Economy

A missed healthcare opportunity

A missed healthcare opportunity

Legislature's failure to pass reform endangers survival of smaller hospitals and facilities

MASSACHUSETTS MISSED AN opportunity to address some of the most crucial healthcare challenges facing the state when the Legislature failed to reach agreement on a sweeping reform bill this session. It’s disappointing, particularly because the reforms thoughtfully formulated over the past several months are vital to many of our local communities, hospitals, workers, and patients.(...)

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Baker signs most of economic development bill

Baker signs most of economic development bill

Vetoed sections on patent trolling and last-mile broadband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed most of a $1.15 billion economic development package on Friday afternoon, approving restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements and greenlighting a sales tax holiday for this weekend, but vetoing protections against bad-faith assertions of patent infringement. The product of a late-session compromise between the House and(...)

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Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Apprentice pay is not keeping up with cost of living

SHEET METAL WORKERS are building our region’s future, and they want their families to be a part of it. That’s why right now 1,500 union sheet metal workers are on strike. They work hard to make mortgage payments, educate their kids, provide good healthcare coverage for their families, and remain in the middle class. Like(...)

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Developer says he’s selling a lot of ultra-luxury condos

Developer says he’s selling a lot of ultra-luxury condos

At One Dalton, prices range from $1.5m to $40m

RICHARD FRIEDMAN, the developer of the ultra-luxury One Dalton tower in the Back Bay, said at a ceremonial topping-off ceremony on Tuesday that his company has already sold a lot of the building’s condos. Friedman did not provide any details and no sales have been recorded yet with the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, but(...)

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Baker amends short-term rental bill

Baker amends short-term rental bill

Would exempt those who rent units less than 14 days a year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year. The(...)

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Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Legislation likely to pass this week but fate uncertain

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECENT CONTROVERSY over legislation that would allow local organizations to levy fees on property owners to improve their neighborhoods has led the leader of the House Republican caucus to question his support for the bill he cosponsored. North Reading Rep. Brad Jones, the House minority leader, was a cosponsor of a(...)

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The waterfront is for all

The waterfront is for all

Officials cater to wealthy in access and development along Boston’s harbor

WALKING ALONG THE Boston Harbor waterfront today, it is clear that the area has come a long way from the days when the harbor was an open sewer and an elevated highway cut off the water from the rest of the city. For decades, neglected waterfront properties created few jobs, paid little in taxes, and(...)

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House, Senate health care bills fall short

House, Senate health care bills fall short

Don't address price variation, could actually boost costs

THE GREATER BOSTON INTERFAITH ORGANIZATION is a community organization representing about 50 primarily religious congregations who come together to advance social justice, including issues related to access, cost, and quality of health care. The GBIO and its member congregations have been engaged in the health care social justice struggle for almost 15 years. We worked alongside(...)

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Health care watchdog: BI-Lahey merger will hike costs

Health care watchdog: BI-Lahey merger will hike costs

Commission members think new system can work with conditions

A REPORT ON by the state’s health care industry watchdog analyzing the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health says the marriage won’t produce the kinds of savings the hospitals project nor tamp down Partners HealthCare’s stranglehold on the market. But members of the Health Policy Commission aren’t convinced that the models(...)

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Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s gooooaaaaalllll?

Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s gooooaaaaalllll?

We need to look to Miami for answers

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS have long been viewed as the NFL’s equivalent of the CIA with secrets held close to the vest and little useful information disseminated to the masses. But while head coach Bill Belichick is often targeted as the key player in the information hoarding, he may be challenged by his boss, owner(...)

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