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New England News
7:36 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Brown, Patrick Weigh In on Immigration Law Ruling

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are weighing in on a Supreme Court decision throwing out provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The court also upheld the law's "show me your papers" requirement that police to check the status of people stopped for various reasons who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally.

Brown called the ruling another reminder that the federal government needs to deal with the nation's broken immigration system and that the first step is securing the border.

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New England News
7:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Governor Patrick to Speak to Grads of Re-Entry Program

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick will address graduates of two federal court programs aimed at helping defendants and high risk ex-offenders.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Court Assisted Recovery Effort program helps defendants maintain sober, employed and law-abiding lives through closer supervision and assistance.

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New England News
7:14 am
Thu May 31, 2012

MA House Overrides Governor's Background Check Veto

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to keep a bill that would require all employees of the state's Gaming Commission to be subject to full criminal background checks and drug screenings.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

State representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto on the measure.

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New England News
7:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Conservation Restriction Placed on Forested, Western MA Mountain

Officials have placed a conservation restriction on a forest covered mountain in western Massachusetts marking the largest private land conservation deal in the state in nearly a century. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The conservation restriction on 3,500 acres of Brushy Mountain in the towns of Leverett and Shutesbury allows forestry operations to continue, but conserves wildlife habitat and will provide recreational access to the public on what was previously private land.

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New England News
7:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate Panel Hikes Local Aid in MA Budget

The Massachusetts budget proposed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee is winning praise from municipal officials. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Senate leaders say the spending plan for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 would boost local aid by $275 million over current year levels and provide full funding for unrestricted local aid. An earlier budget proposal by Governor Deval Patrick had made $65 million of unrestricted aid contingent on state revenues reaching certain benchmarks in the current year.

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New England News
7:36 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Feds to Launch Secure Communities Program in MA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has notified state officials that they plan to launch the federal Secure Communities program in Massachusetts over the objections of Governor Deval Patrick and immigration activists.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan described Secure Communities as an information sharing program between federal agencies that can only be implemented by the federal government.

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New England News
7:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Governor Patrick Slams Alabama, Arizona over Immigration Policies

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is slamming Alabama and Arizona over their tough immigration policies.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Boston Globe reports that in a speech earlier this week at Tufts University, Patrick said the actions of states on the issue have been ham-fisted, self-defeating and even racist. He also calls much of the debate over immigration reform hysterical and poisonous.

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New England News
8:48 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Massachusetts OKs Small Hike in Health Insurance Rates

State insurance regulators have approved a 1.2 percent quarterly increase in small group health insurance rates in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The state Division of Insurance also said Monday that two of the state's largest insurers — Tufts and Fallon — actually plan to lower rates for the three-month period beginning July 1.

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New England News
8:38 am
Thu April 19, 2012

New Report Points to Stronger Job Growth in MA

A new economic report is painting a much brighter picture of job growth in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

MassBenchmarks released an analysis on Wednesday showing that the state appeared to have added 38,900 jobs during the first nine months of 2011. That compares with a revised estimate issued last month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed Massachusetts only gained 2,300 jobs during the same period - a figure that had been questioned by Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials.

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New England News
8:29 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Massachusetts House Panel to Unveil Proposed Budget Plan

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 

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