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  • Tow, plow drivers, plumbers prosper

    Boston Herald - 02/17/2015

    The winter has taken a steep toll on many small businesses and restaurants that have seen customers dwindle thanks to a broken transit system and snow days that force Bay Staters to hunker down — spurring Gov. Charlie Baker to declare this week Valentine’s Week to urge people to patronize shops and eateries. Hourly workers who depend on the T — and the school system for childcare — have had particularly hard hits to their paychecks.

    But certain sectors have made out well, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, associate professor of economics and public policy at Northeastern University.

    “There are winners and losers,” Clayton-Matthews said. “On net, it is a pretty big loss, especially for hourly workers. But it has been a good winter for snowplow drivers and others.”

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