Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of getting a bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration. Opponents are pushing a new argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The Massachusetts economy, which had been growing at a much faster rate than the nation’s as a whole is showing signs of slowing. Experts believe the Baystate is being buffeted by forces beyond its borders. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A new report from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Tuesday, said seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in a majority of the state’s 22 local labor markets in June, reflecting a statewide slow down in permanent hiring.
Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers. The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A new report highlights the 30 fold growth in solar power in Massachusetts in just five years. The report ,released Tuesday, by an environmental advocacy group ranks each of the state’s cities and towns for solar power development. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home. Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
New England's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in May and is near its lowest level since January 2009. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…
The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday the jobless rate in the region was 6.8 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in April. Officials say it has fallen 1.1 by percent in the last year.
The national rate is 8.2 percent.
Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11 percent, and the second highest in the United States. Nevada's is 11.6 percent.
Patrick Administration officials are introducing a long term economic development plan at a series of meetings across the state with local government and business leaders. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
The plan focuses on workforce development, nurturing the innovation economy, and empowering communities to develop their local economies. State Representative Joseph Wagner of Chicopee who chairs the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies says local leaders had a say in developing the plan and now have a roll to implement it.
Massachusetts has spent over $300 million in the last four years to boost the life sciences industry with administration officials insisting the initiative has been a great success. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
Patrick administration officials say the life sciences initiative has so far lured dozens of new companies to the state, and led existing ones to expand. Brian Jamele of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center says the public money that was spent leveraged almost $1 billion in private investment.