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 […]

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 […]

Students discuss Boston’s racial history with busing icon

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By Boston Globe The eighth-graders had seen the famous photograph, the one of a black man being assaulted by an anti-busing protester wielding an American flag. But that moment in 1976 was just one of many painful chapters they had studied in a civics class on America’s history of segregation and racism. Then on Friday, […]

Massachusetts economic growth lags nation in the first part of the year

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By Deirdre Fernandes | Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy lost steam in the first three months of this year, lagging behind the nation as a whole, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday The state’s economy shrunk by 0.5 percent since the start of 2017, as wages and salaries of workers stalled, according to the UMass economic […]

More families are struggling with poverty in Boston’s affluent suburbs

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Many suburbs around Boston are known for their good schools, picturesque downtowns, and steady stream of residents commuting to well-paid jobs in the city. But interspersed in this idyllic landscape is a growing number of families struggling to get by. The number of low-income children in many affluent communities […]

Bakeries are booming, but bakers are in short supply

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe Our hunger for bread and muffins may be insatiable, but grocery stores, restaurants, and pastry shops are increasingly struggling to find one key ingredient: the bakers to make them all. Massachusetts technology firms and health care companies have been in the trenches of the talent war for years, offering […]

Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

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