• VaxMillions Jul 23

    Signed Up for VaxMillions? Here's How Many People You're Competing Against

    Thursday was the first deadline for Massachusetts’ VaxMillions giveaway, and millions of people are in the running for 10 big prizes — the first of which will be announced next week.

  • mask mandate Jul 23

    Will Mask Mandates Return to Mass. and NH? Here's What We Know

    With increasing hospitalizations and mounting COVID-19 case numbers prompted by the Delta variant, municipalities across the country have re-imposed mask mandates and other public health mitigations. Local leaders in at least five states, including California and Nevada, have reinstated mask requirements, issued facial covering recommendations or threatened the return of strict public health limits for all residents. On a national...

  • coronavirus Jul 23

    Janey: Masks Required in Boston Public Schools This Fall

    Boston public school students will be required to wear masks in the fall, Mayor Kim Janey said, despite statewide guidance that allows children to learn mask-free in Massachusetts. “Many of our children are not eligible to receive a vaccine. The mask is the best protection,” Boston Mayor Kim Janey said at a news conference Thursday. “Children are currently wearing masks…

  • coronavirus Jul 22

    Baker: No Plans to Bring Back Mass. COVID Restrictions Despite Rising Cases

    Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that he has no plans to bring back coronavirus restrictions in Massachusetts as two communities on Cape Cod have issued mask advisories amid a spike in cases. “We’re not looking at changing any of our existing rules or policies,” Baker said. “We have a set of statewide standards and they’re based on what we...

  • Governor Charlie Baker Jul 22

    Here's What Gov. Baker Had to Say About the Recent Spike in COVID Cases

    Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the rise in COVID cases in Massachusetts, saying he does not plan on bringing back any restrictions.

  • coronavirus Jul 20

    Baker Again Prods Legislature on Spending Plan for Federal COVID Funds

    Massachusetts lawmakers started a real-life version of the “what would you do if you won the lottery” game Tuesday, except in this case the windfall is not hypothetical and is already sitting in the state’s coffers. Massachusetts received about $5.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act money from the federal government more than two months ago and, until Tuesday, most…

  • coronavirus Jul 19

    Here's How Massachusetts Plans to Spend $186M of Its COVID Funds

    Massachusetts will use $186 million in federal aid for the coronavirus pandemic to help struggling hospitals, bolster the local health care workforce and invest in workforce training efforts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. The governor said $55 million will go towards health and human services’ workforce development, another $50 million for hospitals facing major financial shortfalls, $31 million for…

  • budget Jul 16

    Mass. Gov. Baker Signs $48 Billion Annual Budget

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $47.6 billion fiscal 2022 budget into law Friday afternoon, his office announced, vetoing $7.9 million in gross spending and an outside section that would delay implementation of a charitable giving tax deduction approved by voters in 2000. State lawmakers unanimously passed a $48.1 billion spending bill on July 9, approving a House-Senate deal that…

  • coronavirus Jul 16

    Here's Why Gov. Baker Thinks COVID Cases Are Spiking in Mass.

    COVID-19 cases are rising again in Massachusetts, which has some health professionals expressing concern. State health officials reported another 236 confirmed coronavirus cases — the most cases in a single day since early June — and four new deaths on Thursday. The last time Massachusetts reported more than 236 new cases in one day was on June 3. The state’s COVID…

  • unemployment Jul 16

    Mass. Unemployment Rate Dips Below 5%

    Massachusetts employers added 9,400 jobs in June as the statewide unemployment rate dropped under 5%, a milestone that was hit due to a substantial revision to figures reported last month, labor officials announced Friday. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics originally announced Massachusetts had a May unemployment rate of 6.1%, but on Friday the office revised that figure down to…

  • Maura Healey Jul 16

    Healey Decision on Run for Governor Might Not Come Until Fall

    Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday forecast a decision on her political future this fall as the two-term Democrat weighs a possible run for governor in 2022 that would see her join a field that already includes three candidates. “I’m thinking about that right now. I’m going to take the summer to think about that. Obviously my term is...

  • Massachusetts Jul 16

    14. Massachusetts

    The education heritage runs deep in the Bay State, but high costs create some challenges.

  • opioid crisis Jul 15

    Healey Hails $4.3B Settlement With Purdue Pharma

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that, with the resolution of her lawsuit against members of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, she will make public tens of millions of documents related to their role in the opioid crisis, and require a payment of more than $4.3 billion over the next nine years. Purdue Pharma will also…

  • Massachusetts Jul 14

    Report: Pandemic to Shift ‘Center of Gravity' in Mass. Work Force

    The coronavirus pandemic may shift the “center of gravity” in Massachusetts while high costs of living and doing business pose a risk of future job growth moving out-of-state, according to a new 82-page report released Tuesday. “Overall, the report concludes that the changing ways of working may shift what we think of as the center of gravity here in Massachusetts,…

  • Charlie Baker Jul 13

    Will Baker Run Again? Field of Potential Candidates Awaits Decision, But He's in No Rush

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is in no rush to announce his plans for a third term. UMass Dartmouth’s Shannon Jenkins is not surprised. “For him, it makes no sense to commit early,” Jenkins said. “His popularity ratings are quite high.” Jenkins says the two-term incumbent would enter the race as the clear front-runner. “So that’s why the big names...

  • Massachusetts Legislature Jul 9

    Massachusetts Lawmakers Give Final OK to $48.1B State Budget

    Massachusetts lawmakers gave final approval to a new state budget Friday after House and Senate negotiators reached a deal Thursday on a $48.1 billion spending plan. When it became clear lawmakers would not have a final budget deal in place for the beginning of the new 2022 fiscal year on July 1, lawmakers approved — and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker…

  • Massachusetts Jul 8

    Negotiators Agree on Overdue Mass. Budget, Votes Planned on Friday

    The Massachusetts House and Senate will vote Friday on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 after the group negotiating a compromise spending plan struck a deal Thursday that is expected to increase spending beyond the $47.7 billion plans approved earlier this spring. Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Sen. Michael Rodrigues announced the agreement on Thursday afternoon, and…

  • New England Holocaust Memorial Jul 8

    New England Holocaust Memorial Unveils New Features at ‘Critical Time'

    Amid an “alarming” rise in hate crimes, elected officials and members of the Jewish community reflected on the significance of remembrance at the New England Holocaust Memorial Thursday morning in Boston. The event bringing them together was an unveiling of a new website and interactive mobile tour experience at the memorial downtown, but it came at what organizers call a...

  • Charlie Baker Jul 7

    Gov. Baker Says He'll Make Decision ‘Soon' on Whether to Seek Third Term

    Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he still isn’t quite ready to say whether he plans to seek re-election to a third term as Massachusetts governor. “That is something the lieutenant governor and I have been talking about with our families, and we’ll certainly make a decision about that soon,” he said following an event in Springfield to kick off...

  • VaxMillions Jul 7

    What Are the Odds You'll Actually Win the $1M VaxMillions Lottery?

    Now that the Vaxmillions registration is open, hundreds of thousands of people are expected register for a chance to receive a million dollars just for getting vaccinated. But how much of a chance do you really have to win the $1 million prize? It all depends.

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