Coverage of Massachusetts from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

A "now hiring" sign.
Steven Depolo / CREATIVE COMMONS /

New numbers released by the state of Massachusetts show the unemployment rate dropping to a level not seen in almost 20 years. 

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts secretary of state is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting for the state's 2020 presidential primary. 

Driving through a tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts.
Thomas Hawk / Creative Commons /

Massachusetts lawmakers invoked the memories of people killed in distracted driving crashes on Wednesday before voting 155-2 to pass a bill banning motorists from using hand-held cellphones and electronic devices behind the wheel.

National legislation aimed at preserving the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s land is expected to go to a vote before the full House this week.

It’s a vote that was supposed to happen last week, before a tweet by President Donald Trump against the bill caused its sponsors to pull it from the House floor.

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago and Education Secretary James Peyser testified Monday in support of Gov. Charlie Baker's bill to impose new oversight over college closures.
Katie Lannan / State House News Service

Carlos Santiago, the Massachusetts higher education commissioner, found out about the closure of Mount Ida College when a reporter approached him at an event last spring and asked about it.