From left to right: Berkshire Creative manager Julia Dixon and board chair Van Shields accept the state's designation of Berkshire Creative as the Berkshire region's lead organization in the state's Creative Economy Network from Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki.
There’s growing unease over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze plan. One hundred local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, and there are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one house state budgets.
The lobby groups for the state’s counties, cities, and school boards are voicing numerous concerns. Tim Kremer is with the State School Boards Association.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of a prosecutor to be a federal judge in western Massachusetts.
The 18- member committee on a voice vote Thursday approved President Obama’s nomination of Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to be the presiding U.S. District Court Judge in Springfield. Mastroianni appeared before the committee on February 11th and so did Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who urged swift action on the nomination.
Revised numbers out today show Massachusetts added 55,200 jobs last year, almost all of them in the private sector. State officials say it is the largest number of new jobs in a December-to-December period since 2000. The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in January. The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rachel Kaprielian, said the job gains were varied.