unemployment insurance http://wamc.org en U.S. Congressman Neal Tours Berkshire Campuses http://wamc.org/post/us-congressman-neal-tours-berkshire-campuses <p><a href="http://neal.house.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Congressman Richard Neal</a> was on the campus of <a href="https://www.mcla.edu/" target="_blank">Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts</a> in North Adams Friday. As he often does during district visits, the Democrat taught a government class, spoke to students interested in travel and toured the college’s science center, <a href="http://wamc.org/post/mcla-boasts-new-science-center-first-day-classes" target="_blank">which opened last fall</a>. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:16:13 +0000 Jim Levulis 83441 at http://wamc.org U.S. Congressman Neal Tours Berkshire Campuses Michael Meeropol: Paying Unemployment Insurance Is Not Just A Moral Issue http://wamc.org/post/michael-meeropol-paying-unemployment-insurance-not-just-moral-issue <p>As I speak, approximately 1.3 million of the long-term unemployed have exhausted their benefits --- they now receive nothing to bolster their spending. To some, this is an outrageous betrayal of the fundamental decency that is at the core of the best of America’s moral traditions. To others, it is about time the unemployed stopped being subsidized in their idleness – cutting off benefits, so the argument goes, will make them try harder to find a job.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Michael Meeropol 81168 at http://wamc.org MA Provides Funding For Homeless Workforce Training Initiatives http://wamc.org/post/ma-provides-funding-homeless-workforce-training-initiatives <p>Recession-era unemployment insurance benefits are set to run out for at the end of the month as lawmakers in Washington make progress in passing the first balanced budget in four years. In the meantime, Massachusetts has provided funding for employment programs for the homeless.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:14:48 +0000 Jim Levulis 79846 at http://wamc.org MA Provides Funding For Homeless Workforce Training Initiatives Mass. Gov. Files Bill to Overhaul Municipal Unemployment Insurance http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-files-bill-overhaul-municipal-unemployment-insurance <p>BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill aimed at overhauling municipal unemployment insurance.</p><p></p><p>The legislation filed Wednesday would limit access to unemployment for a worker who retires and begins collecting a pension, then later returns to work for a municipality. Other provisions include preventing municipalities from being charged for wages earned by election workers who make less than $1,000 a year.</p><p>The legislation grew out of a task force Patrick convened last year to review unemployment insurance issues raised by municipalities.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:07:09 +0000 Associated Press 55406 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Files Bill to Overhaul Municipal Unemployment Insurance