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1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

Must-Reads
MASSACHUSETTS

T funding crisis solutions abound, study shows. Political will, not so much. » Boston Globe

SJC clerk candidate steps into MBTA Communities fight that’s now before the court » Commonwealth Beacon

Healey Files $6.9 Bil Interim Budget For July » State House News Service

Senate Climate Bill Runs Into Obstacle » State House News Service

With legislative support, state’s disabled community hopes to dodge cuts to home help program » Boston Globe

Report warns of wealth flight over millionaires' tax » The Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts joins 48 other states in outlawing ‘revenge porn’ after Healey signs bill » Boston Herald

Kerry Healey Backing Third Party To Bridge Partisan "Void" » State House News Service

They sued Boston’s public schools for better education for Black children. Instead, they got busing. » Boston Globe

NATIONAL

Judge in Trump Documents Case Rejected Suggestions to Step Aside » New York Times

The World After Billionaire Media » The Lever

‘Florida loves prison labor’: why most incarcerated people still work for free in the Sunshine state » The Guardian

Trump raised so much last month he erased Biden’s cash advantage » Politico

Trump’s convictions fueled donation surge that could reshape contest » Washington Post

Majority of Americans favor forgiving medical debt, AP-NORC poll finds » AP News

Timothy Mellon, Secretive Donor, Gives $50 Million to Pro-Trump Group » New York Times

The New Old Liberals » Columbia Journalism Review

Biden’s Lead With Women Is Smaller Than Trump’s With Men, a Warning for Democrats » New York Times

"You can’t think in those terms. You’re just onstage with a malfunctioning appliance. I mean, you can’t. You can’t assume that you’re going to get done what you want to get done unless you do it in the context of using the malfunctioning appliance to make your point. The debates are a moment where everyone tunes in more, but they’re not distinctly that different from the rest of the campaign. The debate is an opportunity to do a few things. One is to talk to a much larger audience than you will at any other point. It is the most acute opportunity to provide an actual visual contrast to your opponent. This idea that every time he’s convicted of a felony or his house is raided by the FBI, or he loses an election somehow, is in his favor is silly. So to apply that to the debates. The idea that Donald Trump doesn’t make mistakes or things don’t hurt him [politically]? It’s pretty silly concerning the fact that he’s lost an election in large part because of many mistakes he made."

Philippe Reines: A longtime aid to Hillary Clinton

With the first debate between President Biden and Trump less than a week away, Reines spoke about how he would advise Biden.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Collins & Ocampo: Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize billionaires’ jet fuel » Boston Herald

Business

Hampshire Mall sells for fraction of assessed value at $7M » Gazette Net

How duck boats went from their military roots to a Boston parade fixture » Boston Globe

Stop & Shop celebrates grand opening at Allston Yards development project » Boston Globe

Boston Hospitality Lawyer Fired after Falsifying Liquor License to Allston/Brighton Food Hall » Boston Magazine

Civil Rights

Franks: Juneteenth – Thanks, but no thanks » Boston Herald

Education

Report: half of Cape and Islands schools are segregated » WCAI

Budget clash as Brockton schools plead for 97 'critically needed' staff. If city says no? » The Enterprise

Editorial: Elite colleges with application drop can only blame themselves » Boston Herald

Will Great Barrington schools ban cell phones and other devices during the school day? » Berkshire Eagle

Inside look: 50 years of BPS students' fight for equality » Boston Globe

Salem State gets $624K grant for cybersecurity training center » Salem News

Salem State University to Build Cybersecurity Training Center » Government Technology

Environment

Hebrew SeniorLife's Jack Satter House to Receive Up To $20 Million HUD Grant to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Resilience Efforts » PR Newswire

Water Quality Report Card » East Boston Times-Free Press

Mass Audubon launches $75M campaign to conserve land the size of Boston, Worcester and Springfield » MassLive

Massachusetts is one step closer to banning plastic bags, reducing straw and plasticware use » Boston 25 News

Senate Republican blocks climate bill that targets natural gas access in Massachusetts » Boston Herald

Part of Lake Quinsigamond closed due to E. Coli » Worcester Telegram

‘We’re still here’: In Shrewsbury, Nipmuc tribe seeks to reclaim, preserve artifacts » Boston Globe

State Board Would Create "Embodied Carbon" Standards » State House News Service

Will local control be lost? State climate bill likely to usurp authority over siting of clean energy infrastructure » The Recorder

Senate Climate Bill Debate Delayed » State House News Service

Our Opinion: It's worth repeating — where'd the Greylock Glen commission go? » Berkshire Eagle

Health Care

House Approves Omnibus Maternal Health Bill » State House News Service

Haverhill, Ayer Hospital Supporters Seek Assurances On Hill » State House News Service

‘Another milestone in our community’ » Sentinel & Enterprise

Housing

Western Mass mayors discuss challenges, solutions to housing crisis » MassLive

'Waterhouse' project in Danvers to benefit from state grant awards » Salem News

Here’s why readers say their town shouldn’t comply with MBTA Communities Act » Boston.com

Mass. Gov. Healey doles out $227M to support affordable housing statewide » MassLive

Easthampton, Greenfield, Springfield awarded funds to create affordable housing » News 22 WWLP.com

Candidate for SJC clerk joins rally against MBTA zoning law currently before the court » Boston.com

On wealthy Martha’s Vineyard, costly housing is forcing workers out and threatening public safety » AP News

Human Services

State Legislature Passes Acts on Substance Use Disorder; Parentage Equality » The Bedford Citizen

With risks of extreme summer heat, Boston’s homeless community gets extra help » Boston Globe

Immigration

Massachusetts Migrant Benefits Could Top $1 Billion » WBSM

Judiciary

Howie Carr: Karen Read case the Twilight Zone of trials » Boston Herald

Healey signs revenge porn bill, crediting survivors » WGBH

Governor signs 'revenge porn' bill backed by Attleboro area advocates for women » The Sun Chronicle

Healey signs state bill establishing criminal penalties for 'revenge porn' » Worcester Telegram

Labor

Union rally planned amid Northampton vote over school budget, job cuts » MassLive

Local Government

Playing it safe in Peabody » ItemLive

Northampton considers $1.4M in CPA projects, including for a new inclusive playground at RK Finn school » Gazette Net

Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters » Gazette Net

And the Holyoke School Committee Appointee at a Critical Moment Is…Devin Sheehan » Western Mass Politics & Insight

Attleboro City Council distributes last of $1.5M in federal Rescue Plan Act money » The Sun Chronicle

MassDevelopment says no to towns’ Vicksburg Square proposal » The Harvard Press

Politics

Freedom, equality celebrated at Juneteenth ceremony » News 22 WWLP.com

Forward Party makes its way into Massachusetts, files for political designation status » Boston Herald

Ballot question campaigns take next step toward November » Gazette Net

Public Health

Rep Lewis Joins Massachusetts House to Pass Opioid Bill » Brookline Patch

Report: Use, Cost Of Weight-Loss Drugs Soaring In Mass. » State House News Service

Opinion: Surgeon general is wrong; social media apps don’t need warning labels » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Healey Credits Survivors, Signs Revenge Porn Bill » State House News Service

South Hadley PD raising money to launch comfort dog program » Gazette Net

Ex-Boston Police sergeant sentenced for overtime fraud scheme at BPD’s evidence warehouse » Boston Herald

Taxation

Two-thirds of MassCPAs members say high-income clients left state over taxes » Boston Business Journal

Boston, we have a property tax problem » Boston Globe

Accountants See Wealth Leaving Massachusetts » State House News Service

Transportation

T board approves pilot program for electric trains along Fairmount corridor » Dorchester Reporter

The free ride from SRTA bus service has been extended. Here's how to try transit yourself. » The Herald News

DOT to transition traffic on I-91S in Northampton to permanent bridges Thursday night » Gazette Net

SRTA to keep free rides through August » The New Bedford Light

MBTA Solicits Menu Of Revenue-Raising Ideas » State House News Service

Utilities

Is your air conditioning working? Thank a solar panel. » Boston Globe

Electricity Demand Set To Hit High Mark For 2024 » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB2500 - An Act authorizing the town moderator of the town of Monson to act as an election officer in certain elections

HB4170 - An Act authorizing the town of Sharon to change the use of a certain parcel of land acquired for outdoor recreational purposes to a use for general municipal purposes

HB4003 - An Act authorizing the town of Sunderland to continue the employment of fire department member Scott Smith

HB4041 - An Act exempting the certain individual from the age restrictions for police officers

HB4561 - An Act relative to retired fire fighters in the city of Newton

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 316

Senate Actions This Week: 220


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