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EF grows on backs of cheap labor

EF grows on backs of cheap labor

Cambridge-based au pair agency reaps benefits for doing good while acting bad

A CAMBRIDGE COMPANY, Education First, is a big winner in the race for state business tax credits. The privately owned Swedish company now occupies two buildings (and, thanks to its tax credit, will soon occupy three) in the city’s redeveloped NorthPoint area abutting Charlestown and East Somerville. Of the $15 million in economic development incentive(...)

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Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics

Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics

Who should bear the brunt of Exelon subsidies?

THE FUEL SECURITY CONTROVERSY in New England, particularly as it relates to the availability of natural gas in the winter, escalated dramatically with the issuance of a fuel security study by the operation of the region’s power grid, ISO New England. That was followed quickly by Exelon’s announcement that it intends to shut down its(...)

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Strapped to the status quo express

Strapped to the status quo express

We can’t keep running away from the need for new revenue

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs. This is not a new problem.  We have been in its grip for decades, and the result has been public policy based largely upon timidity, small and largely ineffective steps, and creative sound bites. Beginning in 1991, governors have often gone to great lengths(...)

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MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

MA ruling on corporate donations is a missed opportunity

Nation’s worst campaign finance law should go to Supreme Court

THE RECENT DECISION by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding corporate campaign contributions was a missed opportunity by the state’s highest court to eliminate the country’s most unfair campaign finance law. Instead of closing the union loophole, which gives an unfair advantage to unions over individuals and employers, they ruled that discrimination is constitutional. They upheld the(...)

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Strengthen, don’t scrap, the ACA

Strengthen, don’t scrap, the ACA

Fixing, improving, and expanding the law is best approach

MASSACHUSETTS IS A LEADER in health care and caring for our most vulnerable citizens. But even as we drive groundbreaking research and unprecedented care, nonstop efforts to undermine our health care system threaten every one of us and heighten our anxieties. Our health care system served as the foundation for the Affordable Care Act. Since(...)

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Time to rethink education assessments and standards

Time to rethink education assessments and standards

21st century thinking requires different approach to curriculum, testing

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates  THIS PAST SUMMER saw the failure on the part of the Legislature to arrive at a compromise piece of legislation designed to begin the process of remedying the flaws to educational funding formula(...)

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Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Ridership and revenue are up; on-time performance improving

WHETHER YOU LIVE in the Worcester area or the North Shore, in Walpole or Weymouth, we tend to have the same thing in mind when thinking about the MBTA’s commuter rail: going to work in Boston, with trains feeding into two urban hubs at North and South Stations. Many still prefer driving, but for a(...)

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Another clue on declining T ridership

Another clue on declining T ridership

Census data: Telecommuting edges out public transit

NEW CENSUS DATA offer another clue about why transit ridership is falling all across the country, including at the MBTA. The data indicate 8 million workers nationally are now doing their jobs primarily from home, according to a report in Governing. For the first time, telecommuting narrowly edged out public transportation when respondents were asked(...)

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A clash of housing visions

A clash of housing visions

Pro-growth ‘YIMBY’ conference arrives in Boston, faces pushback from tenant activists

SEVERAL HUNDRED ADVOCATES from across the country are descending on Roxbury Community College beginning Friday for a conference committed to the idea of building more housing to relieve a crunch that is pricing people out of booming coastal cities like Boston. The YIMBYtown convention is the national ingathering of a new movement – this is(...)

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