Latest Charlie Baker News

Governor announces stimulus package as virus cases rise

Oct. 22, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $774 million plan Thursday that he said will help stabilize the economy as Massachusetts grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes $115 million for businesses that have been hit particularly hard by virus restrictions, especially in the...

State to audit 2 school districts; 22 new COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials have made good on a promise to audit school districts that have not updated their timeline for bringing students back for in-person instruction despite community coronavirus transmission rates considered safe. State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley in a...

Massachusetts ban on pandemic evictions, foreclosures ending

Oct. 17, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures imposed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday, leaving many worrying about their housing security. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week unveiled a $171 million initiative he said will help tenants and...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Thugs invade Zoom session Republican-American Oct. 15 What word best describes what happened to Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5th District, during a Zoom session with Newtown voters Monday? Appalling? Unacceptable?...

Massachusetts foster parents could be first to unionize

Oct. 15, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts could become home to the first union to successfully represent foster parents. SEIU 509 announced plans Thursday to unionize thousands of foster parents across the state. Union officials say that while foster parents provide nurturing and compassion, they also require the...

Massachusetts veterans' services agency gets new leader

Oct. 15, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Cheryl Lussier Poppe was named secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services on Thursday, replacing the former leader of the agency who resigned amid an investigation into dozens of coronavirus-related deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. Poppe, who has been the...

A man wearing a face mask walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The photo essay created by photographer Phoebe Powell is to acknowledge the people working in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct which is home to some of the world's leading medical researchers, clinicians and academics keeping Victoria state safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Australia prioritizes air service to 3 countries

Oct. 14, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had discussed reopening air routes with the leaders of all three countries. He described Japan and...

Housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Swampscott, Mass. The protesters were calling on the governor to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Housing activists march to Gov. Baker’s home to push bill

Oct. 14, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Housing activists marched to Gov. Charlie Baker's home in Swampscott on Wednesday to call on him to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. About 100 to 150 protesters said the Republican governor and Democratic leaders in...

Gov. Baker tries to restart Massachusetts budget debate

Oct. 14, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Besides costing thousands of lives in Massachusetts and upending the economy and schools, the coronavirus pandemic has also wreaked havoc on the state's budget process. On Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker tried to restart the debate over the state's annual spending plan by submitting a new...

Man charged with breaking into Massachusetts governor's home

Oct. 14, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — A man broke into Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's home in the middle of the day while the governor's wife and daughter were inside and a state trooper was parked outside, authorities said. Lane Forman last week went through an unlocked side door of the Republican governor's home...