Mass. has the vision to fix transportation

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By Michael S. Dukakis and Stephen P. Crosby | The Boston Globe | December 9, 2012 Four decades ago, the two of us were part of an extraordinary process that reinvented the way the state thinks about transportation and set the stage for an economic revival that we continue to enjoy today. That process was […]

Declaring peace in teacher contract talks

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By Lawrence Harmon | The Boston Globe | December 8, 2012 Contract negotiations between teachers’ unions and school districts often resemble the Civil War naval battle between the ironclads Merrimac and Monitor: Each side exchanges broadsides, inflicts casualties, and teeters away claiming victory. There’s got to be a better way to improve schools while ensuring […]

No single cause in state’s economic slowdown

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By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | December 7, 2012 Governor Deval Patrick blamed political gridlock in Washington and the so-called fiscal cliff as a “direct cause” of the economic slowdown that has tamped state tax collections and created a $500 million budget shortfall. But economists say other factors deserve more blame. A weak […]

Forecast sees slow economic growth in New England

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By Bob Salsberg | Associated Press | December 5, 2012 Sluggish economic growth will continue in New England, with much of the region not seeing a return to pre-recession employment levels until 2015 at the earliest, according to a forecast released Wednesday. The four-year forecast developed by the New England Economic Partnership suggests that Massachusetts, New […]

Bay State projected to return to pre-recession employment levels by mid-2014

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By Jon Chesto | Boston Business Journal | December 5, 2012 We’ve got to wait until 2014 before employment in the Bay State returns to pre-recession levels. And after we get there, we’ll be staring at a dramatically different economy than the one we left behind in early 2008. That’s the latest word from local […]

Attrition seen as threat to manufacturing

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From Wire and Staff Reports | Gloucester Daily Times | December 2, 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 new study. During the next decade, approximately 100,000 manufacturing jobs will open up as older workers retire. […]

Help wanted in manufacturing

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Bay State gears up to fill 100,000 projected job openings By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | November 27, 2012 State officials and industry leaders today will hold the first meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative to draw attention to a sector whose work force is aging and projected to have 100,000 job openings […]

Government Equals Growth as Massachusetts Tops Ranking

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By Michael McDonald | Bloomberg Businessweek | November 19, 2012 Massachusetts ranked first in economic opportunity in a new index that bolsters President Barack Obama’s argument that government and education are essential for creating the conditions for growth. Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota placed among the top five states measured by unemployment, household income and the […]

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 […]

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