Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the 1st district came to Pittsfield Friday to announce over $40 million in federal funding for Berkshire County as a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The Democratic Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee spoke with WAMC about the legislation, the hopes for a new infrastructure bill, local outcry against the Housatonic River cleanup plan he helped broker, and the state’s reopening plan amid a COVID surge in Pittsfield.
Vermont is one of the nation’s whitest states, and members of the legislature are working to advance equity in government and across the state. That was the subject of the latest discussion in the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s virtual policy series.
Vermont’s Congressman has been meeting virtually with organizations and municipalities across the state to update local leaders on aid provided in the recently passed COVID relief package. This week he met with Burlington city councilors.
The Burlington Police Commission is a civilian body that provides administrative oversight of the police department in Vermont’s largest city. During its monthly meeting Tuesday evening it heard from an organization that provides resources and helps such groups maintain civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies.
Emails obtained by WAMC News through a Freedom Of Information Act Request show tensions between Pittsfield, Massachusetts political leaders as they sought to address the needs of the city’s unhoused population in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
As part of an ongoing effort to bring coronavirus vaccine to populations hit hardest by the pandemic, public health officials in Springfield, Massachusetts announced a partnership with a behavioral health care provider.