Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Editor’s note

Spring 2014 Editor’s note

Casino questions

the massachusetts gaming Commission has a tough choice to make in awarding the Greater Boston casino license. The two finalists, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts, are both strong companies, pledging to create 4,000 jobs and pump more than $1 billion into their projects. Yet, as our Conversation package with the leaders of the two companies(...)

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A can-do attitude

A can-do attitude

A recounting of the race to build the nation’s first subway is as much about American bravado as it is about a transformative transportation project.

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway By Doug Most New York: St. Martin’s Press 404 pages once upon a time, before the invention of the internal combustion engine and before Henry Ford perfected the mass production of affordable automobiles, transit was king. It was a brief(...)

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Spring 2014 correspondence and updates

South Coast Rail good for environment Your article in the winter issue of the normally balanced CommonWealth magazine (“South Coast Rail worries environmentalists”) misses the mark badly. It relies solely on two individuals who have been perennial critics of the plan and does not even attempt to include a more neutral perspective. The fact is(...)

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The guiding hand

The guiding hand

Though largely unknown outside the world of politics, Mindy Myers has helped three current New England senators win office.

mindy myers has never called New England home, but she’s nevertheless left her political mark on the region. The 37-year-old Washington insider has run the successful election campaigns of three sitting New England senators—Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island (2006), Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (2010), and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (2012). Myers is just as comfortable(...)

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Veterans court

Veterans court

Boston Municipal Court Judge Eleanor Sinnott runs a special voluntary session for vets looking to avoid jail time by complying with alternative sentences.

What makes specialty courts for drugs, housing, and now veterans so effective? Well, for the veterans treatment court, which is relatively new, they realized that there were things about veterans that made it so that a court dedicated to them would be very helpful for their overall treatment and well-being. We have veteran-specific services and(...)

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Boston’s challenge for the GOP

Boston’s challenge for the GOP

GOP has trouble connecting with non-white voters

The partisan divide between cities and less urbanized areas is growing into one of the defining characteristics of Massachusetts politics. The suburbs are often held up as the place where elections are won or lost, but a steady long-term shift in urban voting is rendering suburban voters less able to change the outcome. Cities’ relatively(...)

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We’re a better player (Full Transcript)

We’re a better player (Full Transcript)

CEO Mitchell Etess says Mohegan Sun is better than the Las Vegas legend

What follows is the complete transcript of a discussion with Mitchell Etess, the chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun, on March 11, 2014. CommonWealth: Steve Wynn says you have a conflict of interest owning a casino in Massachusetts that would be 111 miles away from your casino in Connecticut? You will pay a 25 percent(...)

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Back to school on the American Dream

Congress needs lessons in bipartisan cooperation to get US higher education policy back on track

Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream By Suzanne Mettler New York: Basic Books 261 pages the american dream is in trouble. As our economy has become more globalized and competitive, it has become harder to achieve what was once available to most Americans—a good job with a good(...)

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We’re a better player

We’re a better player

CEO Mitchell Etess says Mohegan Sun is better than the Las Vegas legend

commonwealth: Steve Wynn says you have an inherent conflict of interest owning a casino in Massachusetts that would be 111 miles away from your casino in Connecticut, in part because the tax rate on table games in Massachusetts is 25 percent and zero in Connecticut. mitchell etess: He thinks if he keeps saying things they(...)

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Don’t bet against me (Full Transcript)

Don’t bet against me (Full Transcript)

Steve Wynn puts his cards on the table

What follows is a transcript of an unedited interview with Steve Wynn of Wynn Enterprises on March 5 at his villa in Las Vegas. For the edited version, click here. WYNN: What’s on your mind? What’s of interest to the magazine about this show they’re running in Massachusetts about having a casino in Boston? Do(...)

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