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6 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
With vaccination required, Mass. state agencies may see some employees not reporting to work
A major COVID-19 vaccine deadline has passed for the executive branch of the Massachusetts government. Governor Charlie Baker's vaccine mandate deadline was Sunday, October 17 — the day employees needed to show proof of vaccination.
7 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Mass. lawmakers still pondering how to use billions in ARPA funds
Massachusetts received $5.3 billion from the feds in what's known as ARPA funds, or COVID-19 relief funds. The vast majority of it hasn't been spent yet.
6 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Smith & Wesson departure did not seem 'imminent or likely,' spurring questions from Mass. lawmakers
Smith & Wesson said last week it will relocate its headquarters after nearly 170 years in Springfield, Massachusetts. The company blamed proposed legislation that would essentially extend the state's assault weapons ban to manufacturers.
6 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Mass. State Troopers, Others In Executive Branch, Running Out Of Time To Comply With Vaccine Order
As the deadline approaches for them to get vaccinated for COVID-19, some Massachusetts state troopers remain at odds with the governor. This week, the police union representing some 1,800 troopers will sit down at the bargaining table with the state.
5 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
With COVID-19 Not Going Away Anytime Soon, Mass. Officials Considering Vax Passport
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the upswing again in Massachusetts. The state continues to push vaccinations. In fact, in a recent radio interview, Gov. Charlie Baker seemed to leave the door open to the Commonwealth eventually using some sort of COVID-19 vaccination passport.
5 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
As Springfield Masks Up And Cases Rise, Baker Still Wants Locals To 'Own These Decisions'
After canceling a statewide mask rule last spring, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said he wants these decisions made locally. One such local mandate took effect Monday in Springfield.
5 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Does The Hampden County Courthouse Need Some TLC — Or A Bulldozer?
Springfield's Roderick J. Ireland Courthouse, renamed just a few years ago for the first African American justice appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, is on the minds of the city's legislative delegation. With the building falling into further disrepair, lawmakers want Governor Charlie Baker to step in and assist.
5 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
With COVID-19 Mandates More Common, Mass. Officials Offer Both Carrot And Stick
Over the summer, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration was urging residents to get vaccinated. Then came a vaccine mandate for state employees, and a message encouraging private businesses to do the same.
6 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Some Mass. State Employees Say They'll Refuse To Follow Baker's Vaccine Mandate
Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccination for some 42,000 state employees. The order says they must be vaccinated by mid-October or face consequences, which could include losing their job.
5 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
With Census Data Released, Redistricting Begins In Earnest On Beacon Hill
Every 10 years, state lawmakers get a whole lot of data from the census bureau and use it to make big decisions about the power of individual communities. That time is now.
6 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Mass. Governor Faces Pushback As State's Mask Guidance More Lenient Than CDC Recommendations
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker faces pushback as the state's recent mask advisory falls well short of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
6 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
For Mass. Gov. Baker, A 'Belief In The Efficacy Of Vaccines'
A spike in COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod prompted some communities there to call for mask advisories. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he's not planning another statewide return to masking — but in the past, he's put restrictions in place, and required residents to mask up.
6 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Delta Variant Gains Ground In Massachusetts, Prompting Questions About Masks For All
Officials across the country, including in some Massachusetts cities, are worried about upticks in COVID-19 cases.
5 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Massachusetts Lawmakers' Struggle Continues For Control Of Spending
Some states, like Connecticut and Vermont, have already decided how they'll spend their share of American Rescue Plan Act money. For Massachusetts, about $5 billion of it is still sitting in the state's piggy bank.
6 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Massachusetts Lawmakers Break, With Budget And Voting Issues Unresolved
Massachusetts lawmakers have called it quits ahead of the holiday weekend without passing a full-year budget or election reforms.
6 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Stopgap Budget Filing Takes Some Heat Off Massachusetts Lawmakers Ahead Of Deadline
A new Massachusetts budget is due by Thursday, but if history is any guide, state lawmakers aren't stressing the deadline. The Legislature is still working on the budget for the new fiscal year to prevent a state government shutdown. In the meantime, Governor Charlie Baker has filed an interim budget.
6 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Controlling Billions In Federal Aid Still Top-Of-Mind For Massachusetts Lawmakers, Governor
Massachusetts lawmakers are 10 days from needing a state budget for the new fiscal year, but the big fight now is about billions in federal aid and who controls it.
5 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
A Legislative Committee Will Take Another Look At Sports Betting In Massachusetts
This week, a legislative committee will take another look at legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts.
6 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Mass. Lawmakers Attempt To Pave The Way For Billions To Fund Transportation, Education
Transportation and education priorities in Massachusetts could get a step closer to reaping $2 billion a year with a vote this week.
6 minutes | May 24, 2021
Nearing A Largely Mask-Free Future, Mass. Residents Must Still Use Them In Some Situations
Not all masks are coming off on Saturday, May 29, the day Massachusetts is scheduled to lift pandemic restrictions on businesses as well as on mask wearing.
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