Governor Deval Patrick signed the “Line of Duty Act” on Thursday. This piece of legislation increases the death benefit of public safety employees who are killed in the line of duty.
State lawmakers are considering a measure that would require natural gas distribution companies to take immediate action to plug serious natural leaks.
“I don’t think taking money out of the rainy day fund makes a lot of sense. You should use the rainy day fund when it’s actually raining,” Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker said.
Many will be glad to know the House Ways and Means Committee’s spending plan won’t call for new tax hikes, but they do plan to spend billions on local aid, subsidized health insurance and to combat the state’s drug epidemic.
Veterans can expect to see a lot of benefits coming their way soon. Governor Deval Patrick signed the second round of the Valor Act.
Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House are preparing to unveil their proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Massachusetts House has approved an overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties for abusers.
Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s confident House and Senate lawmakers will hammer out a compromise on minimum wage legislation that has run into parliamentary roadblocks on Beacon Hill.
Sen. Warren, Markey and Cong. Lynch applauded the announcement of a $48 million grant to Jobs for the Future, Inc. through the Youth CareerConnect program. The grant will help provide support for students to acquire critical career skills.
The spring construction season has begun and roads all over the state are in need of fixes after a difficult winter, but the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick remain at odds over road repair funding levels this year
The Department of Public Health announced their strategy to fight the state’s severe drug problem, but it doesn’t come cheap.
A federal judge says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick might have been “out of line” in ordering a first-in-the-nation ban of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller.
Immigrants make up a large part of our workforce, but many of them can not get a driver’s license.
A one-year freeze on unemployment insurance rates for Massachusetts businesses is closer to passage in the Legislature.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative designed to make it easier for people to dispose of medicines, is set for Saturday, April 26, 2014.
A joint conference committee has filed a bill freezing rates at a schedule that will save employers from paying $420 million in new premiums this year.
Massachusetts made dramatic cuts to mental health funding five years ago. With more inpatient psychiatric units shutting down, people fear there will soon be no where left to go.
North Adams Regional Hospital filed for bankruptcy last week, but lawmakers aren’t giving up on the Berkshire County hospital just yet. 22News spoke with state officials about what’s being done to re-open its doors.
State lawmakers are considering a proposed $1.1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition center in South Boston.
Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is kicking off his re-election campaign. Kennedy is in his first term, and was elected in 2012 to fill Congressman Barney Frank’s old seat.