In a visit to Pittsfield Thursday, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito seemed to be caught off guard when asked about when the so-called “Last Mile” project will be completed for 40 communities in the western part of the state.
In late December, Baker attended a holiday party thrown by the website MassLive. But he hasn’t had a public event in the four western counties of Massachusetts since November 1.
Since Pittsfield native Francis Spina retired from the state’s high court last summer, there haven’t been any justices from Massachusetts’ four western counties. Governor Charlie Baker’s latest pick, Ellie Cypher, lives in Bristol County.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the state plans to file legal briefs against President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which received heavy criticism after several high profile incidents a few years ago, is in line to receive a $27 million increase under Governor Charlie Baker’s budget proposal.
The proposal would bump up the pay of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg by $45,000 each, as well as the Governor. Rosenberg said increasing the stipends for leadership positions is a long time coming.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has nominated an Adams attorney as a district court judge in Pittsfield, more than a year after the governor said filling vacancies in Berkshire County was on his radar.
Democrat Adam Hinds, running for office for the first time, beat Republican Christine Canning for the state Senate seat that includes parts of all four western counties. He’ll replace outgoing Senator Ben Downing.
Ben Swan, Jr., is trying to succeed his father, Ben Swan, Sr., who is retiring. Kenneth Barnett, Larry Lawson and Bud Williams want to wrestle the seat away from the Swan family for the first time in more than 20 years.
Baker says towns are beginning to choose among options presented by state officials, including towns owning networks by themselves, or banding together with other communities.
A key state senator says he’s disappointed it doesn’t contain language designed to slow the construction of natural gas pipelines.
She says the guns are made with minor modifications intended to skirt the state’s assault weapons ban.
In 1998, Massachusetts essentially banned assault rifles and other devices that can feed a high capacity of ammunition into weapons.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is revising policies for when and how state police can hold individuals wanted by federal immigration authorities.
Speaking in Springfield Friday, DeLeo says if the proposal passes the house, there will be some work to do to merge it with the already-approved Senate version.