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Baker Seeks $5.25 Billion Interim State Budget » State House News Service With the state's finances in disarray and the COVID-19 pandemic making it extremely difficult to predict the next 12 months, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday filed a $5.25 billion interim spending bill th…

Eric Trump: "Animals" Literally Taking Over Our Cities, Debate "Will Be An Absolute Bloodbath" » Real Clear Politics I promise you. There is no family that will work harder than ours. We will not sleep and I know you won’t sleep. We will win this together. Thank you. God bless you too. You know, we’re going to k…

Matt Gaetz describes himself as ‘single step-parent’ to Nestor Galban » Roll Call (Gaetz) describes how Galban is the brother of an ex-girlfriend of his and that “I sort of feel like a single step-parent at times” and that “I do feel a special kinship with step-parents all ov…

A tale of two schools and the way they teach — or fail to teach — about racism » Boston Globe In Milton, where 70 percent of the middle school’s students are white, some teachers and families say they have long been frustrated by a deep resistance to acknowledging — and talking about — t…

Meet Ed Markey and Joe Kennedy, now more woke » Boston Globe The killing late last month of George Floyd ... also led the two white men competing in Massachusetts’ Democratic Senate primary to recalibrate their campaigns, as they attempt to meet the moment an…

With ‘kung flu,’ ‘thugs,’ and ‘our heritage,’ Trump leans on racial grievance as he reaches for a campaign reset » Washington Post Even at a moment of national reckoning over race and racism, Trump demonstrated the extent to which the final four months of the 2020 election will build on the darker themes of a previous campaign no…

Harris's path on police reform littered with land mines » The Hill Bazelton criticized Harris ahead of the primary for fighting “tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions” that the professor said “had been secured through official misconduct.”…

Longtime congressman from N.Y. tries to avoid an AOC-style upset » Washington Post Two years after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stunned the political establishment and unseated Joseph Crowley, then the fourth-ranked House Democrat, Engel is trying to fend off the same insu…

Hickenlooper stumbles in must-win Senate race for Democrats » Politico He’s also apologized for comments about race, including responding to a question about the Black Lives Matter protests in a recent forum by saying the phrase means "every life matters," echoing a co…

Val Demings Is A Possible VP Pick For Biden, But Her Police Career Gives Some Pause » NPR But amid the nationwide protests over police violence, some activists say an ex-police chief sends the wrong message. Jonathan Alingu, co-director of Central Florida Jobs with Justice, says, "I don't …

Republican dark money groups set sights on taking control of 2020 district maps » The Guardian The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – which held the key to the GOP’s political takeover a decade ago – launched the Right Lines 2020 campaign last September, taglined: “Socialism…

Exclusive poll: Trump voters oppose protests, less police funding » Axios Why it matters: As the president slips behind Joe Biden in national polls, the survey found that Trump voters view the national uprising against George Floyd's killing in a substantially different way…

Baker calls for training bonuses for police amid defunding debate » Boston Globe Tucked into a sweeping police accountability bill Governor Charlie Baker released last week was a proposal that surprised even some law enforcement leaders: a system of one-time bonuses up to $5,000 f…

“We, writ large, paid an enormous price as a state, as a country, and as a globe for not being prepared. And we’re not going to be caught by surprise in the fall,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker said on Friday that he has no plans to stand down or curb his aggressive contact tracing effort or his plan to ramp up testing to roughly seven times the level it is at today.

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Beltway Politics

Trump digs into war chest to battle Biden, slumping poll numbers » Boston Herald Joe Biden raised more money than President Trump in May while the president spent more, digging into his deep coffers to define and attack his Democratic challenger.…

Elizabeth Warren whiffs on veep, misses chance to elevate historic moment » Boston Herald Sen. Elizabeth Warren ducked a chance to take a historic step and endorse a woman of color as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Sunday amidst a national reckoning on race relations.…

Business

On the menu again: indoor dining » Boston Globe Massachusetts takes another step Monday in its gradual reopening of the economy, allowing indoor dining at restaurants for the first time in months amid a string of generally positive signals about th…

Joanne Chang and Christopher MyersUpdated: To Obi. And Yonny. And all the people at the heart of restaurants » Boston Globe They face stakes as high as any job, and gratitude doesn’t come close to defining what we all feel.…

No big rush to eat inside: Restaurateurs, customers cautious about reopening » Gazette Net Restaurants in the state can finally welcome back customers for indoor dining beginning Monday after enduring a months-long ban issued as part of Gov. Charlie Baker's emergency order to slow the sprea…

Watchdogs: Treasury still too secretive on small business loans » Boston Herald The Trump administration has relented to public pressure and pledged to provide more details about which small businesses received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. But governmen…

Step 2 of Phase 2 starts today. Here’s a list of what can reopen » Boston Globe Massachusetts can enter Step 2 of the second reopening phase on Monday, meaning that some services that have been out of business for months due to the coronavirus can begin welcoming customers back.…

Tech after COVID-19: What comes next? » Boston Globe The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to find new — or renewed — uses for all our familiar technologies in order to maintain something of our old normal lives. It has also forced the country to conf…

Opinion: Apprenticeships can also work in white-collar professions » Commonwealth Magazine FOR GENERATIONS, Massachusetts industries have used apprenticeships to develop young talent and build expertise in demanding blue-collar fields, often working hand-in-hand with government agencies.…

Massachusetts ‘Step 2’ reopening should alleviate some ‘restlessness’, expert says » Boston Herald Massachusetts will allow indoor dining and select beauty services to reopen Monday with restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, a move that should alleviate some “pent up demand and restlessness…

Another step: Indoor dining resumes Monday » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS WILL TAKE another significant reopening step on Monday, with the Baker administration allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining, retailers to open dressing rooms by appointment only, n…

A quarter of Mass. restaurants may close for good because of COVID-19 » Boston Globe The coronavirus pandemic could wipe out roughly one quarter of the state’s restaurants, according to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.…

Coronavirus impact: With no students, small college towns like Amherst worry over future » The Republican What happens to a college town when the students disappear? Ithaca, a small upstate New York city nearby gorges and vineyards, is finding out.…

Shaw’s, Star Market parent company heads to IPO » Boston Globe Massachusetts shoppers are spending much more than normal at Shaw’s and Star Market these days. They’ll soon be able to buy up shares in the company, too.…

Local gym files lawsuit against Gov. Baker for COVID-19 closure » Lowell Sun While most people are celebrating July Fourth weekend, Gym World Inc. CEO David Dos Santos says he will be working to get the gyms he owns and operates ready for their tentative July 6 reopening date.…

Indoor Dining Resumes as Massachusetts Enters ‘Phase 2, Step 2' of Reopening » NBC Boston Three months after shuttering their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants in Massachusetts are being allowed to reopen Monday as the state continues to ease restrictions as it seeks to sa…

GE names Deloitte as new auditor, replacing KPMG after a century » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. will replace KPMG LLP as its auditor after announcing Monday morning that its audit committee has selected another Big Four accounting firm, Deloitte, for its next fiscal year.…

Nonprofits Face Toxic Combo: Rising Demand, Falling Revenue » State House News Service Massachusetts nonprofits reported losing more than $8.6 billion in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than half said in a recent survey that they've made reductions to their workforce…

Boston to Host Sessions to Help Businesses Navigate Reopening » NBC Boston The city of Boston will host a series of industry-specific webinars for business owners starting Monday to help them navigate the reopening process.…

Letter: Corporate practices do a number on communities of color » Boston Globe Shirley Leung is certainly right in her commentary “Corporate world must step up on racial equity” (Page A1, June 17), but her proposals — mainly to reform hiring practices, even at the highest …

Cannabis

Russell mill destroyed in massive fire was to be developed into cannabis facility » The Republican Pittsfield businessman Jacob Trudeau purchased the long-vacant Strathmore Mill building in the hopes of opening a cannabis facility there, but on Friday his dream went up in smoke.…

Civil Rights

Cyr to join June 27 high school protest and voter event » Wicked Local Truro Two high school students who recently organized a Black Lives Matter protest on Main Street, Andrew Juan and Amanda DaCruz, have teamed up with state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, to organize another Blac…

Black men, clergy renew calls for racial justice, equality on Father’s Day » Boston Globe Dozens of Black men and religious leaders from across Boston spoke out on Father’s Day, adding their voices to nationwide demands for racial justice and healing of Black lives traumatized by police …

The new civil rights movement » Commonwealth Magazine MONICA CANNON-GRANT ORGANIZED the largest Boston demonstration to date against police brutality toward blacks, a march that drew tens of thousands of people to Franklin Park earlier this month.…

Crimes

Report on sexual abuse allegations against late Springfield Bishop Christopher Weldon could prove pivotal » The Republican A soon-to-be-released report nearly a year in the making could shed light on decades of sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and forever change how one of its most influ…

Education

Allegations of systemic racism roil Boston Conservatory » Boston Globe Students and alumni of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee are calling out what they say is a longstanding culture of systemic racism at the school, and a white professor has resigned amid allegations …

Massachusetts parent group pushes Charlie Baker to get students back to school this fall » Boston Herald A parent group worried about worsening achievement gaps and increasing psychological strain on children forced out of schools by the coronavirus pandemic is pushing Gov. Charlie Baker and state educat…

Opinion: Let’s not forget about afterschool programs » Commonwealth Magazine “I MISS MY FRIENDS.” “Sometimes my teacher doesn’t see me when I raise my hand.” “Coronavirus makes me sad.” “When this is over, I hope I can go with Mom to a store."…

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: All eyes on city's schools budget » Berkshire Eagle As the end of the fiscal year nears, the only budget yet to receive preliminary approval is the $65.1 million spending proposal for Pittsfield Public Schools.…

Extra year of high school effort takes root » Boston Globe As uncertainty looms over the reopening of universities, a new program is offering Boston’s graduating seniors a critical extra year of preparation before they dive in fully to college.…

After 14 Years And Another Budget Cut, A School Librarian Says Goodbye » WBUR The end of the school year is a natural moment for farewells. But for Maura O'Toole — a library paraprofessional leaving the Boston Public Schools after 14 years — the departure feels premature.…

Black students, alumni go public with painful racism at prestigious prep schools » Boston Globe Echoes of the nationwide reckoning on racism can now be heard among current students and recent graduates of the country’s most elite prep schools.…

Laid-off Weymouth teachers to be rehired » Wicked Local Weymouth Town Council’s recent approval of a $175.5 million municipal operating budget will permit school officials to rehire 112 educators who were temporarily laid off, according to Superintendent Jennifer…

One-In-Five Peabody Parents Rate Remote Learning Unsatisfactory » Brookline Patch But about two-thirds of respondents to the survey gave remote learning passing grades, which was better than officials expected.…

UMass Boston to rely on remote learning for fall semester » Boston Business Journal The decision was made “out of respect for the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff – as well as the surrounding communities to which they commute every day,” interim chancellor K…

Environment

Demolition dust one more Chelsea burden » Commonwealth Magazine TONY HERNANDEZ was sound asleep when his wife woke him up at around 1 a.m. on May 30 and told him to come outside. He got out of bed, went out the door, and saw dust drifting down from the sky and set…

Something New to Worry About: Really Big Jellyfish Have Been Spotted at Mass. Beaches » Boston Magazine The Lion's Mane jellyfish is the largest known species of jelly.…

Federal

The Unmasking of America: How the Trump Administration’s Negligence Deprived Healthcare Workers of N95 Masks in a Pandemic » Rolling Stone Months of clear warnings were ignored, and frontline caregivers battling COVID-19 are paying with their lives…

Health Care

‘They just dumped him like trash’: Nursing homes evict vulnerable residents » Boston Globe On a chilly afternoon in April, Los Angeles police found an old, disoriented man crumpled on a Koreatown sidewalk.…

Sens. Karen Spilka and Cindy Friedman: Telehealth is working, let’s keep it that way » Commonwealth Magazine TELEHEALTH REFERS to health care services that are provided remotely, typically through videoconference or phone call. It offers a convenient way for patients to access care and consult with a doctor …

‘It’s like pulling teeth’: There’s still a PPE shortage — and a second wave could send medical workers into crisis mode » Boston Globe In Milton, doctors wear construction goggles and masks they bought themselves. In Brighton, clinicians have been forced to re-use dirty gowns. And in Milford, a hospital resorted to begging its Facebo…

Another temporary CEO of the Mass. Life Sciences Center is named » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is under new interim leadership for the second time in six months as the search for a new president and CEO for the agency continues.…

Human Services

Vast federal aid has capped rise in poverty, studies find » Boston Globe An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year when the coronavirus sent unemployment to the highest level since the Great Depression, two…

Immigration

Trump’s new visa restrictions could affect 240,000 people » Boston Globe President Trump’s plan to restrict employment-based visas could affect 240,000 people seeking to work in the United States in industries from technology to finance to hospitality.…

Labor

Bath Iron Works shipbuilders vote to strike » Boston Globe Production workers at one of the Navy’s largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting Bath Iron Works’ three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery o…

Nursing Homes Struggle As Staff Choose Unemployment Checks Over Paychecks » WBUR Shanna LaFountain has been a nursing assistant in New England for 20 years. About two months ago, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, she stopped working.…

Seven Hills Foundation wants pandemic raises to become permanent » Worcester Telegram Seven Hills Foundation and its affiliates are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to make permanent the raises given to human services direct support professionals during…

Mass. jobless rate saw little change in May, as national rate fell » Boston Business Journal The unemployment rate in Massachusetts rose slightly in May to 16.3%, even as the national rate fell that month.…

Local Government

Brookline investigation highlights vote-by-mail issues » Gloucester Times Brookline Select Board Chair Bernard Greene didn't receive his mail-in ballot in time for the town's recent municipal election. So, he went to town hall and voted in person and then his mailed ballot …

Somerville To Host Rep. Pressley, D.a. Rawlins, & Regional Leaders For Panel Discussion On June 23 » Brookline Patch The one-hour discussion will focus on how structural racism impacts health, public safety, education, jobs, housing, and other aspects.…

Easthampton residents aim to keep mayor, chief focused on policing issue » Gazette Net A small, committed group of residents used the public speaking time at the Easthampton City Council's meeting Wednesday to call for significant changes to policing in the city and beyond, as well as f…

Pelham Town Meeting will take up $4.65M budget, renaming Board of Selectmen » Gazette Net Pelham residents will make decisions on a $4.65 million town budget, formally giving the top policy board a gender-neutral name, and streamlining participation in an energy aggregation program when an…

Marty Walsh warns of ‘prolonged recession’ in Boston due to coronavirus » Boston Herald Mayor Martin Walsh is warning that the “uncertainty and the unpredictability” of the coronavirus pandemic could result in prolonged financial woes for the city as he grapples with budget cuts and …

LETTER: Bet your life to attend town meeting? » Newburyport News I was saddened to see that our selectmen scheduled the Salisbury Town Meeting indoors on Monday, June 22, during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Examining A Mayoral Apology After 'Slap In The Face' To Springfield's Black Community » New England Public Radio This week, after pressure from many city councilors and some in the community, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno once again suspended five officers who are indicted on perjury charges.…

Black Lives Matter sign sparks complaint, then support » Cape Cod Times The removal Friday of a Black Lives Matter sign outside a dog boutique in Mashpee Commons sparked immediate reaction on social media.…

LETTER: Yarmouth selectmen's hands-off approach irresponsible » Cape Cod Times On June 18, it was reported that the Yarmouth selectmen decided to spit into the wind, throw their hands up in the air and abandon their responsibility to monitor and enforce Gov. Charlie Baker’s ru…

Plainville postpones Town Meeting until July, plans drive-in style format » Wicked Local Plainville Decision making on the town’s budget and other items, which was to have taken place at a Town Meeting this week, will now happen in July instead. And it will be undertaken in a far from traditional …

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno calls for supercharged fines for illegal fireworks » The Republican Mayor Domenic Sarno wants to supercharge fines for fireworks possession in an attempt to quell what authorities are calling an epidemic of disturbances and fire issues.…

Nahant election a close call » Lynn Daily News Item Election results Saturday night announced Eugene Canty as the unofficial winner of Nahant’s vacant Board of Selectmen seat. Although official numbers will be finalized at the beginning of next week…

Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King files order to reconsider fiscal 2021 budget following resident demands to divert police funding » The Republican Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King has filed an order for the council to reconsider the fiscal 2021 budget, which was just approved days ago despite demands from dozens of residents to reallocate…

They do: Swansea, Somerset clerks say marriage license requests are up amid pandemic » The Herald News Swansea and Somerset boast two of the most popular town clerk offices in the commonwealth this spring.…

Politics

A durable democracy? It’s not debatable » Boston Globe It was a scene straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Sort of. Hardy New Englanders assembled to exercise the purest form of democracy. Lawyers, painters, mechanics, beauticians, civil servants, …

Dracut candidates to debate Monday night » Lowell Sun As the town’s election next week approaches and a somewhat nontraditional campaign season draws to a close, local residents will have the opportunity to hear from candidates for the Board of Selectm…

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Spicer comes out for Kennedy in U.S. Senate race » The Metro West Daily News In a message posted to U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III's Twitter account, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer said Massachusetts needs "a U.S. Senator who is going to lead the way."…

Public Health

Despite positive trends, Baker stays course on tracing, testing » Commonwealth Magazine DESPITE VERY POSITIVE NEWS on the COVID-19 front, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Friday that he has no plans to stand down or curb his aggressive contact tracing effort or his plan to ramp up testing to r…

Infectious Disease Expert Weighs In On The State's Latest Phase Of Reopening » WBUR Massachusetts restaurants can resume indoor dining today for the first time in months — as rates of COVID-19 infection continued trending downward over the weekend.…

Step Inside But Bring A Mask: Indoor Dining, Nail Salons And Other Businesses Reopen » WBUR Starting Monday, businesses considered "close contact personal services" — such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists and tanning salons — will be allowed to reopen with restrictions.…

Some fear coronavirus surge with influx of summer visitors » Taunton Gazette Tourists are surging back to Cape Cod and with them come money, beach toys, traffic — and the coronavirus? According to Dr. Vanessa Kerry, director of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Pu…

Massachusetts health officials report 30 new coronavirus deaths Sunday, 125 new COVID-19 cases as second step of Phase 2 reopening plan begins Monday » The Republican Health officials in Massachusetts announced 30 new coronavirus deaths Sunday, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,858 since the pandemic began.…

Report: COVID-19 hits blacks, Hispanics harder » Commonwealth Magazine A BAKER ADMINISTRATION advisory group released new data on Friday indicating the impact of COVID-19, including fatalities, is falling disproportionately on blacks and Hispanics.…

MA Is Beating The Virus, But Another 1,000 Deaths Still Expected » Brookline Patch Although the state's caseload is shrinking, the disease has yet to run its course, health experts say.…

Mass. Has Lowest COVID-19 Transmission Rate In The Country, According To Website That Tracks Virus' Spread » WBUR Massachusetts now has the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate of any state in the country, according to a website that has been compiling state data and tracking transmission trends.…

Public Safety

WHY MASSACHUSETTS COPS AREN’T FEATURED IN THE USA TODAY MISCONDUCT DATABASE » Dig Boston For anybody trying to get public information on police in Mass, there are several stumbling blocks, any number of which stymied USA Today.…

‘I’m not a Black man that is going to be silent’: Boston Police Commissioner William Gross defends meeting with U.S. AG Barr » Boston.com Days after a meeting with U.S. Attorney General William Barr drew criticism from area politicians and public officials, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross defended the decision to meet with Barr…

T&G pushes release of withheld police records in Worcester » Worcester Telegram As city officials publicly decry systemic racism and talk reform in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, they continue to fight the Telegram & Gazette in court over the release of police di…

Brockton mayor signs police reform pledge, commits to dismantling systemic racism » The Enterprise The city's mayor has committed to a nationwide pledge to examine and reform police policies with the goal of creating equality for all.…

City of Worcester’s 100 highest wage earners in 2019 went to 90 police officers, 2 firefighters and only 3 women, according to newly released data » The Republican As dozens of residents repeatedly called in to Worcester City Council meetings this month, demanding the council not increase the police department’s budget for fiscal 2021, a few residents noted th…

MBTA transit officer resigned while under investigation for excessive force on Black man » Boston Globe An MBTA transit police officer resigned and his supervisor was disciplined late last month after surveillance video emerged of the officer allegedly dragging a Black man off a bus, kneeling on his bac…

Police officers could receive up to $5K in training bonuses under a bill filed by Gov. Baker. Here’s what to know. » Boston.com The incentives are included in a bill filed last week that would create a statewide police certification system.…

State Finance

State House Roundup: Pandemic shadows typically tardy state budget » Worcester Telegram When 2020 dawned, nobody expected that the major issues facing the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker at the summer solstice would be solving for the sudden evaporation of tax revenue, tackling police…

State likely to allocate less money for road, bridge repairs » Lowell Sun House leaders are preparing a $1.1 billion spending bill to cover COVID-19 response costs while also walking back their earlier support for an increase in road and bridge maintenance funding amid stal…

State Government

Massachusetts House & Senate Members File Legislation To Make Juneteenth a State Holiday » Framingham Source Representatives Bud Willams (D-Springfield), Chynah Tyler (D-Boston), Maria Robinson (D-Framingham), and Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), along with Senators Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jama…

State ‘price-gouging’ out-of-state campers » Commonwealth Magazine THE COVID-19 CANCELLATION of all campground reservations at Massachusetts state parks and then the restart of the season July 1 isn’t sitting well with out-of-state visitors who had been planning va…

Opinion: Governor’s COVID-19 orders are unconstitutional » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE UNDOUBTEDLY well-intentioned, Gov. Charlie Baker’s orders purporting to regulate Massachusetts businesses and individuals in response to COVID-19 are unconstitutional, unscientific, and destru…

Taxation

Opinion: Taxpayers beware – Beacon Hill Dems seek revenue » Boston Herald Democrats toeing the party line call it “the need for more revenue,” and make no mistake about it, they will exhaust every avenue to find more “revenue” to keep the state’s budget afloat, be…

Transportation

Huge Mass. Pike project in Allston is due for a crucial update today » Boston Globe The biggest Boston highway project in a generation could veer in yet a new direction or even make a U-turn, after the latest plan to squeeze 12 lanes of traffic into a narrow strip of land along the C…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/22

Birthdays: Rep. Kay Khan

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

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

2:00pm ABL Progressive Power Hour with Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Via Zoom - registration required

Tuesday - 6/23

8:30am Boston Business Journal presents The Future of Higher Education, Online - registration required

10:30am Somerville to Host Congresswoman Pressley, D.A. Rollins, & Regional Leaders for Panel Discussion on Structural Racism, Zoom, youtube.com/SomervilleCity, and Somerville City Cable TV (RCN 613 and 13, Comcast 22)

12:00pm "Ask the AG" with Attorney General Maura Healey on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or wgbhnews.org

1:00pm House Committee on COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Efforts, Commonwealth Resilience and Recovery Special Committee Meeting

6:00pm WBUR Town Hall: COVID-19 And The Presidential Election, Virtual Event

Wednesday - 6/24

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

Thursday - 6/25

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm On the Road with the Community Colleges: Driving the Economic Recovery, Via Zoom - registration required

1:00pm The Boston Globe: Images Of Protests: What Will Be In The Archives Of The Future?, Zoom Webinar

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Friday - 6/26

Birthdays: Rep. Nicholas Boldyga, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Rep. William Straus

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

12:00pm "Ask the Mayor" with Mayor Marty Walsh on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or wgbhnews.org

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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