Economy

Give us a break, Amazon

Give us a break, Amazon

Forget tax breaks, think about your obligation to the country

IT’S A STORY TYPICAL of 21st century America. Amazon, a $150 billion company with $12 billion a year in profit and more than $20 billion in the bank, tells governments across North America they should drop what they’re doing and compete, with just a few weeks notice, for the promise of thousands of new workers(...)

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Income up, poverty and inequality down

Income up, poverty and inequality down

Positive news as state readies for tax and minimum wage debates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE moving toward major decisions over wages, income taxation and health care spending, new data published by the US Census Bureau Thursday shows Massachusetts to be a state with declining poverty and rising incomes that rank among the highest in the country. An estimated 65,474 fewer residents of Massachusetts(...)

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Amazon, come to Boston

Amazon, come to Boston

America’s best company should build HQ2 in America’s best city 

Dear Jeff Bezos,  Build it in Boston. Your second corporate headquarters, which you intend to be a “full equal” to Amazon’s home in Seattle, belongs in the Athens of America. I know there’s competition – Vancouver, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Denver, to name just a few – but Boston is best for three reasons: talent, research and development, and infrastructure. (...)

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Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

To address airport concerns, height will drop at least 73 feet

THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston(...)

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Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Higher than 710 feet is a problem, letter says

The following is a December 22, 2016, letter from Stewart Dalzell, Massport’s deputy director of environmental planning and permitting, to Matthew Beaton, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, regarding the proposed tower from Millennium Partners at 115 Winthrop Square. Dear Secretary Beaton: On behalf of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), thank you for(...)

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A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

Building above FAA height limit will affect traffic at Logan

I WAS REALLY BAD IN MATH and physics in college. My brain was wired to appreciate things like alliteration and metaphor, not equations or abstract laws of nature. But I remember one law that was referred to on occasion – how every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  That’s what I’m discussing today –(...)

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Are esports really sports?

Are esports really sports?

Lots of similarities, but there’s no consensus

OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND, fans gathered at TD Garden to witness a spectacle unlike any previously hosted at the venue. The stage and venue configuration were similar to what one would find at a professional wrestling match, except that the competitors battled each other at computers instead of in a ring. An estimated 12,000 people(...)

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Where have all the children gone?

Where have all the children gone?

Students are disappearing in western and central Mass.

EVERY 10 YEARS, the Massachusetts Legislature must go about the arduous task of redistricting our House and Senate districts. Because of the continued shift in population within the state, each decade the districts creep farther toward Boston. The same is also true whenever Massachusetts loses a congressional seat.  In 1962, we had 14 congressional districts.(...)

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Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Senator calls action ‘plain evil,’ Healey calls Sessions a liar

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday ordered an end to an executive branch program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, prompting an outpouring of opposition from top officials in Massachusetts. The Obama-era program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows minors who entered the country illegally and were raised primarily in the United States to receive(...)

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