Rent control rally at the State House.

Happening Today:

9 a.m. | The biggest pay raise for T workers in decades is on the agenda for the MBTA Board of Directors special meeting to authorize a collective bargaining agreement announced yesterday. | 10 Park Plaza, Boston

10 a.m. | There's no love for dirty water from U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and state officials at the announcement for the 2022 Water Quality Report Card grades for rivers that flow into Boston Harbor. | Patio of Mass Audubon Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

10 a.m. | Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll tours Attleboro's Transit-Oriented Development District | Starting at Advanced Auto, 50 County Street, Attleboro

10:30 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey gives the oath at the Massachusetts State Police 88th Recruit Training Troop Graduation. | MassMutual Center, Springfield

Noon | Environmentalists behind a push to update the state's bottle bill celebrate MASSPIRG canvassers collecting 5,000 signatures in support of H 3690 / S 2104. | Christopher Columbus Park, North End, Boston

5:30 p.m. | Ralliers gather to demand accountability for former President Donald Trump and others in the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and role in Jan. 6 riots. | State House steps

Fed up with inaction on Beacon Hill, one state representative is threatening to take his fight for affordable housing straight to the people. It’s a battle he may wage without the vocal support of housing advocates hesitant to get tangled up in a power play to sidestep the Legislature where dozens of reform bills sit pending. 

Cambridge Rep. Mike Connolly, alongside a group of renters from Cambridge and Somerville, filed a ballot question yesterday that would grant cities and towns new “tenant protection” options — including rent control. It mirrors several provisions outlined in his Tenant Protection Act bill. 

Announcing the move on Twitter he said, “This afternoon, acting in my personal capacity as a renter, I filed a petition with 15 residents of Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston to preserve the option of a 2024 ballot question relative to lifting the ban on rent control and enabling local tenant protections. More to come!” 

Landlord groups — predictably — pounced in opposition, but it was crickets from housing advocacy groups, including those that back legislation proposing similar reforms. 

One advocate told MASSterList that proponents need to “play their cards right” as they lobby lawmakers in support of dozens of housing reform bills currently pending before the Legislature. 

“It’s not a matter of supporting rent control — we don’t want to do something that could alienate the effort on Beacon Hill,” said the advocate, who asked not to be named.

Another of the 42 ballot initiatives filed yesterday takes a shot at the Legislature’s authority. That potential question attempts to put an end to state Auditor Diana DiZoglio’s ongoing feud with top Democrats over her authority to probe the Legislature by adding “the general court itself” to the list of covered entities outlined in the state Constitution.

Wednesday’s filing is the first step in a long road to the ballot. If Connolly’s petition moves forward, it would punt the question of rent control back to voters — who banned the policy statewide in a 1994 ballot question.

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State House News Service

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Dorchester Reporter

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