Economy

Boston to boom, west and Cape shrink by 2040

Boston to boom, west and Cape shrink by 2040

Population projections will have big impact on where transportation money goes

THE STATE IS to grow by more than 13 percent by the year 2040 but much of that increase will balloon in and around Boston, with households shrinking and the overall population aging, according to data presented to state transportation officials Monday. The data was part of new models researchers are using to gauge where(...)

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Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Dukakis, Weld make last push for rail link

Former governors say state cost estimate for North-South tunnel ‘preposterous,’ urge reconsideration

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNORS Michael Dukakis and William Weld made one more push for state officials to revisit their $12 billion cost estimates for a connector tunnel between South and North stations and reassess the feasibility of digging under Boston streets once again without the fear of repeating Big Dig history. “This study is preposterous,” Dukakis(...)

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Getting to better health care at lower cost

Getting to better health care at lower cost

Medicaid and private health plans can bolster ‘food is medicine’ services

FOR YEARS, “MAUREEN” struggled to manage her diabetes while battling cardiac illness, asthma, and other chronic health issues. The 70-year-old Boston-area resident was not eating well and was severely overweight – until she found a recipe that helped her shed nearly 50 pounds and get her diabetes under control. Maureen enrolled in a program that(...)

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The lamp is lit

The lamp is lit

Cannabis commission gives go-ahead for retail pot sales starting Tuesday

MORE THAN TWO years after voters approved legal recreational marijuana sales and use, the doors of the first retail outlets east of the Mississippi will finally swing open on Tuesday just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton were given the green light Friday by(...)

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Globe all in on pot

Globe all in on pot

Paper dedicates real estate, resources to state’s newest industry

IT’S A SMALL THING that few would initially notice but it says something loud. On the Boston Globe’s home page, just below the paper’s logo, is a list of categories like most news sites have to direct readers to sections of interest. There, among Metro, Sports, and Politics, wedged between Lifestyle and Arts, is the(...)

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Mega misses — or wins?

Mega misses — or wins?

With no Olympics or Amazon, we’ll just have to do our jobs

LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL KID  working to move past an unrequited crush, Boston told Amazon it just wasn’t that into the e-commerce giant anyway. Mayor Marty Walsh said he was proud to have made it to the “short list” in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but added, “our future will not be defined by a single company.”(...)

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Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights

AIRBNB FILED SUIT against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units. In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely(...)

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State’s manufacturing past is part of the future

State’s manufacturing past is part of the future

Industry continues to be a key cog in Massachusetts’ economy

THE DIVERSITY OF the Massachusetts economy is one of its strengths. Our leading positions in health care, higher education, technology, and the life sciences have allowed the Commonwealth to thrive during periods of expansion and weather the storms of recession better than other regions. Manufacturing remains a vital sector of our national economy, and one(...)

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‘Big Marijuana’ is actually a thing

‘Big Marijuana’ is actually a thing

Dire warnings about large investors entering legal market were right, just not accurate

DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN, and since the passage of the law legalizing the sale and adult use of marijuana in Massachusetts, opponents of legal pot have continually pointed to the potential for wealthy investors to cash in on the billion-dollar industry and nudge smaller entrepreneurs to the side. They have labeled such corporate backers “Big(...)

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Massachusetts’ upside-down tax system

Massachusetts’ upside-down tax system

Asking the richest to pay their fair share would add $2B in revenue

AT A TIME when people across the state seem to agree that our Commonwealth needs additional resources for public investments, asking those with the highest incomes to contribute a similar share of their incomes in taxes as the rest of us could support major investments to boost prosperity and economic opportunity for all. Every state(...)

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