It’s the season of budgets and potholes for communities in Massachusetts. Cities and towns can fill holes in roads and finances through local aid from the state, but the process of distributing that aid is predictably contentious.
A bill in the Massachusetts legislature would limit how many patients a nurse can care for, but if lawmakers don’t act, the issue is poised to go to voters on the November ballot.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will hold a special City Council meeting on the city’s troubled Geriatric Authority tonight as he seeks state control of the nursing home.
Raise Up Massachusetts isn’t stopping its campaign to raise the minimum wage through a ballot question, even after House Speaker Robert DeLeo brought the legislature one step closer to raising the wage on its own.
About 100 students gathered to voice their opposition to what they say were “oppressive tactics” used by police at the weekend’s “Blarney Blowout.”
If the raise passes town meeting, it will head to the state legislature for approval.
Leominster’s proposed slots parlor narrowly lost to a proposed slots casino in Plainville. Two of the five commissioners on the state gaming board supported the proposal in the north-central Massachusetts city.
An overflow crowd at Greenfield Community College packed a conference on opiate abuse and addiction in western Massachusetts Monday. The gathering included several calls for new state funding for addiction treatment.
Lacking a detox program in the rural region, Franklin County is pushing for new funding to combat rising heroin abuse.
“It’s not putting the wet stuff on the red stuff anymore. It’s putting the wet stuff on the red stuff, then you got this white stuff – which is called paperwork,” Everett Ricketts says.
Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center resolved a two-year contract dispute last week. But the western Massachusetts hospital company is still negotiating with nurses at other facilities.
Nurses and hospital administrators came to an agreement, with the help of two local legislators, to end a contract dispute that dragged on over the past two years.
Parents and teachers in Holyoke, Massachusetts say so-called “data walls” result in public humiliation of students.
Just four of the 20 licenses granted on Friday are in the central and western counties of the state.
In his State of the Union address this week, President Barack Obama called on local lawmakers around the country to raise minimum wages. The Massachusetts Senate is way ahead of him. It passed a bill in November that would push the state wage from 8 to 11 dollars an hour by 2016. But there’s one group who, on paper at least, make far less than that: people like servers and bartenders who rely on tips.