Our panel looks at the big stories in the news.
The Massachusetts Legislature restored millions in spending to the state budget during a rare Saturday session, over the objections of Governor Charlie Baker.
It’s budget time for the Massachusetts Senate this week. Senators will wade through 1,167 amendments to the spending plan starting on Tuesday.
In the middle of a fight against heroin abuse, Greenfield, Massachusetts, is one step closer to hosting a needle exchange. Residents requested the Board of Health look into the service last fall. Greenfield’s Public Health Director Nicole Zabko says there’s been no vocal opposition to the plan.
Undergraduate students at the five UMass campuses could see tuition and fees go up next school year. The university’s board will vote on Wednesday.
Did the Patrick Administration break the law when it cut funding for school transportation last November?
Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center noted that DCF funding is still 10 percent below what it was back in 2008 and adjusted for inflation.
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.
Funding for a state program that provides summer jobs to low income youth is on the table in the Massachusetts legislature.
A series of amendments proposed by a Massachusetts lawmaker would increase funding to state colleges and universities that could freeze student fees for the next academic year.
A report released this week by a Massachusetts advocacy organization alleges a state regulation change last fall has forced 160 homeless families to stay in inadequate situations for days at a time
A new statewide group has started pushing Massachusetts lawmakers to increase funding for the arts. New England Public Radio’s Jeremy Goodwin has the story.