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10:30am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

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Must-Reads

Purdue Pharma Offers Restructuring Plan, Sackler Family Would Give Up Ownership » WBUR "What the Sacklers are offering is a way for the payments to be structured that makes it convenient for them," said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.…

How OxyContin's Maker Sought To Influence Mass. Legislators » WBUR Purdue hired local lobbyist Michelle McGee from 2004 to 2012. Charles Stefanini has been Purdue’s lobbyist since then. Neither would describe their work for the company, which also has an in-house l…

88 defendants accused of housing bias in refusing to rent to those using Section 8 vouchers » Boston Globe The suit recounts dozens of conversations recorded by investigators, who posed as prospective tenants, that detail the extraordinary challenges faced by renters using Section 8, essentially a guarante…

OPINION: The pandemic exposed Charlie Baker’s Republican heart » Boston Globe His fiscally conservative Republicanism softened by an aura of social liberalism is what voters wanted in good times. They may not want it in bad times.…

A Disturbing Number of Lawmakers Won’t Get Their Damn COVID Vaccines » Vanity Fair A quarter of House members have yet to be vaccinated, as Republican men nationwide are proving most likely to resist the shots.…

Big Pharma rebukes Charlie Baker over comments about vaccine manufacturers » Boston.com "Governor Baker is attacking the very people who are doing everything they can to end this pandemic – many of whom call Massachusetts home."…

Legislative leaders are quiet about new bill to override Baker on school return timeline » Boston Globe State lawmakers could turn those rebukes into legislative action by passing a new bill to delay Baker’s timetable for school reopenings by several weeks and mandate that all school staff have “equ…

Massachusetts Senate could soon waive taxes on forgiven PPP loans, again advances sweeping climate bill » Boston Herald State senators signaled they will soon take up a bill that would save small businesses $130 million in taxes owed on forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans and, for a fourth time this year, passed…

‘That doesn’t work for us’: Congressman Stephen Lynch blasts the MBTA over recent service cuts and furloughs » Boston.com Congressman Stephen Lynch, speaking on behalf of the state’s congressional delegation Monday morning, slammed the MBTA for rolling out a wave of service cuts to its core system as Massachusetts rece…

Lynn Mayor McGee announces he will not run for re-election » Lynn Daily News Item Cyr said that he has been thinking about running and talking with people for a while.…

NY: Gov. Cuomo has a ‘preoccupation with his hand size,’ Charlotte Bennett tells investigators » New York Post In a prepared statement, Katz said a new piece of information that came to light was Cuomo’s “preoccupation with his hand size and what the large size of his hands indicated to Charlotte and other…

NJ: Murphy’s promise of full public-worker pension payment breaks 25 years of underfunding » NJ Spotlight News Just the announcement that New Jersey wants to make a full public-worker pension payment during the state’s next fiscal year has thrilled labor union officials.…

FL: New poll shows Cuban-American voters align with GOP » Politico A new poll of Cuban-American voters in Florida shows that an overwhelming majority is solidly opposed to the Biden administration reengaging with the island dictatorship — and their brief drift towa…

Baker's Approval Rating Sinks to 52 Percent » State House News Service The poll conducted by YouGov between March 5 and March 9 to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic found that 52 percent of residents approve of the job Baker is doing, compared to 62 …

“It is incongruous with with our intent … that an agency would take federal support from the taxpayer and then cut services to those same taxpayers,” Lynch said “They’re going to take the billion dollars and lay people off? I don’t think so,”

Congressman Stephen Lynch

On Monday morning, Lynch slammed the MBTA for rolling out a wave of service cuts to its core system as Massachusetts receives $1 billion for its transportation agencies under the latest federal COVID-19 relief plan.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Battenfeld: Biden’s fake claims about coronavirus vaccine unseemly » Boston Herald President Biden’s blatant attempt to steal the credit for the so far successful coronavirus vaccine rollout is unseemly and inaccurate — revealing just how insecure Biden is when it comes to the p…

Editorial: Why won’t Pelosi call for Cuomo to resign? » Boston Herald Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi did not hold back when it came to telling President Donald Trump what to do in the runup to his second impeachment earlier this year. “It is the hope of Members tha…

Business

Somerville site, family-owned since 1910, could become lab campus » Boston Business Journal During the past 111 years, the Nissenbaum family has used four acres in Somerville for myriad family businesses: livestock slaughtering, rags and metal making, and automobile recycling. Now, the long-…

UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll: Mass. residents optimistic about economy » WCVB Massachusetts resident indicated they were optimistic about the national and local economy, according to a new poll from UMass Amherst and WCVB.…

Suburban towns like Amazon’s fast deliveries, but not its warehouses » Boston Globe In an ever-escalating race to get packages to your door faster, Amazon is opening shipping centers at a rapid clip in suburban towns all over Greater Boston — more rapidly, in fact, than those towns…

‘Flying Church’ nearly at full capacity as business climate improves downtown » the Berkshire edge Things were tough for a while at the Flying Church, the repurposed Main Street place of worship turned into a retail center.…

As restrictions ease, Northampton bars and restaurants plan to re-open soon » News 22 WWLP.com Several bars and restaurants have re-opened since the beginning of the pandemic, but some temporarily closed when the virus was peaking during the winter months.…

Walsh Bumps Up Outdoor Dining Launch For Boston Restaurants » WGBH Boston restaurants can offer outdoor seating earlier than expected. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday the program’s launch date is now March 22, more than a week earlier than originally scheduled.…

Education

Bill requires FAFSA completion before high school graduation » News 22 WWLP.com A Haverhill lawmaker’s bill would require that Massachusetts students complete a federal application for financial aid before graduating from high school, taking aim at a situation that has vexed ed…

Opinion: It’s not (only) about the science » Commonwealth Magazine ON THE ANNIVERSARY of our school shutdown and a year of living with COVID-19, I read a thread of posts on the Arlington List, my town’s web-based community forum. Two of these posts, displayed above…

Editorial: No delays. It’s time to get back to school. » Boston Globe Massachusetts teachers are understandably nervous about returning to full-time in-person teaching. So nervous that this week they backed legislation that would postpone a newly announced state require…

Brandeis president in spat with trustees » Boston Globe Brandeis University president Ron Liebowitz accused the institution’s trustees of trying to force him out of the presidency over misguided disapproval of his fund-raising record, according to a heat…

Mass. teachers unions back proposed delay of return to classroom » Boston.com The leaders of three Massachusetts teachers unions are supporting emergency legislation filed by state lawmakers that would require the state’s education commissioner to give school districts more t…

Environment

In crucial policy reversal, Biden counters Trump move on bird protections » Boston Globe The Biden administration’s reversal of a Trump-era policy that would have crippled the Migratory Bird Treaty Act could not have come at a more crucial moment, with millions of birds now returning to…

Climate Bill Clears Senate Again After Last Week’s Delay » State House News Service For the fourth time in just more than a year, the Massachusetts Senate on Monday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation that would commit the state to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by the midd…

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton introduces federal bill addressing sewer overflows » Boston Herald U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has pushed a critical local issue into the limelight in Washington, introducing a bill tackling combined sewer overflows, which dump untreated sewage into rivers.…

With New Complaint, Fossil Fuel Divestment Proponents Shift From Moral To Legal Ground » WBUR Activists from Boston College and Harvard University are making a new argument in their fight agains climate change: Their schools’ fossil fuel investments aren’t just immoral, they’re illegal.…

Gaming

Hold your bets: Spilka taking ‘wait to see’ stance on sports betting » Boston Herald March Madness betting pools are coming together and would-be bettors in Massachusetts will once again be on the sidelines as other states grab a stake of the wagering due to laws legalizing sports bet…

Health Care

Moderna testing new coronavirus vaccine that doesn’t require ultra-cold storage » Boston Herald Cambridge biotech company Moderna is testing a new “next generation” coronavirus vaccine with the potential to remain stable at standard refrigerator temperatures instead of requiring ultra-cold s…

MassHealth sleep studies under scrutiny » CHNI News The state's Medicaid program is paying tens of millions of dollars on sleep studies, according to a new report by the inspector general that suggests providers may be fleecing the state and federal go…

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition calls on lawmakers to ‘do the right thing’ and support $400 million bond bill » Boston Herald Members of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition will urge lawmakers to “do the right thing” during a Tuesday hearing and pass a $400 million bond bill that will cover the costs of rebuilding a s…

Housing

Big money for rent relief is coming to Mass. Will it block a long-feared eviction crisis? » Boston Globe Massachusetts will soon receive the deluge of federal money that housing advocates have long said is needed to hold off a devastating wave of evictions. Now the challenge is getting that money to the …

Immigration

Immigration crisis at the border getting away from Biden: GOP, advocates warn » Boston Herald The immigration crisis at the border is cresting and could spill into every corner of the nation, Republican members of Congress and advocates warn.…

Labor

Saint Vincent staff and patients being bullied by striking nurses, according to hospital CEO » Boston Herald Patients and staff members at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester are being bullied by striking nurses, according to the hospital’s CEO, but the Massachusetts Nurses Association said the company is …

Some New Parents In Mass. Are Eligible To Take Parental Leave Twice. But They Might Not Know About It » WGBH Ann-Elizabeth Young can hear her five-month-old daughter babbling in the next room as she works remotely for a Boston-area shelter. But it won’t be that way for long. At the end of the month, Young …

Local Government

McGee Goes Shermanesque, Upending Holyoke Mayoral Succession » Western Mass Politics and Insight There is now a date certain for Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s exit from office. At the moment, what happens after is anything but clear.…

Agawam City Councilors want an end to mail-in voting » News 22 WWLP.com The Massachusetts legislature voted to extend mail-in and early voting options for elections held through the end of June.…

Methuen Receives More than $80,000 State Grant to Contract with Taxi Company » WHAV The City of Methuen has been awarded $80,766 to have a local taxi service help with deliveries from food pantries and provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies and pub…

Worcester to install up to 10 digital kiosks throughout the city as part of pilot program » The Republican The pilot program will install up to 10 interactive digital kiosks throughout the city as part of a larger Citywide Out-of-Home advertising and informational program that includes billboards, signage,…

Holyoke City Council President Todd McGee says he can’t serve as acting mayor » The Republican City Council President Todd McGee says he cannot serve as acting mayor after the departure of Alex B. Morse due to work commitments and potential conflicts of interest.…

Boston councilors want to make remote participation in meetings permanent » Boston Globe Looking to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of Boston city councilors are pushing to make remote, virtual participation in public hearings and meetings a permanent fixture of city government.…

Politics

Opinion: The pandemic exposed Charlie Baker’s Republican heart » Boston Globe His fiscally conservative Republicanism softened by an aura of social liberalism is what voters wanted in good times. They may not want it in bad times.…

Gov. Charlie Baker’s approval rating falls during COVD pandemic, but he remains top contender for 2022, poll suggests » The Republican A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker’s approval rating has dropped by one third since August, according to a new UMass Amherst/WCVB poll.…

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George On Why She’s Running For Mayor Of Boston » WGBH After Mayor Marty Walsh was nominated as President Joe Biden's pick for labor secretary, Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George launched her campaign to replace him. She joined Jim Braude to exp…

Public Health

Number of British coronavirus variant cases reported in Mass. more than triples, rising to 371 » Boston Globe The number of reported cases of the British coronavirus variant in Massachusetts more than tripled in recent days, as experts continue to keep a watchful eye out for surges associated with the variant…

Facebook, Boston Children’s Hospital offer new way to find COVID shots » Boston Globe Next time you’re searching for places to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot, don’t forget to check out Facebook. The social network on Monday announced a partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital…

1,004 confirmed cases, 28 deaths, and 12,448 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass. » Boston Globe The Department of Public Health said 26,502 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 624 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.…

Average age of Massachusetts coronavirus patients drops amid vaccine rollout » Boston Herald The average age of Massachusetts coronavirus patients has dropped by nearly a decade since the start of the year as the vaccine rollout has prioritized older people who are more susceptible to severe …

After a Year on Frontlines, Mass. Grocery Workers Want Vaccine Eligibility » NBC Boston They remained open when most businesses were closed during the worst of the pandemic, and now, grocery store workers in Massachusetts are fighting to get the vaccine sooner.…

New Bedford Needs COVID Vaccine Equity [OPINION] » WBSM A full calendar year after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency, a pathway to normalcy appears to be on the horizon.…

Vaccine FOMO, we’ve got it bad » Boston Globe People lucking into spare doses. Friends gathering with friends. Family members making travel plans. Other people’s vaccines are making us jealous.…

Walsh says 13% of Boston residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Monday that 13 percent of Boston residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of March 10.…

Known active COVID cases increased slightly as state reports 1,004 cases, 28 deaths on Monday » The Republican State health officials confirmed another 1,004 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, which is based on 36,564 new molecular tests, according to the Department of Public Health.…

Public Safety

Newton police must shift from ‘warrior’ to ‘guardian’ mind-set, report says » Boston Globe Two months after Newton officers shot and killed a resident, a task force is recommending greater civilian oversight of Newton’s police, improved training on issues such as mental health, and measur…

State Police were offered COVID-19 vaccines at work. Hundreds have declined to get them » Boston Globe Thirty percent of the Massachusetts State Police, totaling nearly 850 members in all, have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 at department-run clinics, reflecting a potential hesitancy that has lin…

Holyoke Police Department faces call for ‘independent assessment’ after corruption claim » The Republican Mayoral candidate and City Councilor Rebecca Lisi filed an order calling for an “independent assessment” of the Police Department after Officer Rafael Roca alleged widespread corruption in a viral…

Rep. Tram Nguyen announces new bill to crack down on hate crimes in Massachusetts » Lowell Sun With a rise in reported hate crimes across both the country and Massachusetts in recent years, state Rep. Tram Nguyen is partnering with Attorney General Maura Healey and state Sen. Adam Hinds to addr…

In Springfield lawsuit over police commission, judge asks for 4-decade history on ordinances » The Republican A Hampden Superior Court judge wants more history — dating to the early 1960s — before he decides if Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno must reinstate a civilian Police Commission.…

In Massachusetts, more than half of prison guards decline COVID vaccine, a trend mirrored across the US » The Republican A Florida correctional officer polled his colleagues earlier this year in a private Facebook group: “Will you take the COVID-19 vaccine if offered?”…

Transportation

Editorial: MBTA needs to fine-tune service cuts » Boston Herald MBTA ridership plummeted as businesses shuttered during coronavirus lockdowns and many employees started working from home. Near-empty trains and buses meant T revenue shortfalls, and the agency took …

Lynch: Congressional delegation ‘furious’ about T cuts » Commonwealth Magazine MEMBERS OF THE state’s Congressional delegation will have “hard discussions” with the MBTA and Gov. Charlie Baker in hopes of encouraging the transit agency to back off of service cuts, US Rep. …

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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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