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.
In its budget proposal, the Baker administration will propose $5 million for populations that face chronically high levels of unemployment.
Massachusetts added nearly 74,000 jobs in 2015, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday.
In 2014, households earning near the top of Boston’s income distribution made nearly 18 times the earnings of households closer to the bottom.
Massachusetts now has the highest state minimum wage in the country, along with California. A tax credit for low-income workers in Massachusetts has also increased with the new year.
Despite the slight rise, the state unemployment rate is still below the national rate of 5 percent.
The program from the state treasurer will make college savings accounts available to all kindergartners in Worcester.
After the Republican presidential front-runner announced his controversial plan to temporarily block Muslims from entering the U.S., WBUR visited the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center for reaction.
“We are confident that this is an isolated incident that a single individual made multiple errors,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.
The state transportation secretary called the incident “an unacceptable breach of our responsibility to keep our riders safe.”
The six — Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville — will jointly hire a coordinator to develop a regional economic strategy.
“Studies show that stigmas can prevent people from getting into treatment — holding them back from recovery, stability and success,” Gov. Baker said.
Massachusetts has the lowest rate of residents lacking health insurance. We know that. But the state figure masks significant variation on a more local level.
Have an idea to reimagine the oft-barren landscape that is Boston City Hall Plaza? Mayor Marty Walsh wants to hear it.
The iconic yellow smiley face was created by Worcester artist Harvey Ball in 1963.
“Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round,” the now-star QB wrote.
The 55th iteration of the iconic music festival happened this past weekend in Rhode Island, and NPR Music, as it does every year, is posting audio and photos.
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.”