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Lessons from Ferguson

Lessons from Ferguson

Community engagement is key; disruptive protests are OK

FOR MONTHS WE’VE all watched the travesty in Ferguson, Missouri, unfold from the death of Michael Brown, to the militarized police response to public protest, to the Department of Justice report detailing the Ferguson Police Department’s racist attitudes and policies. The temptation is to treat it like someone else’s problem, as if a similar situation(...)

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Getting along

Getting along

A better approach to public sector collective bargaining can improve labor relations – and improve schools.

WHEN BOSTON SCHOOL officials and the city’s teachers union announced an agreement last year on extending the K-8 school day by 40 minutes, it was hailed as an important breakthrough that had eluded city leaders for many years. What went largely unnoticed was the fact that the agreement also represented a breakthrough in Massachusetts labor(...)

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Editor’s note: Spring 2015

Editor’s note: Spring 2015

EB-5, state takeovers of schools, probation

I’M IN FAVOR of jobs and investments as much as the next guy, but something doesn’t smell right about the so-called EB-5 immigration program, the subject of our cover story, “Selling citizenship.” The program essentially lets foreign investors acquire a green card for themselves and their immediate family members if they invest $500,000 in a(...)

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Time to end offshore tax loophole

Time to end offshore tax loophole

Let creativity flourish in the marketplace, not the tax code

IT COULD BUY a dozen new energy-efficient locomotives for the MBTA every year, put nearly 1,000 more police on our streets, or pay for more than 8,000 needy children to attend preschool. It’s a corporate tax loophole that allows a select few Massachusetts companies to stash US profits in offshore tax havens and avoid corporate(...)

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Not your typical congressman

Not your typical congressman

Seth Moulton doesn’t show deference to political etiquette

POLITICIANS DON’T TYPICALLY jump at the chance to mix it up in public with the chair of their state party. That should be doubly true for a young, no-name, first-time candidate making a run for Congress. But Seth Moulton didn’t hold back last year. He was locked in a primary fight against an entrenched Democratic(...)

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Net loss

Net loss

John Bullard, the Northeast administrator for NOAA Fisheries, shut down cod fishing in the region for at least six months. It’s not making him any friends.

You served three terms as mayor of New Bedford, which made you one of the chief advocates for one of the biggest fishing ports in the country. Now, with the cod fishing ban that you ordered, you’re being called the guy who’s killing the fishing industry. When I left City Hall, I was actually hired(...)

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Updating his resume

Deval Patrick looks back as he prepares for life after Beacon Hill

Despite eight years as governor and rampant speculation that he some day will run for president, Deval Patrick still thinks of himself as a kid from the South Side of Chicago. That self-image, in many ways, is the connecting thread that runs through the core of Patrick’s being. It has shaped his personal and political(...)

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Fall 2014 Editor’s note

Names and faces

a former editor of mine often used to remind me that names sell newspapers. What he meant was that people like to read about interesting people. At CommonWealth, we sometimes forget that adage, focused as we are on issues of policy. But we didn’t forget with this issue; it’s full of stories about some of(...)

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