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Unemployment Rate Climbs as Mass. Loses 4,800 Jobs in August

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 20, 2012…..Gov. Deval Patrick pledged to the stay the course despite a gloomy jobs report released Thursday morning showing that despite an increase in government jobs the economy shed 4,800 total jobs in August, driving the unemployment up to 6.3 percent. “This is not

AG Confirms Investigation of Practices at For-Profit Colleges

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 30, 2012…. Ratcheting up the pressure on for-profit education firms, Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday confirmed that her office is investigating deceptive loan and recruitment practices at some for-profit colleges and certificate programs where students often graduate with overly burdensome debt, or fail

MassHousing Awards $350,000 for affordable sober housing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON – May 21, 2012 – MassHousing has awarded $350,000 in financing to help create 47 new units of affordable sober housing in Boston, Chelmsford, Somerville and Westford. The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that creates and

PATRICK PLANS CAP ON HOUSING AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE PAY, OTHER REFORMS

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2012. On the heels of revelations that the former Chelsea Housing Authority executive director concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary from the state, Gov. Deval Patrick will propose in his budget next week to impose new reporting and auditing requirements on

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