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Must-Reads

“Sickened” DeLeo Wants Legislative Inquiry Into Soldiers' Home » State House News Service DeLeo said in a late afternoon press release that he will recommend to the full House next week that lawmakers create a special legislative oversight committee to conduct its own investigation into th…

Independent report slams handling of coronavirus outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home; witness describes walking the veterans ‘to their death’ » Boston Globe The findings of a scathing independent investigation released Wednesday show that leaders at the home made “utterly baffling” mistakes in responding to a devastating coronavirus outbreak that kill…

RI: Raimondo says R.I. likely to order quarantine for visitors from areas hit hard by coronavirus » Providence Journal The new restrictions Raimondo’s team is drawing up are likely to be similar, but “more stringent” than the new 14-day quarantine rules announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday for tr…

Jobs Bill Surfacing as Formal Sessions Wind Down » State House News Service The governor's bill runs for 87 pages and, because it is a bond bill authorizing capital spending, lawmakers would need to approve it by a roll call vote, which under legislative rules must occur by J…

‘Disruption is exactly what we needed’: College execs talk Covid-19 » Boston Business Journal Higher education has been slow to innovate, and the pandemic has encouraged greater nimbleness and an understanding of how to respond to market forces and deploy technology…

The Electoral College: Trump’s Floodgates are Creaking » Sabato's Crystal Ball Florida, Pennsylvania shift toward Biden, but he’s still shy of the magic number 270 in our ratings…

NY: De Blasio's big budget gamble: Threatening 22,000 city jobs » Politico Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking for some leverage. On Wednesday, he said that if labor unions aren’t able to find $1 billion in savings, the city will be forced to lay off 22,000 workers — a histo…

State Ethics Commission finds reasonable cause to believe DA Joseph Early and former state police colonel violated conflict of interest law in Alli Bibaud arrest report scandal » The Republican On October 16, 2017, Alli Bibaud, who is the daughter of Judge Timothy Bibaud, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. A trooper’s report of the arrest included sexually e…

Background, residence at issue in Somerville race for open House seat » Dig Boston “[Uyterhoeven] clearly was misstating the way she grew up as a working class child of a flight attendant mother that was helped by the union,” Wallace said. “Her mother was a realtor for most of…

Tammy Duckworth Is Battle Tested. Could She Help Joe Biden in His Biggest Mission? » New York Times The Biden campaign is vetting Ms. Duckworth, a senator and a veteran with a compelling life story, as a potential running mate. “I can push back against Trump in a way others can’t,” she says.…

TRUMP’S REELECTION MAY HINGE ON GETTING VOTERS TO HATE JOE BIDEN » Vanity Fair The 2020 race could be decided by double haters—voters who don’t like either candidate, but still feel an obligation to vote. And that’s a sizable part of the electorate.…

K Street may mostly skip political conventions this year » Roll Call Discombobulated from all the uncertainty, the influence sector’s plans, with conventions set to begin in about two months, are totally in flux.…

History Will Judge the Complicit » The Atlantic The point is not to compare Trump to Hitler or Stalin; the point is to compare the experiences of high-ranking members of the American Republican Party, especially those who work most closely with the…

“I am no longer interested in having drip-drop incremental changes,” Mejia said. “This vote is not just about the budget — it is about building a long-term strategy and sending a message and a signal that we will not do business as usual anymore.”

Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia

Speaking about Boston's annual operating budget which was passed by an 8-5 vote Wednesday night. Mejia voted against the budget claiming it lacked necessary structural changes such as reallocating money away from the police and into social services.

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Beltway Politics

Trump Brother Was in ICU Just Before Filing Suit Over Tell-All » The Daily Beast The volley of threats all come during the latest stage of the dynastic drama and brewing legal struggle threatening to consume the Trump family, even as Donald J. Trump continues his fight this year t…

Democrats confirm plans for a nearly all-virtual presidential nominating convention in August » Boston Globe Democrats will hold an almost entirely virtual presidential nominating convention Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee using live broadcasts and online streaming, party officials said Wednesday.…

Business

Chinatown’s restaurants declined first. The neighborhood might be the last to recover. » Boston.com "It won’t be until next year that we will see some sort of bouncing back," said Su Li, owner of Su Su Gourmet.…

City officials to do random inspections in North End after numerous complaints about outdoor dining » Boston Globe The Licensing Board made the announcement during a virtual meeting Wednesday.…

‘No one has navigated something like this before' » Boston Globe The last time I spoke to a group of people face-to-face was on March 10 in Roxbury’s Nubian Square. I worried that I would be a bad guest.…

Licensing board cracks down on North End restaurants that fail to comply with coronavirus restrictions » Boston Herald City inspectors will visit North End restaurants beginning Thursday, a day after the Boston Licensing Board read owners the riot act at a virtual “emergency” hearing in response to dozens of compl…

Trump signs memo to aid US lobster industry » Boston Globe President Donald Trump is directing the Department of Agriculture to provide U.S. lobster fishermen with financial assistance to make up for lost income from Chinese tariffs.…

BPDA chief demands Faneuil Hall Marketplace operator defer tenants’ rent » Boston Globe Boston’s top planning official issued a list of demands to the operator of Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Wednesday, insisting the firm allow struggling small businesses more time to catch up on rent a…

How coronavirus is changing the way car dealerships sell » News 22 WWLP.com Buying a car may be a little easier now, as showrooms across Massachusetts reopen to the public.…

Despite indoor dining reopening, diners still choose outdoor tables » The Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker announced that restaurants could resume outdoor dining with spacing requirements only June 8 and indoor dining, also with spacing requirements, on Monday.…

Pandemic Presents PR Opportunity For Biotech, Says New Report » WBUR The biopharmaceutical industry has an image problem. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, might be an opportunity for the industry to score some much-needed popularity points.…

Landlord sues Boston retailer for $250K in back rent » Boston Business Journal Gazit Horizons Inc. has sued clothing retailer Ann Taylor Loft, claiming it has missed a combined $253,588.31 in rental payments for its Boston store near Faneuil Hall Marketplace.…

On top of the world, Boston-area biotechs focus on how to stay there » Boston Business Journal Even though Cambridge startup Goldfinch Bio is on a mission to discover drugs to treat kidney diseases, nearly a quarter of its staff works not behind a lab bench, but on computers.…

Report: Company Decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Under Criminal Investigation » WBUR Holtec International, a subsidiary of which owns and is decommissioning the inactive nuclear plant in Plymouth, is under criminal investigation, Politico New Jersey reported based on a legal brief fil…

Civil Rights

Mayor Walsh launches fund to address racial inequity » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to unveil a new city-led initiative on Thursday aimed at raising tens of millions of dollars to address racial inequities in Boston amid a national uprising against police …

Crimes

Abuse Allegation Against Former Springfield Bishop 'Unequivocally Credible,' Says Investigator » WAMC A retired state judge hired by the Diocese of Springfield to investigate a claim of sexual abuse by the late Bishop Christopher Weldon issued his report today.…

Education

Report: Early Ed System Needs $690 Mil to Safely Reopen » State House News Service Early education centers and family day care homes in Massachusetts will need an infusion of $690 million over the next five months to successfully reopen and recover from the shutdown caused by the CO…

State guidelines for when Mass. schools reopen: masks, meals in classrooms, no temperature checks » Boston Globe When schools across Massachusetts reopen this fall, it will be unlike the start of any other academic year: Students, starting in the second grade, and all adults will need to wear masks; desks will l…

Boston Public Schools Superintendent will forgo raise and stipend to help fund student fees » Boston Herald Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius will forgo a stipend of up to $10,000 and a 2% raise, proposing instead that the money be used for a special scholarship fund for student fees, a…

Massachusetts rolls out plan for schools to reopen this fall amid coronavirus » Boston Herald Students returning to Massachusetts classrooms this fall will be learning from teachers with masks — the kids will be wearing them, too — with their desks 6 feet apart but with no limits on class …

Boston University Gives PhD Students A Choice: Come Back To Campus Or Lose Your Health Insurance And Salary » WGBH Doctoral students at Boston University could be forced to take a leave of absence and lose their health insurance if they do not comply with new guidelines requiring them to return to campus in the fa…

COVID-19 costs claim additional school funding » Lowell Sun School-funding advocates and the fallout from the state’s coronavirus-created financial plight are on a collision course.…

Masks, But No Temperature Checks: Initial Coronavirus Guidelines Released For Mass. Schools » CBS Boston The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its initial coronavirus guidelines for how schools could reopen this fall.…

Roxbury Prep’s future offers a chance for healing » Boston Globe So why can’t the well-regarded school get any traction on its plans for a new building?…

School aid answers in 30 days, Baker says » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts schools now know more about what they'll need to plan for in the fall, with the release of new reopening guidance from the Baker administration on Thursday.…

State Outlines Plan to Bring Students Back to Schools » State House News Service Allowing hundreds of thousands of K-12 students to resume learning in school buildings this fall will improve educational outcomes, relieve pressure on families and boost supports for the state's most…

Environment

Here’s how Cape Cod National Seashore beaches will change this summer due to COVID-19 » Boston.com The Cape Cod National Seashore is limiting services this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.…

State Expanding Clean Car Rebates to Commercial Fleets » State House News Service Almost exactly one year after announcing it would end the program because of a lack of funding, the Baker administration on Thursday announced that it is now expanding the revived MOR-EV rebate progra…

Federal

COVID, police reforms top Pressley’s agenda » The Bay State Banner In Washington, Ayanna Pressley has filed legislation at a rapid clip during the COVID pandemic and the anti-police-violence protests — bills covering everything from data collection to the qualified…

Gaming

No Poker When Massachusetts Casinos Reopen » Poker News Daily On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the health and safety guidelines for reopening casinos. The main takeaway for our readers: there will be no poker for a while.…

Opinion: Tearing down Christopher Columbus won’t raise up the Mashpee Wampanoag » Boston Globe The Trump administration is trying to take back 321 acres of land that had been put in trust by the Obama administration. Doing so would, in essence, rescind the reservation status needed by the tribe…

Health Care

Judge rules against hospitals in pricing transparency battle » Boston Business Journal A federal court has sided with the Trump administration, backing a rule forcing the nation’s hospitals to fully disclose negotiated prices for health care services. The court's decision is a win for…

What went wrong at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home » Commonwealth Magazine THE WORST DECISION made by the staff at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was to combine some 40 residents of two locked dementia care units – some with COVID-19 and most not – into a single room with …

Independent report on Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19 crisis paints early decisions by Superintendent Bennett Walsh as ‘a catastrophe’ » The Republican A long-awaited independent report probing the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home paints early decisions by suspended Superintendent Bennett Walsh as “catastrophic,” resulting in “…

Attorney for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh claps back at report skewering his leadership during COVID-19 crisis » The Republican An attorney for ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh clapped back at a newly released report that was sharply critical of Walsh’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis at the long-…

'Very Troubling' Holyoke Soldiers' Home Report Elicits Calls For Major Changes At The Facility » New England Public Radio Lawmakers, officials and others weighed in Wednesday on findings of an independent report that said leadership at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home made "substantial errors and failures" in handling a deadly…

Attorney for Holyoke Soldiers' Home superintendent condemns report » Western Mass News A 174-page report was released by the state Wednesday outlining what investigators believe went wrong at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.…

State Report On Holyoke Soldiers' Home Finds 'Utterly Baffling' Management Missteps Exacerbated COVID Outbreak » WBUR The first government report about the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was released Wednesday morning.…

Housing

With few properties on the market, Greater Boston home prices rise again » Boston Globe Home sales throughout Greater Boston fell dramatically again in May as the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on sellers’ willingness to list properties and agents’ ability to show properties. But peop…

Human Services

MY PANDEMIC STORY: HOMELESS IN GREATER BOSTON FOR MONTHS DURING COVID-19 » Dig Boston The whole time, I was constantly looking for housing, but couldn’t find any. I couldn’t afford the first and last month’s rent.…

Judiciary

Massachusetts state courts to reopen in July for limited purposes, most matters will still be handled virtually during coronavirus pandemic » The Republican State courts in Massachusetts will reopen for some purposes next month, according to an updated order issued Wednesday by the Supreme Judicial Court, after months of holding matters virtually during t…

Labor

Editorial: Give your employees paid time off on Election Day » Boston Business Journal In the past week, good news for U.S. immigrants — when the Supreme Court struck down President Trump’s effort to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — was wiped away day…

SCOTUS won’t hear Mass. au pair case: Bills on hill address December appeals court ruling » Gazette Net The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a Massachusetts-based case addressing pay for au pairs, a topic that also remains before state lawmakers as the legislative session winds down.…

Opinion: Living wage needed for human service workers » Commonwealth Magazine THROUGHOUT THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic, we have heralded the selfless heroism of our health care workforce and first responders. The doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, EMTs, firefighters, and…

Jobless claims and depressed economy show damage from virus » Boston Herald The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped only slightly last week, and the economy shrank in the first three months of the year — evidence of the ongoing economic dama…

Cape employers struggle to find summer workers amid visa ban » Cape Cod Times Foreign seasonal workers help keep the Cape’s economy running come summer, when thousands of visitors flood the region to enjoy its sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants.…

Legislative

Hogan helps Mass. House go virtual » Wicked Local Maynard They may not all be able to meet in person, but the 160-member House of Representatives is still able to meet every week in “virtual chambers” via phone and internet.…

Local Government

Boston approves ban on facial surveillance tech » Boston Business Journal The Boston City Council voted unanimously to pass a ban on the government's use of facial surveillance technology in the city, becoming the second large U.S. city - and the first on the East Coast - t…

Springfield state Rep. Bud Williams jumps into Mayor-City Council fray over proposed restoration of Police Commission » The Republican Jumping into a prolonged dispute between Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City Council, state Rep. Bud Williams has urged the mayor to restore the citizen Police Commission or an elected board to overse…

City Raises Pride Flag for the First Time in History » Everett Independent School Committeeman Marcony Almeida Barros has taken to the podium at City and School events – and even state events for the Attorney General’s Office - many times, but none were as intensely pers…

Ayanna Pressley weighs in on Marty Walsh’s proposal to reallocate police funds » Boston.com Rep. Ayanna Pressley says that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposal to reallocate $12 million from the local police overtime budget toward social services is a step in the right direction — but onl…

Boston wins as budget squeaks by council vote » Boston Herald Calls for police reform by way of budget reallocation and massive revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns are on a collision course around the country, but Boston averted a fis…

Amid calls for police reform and fierce debate, Boston City Council passes $3.61 billion budget » Boston Globe The Boston City Council on Wednesday passed a $3.61 billion operating budget for the next fiscal year that will ramp up spending on housing and public health, but it drew vociferous opposition from se…

City Council unanimously approves 'place holder' appropriation to get through July, August » The Herald News The City Council unanimously approved a $24 million appropriation to continue to fund city government through the month of July on Tuesday, although the budget and rate hike for the sewer and water ne…

State Approves Land Swap For New Woburn Fire Headquarters » Brookline Patch The state legislature passed a bill allowing the city to construct a new fire headquarters on what would otherwise be protected land.…

Boston City Council unanimously votes to ban use of face surveillance technology by city government » Boston Globe The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously moved to ban city government use of face surveillance technology, which attempts to identify people by scanning their faces.…

Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera calls for Christopher Columbus statue at Union Station to be removed » The Republican Days after it was vandalized with red paint, Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera is calling for a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the historic Union Station to be removed.…

City budget to include $254K increase for police; reconsideration effort falls short » Worcester Telegram City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.'s $721.8 million fiscal 2021 municipal budget recommendation is about to go into effect without a vote of the City Council.…

Boston City Council passes budget in tight vote » Boston Herald The Boston City Council passed Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual budget on Wednesday in an unusually tight and emotional vote as councilors weighed continued pushes for police reform, the coronavirus cris…

'Defund the police' message comes to Brockton budget hearings » The Enterprise The Brockton Police Department's $27.7 million budget was the subject of calls for defunding during Tuesday night's fiscal 2021 budget hearing.…

Politics

Rep. Ryan Unveils Early Endorsements » Chelsea Record State Representative Dan Ryan has announced early endorsements from elected officials he has worked closely with since assuming office. Attorney General Maura Healey, State Senator Sal DiDomenico and …

Most voters plan to cast ballots in person, poll finds » The Herald News Nearly three-quarters of voters in a past poll said they supported the idea of conducting all voting by mail in the 2020 elections, but as expanded vote-by-mail becomes closer to reality in Massachuse…

LaRose campaign for 2nd Franklin District earns endorsement from New Politics » Athol Daily News The campaign to elect Will LaRose for state representative for the 2nd Franklin District announced it is resuming campaign-related activities following a month of activation with the National Guard to…

Public Health

Low number of Massachusetts Black Lives Matter protesters test positive for coronavirus » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said he’s “pleased” by the “low” number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 after weeks of Massachusetts protests over police brutality and inequality — though he…

Baker Responds To Quarantine For Travelers To New York, Connecticut And New Jersey » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker weighed in on the news that three nearby states are requiring travelers to quarantine.…

Opinion: Coronavirus contact tracing apps aren’t worth the health risk to Black and Latinx people » Boston Globe Concerns of surveillance are only compounded by the lingering question of efficacy: Will the contact tracing apps work for people hardest hit by COVID-19?…

Mass. reports 172 new coronavirus cases, 48 new deaths; key metrics remain low relative to springtime surge » Boston Globe State officials reported Wednesday that the coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts had risen by 48 to 7,938 and that the number of people testing positive for the virus had climbed by 172 to 107,611,…

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…

Massachusetts coronavirus numbers by city and town: Chelsea, Everett and Lynn have highest positive rates » Boston Herald Hard-hit cities and towns in Massachusetts are showing steady improvement in coronavirus cases and testing rates as the state steps further into reopening, weekly public health data shows.…

Hispanic/Latino community account for nearly half of New Bedford coronavirus cases » South Coast Today The city of New Bedford began releasing the ethnic and racial breakdown of its COVID-19 cases this month and like the rest of the country, minorities disproportionately account for the majority of cas…

State Report On Holyoke Soldiers' Home Finds 'Utterly Baffling' Management Missteps Exacerbated COVID Outbreak » WBUR The first government report about the deadly coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was released Wednesday morning.…

Mass. reports 226 new coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths; key reopening metrics linger at lower levels » Boston Globe State officials reported Thursday that the coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts had risen by 25 to 7,963 and that the number of people testing positive for the virus had climbed by 226 to 107,837, …

Massachusetts Among 4 States On Track To Contain Coronavirus, Model Indicates » CBS Boston Massachusetts is one of just four states on track to contain COVID-19, according to research by the non-profit Covid Act Now.…

Public Safety

Electeds struggle with police funding » The Bay State Banner On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker joined state Rep. Russell Holmes in a show of support for legislation that would require certification for police in Massachusetts, a measure widely seen as bringing acco…

Worcester DA slams ethics commission Troopergate allegation » Boston Herald The state Ethics Commission is alleging Worcester DA Joe Early and the onetime head of the state police violated the conflict of interest law by forcing a trooper to scrub “sexually explicit” lang…

Racism rockets past other public priorities in new poll » Sentinel & Enterprise With momentum growing behind efforts to reform policing across Massachusetts, an overwhelming majority of residents support the idea of licensing police and holding cops to a set of professional stand…

Majority of Mass. Residents Back Sweeping Police Reforms, Poll Finds » NBC Boston The poll found support for prohibiting law enforcement from using rubber bullets, tear gas, military-style vehicles and choke holds…

DA, ex-head of State Police probably violated the law by ordering arrest report altered, panel says » Boston Globe The Worcester County district attorney and the former head of the State Police allegedly violated the Massachusetts conflict of interest law when they ordered a trooper to alter the arrest report on a…

Mass. Auditor: Gov. Baker's Policing Bill A Good Start, But Falls Short On Training » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker introduced legislation last week to create a statewide system for certifying and tracking police officers in the state. The proposal followed recent demonstrations…

Commissioner Gross made a big mistake meeting with Bill Barr » Boston Globe The head of the Boston Police Department was had. That’s the most generous way to see last week’s meeting between Commissioner William Gross and US Attorney General William Barr — a meeting Gros…

‘The avatar of cop violence in Boston’: Police captain routinely crosses line, activists say » Boston Globe Outside of Boston’s police commissioner, there may be no officer more widely recognized than Captain John “Jack” Danilecki.…

Poll: 4 out of 5 Bay Staters Say Police Don’t Treat Black People Equally » Suffolk University Survey from Suffolk University/WGBH News/Boston Globe/Mass Live/Statehouse News addresses preferences for policing change & COVID-19 concerns…

Mass. residents view racism as systemic and support sweeping police reforms, new poll shows » Boston Globe The vast majority of Massachusetts residents see racism as a systemic problem, believe police treat Black people differently than everyone else, and support sweeping changes to policing, a new poll fo…

Opinion: It's time for action on police education and training » The Haverhill Gazette The murder of George Floyd, a black man, handcuffed, on the ground, and in custody, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, was reprehensible and senselessly tragic.…

State Finance

House Passes $1.1 Bil Budget to Cover COVID-19 Costs » State House News Service A $1.1 billion budget bill is on its way to the Senate after the House passed the legislation Wednesday and added on an additional $17.5 million in COVID-19 spending.…

House Budget Appears Unlikely by July 1 Deadline » State House News Service Already behind schedule in May, the House adopted emergency rules to govern its operations during the pandemic, including a new target date for Democratic leaders to produce an annual state budget.…

State Government

State’s top veterans official on the way out » Lowell Sun There’s a change in leadership coming to the state’s veterans affairs office, which oversees the soldiers home in Holyoke where one of the nation’s deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 occurred earli…

Opinion: Charlie Baker, Marylou Sudders skate on Holyoke veterans’ scandal » Boston Herald If you’re looking for justice and closure for the families of those 76 veterans who perished of coronavirus at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, you won’t find it in the 174 pages of the special inves…

Report Lays Out Failures, Lack of Oversight at Holyoke Home » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file reform legislation and the possibility of legal action remains on the horizon after the release Wednesday of a scathing report outlining failures, errors, delays and "…

Walsh is fall guy, but it goes way beyond him » Commonwealth Magazine IN HIS 174-PAGE REPORT on the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, Mark Pearlstein and his team paint a portrait of a long-term care facility for veterans that was managed poorly, overseen improperly, and largel…

Seventeenth Annual Commonwealth Heroines of Massachusetts » THE MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN This year, MCSW will hold the Seventeenth Annual Commonwealth Heroines celebration virtually. It is an honor for us to identify extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth and we sought to find w…

Healey: Holyoke Home Failures May Warrant Legal Action » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker plans to introduce a bill Thursday addressing governance of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, after a scathing report outlined failures and delays leading up to the death of 76 veteran re…

Poor information, leadership flaws exacerbated Holyoke Soldiers’ Home crisis » Boston Globe The house of cards that was the COVID-19 plan at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home began toppling with the very first case of the deadly virus, according to a damning state report released Wednesday.…

After Holyoke Soldiers’ Home report shows oversight failures, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defends HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration failed to oversee the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home leadership, including ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary Francisco Urena, but he defended top health officials …

Calls for reform grow after report into Holyoke Soldiers’ Home coronavirus outbreak » Boston Herald Advocates, lawmakers and relatives of loved ones lost to the devastating coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home are pushing the Baker administration for major reforms and are calling for…

Sen. Dean Tran nominates Michelle Dunn, founder of A.E.D. Foundation, as a 'Commonwealth Heroine' » The Gardner News Michelle Dunn, the founder of A.E.D. Foundation Inc. and Alyssa’s Place: Peer Recovery and Resource Center, has been recognized by state officials for her efforts to help others in the community fig…

Vote-by-mail legislation bill awaits compromise on Beacon Hill » Dorchester Reporter Legislation that would give Massachusetts voters more options to participate remotely in the fall primary and general elections is advancing on Beacon Hill this week with House and Senate versions set…

Baker Bill Would Start State Inspections of Soldiers' Home » WBZ Annual state inspections would be required at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home under legislation Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file in the wake of an investigation that laid out a series of missteps the facil…

Taxation

What to know about the 2020 sales tax holiday in Massachusetts » Boston.com Bay Staters will have to wait a bit longer for that tax-free shopping spree — unless they’re willing to drive to New Hampshire.…

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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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