Posted inEducation

Baker will not mandate masks in schools 

THE MASSACHUSETTS Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday issued new guidance “strongly recommending” that elementary school students wear masks this fall, but leaving the decision up to individual school districts. The guidance also recommends that vaccinated students not be required to wear masks.  The new guidance falls far short of the indoor mask […]

Posted inOpinion

SJC got Baker emergency orders case right

THERE ARE AT least two important takeaways from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Desrosiers v. Governor, in which the court upheld Gov. Charlie Baker’s authority to issue emergency orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, the court’s conclusion was undoubtedly correct. The plaintiffs argued that the governor had “usurped” the role of […]

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What about the back rent?   

THE EXTENSION THIS week by Gov. Charlie Baker of a statewide eviction moratorium to mid-October provides two more months of breathing room for tenants. The eviction freeze, put in place in April to respond to the surge in unemployment from the coronavirus shutdown of the economy, had been due to expire on August 18. But as the […]

Posted inEconomy

Mass. economy to reopen in four phases

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER announced plans on Monday for a cautious reopening of the Massachusetts economy, a process that will happen in phases and could be halted or even reversed if public health indicators begin moving in the wrong direction in the state’s effort to quell the coronavirus pandemic. Baker said there will be four phases […]

Posted inPolitics

The rumor that won’t die — shelter in place

This story was updated Tuesday afternoon to include the governor’s latest denial and news that New York’s mayor is considering a shelter-in-place order. GOV. CHARLIE BAKER ON SUNDAY denied he was preparing to issue a 14-day shelter-in-place order, calling it “wild speculation.” On Monday, he dismissed the idea again, although he said he would review President […]