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17 May, 2021

5/17/21 Digest

2021-05-17T10:11:32+00:00 By |

The Landscape It’s a busy week ahead on Beacon Hill with eight committee hearings and state senators and staff reviewing the 923 proposed amendments to their version of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget bill, S3. This week also offers a milestone in the race for Boston Mayor: Candidates for Mayor of Boston must turn in their [...]

26 Apr, 2021

4/26/21 Digest

2021-04-26T10:11:21+00:00 By |

The Landscape All eyes, ears and Zooms will be focused on Chairman Aaron Michlewitz as he leads the $47.65 billion dollar House Ways and Means fiscal year 2022 budget debate this week. In years past, members would advocate for their amendments in person with the Chairman at designated times based on consolidated amendment topics. This year, [...]

12 Apr, 2021

4/12/21 Digest

2021-04-12T10:12:53+00:00 By |

The Landscape All eyes will be on Senate President Karen Spilka Tuesday afternoon as she addresses the Government Affairs Forum of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The annual address is an opportunity legislative leaders have traditionally used to set the agenda for ambitious policy goals and reflect on the last year.  The House Ways & [...]

6 Apr, 2021

4/5/2021 Digest

2021-04-06T11:31:50+00:00 By |

The Landscape It’s back to school — in April. Today marks the deadline for most of the state’s elementary schools to return to full-time in-person learning. Last month, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education granted Education Commissioner Jeff Riley the emergency authority to determine when full or partial remote learning would no longer count for [...]

30 Mar, 2021

3/29/21 Digest

2021-03-30T10:30:14+00:00 By |

The Landscape Speaker Ron Mariano’s House is flexing some bold name muscle by bringing Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti as the featured guest at Tuesday’s state House Committee on Federal Stimulus hearing. Ramamurti will join the inaugural meeting of the Committee to inform members about the benefits of Biden Administration’s American Rescue [...]

9 Mar, 2021

3/8/21 Digest

2021-03-09T12:02:45+00:00 By |

The Landscape The United States Senate narrowly passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” late Saturday night after a marathon, 25-hour session, 50-49 along party lines. Highlights of the bill include an economic stimulus of $1,400 for Americans who earn less than $75,000 as individuals, $112,500 for heads of households and $150,000 for couples filing [...]

22 Feb, 2021

2/22/21 Digest

2021-02-22T09:36:45+00:00 By |

The Landscape More than 6,500 bills were filed by the 40 state Senators and 160 state Representatives for consideration by the bill filing deadline last Friday. With the benchmark behind them, the work of the Legislature’s Joint Committees can truly begin. Chairs can now organize their members, vote on internal rules, and arrange a hearing schedule [...]

8 Feb, 2021

2/8/2021 Digest

2021-02-08T09:54:53+00:00 By |

The Landscape Former Pittsfield state Senator Ben Downing is running for Governor. The 39-year-old vice president of New Market Development for Nexamp launched his campaign this morning, saying he wants to build a fairer, stronger Massachusetts. Downing is the second Democrat to jump into the 2022 race following Harvard University professor Danielle Allen’s exploratory committee announcement [...]

2 Feb, 2021

1/1/2021 Digest

2021-02-02T10:43:05+00:00 By |

The Landscape The start of this legislative session continues to reflect an institution in a period of transition. Speaker Ron Mariano has delayed the House’s biennial debate on rules until July citing the impact of the pandemic and the bill filing deadline has been extended an additional month and many legislators, from the newly elected to [...]

25 Jan, 2021

Digest 1/25/21

2021-01-25T09:33:31+00:00 By |

The Landscape Senate President Karen Spilka is calling on the Baker Administration to provide increased information to an increasingly frustrated public on when, where and how they will get COVID-19 vaccines. Appearing on WCVB-TV’s “On the Record,” Spilka outlined the opportunity to reimagine the state’s post-COVID future and “new normal” including telecommuting and the impact that [...]