Latest Massachusetts state government News

About 1,600 state workers miss vaccine deadline, face firing

Oct. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 1,600 Massachusetts state employees had not proved they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or had sought a vaccine exemption by Sunday's deadline, the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. The Republican governor said in August...

Massachusetts Medicaid fraud case settled for $25M

Oct. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A private equity firm and two former executives at a mental health provider have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged they caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the state's Medicaid program, the state attorney general's office said. ...

Massachusetts National Guard to aid COVID-19 school testing

Oct. 12, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker activated up to 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Tuesday to help deal with COVID-19 challenges. Up to 200 guard members will aid in COVID-19 testing in schools throughout the state, and as many as 250 members will be...

Maps would draw new lines for state House, Senate seats

Oct. 12, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers who must draw new district lines for all 200 state House and Senate seats unveiled new proposed maps Tuesday that they said would help strengthen the political clout of Black, Hispanic and minority voters. In the new House map, the...

Gov. Baker names new 7-member board of directors for MBTA

Oct. 07, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that he has appointed a new seven-member board of directors for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that are taking over leadership of the system from a temporary body created to help stabilize the transit agency. ...

Massachusetts Senate approves bill to expand voting rights

Oct. 06, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would permanently write into Massachusetts law early voting options that were temporarily adopted during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the Massachusetts Senate. The bill would also enact...

Salem ESL teacher named state teacher of the year

Oct. 06, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — An elementary school teacher from Salem was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. Marta García, who teaches English as a second language to second and third graders at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, was honored during a...

Trump endorses Geoff Diehl for Massachusetts governor

Oct. 06, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Geoff Diehl, a former Republican state representative, for governor of Massachusetts in 2022. The state’s current governor — fellow Republican Charlie Baker — hasn’t yet said if he plans to seek a third...

Report: Massachusetts economy faces post-pandemic challenges

Oct. 05, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — What the “new normal” of a post-pandemic economy in Massachusetts might look like is the subject of a report released Tuesday by Massachusetts Senate leaders, who argued that just returning to the pre-2020 way of doing things isn’t good enough. The...

Supreme Court won't rule on governor's pandemic authority

Oct. 04, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday against hearing an appeal of a decision that found Gov. Charlie Baker did not overstep his authority with sweeping orders to close businesses and limit gatherings to control the coronavirus early in the pandemic. The...