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It was a long night at city hall as the Albany Common Council Law Committee held a meeting, public comment period and vote to repeal the new trash collection tax.

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The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts. But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions. WAMCs Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports. The Springfield City Council Monday night gave final approval to a 20 percent increase in the annual fee residents pay for curbside trash removal service. Under an agreement worked out...

The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1 st , 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 WAMCs 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,...

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is facing serious financial problems, again. The citys mayor and members of his finance team met in Boston Monday with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and the State Senate President to appeal for help. WAMCs Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports. The citys Chief Administrative and Financial Officer Lee Erdmann laid out a grim scenario during the meetings with the legislative leaders. Springfield is facing a $27 million dollar deficit in...