Economists: Paid leave proposal would expand access for Mass. workers

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A proposed statewide program to provide paid leave for medical and family caregiving would cover 3.1 million Massachusetts workers and level the playing field for women, minorities, and low-income workers, at an average cost of only $3 a week per each covered employee, according to a new analysis by economists from Northeastern University and the […]

Littleton’s economic development has strengths and weaknesses

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By Alexander Silva | Wicked Local Littleton Littleton is in a good position for economic development, according to Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. “I have not seen another community having more going for it positively than Littleton,” Bluestone said. Bluestone presented Littleton’s Economic Development Self Assessment Tool report to […]

Economic-development Analyst: There’s lots to like about Littleton

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By Melissa Hanson | Lowell Sun While the town has a list of areas it could improve to increase economic development — like the lack of sewer in the town center and a permitting process that can be time consuming — it is already doing better than other state municipalities in economic development, according to an […]

Housing boom isn’t hitting Boston suburbs

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By Tim Logan | Globe Staff These are boom times for building in Greater Boston. But really only in parts of it. The epic surge in housing construction that is reshaping Boston and some of its immediate neighbors is largely bypassing many suburbs and the smaller cities that ring the region. And that, industry specialists […]

The Rent Is Too Damn High

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In honor of the launch of WGBH’s series on housing in Massachusetts, Block By Block, Boston Public Radio took a look at home ownership in our state. As housing costs surge and the economic landscape changes, how will the working and middle class keep up? GUESTS: Barry Bluestone Expert on housing, economic development and public […]

Mayor stresses need for ‘sense of urgency’ to face challenges in Braintree

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By Robert Aicardi | Wicked Local Braintree Those who attended the ninth annual business community breakfast hosted by the Braintree Chamber of Commerce, which launched in January 2013 under the umbrella of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, received food for thought along with food provided by Fasano’s Catering. “As someone once said, I would rather […]

Economy grew faster in Mass. than in US for first quarter

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe While the US economy limped through the first quarter, posting the slowest pace of growth in two years, the state’s economy kicked into higher gear. The Massachusetts economy grew by 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the University of Massachusetts reported Thursday, up from 1.4 percent in the […]

Boston has a new program to help young workers build credit

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By Justine Hofherr | boston.com The city of Boston is offering young working adults a program designed to help them build credit. Launched by The Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment with support from Citi Community Development, the “City of Boston Credit Building Initiative for Young Working Adults” is a program that aims to teach young adults the importance […]

US housing crunch: The price isn’t right

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By Jessica Mendoza | The Christian Science Monitor Anna Slavicek refuses to leave the Mission. As escalating housing costs drive her fellow teachers out of San Francisco, Ms. Slavicek stays put, determined to remain in the historic neighborhood where she has lived and taught for 22 years. To make rent, she shares a two-bedroom apartment with two […]

Boston’s $3 million test: Good jobs without a degree

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By Simon Montlake | Yahoo! News Hari Maharjan steps out of a service elevator onto the thickly carpeted second floor in a downtown hotel. Pulling on his rubber gloves, he pushes a groaning laundry cart along the hushed corridor. Mr. Maharjan, a housekeeping trainee, is shadowing a room attendant with nine years on the job. Maharjan is […]

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