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WSAR News Headlines Archives for 2014-06

Fall River City Council President Linda Pereria tells WSAR that hers would have been the second no vote on the 2015 FY budget that was passed last week after a Dunkin Donuts meeting between City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros, Council Vice President Ray Mitchell, and Council Member Mike Miozza produced a deal that provided some municipal cuts and did achieve something close to Net School Spending. 

Pereria tells WSAR she has issues with projections related to Pay As You Throw, which will see new trash bags rolled out in around a month from now. 


The Fall River Carousel, next to Battleship Cove on the City's Waterfront, will reopen at some point this summer, but not during the July 4 Weekend, as had been originally planned. 

FROED Executive VP Ken Fiola tells WSAR that delays in the production and installation of new windows has slowed things down; a new roof and paint job have been part of the improvements made in a building that had been dormant for several years. 



While 11 contenders will head to the inspection phase in order to open the Commonwealth's First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries at some point in 2015, none will be in Bristol County, after their initial applications were rejected. 

Applications for Brighton Health Advocates of Fairhaven and Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts' proposed location in Taunton were rejected. 

Every Massachusetts County is required to have at least one dispensary; local municipalities cannot ban the locations, but can set regulations as to where they can be located. 






After a Thursday Afternoon Session at a Fall River Dunkin Donuts between Fall River City Council Vice President Ray Mitchell, City Council Member Mike Miozza and City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros produced a budget deal that was approved later that night the aftermath now finds Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan telling WSAR that slicing six figures from the FRPD overtime line item will be monitored and adjusted as necessary. 


Among the cuts that produced enough money--''close enough'' according to Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown--for Net School Spending for the School Department, were $5,000 from the salary of the City Administrator, as well as reductions from most major municipal departments. 


Fall River City Council Member Dan Rego, appearing on the Thursday Edition of "The WSAR Newsroom'' that the only way he would vote for the current municipal and school department budgets would be if current Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan submitted his resignation. 


Rego and Flanagan had a sharp exchange during Tuesday's Special City Council Session in Fall River; Council goes back into session at 6pm this afternoon; WSAR has been told by sources that an attempt to send the budget back to the Sixth Floor could happen at some point in the session, but its not clear if there are five votes that would allow that to happen. 


The first vote on the budget early Wednesday Morning was 4-4; its not known if the Council Member Linda Pereria could take part either today or Monday, when the final budget session is scheduled, if necessary. 


CNBCs newest list of the best states in which to do business has Massachusetts sliding to #25 for 2014, down from #17 in 2013, while Rhode Island's listing as dead last at #50 as a place to do business has become an issue in the Governor's race. 

As far as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CNBC finds that while the Commonwealth has a "Deep Heritage of Educational Quality'', Businesses must ''pay dearly to do business in the state, where wages and costs are high'.

As far as the cost of doing business, the Commonwealth ranks 46th, while in categories measuring Education and Technology, Massachusetts ranks in the top five. 

CNBC ranked Rhode Island at #50, citing infrastructure issues, and business friendliness as issues that needed to improve. 







The latest series of Unemployment Numbers for May have been released by the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and they indicate that for the first time in recent memory, Fall River has an unemployment number in single digits. 
Fall River's Unemployment rate for May sits at 9.4% compared to 11.1% in April; the Commonwealth's numbers indicate that some 762 people fell off the unemployment rolls, or found some type of employment between April and May. 
In New Bedford, Unemployment is listed at 9.2% down from 10.4% the previous month. 
Unemployment in Somerset went down a full percentage point to 6.6%, while in Swansea, the May Unemployment number is listed officially at 6.7%. 


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