6/22/2020 COVID-19 Update

2020-07-02T12:13:10+00:00 By |

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 [...]

6/8/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-06-08T10:10:35+00:00 By |

The Landscape Week two of national unrest, peaceful marches and protests is prompting demands for action on systemic racism in every sector of government.   Today starts Phase Two of reopening. Non-essential retail businesses are allowed to open with new restrictions, as well as many other personal services. Budget writers will welcome the reopening as May’s [...]

6/1/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-06-08T10:08:30+00:00 By |

The Mood As protests engulf the nation and Boston, some turning violent, much of the focus early in the week will be on response and reaction. Attention will shift away from business re-openings, planned legislative action, and election matters like tonight’s scheduled debate between Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III.   The News Boston [...]

5/29/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-06-08T10:00:46+00:00 By |

Testimony deadline on emergency paid sick time bill is today at 5 p.m. Fiscal watchdog group warns economic recovery could take five years $50 billion childcare stabilization bill filed in Congress to save the industry from destruction Congress modifies how money can be spent from the Paycheck Protection Program Friday’s Silver Lining: A grandmother finds inventive [...]

5/28/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-28T11:37:08+00:00 By |

Identity theft scheme targets state unemployment benefits Massachusetts college presidents release four-phase plan for fall reopening, lack confidence about needed testing Massachusetts state Senate swears in two new Senators today Payroll Protection Program sees slowdown; funds remain available Is the state Lottery headed for extinction? Thursday’s Silver Lining: Pirate radio station cheering up isolated seniors   [...]

5/27/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-27T10:23:54+00:00 By |

Education chief working to have schools open this fall amid daunting issues Local health departments worried as they brace for reopening calls amid frequently changing guidelines and inadequate resources After two successful elections, vote-by-mail bills remain stalled in Legislature Supreme Judicial Court will allow alcohol sales question to advance toward ballot State Senate adopts ground rules [...]

5/26/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-27T10:21:33+00:00 By |

Congresswoman Clark planning to file bill requiring a federal/state supply chain response coordinator Black and Latinx activists say state is reopening too soon Gateway cities struggle connecting with students through distance learning Recreational cannabis shops set to open today Consumers offer slow start to Massachusetts retail reopening RMV extends renewal timelines on licenses and identification cards [...]

5/22/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-27T10:19:00+00:00 By |

6 million Americans have filed for unemployment Massachusetts companies receive $9.5M to produce personal protective equipment Governor Charlie Baker does not feel urgency of mail-in voting State budget timeline uncertain; hinges on Federal COVID-19 funds MBTA lays out passive COVID-19 strategy Beaches are allowed to reopen this weekend under phase one of the reopening plan Restaurant [...]

5/21/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-27T10:16:23+00:00 By |

  President Trump threatens federal funds over mail-in-ballots Associated Press poll: Reopening spikes fear of new infections UMass President proposes tuition freeze for 2020-2021 academic year Colleges and universities look to resolve major concerns before upcoming fall semester As businesses reopen, the responsibility of noncompliance falls to the workers Thursday’s Silver Lining: Dr. Fauci & Julia [...]

5/20/20 COVID-19 Update

2020-05-20T09:13:11+00:00 By |

Mayor Walsh uneasy with office reopening plan; Congresswoman Pressley asks Governor to reevaluate timeline Group of North End restaurateurs weigh their legal options Boston Federal Reserve chief predicts double-digit unemployment through 2020 Parents and daycare providers grapple with uncertainty Boston College will hold class on campus this fall Wednesday’s Silver Lining: Somerville’s shared street initiative   [...]