Chamber News

Legislature Plans Tax Deadline Delay, Mirroring IRS

State House News – With the Internal Revenue Service moving the federal tax filing deadline back about a month, the Massachusetts Legislature folded a matching extension for the state tax deadline into the unemployment insurance, paid leave and tax relief bill that passed the Senate on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury and IRS announced Wednesday that the…

U.S. Treasury Gives Green Light to State Tax Cuts

State House News – The U.S. Treasury has given state lawmakers some breathing room as they consider a tax relief package worth as much as $350 million, indicating that states may cut taxes without being penalized under the new federal stimulus law. The Treasury told the Associated Press that tax cuts are allowed under the stimulus bill…

Moderna Testing New Vaccine that Does Not Require Ultra-Cold Storage

Boston Herald – Cambridge biotech company Moderna is testing a “next generation” coronavirus vaccine with the potential to remain stable at standard refrigerator temperatures instead of requiring ultra-cold storage. The first participants have already been dosed with the new vaccine candidate, called mRNA-1283, the company announced on Monday. “We are pleased to begin this Phase 1 study of…

Massachusetts is Getting Another Modest Increase in Vaccine Supply

Boston.com – Massachusetts is set to see another modest increase in vaccine supplies for next week, including thousands of unexpected doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration said Monday night that Massachusetts is receiving 170,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines this week, after getting 155,000 last week through the federal…

Facebook, Boston Children’s Hospital offer new way to find COVID shots

Boston Globe – Next time you’re searching for places to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot, don’t forget to check out Facebook. The social network on Monday announced a partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital to provide US residents with information about vaccine availability in their neighborhoods. The organizations are working to add the ability for users to…

Jobless May Need Help Transitioning to Post-Pandemic Work

State House News – The state must invest in workforce development programs to help people transition into technical trades and other in-demand industries if they are unable to return to their old jobs eliminated during the pandemic, a new report from several statewide workforce organizations recommends. The paper, presented Monday at a virtual policy briefing for legislators,…

Baker Plans to Fully Open Vaccine Eligibility April 19

State House News – All Massachusetts residents ages 16 or older will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, the Baker administration announced. Residents 60 or older and certain workers became eligible yesterday. Residents 55 or older and those with one qualifying health condition will become eligible April 5 and the general public…

After a Year on Front Lines, Massachusetts Grocery Workers Want Vaccine Eligibility

NBC Boston – They remained open when most businesses were closed during the worst of the pandemic, and now, grocery store workers in Massachusetts are fighting to get the vaccine. As it stands, grocery store workers are next in line to receive the vaccine, but they are in a group with a bunch of other workers.…

State Easing Travel Rules with Next Re-Opening Step

State House News – The fourth and final phase of the state’s economic and social reopening plan began Monday, and rules around out-of-state travel were also relaxed. The July 2020 travel order that required people entering Massachusetts from most states to fill out a form and quarantine for 10 days, test negative for COVID-19, or…

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act establishes a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund within the US. Small Business Administration. This program is not yet up and running, but we will provide additional info as it becomes available.Here is a brief overview of the program: An eligible business may receive a tax-free federal grant equal to the amount of…