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9:00am Project ABLE Annual Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:30am YouthBuild Day at the State House, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Vocational Schools Advocacy Day, Room 428, State House, Boston

11:00am LGBT Aging Commission, State House, Room 167

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

12:00pm A Celebration of Women and 100 Years of Suffrage, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

5:30pm Women for Rep. Maria Robinson

Must-Reads

SHNS Coronavirus Tracker - The Latest on COVID-19 (PM Update) » State House News Service Virtual Lobbying: EndHepCMA & Project ABLE canceled their planned budget season lobbying event, which had been set for Tuesday. "As the response to the coronavirus evolves, we want to make sure we do …

Public Housing Forces Turn Out to Push for Larger Subsidy » State House News Service Public housing advocates lobbied Monday for a list of policy and budget priorities that included the request from local housing authority officials for an additional $6 million in support to hire resi…

RI: Raimondo declares state of emergency in R.I. over coronavirus » The Associated Press (AP) The declaration directs the state Emergency Management Agency to "create and establish mobile support units" and authorizes the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Callahan, "to order Rhode Isl…

HBR: What are companies’ legal obligations around coronavirus? » Boston Business Journal With the rapid global spread of coronavirus, companies should focus on employee safety. As they review their strategies, policies and procedures, many leaders are wondering about their legal risk. Not…

Advocates push for boost in welfare payments » Commonwealth Magazine State rates haven't changed in two decades. For all its reputation as a haven of progressive policy, advocates say Massachusetts is severely lagging when it comes to benefit payments to welfare recipi…

Rodrigues: Market Slump Could Weigh on State Revenues » State House News Service Rodrigues, who is in the process of assembling a state budget for fiscal 2021 that will be released in May, said the Senate is exploring ways to ensure the state is as prepared for the spread of the v…

Columbia Gas pleads guilty to violating safety rules » The Eagle Tribune The deal allows the company and its executives to avoid criminal prosecution for violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act in exchange for paying a $53 million fine and selling Columbia Gas of Massach…

FL: Coronavirus prompts new emergency declaration in Florida » Politico Pro FL Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing coronavirus threat in the state, capping off a surreal day in which the Legislature briefly shut down operations in the state…

NJ: Murphy declares state of emergency » Politico Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Monday evening, roughly four hours after his administration announced it was beginning to explore new strategies to mitigate the spread of the coronaviru…

OPINION: Elizabeth Warren’s Disconnect With Black Voters Started In Cambridge, Mass. » WGBH Warren’s disconnect with black voters stemmed not from coming across inauthentically from the heart about her policy goals, but rather that she came across totally inept at reaching people on the gr…

As other states declare emergencies over coronavirus, Baker was on vacation » Boston Globe Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker cut short his family’s Utah ski vacation and flew home Monday night as the fallout from coronavirus deepened, raising questions about Baker’s handling of what …

“Our country is a great country. . . it can withstand one term of the current occupant of the White House. It cannot withstand two,” she said. “I don’t think the damage is permanent; that’s why we have to win this election.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Expressing that Democrats need to win in 2020 while speaking at Northeastern University on Monday.

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Beltway Politics

Country can’t withstand another Trump term, Pelosi tells Northeastern women’s summit » Boston Globe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a Boston audience Monday that America could not withstand a second term under President Trump, and that the Constitution, the American dream, and the environment are un…

Ted Cruz is taking coronavirus seriously — why can’t his fellow Republicans? » Boston Globe The GOP needs to see this as a public health threat to us all — not as a hoax conjured by Democrats and the press to hurt President Trump.…

Where did Bernie’s revolution go wrong? » Boston Herald Bernie Sanders still has at least a mathematical chance to overtake Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.…

Black women voters have helped fuel Joe Biden’s resurgence » Boston Globe As voters across the country finished casting their ballots last Tuesday night, a group of supporters of former vice president Joe Biden gathered here in a wood-paneled cidery to watch the results.…

Business

Six questions about the stock market meltdown » Boston Globe It wasn’t the darkest day the US stock market has ever seen, but Monday’s meltdown was ugly, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 7.8 percent, its biggest one-day drop since the financia…

JD Byrider agrees to pay $1.5 million to resolve lawsuit » South Coast Today The used car dealership JD Byrider will cancel debts, pay $1.5 million to reduce car loan payments and provide restitution to thousands of consumers, and significantly change its practices to resolve …

Remote-work companies in Mass. see sales spike amid coronavirus concerns » Boston Business Journal As coronavirus infections spread across Massachusetts, companies are taking steps to verify that employees have the necessary infrastructure to work from home should telecommuting become a company-wid…

Target to limit purchases of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes » Boston Globe Target Corp. has joined Kroger Co. in limiting purchases of items like hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in response to widespread stockpiling due to the coronavirus.…

State reps concerned about Parallel Products plans to build 19 exhaust stacks in expansion » South Coast Today State representatives are questioning how transparent Parallel Products has been when it comes to its expansion plans, which include the construction of 19 exhaust stacks.…

Dunkin’ joins Starbucks in refusing to refill reusable cups, citing coronavirus concerns » Boston Globe Dunkin’ will temporarily refuse to refill customers’ reusable cups at all shops nationwide, citing “public health concerns related to the coronavirus,” the company said in a statement.…

Stock plunge hits Mass. finance companies, banks, retailers and media » Boston Business Journal A Business Journal analysis of the industry groups that have seen the biggest declines in their shares shows that here in Massachusetts, media and entertainment companies, retailers, financial firms a…

Cancel or Carry On? Coronavirus Concerns Are Cutting Into Boston's Convention Crowds » WBUR Worries over the coronavirus have begun to cut into Boston's convention and conference crowds. In the past week, organizers postponed a seafood exhibition, an oncology symposium and a journalism confe…

Coronavirus anxiety means a business boost for some in MetroWest » The Metro West Daily News Carmen Guallpa made sure she was fully protected against coronavirus. She donned a surgical mask and rubber gloves Monday morning while cleaning a Sudbury home for MaidPro, a franchise cleaning compan…

Coronavirus, oil markets push gas under $2 a gallon in Massachusetts; here’s where to fill up cheap » The Republican A gallon of regular gas dropped below $2 at some stations around Greater Springfield Monday and rates elsewhere are expected to follow as global oil prices plummet in response to a price war between S…

Cannabis

Slow Going For Efforts To Diversify The Massachusetts Marijuana Industry » New England Public Radio One big complaint about Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry: Who is getting all those profits? Efforts to change have been slow moving.…

Education

The coronavirus has upended life on campus » Boston Globe Amherst College announced late Monday that its courses will be taught remotely after its spring break ends, and MIT said its large classes will be conducted online, as the novel coronavirus continued …

Two Franklin school staff members in self-quarantine amidst COVID-19 concerns » Patriot Ledger Two Franklin middle school staff members are in self-quarantine amidst continuing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the district’s top administrator.…

Harvard moves classes online in wake of coronavirus outbreak » Boston Globe In an unprecedented move, Harvard University on Tuesday urged students not to return to campus after spring break ends March 23 and to take their classes online over fears about the spread of the nove…

Stories Add Punch to Impact of Vocational Education » State House News Service Urging people to tell their own stories, Paul Feeney on Tuesday recalled having his hopes of attending college dashed and instead using his technical education to embark on a career at Verizon before …

Environment

Official statement released on Carver's status among Green Communities » Wicked Local Carver Gov. Charlie Baker has announced the awarding of a $157,670 grant for Carver as a new Green Community committed to reducing energy consumption and lowering emissions.…

Moore sends letter to AG on PFAS' public health risks » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, and Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, recently sent a letter to Attorney General Maura Healey requesting that legal action be taken against the companies which are resp…

Health Care

Massachusetts General Hospital honors Sen. Friedman with Endowment Award » Wicked Local Burlington State Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, recently received the Endowment Award for leadership in the advancement of mental health at a Massachusetts General Hospital Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Case Co…

Housing

Bill proposes rent control options for Massachusetts communities » Turn to 10 Rent is rising and many Southern New Englanders are scrambling to keep up.…

Immigration

Markey unveils ‘New Deal’ for immigrants » Commonwealth Magazine SEN. EDWARD MARKEY on Monday unveiled what he is calling a New Deal for New Americans Act.…

Insurance

MA lawmakers look to insurance companies to cover coronavirus cost testing, treatment » News 22 WWLP.com More than 60 state lawmakers worked together to get public and private insurance companies to wave the costs of coronavirus testing and treatment.…

Judiciary

Corrections data raise big questions » Commonwealth Magazine CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM rolled through state legislatures with unusual bipartisan support throughout the 2010s.…

Labor

MBTA workers protest maintenance staffing levels » Boston Globe A coalition of labor groups rallied outside state transportation offices Monday, protesting staff cuts over the last several years in some departments that they say have made the MBTA less safe.…

Unions Protest Job Cuts Outside MBTA Board Meeting » WGBH A new campaign pushing back against cuts to the MBTA maintenance workforce launched Monday with a protest outside the Transportation Building ahead of a T board meeting.…

Local Government

Progressives sweep Wards 1, 18 » The Bay State Banner While much of Boston remained fixated on the political fates of presidential front runners Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on Super Tuesday, local political activists took note of sw…

Walsh Discusses Parade Cancellation, Sports Events » State House News Service Boston Mayor Martin Walsh defended his decision to cancel Sunday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and said the city's progress in containing the virus w…

Politics

Fitchburg Councilor Beauchemin joins Fossa, Kushmerek in race for Hay’s House seat » Sentinel & Enterprise Ward 3 City Councilor Paul Beauchemin said Monday he is making plans to run in the upcoming November election to fill state Rep. Stephan Hay’s seat after Hay announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-el…

Libertarian ranks swell amid voter dissatisfaction » The Eagle Tribune Driven by voter dissatisfaction with the two major parties, the state’s Libertarians have seen a surge in numbers in recent years, even as other parties shrink.…

Super Tuesday turnout set new Mass. record for Democratic primary » Boston Globe More than 1.4 million Massachusetts voters cast ballots in the Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday, setting a new state record for turnout, according to state officials.…

Rep. Carolyn Dykema and Hopkinton Dem. Chair, Darlene Hayes endorse Jesse Mermell for Congress » HCAM Two Hopkinton-area Democratic leaders have endorsed Jesse Mermell for Congress. Mermell announced at today’s Hopkinton Democratic Caucus that she has received the endorsements of Representative Caro…

Political Notes: Senate race shifts to general election » Cape Cod Times The special election for state Senate in the Plymouth & Barnstable District will be held in three weeks, on March 31, and the Democratic and Republican nominees are sprinting to the finish, having onl…

Public Health

What about riding the T? » Commonwealth Magazine Commuters on the T, especially at rush hour, are often packed into crowded subway cars, where one uncovered cough could reach a lot of people. The CDC recommendation would appear to mean older people …

Coronavirus gets real for an aging Senate » Politico But most senators say they won't change their lifestyles, even though they're among the most at risk.…

With $115 million, more than 80 Boston researchers will collaborate to tackle COVID-19 » Science Magazine A $115 million collaboration to tackle the rapidly spreading viral disease COVID-19, led by heavy hitters of Boston science and funded by a Chinese property development company, kicked off today as th…

A look inside coronavirus preparations at a major U.S. hospital » Washington Post Six weeks in, the dozens of doctors, nurses and other staffers leading the emergency response to the novel coronavirus are crammed into a small conference room. They line the walls and sit on the floo…

Biogen’s Boston conference continues to be leading source of coronavirus cases » Boston Herald The coronavirus toll linked to a Biogen management meeting in Boston has now jumped to 32 people infected in Massachusetts — with an investment bank in New York City alerting hundreds more about the…

Boston cancels St. Patrick’s Day parade, breakfast as coronavirus fears mount » Boston Herald Boston’s historic and beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the political breakfast that precedes it have both been canceled due to fears of spreading coronavirus at mass events.…

Call your mom: The generational politics of Covid-19 » Boston Globe We may be facing a fast-moving health crisis among older generations that mostly doesn’t directly impact the health of younger ones, a kind of age-based trolley problem.…

City cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade; 41 cases of coronaviruses statewide » Boston Globe Local officials on Monday canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie and industry executives halted a number of conventions headed for Boston, taking precautionary action amid rising co…

SARAH WRIGHT: International Emergency Day » the Berkshire edge Happy International Women’s Day, as if. Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Oregon this morning when her state reached 14 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, Massachusetts has twice as many c…

State confirms five cases of coronavirus in Berkshire County » Berkshire Eagle There are now five presumptive cases of the new coronavirus in Berkshire County, according to the state Department of Public Health.…

Will warmer spring and summer weather slow the spread of coronavirus? » Boston Herald As coronavirus spreads, one common hope is that the coming warmer months may help slow the spread of the virus.…

Catch-22 on coronavirus tests » Commonwealth Magazine It’s a harrowing story. You have most of the symptoms of coronavirus. You’ve self-quarantined at home for two weeks. You’re not getting any better. But the local hospital can’t test you for th…

Public Safety

Norfolk DA rules police justified in fatal shooting of man with replica gun in Brookline » Boston Globe Police were justified in fatally shooting a Mattapan man more than two dozen times Feb. 7 in Brookline, shortly after the suspect pulled a replica firearm on a Boston police officer outside Brigham an…

Campbell subpoenas Police Department for stop-and-frisk data » Boston Globe Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell filed a subpoena with the city Monday morning demanding data the Boston Police Department had not made available to the public since 2017 about how and where offi…

State Finance

Senate budget chief sees concern in stock market fall » Worcester Business Journal With the stock market plummeting Monday on fear of the spreading coronavirus, Senate budget chief Michael Rodrigues said he had already had two meetings about the outbreak to start his week, and expec…

Taxation

Trump wants payroll tax relief to calm financial markets amid coronavirus fears » Boston Globe President Donald Trump said Monday his administration will ask Congress to pass payroll tax relief and other quick measures as a public health and economic maelstrom brought on by the coronavirus drew…

Transportation

T budget raises sustainability questions » Commonwealth Magazine A KEY MEMBER of the MBTA’s oversight board raised concerns on Monday that spending at the authority is rising at an unsustainable pace.…

T notes: Boston congestion ranked worst in US again » Commonwealth Magazine FOR THE SECOND YEAR in a row, Boston was ranked the most congested urban area in the United States by the transportation analytics firm INRIX.…

Senate bill to provide cost-free identification to homeless people will also support addiction recovery » The Metro West Daily News Barbara, who has experienced homelessness, described the situation as a vicious cycle, as she repeatedly lost her identification because she did not have stable housing and found it difficult to regai…

MassDOT to Study Commuter Rail Extension to Buzzards Bay » Cape Cod Online The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will soon begin a study to look at the viability of bringing commuter rail service to Bourne.…

Peake Secures Funding For Bridge Approaches in State Bond Bill » Cape Cod Online Provincetown State Representative Sarah Peake has secured funding in a state transportation bond bill that will improve the infrastructure leading up to the Cape Cod Canal bridges.…

MBTA cancels public meetings as coronavirus threat looms » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that it is canceling its previously scheduled public meetings for the evening due to “an abundance of caution,” as the growing coro…

Utilities

Healey calls for expanded carbon pricing » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY released a white paper on Monday that calls for the creation of a New England task force to explore expanded use of carbon pricing in electricity generation to achieve re…

‘Weak engineering management’ led to Columbia Gas disaster, federal prosecutors say » Boston Globe Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on Monday formally took blame for failing to safeguard against overpressurization that it long knew could lead to “a dangerous and catastrophic” event like the explos…

New England grid operator sees ‘dramatic shift’ to clean energy » Energy News Network The regional grid operator in New England says that 95% of its interconnection queue is occupied by wind, solar and energy storage projects, compared to mostly natural gas projects five years ago.…

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Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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