Council in the News
Massachusetts High Technology Council media coverage.
At a talk before the Mass High Tech Council this week, Yvonne Hao continued her economic development plan roadshow, calling on Massachusetts business and policy leaders to remain “relentlessly paranoid about the progress of other states.”
Business and tech leaders working to solidify the commonwealth’s competitiveness broadly previewed a handful of ideas at a Mass High Tech Council MassVision2050 discussion with Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao.
In 2020 Pagliuca partnered with the Massachusetts High Technology Council, healthcare leader and business executives to create return-to-work guidelines. “We had a four-part recommendation, and one of them was to really turbocharge, to speed up therapeutics, vaccines.”
The nearly two-year affair that spanned a pair of governorships came to a close Wednesday with Healey’s approval of the tax ‘relief’ bill. The Massachusetts High Technology Council gave it a mixed review, arguing that it will “only marginally change how Massachusetts compares with other states.”
New legislation is trying to end the MCAS graduation requirement and change the state’s school takeover system, but not everyone is on board. Currently, Massachusetts students have to pass the MCAS in order to graduate.
The Mass High Tech Council argued the change to the distribution formula of Chapter 62F is unconstitutional. The voter-approved law has only been triggered twice, 1987 and 2022, and refunds were distributed based on personal income tax from the preceding tax year.
Businesses see only marginal improvement to the state’s competitive standing. Equity advocates say the legislation doesn’t go far enough.
Massachusetts lawmakers will begin voting Wednesday on a $1 billion tax package that would boost tax breaks for families, seniors, and others while slashing state taxes on profits from short-term investments, a change that had divided Democrats.
Many of the state’s business groups urged the Biden administration Monday to allot more federal funding to address the migrant crisis and to speed up work authorizations for migrants.
A coalition of business and education groups, who objected to the MTA-backed ballot initiative to remove the MCAS requirement for high school graduation’s certification in August, said its members are “prepared to fight this measure.”
Attorney General Andrea Campbell ruled Wednesday that two proposed ballot questions related to the role of the MCAS exam are legally sound, keeping open the possibility that Bay State voters could decide next fall whether passing the standardized test should remain a requirement to graduate high school here.
The Massachusetts High Technology Council was joined by over a dozen organizations and individuals, including three past chairs of the State Board of Education, in filing a memo with the Attorney General’s Office challenging the proposed ballot question to eliminate the use of the MCAS exam as a graduation requirement.
A day after the Massachusetts ballot initiative deadline, education advocates are settling in for a long, heated campaign over the petition to remove the MCAS test as a graduation requirement.
Massachusetts High Tech Council board chairman John Lee was joined by CNBC Special Correspondent Scott Cohn in a webinar on Tuesday to discuss the CNBC’s annual “Top States for Business Rankings” and what the results mean for running a business in the Bay State.
Massachusetts moved up nine spots in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business rankings this summer and the man behind the scorecard of states told the Mass. High Tech Council that he is beginning to put more emphasis on things like reproductive rights and inclusion when he ranks states.
Massachusetts Teachers Association to launch ballot campaign aimed at ending MCAS graduation requirement
The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s proposal would jeopardize the futures of Massachusetts high school graduates, endanger the state’s standing as a national leader in education, and put the state’s economy at a further competitive disadvantage.
On the 30th anniversary of the historic Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, past chairs of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education weigh in on what the state needs to do to make good on its commitment to equity in education.
One of the state’s biggest corporate tax breaks in years could be on its way. The business community is divided over how to proceed with taxing multistate companies in Massachusetts.
There’s a $600 million-dollar question confronting lawmakers tasked with hashing out differences in House and Senate versions of tax reform: Should the state crack down on married couples filing taxes separately to skirt the state’s new millionaire tax?
Lawmakers eyeing prompt compromise on House and Senate tax relief bills that differ in several major ways will be buffeted by competing crosswinds that seem to disagree on what, exactly, is the best way to make Massachusetts more competitive.
Elizabeth Mahoney of the Massachusetts High Technology Council wants to ask Spilka what her plans are to improve competitiveness for state businesses. “We’re concerned,” Mahoney said.