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9:30am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital, 309 Belmont Street, Worcester

11:00am House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight, Oversight Hearing

5:00pm 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Party with Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

Must-Reads

Emergency Change Permits Remote Public Meetings » State House News Service In a significant change spurred by the spreading coronavirus, government boards in Massachusetts may now meet without a physical quorum of members present and without affording public access to the ph…

CDC head pledges to cover uninsured’s coronavirus costs, after pressure from Ayanna Pressley and Joe Kennedy » Boston.com Robert Redfield made the pledge during a House oversight committee hearing Thursday, after Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the agency’s online coronavirus webpages did not provide sufficient guidance for …

Severe shortage of tests blunts coronavirus response, Boston doctors say » Boston Globe Despite assurances from Governor Charlie Baker and top state health officials, Massachusetts doctors say a severe shortage of tests for Covid-19 is hindering efforts to control the local coronavirus o…

Trump Administration Refuses To Postpone Food Benefit Cut » HUFFPOST The USDA said states already have enough flexibility to waive the new rule in light of the coronavirus outbreak.…

DeLeo Orders Reps to Limit Staff in State House » State House News Service Under legislative rules, there are less than five months remaining in the formal portion of the two-year legislative session, and the House budget committee had been preparing to debate its version of…

Nurses union urges officials to halt hospital unit closures, workforce reductions » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Nurses Association is calling on state officials to halt any hospital downsizing and make coronavirus testing available for frontline clinical workers.…

Legislature's work may be sidelined » The Eagle Tribune "Obviously there's going to be an impact on the progress of legislation, there's no doubt," (Rep. Tucker) said. "But our No. 1 priority needs to be people's health and well-being."…

Clark criticizes GOP’s ‘dangerous’ resistance to coronavirus aid package » Boston Globe Reacting to comments by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who via Twitter called Pelosi’s package “completely partisan” and “unworkable,” Clark said Republican leaders were sending "a dangero…

NJ: How Biogen meeting in Boston became launching point for the virus in NJ » A coronavirus outbreak that was traced to a conference in Boston hosted by Biogen is increasingly showing its teeth in New Jersey. A Princeton health official said Wednesday the town is investigating …

NY: Climate advisory panels, still in formation, poised to meet in secret » Politico Key panels tasked with crafting recommendations to achieve New York’s sweeping climate goals will meet privately, limiting public scrutiny and input as they develop plans that could impact every par…

NY: De Blasio weighing eviction moratorium in light of coronavirus emergency » Politico The de Blasio administration is weighing its legal authority to suspend evictions amid the coronavirus outbreak after the mayor officially declared a state of emergency Thursday.…

Ten minutes at the teleprompter: Inside Trump’s failed attempt to calm coronavirus fears » Washington Post In the most scripted of presidential settings, a prime-time televised address to the nation, President Trump decided to ad-lib — and his errors triggered a market meltdown, panicked travelers overse…

Trump’s travel ban sidesteps his own European resorts » Politico The president announced new travel restrictions on Europeans as the coronavirus pandemic escalated, but a few key spots on the continent were spared.…

"The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do."

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins

Telling a crowd she is ready to prosecute illegal acts of racism stemming from the virus.

News By Category
Business

Long-planned Fenway Center project above Mass. Pike could happen this summer » Boston Globe After 20 years of planning, work on the second, larger, phase of Fenway Center could start within months, according to the developer.…

Forget comparisons to 2008 or 1987. This meltdown is nuts » Boston Globe On a day when March Madness was canceled and everything from the Museum of Fine Arts to Broadway to the NHL said they would go dark, stocks cratered, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 10 pe…

With Bruins and Celtics canceled, there’s cause for concern on Causeway » Boston Globe It was all setting up to be a good spring for the restaurants and bars around TD Garden. The Bruins are in first place and poised to repeat last year’s deep playoff run. The Celtics are contenders, …

Coronavirus leaves Boston restaurants uncertain » Boston Herald As the coronavirus crisis escalates, restaurants in Boston and beyond fear deserted dining rooms.…

BU economist: ‘Boston is not recession-proof and coronavirus will prove it’ » Boston Herald Boston’s most important industries are coming to a grinding halt amid an escalating coronavirus crisis, and with the Boston Marathon next on the chopping block, economists and business industry expe…

Cannabis

Buying Weed at Boston’s First Pot Shop with Shaleen Title » Boston Magazine Massachusetts' most outspoken cannabis regulator met me at Boston’s first dispensary to talk about why it doesn’t matter that she’s a customer, how she’s taking cues from Mayor Marty Walsh, an…

Selectmen approve Dracut’s third pot shop » Lowell Sun A new retail marijuana shop is coming to Silva Lane, and with its approval, selectmen have issued three of the four licenses for marijuana establishments allowed under town bylaws.…

Civil Rights

Asian Americans Condemn Coronavirus-Based Xenophobia » WBUR Advocates in the Asian American community gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts statehouse Thursday morning to say since the outbreak of the coronavirus, they have been the targets of unfounded c…

Education

Schools across the suburbs are shutting down in a concerted effort to try to slow coronavirus » Boston Globe In an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, a growing number of school districts around the region on Thursday announced they were shutting down all of their schools, some for at least two wee…

As coronavirus closes campus, some college students left scrambling » Boston Globe Joshua Torres, 19, an MIT freshman from California, fears going home. His mother, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment, has asthma.…

Boston schools remain open as other Massachusetts districts close over coronavirus » Boston Herald The majority of Boston’s public schools will be staying open for now, Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said Thursday afternoon — even as dozens of other schools around the state are shutting their…

Environment

Andy Savitz, environmental consultant with an eye on the future, dies at 66 » Boston Globe When Andy Savitz attended Weston High School, other students “thought he’d be president,” said Peter Fenn, a friend since their grade school years.…

Gaming

Encore Boston Harbor workers put on paid leave after visitor tests positive » Boston Business Journal A person who recently visited the Encore Boston Harbor casino later tested positive for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.…

Health Care

Sen. Cindy Friedman receives Endowment Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Mental Health » Wicked Local Arlington 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 Conferen…

Beth Israel is working with Johnson & Johnson on a coronavirus vaccine » Boston Globe The head of the hospital’s research effort says it will be at least a year before such a medicine could be available.…

Massachusetts restricts nursing-home visitors to reduce risk of coronavirus » Boston Herald Massachusetts is restricting visitors to nursing homes and rest homes to protect older adults at higher risk for coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses, state officials said.…

Nurses union urges officials to halt hospital unit closures, workforce reductions » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Nurses Association is calling on state officials to halt any hospital downsizing and make coronavirus testing available for frontline clinical workers.…

Housing

Boston officials, advocates call for halt on evictions as coronavirus spreads » Boston Herald Local officials and housing advocates are demanding a halt to the housing court’s “eviction machine” in an effort to protect vulnerable residents from exposure as coronavirus spreads throughout …

Coronavirus forces postponement of state meeting on crumbling concrete » The Republican A meeting originally set for Saturday for owners of homes feared to have been built with pyrrhotite-contaminated concrete has been postponed due to the coronavirus threat.…

Advocates: No evictions during pandemic » Commonwealth Magazine Coronavirus concerns at Boston Housing Court…

Boston-area brokers and sellers still hosting a lot of open houses despite coronavirus » Curbed Boston There are hundreds of open houses scheduled at homes throughout the Boston region this weekend—with at least 230 scheduled in Boston proper, according to real estate listings site Estately—despite…

Human Services

Direct Your Coronavirus Anxiety Towards Lending a Helping Hand » Boston Magazine Many children could lose access to daily meals if public schools were to close. Donate now to the Greater Boston Food Bank.…

Judiciary

All jury trials in Massachusetts federal courts for next six weeks postponed » Universal Hub F. Dennis Saylor, chief judge of US District Court in Massachusetts, today ordered the postponement of all jury trials in Boston, Worcester and Springfield federal courts between now and April 27 post…

Labor

Bear market could hurt employment in Boston, particularly at fund firms » Boston Globe No one likes to watch the stock market shed 10 percent of its value, regardless of how long it takes. But to watch it evaporate in one day of trading, as it did on Thursday? Yikes.…

Coronavirus and Paid Leave: Can Massachusetts Workers Afford to Stay Home Sick? » NBC Boston "Don’t come to work if you’re not feeling well." It’s a message we’ve heard repeated often by state leaders and public health experts as the coronavirus pandemic has spread.…

Employers confront looming productivity issue: Working from home, with kids » Boston Business Journal Schools in dozens of cities and towns in Greater Boston will be shuttered Friday in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, and with each passing day more are expected to join them. Many have already an…

Local Government

In Northampton, no takers for PILOT program » Gazette Net As residents weighed raising property taxes through a Proposition 2½ override earlier this month, one question popped up at Mayor David Narkewicz's series of town hall meetings: Why doesn't Smith Col…

New Bedford City Council receives petition with over 1,000 signatures to keep Station 11 open » South Coast Today With Engine Company 11 set to be decommissioned on March 22, some residents and city councilors are still fighting to keep it running.…

Politics

State. Rep. Donato announces re-election bid » Wicked Local Danvers State Rep. Paul Donato announced recently his campaign for re-election to the Massachusetts House, representing Medford and Malden in the 35th Middlesex District.…

Coronavirus killed St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, thankfully » Boston Herald There are few silver linings to this coronavirus hysteria, but one of them is the cancellation of the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston.…

Coronavirus concerns could affect local elections » News 22 WWLP.com As of right now, local elections are still on, and that includes the one to fill Senator Don Humason’s seat in Westfield.…

Public Health

Charlie Baker: Canceling events will slow the coronavirus outbreak, avoid overwhelming health system » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged people to change their daily habits amid the coronavirus outbreak — critical social-distancing actions to help the state buy time and limit the outbreak before i…

Coronavirus Testing Limitations A Growing Concern For Governor » State House News Service As the state works to manage the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday issued his most forceful call yet for the federal government to allow private labs and hospital facilities to…

As coronavirus cases in Mass. pass 100, disruption reaches almost every sector » Boston Globe The disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic reached into virtually all aspects of life in New England and beyond Thursday, leading to the suspension of the seasons for professional sports leagues, for…

Charlie Baker signs bill for $15 million in coronavirus aid » Boston Herald Not long after the Legislature passed a $15 million spending bill Thursday to pay for coronavirus response and mitigation as the disease sweeps through Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker signed off on …

Northeastern researcher says Massachusetts coronavirus outbreak looks much like Italy’s » Boston Herald A Northeastern University researcher is warning Massachusetts is dangerously close to being on a similar coronavirus trajectory as hard-hit Italy if officials don’t act quickly.…

White House Knew Coronavirus Would Be A 'Major Threat' — But Response Fell Short » NPR Politico reporter Dan Diamond says infighting at the Department of Health and Human Services and the need to flatter Trump impeded the response to the coronavirus.…

Somerville mayor says regional coordination essential to limiting COVID-19 infection » Wicked Local Somerville Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone joined other regional leaders to learn more about COVID-19 risks and prevention.…

Researchers Isolate COVID-19 Virus, Edge Closer to Finding Cure » The Weather Channel A team of Canadian researchers, including an Indian scientist, has isolated the virus behind the global COVID-19 pandemic.…

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart » Vox This is how we all help slow the spread of coronavirus.…

State Health Connector re-opens insurance enrollment in face of coronavirus threat » Universal Hub The state Health Connector, which normally only allows insurance enrollment November through January, says people without health insurance can now apply for it through April 25.…

Virus notes: Discrimination warning issued » Commonwealth Magazine Museums closing; Encore visitor tests positive; fed jury trials postponed…

What’s behind the COVID-19 testing bottleneck » Commonwealth Magazine Baker pushes feds: ‘This is a critical issue for us’…

Why it’s crucial to ‘flatten the curve’ of coronavirus » Commonwealth Magazine The time to act is now, say experts…

Coronavirus Testing Limitations A Growing Concern For Mass. Gov. Baker » New England Public Radio As Massachusetts works to manage the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday issued his most forceful call yet for the federal government to allow private labs and hospital facil…

Coronavirus testing still lagging nationally, starting to increase in Massachusetts » Boston Herald Coronavirus testing is still lagging far behind demand locally and nationally, with Gov. Charlie Baker now calling for more testing capacity.…

Baker Addresses Coronavirus Outbreak In Pittsfield » WAMC Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with Pittsfield leaders about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak today.…

CDC head pledges to cover uninsured’s coronavirus costs, after pressure from Ayanna Pressley and Joe Kennedy » Boston.com Frustrations remain about the sluggish rollout and availability of coronavirus testing in the United States. However, following pressure from Massachusetts Democrats, among others, the director of the…

Your Questions About U.S. Travel And The Coronavirus, Answered » WBUR As corporations cancel all business travel and the federal government discourages international travel, there are still questions about what to do about trips booked within the United States.…

Education Leaders, State Officials Huddle On Coronavirus Response » WBUR As of Friday morning, Massachusetts education leaders are not planning state-wide school closures.…

I’m from the government and I’m here to help — Coronavirus version » Boston Herald I’m from the government and I’m here to tell you to wash your hands. Again. As the coronavirus problem — which is real — is transformed by the media into the coronavirus panic — which is unn…

A coronavirus communications to-do list for Charlie Baker » Boston Globe On Tuesday, Governor Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts in response to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.…

Gov. Charlie Baker On Coronavirus: ‘We Need More Testing Capacity In Massachusetts’ » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker urged the federal government to provide more coronavirus resources so Massachusetts can increase the number of people it can test.…

State, Berkshires race to catch up with coronavirus outbreak » Berkshire Eagle The number of presumed new coronavirus cases in Berkshire County has risen to nine, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Public Health.…

Details scarce on virus testing on Cape Cod » Cape Cod Times As the number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus rose to 95 in Massachusetts on Wednesday, the Cape and Islands remained free of detected cases.…

Public Safety

Coronavirus: Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announces her staff will be reduced to ‘skeleton’ crew in response to COVID-19 » The Republican Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced that as the state grapples with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak her office will reduce staffing to “skeleton” or essential levels.…

State Government

Coronavirus, empty campuses cause concern for 2020 Census » Boston Herald College students sent home to finish the semester online due to the coronavirus “couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Secretary of State William Galvin said, and may hurt Massachusetts when it c…

Our View: Don't isolate authority over elections » The Eagle Tribune Secretary of State William Galvin is seeking emergency powers from lawmakers that would allow him to postpone elections, move polling places without going to court and enable alternative ways to vote …

Potential Sale of Hynes Pondered at Town Hall Meeting » Beacon Hill Times Public space is where everybody is equal, and by reducing public space, it promotes inequality,” said Sen. William Brownsberger, who hosted the meeting in concert with Reps. Jay Livingston and Jon S…

The state promised millions of dollars to help with census outreach. Many officials are still waiting » Boston Globe Census notices are scheduled to start hitting mailboxes on Thursday.…

Galvin nervous on Census count » Commonwealth Magazine Counting college students, immigrants won’t be easy…

Transportation

Boston drivers, MBTA riders stay home amid coronavirus spread » Boston Herald There’s been more room on the road and on the subway this month as coronavirus fears spread and people stay home — and advocates say there’s transportation lessons to be learned from it.…

Massachusetts Pursues New Climate Goals With Help From Local Clean Tech Industry » WGBH Electrifying Massachusetts’ transportation sector is one of the main ways that the state is banking on reaching its ambitious goal of having net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.…

Cahill: Wide public support for House transportation bill » Lynn Daily News Item Despite some apprehension from Gov. Charlie Baker over a 5-cent gas tax increase, state Rep. Dan Cahill (D-Lynn) is confident there is wide public support for the House’s recent transportation bill,…

Utilities

Comcast offers temporary free option for new low-income customers » Boston Globe Broadband provider Comcast said late Thursday that it’ll provide 60 days of free broadband service to new customers of its Internet Essentials service for low-income users.…

AT&T Suspends Broadband Data Caps During Coronavirus Crisis » Vice As AT&T moves to lift usage caps, lawmakers begin pressuring ISPs to do more.…

Wind, solar and storage take up 95% of ISO-New England interconnection queue, marking 'dramatic shift' » Utility Dive About 95% of nearly 21 GW of energy resources currently proposed for the New England region are grid-scale wind, solar and battery projects, according to the Independent System Operator of New England…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB4506 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

HB4561 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4547 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

HB4530 - An Act relative to transportation finance

HB4529 - An Act enabling partnerships for growth

HD4926 - An Act establishing the COVID-19 Quarantine Assistance Fund

HB4611 - An Act relative to emergency hazard health duty

HB4502 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB4532 - An Act relative to opioid drug manufacturer assessments

HB4508 - An Act relative to transportation finance

House Actions This Week: 153

Senate Actions This Week: 31

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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