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New Red Line Cars Are a Welcome Boost, but State Must Invest More

The Boston Globe, Letters, 12/15/16 COULD GREATER Boston get a better holiday gift than news of 134 new Red Line cars (“T gets OK for another 134 cars,” Page A1, Dec. 13)? Imagine the yuletide cheer that would spread if we had a whole system of top-notch transit, and not just some much-needed new cars […]

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My New Year’s Resolution

Jamaica Plain News, 12/12/16 This past Thursday Mayor Walsh released a new report with the latest predictions on how we can expect climate change to impact our city. The picture isn’t pretty. Though Jamaica Plain will escape the brunt of the impacts connected to rising sea levels, the consequences for our neighborhood will still be […]

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Groups Add to Push for Late-Night MBTA

Boston Neighborhood Network, 9/2/16 Kirstie Pecci of MASSPIRG and Sebastian Zapata of The Alliance for Business Leadership talk about the growing number of organizations asking for restoration of some form of late-night weekend service on the MBTA.

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Alliance Board Member Talks Equal Pay Law

The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour, 9/2/16 Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchor Anne Mostue are joined by top names from local business and finance to medicine and politics, along with Bloomberg reporters covering the latest stories in and around Boston. This week, Anne Mostue talks with Bloomberg Reporter Charlie Stein on […]

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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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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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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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Pay Equity Bill A Long Time Coming, But May Soon Be Here

Boston Globe, Business, 7/13/16 A state equal pay bill took a key step forward Tuesday, bringing a legislative effort almost two decades in the making within striking distance of victory. The legislation, which would strengthen the 1945 statute that prohibits gender-based wage discrimination, emerged from a House committee in a form that should assuage many […]

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House Equal Pay Legislation Designed For Broad Appeal

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/11/16 BOSTON — As the legislative year wanes, the House is expected to take up equal pay legislation on Thursday. While the House language was not yet available late last week, those involved with negotiations say the bill will be amenable to all parties. It is currently being tweaked in the House Committee […]

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Legislature May Take Up Bill To Address Gender Wage Gap This Session

WGBH, Government, 7/8/16 House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants to bring an equal pay bill to the House floor next week that aims to narrow the wage gap between genders. The thinking behind the bill is that if women know what their male counterparts earn—and their employers know they know—the wage gap could begin to close. […]

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​Keep Massachusetts an Energy Innovation Leader

Boston Business Journal, ViewPoint, 6/28/16 As one of the world’s most vibrant innovation hubs, it is incumbent upon Massachusetts to invest in clean energy to address climate change and grow our economy. Although gas prices are relatively low right now, we need to focus on expansive, long-term thinking as the state crafts a strategic, clean […]

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Millionaires’ tax passes second test

Bay State Banner, News, 5/25/16 A proposed millionaires’ tax amendment garnered a strong show of support at the State House last week, after amassing more than 157,000 petition signatures last fall to get it considered. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 “yes” votes at Wednesday’s constitutional convention to advance; it received 135, […]

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Alliance Proudly Joins MA Business Sector Push for Transgender Rights Bill

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 4/13/16 General Electric Co., Suffolk Construction, and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable are throwing their support behind a bill to bolster transgender rights, as Attorney General Maura Healey turns up the heat on the Legislature to act on it. In an effort organized by Healey, businesses plan to send a letter […]

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Change, but no revolution, at the Chamber of Commerce

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/5/16 BACKING A BILL to prevent transgender discrimination? That’s easy. Backing new taxes? That’s hard. If James Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, really wants his organization to be more cutting edge — as he told the Globe’s Jon Chesto — he should cut against the grain of classic, […]

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Get Money Out of Politics, Get Young People in

Roll Call, 4/4/16 By Alan D. Solomont Saturday marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision, which eliminated limits on aggregate campaign donations, the total amount an individual can donate to all candidates for federal office and national party committees. Once again equating campaign contributions to speech, the court held that the […]

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Alliance Board Member’s Company Highlighted for Leading on Paid Family Leave

US Department of Labor Blog, 3/9/16 Today, Vermont became the fifth state to pass paid sick leave legislation, joining Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and 24 local jurisdictions now enjoying the many benefits of paid sick leave policies. The momentum behind paid sick time is part of a wave of family-friendly policies, including paid family and […]

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Creating Continued Growth in Massachusetts Requires Investment

Phil Edmundson, Chair of The Alliance for Business Leadership, 1/27/16 When I sat down to write this blog post I chuckled at the idea of putting pen to paper – or these days, fingers to keys – on a subject that seems clear to me: the subject of how to create growth in Massachusetts. As […]

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Alliance Featured in Boston Globe for Diverse Leadership Team

The Boston Globe, Metro, 1/14/16 I did a double-take reading Tuesday’s story on the exclusive, low-profile club of corporate bigs exerting outsized influence on state affairs. Had I stumbled upon “This Day In History” by mistake? But no, there it was, on the front page. Some wealthy chieftains — all but one of them white […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Carbon Pricing Bill

Alliance Leaders J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services; Roger Freeman, Founder and President of Solventerra; and Tedd Saunders, CEO of EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and CSO of The Saunders Hotel Group testified this afternoon at the State House hearing of S.1747, “An Act Combatting Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator Mike Barrett. Their full testimonies are below. “Putting a price on carbon pollution will […]

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Alliance Leader testifies in support of Paid Family & Medical Leave Act

Alliance Board Member Beth Monaghan, Co-Founder & Principal of InkHouse, testified this afternoon in support of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (bill S.1008) sponsored by State Senator Karen Spilka. Ms. Monaghan spoke from the perspective of a business owner (as well as a mother) stating, “Paid family leave is the right thing to do […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Pay Equity Bill

Alliance board members Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing and Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, represented The Alliance at the July 21st State House hearing about two bills we’ve been active on: Equal Pay and Women on Boards. Kip and Trish, along with Alliance Executive Director Jesse Mermell, testified their support of the bills, […]

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Top Massachusetts officials back gender pay equity bill

Alliance leader and board member Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing, was featured in an article on MassLive.com July 21st for her support of the pay equity bill  S.983 and H.1733. Read more below, or see the original article by Shira Schoenberg  here. Several of Massachusetts’ top elected officials – and more than 100 […]

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More talk than action on giving women a say on corporate boards

Alliance leader and board member Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, was featured in the Boston Globe July 20th, 2015 for her work on gender parity for corporate boards in Massachusetts. Read more below, or see the original article by Jon Chesto here. July is not the best of time of the year to get busy business […]

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Alliance Leader Rosabeth Moss Kanter featured on The Daily Show

Alliance Leader Rosabeth Moss Kanter was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote her book “Move” in which she discusses the U.S.’s declining infrastructure and describes ways to fund better public construction. Check out the video here.

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Earned sick time is good for workers – and businesses: New law should be implemented fully and without delay

The Alliance was featured in Commonwealth Magazine on May 20, 2015 in an op-ed written by Board Members Philip Edmundson, Jeffrey Bussgang, Beverly Armstrong, David Belluck, David Gasson and Joshua Boger. Read on below, or view the original article here. Massachusetts voters passed the earned sick time ballot question by an overwhelming margin last November and the Commonwealth’s […]

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Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy

The Alliance was pleased to host Mike Bernier, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy & the Environment and Dr. Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, Head, Climate Action Secretariat from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment along with leading Massachusetts and British Columbia business executives for breakfast April 13th to discuss one of the hottest topics of conversation in the Massachusetts State House: […]

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Alliance Launches First Think Tank Lunch

The Alliance for Business Leadership was pleased to host the first of a new Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch series of lunchtime working sessions with leading policymakers to dig deep on current public policy issues in Massachusetts. The first ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm ET at […]

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The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

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140 Top Business Leaders Agree on Clearing the Path for Women

Gathering at MIT on Wednesday, June 11, Boston business leaders from the banking, tech, service, biomedical, and many other sectors agreed that the time has come for action on closing the gender wage gap, and increasing the number of women on boards. Alliance leaders Jim Roosevelt, CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and Trish Karter, Co-founder […]

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Why The Decline in Corporate Statesmanship?

Why has the elite business lobby in the U.S. abdicated its former role in proposing bi-partisan solutions and regularly calling on big business to sacrifice near term gain for America’s strategic advantage?  Where are leadership groups like the post WWII Committee on Economic Development (CED) that was led by top CEOs who championed full employment, increased […]

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Served with a Twist – Tax Reform in Massachusetts

We watched with interest as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick laid out his ambitious plans for improving the state’s physical and educational infrastructure and a revenue plan to fund it based on increasing the state’s income tax.      The twist that few had anticipated was a reduction in sales tax in exchange for an even […]

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Message to Congress: Come Together and Fix the Debt

The internet has been abuzz with talk of the recent “Come Together” initiative, which is using newspaper ads, websites, and even coffee cups to urge Congress to find a productive resolution to the fiscal cliff crisis. Presented by Starbucks, Patch.com, and the Committee for a Responsible Budget, this non-partisan appeal has successfully garnered both support and (occasionally snarky) attention. Fix […]

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Business Leaders to Congress: Strike a Deal on Fiscal Cliff

We urge the Obama Administration and Congress to strike a balanced deal to avert the fiscal cliff and reduce the deficit. The fate of the economy hangs in the balance of deliberations that are inching ever closer, but have not yet been solidified. As part of the CEO Council for the Committee for Responsible Federal […]

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After the Summit – Next Steps on Tax Reform

On November 8, 70+ Alliance leaders and guests gathered at “Post-Election Forecast: What’s Next for Business Leaders“, to discuss the 2012 election results and set strategy for our three key initiatives – Responsible Government, Health Promotion, and Economic Development. Over the next 3 posts, we will share highlights and next steps from these discussions, and […]

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Post Election: What’s Next for Business Leadership?

    After the election, join us for a Post-Election Forecast at the 6th Annual CEO Summit in Boston, November 8.  Imagine if you were asked to run a business where half your employees are at retirement age, your shareholders and customers have no respect for how you do business, your board of directors turns […]

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Do Business Tax Breaks Grow our Economy?

According to a report released in August by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, in FY 2012 the Commonwealth will forgo collection of $2.44 billion in tax revenue in order to provide business with 58 tax breaks. Additionally, the report shows that over the last fifteen years, the cost of these special business tax breaks […]

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What do you think state governments need to do better?

What do you think state governments need to do better ? Over the next two months, members of the Alliance Responsible Government initiative (co-chairs Ron Shaich Co-CEO Panera Bread Company; Rosa Scarcelli CEO Stanford Management) will be meeting with Governor Deval Patrick and other Massachusetts senior political leaders from both parties. The broad mandate for […]

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Job Creation, Healthcare Reform, and Responsible Government – it's all on tap at CEO Summit

The Summit 2012 Advance Team recently visited Washington, D.C. in preparation for our upcoming CEO Summit on Capitol Hill (June 12-13). While there, they met with several members of Congress, White House officials, and policy experts – here are a few highlights: 1)    Darrell West, Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institute: West discussed […]

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Super PACS Should Be Transparent

According to campaign and finance records from OpenSecrets, a total of 44 super PACs have spent upward of $80 million thus far in the 2012 election cycle. Of that total, roughly 57% of spending has been on opposing candidates and attack ads. A study released in late February 2012 by the research firm Borrell Associates […]

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ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency

Join The Alliance, Juliette Kayyem, Founder of Kayyem Soluions LLC and Mia Goldwasser, ‎Climate Preparedness Program Manager  at the City of Boston Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space, for the ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. Bring lunch and a keen mind as we focus on a hot policy issue during these succinct, […]

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