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Algonquin Gas Details Pipeline Plans
Salem MA – Documents filed with the Federal Government detail Algonquin Gas’ plan to build a natural gas pipeline from Beverly Harbor to the Salem Harbor Station site. The 16”, 1.4 mile long pipeline would bring up to 115,000 dekatherms of natural gas each day to the proposed Footprint Power Plant on Fort Ave. The pipeline, known as the Salem Lateral, is slated to be operational by 2015 and the plant is slated to open the following June. Total construction time is estimated to be seven months, beginning next May, with working hours from 7 AM to 6 PM six days a week.
MassDevelopment Financing Package Helps High Point Treatment Center Expand
MassDevelopment has provided a $27 million financing package – $19 million in tax-exempt bonds and an $8 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation – to High Point Treatment Center and its affiliate, Southeast Regional Network. High Point, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive health services to individuals and families impacted by addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, and homelessness, is using bond proceeds to acquire a facility in Brockton and equip and build an addition to that building, creating 4,000 square feet for addiction therapy programs and primary care services. Southeast Regional Network is using a portion of the bond proceeds and the $8 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation to develop the former St. Luke’s Hospital in Middleborough into a 64,000-square-foot, 72-bed, state-of-the-art treatment facility for psychiatric treatment. The building will also provide primary care, addiction therapy, and outpatient services. RBS Citizens N.A. purchased the bonds, which will also refinance previous debt and refund a prior tax-exempt bond. All told, High Point and Southeast Regional Network estimate the projects in Brockton and Middleborough will create 220 new jobs and 73 construction jobs.
State recovers $15.6M in underground economy violations
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) said a task force recovered $15.6 million in unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties after thousands of investigations in 2013.
The Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification (JTF) carried out compliance checks under the direction Gov. Deval Patrick, who established the JTF in 2008 as a way to recover money owed to employees and the state by businesses operating in the “underground economy,” a term that describes businesses that don’t adhere to state regulations when it comes to employment practices and taxation. Common violations include deliberately misclassifying employees to avoid paying unemployment insurance and wage law violations.
To date, the JTF has collected nearly $56 million by enforcing labor, licensing and tax laws, according to EOLWD.
“Companies and individuals who willfully avoid the law by misclassifying employees … or engage in fraudulent employment practices of the underground economy put workers’ safety at risk, place legitimate businesses at a disadvantage and burden taxpayers,” EOLWD Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said in a statement.
$1B Convention Center Expansion Bill Approved
The MA House and Senate have approved a compromise version of a bill that would allow for a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Supporters of the bill say it is necessary to keep the facility competitive with similar convention centers in other cities. They also stress creation of jobs, additional tax dollars and increased tourism. The bill authorizes a 1.3 million sqft expansion of the BCEC.
Supporters in the House and Senate state the BCEC, located in South Boston and opened in 1997, isn't large enough to attract many large-scale national and international meetings and doesn't have enough adjoining hotel rooms. The bill still needs a final vote in both chambers before being sent to Gov. Patrick for his signature.
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