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9:00am Assessors Association Lobby Day, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am MSPCA Lobby Day for Animals, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Constitutional Convention, Constitutional Convention

5:30pm Department of Agricultural Resources Public Hearing, John W. Olver Transit Center, 1st Floor Meeting Room, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield

5:30pm Fundraiser for Haverhill City Council President John Michitson

5:30pm An Event Honoring Attorney General Maura Healey

Deadline for reporting of the FY18 House Ways & Means budget

Must-Reads

"Fiscal discipline" in Senate budget pleases some, not all » State House News Service The first budget from new Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues, a moderate Democrat who has described his politics as "in the boring middle," drew cheers from environmental advoc…

Senate includes opioid, vaping taxes in $42.7 bil budget » State House News Service Senate leaders unveiled a $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal on Tuesday, virtually mirroring the total spending figure in the House's budget approved last week but embracing additional rev…

Senate budget proposes more funds for education than House, governor » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate upped the ante on K-12 education spending, unveiling a budget proposal Tuesday that would put tens of millions more dollars toward public elementary and secondary schools than…

Lawmakers begin vetting health care system changes » State House News Service As the Legislature gears up to take another run at making comprehensive reforms to health care, lawmakers and health care executives on Tuesday pitched a variety of ideas they said would help to contr…

Senate budget stirs ire of MassBIO with drug pricing proposal » Commonwealth Magazine The budget that senators will debate starting May 21 directs Auditor Suzanne Bump to investigate pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, that work with MassHealth’s managed care organizations and accou…

Gun laws, limits, and licensing in Mass—in perception and reality » Binj In Massachusetts, anyone from legislative insiders to casual 5 o’clock news watchers knows that the Bay State is hardly the proud beacon of progressive priorities that it is often cast as on Fox New…

Why Don’t White Athletes Understand What’s Wrong With Trump? » The Atlantic The Red Sox players who visit the White House owe their black and brown teammates an explanation. …

Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses » New York Times By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump: The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores in 1987, Donald J. Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on tro…

Michael Cohen Stopped Jerry Falwell Racy Photos From Going Public » HUFFPOST Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a rec…

“It’s important the Senate conduct itself in the most open, transparent, public way possible and that the constituents and the taxpayers of the commonwealth deserve us to totally vet every proposal by any senator,”

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues

Speaking about the Senate's commitment to transparency during the FY2020 budget deliberations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren reshaped our view of the middle class. But some see an angle. » Washington Post Elizabeth Warren was little-known outside the small world of bankruptcy law in the late 1980s when she was thrust into the spotlight, sought out for interviews and speeches on her new book about famil…

Will Trump cling to power even if he loses? Spoiler alert: No » Boston Globe Another news cycle, another round of anti-Trump hyperventilation, this time over the prospect that the 45th president of the United States won’t leave the White House when it’s time to make way fo…

Business

Utility deal represents important vindication for Greentown Labs » Boston Globe Italian energy conglomerate Enel SpA already has a US office on the South Boston Waterfront, close to downtown. But when it came time to add an innovation hub, too, Enel instead chose a desk huddled a…

Lobstermen to rally in Plymouth over Cape Cod Bay closures » Cape Cod Times After a period of bad weather, surveyors of North Atlantic right whales were able to fly on Tuesday over Cape Cod Bay, where the continuing presence of the animals has led state officials to extend se…

New leader seeks dialogue to bridge Berkshire Museum's past, future » Berkshire Eagle Now that the controversial art sales have come to a close, the Berkshire Museum team is focusing on infrastructure needs, and repairing relationships with the local and museum communities, Executive D…

A push to get more women into the top ranks of management » Boston Globe Companies have been talking up their commitment to gender equity for years. Yet when it comes to female leadership, not much has changed.…

Cannabis

Leicester voters OK spending some pot shop host agreement funds » Worcester Telegram With tiny remotes for electronic voting in hand, about 150 voters made their way through a 26-article warrant Tuesday night, setting the annual budget and cleaning up financial matters from the curren…

Civil Rights

Keller @ Large: Georgia’s New Abortion Law Could Also Be A Political Move » CBS Boston Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country Tuesday. The so-called Heartbeat Bill bans abortion after about six weeks when a fetal heartbeat is detected, with the …

Crimes

She ordered an Uber. What she got was a stalker » Boston Globe She usually would have walked from her house to the Prudential Center. But it was raining. So she called an Uber. On the way to the car, she tripped over her feet.…

Education

Boston schools achievement gap remains wide along racial lines — a ‘troubling sign’ » Boston Herald A deep and persistent minority achievement gap is one of the most urgent problems facing Boston Public Schools, as the city welcomes a school superintendent who oversaw Minnesota schools plagued by ch…

Senate budget directs UMass to freeze tuition » State House News Service Senate budget writers are looking to compel the University of Massachusetts to hold the line on student costs for the coming academic year but, in a move UMass officials blasted as "devastating," did …

$42.7 Billion Mass. Senate Budget Would Hike Education Money, Freeze UMass Costs » WBUR A state budget proposal released Tuesday by a key Senate panel would temporarily freeze tuition at University of Massachusetts campuses and boost state spending on elementary and secondary schools to …

Burns upbeat on Hampshire College’s fundraising effort » Gazette Net It was 44 years ago that the renowned documentarian Ken Burns completed his first history film, “Working in Rural New England.” The documentary was Burns' “Division III” project at Hampshire C…

Senate budget bars UMass tuition, fee increases » Commonwealth Magazine But school officials say spending plan lacks sufficient funding …

UMass President Martin Meehan slams Senate budget as ‘devastating’ » Boston Business Journal Officials at the University of Massachusetts are warning that the state Senate’s proposed state budget would be “devastating” to the university and could result in layoffs, cuts to student servi…

Mayor Mitchell: 'State has to do more' for education funding » South Coast Today No one wants to sue the state — but if the legislature does not soon deliver substantive change to the Chapter 70 formula, New Bedford is getting ready to file a lawsuit to force changes.…

Environment

'Climate change is upon us' » Sentinel & Enterprise With climate change already affecting many cities' and towns' infrastructure across the state, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the city Tuesday with newly-installed Secretary of Energy and Environmental…

Outdoor recreation office eyed to boost economy » State House News Service Touting a roughly $16 billion industry in Massachusetts, activists on Tuesday called on lawmakers to create a new state office that would promote outdoor recreation -- downhill skiing, backpacking, wh…

It’s time to move on Morrissey rehab, says Walsh; DCR's timeline remains unclear » Dorchester Reporter For the last year, the only things visibly moving on Morrissey Boulevard have been cars and a few bicycles, at least when the flood-prone roadway isn’t inundated with seawater and left impassable.…

Health Care

Holyoke residents voice concerns about healthcare at City Hall » News 22 WWLP.com A resolution supporting single-payer healthcare in the state brought a group of concerned residents to the front steps of Holyoke City Hall Tuesday evening.…

Mass. nursing home staffing levels vary a lot » Commonwealth Magazine 16% of facilities below or much below average …

Housing

Massachusetts to spend $8.5 million to create 145 housing units for veterans, parents who need child care, domestic violence survivors, homeless and others » The Republican With the goal of increasing affordable housing options for veterans, survivors of domestic violence and other at-risk populations, the state has announced $8.5 million in funding to create 145 units o…

Assisted living residents need more protection, attorneys say » State House News Service Older residents facing large expenses and elder law attorneys called on lawmakers Tuesday to pass consumer protections for assisted living residents, saying they lack rights afforded to other tenants …

Auburn town meeting puts out welcome mat to tiny houses » Worcester Telegram Thanks to Monday night’s Annual Town Meeting, Auburn is closer to becoming the second town in Massachusetts to allow tiny homes as primary or secondary dwellings.…

36-unit Dorchester complex gives ‘freedom’ to adults with disabilities » Boston Herald City officials celebrated Tuesday in Dorchester the unveiling of a more than $18 million housing project that provides support for adults with disabilities on mixed incomes — an initiative associate…

Human Services

Elder services agencies to merge » The Salem News Two agencies responsible for helping thousands of older residents across the North Shore and the Merrimack Valley are planning to merge.…

Malia Honored by Children’s Trust for Work on Child Abuse Prevention » Jamaica Plain News State Rep. Liz Malia was recently honored at the State House for her work on child abuse prevention during the 13th Annual Step Up for Kids event, in which 578 shoes were displayed to represent the nu…

Immigration

Immigration has transformed Greater Boston over the last three decades » Boston Globe Cities and towns outside of Boston have undergone a seismic demographic shift since 1990, adding thousands of foreign-born residents and transforming the region, research released on Wednesday shows.…

Insurance

Massachusetts therapist hit with a $28,000 bill from insurance company over retroactive claim denial » The Republican Meg Arnould said she always took pride in her meticulous record keeping for her therapy sessions.…

Judiciary

SJC weighing whether to make records public for thousands of criminal court hearings » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Tuesday about whether the courts should release records from thousands of hearings where clerks decided to dismiss criminal cases behind closed…

'Outrageous': ACLU Mass. Executive Director Says Indictment Of Newton Judge Was Political » WGBH ACLU Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose is infuriated by Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s decision to pursue charges against Newton Judge Shelley Joseph for conspiracy to obstru…

Massachusetts State House hacks play courthouse name game » Boston Herald The hackerama never slows down, never stops grabbing more and more and more, so we’ve got a lot to get through this morning.…

Families fighting against eliminating 'no parole' sentences » Fox 25 News A group still mourning the loss of loved ones is now fighting to make sure all convicted Massachusetts killers stay behind bars.…

Studying juvenile cutoff age, task force checks out DYS facility » Commonwealth Magazine A STATE TASK FORCE TRYING TO DECIDE whether the cutoff age for juvenile criminal offenders should be raised above 18 traveled to a Department of Youth Services facility this week to hear first-hand wh…

Labor

Boston ride-hailing drivers to join nationwide strike » Boston Herald Ride-hailing drivers in Boston say they will join their counterparts nationwide and go on strike today to demand better pay and a bigger cut of all fares on the eve of Uber’s mammoth initial stock o…

Our View: Education and the 'ban the box' law » The Eagle Tribune A law passed in Massachusetts in 2010 aimed to prevent prospective employers from excluding applicants based solely on how they checked one box.…

Uber drivers to strike in major cities » Gazette Net It might be harder to catch an Uber or Lyft drive on Wednesday. Drivers of both ride-hailing companies are planning to strike in major cities to demand better wages and working conditions ahead of Ube…

Legislative

Report: Leadership changes not keeping pace with demographic shifts » State House News Service The Greater Boston region has undergone transformational demographic changes in the past three decades, rapidly diversifying in dozens of communities. But despite the evolution, representation in legi…

Local Government

Redevelopment Authority members wanted » South Coast Today The Board of Selectmen is looking for people in Swansea who would like to serve on a redevelopment authority that will work on revitalizing the Swansea Mall property.…

Locals pitch hometown solutions on Beacon Hill » State House News Service Representatives from towns across Massachusetts traveled to Boston Tuesday to advocate for issues in their own communities, including proposal to ensure that new marijuana revenues fund local prioriti…

Amherst town budget proposal maintains current services, even after loss of Hadley ambulance contract » Gazette Net A municipal budget that preserves existing town services, and provides money for operations of the new government and labor contracts not yet settled, while eliminating some spending on social service…

Springfield City Council considers postcards, robocalls to boost dismal voter turnout » The Republican City Councilor Jesse Lederman has proposed a new ordinance that, if approved, would require the city to send postcards and robocalls to all voters in advance of every election, aimed at improving ofte…

Greater Boston Sees Major Shift In Population's Racial Makeup, Report Find » WBUR Over the last generation, the Greater Boston region has seen a major shift in the racial makeup of its population, according to a new report from the Boston Foundation. …

Work begins on new visitors center in Lexington » Wicked Local Lexington Patriots Day is over, May is here, and peak tourism season in Lexington has begun. People from all over the world come to town for a taste of revolutionary history.…

Politics

‘The best is yet to come’? Some reasons to be cheerful, or not » Boston Globe The economy is expanding at a decent clip, inflation has been MIA for years, and the jobless rate is at its lowest level since Peter, Paul and Mary were at the top of the charts with “Leaving on a J…

Public Health

Insys jurors horrified at use of rap video to push sales » Boston Globe Jurors in the racketeering trial of five former executives of Insys Therapeutics were horrified when they saw the slickly produced music video of two salesmen rapping about increasing the dose of the …

Lawmakers restart flame retardant bill debate » State House News Service Four months after a bill restricting chemical flame retardants died on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, its proponents are again making their health-related case to lawmakers as industry representatives con…

US can contain measles outbreak with these two simple steps » Boston Globe The current measles outbreak — the largest in almost three decades — has resulted in more than 60 suspected cases this year in Massachusetts, and 764 across the United States. Measles’ revival i…

New taxes pitched for prescription opioids, vaping products » WCVB Massachusetts is moving toward new taxes on some controversial products.…

AIDS Support Group quietly expands to Vineyard » Cape Cod Times The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod has been quietly operating its harm-reduction programs, including syringe access and disposal programs for intravenous drug users, since October on Martha’s Vineya…

Massachusetts Medical Society adopts policy opposing non-medical vaccine exemptions » The Republican Opposing non-medical vaccine exemptions for school attendance, supporting proposed state and local excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and advocating for legislation in which consent for abortio…

Public Safety

Boston police culture needs to change from the top » Boston Globe To hear current and former Boston Police Department commissioners actually say that the department doesn’t have any serious discrimination problems is ludicrous (“Women allege bias in police lawsu…

Ex-trooper reprimanded for CORI violations » Commonwealth Magazine MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, who was reprimanded this month by the state Board of Bar Overseers for improperly accessing criminal records when he was a state trooper, said many of his colleagues on the force di…

Local agencies receive over $1.5 million to reduce gun violence » News 22 WWLP.com Two Springfield agencies will share more than $1.5 million in state funds to help reduce gun violence, the leading cause of violent deaths for young people between the ages of 17 to 24.…

Recent Parole Board appointee designated as chair » Mass Lawyers Weekly Gov. Charlie Baker has designated a new chair of the Parole Board, choosing a member confirmed in January to lead the agency after the previous chair was confirmed for a judgeship.…

Jones and Haggerty Secure Funding For Pedestrian Crosswalk Lights » Brookline Patch House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) have secured preliminary state funding approval to help pay for the installation o…

B-3 commander Capt. Hosein placed on leave amid 'anti-corruption' probe » Dorchester Reporter Capt. Haseeb Hosein, who has commanded the Area B-3 police district in Dorchester and Mattapan since 2014, was placed on paid leave on Monday amid a BPD anti-corruption investigation.…

Healey says ‘much more’ can be done to address illegal guns » The Reminder Attorney General Maura Healey said her office has undertaken several efforts to address the still raging opioid addiction epidemic in the Commonwealth.…

State Finance

Spilka touts $42.7B Senate budget plan focusing on education, mental health » Boston Herald In her first budget season as Senate president, Karen Spilka’s imprint can be seen through “record” investments in education and new ways to address mental health.…

Jones Secures Public Safety, School Technology Funding » Brookline Patch North Reading is in line to receive $150,000 in state funding assistance for school technology and police officer training, thanks to a pair of amendments House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (…

Senate includes opioid, vaping taxes in $42.7 bil budget » Dorchester Reporter Senate leaders unveiled a $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal on Tuesday, virtually mirroring the total spending figure in the House's budget approved last week but embracing additional rev…

State Government

Citizens Commission’s partisan makeup is regrettable (Editorial) » The Republican Those representing the Citizens Commission assigned to advocate campaign finance reform can say all the right things. They can describe the balance and objectivity they promise to bring to a task mand…

Taxation

Tax bills stir soda, trucking, aviation industries » State House News Service With tax collections pouring in but Democrats still on the hunt for new revenue, the possibility of repealing tax breaks for specialized industries like aviation or the chance to apply new taxes to un…

Tax on opioid makers wins support in Senate » The Andover Townsman Senate budget-writers have given a green light to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to tax opioid manufacturers to help pay for coverage of substance abuse treatment.…

Transportation

You can now pick up a CharlieCard at Boston City Hall and other public buildings » Boston Globe It can be hard for MBTA riders to get their hands on a new CharlieCard, especially bus riders who rarely make it to any of the 17 MBTA stations and one major bus hub, Dudley Square, where they are som…

Erin Murphy commutes 3 stops on the Red Line. Because an elevator is closed, it takes her ‘close to an hour.’ » Boston.com There were torrential downpours on a recent evening in April when Erin Murphy had to head back into Boston from her home in Central Square.…

Why Popular Map Apps Still Struggle 'Neath The Streets Of Boston » WGBH Long gone are the days when the infamously convoluted roadways of New England — and the challenges of navigating them — provided easy fodder for the likes of "Saturday Night Live." Who could forge…

Uber And Lyft Drivers Are Striking — And Call On Passengers To Boycott » WBUR Ahead of Uber's initial public offering, drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies plan to strike, turning off the apps as they flex their collective muscles to say: What about us?…

Collins pushes for faster Fairmount » The Bay State Banner When Jarred Johnson worked at the Codman Square Community Development Corporation, the Fairmount Line came in handy for trips to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, where the city’s Inspectional Services Dep…

Senate erects detour for distracted driving bill » State House News Service The Senate on Wednesday delayed for a month the debate it had planned for Thursday over legislation prohibiting handheld cellphone use while driving, a decision that will give senators a chance to foc…

Utilities

Massachusetts' multipronged policy approach spurs distributed energy storage » Utility Dive Massachusetts is a leader in the deployment of distributed energy storage in America, due to forward-thinking legislative approaches and other measures aimed at unlocking the full potential of the res…

Merrimack Valley says $80m settlement in gas disaster is just the beginning of recovery » Boston Globe The three Merrimack Valley communities hit by the Sept. 13 natural gas disaster reached an $80 million settlement with Columbia Gas that will allow them to repair the last visible scars from a catastr…

Columbia Gas settles on road repairs » The Eagle Tribune Officials in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover announced an $80 million settlement with Columbia Gas Tuesday afternoon to compensate the communities for road restoration and municipal claims and cos…

Development Moves Forward On Massive Simsbury Solar Project » New England Public Radio About 280 acres of undeveloped land in Simsbury were sold this week to make way for construction of the “Tobacco Valley Solar Farm.” Once built, it will be one of the largest solar arrays in New E…

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Recipe of the Week

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar plus additional sugar for sprinkling on top
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons orange extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Craisins or dried cranberries

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tins or line them with paper baking cups. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk until blended, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and butter and mix until smooth. While mixing, add the sugar and beat well. Scrape the bowl and mix again, making sure all the sugar is blended in. With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and orange extract. Using a wooden spoon, alternately add in the milk and flour mixture, stirring by hand just enough to combine the ingredients. Stir in the walnuts and Craisins. (Do not overmix or the muffins will be tough.) Scoop the batter into the muffin tins, filling each cup about three-quarters full. Sprinkle the tops with additional sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. 


Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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