BUDGETS

This summer, the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million away from the agency that responds to disasters and emergencies, redirecting it toward one of President Trump's top priorities — the deportation of undocumented residents of the U.S.

The funds transfer is prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut back on training, IT security and infrastructure investments, according to a document sent to Congress and released by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

Mike Earielo in Worcester, Massachusetts, says of himself, "Gang member, drug dealer, sold drugs, used drugs. My life was really spiraling out of control from a very early age."
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In Massachusetts, two-thirds of offenders who are incarcerated have been in prison or jail before. One program in Worcester has been serving ex-prisoners who are coming back home, in an effort to bring the rate down.

Outgoing Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration has projected that Connecticut will end its fiscal year next June with a $137 million budget surplus.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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The Massachusetts legislature has called it quits for the year -- kind of.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The Massachusetts legislature wrapped up formal sessions for the year this week. In a flurry of 11th-hour activity, lawmakers were able to agree to bills on opioid treatment and economic development. 

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With very little time left before Massachusetts lawmakers finish this two-year legislative session, last week marked the start of Senator Karen Spilka’s Senate presidency.

Demontrators at the Massachusetts State House during an immigration enforcement protest on July 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Demonstrators from community and faith-based groups returned to the Massachusetts State House less than a week after lawmakers passed a budget that did not include immigration enforcement measures they'd pushed for that pledged to keep up the fight and hold politicians accountable.

Longmeadow- Russell Dupere and his wife Tatiana are facing issues with the cement used in the foundation of their Ashford Road home. Here are deteriorating portions of the foundation
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is considering a state budget that includes funding to test whether the foundations of some homes are contaminated with a mineral that causes serious damage.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation in a file photo.
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The Massachusetts state budget is sitting on Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Now the big question: what's he going to do with his veto pen?

New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

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