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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am American Nurses Association Advocacy in Action/Lobby Day, Great Hall, State House

11:00am LGBT Aging Commission, New Bedford Harbor Hotel

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park, State House

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Housing, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Environment & Natural Resources, Committee Hearing


Beacon Hill Dems agree on $1 billion tax reform compromise » WBUR

There are no words » Boston Globe

Group fighting to raise wages for tipped workers in Massachusetts » WCVB

At a fiery hearing on Beacon Hill, calls for reforms linked to children and families abound » WGBH

Wampanoag Tribe declares a state of emergency due to homelessness: here's what we know » Cape Cod Times

Audit: $10M in potentially unsafe cannabis product sold to Massachusetts consumers » Worcester Business Journal

New Green Line extension already so defective that trains are forced to move at walking pace » Boston Globe

Despite rules feud, lawmakers predict energy/climate bill will pass » Commonwealth Magazine

What you need to know about flood insurance as catastrophes like Leominster become more common » Boston Globe

New England Abortion Access Activists Band Together » State House News Service

Healey "Looking At" MCAS As Graduation Requirement » State House News Service


NJ: Democrat Bob Menendez finds unlikely defenders in the GOP » Axios

NJ: N.J. minimum wage to hit record high, exceeding target set by Murphy and lawmakers »

NJ: Another name surfaces as potential Menendez successor: New Jersey’s first lady » Politico

VA: Youngkin's nightmare: A GOP-led government shutdown » Axios

MN: Walz shifts gears on Minnesota cannabis office leader » MPR News

FL: DeSantis top aide grilled over map that dismantled seat held by Black Democrat » Politico

FL: Miami-Dade’s worker heat protection bill was a milestone. Lobbyists are watering it down » Miami Herald

TX: Texas’ ban on certain drag shows is unconstitutional, federal judge says » The Texas Tribune

UT: Race to replace Mitt Romney heats up as Republican Utah House speaker readies to enter » Boston Globe

CO: Denver's latest encampment sweep focuses on providing housing » Axios

CA: San Francisco’s mayor wants drug testing for welfare recipients » Politico


Biden takes it to Trump on Michigan picket line » The Hill

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World » Vanity Fair

What Polling After the First Debate Tells Us About Round 2 » New York Times

Global climate vaults into even rarer territory, with more to come » Axios

The GOP quest to beat Biden just got more interesting » Roll Call

Trump's Golden Tower of Fraud » The Bulwark

Eric Trump mocked for claiming Mar-a-Lago is worth over $1 billion — after judge says he lied » Raw Story

"When it comes to something like MCAS, I think what's important here is that we have a test that actually works. It's there as an assessment tool," she said. "So I think it's time, and I've charged my department with evaluating what it is we're testing [and] are there changes that need to be made."

Governor Maura Healey

Healey said Tuesday that "it's time" to evaluate possible changes to the state's MCAS standardized exams, but she stopped short of weighing in on the use of the tests as a high school graduation requirement.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Editorial: Menendez should resign, for the good of the Senate and his party » Boston Globe

Howie Carr: How low can Bob Menendez go? » Boston Herald

Congress says its wants to avoid a shutdown. But the House and Senate are moving even further apart. » Boston Globe

What to expect in the second Republican debate » Boston Globe

Editorial: Congress should lose pay if gov’t shuts down » Boston Herald

Moore: Growth, prosperity left out of DC budget battle » Boston Herald

Opinion: Normalizing Trump’s unhinged rage is an invitation to violence » Boston Globe


Cambridge picked as a national hub for new federal health research agency » Boston Globe

Mass., 16 states sue, claiming it’s a monopoly, AG Campbell says » MassLive

City councilors, liquor store owners decry looming New Bedford nip ban » South Coast Today

Three Mass. startups are finalists in national inventor competition » Boston Globe

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Cannabis control commission hits back at ‘endless string of scandals’ accusation » Boston Herald


Latest on Nichols College president: CNN reports allegations of 'sexting' with student in earlier job » Worcester Telegram

Should Mass. consider a ‘nuclear option’ for catching kids up in school? Here are 7 big ideas. » Boston Globe


Newest federal agency ARPA-H picks Cambridge for new hub » Axios

Feds Choose Greater Boston As Research Hub » State House News Service

Cambridge selected for ARPA-H 'investor catalyst' hub » Boston Business Journal

Health Care

Falmouth Hospital will expand services after $5M donation. Here's what to know. » Cape Cod Times

Exclusive: Student teletherapy provider Cartwheel raises $20M Series A » Axios

Editorial: Healey’s maternity closure response too little, too late » Sentinel & Enterprise

Activists, lawmakers ask what's next after Leominster maternity unit closure » Spectrum News


Tenant protesters stymie nonprofit board meeting over pending sale of Springfield properties » MassLive

Court next stage in wake of Leominster maternity unit closing » Worcester Telegram

Human Services

‘A true scandal’: Legislature considers bill to protect benefits owed to kids in foster care » Boston Globe

Adoptive parents of Harmony Montgomery’s little brother plead with state for new scrutiny of child welfare system » Boston Globe

Sen. Ed Kennedy cooks up hospitality future for MCC, ICC » Lowell Sun

As pandemic funding expires, 56k Mass. kids could lose child care » MassLive


Lawmakers urged to hike minimum wage » The Eagle Tribune

Inflation Cited In Push For $20 Minimum Wage » State House News Service

‘I can’t afford the cars I help make’: At Mansfield UAW strike, employees rail against pay disparities » Boston Globe

Local Government

Chicopee City Council considers putting referendum question about 4-year mayoral and council terms on November ballot » MassLive

Report sets reparations framework for Amherst; calls for BIPOC youth center, housing help, entrepreneurship program » Gazette Net

Athol Selectboard to consider “non-sanctuary city” declaration » Athol Daily News

Armini, Zisson testify on Marblehead select board term changes » Lynn Daily News Item


Cahill, Zarella advance in mayor's race » Salem News

Telegram & Gazette co-sponsoring Worcester political debates starting Wednesday » Worcester Telegram

Healey blasts Republicans for being ‘hell bent’ on making political statements as shutdown looms » Boston Herald

Pittsfield: Berkshire Democratic Brigades organize public forum » Berkshire Eagle

Public Health

State funds Mass. hotline to reduce risk of fatal overdoses » WBUR

Supply shortages, insurance hiccups complicate vaccine rollout » Boston Globe

State unveils plans to expand Mass. Overdose Prevention Helpline » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Boston councilors blast Wu administration for skipping Mass and Cass hearing » Boston Herald

‘We need a comprehensive plan’: Springfield leaders speak out on weekend shooting » Western Mass News

Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood layoffs create uncertainty in pro-choice movement » Boston Globe

State Finance

Lottery Tacks $18 Million On To Its Profit Estimate » State House News Service


House-Senate Dems Agree On More Than $1 Bil In Tax Relief » State House News Service

Top lawmakers agree to lower short term capital gains tax, reform tax cap law » Boston Herald

Massachusetts lawmakers unveil $1 billion tax relief deal, with vote this week » Boston Globe

$1 billion tax break bill set for House, Senate votes this week » WGBH

What’s in Massachusetts’ proposed $1 billion tax relief bill? » MassLive

Mass. lawmakers agree to tax relief deal » Pluribus News

Legislative leaders roll out ‘generational’ tax package » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Democrats release long-awaited tax break package » Axios


Former MBTA employee pleads guilty after AG says he used fake invoices to steal money » MassLive

Express train from Worcester to Boston? Not so fast » Worcester Telegram

SSA general manager receives raise despite negative reviews » Martha's Vineyard Times

Patience running thin with Damon Road project in Northampton » Gazette Net


Conflict permeates Pilgrim Nuclear meeting » WCAI

Gov. Healey speaks at Clean Energy Infrastructure Commission swearing-in » State House News Service

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Recipe of the Week


½ cup/114 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup/145 grams all-purpose flour

1 cup/140 grams whole-wheat flour (or 1 cup/145 grams all-purpose flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1½ cups/355 grams pumpkin purée (about 1 15-ounce can)

3 large eggs

1 cup/200 grams light brown sugar

⅔ cup/150 milliliters maple syrup


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin molds with nonstick spray or line them with paper liners.

Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter has melted, foamed and started to brown, about 5 minutes. Use a whisk to scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the pot. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg.

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar and maple syrup until totally smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients, followed by browned butter.

Divide among prepared muffin tins and bake until the tops are puffed and spring back slightly when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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