Social workers from Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families, trying to get the attention of the public Beacon Hill lawmakers, rallied Monday in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts. More funding is needed for DCF, they say, to hire additional social workers and reduce the dangerously high number of caseloads on their plates.
Debates begin this week on the Massachusetts Senate’s version of the next state budget. Lawmakers will wade through 942 amendments attached to the bill.
Over 60 western Massachusetts parishes have shut down since 2000, as church attendance declined. Last week, a Vatican court ruled the diocese can de-consecrate and sell two churches in the region.
Massachusetts Congressman Richie Neal is dismissing recent criticism of Hilary Clinton over foreign donations to the Clinton foundation while she was secretary of state.
Evan Dobelle will pay the state $185,000 to settle the suit, according to the Springfield Republican newspaper. Last summer, the attorney general’s office alleged that Dobelle misspent nearly $100,000 of Westfield State’s money.
The city’s superintendent says he now supports a state takeover of the school district, which disappoints teachers’ union president Gus Morales
Ahead of a possible state takeover of the Holyoke public schools, the city’s superintendent says he’s personally not opposed to state control.
Tom Waddell was an Olympian, doctor and civil rights activist. Most notably he founded the Gay Games in the early 1980’s.
Massachusetts residents who read closely may notice something odd in their paperwork: it’s called the optional income tax rate and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Instead of 5.2 percent, you can opt to pay the state 5.85 percent.
Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House plan to release their version of the state budget this week. Gov. Charlie Baker has already introduced a $38 billion budget for fiscal 2016.
Until now, dispensaries were approved through a long application process that was fraught with controversy and delays.
A state task force is expected to release a report on the MBTA’s failures during this winter’s storms this week. Gov. Charlie Baker has discouraged the push for new taxes to help solve the transit system’s problems.
Spring training is wrapping up, and the Boston Red Sox play the first game of the regular season on Monday afternoon.
The head of Boston’s Olympic bid is offering no firm answers on whether some events could be held in western Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has made clear that he’s against raising taxes or creating new ones but he’s not opposed to making changes in the current tax code.