BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Round bales of hay in a field that have been harvested by dairy farmer Pete Williams in Shelburne, Massachusetts. He is having trouble selling them this year.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The minimum wage in Massachusetts goes up a buck to $12 an hour starting January 1, 2019. But there's a group of workers who won't get that increase. 

The cash drawer at INSA in Easthampton, which, like many medical dispensaries and stores in Massachusetts, does most of its business only in cash.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Another marijuana store, INSA in Easthampton, Massachusetts, opens for business on Saturday.

Selling pot on the legal market is proving to be lucrative. But the legal risks—or at least the perceived risks—are keeping away some banks, credit card companies and accountants.

A gambler playing a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, reported its revenues dropped slightly in November. But it's paying out more to slot machine gamblers.

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

From left, Dave Eisenstadter, Dane Kuttler, Bera Dunau and Dusty Christensen after the ballots were counted. All four are supporters of the newly formed Pioneer Valley NewsGuild.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Employees at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Valley Advocate have voted to unionize. The official vote Wednesday followed lobbying against the effort by the newspapers' parent company.

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