Massachusetts joined several other states Tuesday in moving to preserve food assistance benefits for households that would otherwise be reduced under a recently approved federal farm bill.
A House-Senate committee on Monday approved a $1.7 billion borrowing bill, dramatically raising the bottom line on legislation sought by Gov. Deval Patrick.
Acting Gov. William Galvin on Monday signed a $194 million spending bill (H 3947) that includes $30 million to help keep up with winter road-clearing costs.
Massachusetts lawmakers are taking advantage of St. Patrick’s Day to hold a hearing on a series of “green bills” related to the environment.
After decades as a largely behind-the-scenes Democratic power broker, Steven Grossman gained his first personal political victory in 2010 when he was elected Massachusetts treasurer.
The apparent ease with which lawmakers came to agreement on hiking local aid stood out in contrast to the knottier problem of reaching agreement on a minimum wage and unemployment insurance reform bill
When it comes to natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, we can usually count on shelters to open for those who may find themselves with no place to go, but now Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to make those emergency shelters available to our pets, too.
DCF has hired 90 new social workers since the beginning of the year, and Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget proposal includes funding for another 177 positions to meet a 15-to-1 caseload goal.
A state lawmaker reviewing the selection of operators of medical marijuana dispensaries says the state agency overseeing the process should reconsider some highly-rated proposals that were not approved for provisional licenses.
The House and Senate are now in unanimous agreement on increasing two major local aid accounts by $125 million in the fiscal year 2015 budget, having rejected Republican efforts to deliver higher levels of funding to cities and towns.
DeLeo’s plan calls for a phased-in hike in the minimum wage from its current level of $8 an hour to $10.50 an hour by July 2016, but the speaker opted against linking future wage increase to inflation as the Senate did
Giving smartphones to social workers and taking photos of all children who enter state care are among the recommendations of an independent group examining the Massachusetts’ child welfare system.
The Massachusetts Senate has joined lawmakers in the House in approving an additional $125 million in local assistance for cities and towns.
A Winchester attorney is the first Republican to enter the race for attorney general in Massachusetts.
The minimum wage would increase to $10.50 an hour over three years under a long-awaited plan to be unveiled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Thursday that the Winthrop Democrat said would be combined with efforts to reduce unemployment insurance costs on business.
Massachusetts cities and towns could be getting an additional $125 million in local assistance under a plan approved by House lawmakers.
Holyoke Community Charter, with its 702 students, wants to expand with a high school, but the city is at the cap for charter school seats
The spending bill includes $12.6 million for hotel and motel rooms used by the Department of House and Community Development to house homeless families.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Board of Directors has approved several RMV fee increases, which will likely become effective by this summer.
A candidate for state representative has reimbursed his campaign, after a chiropractor’s office was paid with his campaign funds.