With Taxes in the Air, Lawmakers Hear Alternatives to Gov’s Plan

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By Andy Metzger | State House News Service | March 26, 2013 With a major tax proposal baked into the governor’s budget and legislative leadership also gearing up to raise revenues, a full discussion of taxation is bound to move from behind closed doors to the House and Senate floors. On Tuesday, lawmakers, economists and members […]

Massachusetts Plan Starts Small for Big Upgrade to Rail System

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By Katharine Q. Seelye | New York Times | March 26, 2013 BOSTON — Later this spring, Bostonians eager to flee to Cape Codfor the weekend will have an option other than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 70 miles and fuming along with everyone else.Starting May 24, they can hop a train to Hyannis, where regional buses, […]

Life science is a life saver for Bay State, MetroWest

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By Cole Chapman/Daily News Correspondent | GateHouse News Service BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick’s $1 billion investment plan for life science industries has added 2,537 jobs in its first five years, offering new opportunities for job growth in MetroWest and other regions around the state, a report released Tuesday says. “Our research suggests that the […]

Barry Bluestone speaks at Urban Land Institute’s Housing Opportunity 2013 conference

Barry Bluestone

On March 22, 2013 Barry Bluestone presented during the final remarks of the three-day Housing Opportunity 2013 conference in Seattle, WA. Bluestone presented Lessons from Massachusetts during the closing session on Setting Goals for Housing Opportunity. See video of Bluestone’s presentation below. Click HERE to learn more about the conference and view additional videos. Advance video […]

Transportation needs take focus at NSCC forum

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By Chris Stevens | The Daily Item | March 15, 2013 The need to address the city’s public transportation shortcomings topped the agenda when MassINC brought its traveling forum to North Shore Community College Thursday. “The transportation system doesn’t work for the people who need it most and the only way to fix it is to […]

Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development

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In 2012, the Dukakis Center conducted an evaluation of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative and the associated Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The analysis showed the policy has had a significant and positive economic impact on the state’s life sciences sector, and encourages lawmakers to continue to invest in and provide support to these industries. […]

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