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3/4/21 5:46 PM
Facing what it calls a "continued surge of fraudulent claim attempts," the state Department of Unemployment Assistance announced a new identity verification process Thursday aimed at speeding up payments to claimants.
3/4/21 4:37 PM
A fast-tracked push to extend mail-in voting and early in-person voting for springtime elections in Massachusetts, and extend flexibility for cities and towns to re-schedule municipal elections, is taking a short breather so the public can weigh in.
3/4/21 3:31 PM
The House sent legislation to House Ways and Means on Thursday creating a bill of rights for foster parents and new reporting requirements for the Department of Children and Families. The legislation (H 87), sponsored by Reps. Paul Donato and Bills in Third Reading Chairwoman Denise Garlick, passed both branches last session but stalled out in the Senate when the branches could not agree on a consensus version.
3/4/21 1:38 PM
The bulk of the action in the Senate Thursday was around setting borrowing terms under the new transportation infrastructure and economic development bond laws. The bulk of the conversation was about voting by mail. Legislation to extend mail-in voting through June was tacitly referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, after which Chairman Michael Rodrigues announced during the session that his panel would accept written testimony until Monday at 10 a.m.
3/4/21 11:27 AM
The Baker administration has been quietly planning for a permanent "hybrid" work model for as much as half of the state workforce, and over the course of 2021 will be redesigning office space and equipping employees with the technology they need to be able to continue to work remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic.
3/4/21 10:38 AM
A coalition that has had recent success advocating for the expansion of state welfare programs to help low-income parents is kicking off its latest campaign Thursday, this time to boost benefits to some of the state's poorest families.
3/4/21 10:32 AM
The Massachusetts biopharma industry had its best funding year on record in 2020, when venture capital investment in Bay State-based companies hit $5.8 billion, according to a report out Wednesday.
3/4/21 10:09 AM
Cape Cod officials are optimistic that the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine will play a leading role in the ongoing effort to immunize the region's most vulnerable and hard-to-reach residents.
3/4/21 9:51 AM
Legislative Democrats this session have been touting rules reforms to boost transparency but they've also shown an early aversion to holding public hearings on key bills before passing them.
3/4/21 8:58 AM
Four months after California voters approved a company-backed worker classification overhaul for app-based drivers, a similar debate that pivots on the interests of drivers and employers is coming into focus in Massachusetts.
3/3/21 6:08 PM
Tax collections exceeded the Baker administration's expectations by $372 million in February and surpassed the total of collections in February 2020, a development that positions the state to end this budget year having collected more tax revenue than it did last year.
3/3/21 4:32 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker isn't the only one thinking about what work will look like after the pandemic.
3/3/21 1:48 PM
A group of shelter, health care, and emergency services providers for people experiencing homelessness is asking the state to level fund their services in the upcoming fiscal 2022 budget. The Coalition for Homeless Individuals gathered legislators and advocates on Wednesday morning to press for continued funding that they say is crucial to helping shelters provide roofs over people's heads and care during the pandemic.
3/3/21 11:33 AM
Worcester's Becker College is facing a precarious enough financial situation that officials at the Department of Higher Education believe the school "is unlikely to sustain full operations through the next academic year" and have engaged in contingency planning in case of a closure.
3/3/21 8:57 AM
For some people, Massachusetts is well behind the pack and cannot legalize sports wagering soon enough. But others say lawmakers should pump the brakes, learn from research conducted in mature gambling markets and take the time to ensure that as many of the unknowns around sports betting are addressed in any bill that moves forward.
3/3/21 6:43 AM
Democrat Jeffrey Turco prevailed in a four-person Democratic primary Tuesday and will compete with a Republican and an unenrolled candidate in the race to succeed former House Speaker Robert DeLeo in the Massachusetts House.
3/2/21 5:06 PM
Idil Ahmed had just turned 15 when she boarded a flight to Boston as the sole member of her family approved for refugee resettlement in the United States.
3/2/21 5:04 PM
After the U.S. Census Bureau pushed back by six months its delivery date of population and redistricting data, Massachusetts legislators will face a late-year scramble and a need to change the due date for redrawing local voting precincts, Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday.
3/4/21 9:17 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker traveled to Florida on Thursday night to join his wife, First Lady Lauren Baker, after a death in the family, according to his office.
3/4/21 6:02 PM
Calling the drop during the pandemic in reports of suspected child abuse a "troubling" sign, House Speaker Ron Mariano said Thursday he would move a bill to the floor soon that would implement new protections for foster parents and impose new reporting requirements on the Department of Children and Families.
3/4/21 5:56 PM
Almost a month after Gov. Charlie Baker returned sweeping climate legislation to lawmakers with a series of recommended amendments, House Speaker Ronald Mariano said he's willing to work with the governor on some technical changes but will "not back down on our ambitious emissions reduction targets."
3/4/21 5:13 PM
As Fenway Park prepares to welcome back players, coaches and a limited number of fans next month for the start of the new baseball season, the home of the Red Sox will be saying goodbye to the patients who have been churning through the turnstiles of the iconic ballpark since early February for more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
3/4/21 3:21 PM
Representatives of a group representing around 800 rideshare drivers gathered outside the State House Thursday afternoon in support of legislation (SD 2359) that would set a minimum wage of $20 an hour for drivers and codify the right to unionize.
3/4/21 6:01 AM
When a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker to limit unemployment insurance rate increases on employers in 2021 died on the vine in the frenzied finish to the legislative session in early January, it didn't seem like a big deal.
3/4/21 5:59 AM
After considering running himself, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz is endorsing his House colleague Rep. Jon Santiago for mayor of Boston, describing the South End Democrat and doctor as someone able to see the "bigger picture" for the city.
3/3/21 1:29 PM
A new housing production law has been on the books in Massachusetts for nearly two months, and communities should proceed "full steam ahead" to embrace the changes, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy said Wednesday.
3/3/21 1:28 PM
New state regulations will limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, products that advocates for years have been pushing to restrict as a way to protect bees.
3/3/21 12:58 PM
Starting March 11, teachers, early educators and school staff members will be able to try to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through any of the state's 170 vaccination sites and mass vaccination sites plan to block off certain days to vaccinate educators, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday morning.
3/3/21 12:44 PM
In another sign of the push to return to traditional in-person schooling, the state Board of Education is scheduled to vote Friday on emergency regulations granting the state education commissioner authority to determine when hybrid and remote models will no longer count towards required student learning time hours.
3/2/21 5:47 PM
A surge in home deliveries of alcoholic beverages, disproportionate job losses among women during the pandemic, and long-sought authorization for cashless lottery sales are all on Treasurer Deborah Goldberg's mind as the Legislature kicks off its annual budget review.
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