Economy

A letter to Larry Bacow

A letter to Larry Bacow

Three suggestions as you take over as Harvard president

DEAR LARRY, As you begin your tenure as president of Harvard University next week, I wish you the very best. We appreciated all you did when you were the president of Tufts University; you really helped to make Tufts a better place. Having read your May interview with outgoing President Drew Faust in the Harvard Gazette, I appreciate that(...)

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Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments,(...)

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DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

Decision bars assessments on nonunion members

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS LAWMAKERS MULL THE IMPACTS of a US Supreme Court ruling seen as a devastating blow to public sector labor unions, the Massachusetts House is hoping labor leaders will suggest ways the Legislature can respond and soften the blow. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Janus v. American Federation of(...)

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Senate gives special treatment to Airbnb

Senate gives special treatment to Airbnb

House bill gets it right on regulating short-term rentals like lodging

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS are increasingly reshaping local residential neighborhoods by acquiring homes and apartments and converting them into full-time tourist lodging as “short-term rentals.” What began about a decade ago with a few homeowners offering an occasional room for rent is now a hot investment trend—producing record earnings for absentee owners, but also threatening housing(...)

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Second-home owners lose out in Airbnb regs

Second-home owners lose out in Airbnb regs

Boston's short-term rental ban on investors hurts those who saved for future

FOR MANY OF US, Boston is home. For others, our city is an exciting place to visit, full of rich history, beautiful neighborhoods, and fun things to do. Our welcoming community brings a wide variety of travelers looking to experience all that Boston has to offer. These visitors bring in vital tourism dollars to small(...)

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The end of recycling?

The end of recycling?

Cutting curbside collections will overload landfills, create environmental crisis

CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAMS are disappearing in Massachusetts. Our Commonwealth has made the absurd decision to dump thousands of tons of recyclable materials into landfills. Recycling infrastructure is approaching its breaking point, and the slow response from our public leaders is due to a conspicuous lack of resources to prevent this crisis. Indications of this systemic(...)

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Sales tax boon – or not?

Sales tax boon – or not?

New tax decision said to be about creating equity

It’s going to cost some people a little more to make online purchases after the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Massachusetts-based Wayfair that states can collect sales tax on purchases by residents no matter where the seller is located. For many states, that not only clears up confusion stemming from a 25-year-old decision that said(...)

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Sales tax boon – or not?

It’s going to cost some people a little more to make online purchases after the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Massachusetts-based Wayfair that states can collect sales tax on purchases by residents no matter where the seller is located. For many states, that not only clears up confusion stemming from a 25-year-old decision that said(...)

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Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest

Grand bargain talks can now begin in earnest

Deal remains possible with millionaire tax dead, but it likely will be costly

Now that the millionaire tax is dead, state leaders can finally get down to work. The millionaire tax was a great excuse for doing nothing. As long as the question was on the ballot and its poll numbers remained high, the millionaire tax’s $2 billion-a-year haul was the answer to just about everything. Fix the(...)

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