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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - MA: Livable Wages/Working Families

More than 25,000 workers from the food and accommodation sector filed unemployment claims last week in Massachusetts, the sector with the most unemployment claims in the Bay State. (Sam Nota, Paul Vakalis/Creative Commons)

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to get business interruption insurance to cover the economic losses from COVID-19, particularly to help restaurants and other small businesses. It's the second such bill in the country, with the first from New Jersey. Massachusetts State Sen.

The average student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is graduating with more than $30,000 in student debt. (elle.noelle/Creative Commons)

BOSTON -- Massachusetts has the fastest growing public college costs in the country, according to the New England Board of Higher Education. Today, education advocates from the Fund Our Future campaign will call on state legislators to reinvest in the Bay State's public higher education system. Sp

The number of cost-burdened renter households jumped by nearly 300,000 between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from Apartment List.

BOSTON – Nearly half of all renter households nationwide are now spending more than 30% of their income on rent, according to a new report by the online service Apartment List. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spending more than 30% of your income on housing

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a presidential forum hosted by the Service Employees International Union. (Facebook)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is getting some attention for her recently released labor platform, which focuses on unions and "sectoral bargaining," a concept new to most Americans. Sectoral bargaining is when an entire field or industry agrees on b

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will hold a Saturday rally in Lawrence, Mass., where many expect her to announce a 2020 presidential run. (Joe Crimmings/flickr.com/photos/joecrimmings/)

LAWRENCE, Mass. - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is expected to announce her presidential run on Saturday in Lawrence. Warren chose Lawrence because a famous textile strike there in 1912 helped spark national support for the labor movement. Today, however, only one chartered union is left in Lawre

While 18 percent of women in the workforce are in the healthcare sector, more than one-third of them earn less than $15 an hour. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

BOSTON – About three-quarters of the people working in healthcare jobs are women, and a new national study from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania finds a large share of them earn low wages and have few benefits. The researchers found 34 percent of female healt

Inside courthouses such as this one in Boston, some are predicting a spike of litigation about the so-called “garden clause” in Massachusetts' new non-compete law. (Carol M. Highsmith/Public Domain Pictures)

BOSTON – Massachusetts now has one of the toughest laws restricting non-compete clauses in work contracts, and it looks as though they'll be a lot less common at businesses in the state. One reason is the so-called "garden leave," a unique part of the Commonwealth law. If workers sign a non-c

Advocates say undermining the ACA could lead to denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. (vjohns1580/pixabay)

BOSTON – Tuesday, Sept. 4, is primary day in the Bay State, and the candidates who win a place on the November ballot could have a major impact on the future of health care. Republicans in Washington, D.C., continue to wage a relentless campaign to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, while ma

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