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Rule Aims to Protect Mass. Residents From Payday Loan Abuses

Rule Aims to Protect Mass. Residents From Payday Loan Abuses

Consumer advocates are praising a new rule issued on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that requires payday lenders to start verifying a borrower’s ability to repay the loan before rolling it over into a new loan. The rule aims to stop lenders from taking advantage of desperate people who want to borrow more

Boston Fast-Food Workers Join 300-City Labor Day Strike

While many of us had a day off on Labor Day, fast-food workers in Boston were among those in 300 cities who walked off their jobs in a call for better wages and the right to join a union. The Boston action started at 6 a.m. at a fast-food franchise on Tremont Avenue. Among the

Extreme Weather Events: ‘Let’s Talk About Them’

With residents of Texas and Louisiana struggling to recover from what has now been classified as the worst rain event in U.S. history, Bay Staters will soon have a chance to discuss and learn more about extreme weather events. Karen Price is environmental co-chair for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. The League is

Minimum-Wage Boost Making Dent in MA Child Poverty

It’s a significant dent.   The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend.   The data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show the child poverty rate for Massachusetts dropped from

Massachusetts Moving Up in Providing Summer Meals to Kids

The number of lower-income children with access to free summer meals is down nationwide, but New England states are doing better than most. Crystal FitzSimons, director of school and out-of-school-time programs at the Food Research and Action Center, which tracks summer meal programs across the country, said one reason more Massachusetts children received summer meals

Proposed SNAP Cuts Target Mass. Seniors, People with Disabilities

President Donald Trump wants to take a $193 billion slice out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years, and local advocates say seniors and Bay Staters with disabilities would be hardest hit by the proposal. Patricia Baker, a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, has crunched the numbers

Lawmakers Face Dueling Versions of Marijuana Legalization

State lawmakers are working against an end-of-month deadline to try to reconcile two competing versions of the marijuana legalization bill. The House was the latest to act on the measure, and Essex Rep. Frank Moran, who chairs the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, said they scored a win by making sure the legislation contains

DACA Decision Called ‘Band-Aid’, Not Solution

On the campaign trail, a key promise on immigration from candidate Donald Trump was that he would revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Now, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security says the program will remain in place. The decision came late last week, on the fifth anniversary of the DACA program,

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