A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts. As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.
A new federal grant aims to help Massachusetts workers who have been affected by layoffs. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill Reports.
The U.S. Labor Department says nearly $2.7 million will be available to assist 345 Massachusetts workers affected by layoffs at a half dozen large companies, including Fidelity Investments, Sun Life Financial, and National Grid.
The grant money, which was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, will provide job search and support services, as well as employment-related assistance.
The Federal Health Care Law has people divided across the country, but how will it affect access to care in Massachusetts -a state with its own insurance mandate in place since 2006? WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
Chip Joffee-Halpern, executive director of Ecu Healthcare – a private organization in North Adams that connects citizens with health care options – says that the Affordable Care Act will help fill in some of the gaps in coverage for those who may be ineligible for Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Care – but can’t afford their own coverage.
The US Supreme Court’s historic decision on the national healthcare law has injected what could prove to be a pivotal issue into the US Senate race in Massachusetts. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.
Both Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren can use the healthcare reform issue to rally their bases and raise money, according to political consultant Tony Cignolli.
Environmentalists in Massachusetts are concerned over a controversial bill they say could effectively eliminate endangered species protections in the State. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard Reports…
Sponsor of Senate Bill 1854, Gale Candaras says that the rumors and ideas circulating about her proposal to enforce landowner protections by amending the state’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species laws are misleading.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1st, with a budget that officials describe as “ austere” and “ bare-bones”. It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..
The $551.8 million dollar budget will cut more than 100 city jobs, cause three library branches to close, take a fire department ladder truck out of service, and result in reduced repairs and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and parks.
The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has approved what officials described as an “austere” budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday, July 1st. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
The $552 million dollar budget proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno was approved by a vote of 7 to 5 with no additional cuts in spending. City councilor Kenneth Shea said to cut city services deeper than what the mayor has proposed would be unpalatable to most residents and businesses.
The head of the biggest hospital group in western Massachusetts says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health-care reform law removes uncertainty. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.
Over the long run, the healthcare system in the United States will be dramatically restructured, says Mark Tolosky, President CEO of Springfield based Baystate Health. But he’s worried in the short term because half the estimated $1 trillion to pay for the health-care law is to come from reduced payments to doctors and hospitals.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act is welcomed in Vermont, where efforts to transition to a single payer system relies on funding in the law.
Vermont is trying to build the first single payer health care system in the country. Governor Peter Shumlin says the Supreme Court decision means the state will be able to use 400-million dollars a year in federal subsidies to help pay for low and middle income insurance programs.