Ben is an editor — and occasional blogger — for wbur.org. When he reports, it’s most often on economic and transportation policy, social issues and politics.
Ben is from western Massachusetts, and now lives in Cambridge.
BOSTON — Using Arin Dube’s calculations, the Boston metro could have a have a wage floor of $12.85 an hour.
BOSTON — That’s the lowest state jobless rate since August 2008, and the figure is down from 6.8 percent in January.
BOSTON — The new bill would allow police to disperse people substantially impeding access to abortion clinics.
BOSTON — Under terms of the deal, Mohegan Sun would provide an estimated $300 million in investments in Boston over a 15-year period.
BOSTON — The three other states that ban all fireworks are also in the Northeast: Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
BOSTON — Fifty-six percent of respondents said they approve of locating casinos in Massachusetts, while 38 percent said they disapprove.
BOSTON — The UMass survey also found that a plurality of the region’s voters would would currently vote to uphold the gambling law.
BOSTON — Massachusetts employment is now at its highest level since 1990.
BOSTON — Bus, train and trolley operators now face termination for possession of a phone or similar device while on duty.
In one chart, Boston Fed scholar Rand Ghayad reveals the difference between short- and long-term unemployment,
Boston Medical Center physicians can refer low-income patients for a $5 membership to the area’s bike share system, under a new initiative.
Was Ben’s love of music deepened because early on he often read while he listened? He mulls it over.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got a touching reminder of his Boston roots in Guatemala this week.
The staff at one North Andover pediatrician’s office is, for the fourth straight day in an outage, “seeing sick kids in the cold, with no computers, no phones and no lights.”