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9:00am Alzheimer's Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

10:30am Criminal Justice Task Force on Juvenile Age, Middlesex HOC and UTECH, 269 Treble Cove Road, Billerica, MA, 01862

11:00am Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Melrose Mayoral Candidate Manisha Bewtra

7:00pm Birthday Celebration for Worcester School Committee Candidate Dr. Cara Berg Powers

7:00pm Campaign Kickoff for Marlborough City Council Candidate Samantha Perlman

Must-Reads

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is suing Kirk Minihane and Barstool Sports » Boston.com The Somerville mayor announced Monday afternoon that he had filed a civil lawsuit against podcaster Kirk Minihane and his new employer, Barstool, after the former WEEI radio host recorded a telephone …

On Beacon Hill, high-voltage testimony about abortion » Boston Globe “All these audacious claims about this legislation are blatantly false,” said Senator Harriette L. Chandler, lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate. “They are intentionally misrepresentative. Th…

Baker to testify on his tax bill to support climate adaptation » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides will testify Tuesday in support of the governor's bill to raise $1 billion in new revenue over the next decade to…

Gov. Charlie Baker ‘concerned’ about ROE Act’s expansion of abortion access » The Republican “I do have concerns about eliminating the parental notification requirement that currently exists in state law,” Baker told reporters at the Statehouse. “And I do have some concerns about, the l…

Senate in receipt of info on Brady case » State House News Service Under Senate rules, Brady's case could be referred to the Senate Ethics Committee for an investigation into whether the senator violated any Senate conduct rules, and he could be disciplined. …

Democratic Voters Don’t Actually Understand ‘Medicare For All,’ New Report Says » HUFFPOST The lack of understanding about Medicare for All is consistent with some other recent polls, including a new online survey from Navigator Research in which a majority of respondents and a large majori…

New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill » HUFFPOST If enacted, the bill would make New York the second big state — after California — to go for 100 percent carbon neutrality by midcentury. …

OP-ED: CANNABIS INDUSTRY JOBS IN NJ MUST BE UNIONIZED » NJSpotlight Unionized cannabis jobs in New Jersey will allow everyone — from the growers behind the scenes to the friendly security guards — to have a union voice on the job from day one. Potential employees …

Inside Donald Trump's Florida obsession » Politico To win a second term in the White House, Donald Trump is running for president of Florida.…

Boston Built a New Waterfront Just in Time for the Apocalypse » Bloomberg On a balmy June morning, a gathering of local dignitaries welcomed the latest glittering jewel to Boston’s new Seaport District: a 17-story tower that will house 1,000 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insu…

Plan OK'd to spend $18B on transportation over 5 years including some funding for South Coast Rail » South Coast Today Transportation officials took a key step toward implementing promised improvements Monday by approving a five-year, $18.3 billion capital investment plan.…

Calpers’ Dilemma: Save the World or Make Money? » The Wall Street Journal The California Public Employees’ Retirement System was one of the first public-pension systems to tie its investments to social activism. Now it is having second thoughts.…

SJC says state agencies should be more open to records requests that are in the public interest » Boston Globe The state’s high court Monday instructed state agencies to broaden their understanding of the “public interest” when deciding requests under the state’s public record law, a ruling that increa…

There should be no fare increase until the Red Line is fixed. The [MBTA] must act with urgency and it's unfair to ask riders to pay more until the Red Line is fully operational.

Mayor Marty Walsh

Tweeting his support for a delay in the MBTA fare hikes which are set to increase next month.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Too soon for Democrats to count on polls counting Trump out of White House » Boston Herald Hold off on those victory laps, Democrats. President Trump may appear to be faltering but he’s far from finished.…

Congresswoman Trahan discusses environment, Trump impeachment in Acton » wicked local US Congresswoman Lori Trahan, D-Massachusetts, spoke at a town hall event Saturday morning where she answered questions from local constituents ranging from the environment to possible presidential im…

Sanders Will Still Be A Contender Come January; Plus, The Odds On Everyone Else » WGBH In a crowded Presidential nominating field lacking a strong frontrunner, many—if not most—early primary and caucus voters don’t really decide on their vote until they perceive a final group of w…

Moulton says he'll still stand out, despite not being invited to debate » WMUR A Democratic presidential candidate who didn't qualify for the big debates next week campaigned Monday in New Hampshire and said he still plans to stand out.…

Business

Jerry Bird to step down as president, CEO of MassVenture » Boston Business Journal Bird first started at MassVentures in 2005, after working as a venture capitalist in the private sector for nine years. He succeeded Robert Crowley as president in 2011.…

Accordia, Ares buy Santander site in Dorchester for $110M » Boston Business Journal Accordia Partners and Ares Capital are the development team leading the redevelopment of the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center, located across the street from the Santander Bank site at 2 Morrissey Blvd.…

Designing a neighborhood from scratch: The stakes are high at Suffolk Downs » Boston Globe Not much is going on at Suffolk Downs these days. There’s one more weekend of racing at the 84-year-old horse track, and a trickle of gamblers still bet on out-of-town races. Otherwise, the place ha…

Stop & Shop president Mark McGowan is stepping down » Boston.com After nearly three decades with the company, Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan is moving on.…

Cannabis

Shuttered Papa Gino’s in Framingham to become marijuana shop » The Metro West Daily News The owners of a cannabis company hope to transform a former Papa Gino’s on Rte. 9 into a recreational marijuana shop set to open early next year.…

Civil Rights

ROE Act hearing, protests roil Beacon Hill » Boston Herald Lawmakers faced highly charged language and rival demonstrations on Beacon Hill Monday in the fierce debate over the controversial bill known as the ROE Act to expand abortion rights, as key elected o…

Heated debate as Massachusetts lawmakers consider expanding abortion access » The Republican Outside the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday, rally attendees leveled charges of infanticide against those who support expanding abortion rights. Inside, supporters touted their bill as a compassion…

Clash Over Abortion Expansion, Parental Consent, Puts Pressure On Beacon Hill Moderates » WGBH Both sides of the abortion debate argued their cases during hours of State House testimony Monday on a bill that would expand abortion access after 24 weeks of pregnancy. But the politics of the bill,…

Abortion Rights Supporters, Opponents Turn Out For State House Debate Over ROE Act » WBUR It's been held up as a bulwark against the conservative forces determined to overturn Roe V. Wade and decried as an opening to legalized "infanticide."…

Massachusetts legislators denounce infanticide charge ahead of Roe Act hearing » Boston Herald In a press conference ahead of the anticipated hearing on a bill to expand abortion access, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad denounced accusations of infanticide by anti-abortion activists who gath…

On Beacon Hill, high-voltage testimony about abortion » Boston Globe Hundreds of activists descended on Beacon Hill Monday for their first opportunity to weigh in on a bill that would expand abortion access in Massachusetts.…

Abortion access bill draws big crowds to State House » Commonwealth Magazine Big Three waiting to see how Judiciary Committee handles issue …

Poll: Voters want checks on face recognition technology » State House News Service Nearly eight in ten Massachusetts voters would support a moratorium on government use of face recognition surveillance, according to poll results released Tuesday.…

Education

Study says Attleboro would be a big winner, Seekonk a loser under school aid bill » The Sun Chronicle For three years, Attleboro school officials have been urging the Legislature to pass a bill that would address funding inequities in the Massachusetts education system.…

Report: Lawmakers offer nearly $1B more than governor for school districts » Worcester Telegram A new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center has done the math on the potential outcomes of the state’s current school funding debate, and finds the majority of school districts woul…

Students are being shamed and punished over lunch debt, and it may take legislation to stop it » Boston Globe Four years ago, Stephanie Rosenquist put a $10.80 check in the mail to cover the overdue balance on her son’s school meal payments. She didn’t think twice about it until he came home from his Oxfo…

Public school advocates have $950 million incentive to lobby for education funding bill, study finds » The Republican Teachers, mayors, parents and public education advocates have launched a massive organizing effort to lobby lawmakers to reject an education funding bill proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, …

Framingham, Milford high schools get grants to support a pathway to in-demand profession » The Metro West Daily News Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $140,000 grant award last week to support a new program that aims to give poor and minority students a pathway to in-demand professional fields and careers at Framingham…

Westhampton Elementary recognized on Beacon Hill » Gazette Net Westhampton Elementary School was among 57 schools across the state recognized for high academic achievement at a Statehouse ceremony this month. …

Roxbury Community College Nursing Program Loses State Approval » WBUR The nursing program at Roxbury Community College (RCC) is facing an uncertain future. This week, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing voted to withdraw its approval of the program.…

Five central Mass. colleges join education initiative » Worcester Business Journal Five colleges in Central Massachusetts have been chosen to take part in a state program pairing colleges with high schools to help students continuing to a college education.…

Environment

Push on to get money released for Greylock Glen Outdoor Center project » Berkshire Eagle Greylock Glen's proposed Outdoor Center has a new look, but also, it appears, a new timetable.…

Critics say Massachusetts’ $1 billion clean energy bill not bold enough » Energy News Network bill in the Massachusetts House that promises $1 billion in grants to promote clean energy and climate adaptation is getting a lot of attention in the state. Some environmental activists, however, wo…

Westport Woods, a new public conservation park opens near Adamsville with miles of hiking trails » South Coast Today Ross Moran called on local children to cut the ceremonial ribbon of the long-awaited Westport Woods Conservation Park.…

Compressor foes state their case at hearing » Patriot Ledger istrict 1 Town Councilor Becky Haugh said one of the federal pipeline regulations that sticks out to her states that the fence around a natural gas compressor station must have at least two gates to a…

Gaming

T notes: State preps for 100,000 visitors to casino on Sunday » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE’S HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR says he is preparing for 100,000 people to show up for this Sunday’s opening of the Encore Boston Harbor casino, although officials at Wynn Resorts say they are e…

MGM Springfield reports May revenue; still trailing pre-opening predictions » The Republican MGM Springfield reported gross gambling revenue in May of $22.285 million, a 2.14 % increase from the $21.8 million in gross gambling revenue the casino reported in April.…

MGM Springfield Revenues Up In May » New England Public Radio The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, saw an uptick in total gambling revenues last month. …

Health Care

Ghost networks of psychiatrists make money for insurance companies but hinder patients’ access to care » STAT News When I started my training in psychiatry, a senior doctor told me I should have a therapist of my own. He explained that it’s essential to understand myself so I can better understand my patients.…

Mass. committed to holding a hard line on drug costs » Boston Globe Although your June 12 editorial, “A new look at the middlemen inflating Mass. drug costs,” correctly points out that pharmacy benefit managers’ profit margins must be part of a broader health ca…

Massachusetts plan to rein in drug costs could be blueprint for other states » The Salem News Massachusetts is paying more than $1.9 billion a year for prescription drugs through its Medicaid program, forcing deep cuts elsewhere in the state budget and crowding spending on other crucial progra…

'Medicare for All' faces steep hurdles in Mass. » Newburyport News Single-payer care poses challenges …

Human Services

Report: One in 7 children in state live in poverty » Boston Herald One in seven of the state’s children live in poverty and almost a third come from families that struggle to afford housing, according to an annual report on children’s well-being.…

Important jobs with little pay » Lowell Sun Bridgewell CEO Chris Tuttle says it's simple to see why there's a workforce shortage among direct support professionals in the human services field: low pay for a demanding job.…

Immigration

Letter: We’re all safer when immigrants don’t have to fear the police » Gloucester Times The challenges for safety, humanness and justice on behalf of immigrants continue unabated in the United States.…

Judiciary

Judge denies motions to suppress evidence in Westport animal abuse cases » The Herald News A Bristol County Superior Court judge has denied 24 defendants’ motions to suppress evidence in the landmark Route 177 animal cruelty case of 2016, according to the state Attorney General’s office…

Labor

River Works looms large at GE-union contract talks » Lynn Daily News Item General Electric and union negotiators are bargaining wages, healthcare and retirement at a time when the firm’s aviation business, including the River Works, are the bright spot on GE’s gloomy fi…

Legislative

Dangerousness, union bills on legislative radar » Worcester Telegram Expect votes this summer on a dangerousness bill in the House and a bill dealing with union representation of non-members in the Senate, legislative leaders said Monday.…

Lawmakers to decide 'soon' whether to investigate Brockton Sen. Michael Brady's OUI incident » South Coast Today The Senate president's office now has the information about Sen. Michael Brady's drunken driving plea that it's been waiting for and the Senate could decide "soon" whether to open its own investigatio…

MA Down Syndrome Community Awards 2019 Legislative Champions of the Year at 6th Annual Advocacy Day » Senator Joan B. Lovely and State Representative Pat Haddad were honored as Legislative Champions of the Year by the Down syndrome community in Massachusetts. At a ceremony at the State House in Boston…

Lobbying

Disgraced DiMasi spotlight is one the Statehouse didn't need » Sentinel & Enterprise Secretary of State Billy Galvin did Sal DiMasi and everybody else on Beacon Hill a favor when he rejected DiMasi's application to register as a lobbyist. …

Convicted ex-speaker seeking to become Beacon Hill lobbyist » South Coast Today Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is appealing a decision that bars him from registering as a Beacon Hill lobbyist after being convicted of federal corruption charges.…

Local Government

Clarksburg Still Hoping for State Funds Toward School Repairs » iBerkshires Officials are still hoping that funding will come through to help with repairs at Clarksburg School. …

New Salem to vote on budget, political resolution » The Recorder Residents are asked to vote on 41 articles at the Annual Town Meeting Wednesday, including the town’s budget and a resolution dealing with the influence of money in politics.…

Granby approves town, school budgets » Gazette Net After narrowly avoiding significant cuts to the school district this year, Granby's School Committee passed a fiscal 2020 budget that will maintain all current services in the school without further a…

Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle to seek reelection » Gazette Net Mayor Nicole LaChapelle has announced that she is running for reelection. LaChapelle was elected as the city's third mayor in 2017, following in the steps of former mayors Michael Tautznik and Karen C…

Politics

An issue-oriented council race » The Bay State Banner When at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu teamed up with District 7 Councilor Kim Janey and at-large candidate Alejandra St. Guillen to open a joint campaign office in Dudley Square Saturday, it was th…

Moderate Marty suddenly dials it up » Commonwealth Magazine TRYING TO PROTECT HIS left flank, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh jumped into the debate over the MBTA by calling for a local seat on the transit authority’s next oversight board and demanding that the Jul…

Public Health

Abolish the religious exemption to vaccination » Boston Globe State Representative Andy Vargas of Haverhill stood up for public health on Beacon Hill — and quickly learned why so few of his fellow lawmakers have been eager to do the same.…

Panel floats ideas on treating opioid addiction » Gazette Net On a Friday last November, Cara Moser got a call at work. Her daughter, Eliza Harper, had overdosed at home in South Deerfield. Harper’s 14-year-old brother found her on the couch and tried to reviv…

Walsh announces program to provide free menstrual products in Boston schools, but some say it doesn’t go far enough » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh has taken a stance in the fight for accessible menstrual products, rolling out a pilot program providing free tampons and pads to all 77 Boston Public Schools serving students in…

Vaping Could Cause Cardiovascular Harm, Researcher Says » WBUR San Francisco city supervisors will consider a ban Tuesday on the sale of electronic cigarettes in that city until the Food and Drug Administration completes its review of the devices.…

"Food is medicine" report outlines menu of options » State House News Service At a time when consumers are paying more attention to nutrition and the source of their food, the state could do more to integrate food into health care as a way to address chronic conditions and avoi…

Public Safety

Springfield City Council approves $450,000 for police brutality settlement » The Republican The City Council on Monday approved spending $450,000 to resolve a police brutality case…

State Government

DaCunha appointed to Baker-Polito administration’s Economic Development Planning Council » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito swore in Carlos DaCunha, senior vice president and chief lending officer at St. Anne’s Credit Union to the Baker-Polito administration’s Economic Devel…

Legislature passes local infrastructure funding bill » Wicked Local Woburn Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington and Reps. Rich Haggerty, D-Woburn, and Michelle Ciccolo, D-Lexington, recently joined their colleagues in passing the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund loca…

Taxation

State raises paid leave tax rate » State House News Service The payroll tax intended to fund paid family and medical leave benefits will kick in later than first expected and at a higher rate than initially authorized by the Legislature.…

Transportation

As Massachusetts looks to boost electric vehicle adoption, Norway offers a model » Energy News Network Mobile Skøyen, a Nissan dealership in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, offers a full range of the automaker’s vehicles, from sedans to compact SUVs.…

Matt O’Malley talks Boston’s future with e-scooters and micro-mobility » Boston.com Last year, City Councilor Matt O’Malley was optimistic: By this spring — hopefully — Boston would have a pilot program for dockless electric-scooters.…

MBTA oversight board launches independent safety review after derailments » Boston Herald The T’s oversight board will launch an investigation into the MBTA’s operational safety following last week’s latest in a series of derailments.…

Mayor Martin Walsh calls for fare hike delay, Boston role in T operations » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh is pushing for Boston to have a larger role in MBTA operations and for the T to delay the looming fare hike, which the organization says it’s not going to do.…

Wanted for the T: more urgency and empathy from Baker » Boston Globe Remember that salt- and sweat-soaked fisherman who made Charlie Baker cry during a 2014 gubernatorial debate? The fisherman had pushed his two sons away from college so they could join the family busi…

Mayor Walsh: There Should Be No MBTA Fare Increase Until Red Line Is Fixed » CBS Boston Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted Monday that there should be no fare increase on the MBTA until the Red Line is fixed. Service on the Red Line has been reduced or delayed since a train derailment at J…

Red line solutions, derailment cause still fuzzy » State House News Service Although officials have now planned two separate outside reviews of the MBTA to examine derailments and broader safety questions, they still have not yet determined what caused a Red Line train to car…

Despite city’s best efforts, low bridge still taking hits » Gazette Net Numerous signs warn of its approach. Some even display flashing lights. Yet tall vehicles have continued to strike the railroad bridge that crosses over Bridge Street, to the tune of 37 strikes since …

Plan Approved To Spend $18 Billion On Transportation Over Next 5 Years » WBUR Transportation officials took a key step toward implementing promised improvements Monday by approving a five-year, $18.3 billion capital investment plan.…

Walsh charges ‘there’s absolutely no checks and balances right now’ at MBTA » Boston Globe A day after MBTA leaders rejected his calls to halt a planned fare hike, Mayor Martin J. Walsh escalated his attacks on the transit agency and charged that its deteriorating performance is hurting the…

Utilities

Lowell eyes new broadband network » Lowell Sun SiFi Networks is coming with big promises. …

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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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