Business Leaders Seek to Raise Up Massachusetts

The Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors has resolved to support the Earned Sick Time initiative on ballot in Massachusetts this November as Question 4. It is all too rare for contemporary American business leaders and the associations that represent them to step forward publically to support initiatives for higher standards and greater shared responsibility.  This, […]

Shereen Shermak and Launch Angels Open Up the Venture Capital World

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A new kind of venture capital approach is opening doors for entrepreneurs who might stand little chance of being funded under the old system, says Alliance leader Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels Inc. “Regulatory changes now allow smaller venture capital firms to market products more generally and broadly,” Shermak explains. “Now different folks are […]

Alliance Leadership on Winning an Increased Minimum Wage

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Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson, CEO of William Gallagher Associates, addressed the crowd of activists, labor leaders, and legislators who assembled for the signing of Massachusetts’ new minimum wage law by Governor Deval Patrick on Jude 26. If no other state steps forward to do the right thing, by 2017 Massachusetts will have the highest state […]

Massachusetts to Set Highest State Minimum Wage in the Nation

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With the passage of the bill raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $11.00 per hour over the next few years, Massachusetts will set the highest state minimum wage in the nation, and also set the stage for more rapid economic growth based on shared prosperity.  Governor Patrick plans to sign the bill this week, […]

Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards: New Allies, Sharpened Focus & Enhanced Ability to Assist

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by Jim Boyle, President, Alliance for Business Leadership, and CEO, Sustainability Roundtable Two weeks ago a select group of about three dozen Alliance Leaders made the trip to Washington DC with the message that “Growth Economy Leaders” (those regularly adding terrific jobs with a future in the U.S.) are committed to supporting higher standards in workforce development, a cleaner economy, and improving health […]

American Business Leaders Must Lead Publicly on Climate Change

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As the EPA prepares, after years of delay, to issue regulations on carbon pollution required by the Supreme Court to enforce the Clean Air Act, the need for business leadership in advocating for effective action on climate change has never been greater. The hour is late, and the challenge daunting. The Alliance has been educating business leaders, […]

Clearing the Path: Gender Parity in Pay, and More Women on Corporate Boards

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Who will lead the nation on advancing women’s role in the workplace?  There’s no debate about whether we should move forward, or even how to do it. Yet, nationally, the number of women Directors on Boards and the size of the gender wage gap are essentially unmoved.  Can a critical mass of CEO’s and leaders create a tipping point […]

Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards

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In the first quarter of 2014, Alliance Leaders appeared in public forums and in Op-eds throughout Massachusetts and met repeatedly with top state and national policy-makers. Those policy-makers and experts are agreed: little can better help the cause of greater shared responsibility than business leaders publicly explaining the associated business benefit.   Select Alliance Leaders including David […]

Make Massachusetts Taxes More Progressive: Tax Commission Releases Report

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The Tax Fairness Commission established by the Massachusetts legislature has issued a call to lighten the tax burden on those residents and businesses least able to pay it. Currently the lowest fifth of Massachusetts income-earners pays 12.24% of their income in state and local taxes, and the highest fifth pays only 5.69%. That means the […]

Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts; Nationwide, Businesses Will Benefit

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In the Alliance’s home state of Massachusetts, Alliance business leaders have been living with the direct forerunner of the national Affordable Care Act since 2006, when then-Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a very similar program which has revolutionized the health care landscape. We bring good news for the nation’s business community: it works, and it […]

It’s All About Talent – Jeff Bussgang on Eliminating Non-Competes

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It’s All About Talent – Eliminating No-Competes Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners For the last few years, many leaders in the Massachusetts innovation community have been arguing that non-compete agreements should be eliminated.  Article after article has been written in support of putting this policy forward to increase the dynamism of our ecosystem and send […]

Historic Lows in Taxes and Wages Along with Record Profits Shape Minimum Wage Debate

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Last month our Alliance Leaders published multiple opinion pieces making the business case for increasing the minimum wage, and have discussed the business benefit of an increased minimum wage in extended meetings with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and, separately, with the incoming President of the Massachusetts Senate.  On May 21, select Alliance Leaders […]

Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg Shares Vision with Alliance Leaders

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With the current Massachusetts State Senate President stepping down from that post at the end of this session, all eyes are on Senator Stan Rosenberg of the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester district, who is expected to assume the responsibilities of Senate President.  At a gathering hosted by Alliance Board member David Gasson in his offices […]

Tesla Plans to Change the World – and They Just Might Do It

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Silicon-Valley-based Tesla Motors (NQ:TSLA) is America’s first successful automaker start-up since – well, since automakers first started up.  CEO Elon Musk, a founder of the online payment service PayPal, poured his personal fortune into the company with the goal of solving the problem of sustainable production and consumption of energy, which he calls “the largest terrestrial problem that […]

Alliance Leaders Discuss Business Benefits of Higher Minimum Wage with MA Speaker DeLeo

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A day’s hard work should pay enough to keep full-time employees’ roofs over their heads, and food on their families’ tables.  Alliance leaders brought that simple but powerful message to their meeting with Speaker of the Massachusetts House Robert DeLeo on March 11. And while the argument from simple justice is strong, Alliance executives and […]