Western, MA – In Massachusetts, a bill filed by House minority party leadership wants to send $450 million back to cities and towns from the state stabilization fund. And while many municipalities are feeling the fiscal pinch and could use the money, some say the this isn't the time to use rainy day funds. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Albany, NY – David Barnhart is a lexicographer and neologist who lives in the Hudson Valley. Each year in January the American Dialect Society convenes the New Words Committee in order to nominate and examine candidates for Words of the Year. He will present his list of candidates for consideration in Chicago. Before he does that, though, he will talk to us about them.
Northampton,MA – Up and down the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, between now and Monday , mayors are being sworn into office. These half-dozen or so incumbents along with a sprinkling of newcomers all face a common problem: balancing the municipal books. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Willsboro, NY – In December, communities in the Adirondacks and Catskills learned that tax payments from the state for state-owned lands were at risk. A state Supreme Court judge had ruled the disbursement method unconstitutional. The Assembly-person representing most of the Adirondack region is calling on the state not to make any further land purchases until the legal situation is resolved. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.