Boston’s electric vehicle effort needs a jolt

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By Joan Fitzgerald | Boston Globe Boston has a car problem. Too many people commute by car. And because of air pollution regulations, we have run up against parking limits. A recent Boston Globe article suggests Boston should follow the lead of Amsterdam and Copenhagen in building underwater parking garages as part of the solution. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Summer Jobs Programs Impact Young People Long After The Seasons Change

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By Shawn Bodden, Jill Kaufman | WBUR A new study out of Northeastern University finds that summer jobs programs for youth improve social skills and reduce violent crime. The study looked at participants in Boston’s summer jobs program and compared their outcome with a control group. The results showed a 35 percent reduction in violent crimes. Guests […]

WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017

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Hear about Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino’s study showing how summer jobs reduce crime on WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017.

Hiring sale: Job availability on the rise

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Just how tight is the job market? Hollister Staffing is so busy finding workers for employers that the agency is looking to beef up its own staff — and is networking practically around the clock. But so far, Hollister has only managed to hire a handful of the […]

Economists say a $1b state budget cut may be needed

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By Joshua Miller | The Boston Globe Top Massachusetts economists are warning that sluggish tax revenue growth means policy makers will have to chop as much as a billion dollars out of next year’s budget — cuts that could squeeze programs for the poor and the sick and increase calls for raising taxes. The top budget officials […]

Millionaire tax will put Massachusetts back on track

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By Mohamad Ali and Alan Clayton-Matthews | The Boston Globe We all want a future for our Commonwealth in which our economy continues to grow, the great quality of life enjoyed by some of us is enjoyed by all of us, and our young people in every community have the opportunity to reach their potential. Building that future […]

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