Monthly Archives: April 2020

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Massachusetts Celebrates International Jazz Day, April 30

Today is Jazz Day, a worldwide celebration of America’s great cultural artform, now enjoyed around the globe by millions of music lovers. The annual International Jazz Day was initiated UNESCO in 2011. To celebration the occasion, JazzDay.com is hosting a virtual celebration of International Jazz Day, featuring at-home performances, video […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces All 50 States and D.C. Are Paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. FPUC is authorized under Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Files Medicaid Waiver For MassHealth Flexibility, Provides Update On Launch Of New Unemployment System

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced new federal waiver requests to provide the state’s MassHealth program more flexibility to respond to COVID-19, and provided an update on Massachusetts’ successful implementation of the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. MassHealth Waiver Requests: Massachusetts is filing two waiver requests with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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Arts Equity Summit 2020: Creating Culture Shifts

This year’s Arts Equity Summit, Creating Cultural Shifts, is being held virtually this year, due to COVID-19.  The summit runs from April 24-26, 2020.  Register here. Friday, April 24: Celebrating our arts community. Visual and performing artists  present work via a digital release party. Saturday, April 25: Critical conversations towards […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Issues Letter Establishing Net Zero Emissions Target

The Baker-Polito Administration today issued its formal determination letter establishing net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the Commonwealth’s new legal emissions limit for 2050.  The release of the letter follows a month-long public comment period during which the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) received input and […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation Of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy And Other Workers

The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related […]

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Massachusetts Celebrates Virtual Patriots Day

Monday, April 20 is Patriots Day in Massachusetts, a state-wide holiday created in 1894 to commemorate the Revolutionary War battles in Lexington and Concord. The battlefield reenactments that typically take place each year are cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Instead enjoy these virtual activities that capture the […]

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