BOSTON/State House - Answering a call from the federal government to help Central and South American children fleeing violence and depressed economic conditions in their home countries, Governor Deval Patrick on Friday offered temporary sanctuary to some of the unaccompanied immigrant children who have crossed the border between Mexico and the U.S. in recent weeks and are now stranded in southern Texas.
BOSTON/State House - Calling on state legislators to reinvest in the Bay State’s public colleges and universities, students, faculty, and staff held an advocacy day at the State House on Wednesday.
Over 500 people packed the Gardner Auditorium to hear a union representative, and several students who shared their experiences of attending public institutions.
BOSTON - Governor Patrick decided that it was finally politically viable to announce goals targeting growth, ending an era of budget austerity and slim pickings for working families in yesterday's State of the Commonwealth address. His proposed budget included a two percent cut in the sales tax from the current rate of 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. Income tax would increase from 5.25 to 6.25 percent, with revenue entirely directed to a public works fund.