Author Archives: MA Chamber

Economic Development Conference Committee Summary of Major Issues

 Infrastructure (Click Here for Full Report) Formalizes the creation of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a consolidation of six separate programs that provides communities with one-stop shopping for infrastructure funding that supports economic development and job creation. The consolidation simplifies the process for municipalities and enables the Commonwealth to allocate the funds most efficiently. Creates a […]

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Keurig Co-Founder to Deliver Keynote Address at Mass. Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Summit

Keurig Co-Founder to Deliver Keynote Address at Mass. Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Keurig Co-Founder to Deliver Keynote Address at Mass. Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Summit Panels on Healthcare, Finance and Leveraging Social Media also featured at two-day event Hyannis, MA (July 26, 2012)– Richard Sweeney, co-founder of the Keurig coffee brewing system will deliver the keynote address at the three-day Massachusetts Chamber of […]

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Health Care Payment Reform – House and Senate Distinctions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Debra A. Boronski, President (617) 512-9667 Health Care Payment Reform – House and Senate Distinctions Boston MA – June 27, 2012 – The Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce has made a thorough assessment of the major differences between the House and Senate versions of payment reform legislation.  Debra A. Boronski, President of […]

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Committee Issues Bottle Bill to a Study Order

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy voted to study the expanded bottle bill, which will likely stop the proposal until next January, when the next legislative session begins. The expanded bottle bill seeks to cover more types of beverages than just beer and soda so that it also includes iced tea, fruit juice […]

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Health Care Cost Control Bills Heads to Conference Committee

Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) and Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn) were appointed to lead the Senate and House negotiating teams on omnibus legislation aimed at controlling health care costs and improving the quality of patient care by deploying new payment methods and other transparency and innovation measures. Moore and Walsh will be joined on the six-member […]

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Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Down to 6 Percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 6 percent from 6.3 percent in May, well below the national jobless rate of 8.2 percent.  The Patrick administration, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, also reported that Massachusetts added 7,500 jobs last month, after employers added 1,700 jobs in April. This year, Massachusetts has added 37,800 jobs. The […]

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House Passes Transportation Financing Bill

The House of Representatives passed legislation that closes the MBTA’s gap for the upcoming fiscal year and provides vital assistance to the regional transit authorities. This legislation transfers $1.5 million of excess snow and ice removal funds to the regional transit authorities as supplemental assistance. The legislation further authorizes a one-time transfer of $51 million […]

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Online Giant Amazon Opens Cambridge office

The world’s largest online retailer now has a Massachusetts address. Amazon.com, which has an office in Cambridge, is at the center of a debate on Beacon Hill about whether the online giant needs to charge Massachusetts’ residents sales tax. Amazon.com has long been tax free for Massachusetts residents, but with an office in Cambridge. The […]

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Workforce Training Fund Grants to Train Workers and Create Jobs

The Patrick-Murray Administration announced $2,100,224 in Workforce Training Fund grants to 28 Massachusetts companies. The grants, which support up to two years of training, will create over 200 new jobs and train nearly 3,000 workers. The companies are located in twenty-three towns across the Commonwealth, and employee trainings will range across a variety of sectors […]

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