Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham says Senate candidate Ed Markey is distinguishing himself by building his campaign on the issue of climate change. Markey’s environmentalism doesn’t stand out in liberal Massachusetts, but the issue is more contentious in other places.
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham says the Markey-Gomez race for Senate is inspiring in Democrats a fear of “Brownophobia”—the terror of a fluke victory by a Republican in a special election, as in Scott Brown’s 2010 win.
Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe discusses the factors that complicate a proposal by Sen. Orrin Hatch to collect back taxes from undocumented workers as part of an immigration reform bill. The article also cites a UMass Boston study showing that households led by immigrant workers paid $1.36 billion in taxes in 2009.
Article summarizing the statements made by pension experts testifying before the ERISA Advisory Council. Ellen Bruce, director of the Gerontology Institute and its Pension Action Center, testified on the issue of lost participants and lost pension plans.
Ellen Bruce, director of the Gerontology Institute and its Pension Action Center, is quoted in this article, in which leading retirement studies and public policy experts provide insight into why the future is so bleak for aging generations as well as what, if anything, we can do to alter our fate. A Pension Action Center Advisory Board member, Christian Weller, is also quoted.
Article on a report from the Economic Policy Institute that finds nearly half of the country's senior citizens are economically vulnerable uses data from the Gerontology Institute’s Elder Economic Security Standard Index.
Robbin Peach, executive director of the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security at UMass Boston, writes that climate change is a global issue, but says locally focused initiatives, along with collaboration between government and private industry, are the best way to combat it.
Gov. Deval Patrick visited UMass Amherst on Thursday to announce a $95 million life sciences grant for the flagship campus. The new money will be used in part to fill UMass Amherst’s new life sciences building with needed research equipment.