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Must-Reads

Lawmakers Offer Vast Expansion of Voting Options » State House News Service Every registered voter in Massachusetts would receive an application by mid-July to request a ballot to vote by mail in the 2020 elections under a plan released Friday by House and Senate Democrats in…

Here’s what Charlie Baker said after Boston’s George Floyd protests turned violent » Boston.com The governor said the violent actions on Sunday night "distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents."…

Boston Business Journal parent company joins lawsuit seeking PPP data » Boston Business Journal Boston Business Journal parent company American City Business Journals has joined The Washington Post and nine other news outlets in a lawsuit against the Small Business Administration that seeks deta…

Bill to allow rent control in Mass. takes a step forward on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe A bill that would allow rent control in Massachusetts for the first time in more than a quarter century cleared a key hurdle on Beacon Hill Friday ... effectively undoing a 1994 ballot measure that ba…

MA Landlords Say Eviction Moratorium Creates Turbulence In Rental Housing Market » WGBH Douglas Quattrochi, executive director with the group MassLandlords, said he estimates 20 percent of rent payments have gone uncollected from landlords since the coronavirus shutdown, and that's creat…

Baker’s 3-foot social distancing discrepancy » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER indicated on Friday that he is willing to accept the fact his administration generally advocates for six feet of social distancing in most public spaces while the MBTA is using the…

Chicopee police officer Michael Wilk faces backlash for Facebook post comparing Colin Kaepernick to Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest » The Republican “Kaeprnick (sic) is just as wrong as those cops," Wilk wrote. "Kneeling disrespects a flag that many have died for honorably. Those cops will be criminally charged and prosecuted as they should be. …

History, right now: Echoes of 1968, and other American years » AP News There was dark talk of “radical agitators.” Violent outbursts and arrests piled up across the republic. The White House issued martial statements about law and order. On TV, footage of unrest and …

'No Blame?' ABC News finds 54 cases invoking 'Trump' in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults » Yahoo News When police questioned a Washington state man about his threats to kill a local Syrian-born man, the suspect told police he wanted the victim to "get out of my country," adding, "That’s why I like T…

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Daughter Arrested At Manhattan Protest » HUFFPOST Chiara de Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly. She was issued a desk appearance ticket and released.…

D.C. Mayor Calls Trump’s Comments About ‘Vicious Dogs’ An ‘Attack On Black America’ » HUFFPOST Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said Saturday she was “shaken” by President Donald Trump’s threat about unleashing “vicious dogs” on people protesting the death of George Floyd, saying…

Why Val Demings May Be the Best Running Mate for Joe Biden Right Now » Vogue "My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?" she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed this week. Speaking of her own three-decade experience on the police force, she wrote of the…

OPINION: Biden needs a black woman as his vice president » Washington Post Democrats can’t win Michigan if they don't turn out Detroit, which is 78.6 percent black. They can't win Wisconsin if they don’t turn out Milwaukee, which is 38.8 percent black. Democrats can't wi…

When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots » NPR Twenty-five years ago this week, four Los Angeles policemen — three of them white — were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Caught on camera by a bystander, g…

"There are 351 towns & cities in MA. It’s not only the responsibility of the 20 majority of color districts to fight for racial justice. It’s on the other 331 areas too where your constituents may not understand or support the critical need for racial justice."

Representative Liz Miranda

Advocating for every elected official in the state to help in the fight for racial justice.

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Beltway Politics

Markey, Kennedy to debate amid protests, coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III will hit the debate stage Monday night as riots continue to erupt across the nation protesting George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis p…

In the campaign for voters’ attention, Kennedy and Markey are losing to coronavirus. They have three months to change that. » Boston Globe Theirs was one of the hottest Senate primary races in the country. A wavy-haired heir of America’s most royal political family — a Kennedy! — taking on an incumbent who has been in Massachusetts…

Pandemic turns Markey-Kennedy race into virtual showdown » Commonwealth Magazine THE US SENATE race between Ed Markey and Joe Kennedy, which was shaping up to be one of the most closely watched congressional primary contests in the country, now faces a much different challenge: Ho…

Key Questions, Answered, As Markey And Kennedy Debate Monday Evening » WBUR When Congressman Joe Kennedy III launched his campaign last September against fellow Democrat, Sen. Ed Markey, it was billed as one the hottest primary races in the country. But then the coronavirus p…

Business

Old Reebok campus slated to be new post-merger HQ for Tufts Health, Harvard Pilgrim » Boston Globe Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care have a new home in mind once they complete their merger this year: the former Reebok headquarters in Canton.…

Boston Scientific, with Minnesota ties, sends letter to employees on George Floyd’s death » Boston Globe In response to days of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Boston Scientific sent an open letter to employees on Thursday condemning the injustice and urging workers to speak up ab…

Massachusetts restaurant owners eagerly awaiting Gov. Baker's decision » WCVB About 50,000 people work in the state's restaurant business, and they are eagerly awaiting word from the governor and his advisory board.…

Target temporarily closing 200 stores, Amazon restricting deliveries amid unrest » Boston Globe Target is temporarily closing or shortening the hours at about 200 US stores as protests and looting spread across country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.…

Restrictions in New England will limit spring cod catch » Boston Globe Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said.…

Massachusetts reopening plan: Phase 2 guidelines for restaurants, hotels out today » Boston Herald Struggling restaurants will learn on June 6 when they can resume in-person service, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday as he rolled out a series of new safety standards that will allow restaurateurs to pl…

Residents, visitors will eventually return to the MBTA, convention center, chamber chief says » Boston Globe NYC Mayor de Blasio's daughter arrested China trolls US over Floyd protests Even as the coronavirus pandemic has changed expectations about how and when people will eventually gather in large crowds, …

Father of Fla. massacre victim takes on gun maker Smith & Wesson » Boston Globe The father of a mass shooting victim and two gun safety groups petitioned the federal government Sunday to stop the Massachusetts firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson from using what they described as…

Consensus sought on Lower Cape on short-term rentals » Cape Cod Times Short-term rentals, one of the biggest businesses on Cape Cod, are shut down to all but essential workers because of the coronavirus pandemic. They are slated to be included in Phase 2 of Gov. Charlie…

Worcester employers warm up to work-from-home option, may stay flexible after pandemic » Worcester Telegram Worcester has never been a bastion of work-from-home flexibility. Unlike New York City or the West Coast, where larger companies are based, the local corporate culture has never really been permeated …

Are the Henrys planning to sell Globe? » Commonwealth Magazine IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS with the Boston Newspaper Guild, Boston Globe owners John and Linda Henry are apparently insisting on the removal of a provision in the existing contract that would keep the c…

Opinion: Major public funding needed for child care » Commonwealth Magazine MONTHS BEFORE the first documented case of coronavirus became public, an owner of a Connecticut-based child care center suggested a way to demonstrate child care’s critical role in the economy.…

Restaurants in Massachusetts prep for reopening with new guidelines from state » WCVB After getting new guidance from the state, Massachusetts restaurant owners are eager to reopen after having been limited to take-out and delivery service since March 15.…

Op-Ed: The Case for a Third Space » Boston Magazine The CEO of Workbar has a few things to say about offices, work spaces, and what life on the job will look like in the Boston of the future.…

Reopening in Massachusetts: A Cambridge Dog Groomer with a 125-Pupper Waiting List » Boston Magazine Pet grooming services were given the green light to reopen as Phase One businesses.…

Crane Stationery to end long Berkshires run, move to New York » Berkshire Eagle A letter that Crane Stationery Co. sent in April to the mayor of North Adams contained the truth after all.…

Baker says camps, child care can reopen during Phase 2 of reopening » Boston Globe Summer camps and child care facilities can open in Massachusetts during Phase 2 of the state’s gradual reopening of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Charlie Baker said Monday.…

Restaurants could sell mixed drinks under new bill » Lowell Sun Restaurants could sell sealed containers of mixed drinks with to-go orders under a bill filed by a senator from Methuen.…

New laws, flexibility urged to facilitate outdoor dining » Worcester Telegram While some municipalities work to make it easier for restaurants to reopen with outdoor dining, the head of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber said other businesses can help and that diners need to b…

Civil Rights

U.S. faces racism ‘breaking point’ after death of George Floyd: Boston activists » Boston Herald America is at a “breaking point” with systemic racism in the wake of a police killing of a black man, Boston activists said on Sunday as they called for political action to address inequality in t…

More than 1,000 throng Amherst Common in call for racial justice » Gazette Net Honking car horns and beating drums echoed through the Town Common on Sunday as around 1,000 demonstrators gathered to protest police violence and racism.…

Across the country on Sunday, unrest overshadows peaceful protests yet again » Boston Globe Protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with violence flaring in pockets of largely peaceful demonstrations fueled by the killings of black people at the hands of police. A truck d…

Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker, Maura Healey react to Boston protests: ‘I see you. I hear you. I will use my voice for you.’ » Boston Globe As demonstrations over George Floyd took a tense turn in Boston Sunday night, Mayor Martin J. Walsh addressed the city in a statement.…

Editorial: America’s willful ignorance about Black lives » Boston Globe This could be a watershed moment for the threats that Black Americans face, but only if political leaders and citizens refuse to accept anything less than real reform.…

Opinion: The killing of Floyd represents a national tragedy that should be turned into a generational opportunity » Boston Globe Dismantling racial oppression begins by acknowledging the way in which an unequal justice system impacts social welfare, education, housing, and employment in a way that amplifies a racial caste syste…

Floyd killing sparks Oak Bluffs rally » Martha's Vineyard Times Scores of people gathered in Dennis Alley Park (also known as Waban park) Sunday morning in condemnation of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.…

In Amherst, Mass., A Peaceful Protest And An Understanding Of Less-Peaceful Ones » New England Public Radio While protests continue to swell in cities across the country, hundreds gathered on the common in Amherst, Massachusetts, on Sunday to demand justice for George Floyd, the black man killed one week ag…

PHOTOS: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR GEORGE FLOYD ON JFK PLAZA IN LOWELL » Dig Boston Hundreds of people attended a peaceful candlelight vigil on JFK Plaza in Lowell last night for George Floyd, a black man who was killed earlier in the week as a result of a violent confrontation with …

Education

Amherst College Class of 2020 graduates virtually » Gazette Net Pre-recorded messages and photos from over the years greeted Amherst College students and their loved ones as they logged online to “attend” the school's virtual, pandemic-era commencement ceremon…

Number of eliminated college sports programs nearing 100 » Gazette Net Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls stemming from the pandemic are approaching an unwelcome milestone: In coming days, the number of eliminated sports programs will almost surely pass 100.…

Schools may use blend of classroom and remote learning in fall » Worcester Telegram School officials expect to get guidance from the state this month on how to handle next school year, which could involve using a hybrid virtual/in-person approach.…

Layoffs loom for Brookline school employees » Boston Globe The town of Brookline laid off an unknown number of teachers and staff Friday amid a town budget crisis caused by the coronavirus, school committee members announced.…

State revenue shortfall brings uncertainty to Lynn school budget » Lynn Daily News Item It could be until August before city and school leaders find out how much state aid has been allocated to Lynn for the next fiscal year.…

Environment

Residents push back on Forest Hills Cemetery’s permanent new restrictions » Boston Herald The Forest Hills Cemetery Trust, which owns and operates the huge cemetery just south of Franklin Park, believes otherwise, announcing that the people who normally jog, walk dogs or ride bikes for rec…

Mass. will resume enforcement of bottle redemption law next week » Boston Globe Automated machines must be operating by June 5; over-the-counter collection starts June 19.…

Trees coming down to clear way for storage facility » Gazette Net A developer is in the process of cutting down some 80 trees on a property along Route 10 near the Northampton-Easthampton border to make room for a storage facility.…

Federal

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Trump focuses his ire more on the protesters than the crime » Boston Globe As anger and violence erupted in US cities over the weekend in outrage over the death of George Floyd, President Trump and the Justice Department focused their ire more on the protesters — with plen…

Congress confronts another crisis » Politico Lawmakers are grappling with yet another awful crisis: how to end police brutality and heal racial inequalities. But unlike the novel coronavirus, this problem has plagued the country for a long time.…

Health Care

Thanks to a startup and an investor, 100,000 gowns are being sent to Mass. hospitals » Boston Globe A Boston greeting-card startup has revised its approach, adding the machinery and personnel necessary to produce and distribute personal protective equipment. Now, thanks to one of its investors, 100,…

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine made this test subject ill, but he has no regrets » Boston Globe Patients in clinical trials are usually faceless. But as the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the Cambridge biotech Moderna Therapeutics has begun advancing through studies, it has fou…

Opinion: Turning nursing homes around won’t be easy » Commonwealth Magazine THE HIGH RATES of COVID-19 infections and deaths among residents of skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and rest homes in Massachusetts and the nation laid bare the urgent need for significant …

Rep. Joe Kennedy III proposes safety, infection prevention, oversight reforms at soldiers’ homes, nursing homes » The Republican In response to the coronavirus pandemic that’s hit long-term care facilities hard in Massachusetts and elsewhere across the country, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Friday proposed a host of reforms to…

Public Hearing Takes Comments on Falmouth Hospital Maternity, Pediatric Closures » Cape Cod Online Thoughts and opinions regarding the potential closures of the maternity and inpatient pediatric wards of Falmouth Hospital were given on a public hearing call Thursday evening.…

Housing

Boston area’s apartment-rental market stuck in limbo » Boston Globe The big question: Will colleges keep classes online past September?…

State’s new eviction moratorium faces court challenge » Boston Globe Two real estate lawyers have asked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to overturn a new moratorium on most evictions, saying the state law is unconstitutional and should not be enforced.…

Guidance Issued for Individuals Living in Long-Term Hotels During COVID-19 Pandemic » Cape Cod Online Attorney General Maura Healey has issued a guidance to protect individuals living in long-term hotels and motels from being removed from their housing during the COVID-19 state of emergency.…

Housing panel backs 2 rent control bills » Commonwealth Magazine A Beacon Hill committee has endorsed two bills that would clear the way for rent control to return to Massachusetts more than two-and-a-half decades after voters narrowly banned the practice statewide…

Two landlords challenge eviction moratorium law » Commonwealth Magazine TWO LANDLORDS have filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Judicial Court challenging the state’s temporary moratorium on eviction foreclosures.…

Labor

Over 30 South Shore employees file federal complaints about unsafe working conditions amid pandemic » Patriot Ledger Employer is not sanitizing workspace. Temporary employees are being transported to workplace in crowded vans. Store is not enforcing social distancing. Residents with fevers are not being tested. Para…

Local Government

Southampton pushes back Town Meeting, election again » Gazette Net Having already postponed Town Meeting and the town election once, the Select Board is now looking at dates in the second half of July or early August given continuing concerns about gatherings of larg…

Fitchburg establishes reopening task force » Sentinel & Enterprise With the state reopening the economy and businesses gearing up to resume operations, the city formed its new Reopening Fitchburg Task Force to lend a hand during the transition.…

Provincetown Puts Brakes on Cruises, Whale Watching, and Other Excursions » Cape Cod Online New restrictions were passed last week by the Provincetown Select Board and the board of health to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within the town.…

Guest columnist Shaina Sadai: Holyoke’s shortsighted decision on energy transition grant » Gazette Net In early May, the Holyoke City Council voted to reject a $275,000 grant from the Barr Foundation. The grant would have allowed the city to plan the energy transition necessary to confront the threat o…

Health Department Fines Framingham Restaurant For Outdoor Dining » Framingham Source Restaurants have been struggling since mid-March, when Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an executive order for take-out and curbside pickup only, due to the coronavirus pandemic.…

Acushnet selectmen change Town Meeting date, talk plans for holding open meetings » South Coast Today The Board of Selectmen at its May 26 meeting talked about and laid out plans for dealing with open meetings as the town inches closer to a full reopening.…

Walsh: Positive Rally Tarnished by Damaging End » State House News Service As Boston cleaned up the aftermath of a night of chaos and destruction that broke out after a protest march, Mayor Martin Walsh said it will be a priority of his "to create more spaces for people to h…

Politics

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests » Boston Globe US officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence…

Coronavirus makes for tougher road for any Boston mayoral challengers against Walsh » Boston Herald The coronavirus crisis is making it increasingly hard for any challengers to take on Mayor Martin Walsh, political watchers say as the calendar approaches the time when challengers would have to have …

David Rosa to face off against Julie Hall in Republican primary for Congress » The Sun Chronicle Julie Hall won’t be alone on the Republican primary ballot for the 4th Congressional District seat in September.…

Here’s How Massachusetts Politicians Have Responded to Boston’s Protests » Boston Magazine Spurred by the need to speak up, elected officials have taken to Twitter to react to Sunday's demonstration.…

As Peaceful Boston Protest Ends 'Rather Violent,' Mass. Gov. Baker Walks Fine Line » New England Public Radio Thousands of New Englanders took to the streets over the weekend in protest of police violence, with more demonstrations planned for the coming days. A protest in Boston turned violent Sunday night.…

Public Health

Coronavirus death toll rises without a national remembrance — or a consoler-in-chief in the White House » Boston Globe When dusk falls in Franklin Township, N.J., blue lights on the town gazebo pierce the darkness, one for every person in town who has died from the coronavirus: 118 so far.…

Massachusetts ban on flavored tobacco will include menthol cigarettes » News 22 WWLP.com Massachusetts will be ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, in the Commonwealth which will take effect on Monday.…

Mass. reports 78 new coronavirus deaths as number of cases closes in on 100,000 » Boston Globe The state health department Sunday reported 78 new deaths from the coronavirus in Massachusetts, as state data showed declines in the number of people battling COVID-19 and officials looked ahead to a…

Coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts increase by 78, more than 600 new cases » Boston Herald Massachusetts health officials on Sunday reported that 78 more people have died from the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases increased by 664.…

George Floyd mass protests could trigger coronavirus outbreaks » Boston Herald A wave of mass protests across the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police could trigger coronavirus outbreaks and flare ups, infectious disease experts told the Herald on…

Some Cape Cod churches reopen with host of new safety procedures » Cape Cod Times Although some churches have chosen to stay closed, others have modified their operations to follow state safety guidelines to address coronavirus concerns.…

'Hoping for the best and planning for the worst': State, counties brace for another year of EEE » Wicked Local Kingston State and local mosquito control projects have started tracking and targeting populations of mosquitoes that transmit Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.…

Phase two goes into prep mode » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said the state currently remains on track for its phased reopening, and he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito outlined steps that restaurants, hotels, and professional sports franchises can…

Mass. Ban On Menthol, Flavored Tobacco To Take Effect Monday » WBUR A statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, is set to take effect on Monday.…

Is America’s Pandemic Waning or Raging? Yes » New York Times In the weeks since America began reopening on a large scale, the coronavirus has persisted on a stubborn but uneven path, with meaningful progress in some cities and alarming new outbreaks in others.…

Public Safety

Protests in Boston turn violent after dark; 40 arrested, 7 officers taken to the hospital » Boston Herald Protests turned violent after dark when a crowd calling for justice for George Floyd broke from a massive gathering in front of the State House and smashed windows, set fires and and broke into busine…

Boston riots: Herald reporters capture a night of chaos downtown » Boston Herald Herald reporters Erin Tiernan and Meghan Ottolini were in the midst of Sunday night’s protest that raged out of control in downtown Boston until police pushed them out of the city.…

Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh respond to day of protests, violent clashes with police » WCVB Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have both issued written statements responding to the day of peaceful protests which led into a night of violence and looting in the city.…

‘Criminal And Cowardly’: Gov. Baker Condemns Looting In Boston After George Floyd Protests » CBS Boston Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called the violence and looting that broke out following protests in Boston “criminal and cowardly.” The governor tweeted his statement late Sunday night after a d…

Ex-BPD superintendent says riots could be stoked by outside influence, including overseas operatives » Boston Herald Riots and looting that have besieged cities from New York to Los Angeles in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody last week could be stoked by terrorist groups outside the U.S. and othe…

Boston protests against George Floyd killing begin peacefully, end in violence, arrests » Boston Globe A peaceful series of rallies to protest the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police turned sharply violent on Sunday night, as demonstrators pelted police with bottles a…

Following George Floyd protests, Boston police confirm 7 officers hospitalized, about 40 arrests » Boston Globe Boston police issued a community alert early Monday following Sunday’s peaceful rallies that turned violent by night, stating 7 officers were transported to the hospital, 21 police cruisers were dam…

District Attorney Rollins Says Killing Of George Floyd Set Law Enforcement 'Back 50 Years' » WBUR Rollins said that the crisis that erupted in Minneapolis could happen anywhere, including in Boston.…

After Hours Of Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality, Conflicts Escalate Between Officers, Protesters » WBUR Thousands of protesters marched across Boston Sunday, joining in the nationwide chorus of outrage and calls for justice following the death of a black man who died after a white officer pinned him to …

Salem police investigating 'completely inappropriate tweet' sent from department's Twitter account » WCVB An internal investigation inside the Salem Police Department has been launched after what the mayor called a "completely inappropriate tweet" was sent from the department's account Monday.…

State Government

Baker To Issue Executive Order On Phases Of Massachusetts Reopening Plan » CBS Boston Governor Charlie Baker is expected to issue an executive order Monday explaining in detail which businesses can reopen in Phase Two of Massachusetts’ reopening plan.…

‘My God, this thing is really contagious.’ Charlie Baker reflects on the coronavirus crisis » Boston Globe An interview with Governor Charlie Baker about his thoughts and actions during the COVID-19 crisis.…

Suit Alleges Baker Overstepping Powers in Pandemic » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker overstepped constitutional separation of powers with his statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national group alleged in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of Massachusetts smal…

Baker usurping the role of Legislature » Commonwealth Magazine THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER shutting down “non-essential” businesses and organizations has been in place since March 24. While Gov. Charlie Baker has modified the order and eased some of his…

Mail-in, early voting bill clears committee in Mass. Legislature » Worcester Telegram Legislation that would require state officials to mail every registered voter an application for a mail-in ballot cleared a key committee with no lawmakers in opposition and three declining to take a …

Baker didn’t hold back on what he thinks about Trump’s message on protests » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker did not hold back as he addressed comments President Trump has made about protests that have swept the nation, including in Boston, following the death of George Floyd in Minnea…

Taxation

Economists debate need to raise taxes » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS FACING enormous health and economic challenges fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has risen to the occasion. This has caused an unexpected increase in state and local spending …

Transportation

With transit a worry and offices reopening, is Boston’s traffic about to get worse than ever? » Boston Globe In poll after poll, commuters say they aren’t eager to return to the crowded confines of public transit. The MBTA’s stated goal is to keep vehicles uncrowded. And the US Centers for Disease Contro…

Markey seeks $25B in passenger rail money that could help connect Mass. cities » Berkshire Eagle Though people are avoiding trains due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wants to give passenger rail a $25 billion booster shot.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/1

9:00am Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 6/2

10:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

11:00am "Ask the Superintendent" with Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or wgbhnews.org

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Special election for Rep. Jennifer Benson's seat

Special election for Rep. Shaunna O'Connell's seat

Wednesday - 6/3

Birthdays: Rep. Jay Livingstone, Rep. Mike Connolly

12:00pm ELM Wednesday Webinars with U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, MA State Rep. Tom Golden, and Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang, Webinar

Thursday - 6/4

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

Friday - 6/5

Birthdays: Rep. Kevin Honan, Senator Diana DiZoglio

3:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Public Hearing

Press Releases

New Lawsuit Against the Governor’s Executive Orders » Fiscal Alliance Foundation

Senator Markey Introduces “BRAIN TRAIN” Act to Significantly Expand Intercity Passenger Rail Across Western Massachusetts, New England, and the Country » Senator Ed Markey

ADL Statement on Killing of George Floyd » Anti-Defamation League

Massachusetts Announces Plan to Resume Retailer Bottle and Can Redemption Enforcement » Mass. Department of Environmental Protection

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Phase II of Re-opening Plan, Releases Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Chairman Lynch Objects To President’s Decision To Use Taxpayer Funds To Buy Faulty Russian Ventilators And Gift Hundreds of U.S. Ventilators To Putin Despite America’s Urgent Needs » Congressman Stephen Lynch

State Legislature Passes Bill to Collect Vital Public Health Data, Establish a COVID-19 Diversity Task Force » State Senator Jason Lewis

No Worker Should Have to Choose Between Their Job and Their Health » Progressive Massachusetts

Joint statement on health equity, social justice and civil unrest from the Association of Black Cardiologists, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology » American Heart Association

Building a Better T: 2 Full 9-Day Green Line D Branch Diversions Coming in June » MBTA

Coronavirus put can and bottle redemptions on hold. Garages and basements are filling up » Conservation Law Foundation

Statement of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: In Solidarity » Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce


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