New England News
3:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan

Credit Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

The transportation funding plan unveiled by Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature has been met with a mixed response, with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick threatening to veto the plan if certain objectives aren’t met and House Republicans criticizing the plan for raising taxes without making other reforms to government.

And lawmakers in the Berkshires seem to be equally as divided on supporting the plan introduced by House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Therese Murray, both Democrats, last week.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Boston Globe's Michael Levenson - The life and political legacy of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
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President Barack Obama was just one of several elected officials who praised the work of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as he announced this past Thursday that he would not seek re-election after 20 years as the chief executive of Massachusetts’ capitol city.   

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New England News
8:42 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Mass. to see drop in medical claims costs

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Medical claims costs are expected to soar in many states under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Massachusetts is an exception.

A new study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts, the Society of Actuaries, has found that medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 percent for Americans' individual policies.

The report concluded the overwhelming majority will see double-digit increases in their individual health insurance markets where people purchase coverage directly from insurers.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mass. Awarded $44M in Film Tax Credits in 2011

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BOSTON (AP) — Film companies have been awarded $44 million in Massachusetts tax credits for projects filmed in 2011, with nearly two-thirds of new spending generated by the productions going to individuals and businesses located out-of-state, including many individuals making more than $1 million.

That's a jump over the $18 million in credits in 2010.

The Department of Revenue report credited the increase on the return of multiple major feature films being made in Massachusetts.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Mass. Immigrant Advocates Push For Legislation to Reduce Deportations

BOSTON (AP) — Immigrant advocates are pressing lawmakers to back legislation they say will help reduce the level of deportations in Massachusetts.

Several dozen activists rallied on the steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday in favor of the bill, which would encourage local law enforcement agencies not to forward information to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on illegal immigrants who don't have serious criminal convictions.

Sen. James Eldridge is the bill's lead sponsor.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Western Mass. Workshops Showcase Ecologically-Friendly Stream Crossings

Damage after Hurricane Irene on August 28th, 2011in Bethel, Vermont.
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A series of workshops are being held across Western Massachusetts to educate the public, as well as municipal leaders and planners, on the importance of improving stream crossings for fish and wildlife, and for promoting public safety.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Former Mass. Early Ed. Commissioner Clears State Review Over Outside Internship

BOSTON (AP) — A state review has found no "serious wrongdoing" by former early education commissioner Sherri Killins, who participated in an internship outside of her state job.

But Education Secretary Matt Malone says some administrative procedures apparently were not followed.

Killins stepped down from her post earlier this week amid questions about whether her participation in the school superintendent training program, which required her to spend 300 hours in the town of Ware, was distracting from her ability to perform her nearly $200,000-a-year state job.

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New England News
9:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Group to rally in support of Mass. tax hike

Supporters of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's plan for a broad-based tax increase to pay for improvements in transportation and education plan to make their voices heard at the Statehouse.

A coalition called the Campaign for Our Communities has organized a rally and lobbying day today even as many top lawmakers appear to be shying away from Patrick's proposal to raise nearly $2 billion in new revenue.

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New England News
2:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs Executive Order to Expand Business Opportunities for Wounded Vets

Friday, March 8, 2013 - Governor Patrick signs an Executive Order to help create business opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s Council Chambers in the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

The Governor of Massachusetts recently signed an executive order to enhance opportunities for small businesses owned by disabled veterans. 

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Reported Federal Investigation Involves Berkshire Town Donation Fund

A federal investigation is reportedly underway involving a long-standing toy fund in the Berkshire town of Lee.

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