Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Correspondence

Green is good, economically My fellow real estate developer David Begelfer misses the mark when he suggests Massachusetts’ forward-looking climate and energy policies are somehow too expensive and bad for our economy (“Out Front on Climate Change,” Summer ’12). The truth is, that since the enactment of the 2008 Green Communities Act, average monthly energy(...)

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No dice

No dice

A casino would hurt, not help, Holyoke’s economic redevelopment efforts

since the state of Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, many cities throughout the state have begun competing for the opportunity to place a casino within their borders. Indeed, many in my hometown have advocated for a casino in Holyoke, calling it a potential boon to our struggling economy. Proponents of a casino here suggest that this(...)

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All in

All in

A destination resort casino can be part of the revitalization of Springfield

on august 27, I announced that Springfield was beginning its selection process for a destination resort casino project pursuant to the Commonwealth’s recently enacted gaming legislation. This legislation is unique in that it places strict limits on the number of casinos permitted in the Commonwealth and requires each gaming licensee to make a minimum capital(...)

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Making it in Massachusetts

Making it in Massachusetts

Reports of the death of manufacturing here, and across the country, have been greatly exaggerated.

  Barry Bluestone (left), dean of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University,and Michael Tamasi (right), owner of AccuRounds and a leading manufacturing industry voice. when the great recession battered employment across the country, manufacturing jobs—already on a decades-long slide—took a big hit. In Massachusetts, of the 300,000 manufacturing jobs the state(...)

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Romney writes off 2002 campaign loan

GOP nominee forgives $550,000 loan

FOR NEARLY EVERYONE else, a half-million dollars would be a pretty healthy retirement account. But for Mitt Romney, who has an estimated worth of $250 million, it’s akin to change under the couch cushions. When Romney was running for governor in 2002, he loaned his campaign $550,000, a sum that included $150,000 to clean up(...)

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DCR cottage leases face quicker demise

DCR cottage leases face quicker demise

Lambert seeks to phase out program

massachusetts officials are vowing to phase out a controversial program that has offered cheap, virtually permanent permits for state park land to private citizens for summer cottages. After years of complaints and a series of critical audits over several decades, the state in 2006 stopped allowing permit-holders to pass their cottages along to their heirs(...)

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Chinese students flocking to UMass Boston, Lowell

CHINESE AND OTHER international students are flocking to US colleges, including two campuses of the University of Massachusetts.  UMass Boston, viewed locally as primarily a commuter school, saw its number of international students rise 38 percent during the last school year to 929, or about 6 percent of the campus population and more than a(...)

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A bank for infrastructure

A bank for infrastructure

If the state doesn’t have any money for transportation improvements, maybe Wall Street can help

  Illustration by Peter and Maria Hoey. the pivot was abrupt, but it hardly sounded unfamiliar. For two straight hours, Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, had led an auditorium packed with angry residents in a rousing denunciation of the state’s Highway Department. This was a somewhat unusual scene, in that Somerville residents are normally(...)

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Five different takes on the Brown-Warren Senate race

Photo credit: Tannen Maury/EPA/Landov Photo credit: Don Treeger/The Republican/Landov   Story telling   Spinning a good yarn is how we have recorded history, shared experiences, and tapped human emotion going back to cave drawings—and it’s central to how candidates connect with and win over voters. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have both unspooled now-familiar personal(...)

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Gridlock

Gridlock

Does Massachusetts have the answer to Washington's paralysis?

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the word “struvious.” President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have become a symbol of Washington gridlock, unwilling to talk even as the nation heads for a fiscal cliff. Photo: Alex Wong/EPA/Landov. It’s customary for the president of the United States to congratulate a new speaker of the(...)

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