9/21/20 Digest

2020-09-21T09:46:19+00:00 By |

The Landscape The impact of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing reverberated through the weekend, from outside the Court and in Congress through the campaign trail at to the State House. With the Roe v. Wade in very real jeopardy, Massachusetts activists are renewing their push for the Legislature to pass the ROE Act to [...]

9/14/20 Digest

2020-09-14T09:24:17+00:00 By |

The Landscape The majority of the Commonwealth’s schools are back in session today, whether it’s in person, distance or a hybrid model. The reopening comes after months of meetings, guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, bargaining over air quality, infrastructure and safety concerns with teachers unions, contentious votes of school committees and professional [...]

8/20/20 Digest

2020-08-20T12:45:50+00:00 By |

Programming Note: The Digest will be on vacation next week and will return to your inboxes on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 for a special post-primary edition SAVE THE DATE: Join us Thursday, September 17th at 8:00 am for “A Brief Recess: The Melwood Policy Series” with a dynamic inaugural panel featuring LearnLaunch CEO & former Governor [...]

8/3/20 Digest

2020-08-05T14:30:54+00:00 By |

The Landscape With Congress failing to finish a pandemic relief package, state leaders who traditionally decamp from Beacon Hill each election year August remain on red alert for meaningful action on critical voter priorities. Six major bills remain in conference committee, including: police reform and accountability; transportation spending; information technology investments; economic development and housing production; [...]

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 [...]