Business Briefcase

Courtesy photo/Scott Energy recently donated $5,000 to Harborlight Community Partners. Pictured are, from left, Bill Scott, Scott Energy; Andrew DeFranza, executive director at Harborlight; and Adam Scott and Taylor Scott, both of Scott Energy.  

Scott Energy donates to Harborlight

Scott Energy, a local provider of home heating oil, propane, heating and cooling systems installation and service, has donated $5,000 to Harborlight Community Partners.

Scott Energy donated a portion of the profits from every gallon of home heating oil sold to new customers since last fall.

“This generous effort to support the work of Harborlight Community Partners by Scott Energy is remarkable,” said Andrew DeFranza, HCP executive director, said in a prepared statement. “With our shared belief that all our neighbors deserve a roof overhead and to not be left out in the cold, this gift from Scott Energy will touch the lives of those most in need of housing across the North Shore.”

The money will assist the nonprofit Harborlight in its mission to provide safe, affordable housing units and support services in Southern Essex County.

“Since 1946, Scott Energy has been helping our customers stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer so their houses feel like homes,” said Scott Energy President Bill Scott in the same statement. “By supporting Harborlight Community Partners, we’re able to help even more of our neighbors be safe and comfortable all year round.”

Veterans Job & Resource Fair

Are you a job seeker looking for career and benefits advice? If so, visit the Veterans and Community Job & Resource Fair this Thursday, May 9, at North Shore Community College’s Lynn Campus Gym, 300 Broad St.

Presented in collaboration with North Shore Community College and MassHire North Shore Career Center, the fair is free to all present or former military service personnel and their families, as well as the general public.

Hours are 1 to 2 p.m. for veterans and 2 to 4 p.m. for the general public.

Representatives from more than 70 companies that are hiring, and agencies and programs that can help with a job search will be in attendance.

Job seekers should bring resumes. Free head shots to use on LinkedIn will be taken between 2:30 and 4 p.m. and email in three to five days. No appointment necessary.

More information is available by contacting NSCC Veterans Services Coordinator Kristine Babcock at kbabcock@northshore.edu.

CLT: Cut sales tax

BOSTON — With eight hearings on Tuesday’s docket, Citizens for Limited Taxation on Monday tried to get the word out early about a topic that’s largely fallen out of favor on Beacon Hill: tax cuts.

Saying state spending has soared to nearly $43 billion, an increase of $15 billion in ten years, CLT called for the state to roll back the sales tax rate to 5 percent — the rate it was at before the Legislature raised it to 6.25 percent in 2009.

“Though rolling back the sales tax is a small recognition for the many sacrifices made by taxpayers to fund all of state government, it would demonstrate a degree of appreciation,” CLT wrote in a memo to the Committee on Revenue, adding that it took 207 years for the state to enact its first budget with a bottom line of larger than $10 billion.

Gov. Charlie Baker supported a 5 percent sales tax rate during his first run for governor in 2010 and called for a sales tax cut at the Republican State Convention in 2018.

However, the appetite for big tax cuts appears small on Beacon Hill this year, and lawmakers are instead mulling over possible tax increases to make larger investments in transportation and education.

The sales tax reduction bills are sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester (S 1776) and Rep. Marc Lombardo (H 2545).

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