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    1. Landmark Law Cuts Electric, Gas Bills for Many Businesses

      Landmark Law Cuts Electric, Gas Bills for Many Businesses

      “The law and the new rates usher in a fair and efficient energy system in Massachusetts,” said Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
      “AIM and other business groups - including the Western Mass Industrial group, PowerOptions and the the Energy Consortium - along with the office of the Attorney General acting in her role as the ratepayer advocate, participated extensively in the DPU process, submitting testimony and filing comments to ensure the intent of the law was carried out.”

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    2. Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      The gap between the knowledge required by globally competitive Bay State employers and the knowledge offered by job seekers remains a major impediment to economic growth across Massachusetts. It is a gap that has persisted throughout the Great Recession, ranging from software companies that could hire dozens of programmers tomorrow but cannot find them, to precision manufacturers starved for young workers with the mathematical and mechanical skills to do high-tolerance machining.

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    3. Manufacturing Shift to U.S. Accelerates

      Manufacturing Shift to U.S. Accelerates

      The study found that 54 percent of U.S.-based manufacturing executives at companies with sales greater than $1 billion are planning to “re-shore” production, or are considering it, up from 37 percent who responded to a similar survey in February 2012. When asked whether they expect to move production in light of rising wages in China, 21 percent of respondents—around twice as many as in 2012—said they are “actively doing this” or that they “will move production to the U.S. in the next two years.”

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    4. Feds Reject Health Reform Waiver for Massachusetts

      Feds Reject Health Reform Waiver for Massachusetts

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts is gravely disappointed with the decision and will now consider other remedies to help employers, including legal action or supporting legislation to de-merge the insurance market for individuals and small companies.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius issued the denial in a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, who sought a waiver on September 3 from rating-factor limitations imposed by federal health reform for insurance offered to employers with 50 or fewer workers. AIM similarly urged Sebelius in a letter in July to allow Massachusetts to maintain its current nine rating factors for small employers ...

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    5. AIM Urges Secretary Sebelius to Approve Health-Reform Waiver

      AIM Urges Secretary Sebelius to Approve Health-Reform Waiver

      AIM in its letter tells Secretary Sebelius that the association and its 5,000
      members have been consistent champions of both federal and state health reform.
      The organizations believes, however,  that Massachusetts deserves the
      opportunity to retain important elements of a groundbreaking seven-year state
      reform initiative that has extended health insurance coverage to 98 percent of
      its people.

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    6. Governor Will Let Stand Repeal of Fair-Share Assessment on Employers

      Governor Will Let Stand Repeal of Fair-Share Assessment on Employers

      John Regan, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at AIM, said the
      new implementation date for federal penalties does not diminish the value to
      employers and consumers of eliminating Fair Share and the Medical Security Trust
      Fund.

      “The temporary presence or absence of health reform penalties does not drive
      benefit decisions for the vast majority of Massachusetts employers,” Regan said.

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    7. Life Sciences Intern Challenge Leads to Significant Discoveries

      Life Sciences Intern Challenge Leads to Significant Discoveries

      The MLSC’s Internship Challenge enables life sciences companies of 100 or fewer employees in Massachusetts, or 250 or fewer worldwide, to identify and hire interns interested in developing their careers in the life sciences industry. The MLSC maintains an online portal to help companies find qualified interns, and reimburses companies for their interns’ salaries, up to $7,200 per intern. Larger life sciences companies may source interns through the MLSC’s online portal, but are not eligible for reimbursement.

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    8. Workforce Training Fund Streamlines Grant Process

      Workforce Training Fund Streamlines Grant Process

      The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) today announced four policy changes that will streamline the grant process and make thousands of additional employers eligible for the Express Grant program. WTFP officials said the fund’s advisory board voted recently to cut in half the two-year waiting period for companies that receive a grant and wish to apply for a subsequent award. The board also made companies with between 50-100 employees eligible for Express Grants; eliminated the waiting period between General Program grants and Express Program grants; and increased the allowable grant period for Technical Assistance grants from six months ...

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    9. State Encourages Young People to Consider Manufacturing Careers

      State Encourages Young People to Consider Manufacturing Careers

      AMP it up!, developed as part of the Patrick administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Agenda, seeks to address a persistent shortage of qualified workers in key manufacturing industries. A recent state report card on manufacturing reported that upwards of 100,000 manufacturing jobs will need to be filled during the next several years.

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    10. UMass, Other Partners Seek Advanced Additive Technology Center

      A team representing the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, MIT, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Pennsylvania State University and United Technologies is seeking a $30 million federal grant and matching private money to establish a world-class Advanced Direct Additive Manufacturing Institute (ADAM) at UMass Amherst.

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    11. AIM-Member Manufacturer Uses ISO Certification to Win New Business

      AIM-Member Manufacturer Uses ISO Certification to Win New Business

      For AIM member Universal Plastics, a family-run job shop with a 45-year history in Holyoke, the opportunity for growth came from a new aerospace customer. But when the customer notified Universal that it would require ISO certification from all its suppliers, the issue grabbed the attention of company president Joe Peters.

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    12. Rising Health Costs Mean Real Money to Real People

      Rising Health Costs Mean Real Money to Real People

      The association set a clear and aggressive objective because we believe it is the only way to end the run-up in health insurance costs that has depressed economic expansion and job growth for more than a decade. It is also the only way to solve an impending crisis that could leave Massachusetts with a world-class heath care system that no one can afford.

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    13. Employers Back Rep. Neal's Call to Preserve Retirement Tax Incentives

      Employers Back Rep. Neal's Call to Preserve Retirement Tax Incentives

      The Gerlach-Neal Resolution notes that the taxation of amounts contributed to pension and retirement plans is simply deferred, not lost; that more than 70 percent of American workers making between $30,000 and $50,000 contribute when covered by a retirement plan at work; and that current law requires business owners and managers who sponsor a retirement plan to also must cover and provide benefits to lower- and middle-income employees.

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    14. Administration Economic Plan Highlights Growth Industries

      Administration Economic Plan Highlights Growth Industries
      "The Economic Development Planning Council plan will help continue to support the economic growth we have seen, while identifying ways to make Massachusetts more competitive in the world economy and allow the administration to work with our partners in the business and academic communities to make the commonwealth stronger in the long term," Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki said in a statement.
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    15. Supplemental Budget Will Free Money to Train Workers

      Supplemental Budget Will Free Money to Train Workers
      The $460 million budget measure will allow state officials to move money earmarked earlier this year for the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) into a new trust fund created when Governor Deval Patrick signed the Fiscal Year 2012 budget in July. Officials cannot currently apply money that was in the fund prior to the creation of the trust, meaning that companies awarded grants in July have been waiting to receive their money.
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