Pushed to edge of ‘fiscal cliff,’ small business owners worry about potential tax increase for high earners

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By Shira Schoenberg | MassLive.com | November 28, 2012 Joshua Golden is not going to be devastated by a tax increase. But he is reconsidering buying a new condominium in Boston. He is holding off on hiring new agents for his real estate business. He wonders if he will have less money to spend on […]

BLUESTONE REPORT: More Cambridge housing needed

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By Erin Baldassari | The Cambridge Chronicle and Tab | November 28, 2012 As Baby Boomers age and the region continues to attract students and young professionals, the types of housing that renters and homeowners demand will change – and the pinch on housing in Cambridge will only tighten – according to a recent report […]

Manufacturers facing dearth of young skilled workers in next decade

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By Colleen Quinn | State House News Service | November 27, 2012 Manufacturing in Massachusetts faces a threat to its survival as older manufacturing workers retire without younger workers in line to replace them, according to a recent study. During the next decade, approximately 100,000 manufacturing jobs will open up as older workers retire. Manufacturing […]

Mass. manufacturing summit slated for spring

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By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | November 27, 2012 Bay State business leaders and state officials plan to hold a manufacturing summit next spring to promote an industry that’s projected to have 100,000 job openings over the next 10 years. At a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative today, officials said they aim […]

Affordable Housing Actions

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Banker & Tradesman | November 21, 2012 As the recently released Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2012 made clear, there is a dire need for additional affordable housing in the region. In the eight years since passage of Chapter 40R – which provided additional state aid to communities that created “smart growth” overlay zones– the economic downturn and rising […]

Racial Disparity Among Boston Commuters

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By Boston Public Radio Staff | WGBH News | November 26, 2012 Click HERE to listen. If you use the MBTA to commute to work, you know it can take a very long time to travel just a few miles. But, if you’re black, chances are your commute on the MBTA is longer than your […]

Wide racial gap exists on speed of Boston-area commutes

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Disparity particularly bad on buses, averaging 80 minutes more per week By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 24, 2012 At the end of a recent community meeting on the state transportation system, a grandmotherly woman with a lyrical Caribbean accent strode up to the top transportation official in Massachusetts, dispensing with pleasantries. “Let […]

Roadmap to a sustainable transportation system

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By Greg St. Martin | Northeastern News | November 21, 2012 Stephanie Pol­lack, asso­ciate director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, noted a decades-long shift in public thinking about the envi­ron­mental impact of energy con­sump­tion. Now, she said, a sim­ilar move­ment must be directed toward sus­tain­able transportation. […]

MBTA, highway system face vast budget deficits

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Budget analysis examines only operational costs By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 20, 2012 Just months after the MBTA raised fares, the T faces a $130 million deficit for the next budget year, according to an analysis released Monday by a regional think tank. But that daunting financial gap is eclipsed by […]

Patrick poised to call for transportation tax hike

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 16, 2012 Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly $1 billion a year, Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem with a plan that […]

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