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Iowa over Mass.? Take a deep breath

The "Midwest Mecca" of Iowa vaulted to the top spot ... The affordability score reflects the state's wealth and high-paying jobs and the lack of real estate inventory, which drives up rents and home prices. We see that as a two-edged sword, and not ...

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The Democrat-controlled Legislature can take credit for that low fiscal-stability score, since it decided to override more than $300 million of GovCharlie Baker's budget cuts There's no denying the state is saddled with transportation (MBTA) and infrastructure (roads and bridges) deficienciesThey're the product of long-term neglect that will take time and money to solveThe affordability score reflects the state's wealth and high-paying jobs and the lack of real estate inventory, which drives up rents and home prices We see that as a two-edged sword, and not necessarily a negative since the state recorded a 3.5 jobless rate in December, substantially below the national figure (4.1 percent) If anything, the Baker administration should view this latest ranking as a cautionary tale; better to take good news with a grain of salt so as to avoid being peppered over a fall from grace And really, Iowa, you're out of your leagueMassachusetts is not only the center of higher education, its pantheon of sports franchises includes the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and the Boston Red Sox, who play on hallowed ground at Fenway Park And the best you can do is the "Field of Dreams?" If nothing else, these not-so-precise ratings provide fodder for criticism and congratulations, and after all, isn't that what it's all about?Print   Email   Font ResizeReturn to Top   function refreshArticleList(theForm) { theForm.submit(); }   type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); try{ var _recommender = new _rec({ apiKey: 'ad22a6af94c8134ca3b06946fc8c76d6', cssUrl: '', title: 'Recommended for You', limit: '6', width: '650', height: '275', truncate: '48', adside: 'left', section: '0000', source:'dailyme', filter:'2', rotation:'1', customer_params:'/?source=dailyme' } ); _recommender.renderPersonalized(); } catch(err) {}; Newstogram.init('ad22a6af94c8134ca3b06946fc8c76d6');Newstogram.pageView(); --> Welcome to your discussion forum: Sign in with a Disqus account or your social networking account for your comment to be posted immediately, provided it meets the guidelines(READ HOW.) Comments made here are the sole responsibility of the person posting them; these comments do not reflect the opinion of The SunSo keep it civil. var disqus_shortname = 'dfm-lowellsun'; var disqus_config = function () { = dfm.api( "data", "canonicalURL" ); // canonical URL = 'ci_' + dfm.api( "data", "contentId" ); // page's unique identifier variable }; (function() { var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.src = '//' + disqus_shortname + ''; s.setAttribute('data-timestamp', +new Date()); (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })(); Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. function getNodePosition(node) { var eTop = $(node).offset().top; return eTop - $(window).scrollTop(); } $(document).ready(function() { $('#hot-topics').after('); $('#dp-top-stories-bar-wrap').html($('#dp-top-stories-bar-source').html()); $('#dp-top-stories-bar-source').remove(); var ci = new RegExp(/[0-9]{7,9}/); var ci_match = location.href.match(ci); $('#dp-top-stories-bar > .dp-top-stories-item').each( function() { if ($(this).children('a').attr('href').match(ci_match)) { $(this).remove(); } }); if ($(window).width() > 1024) { var newWidth = ($(window).width() > 1280 ) ? 1260 : ( $(window).width() - 16 ); $('#dp-top-stories-bar').css('width',newWidth); } $('#dp-top-stories-bar').slick({ centerMode: false, infinite: true, dots: false, slidesToShow: 4, slidesToScroll: 4, speed: 300, prevArrow: ', nextArrow: ', responsive: [{ breakpoint: 800, settings: { arrows: false, centerMode: false, slidesToShow: 1 } }] }); $('#dp-top-stories-bar button').delay(1000).fadeOut(600); $('#dp-top-stories-bar').children().on('mouseenter',function(){ $('#dp-top-stories-bar button').fadeIn(200); }); $('#dp-top-stories-bar').on('mouseleave',function(){ $('#dp-top-stories-bar button').fadeOut(450); }); function fixTSBar() { if (getNodePosition('#dp-top-stories-location') 80 ) { var cssURL = ''; var cssElement=document.createElement('link') cssElement.setAttribute('rel','stylesheet') cssElement.setAttribute('type','text/css') cssElement.setAttribute('href', cssURL); document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(cssElement); } }); function refreshArticleList(theForm) { theForm.submit(); } function refreshArticleList(theForm) { theForm.submit(); } function refreshArticleList(theForm) { theForm.submit(); } var DFM_ad_loc = '/8013/'+dfm.api("data","siteDomain"); if(dfm.api("data","Taxonomy1") !== 'Home' && dfm.api("data","Taxonomy1") !== ' ) { DFM_ad_loc += '/' + dfm.api("data","Taxonomy1"); } if( dfm.api("data","Taxonomy1") === ') { DFM_ad_loc += '/News'; } var agSection = dfm.api("data","sectionName").toLowerCase().replace(/\s+/g, ');

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