Latest Massachusetts state government News

Massachusetts falls just shy of vaccination goal for week

Apr. 16, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has fallen just short of a prediction by Gov. Charlie Baker that 2 million residents would be reported fully vaccinated by Friday. On Monday, the Republican said the state was on track to cross the 2 million mark by week’s end in...

Massachusetts House OKs bill for new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Apr. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House voted Thursday to approve a $400 million bond bill to pay for a new facility to replace the existing Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation's deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility. The...

Baker: J&J pause not significantly slowing vaccine effort

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is forging ahead with plans to vaccinate as many residents as possible, despite placing a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the advice of federal authorities, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The vast majority of...

Democratic pro-abortion rights PAC hopes to oust Gov. Baker

Apr. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A national political action committee dedicated to helping elect Democratic woman who support abortion rights say they are targeting a series of Republican governors, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The group, EMILY’s List, faulted Baker for...

Massachusetts House unveils budget plan for new fiscal year

Apr. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders on Wednesday unveiled their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The $47.6 billion spending plan, which is expected to be debated the week of April 26, doesn’t include any broad-based taxes or...

State health officials pause administration of J&J vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health followed the advice of federal authorities on Tuesday and ordered a stop to the administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. “The Department of Public Health is notifying all Massachusetts...

Baker: 2M in state should be fully vaccinated by end of week

Apr. 12, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As many as 2 million Massachusetts residents could be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. Already nearly 1.8 million residents have received first and second doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board. April 8, 2021. Editorial: CT must catch up with times on voting There shouldn’t be anything partisan about voting rights. In an ideal world, expanding the franchise would be seen as a basic political goal of...

Gov. Baker no fan of 'vaccine passports' — at least not now

Apr. 08, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t a big fan of “vaccine passports” — at least not now. The passports are meant to allow those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to have greater access to public places as the state and country...

Massachusetts expanding vaccine preregistration locations

Apr. 07, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents hoping to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the state website will have additional locations to choose from beyond the state’s seven existing mass vaccination sites, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. Starting this...