Chris Lisinski, The Lowell Sun

Chris Lisinski

The Lowell Sun

Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Chris:

House-Senate feud threatens health care agenda

BOSTON – With veto-proof super-majorities in both the House and Senate, Massachusetts Democrats are almost guaranteed success in crafting new laws when they have agreement within their ranks,… → Read More

Soldiers’ Home super challenges critical state report – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – The superintendent at the center of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home crisis is challenging an independent investigator’s conclusions about his qualifications for the job and hi… → Read More

Racism rockets past other public priorities in new poll

BOSTON – With momentum growing behind efforts to reform policing across Massachusetts, an overwhelming majority of residents support the idea of licensing police and holding cops to a set of … → Read More

Legislature advancing $1 billion COVID-19 bill

BOSTON – The Legislature is advancing a $1.1 billion spending bill to cover COVID-19 response costs, while the House is walking back its earlier support for an increase in road and bridge mai… → Read More

State likely to allocate less money for road, bridge repairs

BOSTON – House leaders are preparing a $1.1 billion spending bill to cover COVID-19 response costs while also walking back their earlier support for an increase in road and bridge maintenanc… → Read More

U.S. numbers may foreshadow Mass. retail sales surge

BOSTON – American retail sales grew surged in May after a dismal April, offering some encouraging news about the prospects of economic recovery and delivering a potential glimpse toward the n… → Read More

Senate taking bare necessities approach to transportation

BOSTON – While the Senate prepares to take a different path than the House on legislation outlining future management of the MBTA, the upper chamber’s Transportation Committee chair sai… → Read More

Baker bill would “put a finer point” on tracking virus impact – Lowell Sun

LAWRENCE – One day after he signed a bill the legislature sent him expanding COVID-19 reporting requirements, Gov. Charlie Baker filed a new data-collection proposal that he hopes will &#8220… → Read More

Need for road and bridge repairs tackled in new Senate bill

BOSTON – The Senate is preparing standalone legislation that would direct $300 million toward municipal road and bridge repairs and would create a new panel to oversee the MBTA when the Fisca… → Read More

High court punts on whether more prisoners should be released

The state’s highest court flagged concerns Tuesday that lockdown conditions at many Massachusetts correctional facilities are at risk of creating constitutional violations, but declined to de… → Read More

Safety rules will guide four-phase reopening approach

BOSTON – Reopening swaths of public life in Massachusetts will play out across four distinct phases and involve new widespread and mandatory safety regulations for all businesses. The approac… → Read More

Ballot question campaigns are next to face signature hurdle

BOSTON – The state’s highest court this month slashed signature-gathering thresholds by half for candidates hoping to earn spots in September and November elections, but proponents of t… → Read More

Jobless benefits now available to self-employed, contractors

BOSTON – A range of workers previously ineligible for unemployment benefits can now seek state aid if they are unable to work because of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts on public life. … → Read More

Requests for unemployment benefits surge

BOSTON – Another 5.2 million Americans and 103,000 Massachusetts residents filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week, the fourth straight week of surging demand amid the corona… → Read More

Pandemic could affect school construction projects

BOSTON – Several public school projects around Massachusetts have delayed construction amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the emergency’s full financial impact on the state agency that … → Read More

House and Senate Democrats reach deal on evictions

BOSTON – The House advanced a compromise bill Wednesday afternoon to temporarily ban almost all eviction and foreclosure proceedings statewide shortly after Democratic negotiators made a brea… → Read More

Virus leaves economists uncertain about its final toll

BOSTON – As Massachusetts budget managers gathered Tuesday morning to begin to figure out how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the state budget picture, the International Monetary Fund pu… → Read More

Third wave of jobless claims crashes nationwide

BOSTON – New unemployment claims remained at near-historic levels this week in Massachusetts and nationwide, and the Federal Reserve on Thursday morning took sweeping action to direct $2.3 bi… → Read More

Mass. virus fight gets more lab testing, equipment

BOSTON – Ten more commercial laboratories are now testing for COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts and the state delivered hundreds of thousands of pieces of protective equipment to health ca… → Read More

Baker transportation bill moves closer to House vote – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – The Baker administration’s $18 billion transportation bond bill is on the move again. Lawmakers on the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets advance… → Read More