The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate have now passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, will increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus. The legislation […]
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Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill that will provide additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) relief to low-income families, non-profit institutions and employers. Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law on Wednesday, May 27. An Act Providing Additional Support to Those Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Through the Unemployment Insurance System builds on UI legislation […]
On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Massachusetts State Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, would increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus, and establish a […]
Access to unemployment insurance benefits is vital to help residents weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. State and federal lawmakers have recognized this need and taken unprecedented steps to strengthen and expand access to unemployment benefits for as many people as possible. Unemployment assistance is now available to many different types […]
BOSTON—In recent days, the Massachusetts Legislature has taken a number of important actions to protect public health during the novel coronavirus pandemic and to address the economic impacts on Massachusetts residents, small businesses, non-profits, municipalities and others. Lawmakers in both chambers of the State Legislature, working closely with the Baker administration, also continue to develop […]
BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate on Friday passed legislation that will provide a critical safety net for renters, homeowners, and small businesses grappling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus public health emergency. The legislation prohibits all non-essential evictions and foreclosures and provides mortgage borrowers with forbearance options and protects […]
BOSTON— On Thursday, April 9, the State Legislature passed legislation that cancels MCAS testing requirements for the current school year and supports those experiencing homelessness. “Cancelling MCAS testing for the remainder of this school year will enable our teachers and students to focus on learning and personal well-being as we continue to navigate the current […]
BOSTON—On Thursday, the State Legislature passed a bill to provide essential relief to municipalities, taxpayers, restaurants, and others impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and State of Emergency declaration. The bipartisan legislation extends the state income tax filing deadline for residents; addresses disruptions in municipal tax collections and permitting; and allows licensed restaurants to sell certain […]
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. As we continue to deal with the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to thank the doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, first responders, public health officials, grocery store workers, truck drivers, and everybody else who is working hard to save lives and […]
This guest post was authored by Ashley Hall, MS, Program Manager of the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Concerned About Youth Vaping at Home while Schools are Closed? During these extraordinary times, when our lives are disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, schools, organizations, and activities are closed. While parents work to establish new routines at home […]