Massachusetts – IN ORDER TO HELP BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET, THE SALES TAX IN MASSACHUSETTS IS SET TO GO FROM TO 5 PERCENT TO 6.25 PERCENT ON AUGUST 1ST. LAW MAKERS HOPE THE INCREASE WILL BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL 600 MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE. OUR BERKSHRIE BUREAU CHIEF CHARLIE DEITZ REPORTS
Massachusetts – With healthcare financing hanging in the balance for 30 thousand legal immigrants in Massachusetts, the house approved a 40 million dollar funding proposal Wednesday evening. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
Berkshire County – Halfway through the summer, many seasonal businesses in the Berkshires are performing well considering the tough economic situation combined with the excessive rain. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has this mid summer snapshot
Great Barrington, Ma – In Great Barrington, The Searles Bryant Complex has been sitting dormant for almost 5 years, costing the tax payers 50 thousand dollars a year just to keep it heated. Earlier this year a developer who had put a down payment on the property walked away from the project leaving the town to search for another developer. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that three proposals are in the works, and one comes from a local developer
Berkshire County – Berkshire Ride Works is a service that transports those people to work whose schedules don't fit the normal operating hours of the fixed bus service. The program suffered cut backs last year which limited their client list to only 50 people. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the service is slated to be fully cut at the end of August.
Berkshire County – In Massachusetts, over 20 thousand affordable housing units could fall out of public control in the next few years. The Senate recently passed a measure that would extend the rent restrictions for these units for up to three years. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz takes a look at the issue.
Great Barrington, Ma – It's not hard these days to find abandoned auto dealerships, but it is rare to find one that's been turned into a venue for modern art. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz toured old Pete's Motors in Great Barrington, which is breathing new life into the area .
Berkshire County – The theater industry is challenged with the task of staying relevant and entertaining to each generation. Currently, the industry is experiencing a trend known as "The Graying of the Audience" which has some people in the business looking for ways to bring in younger fans. In the last of a three part series, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz looks at what local theaters are doing to attract future generations