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 […]

Bay State economy sputters in Q1

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Jordan Graham | Boston Herald The Bay State economy shrank during the first three months of the year, the second straight quarter of less growth than the country, which also saw disappointing growth for the first months of 2017. In the first quarter of the year, Massachusetts’ gross domestic product fell by 0.5 percent, according to […]

What are the benefits of summer youth employment programs? Professor Modestino answers

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By School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention. Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser […]

Will Bay State run out of workers?

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By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald Bay State employers added more than 10,000 jobs last month and more residents rejoined the labor force, the latest signs that Massachusetts’ labor market is continuing to grow — though some analysts worry the good times may soon be coming to an end. “It’s been steady, relatively strong growth,” […]

Tumber reviews new Jane Jacobs biography

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Catherine Tumber, senior research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, wrote a review of a new biography of Jane Jacobs, a journalist, author and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Tumber’s review, “The Neighborhood Activist as Prophet: How Jane Jacobs took on the planners—and how her legacy is […]

Town Poised for Development According to Report

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By Sue Ellen Woodcock | Winthrop Transcript When it comes to economic development in Winthrop there are strengths and weaknesses,  but there are also a number of people working to create the right atmosphere. Northeastern Professor Barry Bluestone, of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, presented the results of a study from 220-question survey filled […]

Why Trump’s deportation plan could damage the economy

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By Northeastern News A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that undocumented immigrants are expected to contribute approximately $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, roughly 3 percent of the gross domestic product. But documents released last week by the Department of Homeland Security show that […]

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