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

9:00am Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

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2:00pm Boston Globe: The Virus's Tale: A Live Discussion, Zoom Webinar

6:00pm WBUR Town Hall: George Floyd, An American Reckoning, Virtual Event

6:00pm Give Liberty a Hand: MIRA’s Virtual Gala, Zoom

7:00pm Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins on Greater Boston with Jim Braude, WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Brighton

Must-Reads

May Revenue Report Shows State $2.25B Short On Taxes » State House News Service With Massachusetts in the final month of the fiscal year, state budget officials are looking at a balance sheet that shows tax revenues coming in $2.253 billion short of expectations for the year, an …

OPINION: Racial inequity is an economic problem we can solve » Boston Business Journal We need to be willing to take an unflinching look at where discrimination, bias and prejudice exists right here in Boston, and put our voices and our dollars towards change.…

Mass. employer group seeks answers from Baker administration on reopening » Boston Globe Baker’s four-phase plan provided the outlines, a road map of sorts, on May 18. But there remains plenty of room for interpretation. So the business lobbying didn’t slow down. It just entered a new…

'There Is Nothing Easy About Any Of This': Mass. Justices Urge Lawyers, Judges To Root Out Racial Bias In Court » WBUR In a letter to the state's judiciary and the Massachusetts Bar Association, the justices say that expressing sadness and anger is not enough. It urges lawyers and judges to root out conscious and unco…

OPINION: Don’t let labor agreements thwart police accountability » Boston Globe Union agreements too often prevent police departments from firing officers who act violently or inappropriately. Lawmakers of both parties need to take police discipline out of labor negotiations so t…

OPINION: Solidarity, or crowd control? » Boston Globe What does it mean when police officers take a knee? Is it change in the making, or an empty gesture?…

New York Times staffers denounce newspaper for Tom Cotton editorial urging military incursion into U.S. cities » Washington Post In his op-ed, Cotton defended the invocation of the Insurrection Act, claiming that “rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy," with looting that has nothing to do with Floyd’s death…

COVID-19 Nursing Home Audits Show Progress, Concerns » State House News Service More than four dozen nursing homes were flagged for concerning results in at least one category of a COVID-19 audit conducted in late May, the Baker administration announced Wednesday, adding that doz…

RI: Report: R.I. unemployment fund will run dry by Sept., drained by virus-fueled joblessness » The Associated Press (AP) RIPEC’s model suggests the trust fund will be depleted entirely by the end of September and, with high unemployment expected to persist for months, will run a $300-million deficit by the end of the …

Environmental group to spend $200,000 on Democratic primary ads for Senator Markey » Boston Globe Environment Massachusetts, which endorsed Markey early in the race, will purchase the ads through the Environment America Action Fund, the organization’s national super PAC, according to State Direc…

The Veepstakes: Handicapping Biden’s Choices » Sabato's Crystal Ball Harris, Demings leads our list of contenders; Biden is wise to wait on making his pick…

James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution » The Atlantic “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This i…

OPINION: Amidst George Floyd protests, Kamala Harris wants police reform. What took so long? » The Sacramento Bee In the wake of national protests against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, Sen. Kamala Harris is calling for major police reforms. But given her track record of opposing or remaining si…

“It’s been really shocking to see how cavalierly police and other law enforcement have turned to the use of tear gas,” Connolly says in a phone interview, adding, “These chemical agents have been deemed unfit for a battlefield, and I think that should give us reason to really take a hard look at this."

Representative Mike Connolly

Speaking about his bill that would ban the use of tear gas on crowds after authorities fired the substance at protesters in Brockton.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Joe Biden already was under pressure to pick a Black woman running mate. The outrage over George Floyd’s death adds to it » Boston Globe Influential Black political organizers and activists are ramping up pressure on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to select a Black woman as his vice presidential running mate after days of nat…

Business

Not business as usual: Barbershop and hair salons begin limited reopening to the public » South Coast Today It’s appointment only at barbershops and hairdressers across the SouthCoast as a handful of industries have gone back to work as part of Phase 1 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan.…

GE Healthcare exec slated to replace retiring 3M CFO » Boston Business Journal 3M Co. said Wednesday that Chief Financial Officer Nick Gangestad will retire this year and that Monish Patolawala, the CFO of General Electric Co.'s health care business, will become 3M's new top fin…

Houses votes to cap food delivery fees » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE on Wednesday passed a bill that would temporarily cap the fees that delivery services can charge restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.…

As coronavirus cases gradually decline, Mass. is on the verge of opening up more of its economy, Baker says » Boston Globe With progress continuing in the fight against coronavirus, Massachusetts is on the verge of opening up more of its economy and society, Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday.…

To-go cocktails closer to becoming a reality for Massachusetts restaurants sinking from coronavirus closures » Boston Herald The Legislature on Wednesday threw a “life preserver” to Massachusetts’ restaurant industry in the form of a coronavirus relief package that passed the House to let establishments sell cocktails…

Restaurant owners frustrated over new fees from Providence payment company » Boston Globe Alan MacIntosh has done everything he can to keep his restaurant customers happy during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Amazon distribution center might open on busy Dorchester Ave. » Boston Globe Developers say it’s part of an interim plan to redevelop a corner of South Boston, with a 10-year lease for the e-commerce giant.…

Mass. employer group seeks answers from Baker administration on reopening » Boston Globe Business lobbying enters a new phase as state officials refine the details of their four-phase plan.…

Fed expands loan program to potentially include cash-strapped airports, public transit » Boston Business Journal The Federal Reserve Board is dramatically expanding who can access its $500 billion local government debt facility to include some airports, public transit systems, toll systems and utilities.…

Child care in Mass., like other Phase 2 sectors, will look a lot different » Boston Business Journal Child care providers, routinely mentioned as an essential sector in reopening the Massachusetts economy during an ongoing pandemic, could reopen as soon as next week as part of the second in a four-ph…

Mass. breweries, beer gardens, wineries, and distilleries will now open in Phase 2 » Boston.com When the state’s reopening timeline for businesses was first released, breweries, wineries, and distilleries were noticeably absent on the list. But a recently updated version now indicates that bee…

‘It’s a broken window, it’s not a life.’ Damaged businesses choose to amplify Black Lives Matter movement » Boston Globe Damaged businesses are choosing to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement.…

6 Things To Know About Retail Stores Reopening In Mass. » WBUR You will soon be able to go shopping at many retail stores in Massachusetts.…

Coalition Outlines Demands for Next Reopening Stage » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday will announce whether he's ready to move Massachusetts into the next phase of reopening from its COVID-19 lockdown. But before that step is taken, a group of doctors, un…

Civil Rights

Protesters’ rally ends with die-in outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s home » Wicked Local Swampscott People from across the North Shore loaded into more than 100 cars on Wednesday, June 3, and joined a Black Lives Matter rolling rally that started in Beverly, continued through Salem and concluded wit…

Analysis: Springfield, at Its Own Complex Moment, Protests Floyd Killing » Western Mass Politics and Insight A crowd of thousands wedged themselves into relatively narrow Pearl Street between Police Headquarters and the old armory fence that now hems in Springfield Technical Community College. They were ther…

George Floyd protests in Boston: ‘This time is different’ » Boston Herald Hundreds of people on Boston Common peacefully protested Wednesday afternoon in the wake of the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis, as momentum builds for the justice movement and activists …

Thousands attend peaceful ‘Justice for George Floyd’ rally on Boston Common to protest police brutality » Boston Globe Thousands of people — Black, brown, white, young and old — rallied on Boston Common Wednesday in the latest mass demonstration against police brutality since last week’s killing of George Floyd …

Trump’s American Spring » Rolling Stone “If he is re-elected, the country will flip upside down,” says one protester. “It’s going to be this, times 10”…

Surrounded By National Guardsmen, Protesters Speak Out: 'The System Is Working, But Not For Us' » WGBH Standing before a crowd of more than 1,000 protesters spilling out into the Boston Common Wednesday, organizer Matthew Burchfield noted a few significant absences.ccc…

Baker: No intention to discourage protests » The Metro West Daily News Thousands of people congregating night after night to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis poses a risk for the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged on …

Cape Codders of color are 'taking a stand' » Cape Cod Times With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the Cape, Tameeka Reid, of Yarmouth, stayed mostly at home, donning a mask to run to the grocery store for essential items.…

No arrests, no violence after thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators march through Springfield » The Republican As they crested a hill on State Street, an estimated 3,000 Black Lives Matter demonstrators’ collective voices could be heard nearly all the way to their destination in front of the Springfield Poli…

A Conversation with New Bedford Protest Organizer Cristian Romero [OPINION] » WBSM It was just a little over a week ago that the world watched in horror as a handcuffed George Floyd pled for mercy on the concrete while Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin placed his hands in his…

Too Much To Lose: How A 'Very Strategic' Holyoke Protest Delivered Message Without Incident » New England Public Radio Some of the protests across the U.S. in response to police brutality and the killing of George Floyd have played out as organizers intended. Others ended in violence and property destruction.…

“STOP RACISM, NOT MY HEART.” THE SIGNS OF WEDNESDAY’S RALLY AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE. » Dig Boston There are innumerable stories in every movement, even in every protest. While covering the ongoing rallies and vigils around Mass, we’re also keeping an eye on several larger issues related to the k…

HUB PROTESTS CONTINUE, THIS TIME WITH A MASS DIE-IN ON BOSTON COMMON » Dig Boston In Boston’s latest show of solidarity with George Floyd, thousands of demonstrators took to Boston Common Wednesday to continue their condemnation of police violence. Following the planned rally, pr…

Mayor Walsh pledges to make Boston a national leader in battling racism » Boston Globe Drawing on his personal experience in recovery and the “heartbreaking” stories he’s heard from Black city employees amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Boston …

Crimes

Vape Law Seen as Bolstering $10 Bil Illegal Market » State House News Service Responding to the state's Illegal Tobacco Task Force's request for input on how its member agencies should go about enforcing the new law restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, a handful o…

Man allegedly admitted firing shots near Boston police officers during looting in Back Bay, prosecutor says » Boston Globe A Dorchester man charged with the attempted murder of 21 Boston police officers allegedly admitted opening fire early Monday as police responded to looting in the Back Bay, an action he took because h…

Vincent Eovacious, accused of bringing Molotov cocktails to Worcester after peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd ended, now facing federal charges » The Republican Federal officials say an 18-year-old Worcester man is facing charges after making Molotov cocktails and bringing them out after thousands of people peacefully protested police brutality following the …

Education

BU president apologizes for initial letter on racism, sends a second » Boston Globe After Boston University president Robert Brown suffered sharp criticism for a mild e-mail he sent on Monday in response to the recent police killings of Black people and subsequent protests, Brown iss…

Six Harvard graduate schools will hold only online classes this fall » Boston Globe Six of Harvard University’s graduate schools announced on Wednesday that they would be fully online for the upcoming fall semester or through the entire academic year because of fears that social-di…

Fewer students are applying for financial aid for college — a worrying sign about who will show up this fall » Boston Globe Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have failed to complete crucial federal financial aid forms this spring, alarming higher education experts who fear that the coronavirus pandemic w…

Campus Assault Bill Advocates Say Action Needed Now » State House News Service New federal guidelines around responding to incidents of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses underscore the need for state lawmakers to act on the issue, according to advocates.…

Environment

Athletic Activities to Reopen, But With Phased Schedules » State House News Service Outdoor fields, courts, pools and boating facilities could reopen as soon as next week for organized youth and adult sports, but Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said contact sports like basketball, baseball and…

Federal

OPINION: China in no position to criticize America’s problems » Boston Herald Few things bring out the Irish in me more than the Chinese government dunking on the United States of America.…

Rep. Ayanna Pressley on new resolution to combat racism, reaction to President Trump's handling of protests » CBS News Freshman Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley called on Congress to "function as the conscience for our nation" and pass sweeping reforms to combat racially biased policing tactics. Amid nationwide protests …

Markey, Harris, Booker to introduce resolution calling for elimination of qualified immunity » The Hill Three Senate Democrats will introduce a resolution calling for the elimination of so-called qualified immunity for police officers, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced Wednesday.…

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey introduces resolution to abolish legal protections for officers using excessive force » The Republican Amid widespread outrage over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Massachusetts public officials Wednesday called for abolishing a doctrine that protects law enforcement officers from legal con…

John Allen: A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope » Foreign Policy We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.…

Gaming

As Mass. waits out COVID-19, casinos in Conn. are open for business » Boston Globe On the road leading to Foxwoods Resort Casino, a state highway sign flashes a warning: “DON’T GAMBLE W/ HEALTH. AVOID LARGE CROWDS.” But for those who want to gamble with money, Foxwoods is open…

Health Care

Trump administration selects five coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists » Boston Globe The Trump administration has selected five companies as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus, senior officials said, a critical step in the White House’s effort to del…

Hospital changes entrance setup » Martha's Vineyard Times As Martha’s Vineyard Hospital brings back several of its elective procedures, changes are taking place to better facilitate the flow of patients.…

Nursing homes reopen to visitors — with restrictions — after coronavirus pandemic boxed them out » Boston Herald Nursing homes have shut out visitors for 10 weeks in an effort to curb coronavirus cases in hard-hit longterm care facilities. Visitors are now allowed back — with restrictions.…

42% of nursing home residents test positive » Commonwealth Magazine Some facilities still struggling with infection control…

Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce » The New England Journal of Medicine Current efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic aim to slow viral spread and increase testing, protect health care workers from infection, and obtain ventilators and other equipment to prepare for a su…

Human Services

Food insecurity rising in western Mass. amid pandemic » Gazette Net Up to a quarter of all children in western Massachusetts may not know where their next meal will come from, or may not easily be able to get fresh and healthy food, as hardships caused by the COVID-19…

DCF cut off in-person visits in the pandemic. Parents are suing to get them back » Boston Globe A group of parents barred for months from visiting their children in foster care are suing Governor Charlie Baker, arguing his administration has imposed “excessive” restrictions in its bid to blu…

Immigration

Federal immigration office reopens » Commonwealth Magazine THE BOSTON OFFICE of the federal immigration agency that deals with the country’s naturalization process reopened today, 11 weeks after shutting down most in-person services due to the coronavirus p…

Because of the pandemic, the US postponed citizenship ceremonies for months. That could keep thousands from voting in 2020 » CNN Citizenship ceremonies across the United States have become yet another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Judiciary

SJC judges decry racism in criminal justice system » Commonwealth Magazine 'We must do more than express our feelings of sadness and anger'…

Labor

Another 1.9 million Americans sought jobless aid even as layoffs slow » Boston Globe Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the ninth straight decline since applications spiked in mid-March, a sign that the gradual reopening of businesses has slowe…

Legislative

Dems Retake Taunton-Based Mass. House Seat » State House News Service Democrats from Acton and Taunton prevailed in a pair of House special elections Tuesday, flipping one seat blue and holding another to give the party a slight boost to the supermajority it enjoys.…

Local Government

Selectmen, Planning Board unified in their support of local businesses » Daily Times Chronicle Local businesses will have the staunch support of town officials as the economy attempts to come back to life in Burlington.…

In the aftermath of riots and arrests, Brocktonians remain proud of their city » Boston Globe When Luke Janvier heard that other young people in Brockton were planning a peace rally to stand together against racism, he felt a surge of pride in his city — a community he said always shows up f…

Worcester maps plan for outdoor dining » Worcester Telegram As Gov. Charlie Baker's administration prepares for its expected announcement of Phase II of its reopening plan, the city Wednesday rolled out a locally tailored plan to allow outdoor dining and alcoh…

Framingham: Active coronavirus cases falls to under 500 » The Metro West Daily News City officials on Wednesday reported Framingham’s 96th death related to the coronavirus, although the net number of active cases continues to fall.…

A new name for Dudley library » The Bay State Banner Boston Public Library trustees have voted to change the Dudley branch’s name to the “Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.”…

Worcester launches fast-paced outdoor dining approvals for restaurants » Worcester Business Journal The City of Worcester has launched an expedited outdoor dining expansion application process for restaurant owners as part of an executive order signed by City Manager Edward Augustus, the city announ…

Brockton ‘mayhem’ after George Floyd protest was unacceptable: Mayor » Boston Herald The violence and “mayhem” in Brockton Tuesday night after a George Floyd peaceful protest was unacceptable, the city’s mayor said a day after police officers were injured and buildings were dama…

June 22 recommended date for Falmouth town meeting » Cape Cod Times The Falmouth Select Board voted Monday to recommend a town meeting date of June 22 to town Moderator David Vieira.…

Politics

Environmental group to spend $200,000 on Democratic primary ads for Senator Markey » Boston Globe An influential state environmental group plans to spend $200,000 this month on print and digital ads supporting US Senator Edward J. Markey in his primary fight against challenger US Representative Jo…

Ed Markey misses key votes on Trump appointees » Boston Herald Sen. Edward Markey, who has cast himself as a leader in the resistance against President Trump, missed two key votes on controversial Trump appointments, according to roll call tallies.…

63 Massachusetts Republicans Running For State House, Eight For Congress » New Boston Post The list is nearly official. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office has a general idea of who will be running for public office at the state and federal level in Massachusetts this year.…

Democrat Carol Doherty Flips GOP Taunton State Rep. Seat Blue » WBSM The Third Bristol District House District seat in Taunton and Easton is no longer held by a Republican.…

Former Sheriff Michael Bellotti throws his hat in the ring for Norfolk County Treasurer race » Patriot Ledger Former Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti announced he’s seeking another county job: treasurer. Bellotti, a former Quincy state representative, stepped down as the interim president of Quincy C…

Gardner voters narrow mayoral field to Graves and Nicholson » Worcester Telegram Rutland Town Administrator Michael Nicholson and City Councilor Scott J. Graves will face off against each other in a special election later this month after they received the most votes in the specia…

OPINION: At last, Governor Baker takes on Trump » Boston Globe Finally! Republican Governor Charlie Baker absolutely, positively denounced President Trump.…

9 Dems, 2 in GOP make ballot to seek Kennedy’s US House seat » WPRI.com The field is set for the Sept. 1 primary to succeed Congressman Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.…

What have Massachusetts leaders said since George Floyd’s death and the protests started in response? A recap » South Coast Today For days, people across the nation have been taking to the streets to protest George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police and the larger pattern of unarmed black men being killed by law en…

Not Much Competition in This Year’s Legislative Elections » State House News Service All 200 seats in the Massachusetts Legislature are up for re-election this fall, but nearly two-thirds of sitting members are on a glide path toward another term with minimal opposition.…

Public Health

Mass. reports 429 new coronavirus cases, 68 new deaths; UMass model predicts death tally will exceed 8,000 by month’s end » Boston Globe The state reported Wednesday that the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts had risen by 68 and that the number of cases had climbed by 429.…

Town-by-town COVID-19 data in Massachusetts » Boston Globe The Department of Public Health released new town-by-town data for coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the latest set of such data showing how the virus has ravaged individual communities throughout Massa…

Protesting part of ‘absurd times’ as town-by-town rates show coronavirus threat » Boston Herald Protesting amid the coronavirus pandemic is a risky decision that has worried-sick mayors lamenting “we’re living in absurd times” where people are willing to put their lives at risk to march.…

Schmid and Rodrigues, SMAP lobby for free coronavirus testing for farmers » South Coast Today Interest in local produce has grown thanks to COVID-19, according to state Rep Paul Schmid and other local farmers.…

Coronavirus In Mass: 77% Drop In Positive Cases Since Early May » CBS Boston Governor Charlie Baker appeared encouraged Wednesday, by ‘positive trends’ in the state’s fight against Covid-19. There has been a 77% drop in positive cases since early May, but that doesn’t …

Walsh Sees Progress on Virus Stats, Reopening Plans » State House News Service Boston has met "initial benchmarks" for moving forward with an economic reopening, and the city is logging COVID-19 recoveries at two to three times the rate at which new cases are being reported, Bos…

Public Safety

Rollins, Boston police union clash » Commonwealth Magazine PROTESTS OVER THE police killing of George Floyd have exposed a deep divide in the country on race issues. That schism is now playing out within Boston’s law enforcement community.…

An Effort to Curtail the Use of Tear Gas on Protesters Is Underway in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine Amid a larger movement to rein in police violence, a state rep is calling for a ban on the chemical agents.…

Michael Wilk removed from position as Chicopee Police Department spokesperson following controversial social media posts » The Republican Michael Wilk, the longtime public information officer for the Chicopee Police Department, has been removed from his position as a spokesperson after coming under fire for controversial social media po…

Markey seeks end to immunity for police officers in civil suits » Boston Globe US Senator Edward J. Markey joined local Black community leaders Wednesday calling for an end to qualified immunity, the concept that a police officer can be protected from liability for most job-rela…

Boston Police commissioner, clergy say ‘black lives matter’ – and so does the ‘rule of law’ » Boston Herald Boston’s Police Commissioner and several local clergy members spoke side-by-side on Wednesday, flanked by other cops and clergy as they sent out a dual message: Black lives matter — and so does ke…

Massachusetts police union slams Rollins over George Floyd police comments » Boston Herald The state’s largest police union says Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins is using “dangerous rhetoric,” joining the Boston patrolmen’s local in slamming her for her comments about polic…

Editorial: Blasts by DA Rachael Rollins only undermine police » Boston Herald Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins has high praise for the police. Unfortunately, her accolades come only after she has publicly blasted law enforcement officers.…

Soldier, Police Officers In Trouble For Social Media Posts About Protests » CBS Boston While thousands took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a few police officers took to social media with controversial postings.…

Charlie Baker says despite conflicts law enforcement have shown ‘discipline and restraint’ to keep people safe during protests » Boston.com "We cannot and should not stand for the shameful actions of a few that attempt to distract from the important message everyone came together to share.”…

Wrentham police head off caravan at outlet following Boston riots » The Sun Chronicle Local police headed off a caravan of cars at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets after receiving a tip that people in the vehicles “were coming to loot,” Chief Bill McGrath said Wednesday.…

Greater Springfield NAACP criticizes Mayor Domenic Sarno for rescinding plans to participate in ‘town meeting’ that was called in response to George Floyd death » The Republican The Greater Springfield chapter of the NAACP and a grassroots group have criticized Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood for a “last minute cancellation” of participatin…

'It Ain't Over': Thousands Protest Police Brutality On Boston Common » WBUR Word of the news spread quickly through the hundreds of people gathered at Boston Common Wednesday to protest police brutality: Three more officers would face charges in the death of George Floyd.…

How The George Floyd Protests Sparked Debate About — And Among — Law Enforcement In Mass. » WBUR Calls for reforms amid the protests over the death of George Floyd have sparked debate — and some rifts — in the Massachusetts law enforcement community, from police officers to the state attorney…

Pressley Defends Rollins in Dispute with Police Union » State House News Service Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley threw her support behind Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins amid a heated public dispute with a Boston police union, condemning the association as "tearing …

State Government

Ureña demands $265 for expense records » Commonwealth Magazine FRANCISCO URENA, the state secretary of veterans’ services, is demanding $265 to produce one year of his expense records.…

Phase 2 reopening date from Massachusetts coronavirus closures to be announced Saturday » Boston Herald Restaurants, retail stores and other point-of-sale places are on the brink of reopening as coronavirus numbers continue to dwindle, but Gov. Charlie Baker said he won’t be dropping any hints as to t…

Protests, Virus Leave State in “Balancing Act” » State House News Service Thousands of people congregating night after night to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis poses a risk for the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged on …

Baker juggles COVID, Floyd issues » Commonwealth Magazine Won’t announce until Saturday if phase 2 is a go…

Taxation

State tax revenues continued to crater in May » Boston Globe The Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that it collected nearly $1.74 billion in taxes during May, more than 15 percent below what state officials had projected and 13 percent off from the $2 bi…

Transportation

The T again shut stations near protest sites, drawing ire of protesters » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority again shut down transit stations near the sites of demonstrations against police brutality and racism, drawing anger from some riders and advocates who s…

Utilities

Air Permit For Weymouth Gas Project Overturned » State House News Service A federal appeals court vacated an air permit Massachusetts regulators awarded to a controversial natural gas project, ruling Wednesday that the state did not sufficiently assess emissions-reducing te…

AG Questions Role Of Gas In Decarbonization Plans » State House News Service With the state's goal of significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in mind, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday petitioned an arm of the Baker administration to formally assess…

Healey calls for orderly transition away from natural gas » Commonwealth Magazine ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY petitioned the Department of Public Utilities on Thursday to investigate how the state’s natural gas utilities should transition to a future where the fuel they are sel…

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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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