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Another credit agency drops Providence’s rating closer to junk-bond status

from The Providence Journal

via Another credit agency drops Providence’s rating closer to junk-bond status.

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Federal judge orders Foxborough to allow Kraft representatives to speak at meeting tonight

Federal judge orders Foxborough to allow Kraft representatives to speak at meeting tonight.

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Patriots owner files federal civil rights suit against town of Foxborough; action comes after billboard dispute

Patriots owner files federal civil rights suit against town of Foxborough; action comes after billboard dispute.

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Grossman Highlights Entrepreneurial Programs

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman this morning detailed entrepreneurial and taxpayer-oriented initiatives he has implemented in his first year in office at a speech before the Government Affairs Forum of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Grossman highlighted the job-creating benefits of the Small Business Banking Partnership, which makes individual deposits of up to $10 million into Massachusetts-based community banks including Walpole Co-operative Bank and Taunton’s Mechanic’s Co-operative.  The reserve funds, otherwise held in large national or international financial institutions, are fully insured and are deposited with the understanding that the banks will increase loans to small credit-worthy Massachusetts businesses. As of December 31, 2011 Walpole’s Co-operative made 8 loans while Mechanic’s Co-operative made 53 loads according to informative provide by Grossman’s office. 

Forty-three community banks across the Commonwealth have received money under the program, with nearly $217 million on deposit.  These banks have made 892 separate loans totaling $132.8 million as of the latest reporting period at the end of last year, many of which are directly attributable to the Partnership.

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