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    1. This Small New England City Was on the Verge of Bankruptcy. Now It’s a Turnaround Success Story.

      This Small New England City Was on the Verge of Bankruptcy. Now It’s a Turnaround Success Story.

      Successful cities nearly all have something in common: leadership that can figure out where the community needs to go and can execute a plan to take it there. Fifteen years ago, it seemed inconceivable that Springfield, Mass., could be described in such terms. But after almost collapsing into bankruptcy, Massachusetts’ third-largest city is in the best shape it’s seen for more than a generation.

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    2. Massachusetts Businesses Pleased with Health Reform

      Massachusetts Businesses Pleased with Health Reform

      The key, agreed a panel discussing the law’s impact on business at Georgetown University Monday, is that state policymakers secured buy-in from all stakeholders -- including, perhaps most importantly, the business community.
      “When businesses looked at their expenses and revenues, one expense was growing faster than any other: the cost of health care for employees. They didn’t feel like they had control,” said Rick Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, describing the atmosphere before the law’s passage. “We may have come over on different ships, but we’re in the same boat. They wanted to ...

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