For three years, Gov. Deval Patrick has submitted budgets that would eliminate the continuing-care beds at Taunton State Hospital, and for three years, state Sen. Marc R. Pacheco has been fighting to keep 45 beds there.
BOSTON — Strengthening ties between the United States and Cape Verde was among the topics on the table Friday, when Sen. Marc R. Pacheco hosted Jorge Carlos Fonseca, president of Cape Verde, at the Statehouse.
In a recent editorial board meeting organized to discuss the topic of mental health, state Sen. Marc R. Pacheco was asked whether anyone had studied how much it costs to treat inmates with mental health issues in the corrections system instead of the health care system.
Advocates for the spinal cord injury community held a rally at the Statehouse last week, led by a Taunton doctor and others who hope to restore spinal cord injury research funding in Massachusetts.
A Taunton doctor is a driving force behind an effort to support research for spinal cord injuries in Massachusetts through a state trust fund that draws from surcharges paid by speeding motorists to reinstate their suspended licenses.
Massachusetts legislators are considering a substantial increase in the state minimum wage for the first time in four years, setting up a showdown between advocates backing low-wage earners and business activists, both still struggling from the slow economy.
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $11 an hour by 2017 in a move that Democratic leaders said they feel confident will be enough to avoid a costly ballot campaign this fall
Massachusetts hasn’t raised the minimum wage for workers in half a decade, and Beacon Hill lawmakers say it puts employees at a disadvantage as they try to pay bills and support their families.
BOSTON — The head of a legislative committee on global warming introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the state to take a comprehensive look at the effects on climate change on Massachusetts and to address it.
A $2.2 billion environmental bond bill could fund hundreds of projects across the state, ranging from hiking trails to harbor dredging, cleared the Massachusetts House and Senate Thursday night, as formal legislative sessions drew to a close for the year.