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2020 census numbers showed another drop in Berkshire County’s population as most of the state grew. Redistricting in the Massachusetts Legislature likely will leave Berkshire County with three districts, down from four, in the 160-member House.
A coalition is working to pass legislation that would make Massachusetts the second state to offer free phone calls to people who are incarcerated.
With state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, expected to announce his plans for 2022 shortly, colleagues of state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, said he has spoken with them about the possibility of pursuing the seat.
At Pittsfield Public Schools, routes have consolidated, meaning that trips take longer and fewer seats are available. Massini Bus Co. can cover the needs of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, but just barely.
Farm workers are excluded from the state minimum wage and overtime, among other protections. A bill in the Massachusetts Legislature would end farm workers’ “second-class status,” supporters say, under state and federal employment law.
PITTSFIELD — Spectrum on Tuesday donated $2,500 and 10 tablets to Hillcrest Educational Centers.
The state Department of Transportation is moving to replace a sick bridge on Holmes Road in Pittsfield by late 2023. Residents say they're happy progress is being made, but wonder why it took so long.
Voters approved a state tax deduction for charitable donations in a 2000 ballot question, but that tax break has not been reimplemented after the Legislature delayed it in 2001.
Burning wood for energy emits more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels. But, while the state has proposed new regulations to protect 90 percent of Massachusetts municipalities from new wood-burning facilities, 35 towns — seven in the Berkshires — remain eligible for new facilities.
Seventy-four Massachusetts lawmakers signed a letter urging the federal government to defend voting rights. Voting restrictions have been proposed in 47 states, including Massachusetts.