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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a new state budget nearly a month into the 2023 fiscal year. He said the budget is in balance, doesn't rely on one-time revenues, and doesn't raise new taxes or fees. It also bans marriage for people under age 18.

PROJECT PAYCHECK: Child care centers in the Berkshires are fighting to hold it together, one positive COVID-19 test and one teacher resignation after another. By all accounts, the pandemic has steamrolled a stressed early-education system in Massachusetts. “It’s been difficult not being able to work because I can’t find child care for my daughter," said one Berkshire County mother. She's not alone. 

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Residents of the Berkshires already might have seen $600 stimulus payments deposited into their bank accounts, and money might be on its way f…