The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to the tragic news that former Mayor Thomas M. Menino died today:
“The City of Boston has lost a great leader, and the people of Boston have lost a great friend and advocate,” said Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “I was fortunate to have known and worked with Tom Menino for more than 20 years, and he cared about this city with all his heart and soul. He understood both the needs of everyday citizens, and the importance of providing opportunity through thoughtful economic development policies. During his tenure, Mayor Menino oversaw both the physical transformation of the city skyline and the transformation of our workforce and economy to one that is a leader in today’s global economy. He leaves behind a world-class city that is thriving and poised for continued success. We are all indebted to Tom Menino for his invaluable contributions, and we will all miss him very much.”
If you missed last week’s Executive Forum with Joe Kelley, President of Stop & Shop New England, you can now listen to the forum courtesy of our media partner WBUR 90.9FM. Click below to listen to the audio file:
Sunday on This Week in Business, Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for governor, and Steve Kerrigan, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and running mate of Martha Coakley, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss their plans to create jobs and strengthen the Massachusetts economy. Watch the Baker interview here. Watch the Kerrigan interview here.
There will be four questions on Massachusetts’ November ballots, the Chamber is advocating for NO votes on Questions 1, 2, and 3. Both questions 1 and 3 look to repeal laws that were voted on by the state legislature.
A “no” vote on question 1 will maintain critical infrastructure funding. This will ensure that the Commonwealth has much needed safer roads, bridges, and transportation systems. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 53% of bridges in Massachusetts are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. For this reason, the Chamber has joined the Coalition for Safer Roads and Bridges (www.saferroadsbridges.com).
A “no” vote on question 2 will maintain the current beverage container deposit law, which lawmakers have agreed upon. An expanded “bottle bill” would cost consumers an additional $60 million in deposits without comprehensive recycling reform.
A “no” vote on question 3 will allow casino gaming laws to move forward, creating many new jobs for the Commonwealth and keeping gaming revenue in the state instead of sending it to neighboring Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The Chamber is now in the process of creating its 2015/2016 Advocacy Agenda and is seeking member input. The Chamber’s advocacy team is currently focused on four major policy areas that are critical for its members:
Talent – Building on the region’s greatest competitive advantage by strengthening state education, training, and retention efforts while improving access to top international talent.
Cost Competitiveness – Working to make state business tax policy and business costs more competitive with other states in order to drive job growth, investment, innovation, and expansion
Transportation and Development – Advancing transportation and development initiatives are keys to strengthening our region’s stance as a world-class destination to do business.
Innovation– Advancing several key issues to help Greater Boston’s industries – both emerging and established – succeed in a global, knowledge-based economy.
To offer perspective on the development of the 2015/16 Advocacy Agenda and to share issues that are impacting your business, please email Emily Dahlgaard at email@example.com.