Spring 2007

Tough medicine

Tough medicine

Photo by Frank Curran As of April 12, 2006, Jonathan Gruber became the most influential economist in Massachusetts government. That was the day Gov. Mitt Romney signed a sweeping health care reform law that had Gruber’s distinct fingerprints on it. Of course, at the Faneuil Hall bill-signing ceremony the cameras focused on Romney and key(...)

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In tight times, universal preschool gets held back

In tight times, universal preschool gets held back

INTRO TEXT while massachusetts has invested heavily in public K-12 education in recent years, grand plans to extend that reach to the preschool years are bumping up against harsh fiscal realities and skepticism about making universal early childhood education a top priority for state government. The idea to extend free preschool to all families started(...)

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Deeds that keep houses affordable may keep neighborhoods poor

INTRO TEXT in a state short on affordable housing, it might seem odd that housing advocates are calling for policy changes that could eventually bring more market-rate units to poor neighborhoods. But some say that’s exactly what is needed to lift communities-and families-out of poverty. Many affordable-homeownership programs attach long-term deed restrictions to properties, limiting(...)

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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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