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2020-2021 Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance

On behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the 2020-2021 Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance funded through an allocation from the Workforce Training Fund to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. Read moreDownload

State Sets Aug. 29-30 as Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

The state’s 6.25 percent sales tax will be waived on many purchases the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30, the Baker administration announced Tuesday. This summer’s sales tax holiday weekend will take place as retailers regain their footing after weeks of government-forced shutdowns, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he hopes people will…

Weneedavacation.com Vacationing Responsibly Video

To visit the Cape & Islands safely and responsibly this summer, things will look a little different. The beaches and the delicious seafood will still be here, but getting it all will be different from what you are used to. Let us tell you all about it!

A Running List Indoor & Outdoor Dining, Takeout & Delivery Options in Orleans: Updated 6/23

Breakdown of modified hours, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery options, updated 6/23 Click restaurant name to view their website. We’ll continue to refresh with new information, as available. Before heading out to dinner, check to see if your destination requires a reservation. Don’t forget to wear your masks, and respect social distancing guidelines posted at the…

Emergency Regulations Will Deliver More Small Biz Tax Relief

Beacon Hill leaders will further delay tax deadlines for small businesses around the state in another step aimed at lessening pressure on those hit hardest by the economic downturn that the pandemic prompted. Sales, meals and room occupancy taxes for qualifying businesses for March through August will not be due to the state until September,…

Logan Air Traffic May Not Fully Recover for Years

State House News – Passenger volume at Logan International Airport is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels for at least another two years, and the recovery process could take six years under a worst-case scenario, Massachusetts Port Authority officials said Thursday. Both air and maritime travel have dropped significantly amid the COVID-19 outbreak. While Massport leaders…

Teachers’ Union Lays Out Demands as Part of “Re-Opening Platform”

Funding levels called for under the new school finance reform law, additional staff and an elimination of MCAS tests are among the measures the Massachusetts Teachers Association says should be the foundation for re-opening schools. The union published its re-opening platform Thursday, as educators, parents and students wait to see what the Department of Elementary and Secondary…

SBA Releases New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The Small Business Administration has released an updated application form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers seeking loan forgiveness. Under the PPP Flexibility Act, borrowers receiving PPP loans prior to June 5 will have the option to choose either an eight-week or a 24-week “covered period” during which they can spend their loan proceeds. View the…

Jobless Claims Active Ahead of May Unemployment Rate Release

State house News – Massachusetts employers added a whopping 58,000 jobs in May, but the state unemployment rate remained one of the nation’s highest as most other states showed greater signs of economic recovery. The month-over-month job gains more than doubled any previous record increase in Massachusetts dating back to at least 1990, according to…

Insurers Hopeful About Telehealth Cost Savings Potential

State House News – Telehealth language in a new Senate bill teed up for debate next week has caught the eye of insurance carriers. State senators last week introduced health care legislation that includes measures around telehealth, out-of-network billing, and providers’ scope of practice. The bill (S 2769) would require insurers to reimburse for telehealth at the…
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