Thousands of unemployed people in Massachusetts are still having a hard time navigating the computer system that manages their benefits.
Tens of thousands of patients are expected to quickly take advantage of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, where the first dispensaries are on pace to open this summer and provisional licensees are all expected to make home deliveries, according to the state official in charge of the program’s launch.
There has been an increase in suspicious package reports since the Boston Marathon bombing last April, leading to some strain on the State Police units that respond to such incidents.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker made a promise to cities and towns on Tuesday to never cut local aid and to increase funding for public schools and municipalities every year that the state realizes an increase in tax collections.
Coakley could not name a Republican she admires, and said the difference between her and the other four Democrats in the race is her public sector experience.
Local officials said reimbursement levels in the current fiscal 2014 budget year are underfunded by $28 million, and said Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget plan for fiscal 2015 also underfunds charter schools.
Including all of the new programs and advancements would cost $13 million over the $615 million budget, and would eventually enable the court to operate effectively with its 6,500 employees, a decreased number from prior years
Among other things, critics of Massachusetts hosting the Olympics worry about costs to taxpayers, and finding enough support from private partners to build the necessary facilities and venues.
One third of new claimants run into computer glitches with the state’s unemployment benefits system.
Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision not to fire the head of the state’s embattled Department of Children and Families, following the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy now feared dead.