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Climate Change Threatens the Economy, Too

Boston Globe, Letters, 8/22/16 IT WAS impossible to read about record-breaking heat (“Scientists call last month warmest on record, sound a warning,” A1, Aug. 17) and the deadly Louisiana floods (“As floodwaters recede, disbelief mixes with determination,” Nation, Aug. 18) without asking if we’re doing enough here in Massachusetts to address a pressing business issue: […]

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Terrorism Only Works on Nations That Aren’t Ready for It

The Atlantic, 8/12/16 This is the fundamental question of the nearly 15 years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11: Is America any safer? It’s the most honest way to ask about U.S. homeland security, and what Steven Brill raises in his recent cover story for The Atlantic. It isn’t “are we safe”—a standard that is […]

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Building economic justice in America’s cities

Boston Globe, 8/9/16 Rampant unemployment. Diabetes virtually out of control. Fresh fruits and vegetables hard to find or afford. With one-third of our nation’s minority poverty concentrated in our inner cities, and signs of economic insecurity and income inequality everywhere, it’s easy to understand the sense of hopelessness and abandonment that tens of millions feel […]

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Paid family leave is good for business and communities

CommonWealth, 8/4/16 AT SOME POINT in everyone’s life, a serious personal or family medical emergency happens. Individuals receive an unexpected diagnosis. An elderly parent’s health rapidly declines. A family member faces a terminal illness. That’s why I’m compelled to support the paid family and medical leave bill passed by the state Senate at the end of the […]

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Making early education a priority

MetroWest Daily News, 7/25/16 By Jay Gonzalez and JD Chesloff One of the highest priority issues for the business community in recent years has been improving the workforce pipeline. Surveys have shown that 69 percent of employers across Massachusetts have difficulty finding people qualified to fill open positions. This means our businesses are not achieving […]

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Massachusetts lawmakers send gender pay equity bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk

MassLive, 7/23/16 Massachusetts lawmakers on Saturday unanimously approved legislation supporters say will close a gender wage gap and bring parity to what men and women are paid for work. Female workers in Massachusetts are paid an average of 82 percent of what their male counterparts make, supporters of the legislation say. The legislation, which updates […]

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Senate prepares to approve paid family leave bill

Boston Globe, 7/23/16 The Senate is expected Saturday to debate and approve a bill that would make Massachusetts one of the few states to require employers to offer paid time off to care for a newborn child or sick family member. The House isn’t expected to take up the legislation before lawmakers adjourn from formal […]

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How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions

Boston Globe 7/20/16 Despite deadlock in the federal government, local and state leaders are embracing creative policy options to mitigate the impact of a warmer earth. From state taxing policies that use the carrot-and-stick approach to promote better corporate and personal behavior to various local zoning laws that prohibit residential buildings in flood zones, this […]

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Non-Competes and Hamilton

Medium, 7/16/16 My house is smitten by Hamilton. We listen to the music incessantly, my wife and I are both reading the Chernow biography, and the kids are fighting over who gets to use the third ticket to the Broadway show when we go to New York in the fall. So in thinking about the […]

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Equal Pay Legislation Passes House, Headed To Conference

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/14/16 BOSTON — The House has unanimously passed legislation that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women. The measure passed by a vote of 158-0 and would make it illegal for employers to pay employees different wages because of their gender or pay employees less because of their gender. “We […]

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