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Hologic plans to move HQ to Marlborough

Marlborough is about to become home to another life sciences company. Bedford-based Hologic Inc. plans to move its headquarters to the city. The relocation would add 150 employees to the 450 who currently work at two Hologic offices in Marlborough. Hologic, a manufacturer of a variety of testing and...

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Massachusetts Confidence Index Offers Promising Data

Stemming the tide of declining confidence in the Massachusetts economy for the first time in three months, employers indicated that they had a more positive view of the state’s economic outlook during the month of July. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Confidence Index, which serves as a barometer of local business activity, increased...

Massachusetts Looks to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

The “sharing economy” has taken the United States by storm. In less than a decade, companies such as Uber, Handy, and Airbnb have become well-known brands and, in some places, market leaders. But the laws regulating these companies and their users can often seem like a gray area. Now some lawmakers are taking a close look to see if it’s...

UMass Researchers Granted $1.6M for Robotics Development

What do Hurricane Katrina, the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, and the World Trade Center attacks all have in common? Obvious tragedy aside, the common factor in each of these disasters is the use of robots to assist first responders in rescue and cleanup missions. Robotics technology has evolved exponentially over the last two decades, along with...

Millennials and Money: Where Financial Literacy Failed

Looking back on your high school days, you probably remember lessons like long division, or the day you finally mastered a cursive “Q”. But what about the class where you learned to balance a checkbook? Or apply for a car loan? While Baby Boomers were more likely to reap the benefits of a Home Economics class covering life skills and simple...

Massachusetts Colleges Team Up to Create A Bright Future in ...

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Worcester’s Quinsigamond Community college will be teaming up with ’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute and several other educational institutions on a federal project to advance the applications of photonics in manufacturing. The partnership, known as the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0, represents...

Public Housing Pushes Residents Toward A Better Life

Ray Mariano, executive director of the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) and former four-term mayor of Worcester is on a mission to point individuals and families currently residing in public housing toward “A Better Life”. A Better Life (ABL) ABL is a program designed to encourage upward mobility for public housing tenants; challenging them to...

The Push For a Graduated Income Tax in Massachusetts

Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition representing religious leaders, liberal community organizers, and unions is advocating a constitutional amendment to raise income taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents. The proposal, which would affect those earning more than $1 million annually, would reportedly bring in additional revenue of up to...

Massachusetts Tanning Ban Has Teens Seeing Red

Massachusetts legislators have initiated a push to make it illegal for teens under the age of 18 to use or operate tanning beds. A bill requiring tanning salon employees and patrons to be 18 or older, An Act Further Regulating Tanning Facilities, was passed without contest in the Massachusetts House last week. Ten states in the US have similar...

Will Massachusetts Solar Net Metering Caps Continue?

Solar energy is thriving in the state of Massachusetts, but the clean energy trend has slowed considerably due to the current cap on net metering. Contributing to the decrease is the imminent expiration of federal incentives for installation of solar energy. Net metering allows customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed...

What’s Really At Stake in the Verizon Union Strike?

Verizon unions along the East Coast are at their wits’ end with the company due to lengthy negotiations over cost cutting measures that they believe will threaten their job security. The old contract had expired as of August 1st, but no work stoppage has been initiated yet. If talks continue in the same manner, the unions have stated that they...

Massachusetts Cracks Down on Misclassified Independent Contr...

Economic growth and the power of the Internet have ignited rapid proliferation of startup companies across the US. Services like Uber have typically been filling their ranks with drivers who are employed as independent contractors rather than full employees. However, in Massachusetts the law regarding the classification of workers as independent...

TechSandBox Targets Unusual Demographic of Entrepreneurs wit...

Hopkinton may soon be the home to a new start-up program for entrepreneurs, inviting not at the expected demographic of up-and-coming Millennials, but rather their parents, to join the startup revolution. This bucolic haven, snuggled in a collection of small communities and serene lakes, might not seem like a likely place for business innovation—...

Massachusetts Wealth is No Accident

This year has been a period of positive growth for the bay state. Unemployment has declined to a low of 4.8% as of March and current economic reports show that we are no longer in a recession. With just under 7 million workers at its disposal and a growing economy in many industries, the highly productive and profitable state of Massachusetts is...

Massachusetts Judge Upholds Sick Time Law

Massachusetts District Court Judge Rya Zobel recently dismissed a complaint filed by two construction contractors, and six construction employee associations, seeking to challenge the Commonwealth’s new sick time law. The Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015 following overwhelming support from voters in the...

Solar Debate Heats Up As Massachusetts Raises Net Metering C...

The Massachusetts Senate convened last week and responded to on-going pressure by solar supporters with a vote to raise the solar power net metering cap. Net metering, part of the incentives offered to consumers to encourage clean energy development, allows utility users to sell their excess energy back to the grid. The cap represents a...

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