My philosophy on economic development generally is that government needs to do its own critical jobs, as well as possible — education, infrastructure, public fiscal responsibility and public safety are the foundations of prosperity. If we do our job well in government, the private sector will take advantage of the opportunities we create.
Nonetheless, economic development per se is a central conversation every legislative session and we generally pass a bill that consists of a collection of measures designed to increase private sector vitality.
In the 2013-14 session, my personal priority in the economic development area will continue to be the reform of our judge-made laws that allow employers to restrict competition by their employees.
For more or on my thinking on economic development, you can browse all posts on economic development issues or use the subject outline below:
- Non-competition agreements
- Will’s 2013 legislation
- Will’s 2012 legislation and Globe op-ed (with co-sponsor Lori Ehrlich)
- News and resources on non-competition legislation
- Statements re milestones on non-competition legislation
- Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association endorses Non-Compete Bill
- Non-compete Bill Reported Favorably
- A small business perspective on non-compete agreements
- Next Draft of Non-competition Legislation — Hearing on October 7
- Continuing the conversation about non-competes
- Non-compete draft language
- Banning agreements not to compete
- Economic growth strategy
- Senate President Murray’s Chamber of Commerce address on economic growth, April 2012
- An exchange about policy on economic growth
- Progress on controlling special interest tax breaks
- Economic development strategy — sequel to the casinos issue
- Education and the economy in Massachusetts
- Life sciences, education and the economy
- Leading Massachusetts biotech companies are international companies with many options