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Lawmakers Feeling Push and Pull on Climate Bills » State House News Service Towards the end of January, it seemed almost certain that the governor would be signing some kind of climate bill this summer. On the same day that month, Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLe…

For the homeless in Boston and beyond, laws can criminalize life itself » Boston Globe “This is a population that is being disparately targeted by police under these laws that literally criminalize their simple act of existence,” said Eric Tars, legal director for the National Law C…

A ‘tsunami of evictions’ threatens to strike Boston » Boston Globe (S)ome communities in Massachusetts are bracing for a new threat: a surge of evictions that could push thousands of people from their homes. A disproportionate number will be Black or Latino.…

Mass Audubon cuts staff, programming throughout state due to revenue decline » Gazette Net 13% of full-time employees (34 of 260) have been laid off. Sixty additional part-time workers have been affected by layoffs, reduced hours and furloughs. The nonprofit organization is also expecting a…

Trump creates firestorm with tweet showing Villages-News.com video » Villages-News.com White House spokesman Judd Deere then released a statement saying that Trump didn’t hear the “white power” comment but is a “big fan” of The Villages and he saw “tremendous enthusiasm” f…

FL: In Trump's must-win Florida, Covid-19 takes the lead » Politico The spike in infections has framed Florida — a must-win election battleground for President Donald Trump — as a state that is losing control of its pandemic response even as it prepares to host Re…

OPINION: Trump’s Napalm Politics? They Began With Newt » New York Times Gingrich wrote the playbook for it all. The nastiness, the contempt for norms, the transformation of political opponents into enemies.…

Cumberland Farms suspends effort to expand beer and wine sales » Boston Globe Citing the pandemic, the convenience store chain won't pursue a statewide referendum vote.…

Tensions rising between House and Senate » Commonwealth Magazine Senate snubs committee structure on health care bills…

Out from under their rock: Nazis fly their flag outside the State House » Universal Hub White supremacists who organized a "Back the Blue" rally in front of the State House today found themselves joined by swastika-tattooed Nazis who rejected a requests from the white supremacists to lea…

House-Senate Feud Threatens Health Care Agenda » State House News Service With veto-proof supermajorities in both the House and Senate, Massachusetts Democrats are almost guaranteed success in crafting new laws when they have agreement within their ranks, particularly when …

"The dual pandemic of coronavirus and racism has taken over America while emotionally exhausting those of us involved. As an ER physician and elected official who is often the only person of color in both worlds, the relationship between both scourges has never been more intertwined."

Representative Jon Santiago

Speaking about the scourge of COVID-19 and racism converging at the same time across our nation.

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Beltway Politics

Florida Democrats recoil at Karen Bass VP float » Politico The Florida Democratic Party has spent two years fighting a renewed GOP effort to brand it as socialists, and the state and national parties are spending big this year in Miami to defend two congressi…

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey pushes to ban government use of facial recognition technology, says ‘the criminal justice system is already rigged' » The Republican The recent arrest of Robert Williams, a Black man in Michigan who was misidentified by facial recognition technology as a theft suspect, is the latest example of why Congress needs to ban government u…

Opinion: Stop the madness of Congressional spending » Boston Herald The coronavirus shutdown has flattened multiple industries across America — everything from airlines and manufacturers to hospitals, retailers, oil and gas producers and restaurants. Many of the 30 …

State Senator Julian Cyr, Local Leaders Endorse Mermell » Brookline Patch Jesse Mermell expanded the coalition of local, state and national leaders supporting her run for Congress with endorsements from State Senator Julian Cyr and local leaders from Dighton, Hopkinton, Fra…

Business

For Boston Scientific, a ‘most difficult year’ » Boston Globe Postponed elective surgeries cost the medical device maker half its business, and George Floyd's death in Minneapolis hit close to home.…

Hands off: It’s time to go touchless » Boston Globe During the COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to pay for something with cash, or to press an elevator button. For many of us, these routine acts aren’t coming back. In the…

‘What can I do?’: 19 Black and brown business leaders want to drive a movement to end racial inequities » Boston Globe In this moment of racial awakening and anguish, the question on many minds is: “What can I do?” For 19 Black and brown business leaders in Boston, it was the question, too. They felt compelled to …

Good news for PPP borrowers: Additional money may be on the way – but at what cost? » Boston Business Journal On June 18, just hours after the heads of two federal agencies voiced that the government may have to pump in more money to help small businesses, three Democratic senators introduced a bill in Washin…

The ink is flowing once again at SouthCoast tattoo parlors » South Coast Today Tattoo establishments were allowed to reopen on June 22, as more restrictions under the coronavirus pandemic were lifted, but you still might have to wait awhile before getting that new ink.…

Pandemic could create glut of office space in Worcester » Worcester Telegram COVID-19 has proven the greater Worcester business community can effectively work remotely – away from traditional office settings. Away from the Mercantile Center. Away from Main Street. Away from …

Cape businesses ponder impact of Seashore changes » Cape Cod Times Kimberly Archer and her four recently retired pals were gathered around a blanket on Coast Guard Beach last week. The five women had made their annual trek to the Cape for some rest and relaxation.…

City is spending more with minority- and women-owned businesses, but still lags its peers » Boston Globe To close the racial wealth gap in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh has a big lever: city dollars to spend on minority-owned businesses.…

For Thermo Fisher, a swift shift to virus testing » Boston Globe Back in January, Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world’s largest maker of scientific tools, monitored the speedy sequencing in China of an unnamed coronavirus that would soon blaze around the world.…

Report: Mass. Child Care System Needs $690M To Survive The Next 5 Months » WBUR The Massachusetts child care system needs an estimated $690 million to survive the next five months, and a millionaire's tax may be a way to get the money, according to two new reports released this w…

Cumberland Farms Postpones  Beer & Wine Ballot Question to 2022 » Massachusetts Beverage Business Cumberland Farms, the convenience store giant that was leading the ballot initiative campaign, announced that it is dropping the ballot question that would allow more stores to sell beer and wine due …

Opinion: Small businesses face new financial risk » Boston Herald A major goal of small businesses as they gradually reopen in Massachusetts is to ensure the safety of customers and workers. We see those efforts in the new plastic barriers at checkout counters, tabl…

Coronavirus closures put Boston’s arts, cultural institutions in ‘dire’ situation » Boston Herald Local galleries and artist spaces are shuttering at an alarming rate as the coronavirus pandemic slams Boston’s storied cultural institutions large and small.…

Albertsons falters in debut as $800 million IPO disappoints » Boston Globe Albertsons, owner of Shaw’s and Star Market supermarkets, emerged Friday from 14 years of private ownership by Cerberus Capital Management with a whimper as its shares failed to take off after a shr…

For many Mass. breweries, PPP provided a crucial lifeline » Boston Business Journal Jack’s Abby in Framingham had to lay off half of its 120 employees over the past few months, and largely eliminated its 30 brand ambassadors.…

'Abysmal record': Ted Landsmark on Boston's real estate industry and race » Boston Business Journal Ted Landsmark marched in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. More than a decade later, when he was an attorney in Boston, a white teenager came at him with the American flag on Boston's City Hall Plaza, an attac…

Civil Rights

Sonia Sotomayor is the lone voice on systemic racism on the most conservative Supreme Court in decades » Boston Globe Along with the Supreme Court’s majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered a widely celebrated ruling this month that temporarily kept in place an Obama-era program shielding hundreds of thousands o…

Vote to change Columbus school name sparks controversy in Medford » Boston Globe Police in Medford are conducting patrols by school committee members’ houses after the committee’s vote last week to rename the Columbus Elementary School was harshly criticized on social media an…

Pro-police, Black Lives Matter protestors meet outside Massachusetts State House » Boston Herald What was advertised as a pro-police rally downtown featured the jarring sight of neo-Nazi and militia symbols in front of the State House as the small group of demonstrators drew a much larger counter…

Ed Markey, Ayanna Pressley push for federal ban on facial recognition technology » Boston Herald Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are pushing to ban the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology, as Boston last week nixed the city use of the technology and t…

For first time in the city’s history, Pride flag flies at Westfield City Hall » The Republican It was a historic moment Friday morning when retired Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney raised the Pride flag at city hall on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court …

Education

‘I’m horrified that we didn’t get this right’: Worcester schools see rocky rollout of online learning » Boston Globe Slow computer distribution and limits on teacher outreach kept thousands of Worcester students from participating fully in online learning.…

Federal judge orders Department of Education to cancel loans for 7,200 students » Boston Globe A federal judge has ordered US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to cancel the student loan debt of more than 7,200 Massachusetts students who attended Everest Institute, part of Corinthia…

Young mothers earn high school equivalency diplomas through Holyoke program » Gazette Net Aliselle Sanchez, a 22-year-old resident of Holyoke, stood in her dark purple cap and gown across the street from her apartment on Clemente Street on Friday morning with her 2-year-old son and husband…

Coronavirus pandemic causes huge surge in students interested in medical school » Boston Herald Students across the nation and in Massachusetts inspired by the heroic actions of health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic are registering for the Medical College Admission Test at record r…

Tough choice: Parents consider kindergarten delay amid coronavirus » Boston Herald Parents of children entering kindergarten face a gut-wrenching decision amid the coronavirus pandemic — send kids to class where they’ll be exposed to young classmates who may or may not wear mask…

UMass chancellors, provosts and deans ‘immune’ from pandemic payroll pain » Boston Herald The 1,200-plus assorted UMass chancellors, provosts, deans and more have only faced up to five days of furloughs during the pandemic, with one critic saying the “overstuffed” administrators think …

Students cope with losing internships and jobs » The Daily Collegian The cancelation of jobs and internships leads to missed opportunities for work experience and financial struggle…

Algonquin, Nashoba alums campaign to retire 'racist' school mascots » Worcester Telegram More than 3,000 people in two Central Massachusetts school districts are campaigning to retire their school mascots, stating they promote a racist depiction of Indigenous people.…

Attleboro area administrators concerned about logistics, costs of state's school reopening guidelines » The Sun Chronicle Anyone hoping for a return to normal classroom learning this fall will have to keep hoping.…

Students Say Race Belongs In The Classroom — And Not Just History Class » WBUR When news of George Floyd's death broke in May, New Bedford High School English teacher Takeru Nagayoshi wasn't sure how he could help his students process their anger and grief. School closures were …

UMass Amherst to Students: Come Back, or Stay Home » State House News Service The flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst plans to hold classes remotely this fall and start classes in August but will also allow students to move back in, provided they comply with …

UMass Amherst classes will be mostly remote, but students can choose to live on campus » Boston Globe

Environment

Lower Cape officials: threat of great white sharks has not changed » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod National Seashore Chief Ranger Leslie Reynolds could not believe that, due to COVID-19, it was this close to the July 4th weekend and she still hadn’t talked about what had become in recent…

Gaming

Lawmakers Kick Simulcast-Racing Can Down the Road » State House News Service Though the pandemic has them on hold for at least another week, horse racing and simulcast wagering will be on solid legal footing to continue for more than a year under a bill that surfaced and got t…

Health Care

Floods lead to evacuations at Norwood Hospital; ER temporarily closed » Boston Globe Thunderstorms and heavy rain caused damage in parts of Massachusetts on Sunday, including Norwood, where flooding led officials to evacuate patients from a hospital.…

Rep. Richard Neal among those pushing for more changes at Holyoke Soldiers' Home » WCVB A Massachusetts congressman is working with a coalition that is calling for more changes at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home following a massive COVID-19 outbreak at the veterans facility.…

Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley, Ed Markey request additional review of Chelsea Soldier’s Home » Boston.com Warren, Markey and Pressley also asked the administration to verify the number of cases at the Chelsea facility. State officials say at least 31 residents died from the virus and at least 40 others we…

Editorial: Gov. Charlie Baker’s defense of health leaders in Holyoke Soldiers’ Home scandal is misguided, resignations should be sought » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker this week called the report of his independent investigator into the spread of the coronavirus at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke “gut-wrenching.” Indeed, it was, but we already…

Group calls for urgent nursing home reforms amid COVID-19 » Boston Globe As the coronavirus pandemic moved through the state’s nursing homes leaving thousands dead, longstanding practices in those facilities and in state government contributed to the number of deaths, a …

Lawmakers push for Chelsea Soldiers’ Home probe » Commonwealth Magazine Warren, Markey, Pressley say COVID-19 deaths, cases warrant investigation…

Warren, Markey and Pressley Call For Investigation Of Chelsea Soldiers' Home COVID-19 Outbreak » WBUR Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are calling for an independent investigation into the COVD-19 outbreak at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, where 31 veteran residents have di…

The Checkup: Hinds, others gather info on virus impact » Berkshire Eagle State Sen. Adams Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will join with colleagues Monday to assess how the pandemic has affected the state's health care system.…

Handling A Pandemic At Soldiers' Home, 'You Need People With Specific Credibility' » New England Public Radio An independent report looking into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was released this week. It said the facility's management, under superintendent Bennett Walsh, made "subst…

Housing

Landslide of evictions threatens to upend Boston’s black communities, report states » Boston Herald Housing advocates are calling for a yearlong extension to a coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions as researchers warn of a landslide of filings queuing in the courts that will disproportionately upr…

Protesters at auction say WHALE is gentrifying minority neighborhood » South Coast Today What initially began as a protest against the auctioning off of 305 -307 Pleasant Street on Friday turned into a platform for community members to discuss gentrification.…

Boston Minority Communities Hit Hardest By Evictions, Report Says » WBUR Communities of color in Boston are disproportionately affected by evictions in the city, with some of the highest rates in Black communities, according to a report released Sunday.…

Baker says pandemic adds to the need for his Housing Choice bill » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker just gave the Massachusetts Legislature another reason to pass his long-stalled “Housing Choice” bill: the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Human Services

Crystal Springs awards Correia, Rezendes for service to the public » The Herald News Crystal Springs, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities and complex medical conditions, canceled its annual Celebrate Spring fundraiser due to C…

Judiciary

Court Seems to Put Ice on Swift Defenestration of Walsh » Western Mass Politics and Insight Court Seems to Put Ice on Swift Defenestration of Walsh… JUN 29, 2020by WMASSPIin COURTS & LAW Still standing between Bennett Walsh and His Excellency’s boot. (WMP&I) A day after Governor Charli…

Opinion: The phrase ‘criminal justice system’ has to go » Commonwealth Magazine IT IS BECOMING increasingly clear that we, as a nation, have arrived at a crossroads. Between the coronavirus and the private and state-sanctioned lynchings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd sandwic…

Boston's Immigration Court Set To Reopen. Critics Say It's Too Soon » WBUR Boston's immigration court is among a handful of those nationwide scheduled to reopen Monday for what are called non-detained cases — hearings for individuals who aren't currently jailed in federal …

Legislative

Deadlines Loom For Beacon Hill Lawmakers Amid A Pandemic » New England Public Radio With Massachusetts governments still operating in pandemic mode, socially distanced lawmakers are facing familiar deadlines.…

Local Government

Opinion: Walk this way — celebrating Boston’s pedestrian bridges » Boston Globe Today’s bridge design combines architecture, urban design, and urban planning, and establishes key connections throughout the city with style and grace.…

Health board decries North Brookfield’s plan to hold July 4 celebration on Common » Worcester Telegram Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 have caused many local leaders to begrudgingly cancel July 4 celebrations that have, in many towns, been held for as long as folks can remember.…

‘I’m not a racist’: Marty Walsh responded to a call-in from the activist pushing to rename Faneuil Hall » Boston.com Marty Walsh and Kevin Peterson, the local activist leading the charge for the city to rename Faneuil Hall, sparred in a tense exchange on the radio Friday, days after Peterson launched a “hunger fas…

In Everett, the first Black woman on historically white council stands alone » Boston Globe Gerly Adrien racked up the largest vote tally of any at-large council candidate last fall to become the first Black woman on Everett City Council. Suffice it to say she has found no similar base of su…

Farrell wins seat on Shutesbury Select Board » Gazette Net Voters approved a $6.6 million operating budget and a 32-article warrant during Town Meeting and elected in Rita Farrell to a three-year term on the Select Board on Saturday.…

DiNatale talks reopening plans, funding for businesses in weekly address » Sentinel & Enterprise While the state pushes forward with its plan to reopen the economy, city officials are working on steps to reopen at the local level and plans to distribute additional funds to businesses in need, May…

Playing by new set of rules in Plymouth as charter takes effect » Wicked Local Plymouth The town is operating under a new set of rules. On June 16, the revised town charter went into effect, providing an updated framework for the operation of local government.…

Taunton Green rally in support of laid-off teachers draws enthusiastic crowd » Taunton Gazette A local state senator and the head of the local teachers union are urging Mayor Shaunna O’Connell to dip into the city’s stabilization account, so that teachers and other school workers who have r…

Marlborough officials: John Brown bell, a symbol of the Civil War, will stay put » The Metro West Daily News John Brown, who had ties to Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and other abolitionists in Massachusetts, was convicted of murder, slave insurrection and treason. He was hanged on Dec. 2, 1859 — 16 m…

Haverhill School Committee Asks State to COVID-19-Related Costs; Resolves to End Racism » WHAV The Haverhill School Committee wants state leaders to know they expect the Commonwealth to pay added the added COVID-19-related costs of reopening schools. They also reminded themselves and all other …

West Stockbridge fire chief wants seat on board that fired him » Berkshire Eagle This year, West Stockbridge's longtime fire chief was removed from his position and also fined by the state Ethics Commission. Today, claiming all that's behind him, he wants a seat on the Select Boar…

Dartmouth will form task forces for re-opening schools and survey parents » South Coast Today The School Committee took up the issue of how to re-open town schools in September at its June 22 meeting, discussing measures that could be imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus in the student …

LETTERS: Behavior of Selectmen shows lack of leadership » Cape Cod Times I agree with and support the June 24 letter by Meg Massaro, who wrote that she was appalled and outraged about the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen voting to disregard Gov. Charlie Baker's guidelines for r…

Duxbury votes to add 2 selectmen to board » Patriot Ledger The town first approved the increased number of select board members at 2019 annual town meeting, before it went to the legislature, and then onto the municipal ballot.…

Politics

Opinion: How the coronavirus has shaped my view of the world — and my future in it » Boston Globe I believe it is my generation’s responsibility to tackle the problems the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light.…

GOP's Brady Ruled Ineligible in 9th Congressional District » State House News Service A Republican challenger to Congressman Bill Keating and a candidate for the state House of Representatives must be removed from contention after the State Ballot Law Commission ruled Friday that they …

Public Health

State reports 19 new deaths, 224 new COVID-19 cases Sunday » Boston Globe The state reported on Sunday that there were 19 new deaths due to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Massachusetts to 8,060, while the total number of cases statewide is now almost 109,000.…

Coronavirus concerns subdue annual Blessing of the Fleet in Provincetown » Cape Cod Times Parish members and fishermen celebrated a much quieter Blessing of the Fleet Sunday at MacMillan Pier amid fears about the coronavirus.…

Comerford, Hinds to host virtual session on health equity » The Recorder Health equity and public health infrastructure are a couple of the topics that will be discussed Monday morning when the Joint Committee on Public Health Chair Sen. Jo Comerford and Sen. Adam Hinds, a…

Massachusetts reports 224 new coronavirus cases, 19 new deaths » The Republican Massachusetts officials on Sunday announced 224 new COVID-19 cases with the positive test rate holding firm at 2%. Nineteen more people have died after contracting the coronavirus.…

Massachusetts is one of only 4 states on track to contain coronavirus, model indicates » The Republican Massachusetts is one of only 4 states in the nation that are on track to contain COVID-19, according to data analyzed by Covid Act Now.…

Rep. Jon Santiago: Two scourges, intertwined » Commonwealth Magazine TREATING PATIENTS in Boston’s busiest emergency room has taught me a lot about the intersection of COVID-19 with race, class, and inequity.…

As many states see dramatic coronavirus spikes, Massachusetts’ transmission rate remains low; Residents shouldn’t let their guard down, though, doctors say » The Republican In the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, as the virus swept through the U.S. from all sides, Massachusetts was one of a number of states to see the worst of the pandemic day after day.…

Early Signs of COVID Spread Going Down the Drain » State House News Service If you live in Boston or any of more than three dozen other eastern Massachusetts communities, you could be sending vital data to public health officials with each flush of your toilet.…

Experts: State COVID-19 reporting still insufficient » Taunton Gazette Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill this month implementing new reporting requirements on his public health apparatus, but experts warned Monday that the state is still not tracking enough information ab…

Public Safety

Editorial: Troopergate case a study in privilege » Boston Globe Ethics Commission sees conflicts of interest, but the real ‘crime’ is a double standard of justice.…

A cop’s cop and a Boston police pioneer, Gross eyes reform, not revolution » Boston Globe Boston’s first Black police commissioner is being asked to shoulder two very different burdens. Can he balance them both?…

Walsh: Boston Police Officers Not Wearing Body Cameras During Overtime An 'Equipment Issue' » WGBH Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday that police officers not wearing body cameras during overtime shifts is an issue surrounding lack of equipment. The city is ordering more body cameras so officers …

Opinion: In police licensing, the details matter » Commonwealth Magazine System must have transparency, public accountability…

State Government

From ‘great choice’ to COVID-19 catastrophe: Ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh’s fall from grace » The Republican At Bennett Walsh’s swearing-in as the new superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke in 2016, state Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders called him a “great choice.”…

Baker pushes $35m more for economic recovery package » Commonwealth Magazine GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday proposed a $35 million increase and other changes in an economic recovery package he filed pre-COVID-19.…

Veterans, advocates demand say in Soldiers’ Home changes » Gazette Net A coalition of veterans, their families and local advocates are raising concerns with changes announced by Gov. Charlie Baker that are intended to improve oversight and operations at the Soldiers' Hom…

Soldiers’ Home early retirements costly » Commonwealth Magazine IN A PRESS CONFERENCE last Wednesday press conference on the scathing report by an independent investigator into the COVID-related deaths of 76 veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, Gov. Charlie B…

Opinion: Baker should require licensed administrator at Holyoke » Commonwealth Magazine License no guarantee of success, but it provides benchmark of skills…

Massachusetts lays off hundreds of contact tracers as COVID-19 numbers fall » WCVB The state is now laying off hundreds of people hired as contact tracers to fight the spread of COVID-19, 5 Investigates has learned.…

Nearly half a billion in coronavirus relief cash parked on Beacon Hill » Boston Herald Bay State cities and towns still have nearly half a billion dollars in uncollected federal funding earmarked for skyrocketing municipal expenses used to combat the coronavirus since the highly contagi…

Deal Reached on Early, Mail-In Voting Bill » State House News Service A deal has been reached between leaders in the House and Senate on early voting and vote-by-mail legislation that should pave the way for a major expansion of voting options ahead of the 2020 election…

Taxation

In 2009, amid recession, Massachusetts raised its sales tax rate. Could that fly now? » Berkshire Eagle During the Great Recession, Massachusetts faced a challenge much like the one it faces now: When struggling communities needed help more than ever, a bruised economy meant the government had less mone…

Transportation

California Enacts Nation’s First Electric Truck Requirements » Governing The California Air Resources Control Board hopes to reduce air pollution by requiring that companies begin using zero-emissions big rigs. Eventually, the state hopes to have all new trucks be emission…

Congresswoman Pressley & Sen. Markey Unveil Legislation to Invest in Public Transit » Framingham Source Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) unveiled today, June 26, the Freedom to Move Act, bold legislation to support state and local efforts to promote…

Utilities

Opinion: State’s SMART program isn’t so smart » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT of Energy Resources will finalize by July 15 regulations doubling the size of the MA SMART solar photovoltaic program from 1,600 to 3,200 megawatts…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 6/29

Birthdays: Rep. Liz Miranda

11:00am Massachusetts Senate Health Care Listening Session, Virtual Event

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 6/30

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm Listening Session — Equitable Recovery in Boston, Virtual Event

1:00pm "Ask the DA" with Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins on WGBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or wgbhnews.org

6:00pm WBUR Town Hall: The Post-Pandemic Society, Virtual Event

Wednesday - 7/1

Birthdays: Senator Ryan Fattman

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Oversight Hearing

11:00am MassInc: How Much Learning Will Be Lost? A Survey of K-12 Parents in Massachusetts, Zoom

1:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

Thursday - 7/2

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

9:30am Mass. Gaming Commission, Via conference call

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Friday - 7/3

Birthdays: Rep. Mark Cusack

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for MassDOT Regulatory Changes, Submit to REMorse@mbta.com


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