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DeLeo: Pandemic, Aftershocks Loom Over Budget » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo won't even hazard a guess these days as to when or how his chamber might debate an annual budget for the state, let alone a climate change bill.…

Small businesses are struggling with the coronavirus and the federal loan process. ‘It’s a damn mess,’ one Mass. co-owner said » Boston Globe Federal aid is slowly starting to flow to small businesses crushed by the COVID-19 crisis, but some company owners worry the bungled rollout of loan money will be too little and too late for them to s…

Do we still need transportation legislation? » Commonwealth Magazine STATE LAWMAKERS ARE starting over from scratch this week with the state budget, and many are wondering whether issues such as education and transportation that seemed so urgent just a month ago are s…

You need to wear a mask. Here’s how. » Washington Post The debate is over. You should be wearing a mask when you go out. The public health benefits are fourfold:…

With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress » New York Times Campaign officials and strategists are trying to carefully game out the new reality. The crisis could prove to be a boost for incumbents who have a built-in advantage in providing services to constitu…

Mass. Community Health Centers Furlough Staffers, Fear More To Come » WBUR Many of the 52 Community Health Centers in Massachusetts are placing staff on furlough amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak.…

What happens when lawmakers disagree? » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN A BILL pausing foreclosures and evictions emerged from the Senate Ways and Means Committee, advocates for low-income individuals were unhappy with the details of the bill – and they weren’t s…

Mass. Urged to Unlock Pool of Foreign Care Workers » State House News Service Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to let health care professionals trained in other countries join the state's COVID-19 fight, and a recent Board of Registration in Medicine move will allow …

Pandemic philanthropy reaches new peak with launch of statewide fund » Boston Globe The One8 Foundation, which normally doles out grants for educational and Jewish causes, will provide administrative support and has given $1.8 million to the new effort. Jonathan Raymond has been hire…

The coronavirus is expanding the safety net » Commonwealth Magazine LIKE MILLIONS OF other US workers, Charlie Burke and Mutwaly Hamid were used to getting up in the morning and putting in long days on the job. But when the coronavirus pandemic shut down huge parts of…

Applying Conventional Criteria to Biden’s Unconventional Vice Presidential Pool » Sabato's Crystal Ball The vice presidential choice may only matter at the margins but the elections of 1960, 1968, 1976, 2000, 2004, and 2016 were decided at the margins. A bad choice, such as Spiro T. Agnew in 1968, may n…

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too » Vox “When you have a plan and people can see it, they can start making their plans,” Warren says.…

"Although nothing has been decided, it would be my recommendation that should we get to the last day of July, and I'd hate to change our rules, but I think this may be one of those times,"

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the possibility of the state legislature meeting beyond July 31 to finish the state budget, climate change bill or transportation funding.

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Beltway Politics

For Markey And Kennedy, Mics And Webcams Are Key Tools On The Virtual Campaign Trail » WBUR The coronavirus has driven political candidates from the campaign trail. So they've been forced to get creative, bringing their messages to voters' screens and earphones, as is happening in the Massac…

Business

State launches business-backed fund for COVID-19 relief efforts » Boston Business Journal The Baker administration on Monday launched a new corporate- and foundation-backed fund that will support health care workers, the homeless and others in Massachusetts that have been especially affect…

Members sue Boston Sports Clubs over continued billing while gyms are closed » Boston Globe Members of Boston Sports Clubs on Monday filed a lawsuit against the fitness company, accusing it of breaking the law by continuing to collect monthly fees — even though the chain closed all its gym…

Pandemic philanthropy reaches new peak with launch of statewide fund » Boston Globe As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the Massachusetts economy, the need for help will be vast — impossible to calculate even. No community or sector will emerge unscathed.…

Mass. business confidence plunges in March to recession-era levels » Boston Globe The drastic shift from boom times to tough times dramatically darkened the mood among Massachusetts employers last month, sending local business confidence plummeting to levels not seen in more than a…

Four Massachusetts companies among a group highlighted by Goldman Sachs for fighting virus » Boston Globe Goldman Sachs analysts have created a basket of more than 20 health care companies developing treatments, vaccines, and tests for the coronavirus pandemic, including four in Massachusetts: Alnylam, Ki…

Mass. Employer Confidence Takes Historic Nosedive » State House News Service Already worried to start the year about the possibility of an economic slowdown, the confidence of Bay State employers in the economy in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic plummeted in March…

How to Keep the Lights of Business On and Save the Tax Base » Governing A short-term federal forgivable-loan program for property owners whose tenants can't pay their rent during the pandemic would protect badly needed state and local revenues.…

Exclusive: Insurance startup shifts into lower gear with huge layoff » Boston Business Journal San Francisco insurance startup Metromile has cut about 100 employees, or about a third of its workforce. The layoffs occurred across its offices in Boston, San Francisco and Tempe, Arizona.…

Massachusetts business outlook hits worst-ever drop » Boston Business Journal AIM's Business Confidence Index has never recorded a one-month drop this severe.…

Make donations to trusted organizations to avoid being scammed, AG says » The Sun Chronicle People donating to charities to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic should make them to trusted organizations to avoid being scammed, according to the state Attorney General's Office.…

Massachusetts coronavirus relief fund launches with over $13 million » Boston Herald The economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis on the state budget and on residents could be felt for years, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Monday as he announced the launch of a Massachusetts COVID…

Walsh to contractors: “Shut it down” » Boston Business Journal Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Monday warned real-estate developers and general contractors against continuing construction work, even if it’s deemed essential under federal guidelines.…

Golf courses in Massachusetts are closed, but behind the scenes, organizers want to safely change that » Boston.com The general manager of North Andover Country Club would love to be out on the course, interacting with his members and his employees as they come out of hiding for the start of another golf season.…

Cannabis

How are pot shops affected by COVID-19 pandemic? » The Recorder One of the county’s two marijuana dispensaries is temporarily closed while the other is still buzzing following the governor’s order for non-essential businesses to close until further notice to c…

Education

State probe finds retired Boston school administrator owes city pension fund $67k » Boston Globe A retired Boston Public Schools headmaster violated state law by collecting the full amount of her pension while working for a public charter school and now owes the city more than $67,000, according …

Decision whether to have April break is up to local school districts » Patriot Ledger As cities and towns grapple with remote learning and lost school days because of the coronavirus crisis, the decision on whether to have April vacation will be up to each individual district.…

More clarity on MIAA postseason plans » The Enterprise On a conference call Monday the MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee decided against issuing a drop-dead date by which the spring high school sports season must begin in order to stage postseason …

Mass. community colleges seek funding to weather coronavirus crisis » Boston Business Journal Presidents of the 15 community colleges across Massachusetts now speak on the phone daily to discuss updates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders have been busy orchestrating a transformation to …

Environment

Pandemic Seen as Fueling Urgency Around Climate » State House News Service Sen. Ed Markey and actress Jane Fonda drew a link Tuesday between the COVID-19 crisis and climate change, saying there are lessons to be learned from the response to the pandemic.…

Federal

Members Of Congress Demand Senate Address Decision To Nix Tribe's Reservation Land » The Bourne News Members of the US House of Representatives demanded in a letter to Senate leaders on Friday, April 3, that the Senate address the Department of the Interior order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag…

Congress doing poor job addressing pandemic » Commonwealth Magazine Greed and selfishness take priority over public good…

Health Care

Robert Kraft’s humanitarian efforts to bring PPE to state were remarkable » Lowell Sun First China sends us the coronavirus that kills thousands of Americans and shuts the country down. Then they lie about it. They say we planted the virus in Wuhan.…

Post-coronavirus, how will we address the trauma health care workers have suffered? » Boston Globe When the next group of COVID-19 patients are suffering and in need of help, there is no time for breaks to debrief, shed a tear, or comfort one another.…

Taunton’s Morton Hospital To Be Coronavirus-Only And Some Don’t Like It » CBS Boston Days ahead of a coronavirus pandemic peak, a new plan to deal with an increase in patients is not going over well in Taunton.…

Federal officials delivering help to 2 private nursing homes » The Register Citizen Federal officials are delivering help to two private nursing homes in Massachusetts.…

Foreign-trained medical professionals waiting to help » Commonwealth Magazine Baker urged to grant provisional licenses to them…

Foreign-trained medical professionals waiting to help » Commonwealth Magazine LAITH ALMATWARI has medical experience with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that he thinks would be valuable in the fight against COVID-19, but bureaucratic red tape is preventing him from ju…

Baker, Polito tour drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Foxboro » WPRI.com The New England Patriots opened a drive-through testing site Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.…

State’s third field hospital to open in Cape Cod amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic » WHDH Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Sunday that a third field hospital used to treat coronavirus patients will open in Cape Cod.…

Massachusetts’ second coronavirus testing site for first responders opens outside Gillette Stadium » WHDH Massachusetts’ second coronavirus testing site dedicated to first responders opened up outside of Gillette Stadium on Sunday.…

Donald Trump: U.S. has 9,000 ventilators in federal stockpile » Boston Herald President Trump on Monday said there are about 9,000 ventilators in the federal stockpile, though Massachusetts officials have only received 100 out of the 1,700 ventilators they requested from FEMA.…

Massachusetts General Hospital among first to test nitric oxide on pandemic patients » Boston Herald A “remarkable” drug known to relax blood vessels could help coronavirus patients with severely damaged lungs and will be tested at Massachusetts General Hospital, making it among the first centers…

Lawmakers call for additional medical staff to ensure strong health care system during COVID-19 » News 22 WWLP.com Currently, Massachusetts is preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases, so state legislators are asking the governor to take steps now to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.…

Massachusetts to launch first US trial of Japanese COVID drug » Boston Globe Three Massachusetts hospitals have received approval to launch the first US clinical trial of a Japanese flu drug that could be used to treat COVID-19, according to one doctor involved in the effort.…

Massachusetts has asked for 1,700 ventilators for the COVID-19 surge. Only a fraction have arrived. » Boston.com In preparation for a surge in coronavirus patients, Massachusetts has requested 1,700 ventilators from the national stockpile. Gov. Charlie Baker says the federal government has committed to sending t…

As Coronavirus Surge Approaches, Hospitals Brace for the Impact » Boston Magazine The respirators have arrived, the field hospitals are being built—but will it be enough?…

Facing COVID-19 Surge, Massachusetts Is Short 1,300 Ventilators Baker Requested » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he's requested 1,400 ventilators from the federal government. So far, the state has received 100.…

Pittsfield Readies Beds For First Responders, Homeless » WAMC Berkshire County’s largest community is responding to the ever-changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Massachusetts to launch first US trial of Japanese coronavirus drug » Boston Globe Three Massachusetts hospitals have received approval to launch the first US clinical trial of a Japanese flu drug that could be used to treat COVID-19, according to one doctor involved in the effort.…

Baker announces plan to pump $800m into health care providers » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Tuesday that hospitals will need more morgue capacity in the coming days due to deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, as he warned that the expected peak of the pande…

Andover’s Nurse Mates and Rep. Vargas Distribute 450 Pairs of Shoes, Socks to Health Workers » WHAV Area medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic were the beneficiaries Monday of 450 pairs of shoes and compression socks donated by the Andover-based designer of Nurse Mates-br…

Who gets a ventilator? New gut-wrenching state guidelines issued on rationing equipment, ICU beds » Boston Globe Massachusetts public health officials Tuesday issued statewide guidelines to help hospitals make gut-wrenching decisions about how to ration ventilators and intensive care beds, should providers becom…

Baker announces $800M for hospitals, health care facilities amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald The state is bailing out hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers strapped for cash after cutting elective surgeries and other lucrative procedures to prepare for a surge in coronaviru…

Housing

Lowell searches for options for emergency shelter » Lowell Sun City Manager Eileen Donoghue sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker last week requesting help in identifying space for an emergency isolation shelter. This would be used to house people who are homeless …

Human Services

Hundreds of daycare services open across Mass. for essential workers » Western Mass News Most daycare centers are closed in Massachusetts until May 4, orders from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.…

Isolated from their families, children and adults in group homes struggle for normalcy » Boston Globe Roberta Biscan said her 15-year-old son Connor, who lives in a Hopkinton group home for children with autism, knows a virus is making people sick, but he doesn’t understand why he can’t come home …

Rep. Paul Frost urges donations to local food banks amid COVID-19 » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle Rep. Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn, is encouraging district residents to donate to their local food bank/pantry services as the need for assistance grows amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Frost also encourag…

Surge In Coronavirus Cases In Boston's Homeless Population 'More Dramatic Than We Anticipated' » WBUR The homeless community in Boston is experiencing a significant increase in coronavirus cases.…

Immigration

Sheriff Hodgson slams Warren, Pressley and others in delegation over ICE inmates » Boston Herald Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is slamming each member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation for what he says are “unsubstantiated” claims that jail officials are not testing for…

Mass. Immigration Advocates Seeking To Stop Deportation Flight Bound For Haiti » WBUR Immigrant advocates in Boston are trying to prevent a deportation flight bound for Haiti from taking off amid the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Insurance

Auto insurers return money to customers during ‘unprecedented’ driving slump » Boston Globe Auto insurers Allstate Corp. and American Family Insurance are returning some money to customers as widespread shutdowns across the United States from the coronavirus cut down on driving.…

Judiciary

'Run This City' docu-series raises concern with judge in Jasiel Correia trial » The Herald News A documentary series and a magazine story on the political demise of former Mayor Jasiel Correia II have caught the attention of the federal judge presiding over Correia’s pending criminal trial.…

Veterans treatment court adapts during COVID-19 » Gazette Net Taking the bench last Wednesday afternoon, Judge Laurie MacLeod still saw the faces of veterans enrolled in the treatment court over which she presides - though this time, it was a little different th…

Labor

Painters union to join walk off over coronavirus concerns » Boston Herald More building trades union members - fed up with Gov. Charlie Baker’s refusal to order a statewide shutdown on construction and concerned about their safety as the coronavirus pandemic escalates - a…

Coronavirus concerns prompt second construction union to walk off Massachusetts jobs » Boston Herald Nearly 17,000 carpenters and painters are refusing to work at Massachusetts construction sites over concerns for the safety as the coronavirus pandemic escalates and calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to o…

Legislative

'We lost a good one’: Springfield Council President Justin Hurst mourns loss of Kamari Williams » The Republican City Council President Justin Hurst said Monday that Springfield has lost a role model with the death of Kamari Williams, a high school coach and son of state Rep. Bud L. Williams.…

Kamari Williams, Springfield high school basketball coach, son of state representative dies » The Republican Kamari Williams, a high school basketball coach and son of state Rep. Bud L. Williams, has died.…

Tech Fail Trips Up Major Economic Hearing » State House News Service In an embarrassing setback as legislators work to understand the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, legislative leaders and the governor's top budget official were forced to postpone by…

House Dean Scaccia Leaving Beacon Hill » State House News Service The most senior member of the House of Representatives has joined a growing list of veteran lawmakers who are not seeking another term on Beacon Hill.…

Local Government

Marty Walsh, in the age of coronavirus, is decisive. But even he has doubts » Boston Globe Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently visited his mother, Mary, in the triple-decker he grew up in on Taft Street in Dorchester to deliver a coffee.…

Saugus town manager wants temporary stop to construction projects » Wicked Local Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree is asking Gov. Charlie Baker to put a temporary halt to construction projects as a safeguard for potential exposure to coronavirus.…

Barnstable extends Q4 tax, water, sewer bill due dates » The Barnstable Patriot Acting under newly granted authority by the State Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker, Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has extended the due dates of several municipal tax and utility bills.…

Hudson postpones election, Town Meeting until June due to coronavirus crisis » The Metro West Daily News Hudson joined a handful of other MetroWest and Milford-area communities in postponing its municipal election and Town Meeting.…

Mayor Walsh was just on CNN. Here’s what he said » Boston Globe Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh appeared on CNN to talk about new measures to combat COVID-19 in the city — as well as to criticize the federal government for sending m…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno Advises Residents To Wear Face Masks » WAMC Residents in the largest city in western Massachusetts are being asked to wear face masks outside the home as preparations continue for a surge in coronavirus cases.…

Councilor Elizabeth Kazinskas to serve as acting mayor in Gardner » The Gardner News Ward 2 City Councilor Elizabeth Kazinskas was elected as the next City Council president on Monday, April 6. Kazinskas will now serve as the city’s acting mayor after former City Council President J…

Politics

Political Notes: 5th District candidates address shutdown hardships » Cape Cod Times The race to succeed state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, in the 5th Barnstable District is picking up steam during the COVID-19 public health emergency.…

Mass. Pot Ballot Case May Aid Alcohol Question, Court Says » Law 360 Massachusetts' high court on Monday pushed back on claims that a ballot question revamping alcohol licensing is overly broad, citing its 2016 approval of a question that led to the creation of the sta…

Public Health

For Non-English Speakers, Difficult Language Barriers Become Dire Amid Outbreak » WBUR Petrona worked as a housekeeper until the state ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses to stop the spread of the coronavirus.…

Gov. Baker has no plans for statewide curfew during coronavirus pandemic » WCVB Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is not planning to recommend a statewide curfew similar to the one Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has asked his city's residents to follow.…

Baker: COVID-19 Testing Sites To Open In Lowell, West Springfield » WBUR New coronavirus testing sites in Lowell and West Springfield will be established this week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.…

Coronavirus: Holyoke Soldiers Home staff infected with COVID-19 increases to 31, additional veteran dies » The Republican One more veteran from the Holyoke Soldiers Home is believed to have died of the coronavirus overnight and the number of staff who have contracted the illness has nearly doubled according to state offi…

State offers support as coronavirus death toll rises at Williamstown Commons » Berkshire Eagle The coronavirus claimed several more lives at Williamstown Commons over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 10 and spurring leaders to action.…

Coronavirus: Peak in Western Massachusetts cases may come in May, Springfield hospital officials say » The Republican Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack and other officials donned protective masks Monday for the city’s weekly coronavirus update, which included Keroack offering an estimate that Weste…

Coronavirus Updates For Western New England: Testing At The Big E, And Concern In Franklin County » New England Public Radio There’s a troubling spike in the death rate from COVID-19 in one western Massachusetts county, according to state data.…

Deaths, COVID-19 cases rise at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke » Gazette Net State officials announced Monday that 25 veteran residents of the Soldiers' Home have died amid a coronavirus outbreak, with 18 testing positive for COVID-19 and another three who have tests pending.…

Antibody testing seen as key to breaking the coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald The U.S. is looking to ramp up coronavirus antibody testing in the next month with tens of millions of tests, the White House testing czar said Monday as a Massachusetts lab launched its test to deter…

Data Suggests Mass. Residents Taking Orders Seriously » State House News Service The data show that the measures Massachusetts has taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus -- closing schools, shutting down large chunks of the economy and asking people to limit trips outside -…

Coronavirus guru: Massachusetts not out of ‘danger zone’ yet » Boston Herald Massachusetts is not out of the “danger zone,” one of the nation’s top coronavirus data scientists warned, saying the peak is just over a week away and social distancing needs to ramp up.…

Prioritize, not pit, hardest-hit states’ needs » Lowell Sun After visiting the new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility for first responders, set up in a Gillette Stadium parking lot, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito provided updates Sunday on the …

Marty Walsh wants Boston residents to wear a face covering. That doesn’t mean a ‘mask.’ » Boston.com To limit the spread of the coronavirus, health experts now say the public should cover their faces, but not with the masks that are actually meant to protect you from getting the disease.…

Baker: drive-thru testing site coming to Eastern States Expo. » Western Mass News Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb as we enter our fourth week of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Health center: 28 Brockton homeless, shelter staff test positive for coronavirus » The Enterprise A total of 28 homeless people, and now also shelter staff, tested positive for the coronavirus at the MainSpring House last week, out of more than 100 people tested, according to the Brockton Neighbor…

Massachusetts Bracing For ‘Fairly Significant Increase’ In Coronavirus Hospitalizations » CBS Boston Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stressed on Monday that people need to continue social distancing measures as the state comes closer to what is expected to be a surge of coronavirus cases.…

Digital tools could speed tracking of coronavirus » Boston Globe Every strategy for releasing COVID-19’s vise-grip on daily life starts with identifying cases and tracing their contacts — the laborious task of public health workers tracking down people who have…

Problems Persist And Death Toll Rises At State-Run Veterans Home In Holyoke » CBS Boston Twenty five military heroes have died during the coronavirus outbreak at the state-run Holyoke Soldiers Home. Even after Governor Charlie Baker brought in the National Guard, pledging a thorough inves…

College students helping identify close contacts of Massachusetts coronavirus patients » WCVB A massive effort is underway in Massachusetts to trace everyone who may have come in contact with the coronavirus, and local college students are playing a big role.…

CVS launches coronavirus rapid-testing site in Lowell today » Boston Herald CVS has launched a new rapid-testing site in Lowell that will now take those who qualify for a free coronavirus test — and results are ready on-site, the company and the Baker administration announc…

Virus notes: Baker cabinet secretary tests positive » Commonwealth Magazine Lauren Baker launches COVID-19 relief fund…

Coronavirus Peak Still Weeks Away In Connecticut, Lamont Says » New England Public Radio The peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Fairfield County is still a few weeks away, according to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.…

Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body's Immune System Might Be To Blame » WBUR It's a strange and tragic pattern in some cases of COVID-19: The patient struggles through the first week of illness, and perhaps even begins to feel a little better.…

Framingham Lab Launches Rapid Test For Telltale Coronavirus Antibodies » WBUR Boston Heart Diagnostics in Framingham normally runs advanced blood tests related to heart disease, but is now launching a test for antibodies that mean a person has had the coronavirus and may be imm…

Charts: 10 US counties with the most coronavirus cases (beyond N.Y. and N.J.) » Boston Globe As New York – the US region with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases – may be seeing cases slightly level off, other areas across the country are seeing rapid increases in the number of …

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting Minority Communities » WBUR We take live coverage of Governor Charlie Baker's daily coronavirus briefing from the State House. Plus, we get analysis from WBUR's Anthony Brooks.…

Use Fort Devens to house COVID-19 patients » Lowell Sun I believe it would be very helpful to utilize the retired military bases throughout the U.S. One in particular would be former Fort Devens military base that is run by Mass Development.…

Public Safety

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center on lockdown after two inmates stabbed » Boston Globe The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley was placed on lockdown Monday after a fight between three inmates left two stabbed and one of those two men hospitalized, state officials said Monda…

Rep. Jones Offers Testimony In Support Of First Responders Bill » North Reading Patch House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is calling for the passage of legislation that will provide emergency hazard health duty pay to police, firefighters and other public safe…

Help retailers, end shoplifters’ ‘no prosecute’ status » Boston Herald There is dawn after the darkness that currently surrounds us amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the resolve to boost our economic recovery must be as strong as that undertaken to conquer COVID-19. To …

State Government

Massachusetts Legislature passes bill to provide immediate relief to municipalities and others during ongoing COVID-19 crisis » Wicked Local Woburn On April 2, Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, Rep. Rich Haggerty, D-Woburn, and Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, D-Lexington, supported a bill that was passed by the Senate and House to provide necessary relief…

Learning from the deadly outbreak in Holyoke » Boston Globe The investigator of the coronavirus tragedy at the veterans home should scrutinize the state’s history of oversight at the facility.…

Baker touts important role of public workers » Lowell Sun Private sector layoffs have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Charlie Baker has offered job reassurances to many of those working in state government – one of the state’s largest …

Audit auditor’s interminable audit reveals » Sentinel & Enterprise Another audit, another delayed disclosure by the state auditor’s office.…

Member of Gov. Charlie Baker's cabinet tests positive for coronavirus » WCVB A member of Gov. Charlie Baker's cabinet has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.…

Keating says president should listen to Baker » Martha's Vineyard Times Congressman supports call for more ventilators; says Joint Base Cape Cod ready to provide additional hospital beds.…

Baker says he plays the hand dealt him » Commonwealth Magazine 'You have to be willing to be nimble,’ he says…

Transportation

Travel Plunges 93% At Boston Logan Airport Amid Coronavirus Outbreak » WBUR As Massachusetts gears up for an expected surge in coronavirus cases, travel in and out of the state through Boston Logan Airport has plummeted.…

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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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