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State Moves Forward on Economic Re-Opening

Economy News | February 25, 2021

Massachusetts will move forward with the re-opening of its economy during March, allowing indoor performance venues to re-open, restaurants to operate without a percentage seating capacity and event venues to welcome additional customers. Governor Charlie Baker announced today that the commonwealth will move to Phase 3 Step 2 of its re-opening plan on March 1. […]

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Employers Turn Optimistic as 2021 Begins

Economy News | February 5, 2021

Massachusetts employers began 2021 by turning optimistic for the first time since the COVID pandemic shut down large swaths of the state and national economies last spring. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) climbed to 52.4 during January, surpassing the 50 mark that denotes an optimistic view of the economy. The reading […]

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Regan: Priority for Massachusetts is Economic Recovery

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy HR & Employment Law News | January 22, 2021

The unprecedented upheaval of 2020 will change the way we live and work for years to come, AIM President and Chief Executive Officer John Regan said Friday. Regan punctuated the annual State of Massachusetts Business Address with a call for state policymakers to support the recovery of an economy that remains fragile in the wake of […]

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AIM Adds Three to Senior Management Team

News | January 18, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) has added three respected business leaders to its senior management team as the commonwealth’s largest business association continues to grow. Christopher Kealey will join AIM as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on February 1 after spending almost a decade as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. He […]

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COVID-19 News

Economy News | January 14, 2021

State and federal governments continue to pass measures and issue orders to address the medical and economic fallout from the COVID-19 issue. Here is a summary for employers. If you have questions regarding these or other public policy issues, please contact a member of the AIM Government Affairs Team. February 25 Baker Announces $4.7 Million for […]

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AIM to Close Offices in Honor of Inauguration Day

News | January 13, 2021

Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the statewide business association, will close its offices on Inauguration Day, January 20, to honor the peaceful transition of power that is a hallmark of the American system of government. The closing will allow the employees of AIM to witness the swearing in of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of […]

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Business Confidence Remains Flat to Close out 2020

Economy News | January 11, 2021

Confidence among Massachusetts businesses remained flat during the final month of 2020 as employers ended a tumultuous year with a cautious outlook. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) remained unchanged during December at 49.3. The reading was 12.9 points lower than in December 2019, but more than 10 points higher than its […]

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Here’s a Summary of the Legislature’s 2019-2020 Session

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy Energy Health Care Costs HR & Employment Law News | January 11, 2021

The Massachusetts Legislature ended an extended 2019-2020 session on January 5 having passed significant laws dealing with everything from economic development to transportation to health care. What will the new laws mean to employers? And how will they influence the ability of the commonwealth’s economy to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? The […]

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State Extends Capacity Limitations

News | January 8, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker announced yesterday that the temporary orders to reduce capacity and limit gatherings that were put into effect on December 26 will be extended to January 24, 2021. The temporary order was originally set to expire on Sunday. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito indicated that the administration hopes that these restrictions remain temporary. The temporary orders reduce […]

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Legislature Passes Economic Development, Transportation Bills

Budget, Tax, & Finance Economy News | January 6, 2021

The Massachusetts Legislature wrapped up its two-year session near sunrise this morning by passing both a $626 million economic development bill and a $16.5 billion transportation bond measure that, due to aggressive advocacy by AIM and others, did not raise corporate minimum taxes. The flurry of activity ended the COVID-dominated 2019-2020 session without any broad-based […]

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