Massachusetts State Senate

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The state Senate has concluded a yearlong study to find short and long term policy goals to address rising healthcare costs and consumer protections in Massachusetts. Healthcare makes up 40 percent of the state’s budget. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, about what he calls a common-sense healthcare reform bill for rural Massachusetts.

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor-Elect Linda Tyer.
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The Massachusetts state Senate is discussing whether to restore funding for the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, which was cut by 30 percent in this year’s budget. What’s left is a $4.75 million gap in youth services statewide. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says it’s vital for young people in communities like Pittsfield who need all the help they can get.  

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A city councilor from Holyoke and a State Representative from Westfield will square off in November in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.  Democrats see it as a chance to add to an already commanding majority on Beacon Hill.

A 22-year veteran of the Massachusetts Legislature is stepping down to take a post in the administration at Westfield State University.  It will mean the Republican minority on Beacon Hill will become even smaller. 

   Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield is going to resign this Friday and begin work next Monday in a newly created position at Westfield State University.   Knapik said he will work closely with the university president and the Westfield State Foundation board in advancing the university’s mission.

A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is leaving office.  Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield confirms he will resign Friday to take a new post in the administration at Westfield State University.  Knapik is in his 10th term. His departure will leave only 3 Republicans in the 40 member senate.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Knapik this morning.

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is poised to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.  The 63 year old Rosenberg, who has been in the state legislature since 1987, announced he had received the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus on Wednesday to succeed Senate President Therese Murray when her term ends.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rosenberg.

Dan Wolf wants to go from the cockpit to the governor’s office. Wolf is a state senator from Cape Cod, and one of the founders of the regional airline Cape Air. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in an increasingly crowded field of candidates who want to replace Governor Deval Patrick who is not seeking re-election next year. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, Wolf says he began Cape Air as a mechanic and pilot, which gives him the right experience for the governor’s job.

A bipartisan group of  Massachusetts State  Senators is proposing a new  governing board for the MBTA to go along with a $50 million  financial bailout.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

           

            State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham says the MBTA, which operates public transit in the greater Boston area, should not get any more money unless management changes.