Why we're teaming up with chambers statewide
Our chamber is teaming up with nine other regional chambers to form a statewide policy network; the Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce Policy Network. Led by the presidents and CEOs of the ten chambers, we plan to use our collective voice to advocate for policy and business issues that will strengthen the quality of life and economy in the Commonwealth.
Here's the answer to a question I'm asked all the time
Several times a week someone asks: “Say, Greg, what's that they're building next door to Tripadvisor?” That would be Boston’s Children’s Hospital's new outpatient surgery center. In 2020 Needham Town Meeting approved rezoning to allow Children’s to eventually construct up to three buildings in the office park, as well as an expansion of the adjacent parking garage.
Chambers statewide to work together on policy solutions
The Charles River Regional Chamber is teaming up with nine of the state’s largest regional chambers to form a statewide policy network; the Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce Policy Network. Led by the presidents and CEOs of the participating chambers, the Chambers Policy Network aims to use its collective voice to advocate for policy and business issues that will strengthen the quality of life and economy in the Commonwealth.
Not all was quiet on the west suburban front
This past weekend was one hour shorter than usual. But that still left plenty of time for many local CEOs, tech and biotech workers, entrepreneurs, and private investors to freak out. They were panicked, of course, about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, along with some added worry about the First Republic, which like SVB has a significant Massachusetts presence. And while the immediate crisis was averted even before the Oscar ceremony ended (at least I think it ended, I tuned out at
Rage is all the rage
We began this morning writing about angry participants at public meetings. We end with some perspective for restaurant, hotel, shop service, or other business owners who are experiencing an uptick in bad Yelp reviews and other complaints. It’s not just you. The number of customers who seek “revenge” on a business after they feel they’ve been treated badly has tripled since the start of the pandemic, according to the annual National Customer Rage Survey.
Finding workers isn't the only challenge
Hiring continues to be a problem for many retailers But a new Harvard Business School study identifies another challenge for merchants: Employee lateness and absenteeism. Researchers examined 25.5 million employee shift time cards covering more than 100,000 employees across more than 500 U.S. retail grocery store locations over four years.
My dentist isn't going to be happy with the city council
Later this month the Newton City Council will consider banning the sale or distribution of more than one dozen plastic items and limiting the availability of many other items. Most of the proposed rules would change the way our restaurants do business. Many retailers would be impacted too. Among other things, the ordinance would forbid the sale of plastic water bottles, plastic floss sticks, plastic ear swabs, cosmetics containing plastic glitter, non-recyclable plastic containers, and packing materials. I
Maura Healey's major league moves
Major League Baseball just introduced a series of rule changes designed to make the game more competitive in an era of changed attention spans and attrition to other sports. And Gov. Maura Healey just introduced a series of tax reforms designed to make Massachusetts more competitive in an era of high costs and attrition to other states. MLB is making the bases bigger, hoping to encourage more stolen bases and give players more room to operate and avoid collisions.
A blast from the past that we could live without
Is it time to dust off the old “Taxachusetts” label when discussing Massachusetts? Could be. We were the only state to raise personal income taxes last year, according to the annual report from the Tax Foundation. As a result, our marginal state income tax rate has jumped to 7th highest in the nation, reports Christian M. Wade at the Eagle Tribune.
Not in my (future) back yard
Our thanks to the Newton City Council for approving a measure last night to make outdoor dining in public spaces permanent. Also thanks to the Fuller administration for spearheading the long process. Of course, there may never have been a less controversial zoning change in history, with nearly 2,000 people signing a petition in support. Still, without this approval, Newton's outdoor dining season would not have been able to resume on April 1 when state provisions expire.