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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Public Hearing, Conference Room 2, 21st Floor, One Ashburton Place, Boston

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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

Birthdays: State Senator Walter Timilty

Must-Reads

Trade issues prompt local manufacturers to paint a gloomy picture » Boston Globe Manufacturers are not pleased with this country’s trade policy, and many are lowering their business outlooks for the year as a result.…

Boston Medical Center, nurses’ union reach contract agreement » Boston Globe Boston Medical Center and the union representing nearly 1,700 nurses have reached a four-year contract agreement that includes wage increases, workplace safety initiatives, and payment for professiona…

ACTIVISTS TRY TO KEEP UP PRESSURE ON EDUCATION BILL » State House News Service With just six weeks until the start of a new school year, public education advocates and students are still waiting for a new funding formula bill to emerge from a legislative committee. …

BAKER AMONG FOUR GOP GUVS WITH MOST POPULAR TAGS » State House News Service Baker's second-quarter ratings — 73 percent of Massachusetts voters viewing him favorably and 14 percent unfavorably — were unchanged from the first quarter of 2019 and once again topped all other…

R.I. education chief seeks control of Providence schools » Boston Globe Infante-Green is expected to make a formal request to be granted the authority to reconstitute the school system at a meeting of the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education Tuesday evening…

Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common » Politico His backers are younger, make less money, have fewer degrees and are less engaged in politics. …

MassDOT committee blasts ‘incomprehensible’ failure at RMV » Boston Herald Members of the Department of Transportation’s Finance and Audit Committee blasted the “unconscionable” administrative failures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles during a meeting this morning, de…

Massachusetts’ late budget an ’embarrassment,’ watchdog says » Boston Herald “Rank-and-file members and newly elected officials should consider running and taking over for the people who are currently in charge, because it’s clear that nothing is getting done,” Massachus…

Millions Of Opioid Pain Pills Flowed Into Mass. Pharmacies, Data Show » WBUR A specialty Massachusetts pharmacy that delivers medication to patients' doorsteps received more than 34 million opioid pain pills in recent years, federal data show. …

How the Democratic Netroots Died » Politico Magazine Only 15 years ago, liberal bloggers like Markos Moulitsas were a powerful force in presidential politics. What happened? …

Donald Trump Hates America » New York Times In Trump’s version, “American” is defined by three propositions. First, to be American is to be xenophobic. The basic narrative he tells is that the good people of the heartland are under assaul…

A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville » HUFFPOST Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America’s slide toward fascism. …

Catholic Nuns, Leaders Arrested While Protesting Detention Of Migrant Children » HUFFPOST About 70 activists prayed the rosary as they rallied at Capitol Hill to protest the government’s treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. …

Lawton: I'm moving back to Brockton to run for mayor » The Enterprise Mark Lawton, a retired judge and former state lawmaker who was a friend and campaign advisor to former mayor Bill Carpenter, said he's moving to Brockton to run in this year's election. Lawton said he…

“I’m not surprised at all that the MBTA’s approval rating with its customer base was the lowest it’s been in years. The derailment on the Red Line was a massive inconvenience — it still is an inconvenience,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We totally get that, I mean there’s work to be done there.”

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the MBTA's approval rating which is the lowest it has been in 3 years.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Susan Collins’ popularity drops in poll of Maine residents » Boston Globe In fact, since Trump entered the White House, her approval rating has dropped 16 percentage points. According to the pollster, no other senator as seen their standing hurt more by Trump in their home …

In a confrontation with Trump, my money’s on Ayanna Pressley » Boston Globe I can’t wait to see the Trump Presidential Library. They’ll be able to fit it inside one of those play areas at McDonald’s, which, as a destination, sounds about right.…

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders will be featured in first debate night » Boston Globe The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and …

Retired General McChrystal endorses Seth Moulton’s presidential bid » Boston Globe Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal endorsed Representative Seth Moulton’s presidential bid Thursday.…

Battenfeld: Trump is determined to win New Hampshire in 2020 » Boston Herald In the scene of one of his toughest election defeats, President Trump is looking for a little payback. And don’t be shocked if he gets it.…

Health care unified Democrats in 2018. Now it’s dividing them » Boston Globe After two years of Republicans’ unsuccessful attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats won back the House majority in 2018 with a unified focus on health care.…

Bill Weld makes his case to voters as alternative to President Trump » Boston Herald Want a Republican alternative to Donald Trump? Bill Weld is making his pitch.…

Business

Hiring underway for Wayfair's planned Pittsfield hub » Berkshire Eagle Wayfair is hiring for supervisory, recruitment and technical jobs in Pittsfield to support its soon-to-open sales and service center, the company says.…

Cape Cod shark scare creates booming business for pool contractors » Boston Herald Cape Codders are putting in pools so they can stay out of the shark-infested ocean, according to contractors who say they are enjoying a boom in installations.…

Warren has a plan for Wall Street — and Wall Street isn’t panicking » Politico Most bankers dislike Elizabeth Warren’s economic and financial regulation policies. But as president she would be a 'better form of poison' than her key liberal alternative, one financier said.…

Cannabis

High cost of seed capital by marijuana accelerators may be hurting sector diversity » Boston Business Journal When Iraq War veteran Stephen Mandile sought funding to open a veteran-focused recreational marijuana dispensary, there were larger, established companies in that space that had plenty to offer. But t…

Civil Rights

Baker: Transgender Soldiers Can Serve In The Mass. National Guard, Despite Trump's Ban » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says transgender soldiers remain welcome in the Massachusetts National Guard, despite President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.…

Education

Two Massachusetts colleges ranked in top 10 of colleges that pay off the most » Boston Globe Every summer, high school students tour prospective colleges, deciding which institution will best set them up to succeed. And with the national student loan debt totalling $1.6 trillion, there’s a …

New Hampshire College president: ‘We have a really good story to tell’ » Gazette Net Standing before much of the region's press corps on Thursday, Hampshire College's board chairman officially introduced the school's new president, Ed Wingenbach.…

Roslindale school gets a big gift from an unlikely source: the United Arab Emirates » Boston Globe A rundown play area outside the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale will be transformed into a sleek soccer field in the coming months, thanks to a donation from an unusual source: a small oil-producing …

Hampshire College's New President Says School Must Transform Higher Education, Again » New England Public Radio Hampshire College's new president said the way for the Amherst, Massachusetts, school to get back on its feet is to embrace its roots as an innovator in higher education. …

Environment

Nation's First Carbon Tax Could Be Enacted In Massachusetts » Forbes Democrats are talking about whether to hold a presidential primary debate focused on climate change alone. The DNC won’t commit to such a forum, but Gizmodo and New Republic recently announced the t…

Federal

How a ‘moonshot’ came to symbolize the potential of government » Boston Globe Here’s one way Apollo 11 changed America: It gave politicians, policy advocates, and ordinary people a new way to talk about the astonishing potential of the federal government to change the world.…

Gaming

R.I. has turbulent first year of legal sports betting » Boston Globe The state of Rhode Island is pulling in far less money than originally projected in its first year of legalized sports betting — and gamblers have won bets at a higher rate than in many other states…

Mass Lawmaker On Legal Sports Betting: ‘Why Is This Taking So Long?’ » SportsHandle At the start of the legislative season in January, Massachusetts lawmakers filed more than a dozen bills related to sports betting and it looked like a decent bet that it would be among the first to …

Encore in compliance with blackjack odds, agents say » State House News Service An initial investigation into the claims of a lawsuit alleging Encore Boston Harbor is duping customers by paying out at less favorable odds for blackjack wins found that the Everett casino is not vio…

Massachusetts Gaming Investigators Say Encore Casino Is 'In Compliance' » New England Public Radio Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have "preliminarily found Encore to be in compliance" with state rules and regulations for the card game blackjack. …

Gaming Commission backs Encore on blackjack odds » Commonwealth Magazine Lawyer: Client intends to pursue theft allegation in court …

Mohegan’s “all or nothing” challenge to Encore dismissed » Commonwealth Magazine Judge rules open meeting violations don’t warrant license revocation …

Health Care

Blue Cross’s approach to paying doctors based on quality of care shows results, Harvard study finds » Boston Globe A decade-old experiment to put a dent in Massachusetts health care costs by changing the way doctors are paid appears to be working — offering a potential strategy to combat one of the most vexing p…

Housing

State to help finance creation of apartments in Worcester, Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Southbridge » Worcester Telegram Housing being developed in Worcester, Lunenburg, Fitchburg, Southbridge and several other communities will benefit from nearly $80 million in funding and $38 million in tax credits the state awarded T…

Governor Announces Production and Preservation of 1,500 Housing Units Across State » Cape Cod Today Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced the 2019 Affordable Rental Housing Awards. Today’s awards will support the preservation and production of 1,581 rental units, including 1,349 affordable units…

Baker announces affordable housing awards for Hanson, Scituate » Wicked Local Hanson Gov. Charlie Baker announced nearly $80 million in funding and $38 million in tax breaks for affordable housing projects across the state.…

Gov. Baker announces $80 million in funding for affordable housing projects » Lynn Daily News Item A $15 million housing development at the former Machon School will break ground next year thanks to funding from the state.…

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh advocates for renters facing eviction to be provided with attorney » The Republican Boston Mayor Martin Walsh returned to Beacon Hill on Tuesday to testify before one of his former committees on a bill that would direct the state to provide low-income tenants who are facing eviction …

Immigration

Sleeping On Floors, Washing Feet In The Sink: Teen Describes Her Time Detained At The Border » WBUR Images of overcrowded border facilities have prompted public outcry and congressional hearings. The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security answered questions Thursday on the immigrati…

Judiciary

To improve lawyers’ mental health, SJC panel points to limits on billable hours » Boston Business Journal A new report commissioned by the state’s highest court found that Massachusetts attorneys face major hurdles to living a healthy, balanced life, advising law firms to limit minimum workload expectat…

Judge named to Fitchburg court » Sentinel & Enterprise A Fitchburg District Court judicial nominee and a member of the Parole Board were confirmed to their seats Wednesday by unanimous votes of the Governor's Council.…

Labor

House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign » Boston Globe House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, transforming an issue that once splintered the party into a benchmark fo…

Healthcare workers say workplace violence demands response » South Coast Today Registered nurse Susan Landers was choked unconscious in April by a patient, sustaining a concussion when she hit the floor afterwards.…

How The Mass. Pay Equity Law Has — And Hasn't — Changed Things, 1 Year In » WBUR When a company needs help navigating the state's equal pay law, they call an attorney like Maura McLaughlin. …

Legislative

INA’S INSIGHTS: Rep. Lori Ehrlich is the lawmaker getting things done » Wicked Local When state Rep. Lori Ehrlich’s two daughters were toddlers, they came in from playing, they dragged footprints of soot and streaks of black “flyash” on the soles of their feet. It struck Lori as…

Local Government

Legislation filed to dissolve failing Hampshire Council of Governments » The Republican Local lawmakers filed legislation on Thursday to dissolve the Hampshire Council of Governments.…

Longtime Hatfield Council on Aging Director Betsold steps aside » Gazette Net For Hatfield senior citizens unable to drive but who need to get to medical appointments, go grocery shopping or pick up prescriptions, regular van service has been an important lifeline.…

Politics

Pressley: Only the ‘right’ voices are welcome to speak » Boston Herald Attention, people of color — Rep. Ayanna Pressley has a message for you: Stop being the wrong kind of “black.” Same to you Hispanic people, some of whom apparently don’t know the right way to…

To achieve today’s moonshots, we must be bold » Boston Globe ‘We choose to go to the moon.” With this simple but powerful declaration, President John F. Kennedy set the United States on a course to the moon that would take the country, and the world, far be…

Public Safety

Window guard requirement pitched to prevent child falls » State House News Service Zella-Ray Martin was two years, two months and two days old when she fell to her death out of the window of her mother's Fitchburg apartment last October.…

Nero's Bill: Mass. Proposal Would Let EMTs Treat Injured Police Dogs » WBUR First responders would be allowed to treat and transport injured police dogs to veterinary hospitals under a proposal being considered by Massachusetts lawmakers.…

Boorish bikers beat a Boston retreat » Boston Globe It’s the Boston equivalent of the dog that didn’t bark in the night — except that it doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to solve this mystery.…

State Finance

Tardy budget earns dubious distinction » Gloucester Times The drawn-out wrangling over details of a nearly $43 billion spending plan earned Massachusetts a new distinction on Thursday: It became the only state that starts its fiscal year in July to still not…

Baker "more optimistic" about budget compromise » State House News Service With the state budget stalemate between Democratic leaders now spilling into the second half of July, Gov. Charlie Baker met privately with House Speaker Robert DeLeo in his office on Thursday morning…

State Government

Hard to keep a lid on juicy claims in lawsuit » Boston Herald “Keep a lid on things.” That’s the motto of the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker, we have learned this week.…

Transportation

Red Line’s slow service, explained » Boston Globe Fifty years ago, American ingenuity landed man on the moon. Here in Boston, we’ll settle for the Red Line running on time.…

The cruiser kids of Lynn » Boston Globe There are about two dozen kids in this pack, and they’re ripping down a side street on their candy-colored bikes, most of them riding wheelies, and Xavier Finnerty is pumping the pedals of his bike …

Mayor Walsh pushing MassDOT to fast track repairs » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh is set to meet with the MBTA general manager next week after sending a letter to Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, urging the state to fast-track fixes.…

Riders give T worst marks yet in June performance review » Commonwealth Magazine RIDERS’ OPINIONS OF the MBTA plummeted in June, perhaps unsurprisingly, as more than half of the respondents to the T’s regular survey were at least somewhat dissatisfied with the service overall.…

What's next for JFK-UMass station? » Dorchester Reporter JFK/UMass station sits at the joint of Dorchester and South Boston, with connected train branches and adjoining roadways stretching out like spokes on a wheel around it. The critical entryway into a s…

Why Boston's First Designated Bus Lane Project Went Bust » WGBH In the world of transportation planning, designated bus lanes are seen as an inexpensive and effective way to lessen traffic congestion. Giving buses their own lane and removing them from the flow of …

Calls grow to put brakes on Eastie land deal » Commonwealth Magazine CALLS FOR STATE transportation officials to slow down the process of selling the rights to a narrow strip of land parallel to a congested East Boston roadway have found a receptive ear in the chairman…

Rider dissatisfaction with T doesn't surprise governor » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he is "not surprised at all" that the MBTA's monthly rider poll shows its lowest approval rating since the feature was launched more than three years ago, but reiterat…

Vineyard bus drivers, parent company to talk » Cape Cod Times The Vineyard Transit Authority’s advisory board voted Wednesday to send its drivers and the authority’s parent company back to the negotiating table.…

Utilities

Vineyard Wind wants federal review within 6 weeks » Cape Cod Times Vineyard Wind has given the federal agency in charge of permits for its offshore wind farm up to six weeks to issue a key environmental review document, after the agency announced last week it would n…

Vineyard Wind says project at risk » Commonwealth Magazine VINEYARD WIND says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks.…

Gov. Baker Hopes To Get Vineyard Wind Back On Track » WBSM Mass. Governor Charlie Baker says he's working with Federal regulators to insure that construction of Vineyard Wind's 800-megawatt project off Martha's Vineyard will start in 2019.…

New York picks bidders for major offshore wind projects » State House News Service Staking its claim as a regional leader in the unfolding U.S. offshore wind energy derby, New York made a splash Thursday by picking two bidders to deliver 1,700 megawatts of power in an effort to redu…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3972 - An Act relative to GreenWorks

HB3941 - An Act relative to GreenWorks

HB3854 - An Act relative to collective bargaining dues

HB3971 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with recommendation of amendment the engrossed Bill relative to collective bargaining dues

HB2836 - An Act re-powering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy

SB1958 - An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 per cent renewable energy

SB610 - An Act to increase consumer transparency about insurance provider networks

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020

SB1957 - An Act increasing solar rooftop energy

HB2908 - An Act relative to compressor stations

House Actions This Week: 333

Senate Actions This Week: 22

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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