Public Affairs
Girl Squads
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Girl Squads, groups of women uniting with common goals in mind, lifting each other up. Though recently introduced to common vernacular, “Girl Squads” are not new to the scene, and, in fact, have been driving forces of feminist ideals throughout American history. From the antislavery and temperance...
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2018 gave rise to several important social justice movements and, along with them, a cohort of determined young activists eager to make change. Young people have already had a significant influence on the trajectory of gun control legislation and leading conversations around immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, racial equality and environmental movements. Generation Z is predicted...
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Dan Cence
Dan Cence, Senior Vice President at Solomon McCown stopped by the Horse Race Podcast by MassINC yesterday to discuss the strategies and tactics behind the successful No on Question 1 campaign in opposition to the nurse staffing ballot initiative. Dan served as senior strategist and chief spokesperson for No on 1, and led the integrated...
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Last month, Governor Charlie Baker signed “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax Holiday” into law, proposing major changes to Massachusetts’ employment laws that will gradually take effect over the next five years. This has been nicknamed the ‘Grand Bargain’ as it involves compromises between ballot initiative proponents...
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Massachusetts Ballot
At Solomon McCown & Company, we monitor the policies and initiatives that will affect Massachusetts residents, particularly those that will be put in front of voters. Right now, we are paying close attention to the eight initiatives that cleared the 64,750 petition signature hurdle at the end of the 2017. These initiatives cover everything from...
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From luxury waterfront apartments to affordable housing, Boston’s real estate landscape is constantly evolving. Throughout this evolution, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is tasked with engaging communities to plan and shape the future of Boston. For anyone who works at the intersection of public policy and real estate development like we do at...
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Massachusetts state budget
One of the most important items our State lawmakers take on every year is the Commonwealth’s budget. The Massachusetts Fiscal Year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. However, the process for developing and finalizing our State budget spans from January through June. While the budget is subject to inevitable uncertainties,...
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The 2018 midterm elections were looking to be a sleepy affair in Massachusetts. With strong incumbents in a deep blue state and the most popular Governor in the nation, any surprises seemed out of the picture. The past couple of months have turned that idea on its head. From retirements to primary challengers, the Massachusetts...
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Across the country, water transportation has proven to be a reliable, safe, and efficient option for commuters. You can see the massive success of investing in water transportation by looking at metropolitan hubs like San Francisco, New York City and Seattle who have successfully reduced traffic through modern infrastructure and fair pricing. Now, the spotlight...
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On Tuesday, January 23rd, Governor Charlie Baker delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address. In addition to kicking off the second year of the legislative session, his speech also marks the start of his re-election campaign. Here are our four key takeaways from the Governor’s address that will shape both the 2018 policy agenda...
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