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5 May, 2020

5/5/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-11T10:39:00+00:00 By |

New poll shows overwhelming support of Governor Baker’s handling of COVID-19 Restarting Massachusetts’ economy will place safety above expediency Accord reached in the House on virtual formal session rules; formal session Wednesday Cape Cod Community College has moved the fall semester online, will others follow? Seasonal residents on the receiving end of unpleasant municipal orders Hundreds [...]

4 May, 2020

5/4/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-04T08:48:09+00:00 By |

Congressman Kennedy calls for direct cash payments as White House pauses stimulus talks Trump calls for country’s reopening; predicts successful vaccine by end of 2020 Baker releases COVID-19 boating guidelines Northeast Governors are working together to buy medical supplies MA Health Connector sees spike in membership Governor Baker requires facemasks worn in public; calls it common [...]

1 May, 2020

5/1/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-11T10:36:55+00:00 By |

SJC: Ballot question campaigns may collect needed signatures electronically Nearly a quarter of the state workforce has filed for unemployment State Senate looks to June for Formal Session Marathon meeting of House leadership ends in stalemate Small businesses in Boston are struggling to get government help. Is it the same across the state? Friday Silver Lining: [...]

30 Apr, 2020

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 [...]

29 Apr, 2020

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 [...]

28 Apr, 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 [...]

27 Apr, 2020

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 [...]

24 Apr, 2020

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 [...]

23 Apr, 2020

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 [...]

22 Apr, 2020

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 [...]