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State Senate Passes Short-Term Rental Bill

The legislation would generate an estimated $34.5 million and $25.5 million in state and local revenues, respectively, based on the most recent Senate Ways and Means Fiscal Impact Report. The expanded tax base will automatically apply to all 175-plus cities and towns that have already adopted the local room occupancy excise to date.

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Hinds Launches Re-election Bid for State Senate

State Sen. Adam Hinds has set his sights on 2020. And that starts with his election bid in 2018. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in 2016 to fill the seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing and has now launched his first re-election bid just over a year of serving in office.

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Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill

The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.

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Hinds Appointed to Senate Ways And Means

The Pittsfield Democrat was appointed to the committee by acting Senate President Harriette Chandler on Wednesday, the same day Gov. Charlie Baker put forth his $40.9 billion spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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Hinds, MCLA Holding Workshop On Public Transit Options

State Sen. Adam Hinds is about to find out exactly how difficult it is to get around the county on public transportation. On Friday, Hinds is taking a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus from Pittsfield to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a trip that will take more than an hour. Hinds is doing it as his commute to meet with MCLA's Dean Jake Eberwein as the two host a design thinking workshop on how to improve the county's public transportation system.

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Guest Column: Time to Reassess growth Across the Commonwealth

The area we call home Western Massachusetts has world-class higher education institutions and arts and culture, as well as unequaled access to nature and competitive business sectors. A strategic regional approach to economic vitality will ensure equal opportunity for residents wherever they live, and help solve our structural deficit in revenue generation.

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State Senate Accepts Amendment To Study Passenger Rail to New York

The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City. State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.

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Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House

Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold. Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December

State Sen. Adam Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.

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Morris, Williamstown Elementary Schools Honored at State House

The two Berkshire County schools were among 51 schools honored for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress.

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Hinds Sworn In As State Senator

Adam Hinds was sworn in Wednesday as the Berkshire's newest state senator. Hinds took the oath of office in the Senate Chambers on Beacon Hill Wednesday to serve the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in November to fill the shoes of Benjamin Downing, who chose not to run for re-election.

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