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Maura Healey warns landlords about intimidating tenants during the pandemic

Maura Healey warns landlords about intimidating tenants during the pandemic By the Associated Press | May 9, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is warning landlords not to try to kick tenants out of their homes during the outbreak. The Democrat’s office says that despite a new state law temporarily restriction evictions, there’s been an uptick in reports of landlords trying to intimidate tenants into [...]

May 9th, 2020|

AG Healey and Staff Bring Help to the Frontlines in Everett, Chelsea

AG Healey and Staff Bring Help to the Frontlines in Everett, Chelsea By Seth Daniel | May 6, 2020 There are no shortage of laws and protections that state government and local leaders have put in place to protect residents, but the law on paper and the reality on the street sometimes don’t match up. That’s why Attorney General Maura Healey and her staff, including [...]

May 6th, 2020|

After Racism Claims, Boston Museum Creates Diversity Fund

After Racism Claims, Boston Museum Creates Diversity Fund By Jenny Gross | May 5, 2020 The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston said Tuesday that it would establish a $500,000 fund devoted to diversity initiatives, a move that comes a year after a group of black middle school students said they had been subjected to racist comments while on a field trip there. The museum [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Moulton, Healey chat about coronavirus scams

Moulton, Healey chat about coronavirus scams By Ethan Forman | April 30, 2020 SALEM— U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton moderated questions from viewers to Attorney General Maura Healey during a Wednesday Facebook Live event on cybersecurity and scams amid the coronavirus pandemic, including one alleged scam tied to the North Shore. "We have also seen people, this is pretty sick," said Healey, a Democrat, "who have [...]

April 30th, 2020|

State’s Attorney General Issues Guidance on Disability Rights During Coronavirus Pandemic

State’s Attorney General Issues Guidance on Disability Rights During Coronavirus Pandemic April 27, 2020 BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, April 27, issued guidance to ensure that the rights of individuals with disabilities are protected during the COVID-19 public health crisis. “This unprecedented public health crisis has forced us to change the way we live our everyday lives, and many of these new [...]

April 27th, 2020|

Major banks face AG’s scrutiny over small business loan process

Major banks face AG’s scrutiny over small business loan process By Shirley Leung | April 22, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey is scrutinizing Bank of America, Santander, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo over how they handled a $349 billion federal loan program designed to help small businesses, after her office fielded numerous complaints alleging an unfair process that favored big customers. Healey’s office on Wednesday [...]

April 22nd, 2020|

Equifax Makes $18 Million Deal in Massachusetts Over Breach

AG Maura Healey: Equifax To Pay $18M After Data Breach By Associated Press | April 19, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the country, Equifax, has agreed to pay $18.2 million after a massive data breach in 2017 that compromised the personal information of nearly three million Massachusetts residents. Healey, a Democrat, said Friday [...]

April 19th, 2020|

AG Healey launches $500K small-business grant program

AG Healey launches $500K small-business grant program By Gintautas Dumcius | April 16, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new $500,000 grant program on Thursday that's aimed at providing small businesses with relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities and regional planning agencies can apply for the funds, and then use them for their own programs to help small businesses. Individual requests cannot exceed [...]

April 16th, 2020|

Mass. AG Launches Website to Help Front-Line Workers

Mass. AG Launches Website to Help Front-Line Workers By Abbey Niezgoda | April 15, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a new website meant to be a one-stop-shop of resources for front-line workers during the pandemic. The website, FrontlineMA.org, helps connect workers with everything from priority testing to emergency child care. It was made in collaboration with HubSpot and IDEO. Healey's office also [...]

April 15th, 2020|

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic By Barbara Moran | April 2, 2020 In less than a week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two policy changes that could have far-reaching consequences for the air above Massachusetts. On March 26, the EPA announced it would temporarily stop enforcing certain environmental monitoring and reporting requirements during the [...]

April 2nd, 2020|

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Maura Healey warns landlords about intimidating tenants during the pandemic

Maura Healey warns landlords about intimidating tenants during the pandemic By the Associated Press | May 9, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is warning landlords not to try to kick tenants out of their homes during the outbreak. The Democrat’s office says that despite a new state law temporarily restriction evictions, there’s been an uptick in reports of landlords trying to intimidate tenants into leaving. The new law prohibits evictions during the ongoing public emergency unless a tenant has broken the terms of their lease or committed a crime that put other residents at risk. According to Healey’s office there has been an increase in reports of landlords trying to circumvent the rules by intimidating or harassing tenants into leaving voluntarily. [...]

May 9th, 2020|

AG Healey and Staff Bring Help to the Frontlines in Everett, Chelsea

AG Healey and Staff Bring Help to the Frontlines in Everett, Chelsea By Seth Daniel | May 6, 2020 There are no shortage of laws and protections that state government and local leaders have put in place to protect residents, but the law on paper and the reality on the street sometimes don’t match up. That’s why Attorney General Maura Healey and her staff, including Everett School Committeeman Marcony Almeida Barros, had thousands of fliers printed up with good, concise information about eviction protections, price gouging, unemployment benefits, sick time and health insurance. Those fliers were translated into 10 languages and last weekend, AG Healey kicked-off an information and assistance tour in Chelsea and Everett – two of the hardest hit locales [...]

May 6th, 2020|

After Racism Claims, Boston Museum Creates Diversity Fund

After Racism Claims, Boston Museum Creates Diversity Fund By Jenny Gross | May 5, 2020 The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston said Tuesday that it would establish a $500,000 fund devoted to diversity initiatives, a move that comes a year after a group of black middle school students said they had been subjected to racist comments while on a field trip there. The museum also said that as part of an agreement with the state, it would do more to engage with and support local communities, artists and young people of color, according to Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general. “Our cultural institutions play an important role in fostering and providing an inclusive environment for communities and people of all backgrounds,” [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Moulton, Healey chat about coronavirus scams

Moulton, Healey chat about coronavirus scams By Ethan Forman | April 30, 2020 SALEM— U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton moderated questions from viewers to Attorney General Maura Healey during a Wednesday Facebook Live event on cybersecurity and scams amid the coronavirus pandemic, including one alleged scam tied to the North Shore. "We have also seen people, this is pretty sick," said Healey, a Democrat, "who have been putting online things like a coronavirus treatment or cure or vaccine. There is actually a company on the North Shore that had a social media post about some special anti-coronavirus vitamin, right?" "With that, you know, we sent them a cease and desist letter and they took it down immediately," said Healey, who did not name [...]

April 30th, 2020|

State’s Attorney General Issues Guidance on Disability Rights During Coronavirus Pandemic

State’s Attorney General Issues Guidance on Disability Rights During Coronavirus Pandemic April 27, 2020 BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, April 27, issued guidance to ensure that the rights of individuals with disabilities are protected during the COVID-19 public health crisis. “This unprecedented public health crisis has forced us to change the way we live our everyday lives, and many of these new practices have created further challenges for disabled people,” AG Healey said. “The goal of this guidance is to ensure that the rights of our disabled residents are protected and that they have access to the goods and services they need.” The guidance recognizes that the unprecedented pandemic has created new barriers for people with disabilities, and it [...]

April 27th, 2020|

Major banks face AG’s scrutiny over small business loan process

Major banks face AG’s scrutiny over small business loan process By Shirley Leung | April 22, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey is scrutinizing Bank of America, Santander, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo over how they handled a $349 billion federal loan program designed to help small businesses, after her office fielded numerous complaints alleging an unfair process that favored big customers. Healey’s office on Wednesday sent letters to the banks’ CEOs asking for details about how the institutions rolled out the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, which launched April 3. The program, administered through banks, is the centerpiece of the federal government’s rescue of small businesses that have been forced to shutdown to contain the pandemic. The first round [...]

April 22nd, 2020|

Equifax Makes $18 Million Deal in Massachusetts Over Breach

AG Maura Healey: Equifax To Pay $18M After Data Breach By Associated Press | April 19, 2020 Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the country, Equifax, has agreed to pay $18.2 million after a massive data breach in 2017 that compromised the personal information of nearly three million Massachusetts residents. Healey, a Democrat, said Friday that a consent judgment approved by a Suffolk Superior Court judge on April 13 resolves the 2017 suit alleging Equifax failed to patch a known vulnerability in its network, allowing hackers to infiltrate its systems and gain access to the sensitive personal information of least 147 million consumers nationwide. According to the AG’s complaint, unauthorized third parties [...]

April 19th, 2020|

AG Healey launches $500K small-business grant program

AG Healey launches $500K small-business grant program By Gintautas Dumcius | April 16, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new $500,000 grant program on Thursday that's aimed at providing small businesses with relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities and regional planning agencies can apply for the funds, and then use them for their own programs to help small businesses. Individual requests cannot exceed $50,000, and the funds must go towards helping with the administrative and operational costs of a small business, Healey’s office said. The funds can be used for debt, payroll, accounts payable, lost sales, lost opportunities and working capital expenses. The industries that the money can be used toward include restaurants, bed and breakfasts, house cleaners, laundromats and [...]

April 16th, 2020|

Mass. AG Launches Website to Help Front-Line Workers

Mass. AG Launches Website to Help Front-Line Workers By Abbey Niezgoda | April 15, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a new website meant to be a one-stop-shop of resources for front-line workers during the pandemic. The website, FrontlineMA.org, helps connect workers with everything from priority testing to emergency child care. It was made in collaboration with HubSpot and IDEO. Healey's office also worked with a number of front-line workers to build the website with the goal of putting everything in one centralized place. "We wanted anyone from a nurse to a firefighter to be able to go on their phone and, with a click of a link, find access to resources in a really easy, spelled-out way," Healey said. [...]

April 15th, 2020|

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic By Barbara Moran | April 2, 2020 In less than a week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two policy changes that could have far-reaching consequences for the air above Massachusetts. On March 26, the EPA announced it would temporarily stop enforcing certain environmental monitoring and reporting requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, retroactive to March 13. On Tuesday, the agency issued a final rule weakening Obama-era fuel economy and emission standards. Scientists, public health experts and environmental advocates swiftly condemned both policy shifts, saying they would increase greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, as well as short- and long-term air pollution. Many critics zeroed in [...]

April 2nd, 2020|