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Must-Reads

DeLeo, Caucus Agree on Chokehold Ban, Intervention Obligation » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo and the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus agreed to the parameters of a policing reform bill Wednesday that would ban law enforcement's use of chokeholds and create an ind…

OPINION: With clock running out on T fiscal control board, Beacon Hill must act » Boston Globe Lawmakers must agree on a plan to expand and save the best thing that ever happened to the transit system.…

MassBudget Extending Expertise to Movement 4 Black Lives » State House News Service She said the MassBudget staff and board took time last week to reflect on what it means to be antiracist. After committing to the values of antiracism, the group began thinking about how it could shif…

Joe Biden says questions about 1994 crime bill are ‘legitimate’ » Boston Globe Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that questions raised about his support for the 1994 crime bill are “legitimate.” But the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate insisted that people should…

Georgia Betrays Its Voters Again » The New Yorker In many parts of Atlanta, on Tuesday, lines to vote in the state’s primary elections were exceedingly long, and some voting machines were not working.…

On Beacon Hill, board diversity bills remain in committee » Boston Business Journal Increasing diversity requires deliberate action, and public and private boards can set an example of such efforts for other sectors of society, a top Massachusetts House lawmaker says.…

RI: General Assembly to return to State House next week with precautions » Providence Journal After a three-month recess to slow the spread of the coronavirus, House and Senate leaders anticipate a series of votes this week followed by floor sessions next week to vote on a short list of bills,…

Report Suggests Compromise To Speed Sales Tax Collections » State House News Service One of Gov. Charlie Baker's former employers on Wednesday backed half of his proposal to begin collecting sales taxes from certain companies in real-time, or at least on an accelerated basis, but sugg…

Gov. Charlie Baker: 'I Don't Support Defunding The Police' » WGBH "I don't believe in slogans as a general rule, and I certainly don't support the whole concept that we should get out of the business of providing public safety to our communities. I don't support def…

A Boston-Springfield rail service could draw more riders than previously thought » Boston Globe Pollack on Wednesday said ridership may actually be four to five times higher, based on new estimates, with one version of service drawing almost 1,200 riders a day.…

State revises childcare guidelines » Commonwealth Magazine FACING A BACKLASH from parents and childcare providers, state early education officials revised their guidelines governing the reopening of day care centers. But while the new guidelines do help many …

FL: By land, sea, air, Trump supporters vow massive statewide rally Sunday » Frustrated by what they say is inaction by Republican Party of Florida, so-called 'Trumplicans' say they plan to celebrate Flag Day and President Donald Trump’s birthday Sunday with large rallies ac…

America's must reads: The nation studies its flaws » Axios Authors and publishers eagerly await each Wednesday's advance look at the weekly New York Times bestseller list. The list for June 21, which dropped yesterday, is a vivid new snapshot of an America wh…

PAC founded by Colin Kaepernick’s attorney releases scathing video against Ivanka Trump using her dropped commencement speech » Independent The PAC used footage from Ivanka Trump's dropped commencement speech with news footage of protests…

Why the Polls Are Alarming for Donald Trump » The New Yorker Biden’s lead appears to be growing. Two months ago, the R.C.P. poll average showed the former Vice-President leading Trump by 6.3 percentage points nationally. Since Monday, Biden has been ahead by …

“The fact that [Baker] is ready puts pressure on all of the people who normally wouldn’t come and negotiate with the Black and Latino caucus,” Holmes said. “The community needs to know that we heard them and we can pass something quickly. We don’t want this to get tied up in the fight back and forth in the building.”

Representative Russell E. Holmes

Speaking about proposed legislation to sharpen the accountability of the state’s police departments.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Patrick Kennedy’s ties to Iranian exile group becomes campaign issue in South Jersey » Politico Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the husband of New Jersey congressional candidate Amy Kennedy, was paid nearly $60,000 to deliver a speech last year in Albania to a controversial group that opposes …

Opinion: Calling for law and order isn’t fascist » Boston Herald Confronted by a clear and present fascist threat, the staff of The New York Times rose up last week to humiliate and punish quislings in its ranks.…

By chance, Ed Markey was standing in his driveway. ‘Welcome to the compound!’ » Boston Globe On a journalistic whim, without notifying anyone, I took a ride to 7 Townsend Street in Malden. By chance, Senator Edward J. Markey was standing in the driveway.…

Trump dodges police reform as Americans show huge shift in favor of Black Lives Matter » Boston Globe As President Trump called for police to “dominate” protesters and issued vague warnings about violent anarchists in recent days, peaceful activists hung colorful messages of hope on the temporary …

Trump picks Tulsa and June 19 for return of signature campaign rallies » Boston Globe President Donald Trump is planning to hold his first rally of the coronavirus era on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And he says he’s planning more events in Florida, Texas and Arizona as well.…

Facing electoral headwinds, Trump brings back his 2016 team » Boston Herald As anyone who has ever heard him speak knows, President Donald Trump loves to relive 2016.…

Business

Simon Property leans on pandemic to nix deal with rival Taubman » Boston Globe Simon Property Group Inc.’s termination of its $3.6 billion purchase of rival mall owner Taubman Centers Inc. hinges on the coronavirus pandemic.…

Hampden County sheriff, Chicopee mayor distribute face masks, shields to salons, barbershops » The Republican Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and Mayor John Vieau distributed face masks and shields on Wednesday to hairs salon and barbershop owners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.…

AMC Theatres expects to fully open locations by July following financials woes caused by the coronavirus pandemic » The Republican Despite earlier concerns about whether AMC Theatres would be able to survive financially amid the coronavirus pandemic, the popular movie exhibitor announced Tuesday plans to open its roughly 1,000 th…

North End restaurateurs optimistic as city accelerates outdoor seating » Boston Herald Some owners say they are cautiously optimistic after Mayor Martin Walsh said the city is expediting the approval process for outdoor dining permits — but they’d like faster service.…

Financing crunch forces developers to downsize plan for Winthrop Center tower » Boston Globe Millennium Partners trades condos for apartments, but says the 690-foot-high building is still on track to open in 2022.…

Owner of Prime Fitness in Oxford ordered to close gym after operating in defiance of Gov. Charlie Baker’s phased coronavirus reopening plan » The Republican A Central Massachusetts gym owner was ordered to close his business last week after opening his doors in May in defiance of Gov. Charlie Baker’s phased coronavirus reopening plan.…

On tenterhooks, Mass. businesses navigate start of Phase 2 » Boston Business Journal One local firm sees just four workers head to its 4,000-square-foot office. A restaurateur considers keeping the smaller staff levels, seeing an opportunity for efficiency in a crisis and beyond. And …

Consumer prices dropped for a third straight month in May, a first » Boston Globe US consumer prices dropped in May for the third straight month as the coronavirus pandemic pushed the American economy into a recession. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price ind…

Coronavirus canceled this year’s pro.found market in Lancaster, organizers created a website for week-long virtual experience set to launch Thursday morning » The Republican Katherine Norling hasn’t slept much the last two weeks. This year’s pro.found market scheduled to begin Thursday has generated both nerves and excitement.…

Springfield’s promotion of outdoor dining has restaurants excited about opening » The Republican Restaurant owners are excited at the prospect of returning to a new normal amid the pandemic with outside dining being set up in Springfield’s city center.…

Plimoth Plantation staff gears up for reopening » The Metro West Daily News You’ll see a lot of smiling Pilgrims and Wampanoags on Thursday. That’s when Plimoth Plantation reopens to the public after being closed for three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Simon Reopens Several Massachusetts Malls » CBS Boston Simon Property Group is reopening malls in Massachusetts after closing retail properties nationwide back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Boylston Street Four Seasons hotel lays off nearly half its staff » Boston Globe The Four Seasons on Boylston Street, a five-star property with views of the Public Garden and luxury suites starting at around $1,000 a night, let go nearly half its staff last month, citing economic …

More money for owner and employee pay? Experts weigh in on new PPP law » Boston Business Journal The passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act June 5 means that most of the fundamentals of the $649 billion forgivable small-business loan program have changed — and that could mea…

'I Have A Guy In China': Inside The Pandemic Market For Medical Masks » WBUR The YouTube video shows Brian Danza chronicling his victory trip to Boston in April, as he pilots a single-engine aircraft to Logan Airport.…

Millennium Partners cuts residential units from Winthrop Center » Boston Business Journal Millennium Partners is proposing to eliminate 66 residential units from its $1.3 billion Winthrop Center project in downtown Boston after “impacts to the Project, the condominium market, capital mar…

As Reopening Continues, a Not-Quite-Normal Mall Experience Awaits » Boston Magazine A dispatch from the kind-of open CambridgeSide mall.…

Fog Clearing and Some Sun in Cape’s Summer Biz Outlook » State House News Service Cape Cod leaders have observed encouraging signs of economic revival underway as the gradual economic reopening process continues, though they noted during a Thursday conference call that nearly half …

State Putting Up $$$ to Help With Dining, Retail Logistics » State House News Service In recognition of the fact that many cities and towns might have to change the way some public spaces like sidewalks and parking spaces are used in order to accommodate expanded outdoor dining and soc…

Mass. restaurant attracts many outdoor diners after rolling out ‘touchless’ menu » WHDH A Massachusetts restaurant served a healthy wave of outdoor diners on Wednesday after rolling out a new “touchless” menu to guard against the spread of coronavirus.…

Four hotels announce layoffs; a sector struggles to survive » Boston Business Journal Four hotels have disclosed layoffs in the past two days. The Marriott Copley Place Hotel has cut or furloughed 543 positions dating back to March 14, according to layoff notices posted by the state. T…

Cannabis

Google, YouTube block Mass. marijuana PSAs » Boston Business Journal The state's Cannabis Control Commission is appealing the censorship of a handful of public service announcements seeking to inform consumers about the dangers involved in manufacturing cannabis produc…

Civil Rights

King memorial nearly ready for Boston Common as backer begins second effort to honor civil rights leader » Boston Globe Work on a memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, is expected to begin within weeks on the Boston Common, while the project’s founder embarks on a new fund-raising…

Why We March: For Morphic CEO, ‘it requires all of us’ » Boston Business Journal Morphic Therapeutic CEO Praveen Tipirneni was initially uncertain about attending a May 31 protest against police violence: Hundreds of people were converging in Boston during a pandemic, which gave t…

'I want my life to matter' -- Haverhill voices heard at forum on racism » The Eagle Tribune Fearful of losing her rights as an American citizen, Haverhill resident Rosa Corporan, 22, was in tears as she asked for her voice to be heard.…

Crimes

Petition Calls For Hate Crime Charge Against Bus Driver » Brookline Patch A petition is calling for a bus driver from Gill to be charged with a hate crime after police said he tried to hit three people walking on a sidewalk in Greenfield.…

Education

Newburyport schools to set up reopening task force » Newburyport News With the state moving into Phase 2 of Gov. Charlie Baker's plan, the city's public schools are preparing for further guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over the next fe…

Massachusetts schools face uphill battle on reopening guidelines, funding for the fall » Boston Herald Massachusetts schools are facing an uncertain and expensive uphill battle to reopen in the fall, education experts say, with official guidelines for classrooms still yet to be released.…

Students likely to attend school only part time this fall, local officials warn » Boston Globe School officials across Massachusetts are increasingly warning families that students will attend classes in person only part time this fall, as the effort to protect students and staff from the coron…

Classes on weekends, no spring break: Colleges scramble academic schedules for upcoming year » Boston Globe A growing number of New England colleges are shifting their academic schedules for the upcoming year, sending students home for the fall semester before Thanksgiving, canceling spring break, and holdi…

‘I feel terrible about how all this has played out for you’: Gov. Charlie Baker tells Massachusetts high school graduates in state-wide virtual commencement » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker gave the commencement address in a state-wide virtual ceremony for all 668 public and private high schools in Massachusetts on Tuesday night.…

Dorothy Zinberg, a founding member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, dies at 92 » Boston Globe Even when she was in her 90s, her circles of friends and colleagues were constantly growing, and her drive to connect people with one another never subsided. It didn’t take six degrees of separation…

22 Spencer-East Brookfield teachers to get pink slips » Worcester Telegram Amid uncertainty about what a coronavirus-impacted state budget might provide for education next year, Spencer-East Brookfield this week announced it will send non-renewal notices to 22 teachers.…

Berklee College bans Boston cops from restrooms » Boston Herald The president of Berklee College of Music is being slammed for banning police from school buildings after Boston cops were allowed to use the bathrooms hours before protesters ripped up the city.…

Actress Jenny Slate asks Massachusetts high school graduates to vote and to ‘use your voices to make this world a sweeter, more just and safer place’ in virtual ceremony » The Republican Graduating seniors across Massachusetts celebrated with a virtual ceremony Tuesday night, hearing from celebrities, athletes and Gov. Charlie Baker, as traditional commencement ceremonies have been po…

Opinion: Police aren’t needed in schools » Commonwealth Magazine Use of officers undermines educational mission…

Plans for new consolidated school in Mason Square section of Springfield moving forward » The Republican Progress continues to occur on Springfield’s plans for a new consolidated school in the Mason Square area, including the governor’s recent approval of a needed park land transfer.…

UMass Dartmouth chancellor to exit after three years » Boston Business Journal Robert Johnson, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, is leaving the South Coast campus in September after three years in the position. Johnson, who joined UMass Dartmouth in 2017, did not say where he is he…

Environment

Bump in wildlife sightings as Salem quarantines » Wicked Local Salem While the coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on humanity, it has been a boon of sorts to wildlife, an unexpected but welcome silver lining in this bleak time.…

DCR Re-opens Parking at Constitution Beach Last Thursday after a Flurry of Complaints from Neighbors » East Boston Times-Free Press Thurston Street resident Jim Rowan walked out of his home last week to run an errand only to find a car had illegally parked and blocked his driveway. Since Constitution Beach was closed to parking si…

Health Care

Despite pandemic, health care jobs may be lost » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC that has narrowed the focus of the state’s health care system, use of the system overall is down and many physician practices are warning they may have to consolidate or g…

Testing accelerated for coronavirus vaccine developed by Beth Israel, Johnson & Johnson » Boston Globe It’s one of five candidates cited by the Trump administration as most likely to work.…

Moderna’s expedited Covid-19 vaccine trial to test 30,000 » Boston Business Journal Moderna Inc. on Thursday unveiled large-scale, expedited plans to begin the final stage of testing on its Covid-19 vaccine.…

Mass. health-spending target won’t change in 2021 » Boston Globe The state’s benchmark for growth in medical spending will stay at 3.1 percent even as the pandemic depresses non-emergency care.…

Furloughed nurses concerned Mass. hospital money problems will impact care » Health Leaders Hospitals around the Commonwealth are now expanding the type of care they can provide under Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan. But the pandemic has taken a heavy financial toll on many healthcare …

Mass. physician practices face potential closures, consolidations » Boston Business Journal After seeing steep drops in patient visits due to coronavirus, approximately a fifth of physician practices in the state say they could consolidate with other practices, sell to a hospital group, or c…

Close, Sell, Consolidate? Tough Prognosis For Some Massachusetts Health Care Providers » WBUR A year ago, Dr. Kate Atkinson took a big plunge. She borrowed $2 million to open a second branch of Atkinson Family Practice. In March, when Gov. Charlie Baker put all non-urgent care on hold to deal …

Human Services

DiDomenico Leads the Fight to End Deep Poverty » Everett Independent This legislation would provide one-time supplemental assistance to 30,000 Massachusetts families with children who receive Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits and 19,…

Governor Baker tours Greater Boston Food Bank » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will visit the Greater Boston Food Bank in Boston Thursday Tuesday morning which provides food for individuals in need during the coronavirus pande…

Insurance

Connector Asks Feds to Mitigate Health Insurance Risks » State House News Service The uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has created new risks for insurers and policyholders alike, and the Massachusetts Health Connector and other state-based health insurance marketplace…

Judiciary

Appeals Court Judge Plans Return to Superior Court » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker is out with his first judicial nominee in about three months. Baker on Wednesday nominated Judge Edward McDonough, who now serves on the Appeals Court, to return to the Superior Cou…

Gov. Baker nominates Judge Edward McDonough of Longmeadow for return to Superior Court » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated Edward J. McDonough of Longmeadow for a return to the Massachusetts Superior Court as an associate justice.…

Labor

Editorial: Public-sector cuts next cloud on jobs horizon » Boston Herald Flabbergasted labor observers couldn’t believe the news Friday that nationwide, 2.5 million more people were employed in May than in April, a possible indication that the employment market may be po…

Job Losses Sting Usually Stable Health Care Sector » State House News Service Employment in the health care field has dropped nearly 6 percent nationally since February amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with some sectors in Massachusetts experiencing more dramatic declines, according…

1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits » Boston Herald About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with m…

Unemployment fraud is on the rise in Massachusetts » WCVB Unemployment fraud is on the rise in Massachusetts. In the last week, many viewers told us they've received letters from the state saying their unemployment benefits have been approved. The only probl…

Legislative

Taunton Rep. Doherty sworn in, ready to focus on school budgets » Taunton Gazette With formal sessions winding down and the two-year election cycle already underway, two new members joined the Massachusetts Legislature Wednesday, marking the third time Gov. Charlie Baker has sworn …

Rep. Day visits Life Care Center of Stoneham » Wicked Local Stoneham As part of his weekly updates with the assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Stoneham and Winchester, State Rep. Michael S. Day recently toured the Life Care Center of Stoneham.…

Black and Latino Caucus meet with legislative leaders to discuss changes to policing in MA » News 22 WWLP.com We’ve seen protests take place across the state calling for some major changes, and the lawmakers advocating for those changes got the chance to speak with the Governor about amending our existing l…

New Taunton Rep Worried About School Budget Cuts » State House News Service With formal sessions winding down and the two-year election cycle already underway, two new members joined the Massachusetts Legislature Wednesday, marking the third time Gov. Charlie Baker has sworn …

Senate President Spilka Forms Senate Advisory Group on Racial Justice » Framingham Source Senate President Karen E. Spilka has formed a bipartisan Senate Advisory Group on Racial Justice to review and recommend legislation to consider this session.…

Moran Appointed to 3 Senate Committees » Cape Cod Online Newly elected Plymouth Barnstable State Senator Susan Moran has been appointed to three committees.…

Local Government

Our View: Town meetings innovate under stress » The Eagle Tribune If ever there was a time to reconsider how we handle that venerable institution of New England democracy, perhaps this is it.…

Melrose departments prepare to re-open, residents patience with coronavirus protocals appreciated » Wicked Local Melrose Melrosians continue to practice social distancing and obey the city of Melrose’s and the state’s COVID-19 protocols.…

O.B. town hall set at $13.4 million » Martha's Vineyard Times Oak Bluffs voters will once again decide on a new town hall project, this time with a $13,380,344 price tag.…

Springfield won’t open city pools amid coronavirus pandemic » The Republican The city will not be opening pools, Five Mile Pond and youth camps this summer due to the coronavirus, but officials pledged to do their best to provide recreation and relief from the heat.…

Beach rules change for Phase 2 » Gloucester Times As the state moves into the second phase of Gov. Charlie Baker's reopening plan, local public beaches are becoming even more public.…

Boston city councilors call for policing, school reforms » Boston Herald Boston city councilors are calling for reforms to bring racial equity in policing and schools as protests continue across the nation against the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a whi…

Vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed pending a review, Mayor Walsh says » Boston Globe The often-vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston’s North End, found decapitated again Wednesday, might be removed permanently as city officials and residents discuss whether the controv…

Walsh: Boston Playgrounds, Splash Pads Can Reopen June 15 » CBS Boston Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday that city playgrounds and splash pads will open for the summer on June 15 with coronavirus precautions.…

Mayor Walsh says he's open to talks on renaming Faneuil Hall » Boston Business Journal Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he hasn't yet had conversations about renaming Faneuil Hall, but indicatedin his press conference Wednesday that he's willing to discuss the idea, a sharp change from his pa…

Brookline Election: Hamilton, VanScoyoc Win Seats On Select Board » Brookline Patch Early returns collected by volunteers for State Rep. Tommy Vitolo and released on his show on BIG, indicated less than an hour after polls closed that Heather Hamilton held a solid lead and John VanSc…

Brookline To Raise Banner To Support Black Lives Matter: Greene » Brookline Patch Chairman of the Board of Selectman Bernard Greene announced the select board would raise a banner on the lawn outside of Town Hall to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the next couple of days…

Motion over redirecting $4.1M in police funding causes council to explode in anger, accusations » Cambridge Day City officials exploded in anger at each other Wednesday, with the police commissioner and city councillors accusing each other of disrespect and lies over the redirection of some proposed police fund…

Beheading of Columbus statue prompts discussion » Commonwealth Magazine Walsh putting six-foot figure in storage for now…

Someone Beheaded the Christopher Columbus Statue in Boston…Again » Boston Magazine It was only a matter of time before the controversial North End statue got swept up in the moment.…

BOSTON USED FACE RECOGNITION BEFORE. DESPITE POTENTIAL BAN, IT LIKELY WILL AGAIN. » Dig Boston “If the city government acquires face surveillance technology, anyone who attends future protests could be tracked and identified, further threatening our right to rally for justice.”…

Politics

Could crises end Marty Walsh’s reign of mayor? » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is juggling daily multiple crises — ranging from severed statues to pandemics to police — as he nears a re-election race that could draw several significant challengers.…

Mary Foley Bulger, wife of former state Senate president, dies at 84 » Boston Globe Mary Foley Bulger, who was married for 60 years to William M. Bulger, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts system, died Sunday, according to a death not…

Will protesters march into voting booths this year? » Boston Globe Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in every state to protest police brutality, bigotry, and the glacial pace of change in this country. Will they also vote?…

Councilor Gomez to Again Contest Hampden Senate Primary » Western Mass Politics and Insight The Democratic primary ballot in the Greater Springfield area is beginning to look a bit crowded. In addition to races for the Democratic nomination for the US House and Senate, a State Senate contest…

In race for open Kennedy seat, candidates try anything to break through » Boston Globe It’s Massachusetts’s most unwieldy Democratic primary, a rare open seat nestled in a liberal hotbed. And the candidates just want your attention.…

SEIU backs Mermell in 4th District race » WPRI.com Democrat Jesse Mermell has landed the biggest labor union endorsement of the 4th Congressional District primary so far, announcing Wednesday she’s secured the backing of the SEIU Massachusetts State…

Democrat Auchincloss, seeking Kennedy seat, was a registered Republican in 2014 » Boston Globe As a Democrat running for Congress, Jake Auchincloss has touted “progressive" transportation policies. He’s pointed to his endorsement by Progressive Newton when he ran for city council. On his pr…

Walsh goes from shoo-in to hot seat » Commonwealth Magazine IT WAS ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO that Mayor Marty Walsh seemed to be the man for the moment. Holding regular briefings outside Boston City Hall on all things coronavirus, he showed steady leadership and he…

Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary » The Hill Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on Tuesday endorsed Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is mounting a primary challenge to Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).…

Greenfield mayor, other officials endorse Markey for Senate » The Recorder Mayor Roxann Wedegartner and seven other city officials recently announced their endorsement of Ed Markey for re-election to the U.S. Senate.…

Our View: Another sleepy election » The Andover Townsman A vast number of candidates for state Legislature won’t be running for office this fall so much as walking. And our government is poorer for it.…

CANDIDATE FOR PLYMOUTH SELECT BOARD: John T. Mahoney Jr. » Wicked Local Plymouth The point person for the reopening of the Massachusetts economy is Governor Charlie Baker. My colleagues on the Plymouth Select Board stand ready to assist in the reopening in any way we can.…

Public Health

UMass forecast update: COVID-19 deaths nationwide will reach 130,000 by July 4 » The Republican An updated report by a research team headed by a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor forecasts the nation’s COVID-19 death toll will hit 130,000 by July 4.…

Mass. reports 267 new coronavirus cases, 46 new deaths as key metrics continue to fall » Boston Globe State officials reported Wednesday that the death toll from the coronavirus had risen by 46 and that the number of positive tests had climbed by 267, as key metrics continued to suggest that the outbr…

Opioid Overdose Deaths Down 5.7 Percent in First Quarter » State House News Service Twenty-eight fewer people died of opioid overdoses in the first three months of this year compared to the same time period of 2019, according to new state data.…

Focus shifts to racial disparities in the health of mothers as lawmakers respond to coronavirus pandemic, calls for racial justice » The Republican Discussions on racial disparities in maternal mortality rates are gaining traction on Beacon Hill on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic and mounting calls for racial justice during protests against…

UMass team forecasts 130,000 COVID-19 deaths in US by July 4 » Gazette Net The latest projections by a UMass COVID-19 forecasting team predict that 130,000 Americans will have died of the disease by July 4.…

Protests, reopenings cause fears of coronavirus spikes in Massachusetts cities with highest infection rates » Boston Herald Leaders of Massachusetts cities hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic say they’re worried that the reopening of businesses and restaurants coupled with ongoing protests for police reform could cause …

Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined in first three months of 2020, state health officials say » MassLive In the first three months of 2020, opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts continued to steadily decline, health officials said Wednesday, indicating a 5.7% decline compared to the same period…

Massachusetts DPH reports steady decline in Covid-19 testing » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker has set some lofty testing goals for the state but are all of those COVID-19 tests actually being done?…

Late night deals, international holdups, and curious characters: Inside the state’s quest for PPE » Boston Globe In mid-March, as they scrambled to prepare for a coming surge in COVID-19 cases, state officials found themselves in dire need of masks, gowns, gloves, and other personal protective equipment.…

Group pushes Baker on opioid deaths » The Metro West Daily News A Massachusetts-based organization made up of parents who have lost a child to an opioid overdose is starting a campaign to get Gov. Charlie Baker and other governors to order their flags lowered to h…

Public Safety

National Guard moving out of Boston as protests continue » Boston Herald The National Guard, whose Humvees and officers in fatigues have been a steady presence in the city’s streets for more than a week now, is on its way out of Boston.…

Big 3 on board for policing, racism legislation » Commonwealth Magazine BEACON HILL’S top three leaders are all on record now saying they want to pass legislation addressing policing and racism, but the details of what they intend to do are unclear.…

Massachusetts Police Reform Bill Would Require Officers Be Certified, Ban Chokeholds » CBS Boston House leaders are working on legislation for police reform in Massachusetts that could require police officers to be certified and ban chokeholds.…

Protesters call for city to reallocate police funding, remove officers from schools » Boston Globe Hundreds of youths marched from Nubian Square in Roxbury to City Hall Plaza Wednesday, demanding that the city remove police officers from public schools and reallocate 10 percent of the police budget…

Surveillance technology used by police gets fresh scrutiny after nationwide protests, looting » Boston Globe In response to the violence that broke out during some George Floyd protests, the FBI has set up a Web page where people can submit videos and photos. The agency hasn’t said, but some advocates susp…

‘More of a free spirit’ than anarchist, pastor says of Worcester teen arrested for allegedly possessing Molotov cocktails at protest » Boston Globe Two years ago, Vincent Eovacious ushered congregants to their seats at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, the same sanctuary where he was baptized. That same year, he used social media to urge new …

DeLeo, Spilka Attach Immediacy to Policing, Justice Bill » State House News Service House Speaker Robert DeLeo plans to create an "omnibus" piece of legislation before Aug. 1 that's likely to address policing and other equity issues, he said Wednesday as Gov. Charlie Baker made it cl…

‘Cutting the budget doesn’t deal with racism’: Mayor Walsh says slashing police funding isn’t enough to bring change » Boston Globe Under pressure from city councilors and residents to make changes to police funding, Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday said that just cutting the budget won’t answer the call for systemic change in…

Boston police officers’ personal info leaked online » Boston.com Police officials in a number of cities, including Boston, Washington, Atlanta, and New York, have had their personal information shared on social media, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Se…

Marty Walsh not looking to lay off Boston police as he mulls reallocating funds » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he is not looking to lay off cops even as he mulls reallocating funds within the city’s budget and advocates continue their calls to move police money toward social se…

Boston police support the effort to ban facial recognition technology — for now » Boston.com Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says his department does not currently use facial recognition technology, and he plans to keep it that way. At least for now.…

Fireworks complaints in Boston skyrocket by 2,300% during coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald Complaints over fireworks being set off from before dusk to after midnight have skyrocketed in Boston by a staggering 2,300% — rattling many who just want to sleep or fear it’s gunfire.…

A massive group of athletes, including Tom Brady and several Patriots, are voicing support for Ayanna Pressley’s qualified immunity bill » Boston.com In the wake of the recent protests against police brutality, a massive group of sports figures — from Tom Brady to Steve Kerr to Giancarlo Stanton — are speaking out in support of legislation intr…

A longtime effort to license Mass. police officers is gaining support — and lawmakers could take action soon » Boston.com In the years after the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Black boy killed by police in Cleveland in 2014, state Rep. Russell Holmes has pushed for creating a system to license police officers throu…

Baker readies bill to create statewide certification process for police » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo are separately readying legislation to sharpen the accountability of the state’s police departments, including by creating a system to certif…

'We're Tired Of Being Scared': Bostonians Who Have Had Close Encounters With Police Say It's Time For A Change » WBUR At a recent public forum held on Zoom, a group of young men who have had direct contact with Boston police gathered to talk about policing, racism and the path forward.…

Time for standardized police training in Massachusetts? » Commonwealth Magazine IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN that Massachusetts is lacking in its standardization of police training – but there was little urgency on Beacon Hill to do anything about it. Now, the killing of George Floyd…

State Government

HHS Secretary Was Warned Of 'Crisis' At Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Earlier Than Administration Has Said, Documents Suggest » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker has repeatedly said that he and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders first learned about the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home around 9 p.m.…

Brockton legislators split over legalizing online Lottery sales » The Enterprise The city’s legislators are split on the issue of allowing the Massachusetts Lottery to sell tickets online, a measure that could offset significant losses the coronavirus has wrought on the cash-onl…

Healey Advises Stimulus Debit Cards are Legitimate » Cape Cod Online Attorney General Maura Healey has advised residents that prepaid Visa debit cards are legitimate forms of stimulus payment.…

Gov. Charlie Baker stands by timeline for when he learned about coronavirus deaths at Holyoke Soldiers Home as reports question when administration knew » The Republican Dow plunges more than 1,700 points on coronavirus worries Trump's Scottish golf resorts set for major tax bailout MassLive.com logoGov. Charlie Baker stands by timeline for when he learned about coron…

Baker Warns That Reopening Plans Could Change if Infections Rise Again » NECN Governor Charlie Baker went over the changes coming to the state, but explained that their tactics would change if a second surge appeared.…

Taxation

As Massachusetts analysts take stock of economic toll of coronavirus, report makes case for Baker’s sales tax modernization proposal » The Republican A report published Tuesday makes the case for implementing sale tax changes laid out in the governor’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal — filed long before COVID-19 preoccupied state officials — to h…

Transportation

East-West rail facing big hurdles » Commonwealth Magazine State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the proposed rail link running from Boston to Springfield and possibly as far as Pittsfield is so expensive that it can’t be built without signi…

MassDOT Jacks Up East-West Rail Ridership Estimates » State House News Service A passenger rail expansion to western Massachusetts would generate as much as four to five times as much ridership as the initial estimates in a Department of Transportation study that drew swift crit…

East-West Rail Use Estimates Were Way Off, MassDOT Says » New England Public Radio A passenger rail expansion to western Massachusetts would generate as much as four to five times as much ridership as the initial estimates in a Department of Transportation study that drew swift crit…

Senate, House Now In Agreement on $300 Mil Road Program » State House News Service The Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allocate $300 million to a municipal road and bridge maintenance program and create a new, larger board of directors to oversee the MBTA, teeing up …

$5 million grant program aims to create new shared spaces in Massachusetts » WCVB The Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to give away $5 million in grants over 100 days to support a variety of projects aimed at creating spaces that can safely be shared during the COVI…

MassDOT Offering Municipal Grants to Outdoor Dining, Mobility » iBerkshires Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.…

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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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