Proposals calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, a sharp cut to the sales tax, and nurse staffing requirements in hospitals have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts.
A working group reconvened again this week before the end of the year to discuss options for establishing seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with working group’s founder State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, about its recommendation for reestablishing the long-dormant route.
The state attorney general has formally challenged the state Department of Public Utilities’ decision to cut Eversource’s electricity rate hike in Western Massachusetts by just 30 percent. The AG’s office is calling for further reductions.
Berkshire County draws imaginative minds and artists from across the U.S. to explore and create in the region’s many gallery spaces and studios. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently spoke with Jessica Drenk, a Florida-based artist who was putting the final touches on her sculptures at CYNTHIA-REEVES in North Adams.
During the Burlington City Council’s meeting this week, leaders passed a resolution to place a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if the legal age to purchase tobacco products should be raised.
Massachusetts residents who want coverage starting January 1st must enroll in health insurance through the Obamacare marketplace by Saturday. Poor and immigrant populations are having the most trouble signing up.
The city of Burlington, Vermont, will pay $30,000 and change its housing policy in a settlement reached with a tenant who was evicted from his apartment after he made numerous phone calls to police for assistance from 2014 through 2016.
It is coming down to the wire as city officials face an end of the year deadline to sell Burlington, Vermont’s telecommunications utility. But at Monday night’s city council meeting, final approval of the sale of Burlington Telecom to Schurz Communications was delayed yet again.