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Massachusetts OKs Small Hike in Health Insurance Rates

May 1, 2012

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.

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.

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

MA Governor Preps for Visit by President of Brazil

Apr 9, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick is planning to welcome the president of Brazil to the Massachusetts Statehouse.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to arrive at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Patrick said members of the public who want to greet Rousseff are encouraged to arrive at the Statehouse steps at about 11 a.m.

Patrick said the visit is a result of his nine-day trade mission to South America in December that included tours of Chile and Brazil.

Gov. Patrick Pledges Agasinst "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Mar 30, 2012

Highlighted by the national controversy surrounding February’s shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, Gov. Patrick announced on his monthly radio show this week that he would not allow any law to be signed similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

A bill presented by Democratic Senator Stephen Brewer of Barre and supported by over two dozen Massachusetts legislators is now reaching the state’s Joint Committee on Judiciary. The bill has failed to pass the committee before.