Economy

Electricity trick or treat?

Electricity trick or treat?

Pro and con: Do competitive electricity suppliers help or hurt in Massachusetts?

Well-intentioned law has been corrupted by con men BY DANIEL STEVENS AS SUMMER SWINGS into high gear, our electric bills do, too. Modern life dictates that we need power to keep us cool. To try and reduce electricity prices for people living in Massachusetts, a few years ago, the state Legislature created a program called(...)

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Gas lockout endangers everyone

Gas lockout endangers everyone

National Grid putting profits before people

LAST FALL, NATIONAL GRID employee Scott Ambler helped prevent what could have been a potentially devastating gas explosion in Weymouth. Ambler was not assigned to the job; instead he was passing by the site when he noticed water contractors digging around what they thought was a water pipe, but which Ambler knew immediately was a(...)

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State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

Retail outlet likely to open after Labor Day

THE STATE’S CANNABIS Control Commission on Monday awarded its first license for a retail recreational pot store to a medical marijuana facility in Leicester, where sales will probably start sometime in September. The board unanimously approved the provisional license for Cultivate Holdings to add retail pot to the medical marijuana the company sells at the(...)

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Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments,(...)

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Sales tax boon – or not?

It’s going to cost some people a little more to make online purchases after the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Massachusetts-based Wayfair that states can collect sales tax on purchases by residents no matter where the seller is located. For many states, that not only clears up confusion stemming from a 25-year-old decision that said(...)

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Paper cuts at the Herald

Paper cuts at the Herald

More reductions as tabloid’s new owners to outsource advertising and layout

THE NEW OWNERS of the Boston Herald have told staff they will outsource all the paper’s advertising design and news page layout functions for the daily print edition to the company’s headquarters in Colorado, triggering elimination of at least half the copy editor and design positions. The move is the latest round of cuts imposed(...)

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Financial education can be empowering

Financial education can be empowering

Mass. treasurer, Citizens Bank take message online

FOR FAMILIES TO BREAK DOWN economic and social barriers and achieve financial security and stability, we must help them access the skills and tools they need to succeed. Financial education is the pathway to make more informed decisions that significantly impact one’s economic future. By empowering people to empower themselves, we help to ensure greater economic stability(...)

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Middle class ‘slowly clawing its way back’

Middle class ‘slowly clawing its way back’

But in Boston, housing costs may swamp any gains

THE AMERICAN DREAM has long been predicated on a strong and growing middle class. That’s why there has been so much talk in recent years about the withering of that dream. Growing income inequality and stagnant wages among all but those at the top have made the goal of a stable middle-class life an elusive(...)

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Middle class ‘slowly clawing its way back’

The American Dream has long been predicated on a strong and growing middle class. That’s why there has been so much talk in recent years about the withering of that dream. Growing income inequality and stagnant wages among all but those at the top have made the goal of a stable middle-class life an elusive(...)

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Pot board high on Worcester

Pot board high on Worcester

Cannabis commission to locate main office in central Mass.

THE STATE BOARD regulating the legal marijuana industry will set up permanent shop in Worcester as its headquarters with a satellite office in Boston. The five-member Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek a 13,000-square foot office space in the state’s second largest city and find a smaller, 5,000-square foot office in the(...)

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