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  • News for Public Policy

    Monday, November 20, 2017
      Reduced Employer Access to Criminal Records Harms Ex-Offenders Posted by Brad MacDougall on Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM   Update: The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last week that will narrow employer access to the criminal records of job applicants. AIM believes such restrictions will hurt the very ex-offenders they are designed to ...read more
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE   Get Devens a proper workforce  Devens has been a resounding economic success since the former military base was transformed into the iconic MassDevelopment location less than 20 years ago. In the late 1990s, when Ayer, Harvard and Shirley voted to give the site to the state agency, few could have predicted the 100-year-old facility would be home to the likes of a ...read more
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE   After 100 years, Devens has become a technology hubPHOTO | GRANT WELKERBrian Lemerise, president of Quiet Logistics, stands in the 500,000-square-foot warehouse the company uses to ship retail goods using robots all over the world.BY GRANT WELKER The future was not promising for Fort Devens just over two decades ago when the military base was ordered closed along with ...read more
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    BY EMILY MICUCCI The Baker Administration on Monday said it had secured approval from the federal government to extend existing small group health insurance rating factors in order to curb premium increases and encourage market stability for small employers. The rating factors are permitted under state law, but don't meet federal requirements. Through a series of requests to U.S. Department of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Bolton and Harvard Selected for HeatSmart Mass The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have selected, via a competitive bid process, seven communities (4 teams, including Bolton and Harvard) for the pilot round of the HeatSmart Mass program. Details are included ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Steward Physicians and Nashoba Valley Medical Center Join Innovative MassHealth Program to Improve Health Care Outcomes for Members As part of new Steward Health Choice health plan for MassHealth patients, local Steward doctors and Nashoba Valley Medical Center will play key roles in improved, local MassHealth care coordination  Ayer, MA – Through the new Steward Health Choice health ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Monday, November 06, 2017
    By Chris Lisinski, clisinski@lowellsun.comUPDATED:   11/06/2017 08:17:22 AM EST Although retail sales of recreational marijuana can begin in July, many customers across northern Massachusetts may have to travel significant distances or wait several months to acquire the substance. Moratoriums are becoming widespread, with many towns opting to block any recreational marijuana businesses into ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Member, Public Policy, Business Information, Community News
    Monday, November 06, 2017
    State Issues Regulations on Employer Health Assessment Posted by Katie Holahan on Nov 6, 2017 4:08:53 PM The Baker Administration today released draft regulations for the new employer health assessment designed to close a budget shortfall in the state's MassHealth program. Read the Draft Regulations The regulations, published by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), ...read more
    Categories: Business Information, Community News, Chamber Member, Public Policy
    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Keswick. Matt, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?While at Boston College, I interned for the Mitt Romney for United States Senate campaign in his race against Ted Kennedy. Following graduation, I took that intern experience to the Governor’s office, where I had the pleasure of working for three governors – Bill Weld, ...read more
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