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Friday Evening Update, 3/20/20

As of yesterday, March 19th, there were 8 cases of COVID-19 in Cambridge. Learn more here:https://bit.ly/2QvnYUU There are 413 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 144 cases in Middlesex County. 2,666 people have been tested in the state. Today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the first death from…

Thursday Evening, March 19, 2020 Update

As of today, eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2xNO0MA Currently there are 328 cases of COVID in Massachusetts, including 119 cases in Middlesex County. 2208 people have been tested in the state. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/3a5LI9Y Cambridge Updates: The Cambridge Health Alliance is currently facing a…

3/18 End of Day COVID-19 Updates

Good evening, I write to you with some updates on COVID-19 and resources that may be of use in the coming weeks. As of today, March 18th, there are 256 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Massachusetts, including 100 in Middlesex county. 1743 patients have been tested. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. Cambridge…

3/18 COVID-19 Updates

As of Monday March 16th, there were seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cambridge. You can learn more here: http://cambridgepublichealth.org/news/article.php?id=240 As of yesterday, March 17th, there are 218 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1367 patients have been tested in the state. You can learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring Yesterday, I filed a bill with my…

End of Day Update, 3/16/20

I’m reaching out to provide you with relevant COVID-19 updates from today. Governor Baker announced the creation of a $10 million small business recovery loan fund for businesses of a certain size, including nonprofits. This fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000. Loans will be available to eligible businesses immediately,…

End of Day Update, 3/15/20

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/15/nation/baker-closes-all-mass-schools-announces-restaurant-restrictions-bans-gatherings-over-25-people/ Additionally, all courts in MA will be closed to the public on Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-the-trial-court

Update 1: 3/13/20

I write to you today about the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with some recommendations and resources for your use. I recognize that these are uncertain times, and that for many of us this outbreak is a burden economically and in terms of ensuring that health and behavioral health care needs…

‘Tale of two cities:’ Cambridge faces challenges in reducing youth homelessness

By Diane McLaughlin / Cambridge@wickedlocal.com During a panel discussion about youth homelessness, moderator and Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern asked state Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, to talk about her work in the Legislature. Decker declined, saying she would rather talk about what it meant to have people involved with homelessness gathered…

Lawmakers express disappointment after Gov. Baker vetoes ‘cap on kids’ repeal

https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/lawmakers-express-disappointment-after-gov-baker-vetoes-cap-on-kids-repeal/1366293229 BOSTON (WWLP) – As part of this year’s state budget, The House and Senate sent Governor Charlie Baker a proposal to lift the so-called “cap on kids.” But lawmakers last month rejected Baker’s amendment to tag additional welfare reforms onto the repeal. And while Baker said he does not…

Baker’s welfare reform proposal rejected by House

By Matt Murphy State House News Service HOUSE REJECTS BAKER’S WELFARE REFORM PROPOSAL BOSTON – The House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to tag additional welfare reforms onto a repeal of the state’s cap on welfare benefits for children born to families already receiving public assistance, challenging the Republican in an…

Critics call Gov. Charlie Baker’s welfare family cap move ‘devious,’ ‘disturbing’

By Shira Schoenberg sschoenberg@repub.com Devious. Disturbing. Underhanded. Sneaky. These are among the adjectives that advocates for welfare recipients are using to describe Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to reject a change that would expand welfare benefits for children unless the Legislature agrees to another change that would cut thousands of children…

Gov Baker Signs Bill Strengthening Commonwealth Gun Laws:Provides Pathway to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous Individuals

Gov. Charlie Baker signed H.4670, An Act Relative to Firearms, which will allow household members, or others in close relationships, and local law enforcement to file an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) petition with the court to remove firearms from dangerous individuals. “Massachusetts’ gun laws are a model for the nation,…

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