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SJC Rejects Developer’s ‘Poison Pill,’ but May Accept Less Toxic Ones

SJC Rejects Developer’s ‘Poison Pill,’ but May Accept Less Toxic Ones

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that condominium developers can’t unreasonably restrict the ability of owners to file suits against them. The court rejected a “poison pill” provision developers often use to insulate themselves from liability for construction defects, design flaws and other claims condominium owners might pursue against the developers of their communities.

Are You Feeling SALTy?

Changes to the SALT deduction, while it will complicate the tax filings of thousands of Massachusetts residents, won’t do anything to slow the state’s runaway housing prices. The U.S. tax code is purposefully complicated. One silver lining of its contortions is the number of people employed to unwind it – if the law was...
Boston’s Missing Rail Link

Boston’s Missing Rail Link

Boston’s transit system may have its issues, but according to a recently released report by the Urban Land Institute, the region should not only be grateful for what it has, it needs to also set a vision for its future and invest in it.

A New Cost for Climate Change

A New Cost for Climate Change

Too often when developers fail to prepare for climate change, taxpayers are called upon to bail them out when the inevitable damage happens. But now it seems that cities across Massachusetts and even the state could increasingly be on the hook financially if they don’t take substantive steps to plan for these changes.

Don’t Take Us Back to Taxachusetts

Proponents of a 2018 statewide ballot initiative that would add a surcharge on the state taxes of those earning over $1 million annually should look at the experience of Connecticut, where multiple rounds of tax hikes aimed at high earners triggered an exodus of large employers and high-earning individuals that resulted in declining tax revenue, according to a new whitepaper published by the Pioneer Institute.

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