as its aftereffects as they marked the opening of a new gun violence prevention center at Mass…

Boston doctors seek different approach to gun violence » Commonwealth Magazine DOCTORS AT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL launched the new Center for Gun Violence Prevention on Monday, with a slew of Massachusetts elected officials on hand to support the effort.…

‘We are not letting you steal our children’: Mass. Rep. Marjorie Decker calls out e-cigarette makers » The Republican Massachusetts Sen. Marjorie Decker told a crowd of legislators and public health advocates that Big Tobacco is to blame for her parents’ cigarette addictions, her asthma and the most recent epidemic…

Public Safety

43rd Professional Firefighters Convention kicks off at the MassMutual Center » News 22 WWLP.com The 43rd Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Convention officially began in downtown Springfield Monday.…

Firefighter says sexism played role in promotion » The Eagle Tribune One of Methuen's three female firefighters says city officials passed her up for a promotion because of her gender and favoritism, according to a complaint filed with the Civil Service Commission by h…

State Finance

Baker calls for $2.43B in borrowing » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker wants to pour up to $2.43 billion over the next five years into infrastructure projects tied to transportation, housing and climate change resiliency.…

State Government

Lawmakers seek relief from frivolous record requests » State House News Service Citizens abuse the open meeting law and public records requests in order to overwhelm and harass local officials, lawmakers said Monday.…

Taxation

Charlie Baker cautions Legislature on millionaire, graduated income taxes » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker cautioned the Legislature against asking for more money from taxpayers with the so-called millionaire tax due for a vote Wednesday, as well as a newly proposed graduated income tax.…

Massachusetts Film Tax Credit Bills Come Under Spotlight » New England Public Radio The Hulu series "Castle Rock" recently resumed filming in Orange and other central Massachusetts locations. Productions like this are drawn to the state, in part, because of a tax credit for filmmaker…

DeLeo, Spilka take wait-and-see approach to graduated income tax » The Herald News Ahead of this week’s planned debate on imposing an additional tax on residents who earn more than $1 million a year, legislative leaders were mum on whether they support the proposal to move Massach…

Transportation

Political Notes: Whelan among negotiators for hands-free bill » Cape Cod Times State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, has been named to the conference committee formed to negotiate a bill requiring hands-free use of mobile devices while driving in the Bay State. He is one of six…

MBTA: Operator error caused Green Line derailment » Boston Herald A derailment on the Green Line that injured 11 on Saturday appears to have been caused by the driver, according to the MBTA, which also announced the operator of the trolley has been suspended as the …

Special fare for low-income T riders gains momentum » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA GENERAL MANAGER Steve Poftak said on Monday that the agency intends to research how to implement a special, less expensive fare for low-income people, but he said the scope and parameters of the …

T notes: New fare inspectors will be civilians » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they intend to hire a team of non-police inspectors to verify that passengers on buses and Green Line trains have paid their fares once a new automated fare collection system is ins…

Red Line Train Derails Amid Morning Commute » WBUR An MBTA Red Line train derailed just outside of JFK/UMass station during the Tuesday morning commute, injuring one person and causing severe delays.…

MBTA Urged To Explore Low-Income Rider Fare Subsidy » WBUR Activists urged MBTA officials Monday to work toward a fare subsidy for low-income riders, saying rising transit costs are forcing too many riders to choose between traveling to jobs and medical appoi…

Red Line Derailment Is the Latest as an MBTA Fare Hike Looms » Boston Magazine Commuters had plenty of time to stew over the rate increase on a truly awful morning. …

‘#MBTAfail:’ Red Line train derailment sparks flood of furious tweets from Boston commuters » The Republican A train derailment on the MBTA Red Line impacted the commute for many workers in and around Boston Tuesday morning, sparking an angry flood of messages on social media.…

T improvements are moving in ‘right direction,’ Baker says » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said he remains confident that the MBTA is moving in the “right direction” with long-planned fixes in the wake of Tuesday morning’s Red Line derailment that halted the mor…

MBTA will seek third-party review of derailments » Boston Globe The MBTA will seek a third-party review of derailments, said Steve Poftak, general manager of the T, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.…

MBTA general manager defends July 1 fare hikes after Red Line train derailment » The Republican As the crews works to remove a derailed train from Red Line tracks in Dorchester, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak defended the authority’s decision to increase fares in July as a necessary step to…

Utilities

Baker addresses pace of offshore wind development » Gloucester Times Poised to be the first state in the country to draw from utility-scale offshore wind power, Massachusetts has a responsibility to get it right and to position the offshore wind industry for long-term …

Perfect port an elusive goal for East Coast offshore wind » Commonwealth Magazine NORTHEAST SEAPORTS ARE inadequate to meet the needs of the offshore wind industry, and ideas for filling that gap could create tension between the sometimes competing goals of those overseeing the bur…

Large-scale solar project proposed for Sandwich » Cape Cod Times A Denver-based renewable energy company is seeking a special permit to install a large-scale solar panel in a forested area in Sandwich.…

Baker says Bay State needs to get wind right » South Coast Today Currently poised to be the first state in the country to draw from utility-scale offshore wind power, Massachusetts has a responsibility to get it right and to position the offshore wind industry for …

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