Sam Hudzik

Contributor

Sam Hudzik is news director for New England Public Radio.

Next month, the minimum wage is increasing in four of the six New England states. Massachusetts’ 2017 rate of $11 an hour puts it in a tie for top statewide rate in the country, along with Washington state. Not far behind are Connecticut, with a new rate of $10.10 an hour, and Vermont, at $10.

Some relief for residents of Northern Berkshire County Wednesday evening. A temporary clinic was scheduled to open at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The hospital in North Adams shuttered in late March, sending folks seeking emergency room treatment up to Bennington, Vermont, or south to Pittsfield. Now if they need quick attention – but their illness or injury isn’t too severe – they can stop by the MCLA campus. A section of the college Wellness Center will be staffed by employees of Pittsfield’s Berkshire Medical Center.