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.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 15 years, but recently we’ve seen budget cuts and state employee buyouts. So what’s going on with the state budget?
Democrat Adam Hinds of Pittsfield and Republican Christine Canning of Lanesborough are vying for the seat currently held by Ben Downing, who is stepping down after a decade.
Hinds won a three-way primary Thursday for the Massachusetts state Senate seat that covers parts of the four westernmost counties .
There are three contested Democratic state representative races along with one state Senate primary in western Massachusetts.
The House unveils its budget, Baker signs the solar bill, plus: the ten-year anniversary of RomneyCare.
The head of Massachusetts’ child welfare department says given state budget problems, she’s grateful the governor has proposed an increase for her agency.
Just seven percent of the Massachusetts legislature are millennials. That generation makes up 30 percent of the state’s population.
Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing will not seek re-election this fall, part of a promise he says he made to himself ten years ago.
The future of Massachusetts’ solar industry is in doubt after state lawmakers failed to reach a compromise, likely pushing the issue to next year.
Rural Massachusetts communities still without high speed internet may get help, as state lawmakers aim to pass a bill to pay for a final stretch of broadband.
The statement says the hospital, its hospice and related offices will close Friday. Its 530 employees will receive layoff notices and assistance in filing for unemployment.
As part of an effort to help struggling cities outside of Boston, several Massachusetts legislators toured Holyoke Monday.