Marijuana bill signing, National Women’s Political Caucus events
Gov. Charlie Baker joins Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and members of the Legislature to sign the marijuana-regulations bill passed earlier this month by lawmakers, Room 360, 12 p.m. ... First Lady Lauren Baker receives nearly 2,000 socks collected by Citizens Bank on behalf of the Wonderfund, the nonprofit organization that serves children through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Citizens Bank 28 State St., Boston, 10 a.m. ... Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Mass. Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker and others celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, 12 p.m. ... National Women's Political Caucus biennial convention hosts a panel exploring issues of diversity with speakers including former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and former Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie, Hilton Boston Back Bay, 12 p.m. ... Sen. Boncore and Rep. Madaro host reception for Camilo Reyes, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Nurses Hall, 2:30 p.m. ... Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus hosts an opening reception for the National Women's Political Caucus's biennial convention, with U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, state House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and MWPC President Gail Jackson-Blountspeaking, Hilton Boston Back Bay, 6:30 p.m. ... Traffic on Interstate 90 will be further constricted starting Friday as crews work to replace the eastbound portion of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Interstate 90, 9 p.m.
|Governor set to usher in new era by signing pot bill. What could possible go wrong?|
Gov. Charlie Baker plans to sign the marijuana-regulations bill today – and the Globe’s Joshua Miller takes a look at what lies ahead for Massachusetts. Hint: “The government doesn’t have a very good record of starting agencies from scratch” – or regulatory structures, for that matter.
The future already beckons, via Dan Atkinson at the Herald: “The state’s recreational pot law set to go on the books today is already cloaked in secrecy, with the governor, attorney general and treasurer refusing to divulge candidates vying for the five coveted six-figure gigs on the Cannabis Control Commission.” The Herald’s Tom Shattuck is already referring to the commission as the ‘Ganja Gang.’
|Oh Canada: The race is on to provide clean energy from up north to Mass.|
Mary Serreze at MassLive has a rundown on five proposals that were submitted by yesterday’s state deadline for bringing more clean energy into Massachusetts. The common thread of all the proposals: Canada – as in mostly hydro (and some wind and solar) power from Canada and/or via partnerships with Canadian companies.MassLive
|To veto or not to veto? That is the $200M question|
Will Gov. Charlie Baker veto the $200 million employer health-care assessment, now that it’s been decoupled from his proposed Medicaid reforms on Beacon Hill? That’s the question the Globe’s Priyanka Dayal McCluskey is posing – and Baker isn’t saying what he’ll do. It’s an interesting, and intriguing, dilemma for the Republican governor, especially with lawmakers poised to bolt for the rest of the summer. Timing could be key for Baker.Boston Globe
|Beacon Hill’s Medicaid debate has gubernatorial-race implications written all over it|
Mike Deehan at WGBH takes a look at the political implications of the current standoff on Beacon Hill over Medicaid reforms. The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislature may get along on a lot of issues, but this isn’t one of them, especially heading into next year’s gubernatorial election, Deehan writes. Fyi: The Globe’s Joan Vennochi has more on Baker’s “switcheroo” Medicaid reforms and 2018 jockeying.
|U.S. Senate fails to pass ‘skinny repeal,’ thanks to John McCain|
Maybe some of the folks at BlueMassGroup can cross off John McCain from their list of evil people “knowingly, intentionally, and casually killing millions of men, women and children.” The Republican McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, provided the deciding Senate vote that killed the ‘skinny repeal’ of ObamaCare yesterday, the NYT reports. And to think Republican leaders waited for McCain’s return from surgery only for him to cast such a momentous vote.NYT
|Pedophile priest’s release irks governor, who vows review of policy|
From the Herald’s Brian Dowling: “Lawyers for sexual abuse survivors are heartened by Gov. Charlie Baker’s vocal support for a review of the standards to civilly commit criminal sexual predators ahead of today’s anticipated release of convicted pedophile priest Paul Shanley.Baker said the issue of how a notorious pedophile priest could be released from prison and not found to be a danger to society is on his ‘to-do list.’”Boston Herald