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U.S. Congressman Richard Neal was on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Friday. As he often does during district visits, the Democrat taught a government class, spoke to students interested in travel and toured the college’s science center, which opened last fall.

As I speak, approximately 1.3 million of the long-term unemployed have exhausted their benefits --- they now receive nothing to bolster their spending. To some, this is an outrageous betrayal of the fundamental decency that is at the core of the best of America’s moral traditions. To others, it is about time the unemployed stopped being subsidized in their idleness – cutting off benefits, so the argument goes, will make them try harder to find a job.


Recession-era unemployment insurance benefits are set to run out for at the end of the month as lawmakers in Washington make progress in passing the first balanced budget in four years. In the meantime, Massachusetts has provided funding for employment programs for the homeless.

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill aimed at overhauling municipal unemployment insurance.

The legislation filed Wednesday would limit access to unemployment for a worker who retires and begins collecting a pension, then later returns to work for a municipality. Other provisions include preventing municipalities from being charged for wages earned by election workers who make less than $1,000 a year.

The legislation grew out of a task force Patrick convened last year to review unemployment insurance issues raised by municipalities.