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Reforming Unemployment Insurance for Municipalities Posted on Jan 9

Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation that will close loopholes to Municipal Unemployment Insurance (UI) and create a fair and collaborative system that provides economic relief to cities and towns. The legislation arises from the work and recommendations of the Municipal UI Task Force he convened   …Continue Reading Reforming Unemployment Insurance for Municipalities

Making Massachusetts a Better Place for Businesses Posted on Jan 9

Governor Patrick filed legislation that will lower business costs and encourage job growth by freezing unemployment insurance rates for employers and reducing or eliminating the contributions they make to fund health care programs for low-income residents. “This common sense legislation is good for businesses and   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts a Better Place for Businesses

Raising Awareness to Help Unemployed Homeowners Posted on Jul 8

Raising Awareness to Help Unemployed Homeowners

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio Governor Patrick and I know there are homeowners across Massachusetts who have been impacted by the national economic downturn, resulting in missed mortgage payments and threats of foreclosure. Our administration continues to look for   …Continue Reading Raising Awareness to Help Unemployed Homeowners

Preventing homelessness before it starts Posted on Apr 22

Preventing homelessness before it starts

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I was recently reading this article about the state of the homeless population in Worcester County and I was gratified – but not surprised – by what writer Lee Hammel notes: “Initiatives like the   …Continue Reading Preventing homelessness before it starts

More Jobs, Less New Unemployment Filings Posted on Mar 17

More Jobs, Less New Unemployment Filings

Governor Patrick in Lowell in February.  There is some very good job growth news in the employment figures released today by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. In February, Massachusetts gained 15,400 new sector jobs and the unemployment rate sank to 8.2%. That’s   …Continue Reading More Jobs, Less New Unemployment Filings