Deehan Dispatches June 26, 2015

Today’s Papers: Googly Edition for Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve found a new way to spice up local political news: put googly eyes on the newspaper photos. It’s really not any more complicated than that. I can’t believe I was looking at non-googly news this whole time!

 

And on the more serious side of things, here’s what I’ve been up to:

 

Boston back to pre-Long Island closure numbers of homeless beds

Okay, right off the bat with a gif. I know, I know. I’m not very good at ‘serious.’ But the issue of homelessness in Boston is a very serious challenge for Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration, especially after the emergency closure of the Long Island homeless shelter and the worst winter on record. Walsh opened up “phase 2” of the new men’s shelter on Southampton Street yesterday. Here’s my report.

 

PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT: Budget compromise still in works as FY16 approaches, but BEacon Hill still better than Congress

A day after colorful but ominous skies led to maybe-a-bit-of-a-tornado, there was deepening concern on Beacon Hill that state lawmakers may not finish work on their budget legislation before the start of the 2016 fiscal year. Gov. Baker signed an emergency temporary budget just in case the House and Senate blow the July 1 deadline to get their work done. ALSO: Do you guys like Scarface and 80s movies montages? Than this one’s for you.

 

“Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”

Mental health care specialists took to Beacon Hill Wednesday to urge lawmakers to improve access to behavioral services, laying out what advocates say the state should pay for to truly aid the mentally ill. This includes MassHealth coverage for “peer counselling,” treatment of a patient by someone with a similar condition who’s been through it.

 

Long-time anti-opiate addiction fighters back guv’s task force plan

AG Maura Healey teamed with Baker to put out an exhaustive task force report to combat opiate addiction. And some advocates and former lawmakers see the new state effort to stop the scourge as more than just talk this time.

 

Gov. Baker sang the praises of Walmart’s economic and charitable impact.

I’m not sure if that impact includes the $10,000 they gave his inaugural fund.

 

“Oh, there are so many slots, you won’t know where to begin.”

And from my WGBH colleague Adam Reilly, scantily clad showgirls, slot strategizing old ladies and OMG PUPPIES.

 

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