These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts.
And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athaenium Wednesday morning raised their hands. But Tufts is one of the three companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees through the commonwealth.
The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January.
The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation.
The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.
State Sen. Adam Hinds knows the Berkshires has problems and he sought office in order to help "right the ship." But, he says Eversource's proposed rate increase threatens the county's economic stability.
"We struggle with the impact of population decline every single day. We have schools that are closing now because of the lack of student enrollment. We have towns fighting about budgets and the tax burden continues to shift to the people who are staying. The median household income is in most
The city is looking to spend some $23.5 million on capital projects next year.
Mayor Linda Tyer has submitted a capital budget of $9.1 million for city projects and $14.4 million for water and sewer. The debt incurred from the $9.1 million would be paid for through the city's annual budget while the $14.4 million would come from the enterprise accounts. A public hearing is scheduled for the City Council meeting on Tuesday.
There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.
Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w
Attorney General Maura Healey will be at the library on Monday to do what her staff has been doing all across the state - opposing the electric increase proposed by Eversource.
The electric company has asked for steep increases in rates throughout the commonwealth - of 10 percent in Western Massachusetts and 7 percent in the eastern portion of the state. The company claims that it needs to raise the revenue to maintain profits for shareholders at 10.5 percent and then upgrade the system's in
River Road neighbors hammered representatives of Verizon Wireless on Tuesday over a plan to install a 140-foot monopole at the former North Adams Country Club.
The public hearing at the Senior Center was the culmination of months of debate over the need for the cell tower. The Planning Board closed the hearing after nearly two hours of discussion and continued the deliberations to a later date.
The board's annual public hearing to consider articles for town meeting drew a nearly full house to the Board of Selectmen's Meeting Room. Several residents addressed the board about its proposed bylaws, and, in two cases, board members were persuaded to change direction.
Eversource is seeking to raise rates by 10 percent.
The company submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities for such an increase and a local public hearing on the manner is scheduled for April 10 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Affordable health care and family leave are the "forefront" issues for Raya Kirby.
Balancing her 4-month-old daughter on her hip, told the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday how she accumulated sick and personal time by not taking any time off for 10 months and her family stocked away every penny, to ensure they could pay bills during her maternity leave.
The Board of Health set the public hearing on raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon board member Bruce Shepley updated the Board of Health on some lingering questions they had on the new regulations and the board agreed it was time to move toward adoption.
he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner.
The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center North, and then the reverse.
For 17 years residents in the Berkshires could take the turnpike for six exits before having to pay anything. For many, there was little bother to get an E-Z Pass transponder and rather, just pay for five or six bucks for the rare trip to Boston.
The Planning Board voted Wednesday to recommend some updates to the town's zoning bylaws to cover wind energy generation facilities and wireless telecommunications.
Town meeting will take up the amendments on May 25.
The board held a brief public hearing on Wednesday at the Senior Center attended by a handful of people. The several amendments were considered priorities as the board reviews the town's zoning, which has changed little since 1993. The board also voted to recommend a few chang
The city of North Adams and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, part of Massachusetts College Liberal Arts, will be hosting two public meetings regarding the application to designate the North Adams downtown area as a Cultural District.