Here is the Radio Boston rundown for June 9. Jamie Bologna is our host.
- The Massachusetts "millionaires tax" is going to the ballot. After years of political fighting and court battles, both chambers of the state legislature gathered on Beacon Hill this afternoon and approved amending the state's constitution to raise taxes on the state's highest earners. That means the so-called 'Fair Share' amendment will be put on the ballot in 2022, where voters will decide its fate. WBUR reporter Steve Brown was there today and joins us from the State House bureau. Later, we bring in Evan Horowitz, executive director of the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University, for analysis.
- There's a battle going on within the Massachusetts Republican Party. Last week, state GOP committeewoman Deborah Martell emailed homophobic remarks against fellow Republican and congressional candidate Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette. Sossa-Paquette is gay, married and the adoptive father of two. Martell's comments resulted in a wave of legislators condemning her and calling for her resignation. One voice was notably silent: Committee Chairman Jim Lyons. We speak to State Representative Shawn Dooley, one of the 29 out of 30 Republicans in the House now calling for Lyons to resign his post. Later, we bring in WBUR's senior political reporter Anthony Brooks to help us break down what's going on in the state's Republican party.
- Set the alarm on your phone for a little earlier tomorrow: 5:08 to be precise. Because that's the exact moment when the sun will rise in our fair city, and our burning, gaseous star will align with the earth and moon for an annular eclipse. To help us safely look to the skies, we catch up with Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Cambridge-based SKY & TELESCOPE magazine, on his way out of town to chase the eclipse.
This program aired on June 9, 2021.