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10:00am Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

10:30am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

11:00am Ranked Choice Voting Lobby Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

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

Must-Reads

Chappaquiddick at 50: Ted Kennedy’s long life in public service was a privilege of different times » Boston Globe Ted Kennedy said he and Kopechne left a cookout on Chappaquiddick Island around 11:15 p.m. on July 18. Sometime after that, he drove his car off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond, leading to the death …

Yes, Mr. President, the ‘Squad’ is telling you how government should run. That’s why they were elected » Boston Globe This country was built on the backs of black and brown people. Their roots stolen, their blood feeding the soil. Their bodies not their own, they were bound to the land to sustain the American dreams …

DeLeo calls for interim August budget amid prolonged negotiations » State House News Service The speaker's statement on Monday came just hours after he publicly hinted that legislative leaders may have to consider "other options" for resolving a fiscal year 2020 budget if talks continue to dr…

Kids Are Increasingly Entering Foster Care Because Of Parental Drug Use » WBUR Between 2000 and 2017, 60% of children entering the foster care system because of parental drug use were age 5 or younger. For removals for other reasons, about 40% were 5 or younger. …

On eve of trial, lawyers for City Hall aides try one last time for dismissal » Boston Globe Lawyers for two Boston City Hall aides accused of extortion made a final attempt Monday to have the case dismissed and avoid a trial that is expected to delve into the inner workings of Mayor Martin J…

Mass. lawmakers call out Maine Sen. Susan Collins’s statement on Trump Twitter attacks » Boston.com "You should be able to condemn racism without a caveat," Congressman Joe Kennedy III tweeted. …

George Conway: Trump is a racist president » Washington Post Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core. It do…

Baker says state will use NDAs ‘If the victim wants one’ » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker supports using taxpayer money for settlements in nondisclosure agreements, he said yesterday, just days after meeting with two of the state’s youngest female legislators who are p…

“The president's tweets were shameful, they were racist and ... they bring a tremendous amount of, sort of, disgrace to public policy and public life and I condemn them all,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about President Trump's racist tweets towards certain congresswomen.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Does Trump know what it means to be an American? » Boston Globe President Trump’s racism is so profound and so essential to his political persona that it no longer seems possible to be shocked by it. Yet this weekend, with a vile Twitter rant telling four Democr…

Trump’s latest tweets: Anything less than outrage is complicity » Boston Globe While relaxing with friends in America’s heartland — beautiful Kansas City, Mo. — I read the most recent ugly tweets from the president. I don’t care about his fear or rage. Vigorous political…

‘1950s racism straight from the White House’: Trump’s tweets revolt politicians around the world » Boston Globe Lawmakers and commentators abroad expressed shock and disgust Monday after President Trump targeted Democratic minority congresswomen in tweets over the weekend and told them to ‘‘go back’’ to…

America ‘belongs to everyone’: Congresswomen targeted by Trump deliver searing rebuke to president » Boston Globe Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar spoke out against President Trump in a Monday press conference, delivering a blistering rebuke a day after he s…

Ayanna Pressley Responds: Trump's Attacks a Reminder of 'Who the Real Enemy Is' » NBC Boston Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said President Donald Trump's comments about how she and three other congresswomen of color should go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries serves as a good…

The long, sordid history behind Trump’s ‘go back’ to your country comments » Boston Globe When President Trump tweeted on Sunday that four congresswomen should “go back” to the countries they came from, he was writing the latest entry in a centuries-old story equating whiteness with Am…

Romney: Trump 'Fell Far Short' With Tweets About Dem. Congresswomen » NECN Sen. Mitt Romney said President Donald Trump "fell far short" of his duty to unite all Americans with his weekend tweets telling four congresswomen of color to leave the country.…

Ayanna Pressley, AOC and ‘squad’ hit back, Trump doubles down » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and “The Squad” of progressive congresswomen involved in a war of words with President Trump took to the airwaves to accuse him of having a white nationalist agenda — a…

Trump tries to make ‘the squad’ the Democrats’ new leaders » Boston Herald President Trump’s inflammatory tweets demanding four progressive congresswomen “go back” to their countries were a trolling game aimed at convincing middle-of-the-road voters that Democrats are …

President Trump defends tweets targeting congresswomen, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley » WCVB Pressley urged Americans to not take the bait during a news conference on Monday.…

Business

Weeks after it signed a $70m deal with Vertex, Kymera’s CEO is out » Boston Globe Laurent Audoly, CEO of Kymera Therapeutics, left the Cambridge biotech late last month, just weeks after the startup signed a $70 million deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, company executives said Mond…

Sam Adams maker: Beer makers don't leave distribution deals, they wait 'em out » Boston Business Journal In his 35 years of running Samuel Adams beer, Boston Beer Co. Founder Jim Koch said he has never left a distribution agreement. It is easier to wait for an owner to die than it is to leave a contract …

Corey Seymour gets probation for money laundering tied to father's alleged mortgage fraud » Worcester Telegram A Worcester man, whose father is awaiting trial on related charges, was placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty to money-laundering and conspiracy.…

Brewers and distributors renew their quarrel over exclusive contracts » State House News Service Brewers and beer distributors are renewing the effort to create new pathways out of their business partnerships, but a "compromise" bill put forward by distributors has already been rejected by brewer…

Brookline Bank to stop insuring all deposits » Boston Business Journal Brookline Bank will soon leave a Massachusetts program that insures all deposits made by a bank’s customers, no matter how high the amount.…

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren supports Massachusetts bill to regulate student loan servicers » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped create the federal agency that oversees student loan servicers, has come out in favor of a bill that would let Massachusetts institute i…

Radio host Gerry Callahan out at WEEI » Boston Herald “Well, that was fun. After 20 years in morning drive, I did my last show on WEEI this morning. Thanks to all who listened. Unfortunately, this ain’t a movie. Sometimes the bad guys win. Much more …

Beacon Hill beer battle brewing over law that creates permanent contracts with distributors » MassLive Massachusetts beer brewers and distributors are battling on Beacon Hill over how to update an unusual law that locks brewers into what are essentially lifetime contracts with their distributors. …

How RedHat will grow its Mass. workforce after closing the $34B deal with IBM » Boston Business Journal With the IBM-Red Hat deal complete, Red Hat is expected to continue to grow in Massachusetts as an independent company, according to a local executive for the open source data giant.…

Millennium Partners, Asian CDC propose 30-story Chinatown tower » Boston Business Journal A consortium of real-estate firms and nonprofits has notified the city of their plan to develop a 30-story tower in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, a mixed-use project that will feature up to 171 i…

Education

Lawmakers must do right by low-income students » Commonwealth Magazine Funding formula revamp should close 'opportunity gap' that holds students back …

Environment

Plastic bag ban caught in political crosswind » Gloucester Times Advocates of a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags are among those urging lawmakers to toss the latest attempt at legislation in the trash.…

Be ready for wind and floods, MEMA says during Hurricane Preparedness Week » The Herald News On the heels of Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana over the weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker has proclaimed this Hurricane Preparedness Week in Massachusetts.…

Report: By 2100, Mass. Could Have 26 Days A Year That Feel Hotter Than 100 Degrees » WBUR Feeling the heat this summer? Well, it's just going to get worse.…

Gaming

Encore Boston Harbor took in $16.9 million in gaming revenue during opening week » Boston Globe Maybe the house doesn’t always win, but it wins often enough to pad state coffers.…

Push for Plainridge table games meets resistance from Hopkinton family » State House News Service Eight years after Massachusetts legalized casino gambling and while lawmakers are weighing further expansions of gaming, a Hopkinton couple told lawmakers the story of how "the spread of commercialize…

Encore Boston Harbor, Saratoga Race Course promotional partnership launched » Boston Herald The Encore Boston Harbor logo is jockeying for prime position at Saratoga Race Course, including sponsoring the second floor of the track’s new club with an event space for 100 guests.…

Lawsuit claims Encore Boston Harbor skewing payouts » Boston Herald A New York gambler is suing Encore Boston Harbor, accusing the Everett casino of tilting the blackjack payout odds when he played there last week.…

Class-action suit alleges Encore Boston Harbor cheats gamblers » Boston Globe A class-action lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the newly opened Encore Boston Harbor casino is cheating gamblers through its blackjack and slot machine practices.…

Everett casino generates $4.2m in tax revenue in opening week » State House News Service In the first eight days that Encore Boston Harbor was open, gamblers wagered more than $93.5 million on the slot machines alone at the Everett casino and the Wynn Resorts operation counted $16.79 mill…

A low-roller’s guide to Encore Boston Harbor » Boston.com For novice gamblers who aren’t planning on shelling out for private gambling rooms or hundred-dollar seafood towers, a trip to the Everett casino can be somewhat daunting: Where will my money go the…

Casino builder questions Coghlin Electrical's claims for payment » Worcester Telegram Suffolk Construction is pushing back against Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc.’s claims that it is owed $30 million for work at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, saying the Worcester business has n…

Health Care

Rosenthal says pharma must do its part » Commonwealth Magazine It isn’t surprising that Amy Rosenthal, the executive director of Health Care for All, wants to rein in the cost of prescription drugs. She’s been quite clear that breakthrough drugs don’t have …

Beaumont nursing home accused of neglience in dispensing woman's pills » Worcester Telegram After her 93-year-old mother died last month following a fall at Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, Susan Forbes was shocked to find that her mother had hidden about 1,000 pills of her …

High cost of treating disorder leaves families in bind » State House News Service Tiffany Uttam was facing every parent's nightmare. Her nine-year-old son became abruptly ill, and no one could seem to help.…

Records Show Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions Annually » WBUR Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion over the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans …

Care New England calls off Lifespan merger » Boston Business Journal Despite the wishes of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Care New England will not be joining forces with Lifespan and Brown University, concluding the third attempt at merger discussions the organizati…

Human Services

Broad support for welfare cash assistance increase » State House News Service Activists, physicians and social workers urged lawmakers Tuesday to expand a state welfare program helping low-income parents, arguing existing cash grants are insufficient to meet growing costs and l…

Immigration

Online posts lead to investigation of 62 border employees » Boston Globe US Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that m…

Judiciary

Sexual assault, nude photo charges against Bryon Hefner will be heard in separate trials » The Republican Sexual assault, nude photo charges against Bryon Hefner will be heard in separate trials …

Labor

Back wages for employees of Pinnacle Home Healthcare Services of Worcester in $162K settlement » Worcester Telegram A home health care company and its owner agreed to pay $162,000 in restitution and penalties to settle allegations they violated state wage laws, according to the office of Attorney General Maura Heal…

Worcester healthcare company paying $162K over late wages » Worcester Business Journal Pinnacle Home Healthcare Services Inc. and its owner, Pauline Mwangi, have agreed to pay $162,000 in a wage violation case including 233 employees.…

Local Government

Framingham’s selectmen say they will help transition to city » Boston Globe While opponents seek a recount of Tuesday's vote to change Framingham's charter, selectmen say they'll focus on helping the state's largest town transition into a city.…

State tells Rockland to turn over latest report on sex scandal » Wicked Local A state public records official has ordered the Town of Rockland to release its latest report on a year-old sex scandal despite its professed concerns that making the document public would be an “un…

Politics

Charlie Baker: The Trump Tweets Were “Racist” » Boston Magazine Using a term he’s so far avoided in describing the president, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Trump’s tweets this weekend targeting Congresswomen of color were “racist.”…

Campaign says Susan Collins has outraised her 2014 reelection bid » Boston Globe Republican Sen. Susan Collins’s campaign says she has brought in $2 million in the second quarter of 2019.…

Governor Baker calls Trump tweets ‘racist’ and ‘shameful’ » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday condemned as racist President Trump’s tweets directing four congresswomen of color go back to “the broken and crime infested places from which they came.”…

GOP Gov. Baker Calls Trump's Tweet Attacks On Dem Congresswomen 'Shameful, Racist' » WBUR Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker — a frequent critic of fellow Republican President Trump — has condemned Trump's tweets that suggested four congresswomen of color, including Boston's Ayanna Press…

Baker: Trump Tweets About Pressley, Congresswomen 'Shameful And Racist' » WGBH Gov. Charlie Baker said on Monday that President Donald Trump's statements directed at four congresswomen on Sunday were "disgraceful," "shameful and racist," saying the president's comments about the…

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse ‘encouraged’ as he weighs bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Richard Neal » The Republican Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse said will make an announcement soon on his potential Democratic primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., in 2020.…

Public Health

Carbon monoxide deaths, auto industry targeted in new bill » State House News Service Auto manufacturers, dealers, and rental companies in Massachusetts would be required to ensure that vehicles with keyless ignitions are equipped with auto-stop technology under new legislation aimed a…

Public Safety

In first year of medical parole, just four inmates granted reprieve » Boston Globe When Massachusetts lawmakers approved a program to release prisoners who are incapacitated or terminally ill, proponents hailed it as a compassionate, practical measure that could save taxpayers milli…

Gov. Baker: Building boom ‘not an excuse’ for elevator inspection backlog » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker expects his administration to address the thousands-deep backlog of elevators overdue for a state inspection “as soon as they can,” he said Monday. “We need to g…

Cape and Islands DA directs police to get receipts for evidence » Cape Cod Times After a key piece of evidence went missing in the Kevin Spacey sexual assault case, the Cape and Islands district attorney has directed state police detectives assigned to that office to get receipts …

Going Quiet: Rhode Island among the states hiding 911 recordings from families, lawyers, and the general public » Boston Globe Troy Phillips was repairing a propane filling station on Cape Cod one afternoon last October when his mother called, her voice frantic.…

Nero’s Bill to Be Heard Thursday at the Statehouse » Cape Cod Online Nero’s Bill, which has been proposed by Barnstable State Representative Will Crocker, will be heard before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday at 9 AM at the State…

State Finance

Seeking 'other options,' DeLeo calls for interim August budget » The Metro West Daily News With the annual state budget now 15 days late and negotiators acknowledging still-unresolved issues, House Speaker Robert DeLeo indicated on Monday that a compromise might not be within reach this mon…

State budget is now two weeks late, should we be worried? » News 22 WWLP.com We are now two weeks past the July 1 deadline for the 2020 state budget, but top state lawmakers don’t seem too concerned about the delay.…

State Government

Ransomware attacks: Not if, but when, agencies say » Boston Globe When he learned about a ransomware attack in March, Daniel Saroff didn’t sweat it. The chief information officer of Massachusetts’ public defender office had easily fought off a similar attack aga…

Concern at Beacon Hill proposals to amend Open Meeting Law » The Local News The New England First Amendment Coalition and American Civil Liberties Union have expressed “serious concerns” at a plan to weaken the state’s Open Meeting Law.…

Whately to be represented in Great Hall of Flags » Gazette Net Whately has never had a symbol hanging in the State House. But that ends Wednesday. Town representatives plan to deliver the Whately town flag to the Great Hall, where it will join hundreds of other f…

Transportation

Life on the T in Boston » Mayor Marty Walsh Today I responded to a survey from the Boston Globe that asked about public transit. I wanted to share my feedback with all of you, as well as some background on how I get around Boston.…

Opinion: It’s time to restore passenger train service on Berkshire Line » The Register Citizen Major efforts are underway in Connecticut and Massachusetts that now demand public-private partnership and active coordination between elected officials and departments of transportation.…

Completion of Lafayette Trail Celebrated in Hancock » iBerkshires During the American Revolution, famed French general the Marquis de Lafayette played a significant role as an ally of the rebellious colonies.…

Why the T struggles, explained » Curbed Boston There is not much these days to recommend the Boston area’s subways, buses, trolleys, and commuter-rail trains. Mired in delays and even derailments, the system collectively known as the T seems inc…

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

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