4/30/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-30T09:52:59+00:00 By |

House Minority Leader abruptly ends session; puts COVID-19 spending bill on ice Amid COVID-19 Massachusetts’ GDP declined 6 percent in first quarter of 2020 Boston extends curfew to align with Governor’s proposed reopening date Holyoke City Council approves changes in poll locations for May 19th special election Daycare centers fearful of a permanent shutdown, request state [...]

4/29/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-29T12:09:46+00:00 By |

Governor Baker extends stay-at-home order; appoints advisory committee on reopening Attorney General, JPKIII publicly call for expansive vote-by-mail program Proposed rule change in the House fails; progressive advocates call foul Board of Elementary and Secondary Education waives MCAS graduation requirement Will the restaurant industry survive COVID-19? Cape Cod’s short-term rental industry is concerned about Summer 2020 [...]

4/28/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-28T11:21:29+00:00 By |

Payroll Protection Program struggles to deliver $310 billion amid computer glitches There is no evidence that those recovered from COVID-19 have future immunity Senate President Karen Spilka to address Boston Chamber of Commerce this morning Governor Baker earmarks $130 million to help nursing homes House of Representatives plans formal session with virtual voting plan MGH COVID-19 [...]

4/27/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-27T09:36:27+00:00 By |

President Trump threatens lawsuits amid battle with reporters New economic relief bill for small businesses is now law Next round of COVID-19 legislation could include additional individual stimulus checks How long will the stay-at-home order be extended by Governor Baker? The Boston Sunday Globe featured 21 pages of obituaries Non-emergency medical visits plummet BOS311 trades graffiti [...]

4/24/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-24T09:45:55+00:00 By |

Doctors everywhere agree: Please do not inject or ingest disinfectant Congress approves $484 billion bill focused on small business and hospitals Governor Baker asks to borrow $1.2 billion to cover unemployment benefits Mass House passes data collection bill to investigate possible racial treatment disparities Amtrak ridership down 95 percent; looks forward to post surge plans Mysterious [...]

4/23/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-23T08:46:21+00:00 By |

More than 100 MBTA employees have tested positive for COVID-19 Governor Baker gets a shout out from President Obama for his leadership Trump and infectious disease specialists clash over hydroxychloroquine Governor Baker hints at rules for reopening Massachusetts launches CARE Act Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program Internet hotspots are heading to towns without reliable internet Online [...]

4/22/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-22T08:57:59+00:00 By |

S. Senate passes $480 billion economic relief bill for small businesses Governor Baker closes schools for remainder of the school year; daycares through June MA House passes bill mandating daily COVID-19 reporting from long term care facilities Massachusetts lawmakers vow to fight temporary immigration ban Lack of federal guidance for COVID-19 testing widens gap between states [...]

4/21/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-21T09:05:34+00:00 By |

Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s COVID-19 response Trump to suspend immigration Walsh doubtful Boston schools will resume this school year Self-employed now eligible for unemployment benefits Secretary of State supports vote-by-mail option in Massachusetts Governor Baker signs bill banning evictions State revises guidelines on who gets ventilators during COVID-19 surge Today’s COVID-19 silver lining: [...]

4/17/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-17T09:25:59+00:00 By |

President Trump unveils plan to reopen the economy Unemployment claims skyrocket for second straight week Funding exhausted for small business paycheck protection program State’s highest court hears arguments in signature requirement lawsuit New York extends shutdown; so does the United Kingdom A recorder pushes one homeschooling parent to the brink Judge upholds Governor’s decision on recreational [...]

4/19/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-04-16T09:40:18+00:00 By |

Attorney General Maura Healey launches resource website for front line workers Bill to pause evictions and foreclosures in Massachusetts advances MassMutual announces launch of HealthBridge life insurance for healthcare workers Amazon restricts deliveries at French warehouses after inspections – is the U.S. next? Boston’s homeless population tests positive for COVID-19 at alarming rate Trump threatens to [...]