Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Senate President Karen Spilka: "Our 'new normal' will be hard in a lot of ways, but it will also be necessary"

From Senate President Karen Spilka:
"The spread of the coronavirus, and with it the declaration of a state of emergency in Massachusetts, has created a situation unlike any we have ever seen. At the state leadership level, Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Bob DeLeo and I have been united in our belief that our first priority is the health and safety of our residents and doing what is necessary to keep people safe.

Our long-term goal — and challenge — is to address the economic fallout of this unprecedented situation. This work has already begun in the Senate and will continue for quite some time. Since early March, the Senate has reacted to this crisis with urgency through a number of measures, including: waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits; halting evictions and foreclosures, with the strongest moratorium in the nation, to help renters, homeowners, small businesses and non-profits; waiving the MCAS requirement for this school year; and helping frontline health care workers through expanding scope of practice and providing medical liability protections.

When it comes to deciding when it is safe "open up the state," the Senate will rely on the advice of public health experts to ensure we are acting in the best interest of our residents. But we will also work with economic experts, business leaders, and our partners in local, state and the federal government to support our economy as we move toward what will likely be a "phased-in" reopening."

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