The Life-and-Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs

Politico

And five other surprising takeaways from research into the programs that big-city mayors love to brag about. By Debra Bruno | Politico Since the 1960s, big-city mayors have touted the virtues of summer jobs programs for inner-city kids with almost religious faith. Paying a couple of thousand dollars to local businesses to give poor kids […]

Five Elevator Pitches for Bringing Amazon to Boston

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How some of the city’s brightest design and development experts would sell Jeff Bezos on Boston. By Chris Sweeney | Boston Magazine Amazon fever has swept the country. Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos announced that the company will invest $5 billion into a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, which will eventually be home to 50,000 well-paid […]

Mike Dukakis: From brink of the presidency to a quiet life of significance

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By Thomas Farragher | Boston Globe It happened a lifetime ago, in the days when few people knew who Michael Dukakis was, and still fewer could imagine the life that spread out before him — the governorships, the bid for the White House, the career today as an academic eminence grise. But what he saw […]

In Massachusetts, jobs abound but wages lag

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By Jon Christian | Boston Globe Massachusetts has largely recovered the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, according to a report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group in Boston. But for most workers, that economic growth hasn’t translated into increased wages — with the notable exception of the top 1 […]

Tilting at Windmills

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Why the green jobs promise is still unfulfilled By Joan Fitzgerald Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine […]

Massachusetts economy surged in second quarter

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By Lauren Feiner | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy made a big comeback in the second quarter of 2017 after a disappointing start to the year. The state’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent, compared to the national average of 2.6 percent over the same period, according to MassBenchmarks, a local economic service […]

Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

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By Lauren Feiner | Boston Globe The Massachusetts unemployment rate in June again inched upward, hitting 4.3 percent in a month where officials said employers added 10,000 jobs. Since the beginning of 2017, the jobless rate in Massachusetts has steadily risen from 3.2 percent in January, even though nearly 63,000 more people now have jobs […]

Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits

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By Laurent Belsie | The Christian Science Monitor After her parents were deported to Haiti when she was eight, Sherley Muscade lived with a family friend in the United States and, eventually, her aunt. She shifted schools often. She babysat during the summers. And then last year, she had her best summer ever: a job at […]

Housing proposal gets mixed reaction in Wellesley

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By John Hilliard | Boston Globe A proposed housing development that would add 95 new rental units across the street from the MBTA’s Wellesley Square commuter rail station has some town officials concerned about the impact on the neighborhood. Developer Victor Sheen, president of Brookline-based Oakgrove Residential, wants to replace five homes on Delanson Circle with […]

Business confidence up in June

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By State House News Service Optimism about labor force participation trends is outweighing worry about long-term growth, an Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey of employers found, as confidence in the economy climbed again last month. AIM’s Business Confidence Index rose a full point to 61.8 in June, the ninth month out of the last 10 […]

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