Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst and Bud Williams of Springfield join the House, while Adam Hinds of Pittsfield becomes a state senator.
Back in 2000, voters passed a question, incrementally dropping the income tax rate to 5 percent. The legislature then added a provision that only allowed for the decreases if the state hit certain revenue goals, which it didn’t this year.
Next week, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield will begin his 15th, and perhaps most significant, term in office. Neal will be the top Democrat on the House Ways-and-Means Committee.
The bill received a positive report from the Housing Committee last year, but has been stuck in the Ways and Means Committee.
Cara Rintala is accused of strangling her wife Annamarie in the couple’s Granby, Massachusetts, home in 2010.
So far, retail sales across the Bay State during the holiday season are on pace to be up about 4 percent over last year.
Downing, who represents more than 50 cities and towns in four counties across Western Massachusetts, announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election.
A spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, said winds will be strong enough to cause power outages, and dangerous wind chills.
It will be legal Thursday to possess small amounts of marijuana, or to grow it for recreational purposes, in Massachusetts. But that isn’t the the case in neighboring states, where pot possession remains illegal. And law enforcement in some of these places are getting ready.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office said the sheriffs association had not posted information on prisoner populations on its website since August of 2011.
New federal rules were to extend overtime benefits to 4-million more workers as of December 1st. But that is now in limbo after a federal judge in Texas halted implementation of the policy.
Leading up to the election, Baker said he didn’t think Trump had the temperament to be president. That’s just some of the criticism he had for his party’s nominee going back to the primary elections.
Last winter was mild, cutting into the ski business, and hampering the Berkshire tourism industry.
Forecasters said nine inches of snow had fallen in Pittsfield since Sunday morning. At Clapp Park, children were enjoying the first snow day of the year.
Cities and towns have the right to impose up to a 2-percent local tax on marijuana sold in their communities. They also can limit the amount of stores that sell it, or — if voters agree in a local referendum — prohibit any marijuana shops at all.