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Safety Rules Will Guide Four-Phase Reopening Approach » State House News Service The four phases to reopen Massachusetts, broadly outlined Monday by an advisory board, would bring businesses back online gradually with additional safety restrictions and would allow officials to rev…

Nonprofits see big drop in fund-raising while demand for services rise » Boston Globe With the absence of galas and fund-raisers, The Boston Foundation’s Grogan suspects there could be consolidation across Boston’s nonprofit sector, which is something his foundation has pushed for …

For hospitals, the coronavirus crisis extends deep into their finances » Boston Globe Massachusetts health care providers already have furloughed thousands of employees, and they’re considering additional cuts as the crisis continues. Nationally, 1.4 million health care workers lost …

OPINION: Why aren't editorial boards screaming: Trump has to go? » CNN By the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974, virtually every major newspaper in America had called for President Richard Nixon's resignation. During the investigation and impeachment of Bill Clinto…

Mitch McConnell Moves to Expand Bill Barr’s Surveillance Powers » Yahoo News Under cover of redressing what President Donald Trump and his allies call the FBI’s “witch hunt” over collusion with the Kremlin, McConnell, via an amendment to the PATRIOT Act, will expressly p…

Adjustments to Paid-Leave Law Being Proposed » State House News Service In an email after 6 p.m. Friday, the Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that it had released a revised set of regulations for the new benefit program, for which a payroll tax is already …

Fauci to warn that reopening U.S. too quickly could lead to ‘needless suffering and death’ » Washington Post Top federal health officials will be grilled at a Senate hearing Tuesday on whether the United States is truly ready to reopen — with Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert,…

The State Wanted Someone With Health Care Experience To Oversee Soldiers' Homes. It Never Happened » WBUR In 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature decided the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes should be overseen by someone with at least five years of health care management experience, so lawmakers creat…

Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Trump's "devastating" failure — and why he's running against a Democrat » Salon RFK's grandson on fighting for "essential workers" and his controversial primary campaign against Sen. Ed Markey…

2,000 Former Justice Officials Demand William Barr Resign Over Michael Flynn Case » HUFFPOST They also call on Congress to formally censure Barr for manipulating the law to do the president’s “personal bidding rather than acting in the public interest.”…

Trump Storms Out Of Coronavirus Briefing After Female Reporters Challenge Him » HUFFPOST The abrupt ending came after Trump told a reporter of Asian descent to “ask China” her question about COVID-19.…

"I have lived in developing countries all over the world. I have never seen a line so long for food as I saw on Tuesday in Chelsea. Hundreds and hundreds of people, in the United States of America in 2020, standing outside waiting for food. The impact that this virus is going to have on lower-income communities, on fragile communities, is going to be one we're going to be confronting for a long, long time to come."

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The disparity in lower income communities while dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.

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Beltway Politics

IS KAMALA HARRIS RUNNING AWAY WITH THE BIDEN VEEPSTAKES? » Vanity Fair Harris’s debate takedown appears to be water under the bridge as Democrats see the California senator emerging as the front-runner.…

Democrats’ $2,000 monthly coronavirus check proposal won’t get past GOP: Economists » Boston Herald A Democratic proposal to send $2,000 a month in direct payments to Americans amid the coronavirus crisis “won’t go anywhere” with a Republican-led Senate and White House — but it could spark n…

Business

Massachusetts businesses closed over coronavirus seek ‘clarity’ on Charlie Baker’s four-phase reopening plan » Boston Herald Some businesses could get the green light to open as early as next week if the state’s coronavirus statistics keep trending down, but Gov. Charlie Baker left many looking for “clarity” as to whi…

New Hampshire reopening could offer preview for Massachusetts of ‘new normal’ » Boston Herald Massachusetts residents wondering how Gov. Charlie Baker’s gradual economic reopening might work can look at their neighbor north for a preview.…

A gravedigger’s to-do list: ‘Burial. Burial. Burial.’ » Boston Globe He’s dug the grave, a rectangular hole in damp ground, taking care to make sure its edges are sharp and true. Surgically precise. A final token of everlasting respect.…

The race is on for PPE in the Mass. business community » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker unveiled new rules on Monday that will require masks and more sanitation in offices and on factory floors, to guard against the spread of COVID-19.…

As small businesses falter, Big Tech lends a hand » Boston Globe For April Teixeira, founder of the Corny Bread Co., March was the cruelest month.…

Boston Delivered $2 Million In Small Business Grants — But Who Received Them? » WGBH Chef Jose Duarte owns and operates three restaurants in the Boston area — including his flagship location, Taranta, in the North End.…

Boston considers street shutdowns to help restaurants » Boston Business Journal Could Boston officials shut down a North End street to vehicles as the city seeks to restart the economy and help businesses get back on their feet? It's one of the ideas under consideration within Ci…

Governor Charlie Baker has ‘hard time’ projecting when basketball might be able to return in Massachusetts » The Republican With the NBA season suspended and most public basketball courts closed state-wide, basketball fans have had little encouraging news over the last few weeks, even as businesses cautiously begin to reop…

Mass. economy to reopen in four phases » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER announced plans on Monday for a cautious reopening of the Massachusetts economy, a process that will happen in phases and could be halted or even reversed if public health indicator…

Unruly customers challenge for struggling Cape Cod businesses » Cape Cod Times Just one day after opening for the season, Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour decided to close its doors to the public after dozens of customers angered by new social distancing protocols berated employees,…

Even With Federal Aid And Other Help, Day Care Providers Unsure Whether They Can Reopen » WBUR The coronavirus pandemic exposed just how fragile child care really is in the United States. Most operate with little financial cushion.…

Ramping up research labs after abrupt shutdown won't be quick » Worcester Telegram When Gov. Charlie Baker announced a stay-at-home order in March and some researchers pivoted their work to COVID-19, many other research laboratories across the state went into a form of hibernation, …

What The Workplace Will Look Like In The Coronavirus Era » CBS Boston Employees wear masks. Workspaces are outlined on the floor and cornered off by caution tape. There are hand sanitizing stations and even the microwaves have changed from a line in the break room to sc…

PillPack competitor debuts in Boston » Boston Business Journal A venture-backed digital pharmacy that has been operating in one of the Covid-19's pandemic epicenters is expanding to Boston.…

PPP forgiveness rules keep changing. Here's what you need to know » Boston Business Journal Thousands of Massachusetts business owners are breathing sighs of relief after being notified that their Paycheck Protection Program applications have been accepted. But the hard part might just be ge…

Crane hit with $1,000 daily fine for violating order » Berkshire Eagle Crane Stationery Co. operated for a second day Monday in violation of conditions set by North Adams' mayor, prompting the city to impose the first of what could be $1,000 daily fines.…

Nearly two months into shutdown, daycare businesses in Springfield struggling financially » News 22 WWLP.com Child care businesses have taken a huge financial hit, not to mention the burden this putting on working parents.…

'Fear factor': What top employers are weighing in the return to work » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts employers should prepare for psychological fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and plan to have a workplace testing strategy, two of the Bay State’s top employers said.…

Restaurateurs lobby Baker to open at full capacity in June » Boston Business Journal A group of roughly 100 Massachusetts restaurant owners and related hospitality businesses is pushing Gov. Charlie Baker to allow the industry to open at full capacity in June.…

Education

With schools and daycares closed, it’s sometimes older siblings who are watching young children » Boston Globe At around 7:30 on a recent morning, Jaliyah Bacchusfelt her mother tugging gently at her shoulder. The 15-year-old Dorchester student lifted a groggy eye and saw the shape of her mom’s face, but say…

Salem State vice president expected to be named new interim president at NSCC » Lynn Daily News Item The right place; the right time. How often do we credit that combination for success in life? For Dr. Nate Bryant, a respected leader in public higher education, the popular idiom can’t be overplaye…

Higher ed commissioner: Coronavirus is bigger than past crises » Boston Business Journal Carlos Santiago has seen a lot of crises during his 40-year career in higher education.…

Gaming

Sanitized dice after each shooter. Temperature checks at the door. How Encore Boston Harbor plans to keep people safe once it reopens. » Boston.com Here’s something you can bet on: When Encore Boston Harbor reopens, gambling inside the Everett casino will be different than in the pre-coronavirus pandemic era.…

MGM Springfield Warns Almost 1,900 Layoffs Possible Amid Pandemic » New England Public Radio The operators of MGM Springfield are warning Massachusetts labor officials they may have to layoff up to almost 1,900 employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Health Care

Editorial: Ventilator glut reveals folly of coronavirus assumptions » Boston Herald Like the fog of war, the ongoing battle the world’s waging against the coronavirus pandemic has produced some unintended consequences.…

Boston sees ‘devastating’ consequences of coronavirus in city nursing homes » Boston Herald The coronavirus has ripped through Boston’s nursing homes with “devastating” effects, Mayor Martin Walsh said Monday as he vowed to keep a close eye on long-term care facilities and other vulner…

Gilead’s virus drug seen in short supply for Americans » Boston Globe The United States will get less than half of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s worldwide donation of 1.5 million vials of its COVID-19 medicine over the next six weeks, which isn’t expected to be enough to t…

Family of resident with COVID-19 stages protest at Amherst nursing home » Gazette Net A growing number of COVID-19 infections of patients and staff at the Center for Extended Care, and questions about whether those who oversee the facility are doing enough to control the outbreak and k…

Massachusetts Lifts Cap On Rates Nursing Homes Can Pay To Fill Empty Shifts » WGBH The commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services has increased the cap by 35 percent across the board and removed the cap altogether for nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) …

Springfield hospital resumes non-emergency surgeries during pandemic; unclear when others in Mass. will follow » The Republican A Springfield hospital has resumed certain non-emergency surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic, but under strict safety procedures set by federal and state health officials.…

Judiciary

Rollins asks SJC to vacate 64 guilty pleas » Commonwealth Magazine SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Rachael Rollins asked the state’s highest court Monday to vacate guilty pleas for 64 defendants who were not provided exculpatory evidence in drug cases.…

Labor

Survey: Essential workers don’t feel safe » Commonwealth Magazine “ESSENTIAL” WORKERS MUST go to work during the coronavirus pandemic — but a majority of these workers do not feel safe at their jobs, according to a new survey.…

Legislative

GOP Trio: Reopen Now, Put Trust in Businesses » State House News Service Several Republican legislators on Tuesday urged Gov. Charlie Baker to not delay the reopening of the economy any longer, expressing frustration that other states around Massachusetts are allowing busi…

Local Government

Mayoral candidate Christine Johnson recommends task force to consider how Gardner will reopen from coronavirus shutdown » The Gardner News Former city councilor and current mayoral candidate Christine Johnson is calling for the establishment of a task force to help the city as it navigates the tricky business of reopening local stores an…

Ware selectmen: ‘Our businesses need to open’ » The Republican Members of the Board of Selectmen here say it is time to allow all businesses to reopen despite concerns over the spread of coronavirus.…

Town of Brookline has furloughed nearly 200 employees amid coronavirus pandemic » The Republican The Town of Brookline announced another round of temporary furloughs on Monday, bringing the number of employees on furlough to 196 during the coronavirus pandemic.…

Politics

Chabot: Ed Markey’s latest coronavirus campaign strategy – free money for voters » Boston Herald You know incumbent U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is in trouble when he’s offering voters free money.…

Political Notes: Senate campaigns head into final week » Cape Cod Times It’s crunch time in the race for state Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable District between Republican James “Jay” McMahon III and Democrat Susan Moran, with one week remaining until the speci…

Marcus’s MA04 Candidate Profile: Jake Auchincloss [OPINION] » WBSM As Congressman Joe Kennedy III runs for the U.S. Senate, the election to fill his seat is a crowded field. The 2020 MA04 race is arguably the most consequential election for Southeastern Massachusetts…

Public Health

Lawmakers Want More Data From DPH on COVID-19 Cases » State House News Service The Senate on Monday approved a bill to step up daily COVID-19 reporting from the Department of Public Health after adding reporting requirements for state-licensed care facilities, gateway cities, an…

GUEST COLUMN: Building a path toward a healthier tomorrow » Wicked Local Cambridge The spread of COVID-19 across the country is obviously a serious threat to our health and wellbeing, and none of us truly knows what "back to normal" is going to look like.…

Trump faces coronavirus at White House as virus testing takes center stage » Boston Herald Testing has taken center stage from the White House to every capitol as the nation slowly reopens the economy — with 9 million tests for the coronavirus already conducted in the U.S.…

States Need to Hire More COVID-19 Contact Tracers » Governing Currently, the country has hired just a fraction of the contact tracers needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus and help the economy return to life. Experts say a national workforce is needed.…

Massachusetts coronavirus death toll now over 5,000 as Gov. Charlie Baker sets plan to begin reopening businesses » The Republican Health officials announced 129 new coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 5,108.…

Feds See 50 Mil Tests Per Month by September » State House News Service Federal health officials expect to ramp up COVID-19 testing capabilities to the point that 40 million to 50 million tests can be conducted per month by September, but Dr. Anthony Fauci classified it a…

Public Safety

Chicopee officials seeing spike in kitchen fire calls » Western Mass News Restaurants and bars are limited to only serving takeout food which is leading to more cooking done at home during the coronavirus pandemic.…

Coalition Presses Baker to Reduce COVID-19 Risks in Prisons » State House News Service Warning that public health precautions are impossible with prisons and jails at their current population levels, a coalition of legal aid and community groups increased their calls Tuesday for the Bak…

State Finance

Coronavirus deaths continue downward trend; Baker requests $1 billion to fight pandemic » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that his office had filed a supplemental budget bill to authorize $1 billion in spending on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.…

State Government

Charlie Baker ‘uncomfortable’ reopening state from coronavirus shutdown » Boston Herald Bowing to pressure from critics and from other states, Gov. Charlie Baker grudgingly unveiled a plan to reopen the state’s economy from its coronavirus shutdown — except it isn’t really a plan.…

Baker hopes to launch phase one of Massachusetts reopening plan ‘around May 18’ » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Monday offered a broad outline of what reopening Massachusetts would look like, warning the process would be gradual and could face heavy revisions should the novel coronavir…

I-Team: Position To Oversee Holyoke, Chelsea Soldiers Homes Never Filled » CBS Boston The veterans who died of COVID-19 at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke are military heroes, including Michelle Rousseau’s grandfather. “I don’t think we received an apology this,” she told WBZ-TV. …

Transportation

Officials seeing increased travel as coronavirus ‘quarantine fatigue’ sets in » Boston Herald It will still be at least a week until Massachusetts starts to reopen the businesses it ordered closed in late March, but residents are starting to get out and about as potential cases of “quarantin…

$159M contract awarded for 2 new South Coast Rail project commuter rail stations and other work » Boston.com The MBTA has awarded a $159 million contract to Skanska DW White JV for work on the South Coast Rail project that includes new commuter rail stations in Freetown and Fall River.…

MBTA Prepares To Increase Service As State Looks To Reopen Businesses » WBUR As the state looks to reopen businesses, the MBTA is also making plans to increase its service.…

Driving, transit ridership show a slight uptick » Commonwealth Magazine EVEN THOUGH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER still has the economy under wraps, traffic on the state’s roadways and at the MBTA picked up slightly last week, adding to confusion about what a reopening is going to…

Pollack floats idea of slowing commuter rail makeover » Commonwealth Magazine TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK on Monday floated the idea of slowing down the planned upgrade of the state’s commuter rail system, given the steep downturn in ridership and the prospect …

T notes: 19 MassDOT workers get pay equity hikes » Commonwealth Magazine A PAY EQUITY REVIEW at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation discovered 19 managers, including one of the top officials at the agency, were not being paid salaries equal to other employees do…

Crowding concerns due to the coronavirus may force MBTA to get ‘creative’ » Boston.com Some transit agencies have moved to implement passenger caps, but Steve Poftak doesn't see the MBTA resorting to those measures.…

Bill designating Angelo Piazza Bridge signed into law » Wicked Local Woburn Rep. Richard Haggerty, D-Woburn, Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, D-Lexington, and Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, announced that legislation officially naming the Salem Street Bridge in Woburn as the Angelo …

Increase in Travel Tied to “Quarantine Fatigue” » State House News Service It will still be at least a week until Massachusetts starts to reopen the businesses it ordered closed in late March, but residents are starting to get out and about more as potential cases of "quaran…

Utilities

Ashland consultant says Eversource pipeline project is unnecessary » The Metro West Daily News Citing a lack of evidence and need, an independent consultant hired by the Select Board has concluded that Eversource’s plan to replace a 3.7-mile natural gas line that runs through Hopkinton and As…

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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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