Professor Emeritus of Economics Arthur MacEwan says "Massachusetts has one of the largest income-inequality problems in the country," and is backing an effort to amend the state constitution in order to raise taxes on millionaires.
Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O’Brien says policy differences between Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, previously obscured by the Olympics, are more likely to play out now.
Christa Kelleher, research director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, comments on legislation aimed at strengthening the gender pay equity law. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, black women earned on average 33 percent less than white men in 2013.
Research done by UMass Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy indicates that the wage gap between women and men is particularly stark for women working in lower income occupations, with Hispanic women experiencing the largest pay inequities. Director Ann Bookman is quoted.
Commenting on Governor Charlie Baker's stance toward the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien said Baker "played it beautifully in the sense that it hasn’t turned off the major economic powers that have been behind Boston 2024."
During a talk in Peterborough, New Hampshire on Sunday, Assistant Professor of Biology Jarrett Byrnes used New England kelp reefs to discuss climate change and how warming waters coupled with human intervention is altering ocean ecosystems.