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MAPC Statement: City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2

“MAPC applauds Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston for moving the city back to Phase 2.2 of the reopening plan. The rise in COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations demands swift action to reduce community spread, and Mayor Walsh is taking such action today. The decision to close business establishments, even temporarily, is […]

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Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7

Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7 The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on hospitals, local health departments, emergency management organizations, and other health providers across the country and the Commonwealth. But in Northeastern Massachusetts, these local hospitals and agencies haven’t had to face the crisis alone: MAPC has provided essential support to these […]

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Webinar: Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Cities and towns are deploying a number of strategies to identify the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. One emerging method: testing sewage from households and buildings for the presence of the virus. Knowing that COVID-19 is present in wastewater can be an important indicator of where its spread may be accelerating. In places where […]

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Metro Mayors: We Strongly Oppose MBTA Service Cuts

Metro Mayors: We Strongly Oppose MBTA Service Cuts Photo by Paul Morris, Flickr The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors and managers representing Greater Boston’s urban core, urged the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board not to move forward with proposed service cuts. MAPC helped to establish the Metro Mayors Coalition in 2001 and […]

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Police Reform Bill is First Step of Many to Address Police Violence

Statement from Executive Director Marc Draisen Earlier this week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a significant bill to address issues of police violence against persons of color.  The bill includes meaningful reforms in a wide variety of areas, including certification and decertification of police officers, limitations on the use of certain police tactics, and […]

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Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

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37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

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Application Deadline Nov. 20: Transportation Partnerships Grants

Grant Opportunity: Transportation Partnerships Update: Friday, November 13 Q&A Webinar video posted. Click here to watch. Answers to FAQs posted. Click here to read. MAPC, in partnership with MassDevelopment, is offering grants up to $250,000 to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses to meet transportation and delivery needs. Eligible grantees include regional transit agencies, […]

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Call to Action: DLTA in Senate Budget

Call to Action: DLTA in Senate Budget The Senate Ways and Means Committee just released their FY21 budget proposal, and District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) wasn’t included.  Please act today: tell your state senator to support Senator Eldridge’s amendment to the budget, which would level-fund DLTA at $3 million in FY21. Click here to enter […]

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Budget Update: November 2020

State Budget Update: November 2020 While the national election grinds on this fall, MAPC’s Government Affairs team has largely focused on state-level priorities, including the FY21 budget. The Massachusetts government has been operating under temporary budget since the fiscal year began in July 2020. The Governor signed a third interim budget into law on Oct. […]

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