What Andrew Cuomo Could Learn About Transit From Deval Patrick

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By Stephen Miller | StreetsBlog.org | February 27, 2013 As New Yorkers wait to find out if Governor Cuomo is even thinking about finding someone to chair the MTA, his lack of attention to transit stands in stark contrast to another northeastern governor – one who in the past six months not only named a new transit […]

Should Mass. raise taxes?

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Four views on whether there have been enough reforms to justify Patrick’s proposed tax increase Globe Correspondents | The Boston Globe | February 17, 2013 Yes: Pair revenue, reform Since 1998, the Commonwealth has reduced personal and corporate income tax rates, costing the state $2.5 billion a year — leaving little to pay current bills or deal […]

Rebuilding America’s middle class

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | February 14, 2013 In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked us to consider how to rebuild America’s middle class. He talked about the need to bring manufacturing back to our shores, provide greater fairness in foreign trade, educate our workforce to compete in global markets, and train a […]

The Boston Globe – Pair Revenue with Reform – 2/17/13

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Barry Bluestone was one of four correspondents for the Boston Globe to respond to Governor Patrick’s proposed tax increases. Bluestone argues in favor of the increase along with reform.   Download PDF | The Boston Globe

Boston.com – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class – 2/14/13

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In the wake of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, Barry Bluestone offers a history of the decline the U.S. middle class and commentary on strengthening the middle class moving forward.   Download PDF | Boston.com

Gun ownership spiked in Walpole in 2012

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By David Riley and Veronica Hamlett | Wicked Local | February 11, 2013 More of your neighbors may be packing heat than just four years ago. Police chiefs have issued about 57,000 more of the most common and permissive type of gun license available in Massachusetts since 2008, according to figures kept by the Executive […]

Budget issues keep Massachusetts on edge

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By Andre Mayer | MassLive.com | February 10, 2013 The new year began with good news for Massachusetts employers. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 2, largely addressed the tax issues that constituted most of the “fiscal cliff,” and did so in ways relatively favorable to […]

Supporters of more transportation finance dollars examined campaigns in six cities

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By Michael Norton and Andy Metzger | State House News Service | February 5, 2013 Massachusetts taxpayers appear on the verge of being asked to invest substantially more for the state’s public transportation network and those doing the asking, mindful of potential pitfalls, have been preparing by studying similar campaigns in other states. As Patrick administration […]

Report: Slow Growth in MA Economy Cause for Concern

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By Adam Joseph Drici | GoLocalWorcester.com | February 5, 2013 The Bay State economy grew by the annual rate of 1.0 percent in the last quarter of 2012, according to a new report from MassBenchmarks, but even though the state outpaced national growth, other indicators mean a further slowdown could be on the horizon. According to […]

7 Mass. innovation sectors see rise in employment

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By John Larrabee | Boston Business Journal | January 31, 2013 Old MacDonald had a robot? These days that could be the case. Just ask John Kawola, CEO at Harvest Automation, a Billerica company that makes robots for use on farms. “Two big trends are helping to create big opportunities for robotics companies,” he says. “Companies are […]

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