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Governor Reduces Gathering Limits; Steps Up Enforcement

Economy News | August 7, 2020

Governor Charlie Baker today indefinitely postponed the next step of the Massachusetts re-opening plan and lowered the limit on outdoor gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to edge up throughout the commonwealth. The announcement means that indoor theaters, performance venues and recreational areas scheduled to open in Step 2 of Phase 3 re-opening will have to […]

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Legislature Set to Negotiate Key Issues during Extended Session

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy Energy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | August 7, 2020

The Massachusetts Legislature will attempt to reach consensus on multiple issues affecting employers – from health care to transportation to economic development – during a lawmaking session that has been extended for six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state House of Representatives and Senate traditionally wrap up formal business on July 31 of […]

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Business Confidence Weakens in July

Economy News | August 3, 2020

Confidence among Massachusetts employers weakened during July after two months of gains as the COVID-19 pandemic shrank the US economy at a 33 percent annual clip during the second quarter. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 3.2 points to 45.8, indicating a predominantly pessimistic outlook among businesses throughout the commonwealth. Confidence […]

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Next Stimulus Must Stabilize Unemployment Insurance System

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | July 27, 2020

The new economic stimulus bill being discussed by Congress and the White House must provide money to shore up the Massachusetts unemployment insurance system and invest in long-term transportation infrastructure projects that create jobs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts said this morning. The largest business association in Massachusetts also called for the federal government to adjust […]

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Governor Issues Strict New Travel Order

Economy News | July 24, 2020

Governor Charlie Baker today issued a strict new travel order that requires visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home to quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a lower risk COVID-19 state or can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving. Lower-risk states currently exempted from […]

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AIM to Honor Employer Resilience in New Program

Economy News | July 24, 2020

Editor’s Note – John Regan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. I am pleased to share exciting news about the celebration of Massachusetts business that AIM has traditionally conducted at its annual meeting. AIM rescheduled from May 22 to October 2 the 2020 annual meeting at which we would have […]

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Employer Confidence Rises in June

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | July 6, 2020

Business confidence continued to rebound during June as Massachusetts methodically re-opened its economy and COVID-19 cases surged elsewhere in the country. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 6.9 points to 49.0, just a point shy of the level that denotes an optimistic outlook among employers. The increase, which came three months after […]

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Theaters, Casinos, Gyms May Open on Monday

Economy News | July 2, 2020

Museums, fitness centers, movie theaters, casinos and other businesses will be able to open their doors Monday under the third phase of the state’s four-step process to re-open the economy. Governor Charlie Baker announced today. Phase 3 will begin everywhere except in the City of Boston, where it will begin on July 13. “These employers […]

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Indoor Dining, Increased Office Capacity Set for Monday

Economy News | June 20, 2020

“Table for two” may be a common refrain across Massachusetts on Monday as restaurants resume indoor table service and offices ramp up to 50 percent of capacity as part of the next phase of the state’s re-opening plan. Governor Charlie Baker announced yesterday that Step Two of Phase II of the commonwealth’s re-opening plan will begin […]

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The World of Tomorrow Cannot Look Like the World of Today

Economy News | June 13, 2020

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. Together we mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. We stand in solidarity with their families and their communities. The 3,500 members of Associated Industries of Massachusetts […]

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