Happening Today

Harvard commencement

Attorney General Maura Healey acts as chief marshal for Harvard University’s 366th commencement, where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will speak, Wadsworth House, Harvard University, Cambridge, 8 a.m.

North Shore Technology Council

Gov. Baker delivers remarks at the North Shore Technology Council, Boston Marriott Peabody, 8 Centennial Dr., Peabody, 8:30 a.m.

Senate budget, Day III

The Senate continues deliberations on the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s $40.3 billion fiscal 2018 budget, Senate Chamber, 10 a.m.

Military heroes honored

Ahead of Memorial Day, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund will honor 37,000 fallen military members from Massachusetts with a sea of American flags on the Boston Common, with Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, Mayor Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg expected to attend, near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Boston Common, 10:30 a.m.

Health Care For All

Health Care For All, 1199SEIU and other advocacy groups hold a press conference to highlight the human impact of the American Health Care Act and thank Gov. Baker ‘for his commitment to protecting health care coverage in Massachusetts,’ outside the governor’s office, Room 360, 12:30 a.m.

MBTA announcement

Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, and MBTA staff gather to make an announcement related to the MBTA, Room 157, 2:00 p.m.

‘City of Millennials’ report

Boston Foundation and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce host an event to release a new report, ‘City of Millennials: Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults,’ 75 Arlington St., 10th floor, Boston, 6 p.m.

Dem governor candidates

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez, Setti Warren and Bob Massie attend the Newton Delegate Social, Social Bar and Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 320 Washington St., Newton, 6 p.m.

Today’s Stories

House votes to ban inmate use on Mexican wall, retreats on another immigration bill

The Democratic-controlled House yesterday voted to prevent the use of inmate labor on out-of-state projects, a direct slap at Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s offer to provide prisoners to build President Trump’s anti-immigrant Mexican border wall, reports Katie Lannan at SHNS. Hodgson is not happy with the vote.

Still, the House failed to take action on a companion bill that would prevent state money from being used to execute agreements between local and federal law enforcement on some immigration issues. A few House members had questions about the bill, Lannan reports. Translation: Some Dems are nervous about the bill being seen as a backdoor “sanctuary state” declaration.

SHNS (pay wall)

Former Rep. John Keenan tapped to lead Salem State University

Former state Rep. John Keenan, a Democrat who served nine years on Beacon Hill representing Salem, has been tapped by trustees as the new president of Salem State University, reports William Dowd at Wicked Local. The recommendation must still be approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The Globe has more on the appointment.

Wicked Local

Setti delivers innocuous response to Baker’s innocuous response

The mystery is over: Apparently eager to land a punch on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker (similar to how his Dem guv rival Jay Gonzalez has been successfully landing punches on Baker), newly minted gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren yesterday held a press conference to deliver an innocuous response to an innocuous Baker response about constituents. SouthCoast Today’s Wesley Sykes has more. One gets the impression that Warren wanted to say or imply more, but if he won’t say or imply more, neither will we.

SouthCoast Today

More cuts, Part III: Trump’s DOA budget, CBO’s reality check, etc.

The NYT’s Carl Hulse has a good piece on how President Trump’s ‘Taxpayer First’ budget is actually dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, but he notes “its most consequential effect may be to push authors of House and Senate budget and spending bills to the right.” At WBUR, Steve Brown writes how local advocates of the poor are lambasting the president’s proposed budget cuts. 

Meanwhile, the Globe’s Victoria McGrane reports on a new CBO report that says Republican legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade. The CBO report, needless to say, doesn’t exactly back up House GOP claims about the impact of gutting ObamaCare. Finally, Jim Braude’s ‘Greater Boston’ earlier this week tackled Trump’s ‘Taxpayer First’ budget and its potential impact on Massachusetts – at WGBH (with video).


Dershowitz: I am not a closet Trump supporter

Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, free-speech advocate and Harvard Law prof, is on the defensive these days for daring to defend President Trump’s rights on key issues, including the Russian-meddling controversy now consuming the White House, reports Nestor Ramos at the Globe. “I’m not standing up for Trump,” Dershowitz said, noting it’s about principles and emphasizing he “proudly” voted for Hillary Clinton. Many liberals aren’t buying it.

Boston Globe

Clark takes on DeVos over school discrimination

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark blasted U.S. Secretary of Education Besty DeVos in a hearing Wednesday after DeVos insisted that decisions about withholding federal funding from schools that discriminate against students should be left up to states, Erica Green of the New York Times reports. “I’m shocked that you were unable to find one example of discrimination against students that you would be willing to stand up to,” Clark told DeVos.


As Wolfeboro goes, so goes the nation? Dems hope so

A small legislative victory in Wolfeboro, N.H., a Republican enclave perhaps best known for being the summer vacation home of former Gov. Mitt Romney, has Democrats dreaming of big party gains to come in the age of Trump, reports the Globe’s Felice Bellman.

Boston Globe

Rep. Madaro: State’s tunnel-traffic changes have turned Eastie into a parking lot

State Rep. Adrian Madaro, an East Boston Democrat, has written to Stephanie Pollack, the state’s transportation chief, about his “extreme frustration” with new traffic patterns at the old Sumner Tunnel toll plaza, changes he says have created nothing but traffic gridlock in Eastie. Madaro’s letter is below. Item via Universal Hub.

Facebook (Madaro)

Flying somewhere for the holiday? Add an extra hour or two

Speaking of transportation headaches: Due to reconstruction of one of Logan Airport’s main runways, the number of flight delays – sometimes as long as three hours – has risen sharply over the past week at New England’s main international airport, reports Adam Vaccaro at the Globe. Adam has more details on how long the delays will last.

Boston Globe

Regulators make it easier to top off growlers

Thanks to an advisory released yesterday by the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, consumers can now use their same “growler” bottles at any brewery they want, not just where they bought the suds container. But there are some key stipulations, as there always are with alcohol-related rules, reports Jessica Bartlett at the BBJ.


Kerry can’t help himself at Harvard, rips into Trump

Declaring that this is “not a normal time,” former Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday “excoriated President Trump and the nation’s political discourse in one of his most political speeches since leaving office,” writes James Pindell at the Globe. Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking elsewhere at Harvard, told graduates not to “fool yourself into thinking that disengaging from the system that you think is broken will hold you harmless from the system’s failure,” reports the Herald’s Brian Dowling.

Indicted City Hall aides sweating it out on full pay

From the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld: “Tourism chief Kenneth Brissette and intergovernmental affairs director Timothy Sullivan have been receiving their full salaries since being charged a year ago with extortion and conspiracy, even though state law allows for them to be suspended from their jobs.” It’s costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Boston Herald

FERC to Markey, Warren: No, we’re not stopping the Otis pipeline work

Well, at least they tried. From Mary Serreze at MassLive: “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has informed U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey that construction of the natural gas pipeline   in Berkshire County will continue, despite their request for a stop work order.” Serreze has more on interim FERC chairman Cheryl LeFleur’s response to Markey and Warren’s concerns.


Civility breaks out at sanctuary cities event

Here’s a rarity: Civility apparently broke out last night between conservative and liberals as they discussed the thorny issue of illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities, reports the Herald’s O’Ryan Johnson. And, yes, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was also there. It should be noted that mayoral candidate Tito Jackson is getting some flak for his call for “sanctuary schools” in Boston, as the Herald reports. But it appears, for now, to be a somewhat tame skirmish.

House adds $45M to budget despite giant shortfall

As the Senate continues its week-long deliberations on the new state budget, the House yesterday unexpectedly added another $45.5 million to the spending bill, to pay for the Department of Corrections employees, winter road-clearing costs and Department of Conservation and Recreation summer pools, reports Michael Norton at SHNS. The move comes as the state faces a nearly half-billion dollar budget shortfall.

SHNS (pay wall)

Senate adds workforce alignment czar to budget

As part of its marathon budget amendment actions, the Massachusetts Senate has earmarked $75,000 to create the position of ‘workforce alignment czar’ to help match workers and jobs in the western part of the state, Patricia LeBeouf of the Berkshire Eagle reports. The amendment was proposed by state Sen. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, who made his first speech on the Senate floor in support of creating the position.

Berkshire Eagle

Worcester’s recovery high school sees enrollment drop

Rockdale Recovery High School, which serves Worcester area young people recovering from drug addiction, is experiencing much lower enrollment, a trend that could eventually threaten the school’s survival, Scott O’Connell of the Telegram reports. The school now has 18 students, down from 31 at its peak last year. 


Framingham public schools issue pink slips

The Framingham School Committee says it will issue pink slips to an undetermined number of educators, a move the district hopes will be temporary and last only until issues with a federal grant can be addressed, Susan Petroni reports on Framingham Source. The layoffs affect Title 1 ‘interventionists’ at the town’s elementary schools. 

Framingham Source

Author Talk and Book Signing with Gregory N. Flemming

Author talk and book signing with Gregory N. Flemming, author of At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

State Library of Massachusetts

Space Spotlight at Clarks Americas, Inc.

Join NAIOP Massachusetts for a tour of the new Clarks headquarters in Waltham! Hear from Tammy Diorio of Clarks Americas, Inc., Jim LaValley of Stantec, and Steven Kelly of Timberline Construction as they discuss Clarks’ vision for the space, real estate considerations and challenges, and the design and construction process that brought this space to life.

NAIOP Massachusetts

The New England Employee Benefits Council’s Annual Employee Benefits Summit & Trade Show

Get insight/guidance on the hottest topics in employee benefits. Register early! Last year’s event sold out. Featuring Dr. Tuckson, one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.

New England Employee Benefits Council

Update from Governor Baker: Technology and Economic Development in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses the North Shore Technology Council to share his administration’s economic development successes to date and the future of the technology sector in Massachusetts.

North Shore Technology Council

Salute to Veterans

The Boston Business Journal presents a new program to recognize veterans and organizations that are making employment and advancement strides with veterans as the nation nears Memorial Day.

Boston Business Journal

Looking Under the Covers at UTEC Mattress Recycling

At UTEC Mattress Recycling, tearing apart beds and recycling steel and foam is just part of the story. Come learn about the world of mattress disposal and how UTEC is teaming up with the state and other institutional partners to divert tons of materials away from the waste stream. Special guest: Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton.

UTEC and The Boston Foundation

Today’s Headlines


ICE spokesman slams Tito Jackson’s sanctuary school act as ‘policy for a non-issue’ – Boston Herald

Boston is thriving—and that’s a problem for millennials – Boston Business Journal

Signatures are in and city ballot filling up – Dorchester Reporter


Seven more rural hill towns get state broadband grants – MassLive

Keenan named president at Salem State – Salem News

Petition against ‘sanctuary’ ordinance survives – Salem News

Councilors criticize Quincy’s traffic, parking efforts – Patriot Ledger

Proposed Army Corps solar project on Cape Cod Canal first of its kind – Cape Cod Times

ICE agents visit Northampton as part of ‘routine enforcement action’ – Hampshire Gazette

Mansfield residents complain about clogged side streets due to concert-goers – Sun-Chronicle

SJC says drug court judge cannot select lawyers who can appear in his court – Boston Globe

Group pushes for 4-year mayoral term for New Bedford – Standard-Times

Framingham public schools issue pink slips – Framingham Source


Trump’s budget based on a $2 trillion math error – New York Magazine

Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs begin July 20 – Washington Post

On eve of election, Montana GOP candidate charged with assault on reporter – NPR

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