Month: December 2020

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $668 Million Small Business Relief Package

Additional businesses will be awarded as soon as next week through the Mass Growth Capital Corporation BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration launched a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program in part relies on the pending federal COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress.…

US Adds Negative COVID Test Mandate for UK Travelers

New York Times – The United States will require all airline passengers arriving from Britain to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The move comes as a new highly transmissible variant of the virus, which first appeared in Britain, has led more…

Boston Globe: Business Needs a Break on Unemployment Taxes

Massachusetts lawmakers should make it a priority to pass Governor Baker’s bill by the end of the session. Not every fix for the sagging economy comes from Washington. One huge boost to businesses in Massachusetts can and should come from right here on Beacon Hill — that is, if House lawmakers can keep their focus.…

AIM Testimony Filed for Unemployment Hearing; Association Calls for Urgent Freeze

AIM Blog – Associated Industries of Massachusetts has worked tirelessly with elected officials on both the state and federal levels to moderate a potentially disastrous 60 percent increase in unemployment insurance rates next year and to keep the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund on sound financial footing. Last Friday, Governor Charlie Baker took a major step toward…

Vaccines Head to Long-Term Care Facilities

COVID-19 vaccines are being delivered to long-term care facilities this week. More than 35,000 people in Massachusetts have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 146,000 doses of the vaccine have arrived in the state so far, according the state’s first round of vaccine reporting. The Department of Public Health on Dec. 24 added…

Eight Things you Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

AIM thanks Dr. Michael Collins, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Kevin Cranston, Assistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Maura McLaughlin, Employment Law Partner, Morgan, Brown & Joy for the discussion of  medical, legal and political implications of the COVID-19 vaccine. The webinar was moderated by AIM Executive Vice President of…

The Stimulus Deal: What’s in It for You

New York Times – Another dose of relief is finally on the way for the millions of Americans facing financial distress because of the coronavirus pandemic. Congress on Monday approved a bill based upon an agreement to provide a round of $600 stimulus payments to most Americans and partly restore the enhanced federal unemployment benefit, offering $300 for…

Front-Line Workers and Adults 75 and Older Should Get Shots Next, CDC Panel Says

Boston Globe – The debate about who should receive the COVID-19 vaccine in these early months has grown increasingly urgent as the daily tally of cases has swelled to numbers unimaginable even a month ago. A panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Sunday to recommend that about 30 million “front-line essential workers,”…

Baker Administration Announces Support For 1,158 Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Recession

The Baker Administration announced that nearly $49 million in grants to small businesses will be awarded through the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. In October, the $50.8 million grant program was announced as a key component of Partnerships for Recovery, the administration’s comprehensive plan to get people back…
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