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Gov. Patrick Signs Jobs Bill

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Massachusetts Governor  Deval Patrick has signed legislation designed to spur economic development and job creation.. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   The law creates a $50 million fund to be used by the state’s public universities to compete for matching grants for research projects. University research can lead  to products and technologies that form the basis for new companies, and provide training for people to work in skilled jobs, according to UMass Amherst spokesman Ed Blagazueski.

   The law also has provisions for several tax breaks and grants to help grow businesses. It provides $5 million for job training for the unemployed and under employed. It also authorizes the two day sales tax holiday, August 11 and 12..

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.