New England News

New England News
8:19 am
Fri May 18, 2012

CT Unveils New Initiative to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration has revealed an outreach effort to help more than 12,000 long-term jobless workers receive social services and job training after losing extended unemployment insurance benefits. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Less than an hour before the initiative was announced Thursday, the state Labor Department said the unemployment rate in April remained stuck at 7.7 percent.

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New England News
8:14 am
Fri May 18, 2012

MA Adds Jobs for Fifth Straight Month

The Massachusetts economy added jobs for a fifth straight month and the unemployment rate in April fell to its lowest level in 3 ½ years.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The April unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to 6.3 percent as the state added 2,500 jobs according to a report from the state office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Led by the high tech sector, the state’s economy has been recovering from the Great Recession faster than the nation’s as a whole. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Jobs Bill Would Provide Funds For Research Grants At UMass

The Democratic leadership in the Massachusetts House has
unveiled a bill to promote job growth.  The proposals would help launch
new innovative businesses, and also expand the state's manufacturing
sector.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
5:58 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Forclosure Prevention Bill Working Its Way Through Mass. Legislature

On Wednesday, the state House of Representatives passed a modified version of the bill that will now head to the senate. The bill would help prevent foreclosures by requiring banks to be more flexible with borrowers in their repayment plans.

The bill would require lenders to analyze loans under new standards and offer modifications that can financially benefit the borrower and bank to prevent forclosure.

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New England News
5:49 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Massachusetts Lawmakers Continue to Debate EBT Reforms

In December, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation amending a commission that would look at EBT fraud in Massachusetts. The commission was created after it was found that the state public assistance cards were being used to pay for tattoos, alcohol, tobacco, and other things not intended in the program. After a report was filed on April first by the Commission, the House of Representatives began working on their own EBT reform plan, which was included in their FY 2013 budget proposal.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:16 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Wind Turbine Project Causing Border Animosity

A Quebec town is fighting plans to erect wind turbines close to the border in Vermont.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:03 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Health Exchange Bill Signed

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law the state’s next step in a multi-year effort to revamp Vermont's health care system and make it a single payer system similar to Canada's.

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New England News
7:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate Panel Hikes Local Aid in MA Budget

The Massachusetts budget proposed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee is winning praise from municipal officials. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Senate leaders say the spending plan for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 would boost local aid by $275 million over current year levels and provide full funding for unrestricted local aid. An earlier budget proposal by Governor Deval Patrick had made $65 million of unrestricted aid contingent on state revenues reaching certain benchmarks in the current year.

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New England News
5:54 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Mass DEP Recommends Shut Down of Wind Turbine

The study released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shows that the Wind One industrial turbine in the Cape Cod town of Falmouth produces noise louder than the state allows.

The report marks the first time the state has recommended a shut-off of a wind turbine.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:19 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Vermont Bans Hydrofracking

Courtesy Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.464 to ban the drilling method. Lawmakers had considered a moratorium, but after testimony and debate, moved a bill forward to ban the practice.  Governor Shumlin says it’s a critical move to protecting a critical resource.

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