Economy

Islands face special pot challenges

Islands face special pot challenges

Nantucket, Vineyard hemmed in by fed regulations

LIVING ON AN island brings with it challenges many on the mainland don’t grasp, from being locked in during storms to being overrun by tourists during the summer season. But those on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are now facing a new question that their fellow Bay Staters won’t encounter: What about pot? Massachusetts voters, like(...)

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Flying without a PILOT

Flying without a PILOT

Don't call UMass Lowell's groundbreaking pact with the city a PILOT

Photo by Frank Curran Lowell and UMass Lowell signed a master agreement in August, committing the university to providing nearly $8 million in cash and in-kind contributions for the community over the next 20 years. The agreement includes new funds for repair and upkeep of the city-owned minor league baseball field and a commitment to(...)

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Panera Cares, but for how long?

Panera Cares, but for how long?

Compassionate café not making ends meet

FOUR YEARS AFTER the Panera Cares community café opened at Center Plaza in Boston, it’s still in business. But the restaurant’s unorthodox approach to addressing hunger isn’t working out exactly as planned. The concept is simple. Customers walk into the café, pick their food, and pay whatever they can afford. The hope is that enough(...)

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Watching the games people play

Watching the games people play

State keeps real-time track of every slot machine

SECRETED ON THE 12th floor of 101 Federal Street in Boston’s Financial District is a windowless command center, manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Keycard entry is so restricted and the information so sensitive that even top level managers don’t have access. Four big-screen monitors are mounted on the wall with information(...)

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Chinatown residents protest short-term rentals

Chinatown residents protest short-term rentals

Says commercial operations driving up rents, squeezing residents

RESIDENTS MARCHED through the streets of Chinatown to the Massachusetts State House on Thursday to protest a short-term rental industry that they say is squeezing out residents of the downtown community. Short-term rental services such as Airbnb have become increasingly popular among tourists in the city as an affordable lodging alternative to pricier hotels. But(...)

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T develops wish list for biz group funding

T develops wish list for biz group funding

10-20% performance bonuses part of hiring, retention initiative

MBTA OFFICIALS, looking to one of the state’s business groups for help in hiring and retaining staff, unveiled a wish list of initiatives on Monday that could end up costing between $750,000 and $1 million a year depending on participation. The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, a group of high-powered CEOs from some of the state’s top(...)

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Attract Amazon + fix the T

Attract Amazon + fix the T

Leverage new HQ to extend, connect Blue Line

WE BOTH HAD THE SAME THOUGHT as soon as we heard about Boston vying for Amazon’s new headquarters facility: Locate it at Suffolk Downs and leverage the opportunity to take a giant leap forward in improving local and regional mobility. Suffolk Downs on paper is an ideal site for a large campus complex: over 100(...)

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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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