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Today on Beacon Hill

12:00pm "Ask the Mayor" with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

1:00pm Department of Family & Medical Leave Public Hearing, Hurley Building, Minahan Hall, 19 Staniford Street, Boston

5:30pm Fundraiser for Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Worcester School Committee Candidate Jermoh Kamara

Must-Reads

Drug pricing reform setting up as big issue for conferees » Taunton Gazette While the details remain to be worked out, it appears pharmaceutical companies will soon face a new regulatory process in Massachusetts aimed at protecting taxpayers from footing the bill for some of …

Federal officials investigate Mass. prisons on elderly, ill inmates, solitary confinement » Boston Globe Federal prosecutors are investigating the Massachusetts prison system over its use of solitary confinement, and the treatment of elderly and severely ill prisoners, according to several attorneys who …

New Bedford charter school plan on the ropes » Commonwealth Magazine Home rule debate revives statewide education battle …

Despite Criticism, Gov. Baker 'Proud' Of Administration's Transportation Plan » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday defended his five-year plan to modernize the MBTA's core system — calling the $8 billion he's committed to spend on it "record breaking" — and emphasized his desire …

Mass. House Will Take Up Janus 'Fix' To Aid Unions » WGBH The Massachusetts House of Representatives will take up a bill before the July 4 holiday to aid local labor unions affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that cut deeply into their pocketbooks, acc…

The First Big Democratic Primary Challenge of 2020 Is Happening In Massachusetts » Mother Jones Labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan announced this week that she is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in next year’s Democratic primary race.…

Gov unsure of national infrastructure bill's chances » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker said he and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh returned from a two-day trip to Washington last week feeling pretty good about the chances of seeing a national infrastructure bill move through…

Weymouth compressor opponents urge state to vacate air quality permit » State House News Service Petitioners challenging a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth asked Thursday for the state to scrap the facility's air-quality permit or allow for air in the neighborhood to be reevalu…

Firefighters, cancer and lobbying: the safety row over flame retardants » The Guardian Massachusetts has failed to sign a bill – opposed by the American Chemistry Council – banning flame retardants into law despite the endorsement of lawmakers and pediatricians.…

“I view [Gov. Baker] as hopefully going to evolve on this,” Strauss said. “I think we need more money into the transportation trust fund to cover our roads, bridges and mass transit assets, and we have to do it right away.”

Representative William M. Strauss

Speaking about Governor Baker's five-year plan to modernize the MBTA's core system.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

European vote provides lessons for US » Boston Globe Voters all over Europe go to the polls this week in what is usually a sleepy little contest to choose members of the European Parliament — and that’s part of the problem. While much of Europe doze…

Gun violence prevention advocate eyes 6th District seat » The Salem News Topsfield Democrat and gun violence prevention advocate Angus McQuilken is the latest to announce he's exploring a run for Congress in the 6th District. …

Rep. Neal Leads Effort As U.S. House Passes Bill To Help Workers With Retirement Savings » WBUR The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans.…

Business

PawSox owners hope to lure biotechs to Worcester » Boston Globe The Pawtucket Red Sox executive is vetting possible tenants for an office building that would overlook left field at Polar Park, his team’s future home in Worcester. But Rea is also looking ahead to…

Darrell Byers gets back to his Bay State roots » Boston Business Journal When Darrell Byers was running his filtration business in the 1990s, he could have used some advice from Interise, the small-business counseling group.…

Mergers continue to disrupt the employee benefits sector » Boston Business Journal This year’s list of the BBJ's Largest Employee Benefits Companies includes three newcomers, offset by three firms on the 2018 list that have since been acquired.…

Years after bitter breakup, Boston lawyers to square off in court » Boston Business Journal The trial, set to begin next week, touches on issues of succession at law firms, compensation for "non-equity" partners, and the data that attorneys can bring with them when they leave a firm.…

Second Chance U.: Teaching entrepreneurship to those with a criminal past » Boston Business Journal At the age of 18, Canton resident Marrk Harris moved to Orlando to go to film school. But rather than serving as a springboard for a career in Hollywood, Harris ended up serving three years in prison …

Making a great economy even greater » Lowell Sun Even in Massachusetts, with its enviable 2.9% jobless rate, there's still room for economic improvement.…

Cannabis

Cannabis Control Commission approves first sale of a marijuana company » The Republican The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the state’s first acquisition of a marijuana company.…

Civil Rights

On a class trip to MFA, an unexpected lesson about racism » Boston Globe What Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy students endured last week at the Museum of Fine Arts was not, as museum officials call it, “a range of challenging and unacceptable experiences that made them…

Racism at the MFA is not an isolated event. It’s a microcosm of life in America » Boston Globe The galleries were painted with black and brown people at the Museum of Fine Arts two weeks ago on a Friday night.…

Racism allegations put MFA in the spotlight » Boston Globe The Museum of Fine Arts found itself under siege Thursday as educators, politicians, and civil-rights activists assailed the renowned institution over reports that minority students from a Dorchester …

Senator Lewis Responds To Misinformation About The ROE Act » Winchester Patch ROE Act will ensure access to safe and affordable reproductive health care for all women in Massachusetts. …

Right to choose safe in Massachusetts, Baker says » Gazette Net Acknowledging a "tremendous amount of anxiety" over abortion rights around the country, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that a woman's right to choose is safe in Massachusetts, even if he remains ske…

Education

Mass. teachers part of national movement » The Bay State Banner Rally draws on nationwide ‘Red For Ed’ demonstrations …

$1.5M dedicated for civics education » Sentinel & Enterprise Six months after the governor signed a law implementing new statewide civics education requirements, the Senate moved Wednesday to dedicate $1.5 million in next year's budget to help implement the new…

Our view: An investment in civics » The Salem News Six months ago, Charlie Baker and the state Legislature agreed on a plan to reintroduce civics education to Bay State schools in an aggressive fashion. Earlier this week, lawmakers took a major step t…

New Bedford charter school expansion bill blocked in the house » State House News Service A bill state education officials want to see passed by the end of the month to execute a deal between New Bedford and a charter school in that city hit a speed bump Thursday in the House of Representa…

Barnstable Intermediate School earns national careers grant » The Barnstable Patriot Barnstable Intermediate School is one of seven Massachusetts schools recently awarded a grant from the American Student Assistance (ASA).…

BPS memo called for ‘right-sizing’ Boston’s schools » The Bay State Banner When Boston Public Schools moved to close the West Roxbury Education Complex last year, students and teachers from the Urban Science Academy and West Roxbury Academy, the two schools making up the WRE…

Senate says no to boost in minimum education aid » The Salem News The state Senate on Wednesday rejected a budget amendment that would have increased the minimum education aid every district receives from $30 per pupil to $100 per pupil on a 7-32 vote Wednesday.…

Weymouth says funding schools top priority » Wicked Local Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said his administration is committed to funding the schools and town departments, despite the slow rate of incoming tax revenues during the past two years.…

Senate bumps up transportation aid for regional schools » State House News Service The Senate voted Thursday to add another $2 million in spending on regional school transportation reimbursement to its fiscal year 2020 budget document, an area of education funding where lawmakers fr…

New Bedford neighborhood charter bill blocked in House; Rep. Cabral says he does not ‘support the legislation as it is written’ » South Coast Today A bill state education officials want to see passed by the end of the month to execute a deal between New Bedford and a charter school hit a speed bump Thursday in the House of Representatives and cou…

Medford facing $1 mil net reduction in state education aid » State House News Service Beacon Hill leaders are touting big increases in K-12 education spending but the math is not working out for Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke.…

Environment

Lawmakers: Compressor case erased public confidence in regulators » Patriot Ledger Lawmakers are urging a state regulator to overturn the air-quality permit issued for a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth due to what they see as incomplete air testing, a delayed dis…

Viewpoint: Green New Deal would pay dividends » Boston Business Journal If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Would you rather have a Green New Deal? Many executives are saying no. They want to be at the table and want a market-based solution on the menu. Fo…

As Summer Begins, Specter Of Shark Attacks Looms Over Cape Cod » WBUR On a recent Saturday, about two dozen people enjoyed the sun on Newcomb Hollow Beach — the scene of last year's fatal shark attack on the Cape.…

Gaming

John Henry, owner of Red Sox and the Globe, considered buying Everett casino » Boston Globe It was one of the biggest deals in memory that didn’t happen: Wynn Resorts this month discussed selling the Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino to MGM Resorts, though talks broke off without an ag…

Aquinnah Tribe struggles with Vineyard vision » Boston Globe A few miles from the historic brick lighthouse and russet clay cliffs sloping into the sea, Aquinnah’s latest attraction could rise: 250 video slot machines inside a 10,000-square-foot aluminum-fram…

Neighbors sound off on Encore’s late booze vote » Boston Herald The threat of drunk gamblers leaving Encore Boston Harbor at 4 a.m. and the lack of public transportation were among the concerns raised by neighbors who worry about the casino’s late drinking hours…

MGM Springfield fined $100G for multiple underage violations » Boston Herald MGM Springfield was slapped with a $100,000 fine by state gambling regulators Thursday for “repeated noncompliance” in keeping underage visitors from gambling or drinking alcohol on the casino flo…

Health Care

Mass. General to acquire Exeter, N.H., hospital » Boston Globe Massachusetts General Hospital officials said Thursday that they have finalized plans to acquire a community health system in Exeter, N.H., in the latest move by the Boston hospital and its parent com…

Lawmakers call for increased access to continuous care for kids with medically complex needs » Wicked Local Arlington On May 14, Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, Woburn resident Angela Ortiz, Rep. Rich Haggerty, D-Woburn, Rep. Sean Garballey, D-Arlington, and Kris Newman of the Mass Developmental Disabilities Counci…

Human Services

Senate passes amendment to create common application for MassHealth, food stamps » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate is renewing its push to develop a common application where low-income individuals can apply for food stamps at the same time they apply for public health insurance. …

Immigration

Can ICE target undocumented immigrants for arrest in Massachusetts courts? Federal judge hears the first arguments in case brought by DAs » The Republican A Boston federal court judge heard the first arguments Thursday in a case that will decide whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents can target and arrest undocumented immigrants who sho…

Judiciary

Suspended Newton judge declined plea deal that would have meant no criminal charges » Boston Globe Suspended Newton Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph turned down a deal that would have allowed her to avoid prosecution — and possibly preserve her career — if she admitted that she illegally helped an…

Protecting children is a proper priority » Boston Herald There is no better example of Massachusetts’ inability to protect children than the case of child rapist Wayne Chapman, a monster who is on the verge of enjoying life as a free man. The state had de…

Massachusetts High Court Says Poor Evidence Storage Endangers Fairness Of Justice System » WGBH Massachusetts' highest court has said that problems with the storage of DNA and other kinds of crime evidence could threaten the integrity of the state's criminal justice system by making it harder to…

Trial delayed for child rapist Wayne Chapman » Boston Herald The trial of convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman, who faces lewdness charges after allegedly exposing himself in front of nurses at MCI-Shirley state prison last year, has been delayed, officials sai…

Labor

Editorial: Don’t write off those with a criminal past » Boston Business Journal In Massachusetts’ tight labor market, many businesses are largely ignoring a pool of tens of thousands of potential workers who are highly motivated and eager to find gainful employment.…

AG: Eversource's New Payroll System Underpaid Workers by $828,000 » Cape Cod Today Eversource Energy Service Company will pay $250,000 for a violation of the Massachusetts wage and hour laws that impacted 3,000 Massachusetts workers, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.…

US House passes bill to aid workers saving for retirement; Rep. Richard Neal praises vote » The Republican The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage on Thursday of a bill that intends to increase the ability of people to save for retirement was praised by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal as a way of averting a…

Local Government

Pacheco announces budget amendment to provide $10,000 to Marion Council on Aging » Wicked Local Mattapoisett State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, has announced that the Massachusetts Senate authorized $130,000 in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Councils on Aging in his district, including $10,000 for t…

City eyes scooter rollout » The Salem News Nevermind more sharable bikes. A fresh fleet of electric scooters could soon be buzzing through the streets of Salem.…

Candidates who want to replace Josh Zakim discuss issues, themselves » Universal Hub Candidates running for the District 8 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Bay Village, Fenway) met for a forum on Tuesday. …

Easthampton Mayor LaChapelle proposes $47 million city budget » Gazette Net The city's nearly $47 million proposed budget for next fiscal year reflects a 13 percent jump from the current year, as officials prepared to make the first bond payment for construction of a new scho…

Clarksburg town administrator resigns after contract dispute with Select Board » Berkshire Eagle Town Administrator Carl McKinney has resigned over a contract dispute with the town's Select Board.…

Politics

Trahan disclosure shines light on finances » The Eagle Tribune A newly filed personal financial disclosure by U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan suggests she had more than enough revenue and assets to secure sizable loans to her campaign last year, but watchdog groups that fi…

Conservative group to push redistricting reform in Massachusetts » Boston Herald A national conservative group focused on government reform says it wants to take on gerrymandering in deeply blue Massachusetts.…

Brookline Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordon On Why She Wants To Take On Sen. Ed Markey In 2020 » WBUR U.S. Sen. Ed Markey has served in Congress for more than 35 years, but one Brookline labor lawyer has decided that this term should be his last.…

As Nominating Window Closes, Women Rise to Consider Sarno Challenge » Western Mass Politics and Insight In the twilight of the signature gathering-phase of Springfield’s election, two women have stepped forward to consider a challenge to Mayor Domenic Sarno. On Thursday, Linda Matys O’Connell, an ad…

Public Safety

Massachusetts launches public awareness campaign about healthy relationships for teens » The Republican Massachusetts is launching a new public awareness campaign focused on healthy relationship between teenagers. …

State Finance

The Only 2 States That Can't Afford a Recession » Governing Most states have improved their finances since the last one. …

Collins’s budget priorities center on UMass, DCR projects » Dorchester Reporter The Massachusetts State Senate is assembling its annual budget this week, considering more than 1,110 amendments to the $42.7 billion bill that made it through the upper chamber this month. Among the …

State Government

Gov. Charlie Baker orders flags to half-staff to honor Navy sailor Meaghan Burns, a Western Massachusetts native » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor of Navy sailor Meaghan Burns, a native of Western Massachusetts.…

Former chief medical examiner being phased out » Boston Globe The state’s chief medical examiner is phasing out her predecessor, Dr. Henry Nields, from his role as a part-time contractor — a move that has surprised staff in an office that’s struggled to qu…

Transportation

Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate » MassLive As state Sen. Jo Comerford campaigned to represent Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester in the Massachusetts legislature last year, the issue of transportation connecting the state kept arising among vot…

Baker, Raimondo pledge to discuss Boston to Providence high-speed rail » WPRI.com Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he will talk with Governor Gina Raimondo about connecting Providence and Boston with high-speed rail service. …

VTA strike averted » Martha's Vineyard Times A strike by Vineyard Transit Authority bus drivers has been averted — for now.…

Seaplanes in Boston Harbor on track to start soon, despite safety concerns » Boston Herald Seaplanes are set to splash down in Boston Harbor soon, despite concerns from local officials about noise and maritime safety.…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020

HB3801 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

SB613 - An Act relative to insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS

HB1158 - An Act relative to Health Policy Commission reviews of scope of practice proposals

HB1610 - An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement

HB95 - An Act providing for insurance coverage for vision screening for children

HB1948 - An Act relative to out-of-hospital birth access and safety

HB1186 - An Act strengthening HPC and CHIA market oversight

HB832 - An Act to create a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving Commonwealth

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

House Actions This Week: 193

Senate Actions This Week: 62

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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