Spring 2007

A study in tax-study avoidance?

INTRO TEXT Of the seven business tax proposals put forward by Gov. Deval Patrick, “combined reporting” would deliver the biggest boost to state coffers, an estimated $136 million in fiscal 2008. It would prohibit corporations from shifting profits to subsidiaries in states with lower corporate taxes in order to reduce their exposure in Massachusetts. Patrick’s(...)

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Disappearing ink

Disappearing ink

one of matt Storin’s last assignments before he retired as editor of The Boston Globe was to carry out a painful round of downsizing. It was the spring of 2001, and-in what has become a familiar story-circulation and advertising revenues were falling at the Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, both of which, then(...)

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Frozen in time

Frozen in time

first-time visitors to the Massachusetts House of Representatives are struck by its beauty and grandeur. The royal blue carpeting, the walls of rich, Honduran mahogany, and the massive electronic roll-call boards are striking. More distinctive are the Sacred Cod, the five murals by Albert Herter known collectively as “Milestones on the Road to Freedom,” and(...)

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With all due respect

With all due respect

this spring, al gore testified before Congress on global warming, which he considers an imminent threat to the survival of the planet. When Sen. James Inhofe began his questioning, he dismissed Gore outright, referring to “peer-reviewed scientists” who are “radically at odds with your claims.” Gore paused, as if to say three “one-one thousands.” Then(...)

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Plymouth’s Cordage park showed how to make Chapter 40R and smart growth work for both towns and developers

Plymouth’s Cordage park showed how to make Chapter 40R and smart growth work for both towns and developers

despite recent downward pressure on home prices, the cost of housing remains a major concern for nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts residents, according to a poll released in February by the University of Massachusetts and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. The same poll found that residents overwhelmingly support the construction of affordable housing-even in their(...)

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