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.
Negotiations are taking place on Beacon Hill this week over an environmental bond bill that could make millions of dollars available to improve the Boyden Wildlife Refuge, invest in other parks in Taunton and develop a center for urban agriculture in Dighton.
Nine area cultural organizations and councils have been approved state grants, according to a press release from Sen. Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) .
Enrollment for the upcoming school year at Bristol Community College’s new satellite learning center in the former Taunton Catholic Middle School is expected to exceed that of the past year.
TAUNTON — Gubernatorial candidate and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley reaffirmed her support for keeping Taunton State Hospital open during a campaign stop at the mental health care facility on Tuesday.
TAUNTON — It’s not often Taunton’s Democratic state senator shows up at a City Council meeting.
But Marc Pacheco was there Tuesday night, waiting patiently through a series of committee meetings and communications from city officers to take to the podium.