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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Public Hearing

11:00am House Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, Oversight Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:00pm Summer Fundraiser for Springfield City Council Candidate LaMar Cook

5:00pm West Roxbury Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Boston City Council Candidate Jeff Ross

7:00pm Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Greater Boston with Jim Braude, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

Must-Reads

On Beacon Hill and beyond, women seeking male allies » Boston Globe “We need you guys” might not be a top-selling T-shirt at the next Women’s March, but it’s a message that women’s rights advocates are increasingly comfortable sending in a national climate g…

New disclosure system creating headaches for lobbyists » State House News Service With lobbyists and their clients staring down a Monday deadline to file public disclosures for the first half of the year, a new online reporting system implemented by Secretary of State William Galvi…

DeLeo, chairs huddle to talk transportation fixes » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo met with the House chairmen of the ways and means, revenue and transportation committees for about two hours Wednesday morning to sketch out the broad transportation financi…

With impeachment in the air, Joe Kennedy inhales » Boston Globe With impeachment in the air, think for a moment of US Representative Joe Kennedy III as a canary in the coal mine of Democratic politics. For the party, there’s risk in inhaling. For individual lawm…

Former top senator forfeits $90,000 in OCPF settlement » State House News Service A former top Beacon Hill Democrat has made a $48,000 payment to the state's general fund as part of an agreement with regulators to resolve campaign finance issues including a failure to disclose roug…

State lawmakers try to bridge widening local-news gaps » Columbia Journalism Review ON THE LAST FRIDAY IN MAY, GateHouse New England distributed the final edition of the Hopkinton Crier—a small, 32-year-old weekly paper covering the idyllic Massachusetts town most famous as the sta…

Accused Sex Trafficker Epstein Supported Many Boston-Area Causes — Several At Harvard » WBUR Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy money manager now under federal indictment for sex trafficking of minors, was a benefactor to many Boston-area causes — many in and around Harvard University.…

"Nearly 20 women have told us the president is a sexual predator. I believe them. Now there’s allegedly a video that proves what we already know. What will it take for an impeachment proceeding to begin?"

Congressman Seth Moulton

Speaking about new accusations of sexual assault against President Trump.

News By Category
Business

Massachusetts Bill Aims To Address Decline Of Local Journalism » New England Public Radio A Massachusetts bill would create a commission to look at declines in local journalism.…

An emergency loan program to help with unexpected expenses » Boston Globe The cover story in the May 2016 issue of The Atlantic magazine shared a simple fact: 47 percent of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 to cover an emergency. And many of those caught in this crisis…

Neighborhood group, developers close to agreement on 15-acre Union Square project » Boston Globe The developers behind the long-planned redo of Union Square in Somerville might finally be making peace with their new neighbors.…

Somerville's new 'diversity catalog' highlights minority and women-owned businesses » Boston Business Journal Somerville is creating a directory of women and minority-owned businesses aimed at highlighting the city's business community while providing city agencies with a more diverse set of service procureme…

Proposal aims to establish commission and protect local journalists » News 22 WWLP.com As journalists, our duty is to look into and report on issues that concern the general public; a practice that’s protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.…

Could A $10,000 Tax Credit Get Businesses To Stop Photoshopping Their Models? » WGBH When Dove launched its Real Beauty campaign in 2004, it was groundbreaking and profitable for the line of personal care products. Sales shot through the roof by a staggering 700 percent. The campaign …

Wayfair Employees Are Having a Town Hall to Discuss Next Actions » Boston Magazine Last month’s Wayfair walkout drew national attention and crowds of supporters. Two weeks later, the organizers want to make sure they haven’t been forgotten.…

Boston's wealth management industry balances past and future » Boston Business Journal A 100-plus-year-old pendulum wooden clock, which employees once used to punch in for work, sits in a corner of a conference room at Moors & Cabot’s new office at One Federal Street. Wooden racks wit…

Cannabis

Hemp industry backs Braintree rep's CBD bill » The Enterprise Stung by state officials’ recent pronouncements that have put the legality of hemp-derived CBD products in limbo, a coalition of hemp farmers is supporting a Braintree state representative’s bill …

After hemp CBD ban, regulators are pulling products off shelves » Boston Business Journal Towns in Massachusetts, along with state regulators, have started to take action against farmers and retailers selling hemp-derived CBD, as lobbyists work to fix recent state guidance outlawing the su…

Civil Rights

Guest column Lynn M. Morgan: Standing squarely for reproductive justice » Gazette Net Because I'm a lifelong reproductive rights supporter, I've always been proud to live in Massachusetts, under a state constitution that guarantees the right to abortion.…

Differences over Hub desegregation still an issue » The Bay State Banner In the minds of many white Bostonians, the court-ordered desegregation plan implemented in the 1970s seems to boil down to a two-word phrase that’s as vile as an epithet: “forced busing.”…

Mass. ACLU sues state over use of driver's license photos in law enforcement » Boston Business Journal The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is suing the state’s Department of Transportation to obtain records on how the agency uses and shares its state driver’s license database for fa…

Education

New superintendent open to replacing entrance test for exam schools » Boston Globe Boston Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, less than two weeks on the job, expressed a willingness on Wednesday to explore replacing the long-controversial admission test for the city’s exam s…

Citing 'Unwelcome Sexual Conduct,' Harvard Suspends A Star Economist » WBUR Harvard has placed the high-profile economist Roland Fryer on administrative leave for two years in response to findings that he created a hostile work environment, especially for women.…

Environment

Local towns awarded grant funds to fight climate change » The Reminder Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is giving cities and towns across the state a hand in preparing for future climate–related disasters.…

Beacon Hill Hacks Shouldn’t Tackle Climate Change [OPINION] » WBSM Massachusetts residents already face more than $27 billion in bonded debt, yet the legislature is itching to borrow a minimum of $1 billion more to finance climate change programs–even if it means w…

Boston faces major challenge as sea levels rise » Boston Herald Boston led the Northeast Atlantic region for most high-tide flooding days last year, a concerning trend that’s expected to only increase in the Hub and for coastal communities across the country, oc…

Want To Donate To U.N.? Bill Calls for Climate-Change Option on Massachusetts Tax Returns » New Boston Post Massachusetts tax returns ought to give residents a way to donate money to the United Nations to encourage third-world countries to fight climate change, environmental activists told state legislators…

Health Care

Carol Owen: Baystate’s plan for mental health facilities would harm patients » Gazette Net Baystate Health Systems has recently contracted with US HealthVest, a for-profit company with national operations, to plan for the construction of an inpatient mental health facility in Holyoke.…

Human Services

Ombudsman eyed to succeed Rosie D. case court monitor » State House News Service Passing legislation to create a children's mental health ombudsman in Massachusetts is a key step to ensure that important changes made in response to the Rosie D. class action lawsuit are permanently…

Immigration

Vigil protesting migrant detention planned Friday in Salem » The Salem News More than 30 vigils are planned across Massachusetts for Friday, including in Salem, in connection with a national campaign protesting conditions in migrant detention centers.…

Immigrants rights group calls for Joe Biden to apologize for Obama-era deportations » Boston Herald Immigrant rights activists said they staged a protest at presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Philadelphia campaign office on Wednesday, demanding the former vice president apologize for the roughly 3…

Labor

Bill nearing finish line on Beacon Hill would soften blow of high court’s ruling on union dues » Boston Globe The US Supreme Court undercut a major source of union funding a year ago. But on labor-friendly Beacon Hill, a “fix” for that court decision is nearing the finish line.…

Local Government

Board prepares to name redevelopment authority » South Coast Today The Board of Selectmen voted to continue to accept applications for the newly created redevelopment authority to Tuesday, July 9 and be prepared to name a board by its next meeting on July 16.…

Boston mulls Election Day holiday » Boston Herald Election Day could become a holiday for city workers in Boston, under a proposal aimed at increasing voter turnout.…

City rethinking plastic straw ban » Gloucester Times A ban on the use of plastic straws in Gloucester has officially been sent back to the drawing board — or at least back to the table of a City Council subcommittee.…

Residents want rent control for Attleboro mobile home parks » The Sun Chronicle A group of residents at Sandcastle Adult Community in South Attleboro are circulating a petition to have the city adopt rent control at mobile home parks.…

Selectman wants ride-share bikes out of Saugus » Lynn Daily News Item A Saugus selectman wants abandoned ride-share bikes to hit the road. Selectman Scott Brazis said his concern was sparked by a letter he received from a resident who was fed up with seeing the green an…

Public Safety

With an officer indicted, Fall River Police Department under review for accreditation » South Coast Today Many of the city’s elected officials and state legislators gathered Monday to sing the praises of the Fall River Police Department as part of an ongoing review to update the department’s accredita…

Visits to Mass. prisoners fall sharply under new rules » Boston Globe The number of visits to inmates in Massachusetts correctional facilities fell 23 percent in 2018, the first year under new rules restricting how many individuals may visit any one prisoner, according …

Falmouth seeks disability retirement for 2 officers shot » Cape Cod Times The Falmouth Board of Selectmen has approved fast-tracked disability retirement for two police officers shot last July while responding to a neighborhood disturbance.…

Bill would limit public access to police video in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Secretary of State William F. Galvin is raising alarms about a bill that would allow government agencies in Massachusetts to withhold all police dash-cam and body-camera footage from the public for an…

On Reading's Haverhill Street, Road Rage Of A Different Kind » Brookline Patch It's not the road rage you're used to hearing about. This dispute pits the state against Reading over who controls the speed limit on Haverhill Street, one of the main roads through town. While compli…

Boston EMT stabbed, rescued by colleagues » Boston Herald An East Boston woman is accused of stabbing a city EMT while en route to the hospital Wednesday in an attack that had fellow first responders rushing to save one of their own.…

Is there a double standard in how the Boston Police Department disciplines cops? » The Bay State Banner Black officers have often spoken of disparities in how cops are disciplined in the Boston Police Department, but data on suspensions, firings and other sanctions has long remained out of public sight.…

‘Isn’t this your Sergeant posting inappropriate pictures on Facebook;' Massachusetts police officer under investigation for crime scene selfie » The Republican A Massachusetts police department opened an investigation this week into a photo shared on Facebook.…

$5,000 reward offered for info about Northampton bike path fires » Gazette Net The Police Department has announced a $5,000 reward for information on five suspicious fires in the vicinity of the bike path during the last month.…

State Government

Charlie Baker’s plan to curb drug prices strains his relationship with biotechs » Boston Globe The state’s booming biotech industry has long enjoyed a tight — some would say coddling — relationship with Beacon Hill. Massachusetts has invested hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to he…

Taxation

Coincidence? Meals tax revenue rose in Northampton, Easthampton after pot stores opened » Gazette Net Could legal sales of recreational marijuana have sparked a run on restaurant food? Officials can't say for sure, but meals tax revenues increased in Northampton and Easthampton after sales of recreati…

Transportation

Baker proposes new ride-hailing regs » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday proposed a range of new regulations to prevent abuses of the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing platforms and to more precisely monitor how those on-demand travel services are …

Application to destroy RMV records withdrawn » Boston Herald Applications to destroy records from the Registry of Motor Vehicles were withdrawn before a meeting of the Records Conservation Board on Wednesday, though they were unrelated to the ongoing investigat…

T cautious on biz-funded management initiative » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE A DESPERATE NEED for management talent, the MBTA has moved very cautiously in taking advantage of a novel initiative spearheaded by several Massachusetts business groups offering money for tra…

Red Line boardings at Kendall Square T stop to double by 2040, new report says » Boston Herald Red Line boardings at Kendall Square MBTA Station on weekdays are expected to double to about 30,000 by 2040, making investments critical on the problem-prone line, in expanded bus service and in a pa…

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes tougher penalties for Uber drivers who stalk passengers, violate safety rules » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing a bill that would increase penalties for ride-sharing drivers who stalk or harass passengers and who violate safety regulations.…

ACLU Sues MassDOT For Details On Its Driver's License Database And Face Surveillance Uses » WBUR Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack has a new headache: a lawsuit seeking information about how the Massachusetts Department of Transportation uses and shares its state driver’s license datab…

Baker Bill Aims To Collect More Data From Ride-Hailing Companies » WBUR The Baker administration wants to collect more data on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft and impose strict new penalties on drivers who stalk riders or share their accounts with unauthorized i…

Confessions of a Red Line defector » Boston Globe Now is the time to show solidarity with the beleaguered masses on the Red Line who endure interminable waits and squeeze onto overcrowded trains. All for one and one for all. Collectively, we can surv…

Lawmakers set hearing on RMV scandal » Gloucester Times Lawmakers plan to grill Baker administration officials about problems with the Registry of Motor Vehicles at an upcoming oversight hearing, as the investigation into the agency's mishandling of licens…

Utilities

Feds throw up uncertainty for Vineyard Wind project » South Coast Today Federal officials are not ready to issue an approval for the Vineyard Wind offshore power project, which may affect the project’s timeline.…

Unsettling news for Vineyard Wind » Commonwealth Magazine VINEYARD WIND, the company seeking to build a large wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, faced some uncertainty on Wednesday after federal regulators said they wouldn’t be taking action F…

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Press Releases

Women talk about the high cost of Massachusetts’ child care » Strategies for Children Blog

MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS STANDS IN SUPPORT OF “SQUAD” CONGRESSWOMEN » MA BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS

Senator Friedman stops Renew Massachusetts Coalition from broadcasting State House hearing on Facebook Live » Renew MA Coalition

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Promote Massachusetts Dairy Industry » Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

MMA urges FCC to reconsider order regarding cable franchise fees and regulation » Massachusetts Municipal Association

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE » Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

$3.5M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 2,400 Workers, Create 481 New Jobs » Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Baker-Polito Administration Advances Production and Preservation of 1,500 Housing Units Across Commonwealth » Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Join CHAPA in Advocating for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act » CHAPA

Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Expand Small Business Opportunities » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Announcing the 2019 Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Training! » Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Incendiary rhetoric from the left inspiring dangerous real-world actions » MassGOP

How Much Would a Green New Deal Carbon Tax Cost Massachusetts? » Mass Fiscal Alliance

Activists deliver 20,000 petition signatures to save the bees » Environment Massachusetts

Organizations Urge Congress to Strengthen National Flood Insurance Program » Union of Concerned Scientists


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