Analysis: A Year after Feud, Sarno Needs Amtrak As Other Economic Feats Lose Steam…
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Amid the stream of mayoral photos on the misnamed City of Springfield Office of Communications Facebook page was a curious post. It was a meeting that would have been unimaginable 11 months ago. Mayor Domenic Sarno and members of his cabinet had met with government affairs staff from Amtrak. Last June, Sarno was at war with the railroad.   The post Analysis: A Year after Feud, Sarno Needs Amtrak As Other Economic Feats Lose Steam… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Briefings: Vacant Get No Satisfaction with Holyoke At-large School Committee Exit…
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1w ago
For several terms now, Holyoke has had at least one vacancy in some office that the City Council—sometimes with another body—must fill. For the term that began this past January, that time has come.  Erin Brunelle, an at-large School Committee member and the body’s vice-chair, announced Tuesday she had resigned. The post Briefings: Vacant Get No Satisfaction with Holyoke At-large School Committee Exit… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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With a Show of Force, Gomez Begins Reelection Campaign Underscoring Community…
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1w ago
SPRINGFIELD—Facing his first electoral challenge since defeating an incumbent himself, Senator Adam Gomez kicked off his bid for a third term a few doors down from where his opponent had launched weeks before. Filling the lower level of Dewey’s Lounge, a downtown jazz bar, the senator underscored community. The post With a Show of Force, Gomez Begins Reelection Campaign Underscoring Community… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Take My Council, Please: As the Tree Fund Turns, er, Revolves…
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2w ago
SPRINGFIELD—The City Council sped through a thin agenda Monday that included a final realization of the new tree ordinance. Earlier this year, the Council approved a revamped arboreal code including fines and fees for removing public trees. However, the creation of the fund to use The post Take My Council, Please: As the Tree Fund Turns, er, Revolves… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Healey Signs Chapter 90 Road Bill with Supplements, but Not a Baseline Boost…
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2w ago
MELROSE—Governor Maura Healey signed a bill on May 3 that dispersed the state’s annual Chapter 90 road funds. Named after its chapter of the general laws, the money is essentially a type of aid to cities and towns. Flanked by legislators and finance, transportation, and municipal officials in this cozy Boston suburb, with the stroke of a pen, Healey made available $375 million for transportation work statewide.  The post Healey Signs Chapter 90 Road Bill with Supplements, but Not a Baseline Boost… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Analysis: Slow Train of Compass Rail Coming; but Is That Sufficient?…
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by wmasspi
2w ago
SPRINGFIELD—At the risk of succumbing to cliché, Compass Rail, nee East-West Rail, is on track. The money is in place to bring service into being and more is on the way. The press conference that local, state and federal officials held on April 22 projected The post Analysis: Slow Train of Compass Rail Coming; but Is That Sufficient?… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Take My Council, Please: Another Road to Recovery…
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by wmasspi
3w ago
SPRINGFIELD—On Monday, the City Council received a briefing on plans for Springfield’s share of the opioid settlement. Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris explained how her department will build out a response to opiate addiction within the city. Her presentation came with a startling The post Take My Council, Please: Another Road to Recovery… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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April Revenue May Be the Last Sharp Turn for Healey in FY2024’s Wild Ride…
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3w ago
The $6.32 billion in collections for April, which yields the largest haul each year because taxes are due this month, zoomed $1.03 billion over benchmarks. It surpassed last April’s take by over one and a half billion dollars. Despite the ruddy complexion of the economy, both nationally and in the commonwealth, Governor Maura Healey has had to contend with wild gyrations in state revenue. The post April Revenue May Be the Last Sharp Turn for Healey in FY2024’s Wild Ride… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Civil Rights Group Calls on Springfield to Hit Reset Button on Schools Chief Search…
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1M ago
The intrigue and protest that has consumed the selection process for the Superintendent of Schools in Springfield reached a new level Wednesday with an outside call to restart the process from the group Lawyers for Civil Rights. The post Civil Rights Group Calls on Springfield to Hit Reset Button on Schools Chief Search… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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Brown Senate Challenge Officially Launches as Gomez Readies His Troops…
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1M ago
SPRINGFIELD—Ward 4 City Councilor Malo Brown kicked off his bid for State Senate Thursday with a low-key gathering downtown with supporters. However, he said little about how he would differentiate himself from the incumbent he is challenging, Senator Adam Gomez.  The post Brown Senate Challenge Officially Launches as Gomez Readies His Troops… appeared first on Western Mass Politics & Insight ..read more
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