Joe Lawlor has sold thousands of cars in his six years as sales manager at Morrissey Boulevardâ€™s Westminster Dodge. The Bickford family â€” which has operated the Chrysler dealership since the 1960s â€” has sold many times that.
This week, though, they are pitching a different kind of sale, one that even they admit has long odds of finding the right buyer. Read more
For the first time in close to 10 years the federal government is kicking in money for summer jobs for young people. More than $2 million is expected for Boston's program alone from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, out of $25 million set to flow through the state. Read more
Feb. 26, 2009
I have always said that partnership is one of the most effective tools that we as leaders can use to achieve progress on almost any front. In difficult circumstances, bringing people together to work toward a common goal becomes even more important. As government leaders across the country grapple with the question of how best to overcome the financial crisis, it's reassuring to know that we have a leader in President Obama who understands the value of partnership when it comes to problem solving. Read more
In his speech this week before Congress, President Obama described a pathway to emerging from our current economic woes. In his first weeks in office, the president has systematically engaged in the business of governing &endash; making proposals, seeking bipartisan counsel, and acknowledging that all Americans feel the negative effects of this current malaise. Read more
Federally-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently ended evictions of rent-paying tenants in foreclosed properties in response to the current economic crisis. Corporate lenders like Bank of America have held out, however, prompting a coalition of activists to take the battle to the streets. Read more
The patiently waiting Peabody Square and Dorchester Avenue improvement projects could be bumped to the front of the line with the help of President Obama's proposed nearly $1 trillion economic recovery package.
Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of a city Economic Recovery Team last week, created to lobby for and distribute federal dollars once the bill is signed. Currently under debate in Congress, the stimulus package is expected to reach the president by mid-February. Read more