The discussion centers on the hostile business climate that has discouraged competition in Massachusetts, forcing people and businesses to other states with low taxes and less regulations. Among other threats to property owners, we discuss the controversial transfer tax proposal, while discussing energy policy and ways to encourage housing affordability by attracting people and businesses back to Massachusetts.

We speak with Mr. Jay Ash, who was the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for Massachusetts under former Governor Charlie Baker. Also a former city manager of Chelsea, Jay serves as CEO of the nonprofit Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.

SPOA Vice President, Amir Shahsavari, moderates the discussion with panelists Demetrios Salpoglou (CEO, Boston Pads) and Allison Drescher (President, SPOA).