Gov. Baker Orders Most Day Care to Close During Coronavirus Crisis

Most childcare providers will be closed beginning Monday in an effort to stop the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday. Baker said that most child care providers would be closed, but added the state was also looking to create “a process for opening exempt emergency child care programs,” according to a Boston Globe article. The emergency child care programs will be for families of medical staff, emergency personnel and “others critical to fighting the COVID-19 outbreak,” Baker said. These programs will be the only ones allowed to operate during this state of emergency, Baker added. The state will continue to give childcare providers subsidy payments to help them through the Coronavirus crisis.

OP-ED: Republicans Can Send a Strong Message for Change by Leaving Governor Blank on Ballot

The Ugly History of the MA-GOP:
It’s time Republicans and Republican leaning voters send a clear message to the MA-GOP. For decades we’ve tolerated mediocre Republican Governors, telling ourselves: “that’s the best we can do in Massachusetts.” Sure, we’re not likely to elect someone like Scott Walker or Mike Pence to the corner office on Beacon Hill anytime soon. But we can certainly do better than the likes of Bill Weld and his boy wonder Charlie Baker, who not only are as far left on a plethora of issues as Bernie Sanders, but they have become notorious for undermining  Republicans, from mayoral contenders right up to presidential nominees. The policies of these feckless RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are bad enough.

Governor Taps Tufts Health Plan Foundation Member for State Council on Aging

Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan, was named by Governor Charlie Baker to the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, the foundation announced. The council, comprising leaders from the business community, academia, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, community organizations, and municipalities, will develop a plan to make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and they will make up 23% of the Massachusetts population by 2035. “The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 65 is inconsistent with what I see around Massachusetts every day,” said the governor. “Many of our older adults still have ample time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor, or pursue an unfulfilled passion.

Governor Wants to Know if Businesses Had Losses Due to Bad Weather

Gov. Charlie Baker will be applying for federal relief for businesses in Massachusetts that had losses due to the recent stretch of bad weather, and the Watertown Belmont Chamber of Commerce can help. 

Businesses are being asked to participate in a survey organized by chambers of commerce and business groups to gauge the impact of the winter weather. The survey can be found here:

The deadline for survey responses is  noon on Monday, March 2, 2015.