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On energy policy, U.S. has come a long way from ‘jawboning’

vincent devito Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

During President George W. Bush's administration, we used the term "jawboning" to address just about any energy crisis. This was a policy Bush set in 1999, when he was a...

‘Frontier’ markets bring all-new opportunities and challenges

marcus gonCalves Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Emerging markets have been on a tear over the past decade. BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — powered the high growth rate in those economies,...

Is the Health Connector really getting better all the time?

david a. shore Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Ninety-seven days. That's the amount of time between the day Governor Patrick and President Obama praised the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) impact on Massachusetts at Faneuil Hall and the...

Mass. needs a more flexible, less-bottled-up recycling law

christopher flynn Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Massachusetts is used to being on the cutting edge. In politics and social change or in technology and innovation, our commonwealth is usually leading the way, embracing good ideas before...

Worcester's growth hinges on transportation investments

John Mahoney Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

In order for business to thrive in Massachusetts, we need to continually and sustainably invest in our transportation system. When businesses have access to uncongested highways,...

3 issues Congress should tackle to spur growth

James T. Brett Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Barely a month into the New Year, our region continues to see slow but steady economic growth. The national unemployment rate has hit a five-year low, and throughout New England,...

Two breaks that can help business growth in Mass.

paul d. craney Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Massachusetts continues to receive low marks in economic competitiveness rankings, and doing business here remains expensive. Just last year, CNBC rated Massachusetts 47th in its annual...

3 steps towns should take to control their economic fates

christopher robbins Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Massachusetts communities can no longer rely on state or federal aid to fill budget gaps. Therefore, each municipality must be responsible for its own economic fate.

Brownfields Program Has Paid Off For Mass. Business

larry feldman Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

In the early 1990s, a coalition of environmental advocates, bankers, developers, lawyers, regulators and environmental consultants in Massachusetts came together to develop a new approach...

Raising Mass. Minimum Wage Makes Sense For Business

DEAN CYCON Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

We've all heard the arguments against raising the minimum wage: It's bad for business and will result in higher unemployment.

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