Secretary Jay Ash On Mass. Economic Development Bill, Housing Market, Economy

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Construction along Seaport Blvd. in South Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Construction along Seaport Blvd. in South Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker is weighing whether to sign a $740 million economic development bill that passed the Legislature late Sunday night.

The measure includes funding for infrastructure projects, technical education and cleaning up brown fields, as well as a new tax deduction intended encourage more families to save for college.

What's not in it? There's no change to the employee non-compete agreements that can sometimes prevent workers from leaving one company to work for another in the same industry, or a provision that would have extended the state's hotel tax to cover short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

We'll talk about the measure and state's economy overall.


Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of housing and economic development. He tweets @JayAshEOHED.

This segment aired on August 2, 2016.



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