State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation’s deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
One thing the House and Senate didn’t have trouble agreeing to was allocating death benefits for the families of the two fallen firefighters and a Plymouth police officer killed in a motorcycle accident. Both branches signed off without hesitation on $150,000 each for the families of the three public servants killed in the line of duty.
Beacon Hill Leaders can’t seem to decide what to do about the state’s minimum wage. However, one Senate Leader told 22News he’s confident they will work this out.
From student government to state politics, high school students from across Massachusetts got some real life experience on what it is like to be a part of the legislature.
A doctor and candidate for governor, Democrat Joseph Avellone on Thursday said he supported Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision last week to ban the painkiller Zohydro, a drug the governor says poses a “significant risk” to individuals addicted to opiates and the public at large
Organizers behind a proposed ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour with future increases linked to inflation have not ruled out going to the ballot if the Legislature reaches a compromise they find insufficient.
The unemployment rate in the state dropped to 6.5% in February. That still leaves more than 200,000 people without a job, but not for long.
The Massachusetts Senate has joined the House in voting unanimously to increase the state’s line-of-duty death benefit for the families of public safety officers.
As anyone who lives in Springfield knows, natural gas leaks can be very dangerous. One State Senator told 22News about a bill that would change the way utility companies categorize those leaky pipes.
Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing a for-profit school, saying it misrepresented its training programs and job placement rates.
Legislation raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 by July 1, 2016 cleared the House on a 123-24 vote Wednesday night, putting both branches on record in favor of a major increase in pay rates for low-income workers.
The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years.
For low-income families, getting dental benefits from insurance companies is like pulling teeth. Practicing dentists say insurance companies need to provide better benefits.
The Massachusetts House and Senate continue to bump heads on what to do with minimum wage and unemployment insurance.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk, whose background is in health care, has selected as a running mate Angus Jennings, a town planner and western Massachusetts native who currently lives in Concord and runs a land use and community planning consultancy.
Democrats have picked-up a seat in the state legislature long held by the GOP, following a special election in Westfield Tuesday.
Berkshire Medical Center has applied for a license to operate the North Adams Emergency Department. However, if approved, the doors won’t immediately open.
Polls closed in Westfield at 8:00 p.m. Residents voted between Democrat John Velis and Republican Dan Allie, Tuesday, to fill the vacant state House of Representatives seat.
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The minimum wage for farm workers in Massachusetts is technically $1.60 per hour, hardly more than the $1.20 per hour established by a 1967 bill