MASSACHUSETTS

Coverage of Massachusetts from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

An election in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts voters will decide three questions on the November ballot, including one that asks whether anti-discrimination protections for transgender people should be kept in place. 

Ticking clock.
Creative Commons / pxhere.com/en/photo/743098

Massachusetts is the last state in the country without a permanent spending plan for fiscal year 2019. What do we know about the status of the $41.5 billion budget?

A billboard in Springfield, Massachusetts, advertises construction careers for women.
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

Seven years ago, getting into carpentry wasn’t even on Tyeka Robinson’s radar. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet.

“I was working these odd and end jobs and not enough money to pay the bills,” she said. “I didn’t have a clue how to join the trades.”

Advocates for families relocated from Puerto Rico want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to come up with a longer-term solution for Transitional Shelter Assistance for Hurricane Maria evacuees.

Pipes for a sale at a Dead & Company show in 2018 in Connecticut.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

A new survey of Massachusetts residents found more than a fifth of adults said they'd used marijuana in the past 30 days. The study was commissioned by the Massachusetts legislature, to help gauge the eventual impact of marijuana legalization in the state. 

Irida Kakhtiranova, who's living at the Unitarian Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, making pierogies.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent morning, Irida Kakhtiranova was rolling out a ball of dough on the metallic table in the Unitarian church kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts.

A marijuana store advertisement in Seattle, Washington.
adrienblanc / Creative Commons / flickr.com/people/49457879@N07

No stores in Massachusetts yet are able to sell marijuana for recreational use, but the first could open within a few weeks. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Governor Charlie Baker signed compromise legislation that will gradually increase Massachusetts' minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual sales tax holiday. It was designed to keep a series of ballot questions off the November ballot, including a proposal to cut the state sales tax. Without them, will election turnout take a hit? 

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A day that many people have long pushed for in Massachusetts finally arrived. If you’re over 21 it’s legal, now, to buy marijuana in a store licensed by the state. But the illegal market isn’t expected to go away anytime soon.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
Steve Brown / WBUR

A marijuana industry spokesman is criticizing some cities and towns after Massachusetts regulators acknowledged that retail pot shops won't be open on July 1, as originally expected.

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