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Beacon Hill leaders reach accord on freezing unemployment insurance rates, exempting PPP taxes » Boston Globe The new legislative package, announced by Beacon Hill leaders on Monday, also would exempt thousands of small businesses from being taxed on any forgiven loans they received last year through the fede…

Crisis Recovery Spending Sharply Reduced in Baker's HED Budget » State House News Service As Massachusetts looks to solidify its economic recovery, Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2022 budget reduces spending in his housing and economic development secretariat by nearly 20 percent.…

Child tax credit expansion sets up showdown with GOP » AP News “When it’s up for renewal, Republicans will be in the awkward position of opposing payments to families delivered through a credit that they pioneered, and championed as recently as 2017,”…

Will Kyrsten Sinema Change Her Mind? » The Atlantic The Arizona Democrat’s stand in favor of the filibuster has made her the most enigmatic member of the Senate.…

FL: Democrats blast state GOP plans to use stimulus for corporate tax breaks » The Palm Beach Post Congressional Democrats on Monday slammed Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, for proposing that a portion of the state's allotted federal stimulus dollars be used t…

NJ: Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski is hit with two congressional ethics complaints following Insider's report that he didn't disclose dozens of stock trades » Business Insider A pair of nonprofit watchdog organizations on Monday filed separate congressional ethics complaints against Rep. Tom Malinowski, a New Jersey Democrat, following revelations by Insider that the congre…

NY: New York AG names legal team to lead Cuomo probe » Politico A former U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York and an employment discrimination attorney will be leading an investigation into accusations of harassment against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

Massachusetts is a leader in vaccinating Black residents, but advocates say stats belie equity ‘problem’ » Boston Herald Massachusetts is outperforming most other states when it comes to getting shots into the arms of Black residents, reports show, but equity advocates say statistics don’t tell the whole story.…

Offshore wind project off Martha’s Vineyard nears approval » Boston Globe Advocates of renewable energy and lawmakers lauded the report, but commercial fishing groups reiterated their opposition to the plan for the wind farm, saying the federal government has not addressed …

Massachusetts police departments see ‘pretty depressing’ decline in potential new recruits » The Republican Black Lives Matter activism that has helped shine a spotlight on police misconduct, the COVID-19 pandemic, controversy and an increasingly cynical public are combining to drive down recruiting numbers…

“When it’s up for renewal, Republicans will be in the awkward position of opposing payments to families delivered through a credit that they pioneered, and championed as recently as 2017,” said Samuel Hammond. “No Republican wants to run on taking money away from families of any income,”

Samuel Hammond, director of poverty and welfare policy at the Niskanen Center.

The expanded benefits in the relief plan set up a precedent that could put Republicans on defense on the issue. The Biden plan expires after a year, creating a fiscal cliff for child poverty during an election year.

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Beltway Politics

Biden, House Democrats take different paths on GOP extremes » Boston Globe As Democrats in Congress look ahead to the 2022 midterms, they’re hoping a few images stick in voters’ minds.…

Battenfeld: Joe Biden can’t handle a press conference – where is the outrage? » Boston Herald Nearly seven weeks and counting and President Biden has yet to stand before America and take repeated questions from the media.…

Business

State grant to fund program to help Leominster’s Latino business community » Leominster Champion A program to help Leominster’s Latino business community is among the 30 projects that will be funded through a state grant program aimed at urban communities, according to officials.…

Berkshire Bank strikes deal with activist investor over board spots » Boston Business Journal Berkshire Bank’s parent company will nominate HoldCo Asset Management LP co-founder Misha Zaitzeff to its board of directors after his firm publicly criticized the lender for hiring a new chief exec…

Relief Bill Coming Together to Aid Workers, Businesses » State House News Service Top legislative Democrats on Monday sketched out the broad outlines of legislation they said they'd pass quickly, perhaps this week, to provide relief to workers and businesses still facing the econom…

As tax deadlines loom, lawmakers announce deal that would exempt Massachusetts businesses from PPP loan tax » Boston Herald Lawmakers said they have reached an agreement to slash tax bills for businesses that received state and federal relief payouts amid the pandemic, and also aid some jobless workers, but they will have …

Editorial: Lawmakers need to act fast to protect businesses » Boston Herald Beacon Hill took its own sweet time as a host of potential tax liabilities and unemployment insurance costs hung over the heads of businesses coping with the devastating impact of the coronavirus pand…

Animal rights group press for cage rule » Gloucester Times A California-based animal rights group is ratcheting up pressure on Attorney General Maura Healey to release new regulations for a voter-approved law banning sales of eggs and meat from cage-confined …

Cultural sector pegs pandemic losses at $588 million » Lowell Sun The state’s cultural sector, which has long thrived on human interaction, has recalculated its significant losses ahead of budget season on Beacon Hill.…

Changing work patterns to influence redevelopment push » News 22 WWLP.com

Former North End restaurateur Jose Duarte plans a future beyond the city » Boston Globe This is the first in a series of stories in which restaurateurs and chefs reflect on their businesses — and their lives — one year into the pandemic.…

Judge dismisses claims against John Fish over $1B tower as a 'red herring' » Boston Business Journal A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has dismissed two counterclaims from real-estate development firm Weiner Ventures that alleged former business partner John Fish “committed intentional fraud and…

Civil Rights

Biden signs executive order to advance gender equity » Boston Globe President Biden signed an executive order Monday — International Women’s Day — establishing a Gender Policy Council in the White House that will seek to advance “gender equality and equity” …

Education

Cornel West leaving Harvard teaching post » Boston Globe Cornel West, the philosopher, progressive political activist, and outspoken social critic who last month threatened to leave his Harvard University teaching post following what he said was the denial …

UMass Amherst issuing suspensions over ‘egregious violations’ of COVID policies; police break up weekend parties » The Republican The University of Massachusetts will issue interim suspensions to a number of students for “egregious violations” of COVID-19 policies after police broke up a party of about 200 people Saturday af…

Harvard Signals A ‘Full Return’ To Campus In The Fall » WGBH It's not official yet, but Harvard administrators are signaling they plan on having all students back on campus in the fall.…

Boston school system launches outside investigation into allegations of student emotional manipulation » Boston Globe The Boston public school system announced Monday evening that it is suspending its relationship with a nonprofit youth advocacy organization whose unusual peer counseling sessions came to light when a…

Cornel West, Feeling 'Disrespected,' Is Leaving Harvard For A Second Time » WBUR Cornel West is leaving Harvard again. West, one of very few philosophers called upon in times of crisis by CNN, has in a long career received tenure at Princeton, Yale and at Harvard itself — his al…

Opinion: Welcome, students, to this Boston school panel — now be quiet » Boston Globe My heart sank to read that students committed to fair representation on both the Boston School Committee and Boston Student Advisory Council might have been subjected to overt manipulation in an effor…

FSU awarded grant to hold Racial Equity Policy Review Institute » The Metro West Daily News Framingham State University was awarded a $62,250 Massachusetts Higher Education Innovation Fund grant Monday to hold a two-day Racial Equity Policy Review Institute for up to 150 leaders within the c…

Environment

Legal fight to stop PCB dump in Lee works to leverage EPA's own earlier opposition » Berkshire Eagle As they open a new court fight over plans to bury toxic material in Lee, lawyers for two local environmental groups are finding an ally, of sorts, in the Environmental Protection Agency.…

Trump policy that weakened wild bird protections is revoked » Boston Globe The Biden administration on Monday reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S.…

Health Care

Moderna partners with Baxter BioPharma Solutions to supply 60-90 million vax doses this year » Boston Herald Moderna is bolstering its coronavirus vaccine manufacturing efforts with an agreement with Baxter BioPharma Solutions to provide fill and finish services for 60-90 million vaccine doses this year.…

Daniel Bosley: No more medical billing surprises » Gazette Net In the final days of last year, Congress passed legislation containing COVID-19 relief and government funding. This bill also contained legislation that passed a ban on surprise medical billing to add…

Housing

‘A perfect way to do it’: Worcester Housing Authority organizes COVID vaccine clinics at its complexes » The Republican A first-floor room inside the Belmont Towers apartment complex in Worcester is normally reserved for Bingo. On Monday, it was transformed into a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.…

Apartment buildings are bringing work perks home by putting food lockers in the lobby » Boston Globe When Junru Chen gets hungry and doesn’t feel like cooking, the 24-year-old no longer turns to take-out. Chen simply walks to the lobby of his apartment building and peers through the window of a tem…

Easthampton to use $800K grant for home upgrades, infrastructure » Gazette Net A recently awarded $800,000 grant will allow seniors and low- to moderate-income homeowners to receive financial assistance for home improvements, as well as provide the city with funding for infrastr…

Human Services

House Approves Bill Updating Child Protection Laws » State House News Service Last July, the House and Senate each unanimously approved similar versions of the bill, but it slipped off the Beacon Hill radar screen in the ensuing five months. It briefly surfaced on the session's…

House passes DCF transparency bill » Commonwealth Magazine LOOKING TO ADDRESS longstanding concerns about the state’s child welfare system, the Massachusetts House on Monday passed a wide-ranging bill to improve operations at the Department of Children and …

Insurance

In surprise move, Baker administration sets high insurance payments for vaccinations » Boston Globe Administration officials said they increased the payments to encourage swift vaccination of millions of residents. But the move came as a surprise — a pleasant one for hospitals that wanted the high…

Legal Sea Foods loses court fight for Covid-19 insurance coverage » Boston Business Journal A federal judge in Boston on Monday threw out Legal Sea Foods’ lawsuit demanding insurance coverage for financial losses stemming from coronavirus-related government restrictions, dealing a blow to …

Health insurers to promote 2017 birth control provision » Commonwealth Magazine A TRADE ASSOCIATION representing a swath of the state’s commercial health insurers is launching a public awareness campaign to let members, pharmacists, and providers know that a 2017 law permits wo…

Massachusetts is requiring insurers to pay twice as much for COVID-19 vaccination as most other states » Boston.com While the COVID-19 vaccine may be free for Massachusetts residents, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has agreed to reimburse providers for vaccinations at twice the rate as the federal government…

Judiciary

Massachusetts Trial Court paying $480K to rent Eastfield Mall cinemas for a year; utilities cost additional $235,800 » The Republican The Massachusetts Trial Court will pay $480,000 to rent the Eastfield Mall cinemas for a year as a place to host jury trials in a way that complies with COVID-19 restrictions.…

Labor

St. Vincent has already spent over $5M to prepare for nurses strike » Boston Business Journal Saint Vincent Hospital says it has already spent $5.4 million on replacement nurses, as an 800-nurse strike gets underway in Worcester.…

Legislature plans to expand paid sick leave » Commonwealth Magazine THE LEADERS OF the Democratic-led Senate and House have reached an agreement on a bill that would provide major financial relief to businesses for the next two years, while also giving workers more ge…

Nurses begin strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester » Worcester Telegram Hundreds of striking nurses and their supporters gathered outside St. Vincent Hospital at dawn Monday, holding signs for “Safe Staffing Now,” waving to honking motorists and cheering as overnight …

Judge rules state can’t halt unemployment payments without proper review » Boston Globe The state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance can’t halt unemployment insurance payments or demand repayment of benefits that have already been paid out without granting claimants a chance to …

Battle lines drawn in debate over app-based workers » Boston Business Journal Stephen Levine, a 42-year-old Lynn resident, started driving for Uber after hearing a radio advertisement years ago that promised between $30 and $35 at hour.…

Legislative

After Taking Shots, Legislative Leaders Got Theirs » State House News Service The two top Democrats at the State House have been critical of Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine rollout, even lamenting the early clunkiness of the appointment website as they tried to book appointments f…

Local Government

Cities, Towns Warned of Potential Server Infiltration » State House News Service The state's cybersecurity chief warned municipal leaders of a high-risk threat to a common email system over the weekend as federal officials urge businesses and governments to protect themselves agai…

Federal Aviation Administration Draft Neighborhood Environmental Survey In Town Of Milton » Milton Patch No one would measure congestion on a public ski slope by including all days of the year and taking an average of both days in-use.…

Tear gas ban could be in place within 60 days, though council’s authority is rejected to do it » Cambridge Day After telling the City Council it could not ban the use of tear gas by Cambridge police with a law, city staff and the police commissioner told councillors a ban would likely be in place within the ne…

2 more Northampton councilors announce intentions » Gazette Net One current city councilor, Ward 2's Karen Foster, announced over the weekend that she intends to run for reelection this fall, while another councilor, Ward 4's John Thorpe, said he's calling it quit…

Lexington civic leader nominated for Black Excellence Award » Wicked Local Founder and President of the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington Sean Osborne was nominated by Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, and Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, D-Lexington, as an honoree for the Ma…

Springfield Council Explores Strange New Duty, Boldly Chooses a Gomez for Ward 1 » Western Mass Politics and Insight Facing a once-in-a-lifetime decision thanks to a quirk in the city charter, the City Council selected a new councilor to replace Adam Gomez who resigned last month. Monday evening, Councilors chose Gu…

Grant will help Belchertown demolish and clean power plant at old State School » The Republican The town’s Economic Development and Industrial Corp. will demolish the power plant at the former Belchertown State School and remove environmental contamination at the site with $804,000 in state fu…

Worcester Eyes Footing in Post-Pandemic World » State House News Service Worcester has changed a lot over the last decade and a half. Not only has its downtown been physically transformed through a half-billion-dollar revitalization project, but City Manager Ed Augustus sa…

Politics

Walsh, Martinez warn against weekend St. Patrick’s Day gatherings amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his public health czar on Tuesday warned Boston residents against holding large St. Patrick’s Day parties this weekend, with only around 10 percent of the city’s adult po…

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast returning as virtual event » Boston Herald The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast is back, with state Sen. Nick Collins hosting the event virtually to benefit coronavirus relief efforts.…

Public Health

Springfield notes drop in COVID cases as 1-year anniversary looms » The Republican It was one year ago this week when Gov. Charlie Baker declared a “state of emergency” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and municipal and health officials said Monday they anticipate long-lasting h…

Young people have had the most COVID cases in Massachusetts in the last 2 weeks; doctors say spread fueled by gatherings outside of school » The Republican In the last two weeks, the majority of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts have been diagnosed in people ages 0-19, a trend that health officials say is not related to schooling and is more likely to be c…

Cape Cod’s 1st large-scale COVID vaccination site opens its doors » The Republican Cape Cod’s first large-scale coronavirus vaccination site opens its doors Tuesday to administer hundreds of shots in the coming days.…

New CDC guidelines stir hope of a return to ‘almost normal’ after COVID-19 vaccination » Boston Globe Americans got their first peek Monday at what life may be like in a post-vaccinated world with new federal guidelines that say people who are fully vaccinated can gather privately indoors without mask…

Massachusetts is a leader in vaccinating Black residents, but advocates say stats belie equity ‘problem’ » Boston Herald Massachusetts is outperforming most other states when it comes to getting shots into the arms of Black residents, reports show, but equity advocates say statistics don’t tell the whole story.…

Mass. reports 892 new confirmed cases, 18 deaths, and 25,931 vaccinations in latest COVID-19 data » Boston Globe The Department of Public Health said 27,369 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 672 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.…

CIC Health, Curative and LabCorp have cost Massachusetts more than $10 million to run COVID vaccination sites since January » The Republican Massachusetts has relied on three private vendors to administer the bulk of the state’s COVID-19 vaccines since January, and the launch of large-scale vaccination sites with their help has cost the …

Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition hosts virtual forum to discuss testing, vaccinations » The Republican Local leaders in the Black community will host a virtual forum on Wednesday in an effort to ensure that residents are informed about the COVID-19 vaccine before they make the choice about whether to g…

Public Safety

Falmouth police recruits fired for drinking in academy, lying to investigators » Cape Cod Times Two Falmouth police recruits were fired after they violated rules at the police academy in New Braintree in January.…

Attleboro firefighters given awards for bravery in house fire and car crash rescues » The Sun Chronicle Fifteen city firefighters were recognized Monday for rescuing a man from a three-alarm house fire last year and another person from a burning car in 2019.…

Chicopee firefighters honored at 31st Firefighter of the Year Awards » News 22 WWLP.com Firefighters from Massachusetts were honored virtually Monday morning at the 31st annual Firefighter of the Year Awards.…

Firefighters from Chicopee, Fitchburg given awards for search for missing children, rescue of woman from fire during Massachusetts Firefighter of the Year awards » The Republican Firefighters from across the state were honored for their heroism and commitment to keeping people safe during Monday’s 31st annual Firefighter of the Year heroic awards.…

‘She’s fired a whole lot of people’: Moon, others talk about dismissals, departures under DA Harrington » Berkshire Eagle After City Councilor Helen Moon last week revealed the circumstances around her firing by Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, a number of sources close to the DA’s Office and former emplo…

‘Because of this video I will probably be fired’: Holyoke officer alleges police ‘corruption’ in viral video » The Republican Holyoke Police Officer Rafael Roca took to YouTube this weekend in a 43-minute video denouncing his own department as rife with corruption, racism and favoritism.…

Boston police recover 16 guns from city streets in 3-day span » Boston Herald Boston police seized a staggering 16 guns from city streets over the weekend, a dozen of which were loaded.…

Holyoke Police Officer Rafael Roca suspended after posting viral video alleging corruption at the department » The Republican Holyoke Police Officer Rafael Roca says he was placed on paid administrative leave after refusing to take down a YouTube video alleging corruption within the department.…

State Government

Campbell Leads Effort to Honor Revolutionary War Soldier Deborah Samson with State House Memorial » WHAV An effort in underway to add a State House memorial, honoring Deborah Samson, a hero of the American Revolution who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.…

State Gearing Up For Rescue Act’s Cash Windfall » State House News Service There are direct payments of up to $1,400 to income eligible-residents, and enhanced unemployment benefits that will add $300 a week to checks for those still out of work through the first week of Sep…

Transportation

Federal funds are helping the MBTA cover losses due to the pandemic in the short term. After that is the problem. » Boston.com Transit advocates have demanded answers from the MBTA for why it is “holding back” most of the hundreds of millions of dollars the agency has received in federal COVID-19 relief funds, rather than…

Amtrak to add private rooms to Northeast regional overnight trains » Boston Globe Amtrak’s Northeast Regional trains will now include private rooms for select trains traveling overnight between Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York, officials said.…

Editorial: A long overdue measure: Mass. drivers without lawful status should get driver’s licenses » Boston Globe The pandemic only increases the urgency for a measure that would prevent hit-and-runs and protect the public.…

Boston no longer has worst traffic in America amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Herald Boston has managed to shed the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic in America, according to a new report amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a leading transportation advocate warned that hi…

MBTA Planning to Restore Some Service by Summer » State House News Service MBTA staff are developing a plan to restore a small amount of bus and train service in the summer and fall, laying groundwork to start unwinding COVID-era cuts that in some cases have yet to take effe…

Free bus plan could cost $100 million » News 22 WWLP.com Making all MBTA buses free of fares to riders could have “unintended consequences” on the RIDE paratransit service and carry a price tag stretching close to or above $100 million, T General Manage…

Utilities

Palmer Renewable Energy can’t greenwash its emissions away (Guest viewpoint) » The Republican Vic Gatto’s Guest Viewpoint (Feb. 26) touting the benefits of the controversial wood-burning power plant he wants to build in East Springfield is packed full of fallacies and misinformation. Gatto b…

Biden’s Interior Acts Quickly on Vineyard Wind » State House News Service Federal environmental officials have completed their review of the Vineyard Wind I offshore wind farm, moving the project that is expected to deliver clean renewable energy to Massachusetts by the end…

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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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