The Boston Globe – This spring, there’s more than a hint of optimism in the air – 4/7/2014

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Is this the year the US economy finally takes off? Despite a slow start in 2014, many economists say, “Yes.”

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

Wicked Local – Assisted living complex coming to Easton – 3/20/14

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The town’s first assisted living complex will be ready to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2015.

The Boston Globe – State’s job ranks rose in ’13 – 3/7/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says the Massachusetts economy has been performing very well despite jobless rates, which fell in January.

Wicked Local – Smaller housing would attract younger population to Eastons – 3/6/14

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Barry Bluestone advises Easton on its current economic climate, discussing how the town can attract and retain a younger demographic.

The Boston Globe – WHERE IS HOUSING MARKET GOING IN 2014? – 1/30/14

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Barry Bluestone tells the Globe “the supply wasn’t there” to meet the strong home demand in Massachusetts this year. More homes would help moderate rises in prices.

The Boston Globe – On Solid Footing – 1/31/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews tells the Globe that he expects Massachusetts’ unemployment rates to drop as the economy heads into a “classical recovery phase.”

The Boston Globe – More housing needed to spur growth, study says – 1/30/14

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Dukakis Center director Barry Bluestone praised a recent MAPC report in the Globe, while noting that its conclusions are only projections and communities can make changes.

The Boston Globe – Mass. job growth best since 2000 – 1/24/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews talks about how Massachusetts is benefiting from stronger national and global economies, despite relatively high unemployment numbers.

The Boston Globe – Transit users suffer a cut in US tax benefit today – 1/1/14

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Stephanie Pollack, associate director of the Dukakis Center, says cutting tax benefits to public transit users sends wrong message in the face of growing traffic congestion and other concerns.

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