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July tax revenues offer some hope » Commonwealth Magazine STATE REVENUE COLLECTIONS in July helped narrow the deficit for fiscal 2020 and provided some stability heading into fiscal 2021.…

How to fix the left-behind places » Boston Globe Voters in Western Mass. are being asked one of America’s biggest unanswered questions: What will it take to revitalize struggling post-industrial cities?…

Editorial: Police unions show their hand » Boston Globe Delay is the weapon of choice for opponents of reform and the politicians who enable them.…

The Man Who Made Stephen Miller » Politico Almost 20 years ago, anti-immigration activist David Horowitz cultivated an angry high school student. Now his ideas are coming to life in the Trump administration.…

The most competitive Senate races of 2020 » Washington Post Can Senate Democrats win back the majority in the Senate in November? It’s looking increasingly possible, thanks largely to President Trump’s spiraling poll numbers over the coronavirus and race r…

Yes, you can believe your eyes: State data suggest that traffic is rising toward pre-pandemic levels » Boston Globe An unearthly quiet fell on the state’s highways and byways during the height of the coronavirus surge in Massachusetts. The only thing missing was the tumbleweeds.…

Housing Crisis Looms As Mass. Renters And Homeowners Miss Payments » WBUR The numbers are startling. More than 654,000 Massachusetts residents either missed their July rent or mortgage payment or feared they wouldn’t pay August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.…

Donald Trump is losing the culture wars » Politico The Democratic attempt to crush the NRA is unlikely to do much for his reelection. "Every person who cares about the NRA is already voting for Trump," said a GOP pollster.…

Road to School Reopenings Filled With Anxiety, Concerns » State House News Service If Worcester Public Schools brings students back into buildings in any capacity during the upcoming academic year, registered nurse Tami Hale would be among the first people responsible for responding…

“The mayor would be an excellent pick for President Biden’s Cabinet,” Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said. “He’s been a legislator, he’s been a chief executive, he’s a laborer, he fits kind of a Biden profile.”

Democratic strategist Scott Ferson

Joe Biden's campaign selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead an economic roundtable with New Hampshire business owners, Ferson suspects Walsh could be in the mix for a cabinet post.

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Beltway Politics

Letter to the editor: Mayor supports Ed Markey for US Senate » The Sun Chronicle I am with Sen. Ed Markey because he has a long list of accomplishments:…

After back-to-back visits, Fall River CEO backs Kennedy over Markey » WPRI.com When U.S. Sen. Ed Markey took a campaign bus tour through Bristol County last month, one of his stops was Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River.…

Pence calls Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts a ‘disappointment’ to conservatives » Boston Globe Vice President Mike Pence is calling Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts a “disappointment” to conservatives, using recent decisions from Roberts to make the case that a second Trump term is …

Joe Biden taps Marty Walsh to lead N.H. economic roundtable, fueling Cabinet speculation » Boston Herald Joe Biden’s campaign is tapping longtime pal Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to lead an economic roundtable with New Hampshire business owners, fueling speculation he’s in the mix for a potential Cabine…

Opinion: Biden’s potential VP pick Karen Bass has a Cuba problem » Boston Herald Fidel Castro has risen from his oversized, corn-kernel-shaped tomb in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to play a role in another American presidential election.…

On the electoral defense, Trump claims without foundation that Biden opposes God » Boston Globe President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation t…

Our One Hundredth: In the West, Markey Stares down Lingering Critiques… » Western Mass Politics and Insight At the threshold of August, Senator Ed Markey rolled into the artsy heart of this Berkshire town, the first of three stops in Massachusetts’s westernmost frontier. He ascended a hill to the town gaz…

How Markey And Kennedy Are Working For Workers » WBUR When the Democratic primary between Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy began, Massachusetts boasted one of the strongest economies in the country.…

Some ponder Kennedy's sincerity in homeless visit » Berkshire Eagle Publicity stunt, or a way to shine light on an often overlooked issue?…

Business

Area Moving Companies Implement New Safety Precautions, Not Seeing Decline In Demand » WBUR As Boston's biggest moving day of the year looms in mere weeks, many moving companies in Massachusetts say they are just as busy this month as they have been in previous years, despite the pandemic.…

Ticker: Pot grower fined, fishing gets relief » Boston Herald After imposing a cumulative $800,000 in fines last month, the Cannabis Control Commission slapped a $120,000 fine Thursday on a cultivator and manufacturer that sold vaporizer cartridges that exceeded…

A dream is born: Make ‘Great Barrington the outdoor dining capital of Berkshire County’ » the Berkshire edge In an age where indoor dining is impractical or discouraged, downtown restaurants have been hard-pressed to come up with the space needed to get their businesses going again. Enter Richard Stanley and…

Capital One to pay $80m fine over hack last year » Boston Globe Capital One has agreed to pay an $80 million fine to US regulators over a major hack last year in which authorities say about 100 million credit card applications were illegally accessed.…

Wave of retail bankruptcies may sink landlords » Boston Globe With the pandemic intensifying the plight of US retailers, companies from J. Crew to the owner of Ann Taylor are using Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings to quickly get out of costly, long-term leases and …

State legislators secure $500K to support local farming industry » The Recorder State legislators have helped secure half a million dollars in funds to support the local farming industry, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Baker announces $17.8 million in disaster relief for seafood industry » WPRI.com Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is providing $17.8 million in disaster relief funding for the fishing and seafood industries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.…

AGs say stronger steps needed at Facebook » Gloucester Times A group of 20 attorneys general, including Attorney General Maura Healey, wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday insisting his company do more to stop the spread of hate speech, disinforma…

Sen. Comerford secures money for chambers of commerce » The Recorder Franklin County businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic may soon see some relief, thanks to funds earmarked for the region in a supplemental budget signed this week to fund relief efforts.…

Cannabis

Marijuana delivery model seen as unworkable » Commonwealth Magazine DEVIN ALEXANDER, 26, is the type of entrepreneur state regulators have said they hope will be able to get into the state’s new marijuana home delivery industry.…

Mass. regulators fine Revolutionary Clinics $120,000 for selling tainted marijuana vapes » Boston Globe A Fitchburg marijuana company, Revolutionary Clinics, will pay Massachusetts $120,000 to settle charges it sold vaporizers containing excessive levels of ethanol to six other dispensaries, several of …

Holyoke’s marijuana industry expands as City Council grants four special permits » The Republican The city’s marijuana industry continues to expand as the City Council granted special permits Tuesday for retail and cultivation operations downtown.…

Despite calls to fund equity efforts, cannabis commission returns millions to state » Boston Business Journal Marijuana advocates and at least one member of the state's Cannabis Control Commission have been urging the agency to allot more funding for efforts to increase diversity in the industry. Meanwhile, s…

Civil Rights

A reckoning has emerged on American English, rife with words and phrases with racist origins or connotations » Boston Globe American English is riddled with words and phrases with racist origins or undertones. Since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the flurry of protests his and other Black American…

Editorial: Anti-Semitism also deserves to be condemned » Boston Herald The recognition of existing racial disparities now commands an unprecedented national platform, due to a recent series of Black homicides at the hands of police.…

Malcom Gracia Protesters Disrupt John Lewis Event in New Bedford » WBSM A memorial celebration for the late Congressman John Lewis Wednesday evening was disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists who took to the steps of New Bedford City Hall and shouted down Mayor Jon Mit…

Police Camera Surveillance Violates Privacy, Mass. Court Says » Bloomberg Months-long camera surveillance of suspected criminals’ homes without a warrant violates the Massachusetts constitution’s right to privacy, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court found.…

Crimes

Sex offender just set free by Mass. Bail Fund is charged with new rape » Boston Globe Three weeks after being freed from the jail where he was being held on rape charges, Level 3 sex offender Shawn McClinton faced new allegations Thursday that he kidnapped, beat, and raped a woman he m…

Political signs lead to vandalism, Sudbury police say » The Metro West Daily News Police say they're investigating who vandalized a 90-year-old man’s car and political yard signs in an apparent reaction to whom the man supports for president.…

Education

Under any in-person school plan, buses are a problem » Commonwealth Magazine AS SCHOOL DISTRICTS FINALIZE their reopening plans for the start of the school year, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that schools will need to find more buses at some point, even when they consi…

Dismantling Systemic Racism Starts In Schools, Educators Say » WGBH In June, when the Black Lives Matter protests first broke out in cities across the country, something clicked. The protests kept spreading, radiating through suburbs, hopping oceans and crossing borde…

The ABCs of social distancing: Child care programs reopen with caution » Gazette Net As school districts across the region close in on different reopening plans for students in the fall, some area child care programs have already been welcoming back children and plan to continue doing…

Senate passes bill to increase higher education opportunities for people with disabilities » Athol Daily News On July 28, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation which removes existing barriers for students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities…

Project Coach Aims To Reinvent Mentoring Program In Springfield » Business West When Gov. Charlie Baker issued stay-at-home guidance in mid-March, hundreds of mentoring and youth-serving programs across the state immediately faced a daunting challenge: how to keep mentors and men…

UMass Amherst No Longer Giving Remote Students Option to Return to Campus This Fall » NBC Boston The announcement comes with some coronavirus metrics rising in Massachusetts, and as colleges and universities nationwide determine if it's safe to bring students back for the fall semester.…

Attleboro school committee decides on hybrid learning for 2020-2021 » The Sun Chronicle In a marathon session, school committee members have agreed that city public school students will start the school year Sept. 14 in a hybrid plan of in-person and remote learning.…

UMass Amherst will no longer allow most students back on campus amid coronavirus concerns » Boston Herald UMass Amherst is reneging its offer of on-campus housing for students whose classes will be entirely remote this fall due to “the worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally.”…

Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Alliance calls for more guidance from state on school reopening » Boston Herald Members of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Alliance grappling with school reopening models are calling for better leadership, guidance and planning from the state as teachers are being treated as …

UMass Amherst Uninvites Most Students Planning To Live On Campus This Fall » NEPM UMass Amherst has reversed its plans to allow students to decide whether to return to campus housing.…

School Year In Springfield To Begin Without In-Person Classes » NEPM The public schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, will keep classes remote-only through at least the first few months of the year.…

UMass Amherst reverses plan for fall, most students not invited back to campus » Boston Globe The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Thursday night that students were no longer invited to return to campus if they had only online classes, a significant change to its fall plans aimed …

The tide begins to turn: Some Mass. school districts move forward with remote-only plans for fall » Boston Globe An increasing number of local districts plan to begin the school year with primarily or entirely remote learning plans, despite the urging of state and federal officials to get as many students as pos…

At Harvard, other elite colleges, more students deferring their first year » Boston Globe Facing perhaps the most uncertain year of college life in recent history, droves of first-year students at top-tier schools are choosing to defer their admission for a year.…

Virus keeps spreading as schools begin to open, frightening parents and alarming public health officials » Washington Post Even before President Trump admonished his top coronavirus adviser for saying the country was entering a "new phase" of widespread infection, patients at Mississippi's only Level 1 trauma hospital wer…

Colleges reconsider reopening plans » Commonwealth Magazine When the Boston Globe reported Sunday that many colleges and universities throughout the country were reversing their plans to reopen in-person, only Berklee College of Music had taken that step in th…

Ayanna Pressley calls for full remote learning across Massachusetts this fall » Boston.com As more and more school districts in Massachusetts announce that they will begin the new academic year on a remote-only basis due to the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic, Rep. Ayanna Pressley is calling for …

UMass Tells Most Students Not to Return to Amherst Campus » State House News Service In a reversal announced 18 days before the start of the fall semester, officials at the flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst said Thursday night they would no longer repopulate their…

Environment

Clinton gets grant for trail project » Worcester Telegram The Baker-Polito Administration Friday, July 31 awarded $4 million in MassTrails Grants to 55 local trail projects throughout the Commonwealth, including Clinton.…

Opinion: House takes baby steps on climate change » Commonwealth Magazine WE ARE WRITING as Mass Power Forward, a grassroots coalition of over 200 environmental groups, community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safet…

Cape Cod shark sightings rise as more people have their eyes on the water » Boston Herald A rise in shark sightings along Cape Cod — sparking numerous beaches to close for swimming this week — comes as more people have their eyes on the water after the fatal shark attack in Maine last …

Opinion: Tuerck’s critique of Healey fits a pattern » Commonwealth Magazine CommonWealth recently published an op-ed by David G. Tuerck, president of the Beacon Hill Institute. His piece, titled “Healey’s kitchen-sink Exxon-Mobil lawsuit,” takes aim at Massachusetts Att…

The EPA is taking a ‘first step’ toward addressing Chelsea’s air quality problems » Boston.com Living alongside the Tobin Bridge, industrial centers, and Logan Airport, Chelsea residents have long been burdened by the health consequences of increased rates of air pollution.…

Federal

Senator launches investigation into Postal Service delays » Boston Globe A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the US Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are…

Health Care

Massachusetts tops among states in telehealth use, Verma says » News 22 WWLP.com A top federal health official said Thursday she’s excited to see states moving to expand access to telehealth services and that she hopes Congress and private insurers will pursue similar goals.…

Nantucket Cottage Hospital Planning for Additional Asymptomatic Testing » Cape Cod Online Nantucket Cottage Hospital is urging anyone needing an asymptomatic COVID-19 test for travel, school or other purposes in the coming weeks and months to plan ahead by applying for a testing appointmen…

Brigham and Women’s president wrote opinion piece critical of efforts to control drug prices » Boston Globe But Dr. Elizabeth Nabel did not disclose her role as a board member at Cambridge biotech Moderna. The hospital says the 'omission was not intentional' and she now regrets it…

Cuts At Foxborough Rehab Center Is A Huge Disservice, Nurse Says » Brookline Patch NORCAP Lodge will experience a 30 percent cut in beds and staffing after Good Samaritan Hospital announced the moves would be permanent.…

Mass General Brigham reverses retirement benefit cut » Boston Business Journal A quick return to near normal operations after coronavirus shutdowns has allowed Mass General Brigham to restore contributions to employee’s retirements far earlier than anticipated, though financia…

Housing

Opinion: Families see a looming catastrophe. Private equity firms see dollar signs. » Washington Post The nation is facing an accelerating housing crisis. Too many people had no stable housing before the pandemic hit, and covid-19 has made the problem even worse. Renters who were already facing an aff…

Insurance

Blue Cross issuing $101m in premium refunds » Commonwealth Magazine CITING LOWER COSTS during the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts said on Wednesday it will return $101 million in premium refunds and rebates to 1.2 million customers.…

Labor

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends » Boston Herald Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobl…

Peake Calls for Stop & Shop to Reinstate Hazard Pay » Cape Cod Online State Representative Sarah Peake is urging Stop & Shop to reinstate hazard pay for front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Merrow Manufacturing announces 200 new jobs » The Herald News U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Kennedy III was on hand Thursday at Merrow Manufacturing as owner Charlie Merrow announced the creation of 200 new jobs and a $1 million in capital improvements a…

Amid slow jobs recovery, all eyes on July report » Boston Globe Jobless claims fell modestly last week. Attention now turns to Friday's release of July unemployment data.…

US added 1.8 million jobs in July, unemployment rate drops to 10.2 percent » Boston Globe The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.…

National Job Growth Continues, But at Slower Pace » State House News Service American employers added nearly 1.8 million jobs in July while the unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent, restoring another chunk of the jobs lost during the pandemic but at a slower pace than in…

Legislative

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will be established in Massachusetts House chamber » Boston.com A memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. will be established in the House Chamber of the Massachusetts Legislature to commemorate the speech the civil rights leader delivered at the State House in 1965.…

Local Government

Boston city councilors to weigh Walsh zoning board appointments » Boston Herald Boston city councilors are planning a meeting next week on what to do with the Mayor Martin Walsh’s nominees for the troubled zoning board.…

Unsuccessful Tyngsboro candidate files complaints » Lowell Sun As a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, Ken Pappas took a drubbing in the recent town election, finishing last behind two incumbent selectmen and a last-minute write-in candidate.…

School Committee approves plans for Martin Richard Field House on Mt. Vernon Street » Dorchester Reporter After hours of public testimony from dozens of people, the Boston School Committee last night agreed to grant a 30-year lease of city-owned parcels along Mt. Vernon Street currently used as playing fi…

Politics

Markey and Kennedy Among Expected Guests at Haverhill Democrats Virtual Breakfast Aug. 22 » WHAV U.S. Senate candidates Ed Markey and Joe Kennedy are among the expected guests when Haverhill Democrats have their Annual Roz McKeon Breakfast as an online event Saturday, Aug. 22.…

Edward M. Kennedy Institute launches national Just Vote campaign, with help from MLK’s son » Boston Globe The Edward M. Kennedy Institute had been working on an exhibit focused on voting — the history, the process — when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.…

Opinon: Why I think Jesse Mermell, not Jake Auchincloss, is the right choice for Congress » Boston Globe We are living in a moment that calls for systemic change on race and gender. In so many ways, she's ready for it.…

Stephen Lynch is running on his unique ‘perspective.’ So is his primary challenger. » Boston.com Rep. Stephen Lynch says it’s “very difficult” to convey the scope and nuances of one’s record in a debate-style format.…

New poll finds a close Senate race in Maine, with Susan Collins trailing her Democratic challenger » Boston Globe A new poll from Quinnipiac University found a close race between Republican Senator Susan Collins and her Democratic challenger, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, with just under three months to go bef…

Moulton says bold responses needed in face of pandemic » The Salem News Seth Moulton sat down, albeit virtually, with the North of Boston Media Group's editorial board Thursday to discuss a range of issues, from why he's running for another term in Congress to the federal…

Democratic Party’s Corporate Contingent Votes to Preserve Their Power » The American Prospect Several corporate lobbyists on the DNC Rules Committee thwarted a measure to bar corporate lobbyists from serving on the DNC.…

Public Health

Big Mass. Study Finds You Could Be Symptom-Free But Still Carry High Load Of Coronavirus » NEPM Many people who have no symptoms can still carry very high levels of the coronavirus and potentially spread it, according to preliminary research from the Broad Institute in Cambridge that was based o…

EEE virus detected in mosquitos from two towns » Lowell Sun Mosquitos containing the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus have been found in two neighboring towns in the Nashoba Valley this week, prompting the state to raise the risk of the virus in both towns.…

Gov. Baker announces rapid testing program for Massachusetts schools » WNYT Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is hoping a new rapid testing effort will ease parents’ concerns about sending their kids back to school.…

State ready to keep EEE threat at bay » Sentinel & Enterprise A year after experiencing a return of eastern equine encephalitis that produced 12 human cases and six fatalities, Massachusetts, which had been bracing for another round of this mosquito-transmitted …

Opinion: Our country needs a memorial to coronavirus victims » Boston Globe We can't forget the victims or the lessons of this contagion.…

‘Demand has far outstripped the access,’ First day of free COVID testing in Western Mass. was fully booked within two hours » The Republican Demand for coronavirus testing has been huge, according to Tapestry Health. In just two hours after posting online, the non-profit had filled all its allotted reservations at sites in Agawam and Sprin…

Fauci: Death threats are sign of anti-science sentiment » Commonwealth Magazine Suggests country is not rowing together to fight coronavirus…

Opinion: The multitude and magnitude of coronavirus stressors on children » Boston Globe The perfect storm of insecurities and isolation creates a setup for mental health concerns and crisis. At BMC, at least 10 percent of parents have requested behavioral health support.…

Coronavirus Cases Are Surging. The Contact Tracing Workforce Is Not » NEPM The country needs as many as 100,000 contact tracers to fight the pandemic, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress in June. We need billions of dollars to fund th…

Opinion: Region’s governors, mayors have gone over the edge » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and all the rest of these hack Northeastern governors and mayors closing down their borders don’t seem to grasp their real problem going forward.…

Massachusetts coronavirus deaths up 32, cases rise 162 » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Thursday reported 32 new coronavirus deaths and 162 new cases as the average positive test rate hovered above 2%.…

Birx: Boston needs to ‘get on top’ of coronavirus uptick » Boston Herald Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has called out Boston as one of a handful of cities nationwide that need to “get on top of” concerning upticks in coron…

Deborah Birx warns Boston is among major US cities seeing increases in coronavirus cases » Boston Globe Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, warned this week that Boston is one of several major US cities seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, as Massachusetts public health …

300,000 Deaths By December? 9 Takeaways From The Newest COVID-19 Projections » WBUR By Dec. 1, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could reach nearly 300,000.…

COVID-19 numbers rising locally: 15 new cases in Northampton over past week » Gazette Net Positivity rates for COVID-19 cases are on the rise both locally and across the state, based on data released by the Department of Public Health this week.…

Infection Increase Sparks Enforcement, Gatherings Crackdown » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker has had enough of people holding large private gatherings and disregarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies like social distancing. So on Friday, he indefinitely paused the state's ec…

Mass. reports 320 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths » Boston Globe The death toll from confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts rose by 18 to 8,488, state officials reported Friday, and the number of cases climbed by 320, bringing the total to 111,853.…

Public Safety

Boston police commissioner calls for tips on brazen morning killing » Boston Herald Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made a public plea for information that could lead to an arrest in Thursday morning’s brazen, fatal shooting of a man in his 20s on a busy Mattapan street.…

Boston police commissioner, DA rip bail paid for convicted rapist they say struck again » Boston Herald Authorities say a progressive group bailed out a convicted rapist who was in jail on new rape charges — and is now accused of striking again, infuriating top law enforcement officials in Boston.…

State Finance

State funds thin for local projects » The Eagle Tribune Lawmakers often load up the state budget with millions of dollars for local projects, but the economic fallout from the coronavirus means there's likely to be little pork in next year's spending packa…

State Government

Massachusetts is close to establishing a permanent commission on the status of Black men and boys » Boston.com As negotiations continue on Beacon Hill over the final version of a police accountability and reform bill, community activists have their eye on another measure attached to the approved House legislat…

Mass. travel restrictions raise questions for Rhode Islanders » Turn to 10 Cross-border confusion. New Massachusetts rules take effect Friday, with restrictions on travel from Rhode Island, including filling out a travel form and quarantining or getting a COVID-19 test.…

Is Mass. voting by mail ripe for abuse, fraud? 5 Investigates » WCVB Secretary of State William Galvin says the rare cases of voter fraud in Massachusetts have involved candidates, not voters and they've been prosecuted and sent to jail.…

MA Sec. of State Galvin Explains Voting in 2020 » News 22 WWLP.com Going to the polls this year to cast your vote will certainly be different than in years past. Fortunately, there are plenty of options on how to vote so that you can still fulfill your civic duty.…

Gov. Baker imposes tougher limits on outdoor gatherings, restaurants » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced new coronavirus-related restrictions in response to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases statewide, though he stopped short of rolling back any business reopeni…

Baker slows Mass. reopening process, tightening restrictions on gatherings and restaurants » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Friday announced a series of steps intended to keep the coronavirus from resurging in the state, including a reduction in the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 peopl…

Coronavirus Update: Gov. Baker 'Indefinitely Postpones' Step 2 Of Phase 3 » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker said the uptick in cases means the state can not move forward now or anytime in the near future.…

Baker Pauses Reopening, Ups Enforcement of COVID-19 Mandates » iBerkshires Citing what he termed a “new phase” in the commonwealth’s battle against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker Friday announced a new set of initiatives designed to contain the spread of the novel corona…

Transportation

Massachusetts measures pursue local road funding » Land Line Media Multiple measures at the Massachusetts statehouse are intended to provide a shot in the arm for local road funding. Massachusetts now collects a 24-cent-per-gallon excise tax on gas and diesel purchas…

Automated driving systems frequently fail, AAA study finds » Boston Globe Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.…

Kelley Square project on schedule for fall completion » Worcester Telegram Through a pandemic, a tropical storm and everything else 2020 has thrown at the region, work has continued on rebuilding Kelley Square to tame the iconic but dangerous intersection.…

Most claimants in Steamship Authority ferry crash have settled » Cape Cod Times 1 employee heads to trial; first round of mediation for others nets just over $1M.…

Utilities

OpenCape to Receive $1.7 Million from Bond Bill » Cape Cod Online The Barnstable-based OpenCape has announced that $1.7 million in funds allocated for OpenCape Internet connectivity projects have been included in the IT Bond Bill recently passed by both the State Ho…

Isaias Leaves Power Outages, Downed Trees In Berkshire County » WAMC Thousands are still without power in Berkshire County in the wake of Hurricane Isaias.…

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB2799 - Resolve providing for the erection in the house chamber of a memorial containing the text of the address which Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to a joint convention of the 2 branches of the General Court on April 22, 1965

HB3677 - An Act authorizing the appointing authority of the town of Bridgewater to appoint police cadets under certain circumstances to the police department of said town

HB4218 - An Act regarding breakfast after the bell

HB4319 - An Act authorizing the town of Hopkinton to remove certain land from a conservation restriction

HB4368 - An Act relative to certain affordable housing in the city of Chelsea

SB2628 - An Act authorizing the City of Gloucester to use certain lands for municipal school purposes

SB2780 - An Act authorizing the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to release its interest by deed or to grant an easement in a certain parcel of land in the City of Fall River

HB4834 - An Act relative to the Revere & Son Heritage Trust Corporation

HB4863 - An Act relative to 1 Water Street in Beverly

HB4844 - An Act authorizing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to release easements upon certain real property in the town of Stoneham

HB4873 - An Act regarding a parcel of land in Holyoke

SB2866 - An Act authorizing the town of Harvard to convey an easement over a certain parcel of conservation land

HB4922 - An Act relative to clean energy generation at the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

HB4923 - An Act authorizing the Water Supply District of Acton to enter into a lease, license or other disposition of land held for water supply purposes for the construction, operation and maintenance of a solar energy generating and energy storage facility

HB4932 - An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

Most read bills of the week:

HB4912 - An Act creating a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving Commonwealth

HB4932 - An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

SB2500 - An Act setting next-generation climate policy

SB2842 - An Act enabling partnerships for growth

HB4933 - An Act creating a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving commonwealth

SB2874 - An Act enabling partnerships for growth

HB4880 - A message from His Excellency the Governor returning with his disapproval of certain items contained in section 2A of the engrossed Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to authorize certain COVID-19 spending in anticipation of federal reimbursement (see House, No. 4808, amended). July 24, 2020.

HB4928 - An Act relative to emergency paid sick time

HB4700 - An Act relative to emergency paid sick time

SB2882 - An Act relative to emergency paid sick time

House Actions This Week: 60

Senate Actions This Week: 47


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