Category Archives: Keeping You Informed

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure   State Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) recently resigned the Second Hampshire and Hampden Senate seat to join Westfield State University as the new executive director of advancement. Senator Knapik was serving his 10th term in the Senate, and previously served two […]

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Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern

Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern After the passage of the Commonwealth’s plan to address the transportation financing gap, many in the business community have raised alarm over the serious harm one of the key tax components presents to Massachusetts companies.  In particular, a movement has […]

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Patrick Administration Announces “Informed Massachusetts” Web Launch

Patrick Administration Announces “Informed Massachusetts” Web Launch   The Patrick Administration launched “Informed Massachusetts” – a user-friendly website [which can be found at http://www.mass.gov/informedma] that consolidates the Open Government and Transparency web pages previously found on Mass.gov. Informed Massachusetts pulls together these sites into a unified portal, creating a user-friendly site through which citizens can […]

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court To Review Natural Heritage Regulations

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court To Review Natural Heritage Regulations   There is a case currently before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that challenges the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program. The case, Pepin vs. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, (Docket No. SJC-11332) alleges the priority habitat portion of the regulation, […]

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Massachusetts Chamber Provides Leadership Support for Non-Profit Organizations

Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is providing leadership support to West of the River Chamber of Commerce in growing its membership. A marketing meeting was held with local business professionals to discuss the development of a new membership brochure that will highlight the many benefits members receives. West of the River Chamber of Commerce offers its […]

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Massachusetts Chamber Applauds Junior Achievement for Preparing Future Workforce

This morning the Mass Chamber attended the Horace A. Moses Legacy Breakfast for Junior Achievement of Western Mass. We think the work that JA does to educate students in business economics is exceptional and we were proud to be there in support of their fundraising efforts. We invited some of our business friends to support […]

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Breakfast with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Breakfast with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

On Thursday, March 29th, Jay McQuaide, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, met with members of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce to discuss the rising cost of health care and the efforts they are putting forward to make a difference. In recent years, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts introduced […]

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Testifying in Boston on Workers Comp

Debra’s in Boston tomorrow to testify at two public hearings. At 10 a.m. tomorrow the Division of Insurance will hold a public hearing to review an industry request that would raise workers compensation rates, effective September 1, 2012,  by an average of 19.3 percent.  The Mass Chamber holds that the increased rate will cause financial hardship for businesses […]

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Attorney General Martha Coakley Names Designee to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Attorney General Martha Coakley named her designee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission before the allotted deadline of March 21. Gayle Cameron, a former detective assigned to the Casino Gaming Bureau in New Jersey, will join Governor Patrick’s appointed Chairman of the Commission, Stephen Crosby. Cameron held leadership roles during her 28 years with the New […]

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Massachusetts Division of Insurance Asked to Approve 19.3% Hike in Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers compensation insurance underwriters are asking the state to approve an average 19.3 percent rate increase, saying it reflects the “real costs” of providing the line of insurance to Massachusetts employers.  According to the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau, the rate hike would be the first in more than ten years and rates would […]

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