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Energy Committee Adopts Three Warren Amendments Supporting Research to Address High Energy Prices, Improve Energy Efficiency, And Enhance National Security

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources this week adopted three amendments introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The amendments support research efforts to protect against …

Durbin: Senate’s Long-Term Transportation Bill Will Create Illinois Jobs

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Senate has passed a long-term, bipartisan transportation bill that provides the certainty that businesses and state governments, like Illinois, need to plan critical infrastructure projects and c…

Bustos Reiterates Call for Long-Term Highway Bill & Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, reiterated her call for a long-term, bipartisan highway funding bill to protect Illinois jobs and critical transportation projects. Earlier today, th…

MassHousing provided more than $1 billion for affordable housing in fiscal year 2015

MassHousing provided $1.1 billion for affordable housing and served more than 9,000 families in fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, 2015. It was the second-best lending year in the Agency’s 49-year history.

Congressional Delegation Announces More than $19.2 Million in Federal Fire Grants to Mass.

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Jim McGovern, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $19,237,879 in g…

Mikulski and Cummings Introduce The REBUILD Act to Address Systemic Poverty in Urban Areas

Senator Barbara Mikulski, Vice-Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced the introduction of landmark legislation to appropriate more t…

Pennsylvania offers the most homeownership assistance programs of any state

In a recent story, Money magazine recognized Pennsylvania as the state with the most assistance programs to help homebuyers and homeowners. The article draws on data posted online by mortgage website, which ranks the 50 states and Washington, D…

ORA Releases its State 5% Hotel Tax Report for May 2015

The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state’s 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state’s hote…

DEM Monitoring Fish Kill in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers

Scientists from the Department of Environmental Management are monitoring a large fish kill of adult menhaden in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers. Based on field observations and water quality measurements, the ongoing incident is being caused by low …

Mangano Announces New Transit-Oriented Housing Opportunities In Farmingdale

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency today announced the approval of an economic development compact for a proposed $8 million apartment project in downtown Farmingdale. The project will provide …


Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said a new Commerce Department plan will negatively impact power utility companies’, banks’, and telecommunication companies’ ability to protect themselves from cyberatta…

Rep. Cartwright Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Coal Royalty Loophole; Invest Funds in Appalachian Coal Community Development Initiatives

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2015, a bill that would provide $100 million to struggling coal communities to help build economic resilience, diversify industries, and promote …

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (Bank) today reported net income of $23.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. In comparison, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the Bank reported net income of $23.1 million. For the six months ended J…

Two projects prompt temporary road closures beginning next week

The start of separate bridge and road projects next week will require temporary road closures in different parts of the county. A short section of Northwest 41st Avenue, about a 100 feet south of Northwest 179th Street in the Sara area south of Ridgefi…

New York Department of State Board of Real Estate Appraisal to Hold Meeting

The New York Department of State will hold a public meeting on August 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., regarding the real estate appraisal profession. The meeting will take place at the following locations: 99 Washington Avenue, Albany; 65 Court Street, Buffalo;…


The New York Power Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said today they will activate a program to reduce electricity use in response to anticipated higher energy demand on hot and humid days.

Statement on Energy Conservation During Extreme Summer Weather

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on energy conservation during this week’s extreme summer heat: “Mayor de Blasio was absolutely right to note the importance of energy conservation and suggest New Yorkers refra…

Seattle releases strategy to reduce stormwater pollution with green approaches

Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading water quality threat to Puget Sound, and today Mayor Murray released a draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, outlining plans to accelerate green approaches for preventing this type of water p…

Murray to focus on housing affordability in denser neighborhoods

Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement announcing he will not recommend pursuing a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee recommendation that could have changed 94 percent of single-family zones in Seattle. Instead, he is …

Governor Cuomo Announces Solar Energy To Power Belleayre Gore and Whiteface Ski Centers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the three state operated ski resorts at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountain have committed to using solar power to operate their ski lift and snowmaking operations