Massachusetts - Coronavirus Press Clips Archive

Despite calls to fund equity efforts, Massachusetts cannabis commission returns millions to state

The Republican - - 8/8/2020

Massachusetts has over $1 million sitting in census fund as communities remain undercounted, advocates say

The Republican - - 8/6/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker is getting a shout-out from a fiscal watchdog for taking on the state Legislature.

Boston Herald - 8/5/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs 3-month budget, sends back provision that stipulates funding levels

The Republican - - 8/4/2020

As COVID-19 rate rises, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts calls for remote start to 2020-2021 school year

The Republican - - 8/3/2020

Free phone calls for Massachusetts inmates would force cuts to jail programs, sheriff says

The Republican - - 8/2/2020


Massachusetts commits to keep local aid amounts level during fiscal 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic

MassLive – 7/30/2020

Massachusetts House votes to extend legislative session

Associated Press – 7/30/2020

We must flatten a second curve: Senate passes jobs bill in hopes of uplifting state in wake of COVID-19

The Republican - - 7/30/2020

Massachusetts House passes $459 million economic growth bill with sports betting, but legalization depends on Senate

The Republican - - 7/29/2020

Lawmakers fund state through Oct. 31, leave lingering questions on long-term virus impact

Boston Herald - 7/28/2020

Massachusetts lawmakers fast-track interim budget, sending three-month spending bill to Gov. Bakers desk

The Republican - - 7/28/2020

Sports betting, lottery sales a ‘no-brainer’ to raise revenue, create jobs, advocates say

Boston Herald - 7/27/2020

What remote learning will look like this fall for Massachusetts students

The Republican - - 7/25/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1.1 billion supplemental budget, which makes Juneteenth official holiday

The Republican - - 7/24/2020

Lawmakers may break for election cycle without annual budget
Sentinel and Enterprise – 7/22/2020

State Senate approves bill for statewide transportation investment
WWLP – 7/21/2020

Lottery overcomes pandemic slide to post strong profits

Boston Herald - 7/21/2020

Massachusetts eviction moratorium extended to mid-October due to the coronavirus pandemic

The Republican - - 7/21/2020

UMass pairs tuition freeze with layoffs, spending cuts amid pandemic

Boston Herald - 7/20/2020

Gov. Baker announces $19.6 million for homelessness prevention, food assistance, as he weighs eviction moratorium deadline

The Republican - - 7/16/2020

Massachusetts $1.1 billion coronavirus pandemic spending bill sent to Gov. Charlie Bakers desk

The Republican - - 7/16/2020

Transportation advocates urge lawmakers to reconsider a revenue package ahead of Senate debate on bond bill

The Republican - - 7/16/2020

Mass. special education residential schools to receive $16.1M in coronavirus relief funds from state

The Republican - - 7/13/2020

Massachusetts traffic heading toward normal everywhere but Boston, MassDOT data shows

Boston Herald - 7/11/2020

Its the biggest challenge our industry has ever faced: MGM Springfield reopens casino, looks to renegotiate deal with city

The Republican - - 7/11/2020

Marijuana regulators recommend keeping tax rate though study indicates other models would generate more revenue

The Republican - - 7/9/2020

Massachusetts hospitals collectively saw more than $2 billion in losses as coronavirus spread, data shows

The Republican - - 7/9/2020

Charlie Baker calls Donald Trump out on ‘inappropriate’ threat to cut school funding

Boston Herald - 7/8/2020

Massachusetts recovers $158 million after getting 58,000 fake unemployment claims in nationwide scam

The Republican - - 7/7/2020

Massachusetts businesses retained 2.2 million jobs through use of Paycheck Protection Program

The Republican - - 7/6/2020

State Senate bill provides $10M for rural cell phone service improvements

The Republican - - 7/3/2020

Proposal to increase nursing home funding in Massachusetts derailed by coronavirus

The Republican - - 7/2/2020

Proposal to increase nursing home funding in Massachusetts derailed by coronavirus

The Republican - - 7/2/2020

Massachusetts forced to borrow money to pay unemployment claims

The Republican - - 7/1/2020

Bill seeks to extend moratorium on evictions in Massachusetts for one year

The Republican - - 7/1/2020


Gov. Baker announces $20M in rental, mortgage assistance during pandemic, but no decision on extending eviction moratorium

The Republican - - 6/30/2020

Charlie Baker mum on Phase 3 reopening, but relaxes coronavirus travel restrictions

Boston Herald - 6/30/2020

Keeping Massachusetts spending at fiscal 2020 levels still wouldnt cover spending gap, report says

The Republican - - 6/30/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker announces $275 million COVID-19 economic recovery package

The Republican - - 6/26/2020

Facing $50M budget shortfall, UMass Lowell plans layoffs

The Republican - - 6/26/2020

Baker Signs Interim Budget To Keep State Funded Through July
WBUR – 6/26/2020

House, Senate Agree On Road Funding, MBTA Board

WBUR – 6/26/2020

Massachusetts House passes $1.1 billion budget to cover coronavirus costs

The Republican - - 6/25/2020

How financially viable are Massachusetts public colleges and universities amid COVID-19?

The Republican - - 6/24/2020

UMass president on impact of coronavirus: ‘We’re in survival mode’

Boston Herald - 6/23/2020

Charlie Baker defends proposal for police bonuses within reform bill as criticism mounts

Boston Globe and - 6/23/2020

Mass. Teachers Union says more than 2,000 educators received layoff notices in 47 districts it represents

The Republican - - 6/23/2020

Massachusetts Department of Revenue keeps local aid level-funded for July and August

The Republican - - 6/22/2020

Massachusetts lawmakers, uncertain of coronavirus economic toll, brace for tough decisions on education, taxes for fiscal 2021 budget

The Republican - - 6/22/2020

Massachusetts will start fiscal 2021 with $5.25B temporary budget following significant revenue losses caused by coronavirus

The Republican - - 6/19/2020

Massachusetts teachers receive pink slips amid coronavirus crisis, economic downturn

Boston Herald - 6/17/2020

Massachusetts House, Senate at odds over gas tax

WWLP – 6/16/2020

Coronavirus derails MBTA finances, report says deficit to hit $400 million by FY22

Boston Herald - 6/15/2020

Massachusetts to launch $5M grant program to help communities fix streets, lots as outdoor dining gains traction

The Republican - - 6/11/2020

Mass. Dems, Baker respond to calls for racial equity from minority lawmakers, protesters

The Republican - - 6/11/2020

As Mass. takes stock COVID-19's economic toll, report makes case for Bakers sales tax modernization proposal

The Republican - - 6/10/2020

Senate taking bare necessities approach on transportation

State House News Service – 6/9/2020

Teachers brace for layoffs in unprecedented times
Boston Globe – 6/8/2020

May revenue report shows Mass. $2.25B short on taxes

Boston Business Journal – 6/3/2020


Budget watchdogs warn economic impact of coronavirus will crush Massachusetts budgets for years

Boston Herald - 5/28/2020

Massachusetts slow climb from economic mess over coronavirus will take years, MTF report says

The Republican - - 5/28/2020

Massachusetts education officials working to have K-12 schools open in the fall

The Republican - - 5/27/2020

Massachusetts lottery at risk of becoming obsolete, director says

The Republican - - 5/27/2020

Group of economists push for tax hikes to balance Massachusetts state budget

Boston Herald - 5/27/2020

Massachusetts vote-by-mail bill to address coronavirus concerns cant wait until summer, advocates say

The Republican - - 5/20/2020

Deteriorating economic outlook predicts $6 billion Massachusetts state budget shortfall

The Republican - - 5/19/2020

Facing financial pressure amid coronavirus, UMass Amherst announces staff furloughs, volunteer separation incentives

The Republican - - 5/18/2020

Massachusetts invests $56M to combat food insecurity amid coronavirus

The Republican - - 5/17/2020

Massachusetts to distribute $502M in coronavirus stimulus funds to towns and cities

The Republican - - 5/14/2020

Massachusetts short-term borrowing bill during COVID-19 pandemic heads to Gov. Charlie Bakers desk

The Republican - - 5/14/2020

During coronavirus pandemic, UMass Memorial Health Care sees loss of $28 million, anticipates worst year in history

The Republican - - 5/12/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker files $1 billion supplemental budget bill after mounting coronavirus costs

The Republican - - 5/12/2020

State tax revenue dropped over 50 percent in April. What does that mean for Massachusetts moving forward?

Boston Globe – 5/8/2020

Massachusetts awarded $15.9 million to expand COVID-19 testing

The Republican - - 5/7/2020

Massachusetts House passes borrowing bill to cover costs during coronavirus pandemic in remote ession

The Republican - - 5/6/2020

April tax collections plunge by $2.3 billion

WWLP – 5/5/2020

Massachusetts partisan fight: Republicans block coronavirus emergency rules order, House members could be called to Boston to vote

The Republican - - 5/4/2020

Coronavirus could dent college enrollment in Boston whether campuses reopen or not

Boston Herald - 5/3/2020

MGM Resorts: Casinos nationwide, including Springfield, to open in phases

The Republican - - 5/1/2020


Coronavirus stimulus check bills for Massachusetts immigrants draw support

The Republican - - 4/29/2020

Coronavirus pandemic creates opportunities for improving transportation, Mass. Senate President Karen Spilka says

The Republican - - 4/28/2020

Coronavirus antibody testing in Boston, Massachusetts has Baker, Walsh in opposite corners

Boston Herald - 4/27/2020

Massachusetts nursing homes battle against coronavirus to receive $130 million boost, but money must fund staffing, infection control

The Republican - - 4/27/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker seeks $1.2 billion loan to cover Mass. unemployment benefits

The Republican - - 4/23/2020

Massachusetts governor signals long road to reopening economy

Boston Herald – 4/23/2020

In reversal, Harvard says it will not accept $8.7 million in federal coronavirus relief after President Trump singles university out

The Republican - - 4/23/2020

Pandemic EBT pilot could generate more than $100 million into Mass. economy, Secretary Sudders says

The Republican - - 4/22/2020

Remember that gas tax increase? Lawmakers aren’t so sure now
Boston Globe – 4/22/2020

COVID-19 testing expands to 12 community health centers in Massachusetts

The Republican - - 4/22/2020

More than 180,000 student loan borrowers in Massachusetts to receive relief amidst COVID-19 pandemic through multi-state program

The Republican - - 4/22/2020

$22.3 million from COVID-19 stimulus package to go to 5 Mass. colleges, Rep. Lori Trahan says

The Republican - - 4/20/2020

Residents ineligible for state unemployment will now see federal benefits, Gov. Baker says

The Republican - - 4/20/2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is prepared to send 400 ventilators to Massachusetts on a day's notice as coronavirus cases continue to climb in the Bay State.

Boston Herald - 4/19/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker: to reopen amid COVID-19, feds must help states facing budget crunches

The Republican - - 4/19/2020

Cannabis regulators ask lawmakers to advocate for marijuana businesses seeking financial assistance during pandemic

The Republican - - 4/18/2020

Coronavirus impact: Casino gaming revenues take nosedive amid shutdowns of Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park

The Republican - - 4/15/2020

Coronavirus-induced Massachusetts budget crisis could cause human suffering without federal bail out

Boston Herald - 4/14/2020

Coronavirus crisis hits Massachusetts budget as revenues free fall and demand for services skyrockets

Boston Herald - 4/14/2020

Experts attach numbers to Massachusetts revenue, jobs freefall

Boston Herald - 4/14/2020

Massachusetts lawmakers, advocates press for more aid for children, disabled, the elderly

The Republican - - 4/13/2020

Coronavirus recovery bill sends $841M to Massachusetts hospitals

The Republican - - 4/13/2020

Coronavirus: Self-employed in Massachusetts will have to wait for unemployment benefits as state builds new system

The Republican - - 4/10/2020

Massachusetts budget uncertain amid coronavirus

The Republican - - 4/7/2020

Baker administration invests $800 million to health care providers for COVID-19 response

The Republican - - 4/7/2020

Coronavirus: Massachusetts budget hearing postponed after livestream fails

The Republican - - 4/7/2020

Massachusetts coronavirus relief fund launches with over $13 million

Boston Herald - 4/6/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker says COVID-19 testing sites to launch in Lowell, West Springfield

The Republican - - 4/6/2020

March tax collections beat benchmark by $83M

State House News Service – 4/5/2020

Massachusetts transit agencies to receive nearly $1 billion in federal aid amid crisis

The Republican - - 4/3/2020

Bill to allow alcohol takeout, delivery at Massachusetts restaurants on Gov. Charlie Bakers desk

The Republican - - 4/3/2020

Insurance companies could collapse under COVID-19 losses, experts say

Boston Herald - 4/1/2020


Coronavirus response: Massachusetts education board grants Commissioner Jeff Riley emergency powers as state seeks to postpone deadlines, MCAS

The Republican - - 3/31/2020

President Donald Trump declares COVID-19 disaster in Massachusetts, orders assistance through federal funding

The Republican - - 3/28/2020

Massachusetts income tax filing deadline pushed back to July 15

Boston Herald - 3/27/2020

Coronavirus in Massachusetts: Bill could lead to some local tax extensions, standardized testing changes

The Republican - - 3/24/2020

Nursing homes caring for most vulnerable to coronavirus appeal for help

Boston Herald - 3/24/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker is banning utility companies from shutting off gas, electric and water utility service

Boston Herald - 3/24/2020

Coronavirus fallout: MassDOT officials project a $38 million loss in toll revenue amid outbreak

The Republican - - 3/23/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker maintained Friday that he is not planning a shelter-in-place order, insisting that the Bay State is already in lockdown in response to the coronavirus.

Boston Herald - 3/20/2020

Coronavirus: Massachusetts to add another $10 million to small business loan fund that was overrun with applications

The Republican - - 3/20/2020

Coronavirus: MassHealth to receive an additional $1 billion for coronavirus relief package

The Republican - - 3/19/2020

Coronavirus: Lawmakers fast-track Gov. Charlie Bakers response bills, including one for unemployment benefits

The Republican - - 3/18/2020

Coronavirus restrictions will help protect the public. They may also crater the state budget

Boston Globe – 3/17/2020

Coronavirus response includes small business loans; No one knows how long this is going to last

The Republican - - 3/17/2020

Coronavirus response: Baker admin to distribute $5M in emergency funds to local boards of health

The Republican - - 3/17/2020

Charlie Baker says 'no shelter in place' for Massachusetts over coronavirus

Boston Herald - 3/17/2020

Massachusetts State House closes to the public due to coronavirus

The Republican - - 3/16/2020

Massachusetts launches $10M small business recovery loan fund

The Republican - - 3/16/2020

Bills to help Massachusetts workers, municipalities now in Legislatures hands

The Republican - - 3/16/2020

Baker bans events over 250 people, leaves schools open

Boston Herald - 3/13/2020

Lawmakers pass $15 million spending bill for Coronavirus response

Boston Herald - 3/12/2020

House cancels public events ‘for foreseeable future’ following Massachusetts state of emergency

Boston Herald - 3/11/2020

Baker declares a coronavirus state of emergency as Massachusetts cases more than double

Boston Herald - 3/10/2020

Lawmakers propose $15 million for coronavirus response

Boston Herald - 3/10/2020

Coronavirus concerns: Charlie Baker urges schools to cancel trips abroad

Boston Herald - 3/4/2020

Coronavirus fed funds: Massachusetts receives $500,000 to boost response

Boston Herald - 3/4/2020