This Week’s Landscape
A slightly more normal business week ahead Beacon Hill as the House debates a $1 billion supplemental budget on Wednesday and the Senate takes up expansive health care bills Thursday. The Speaker’s commission on recovery will meet for the first time, focusing on the financial health of health insurance providers and discussion is sure to continue about police reform, particularly in light of Governor Baker’s call for police training bonuses.
Starting today, the state’s reopening plan allows many restaurants to offer indoor seating. Let’s see who thinks that mini slider from Little Donkey is worth it.
- Phase 2, Step 2 of the state’s reopening starts today. Here’s what you need to know.
- Experts fear President Trump’s dismissiveness towards COVID-19 could prolong the crisis.
- With Trump’s shock over the empty seats in Tulsa still fresh, will the “Faith in America” reelection tour recalibrate?
- A second COVID wave could send medical workers into crisis mode as PPE remains scarce.
At the State House:
- On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Commonwealth Resilience and Recovery Special Committee will meet for the first time to explore COVID-19 recovery plans. The Committee, chaired by Majority Leader Ron Mariano, will hear from three invited health care leaders on the financial stability of health care providers.
- The House will meet Wednesday in a full formal session with roll calls anticipated to begin at 1 p.m. The House expects to debate a roughly $1 billion supplemental budget filed by Baker in May to cover COVID related expenses.
- The Senate will meet Thursday in a full formal session debating expansive health care reform bills that deal with telehealth, out-of-network billing, and scope of practice reforms.