Economy

Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Through diversions, organizations aim for $100m in savings

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THEIR SIGHTS SET on about $100 million in savings, 20 business organizations on Wednesday formally announced the creation of a coalition that aims to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over two years. The Massachusetts Employer-Led Coalition to Reduce Health Care Costs plans to work(...)

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A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

Sullivan of Pioneer Institute vs. Young of Stanford

A new report from the Pioneer Institute is raising alarms about the proposed millionaire tax by questioning the research of an academic who has claimed that higher taxes on the rich do not prompt large numbers of them to move out of state. The report, written by Pioneer’s research director, Greg Sullivan, takes to task(...)

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Eight responses about millionaire migration

A reply to report by Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan

A MASSACHUSETTS-BASED FREE MARKET THINK TANK, the Pioneer Institute, produced a paper titled Eight Reasons to Question Professor Cristobal Young’s Conclusions about Millionaire Migration. I welcome the critical reflection on my work. Indeed, scholarly research is always subjected to interrogation and criticism during the publication review process, and there is no reason this should cease(...)

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A missing pair of Sox

A missing pair of Sox

Team removes plaques honoring former owner and GM over alleged racism

AMID ALL THE FUROR over changing the name of Yawkey Way to Jersey Street because of the alleged racist attitudes of the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the team has quietly removed plaques at an entrance to Fenway Park honoring the longtime owner as well as that of former general manager Eddie Collins, who(...)

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Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Exec stops short of endorsing Healey’s bid to eliminate the firms

AT EVERSOURCE, we’re always working to serve our customers better. Whether it be by continually improving service reliability, enhancing the communication channels available to our customers, or providing straightforward answers to the many questions that arise about our industry, we take our role as a trusted source of energy expertise very seriously. Though the topics(...)

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For casino job hunters, good news and bad

For casino job hunters, good news and bad

A clearer path for those with criminal records, but credit history could trip some up

SOME GOOD NEWS recently for the MGM casino in Springfield and for folks hoping to land jobs there: The casino now has more discretion to handle criminal background checks for potential employees. Some background. Last year, at MGM’s request, the state Gaming Commission reviewed the law governing casino employment and concluded, to MGM’s disappointment, that(...)

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Gas pains

Gas pains

Surging gas prices give Mass even more reason to improve public transportation

After several years of relatively agreeable gas prices, the surge has begun again and where it stops, nobody knows. The cost of a gallon of gas nationally has risen to $2.90, according to AAA, with Massachusetts prices just a tick behind at $2.89. That’s an increase of 22.6 percent from a year ago and while it’s not(...)

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All bets are on

All bets are on

Legalized sports betting may be on its way to Massachusetts

Way back in 2005, when casino gambling in Massachusetts was still just a twinkle in Bob DeLeo’s eye, Gary Loveman, the Harvard Business School prof-turned-casino-pitchman regaled the region’s business bigs at a downtown luncheon of the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club. Loveman, then the chief executive of Harrah’s Entertainment, talked with the unbridled confidence of(...)

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Making book on Beacon Hill

Making book on Beacon Hill

Supreme Court ruling on sports betting ban opens door for state to cash in

MONDAY’S RULING FROM the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opened the door to the possibility of a further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts, a topic Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to talk about with legislative leaders Monday afternoon. The decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which the(...)

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