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New England News
2:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Healthcare Law Now An Issue In Massachusetts Senate Race

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.

New England News
2:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

MA Environmental Groups Worry Over Endangered Species Ammendment

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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.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget

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.

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New England News
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

More State Funds Announced For Tornado Cleanup

State officials have announced grants for two western Massachusetts communities to help with on-going restoration work from last year’s tornadoes.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

New Budget Passed In Springfield Massachusetts

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.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Hospital Chief Says Supreme Court Ruling Makes Future Clearer

A room in the newest wing at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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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.

WAMC News, North Country News
5:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Reaction to Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision in Vermont

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.

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New England News
5:08 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Iberdrola Eyes Windham County, VT Site

WINDHAM, Vt. (AP) — A major wind power company is interested in setting up a commercial wind turbine development in Vermont's Windham County. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports..

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Iberdrola Renewables has issued a notice of pending application to place two meteorological-testing towers in Windham and in Grafton.

The towers will allow the company to determine whether to buy construction of a wind farm on 5,000 acres owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Massachusetts Governor "Delighted" By Healthcare Ruling

Governor Patrick watches President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act remarks to the nation in his State House office.
Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is a strong political ally of President Obama, said he is delighted by the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare reform.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Governor Patrick said the Supreme Court had affirmed the correctness of the Massachusetts approach to health care reform which served as a model for the national law.  Massachusetts has 98 percent of its adults’ covered by health insurance. Patrick said the health care reform law had not busted the state budget, and health insurance premiums were holding steady or going down..

New England News
2:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The Politics Of The Health Care Ruling In The Massachusetts US Senate Race

       WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Massachusetts based political consultant Anthony Cignoli, who commented on the political impact of Thursday's US Supreme Court ruling.

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