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The House and Senate last week gave final approval, and Wednesday Governor Patrick signed, legislation creating a loan and grant program to facilitate the repair or removal of unneeded dams and help finance repairs to structures aimed at controlling coastal flooding.
Completed home foreclosures in Massachusetts fell in November for the sixth consecutive month, according to data released Wednesday by The Warren Group, the State House News service reported.
With limited higher education opportunities and the state's oldest workforce, employers on Cape Cod and the Islands face extra hurdles finding younger employees to replace retiring Baby Boomers, according to a report released Tuesday morning in Hyannis.
A state law approved over the summer that went into effect October 30 allows people who present a doctor's note to use employee-only restrooms at retail businesses with three or more employees on duty.
State officials announced September 17 they plan to conduct price checks at gas stations around Massachusetts, saying they hope to prevent gouging as prices hover around the $4 per gallon mark.
Single-family home sales in July hit their highest sales volume since 2005, and rose 27 percent over July 2011, according to data released August 29 by the Warren Group, the State House News service reported.
Selectmen and school committee members may have a harder time claiming they didn't know better when they run afoul of the Open Meeting Law.
Though unemployment ticked up in July, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down in the Cape and Islands as well as in Amherst, according to the Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
While Massachusetts policymakers have been taking victory laps in connection with their health care access and cost control efforts, a study released Wednesday highlights continuing problems for patients.
Home sales in June were up more than 18 percent over June 2011, giving Massachusetts a full year of month-over-month increases in sales, the State House News service reported.
The Senate voted unanimously April 5 to pass legislation aimed at bolstering the state's renewable energy supply and getting a better handle on electricity prices.
While a slumping real estate market has subtracted equity for homeowners across Massachusetts and led to substantially lower home prices in some areas, a study released February 24 asserts that stagnant incomes and rising rental housing costs have contributed to continuing affordability problems in Massachusetts.
Home sale prices fell again in January as sales rose for the seventh straight month, according to Massachusetts Association of Realtors.
A local housing and planning group has labeled 2011 a "historically dreadful" year for housing production in Massachusetts, the State House News Service reported.
Home sales in Massachusetts in 2011 hit their lowest levels since 1990, despite low interest rates and "soft" median sales prices that dropped 3 percent last year, real estate market analysts reported Tuesday, according top the State House News Service.
Experts convened by state health and environmental officials have found no evidence of a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be described as wind turbine syndrome, according to an independent panel
State tax collections in December of nearly $2 billion tumbled 5 percent from a year ago and missed budget benchmarks by $87 million, according to the Department of Revenue.
Shortly after the Senate's 24-14 vote to approve casino legislation, Senate President Therese Murray's office released a list of those who voted against the bill.
Republican legislative leaders are thrusting into the General Court's arena an issue that is currently being debated before the state's highest court.
The maximum weekly benefit rate for new unemployment claims is rising from $625 to $653.