Boston — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday the extension of the state’s stay-at-home advisory and the closure of all nonessential businesses to Monday, May 18, as the battle against the coronavirus continues in Massachusetts. “We’re moving in the right direction with respect to the virus, but we are not where we need to be,” Baker
The Baker-Polito administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income.
Wednesday’s announcement regarding the Complete Streets program provides funding to the Berkshire community of Great Barrington, which will receive $222,077 for a sidewalk extension on the Housatonic Main Street.
Grants were provided to eight land trusts through the Conservation Partnership Grant Program, 11 communities through the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program, and eight projects through the Conservation District Innovative Projects Grant Program.
MassTrails will provide a total of approximately $5 million in matching grants through the first round of funding in fiscal year 2020 and will also offer technical assistance and resources to individuals, municipalities, non-profits and other public entities to design, construct and maintain high-quality Massachusetts trails.
The Baker-Polito administration has announced that $40 million in additional funding will be provided to cities and towns in fiscal year 2019 for road construction and transportation improvement projects.
Mill Renaissance LLC must still obtain site plan approval, conservation commission approval, the allocation of historic tax credits and additional commercial. Developer Jeffrey Cohen hopes to start construction on the $60 million project in the fourth quarter of 2019.
“[The] announcement, paired with the ongoing efforts to prepare for a pilot season of Berkshire FLYER service shows that we’re positioning the Berkshires and western Mass. for positive economic growth.” — Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield
The Sheffield Democratic Committee urges all Berkshires residents, regardless of their political affiliations, to take advantage of the opportunity to meet Hinds in person and discuss issues facing Massachusetts and the nation.
This bill fulfills the commitment made by the Baker-Polito administration to seek additional funding for school districts that have enrolled significant numbers of evacuee students and will include $15 million in fiscal year 2018 supplemental local aid.
‘We reject, in the strongest possible terms, hateful rhetoric, harmful actions, or attempts to diminish the values or identity of our community members, while remaining committed to the fundamental right of free speech. These actions will not gain a foothold on our campuses.’ –Massachusetts Community Colleges
As part of its Last Mile initiative, MBI will provide Charter with a grant of more than $4.4 million to defray the costs of wiring the rural towns of Egremont, Tyringham, Hancock and Peru. State Rep. Pignatelli also noted that Egremont and perhaps Monterey will have a 1 Gbps connection through Fiber Connect, 12 times faster than what Charter offers in Great Barrington.
First founded as a chapter for Pittsfield in the early 1960s and later for all of central Berkshire county, the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County is one of many Massachusetts chapters of the national League of Women Voters that influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s first quarterly opioid report of 2017 showed an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl and declines in the presence of heroin and prescription opioids in opioid-related deaths.
The STEM Advisory Council executive committee endorsed the administration’s decision to allocate approximately $326,000 this year from the STEM Pipeline Fund to cover the costs of AP exams in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, calculus, environmental science and statistics.
Since coming into office in 2015, the Baker-Polito administration has made responding to the opioid crisis its top public health priority. Spending on addiction services has been increased by 50 percent, from $120 million to $180 million.