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Baker To Mark Vaccination Progress With Biden

As the governor of one of three states with more than 70 percent of its adults at least partially vaccinated, Gov. Charlie Baker will join President Joe Biden on Tuesday for a virtual event to discuss strategies to reach people who are either reluctant or face barriers to vaccination.

Certifying Officers Among Policing Commission’s Initial Tasks

The first "major assignment" for the state's new policing accountability commission is certifying current law enforcement officials before the end of the calendar year, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

Treasury Guidance Offers Wide Latitude for ARPA Funds

Replenishing unemployment trust funds to pre-pandemic levels is one of a host of allowable uses for the latest round of federal relief funds, according to new U.S. Treasury guidelines.

Who’s On The Move?

... The new president of the Mass. Medical Society is a former chair of the Tobacco Free Mass Coalition ... a former Beacon Hill aide will succeed a former state rep as head of the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges ... the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health has added a former congressman to its board ... a former City of Boston Cabinet member has joined the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce ... Harvard Kennedy School named a former Gov. Raimondo aide as visiting fellow ... the number-three Democrat in the Massachusetts House brought on two new staffers ...

House Adds Amendable Income Surtax Duplicate to ConCon Agenda

A carbon-copy version of the so-called millionaire surtax which the House surfaced on Monday was filed "really to cover our rear ends," the lead House sponsor said, professing uncertainty as to why it was placed on the formal calendar for the Constitutional Convention that kicks off this week.

Bill Would Lift Birth Certificate “Lockout” Facing Many Adoptees

Born and adopted in California, Joan Strauss decided after her birth mother's death from COVID-19 last year that she would seek access to her sealed birth records.

Janey Signs Ordinance Moving Prelim Election to Sept. 14

Boston's preliminary elections will take place a week earlier than originally scheduled to help facilitate work associated with mail-in voting should the Legislature extend or make the measure permanent.

New MBTA Trains to Remain Out of Service

[Story Developing] The MBTA's newest Red and Orange Line trains will remain out of service after an investigation into a March 16 derailment identified "something acting abnormally" within their truck frames, officials said Monday.

Advances - Week of May 9

With tax collections far surpassing fiscal 2021 estimates and on pace to even eclipse the tax revenue base for the upcoming fiscal year 2022, Senate Democrats plan to roll out their annual budget proposal on Tuesday. The House and Gov. Charlie Baker each have developed plans that would reach deeply into the state's shrinking rainy day fund to boost spending at a time when the economy is surging and taxpayers are already delivering the state with revenues that are sufficient to fund current spending plans.

Senate Session Summary - Friday, May 7

Senate leadership gained the membership's approval for this year's budget debate timeline Friday, a day after Sen. Diana DiZoglio halted consideration in order to consider making changes to the proposal, which she said was released to members without notice. DiZoglio pulled no punches in her criticism of the top senators from her own Democratic Party, alleging that their premise that a last-minute Friday session was needed because of her dissent was tantamount to "scapegoating."

Big Donation Clears Path for “Gronk Playground”

One of the largest private gifts to a Massachusetts state park is heading to a Boston playground located at the top of Storrow Drive and on the banks of the Charles River.

Senate Adopts Budget Amendment Deadline

The Senate on Friday rejected proposals to give senators three to six additional hours to file budget amendments, sticking with a deadline proposed by Senate leadership after Democrat Sen. Diana DiZoglio criticized "a manipulation tactic."

New Offshore Wind Procurement Could Be State’s Largest

The state's electric utilities and the Baker administration are back in the market for another offshore wind contract, this time seeking up to twice as much power as in previous rounds.

Some Riders Oppose Bid to Delay Transpo Program Changes

Until he was able to buy his own van, Chris Hoeh relied consistently for over a year on a state-managed transportation network to get to medical appointments.

Baker Sees Housing Production as Antidote to Price Spikes, Other Problems

With zoning reforms that he sought for years to accelerate housing production now law, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that failing to spark more production as the state moves past COVID-19 would be a "huge missed opportunity."

Port Authority Revisiting Climate Action Plans

After having to put the effort on hold during the height of the pandemic, the Massachusetts Port Authority is once again working to imagine what a "carbon-free Massport" would look like and to develop a comprehensive climate action plan for the agency.

Nurses Want Legislative Action, Not More Gestures

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association on Thursday kicked off National Nurses Week with what union President Katie Murphy described as a stop on their "no cupcake tour." More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Murphy, an intensive care unit nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said that rather than treats and other tokens, nurses want to see legislative action that will improve conditions for them and their patients.

Senate Session Summary - Thursday, May 6

The Senate scheduled a rare Friday formal session to take up a procedural order for the fiscal 2022 budget debate after Sen. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen objected to voting on the order during Thursday's session. During the session, DiZoglio cited concerns with the amendment deadline proposed in the order and said she hoped it would be extended by three hours.

ConCon, Budget Amendment Orders on Senate’s Friday Agenda

Meeting without a quorum, Senate Democrats on Thursday were unable to push through an order setting an amendment deadline for the upcoming Senate budget debate after Sen. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen raised concerns about it.

MBTA Weighing Reduced Fines for Fare Evasion

With fare evasion decriminalized under a law Gov. Charlie Baker signed in January, MBTA staff on Monday proposed ending the practice of marking driver's licenses for non-renewal if a resident failed to pay a fare evasion citation.

Side Bearer Pads May Be Latest Setback For New MBTA Cars

The MBTA's newest Red and Orange Line trains will remain shelved after an investigation into a March 16 derailment identified "something acting abnormally" within their truck frames, officials said.

Mass Fiscal Alliance Foundation spokesman Paul Craney and New Civil Liberties Alliance attorney Mike DeGrandis discuss a petition to have the Supreme Court review the NCLA's case challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Charlie Baker's pandemic restrictions.

Petitioners Seek U.S. Supreme Court Review of Baker Orders

Gov. Charlie Charlie Baker is less than three months away from lifting all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but critics who believe the Republican governor overstepped his authority are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Baker's actions to date a violation of the Constitution.

Senate Session Summary - Monday, May 10

The Senate on Monday added three proposed constitutional amendments to the calendar ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 Constitutional Convention on Wednesday. Following the lead of more than 100 towns that have changed their governing board's name to "select board," a Sen. Will Brownsberger proposal (S 2440) would mirror that language in the 17 instances where the Constitution currently refers to "selectmen." The Municipalities and Regional Government Committee gave that amendment a green light on April 29.

House Session Summary - Monday, May 10

The House adopted six orders Monday placing legislative amendments to the constitution on the Constitutional Convention calendar for its first scheduled meeting of the new session Wednesday. Among them is the closely followed surtax on household income over $1 million (H 86) that advocates say can generate over $2 billion in funding for education and transportation.

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Cyberattack to Push Mass. Gas Prices Higher

Gas prices in Massachusetts rose by 6 cents a gallon over the past week and analysts at AAA expect further increases due to a gas pipeline that's been shut down because of a cyberattack.

Active COVID-19 Cases At Lowest Level Since Early November

More than 4 million adults in Massachusetts have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose after steady progress over the weekend, while most measures of the virus's impact continued to improve ahead of another reopening step starting Monday.

Gov. Charlie Baker gives a thumbs-up on Wednesday as Beth Franklin takes a selfie while waiting after getting her first Pfizer vaccine shot at the Encore Boston Harbor casino. [John Tlumacki/Boston Globe/Pool]

Weekly Roundup - Achievement Unlocked

Vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population with at least one dose by July 4? No sweat. Already done. What's next?

House Speaker Pro Tempore Kate Hogan (top right), appearing in a livestream discussion with Congresswoman Lori Trahan (top left) and Rep. Frank Moran, said federal stimulus funding will function as "the hand of recovery." [Screenshot]

Biden Rescue Plan Will Guide State’s Recovery, Dems Say

The massive American Rescue Plan stimulus and spending package that directed billions to Massachusetts will serve as "the hand of recovery" as the state presses to reinvigorate its economy, help laid-off workers find jobs, and bring students back into schools, House Speaker Pro Tempore Kate Hogan said Thursday.

Gov. Charlie Baker (background) listens to Juan Acevedo, co-owner of Colombian restaurant Panela, during a visit to the Lowell business on Thursday. [Julia Malakie/Lowell Sun/Pool]

Small Biz Lifeline Program Reaches Its End

When Vivian and Juan Acevedo opened Lowell's Panela restaurant in 2019, it was in many ways the realization of a dream and the culmination of Vivian's culinary career.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee, spent an hour Thursday morning talking with the New England Council. [Screenshot]

Pressley Favors Combining Biden’s Spending Proposals

With Democrats clinging to a slim majority in Congress, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said Thursday the next recovery package should be big and inclusive of everything from roads and bridges to housing, child care and paid family leave, warning Democrats against breaking up the White House's massive relief proposals to get something done.

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Latest COVID-19 Figures in Mass.

Data as of 5 p.m. Monday.
New Confirmed Cases446
Total Confirmed Cases653,636
Total Deaths17,698
Full Vaccinations2,962,937

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