By joining you gain access to exclusive, money saving discounts on services and programs, legislative updates and advocacy as well as valuable educational opportunities. We aim to help you grow and protect your business, promote the retail industry and save your business money.


As the active voice of the retailing community, RAM represents members and their interests before all branches of state government in an effort to protect, preserve and promote the thriving retail sector of the Massachusetts economy. RAM's staff of registered lobbyists remains keenly engaged in the debate and discussion on both the legislative and regulatory fronts with regard to all issues that impact the retail community. RAM breaks down the issues so you can clearly see the potential impact they could have on your business.

Member Alert: Gov. Baker's Health Care Tax on Employers 

A Dual Between Tax Plans

By Scot Lehigh GLOBE COLUMNIST  APRIL 06, 2017

JON HURST, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, is about to inject an X factor into the state’s fiscal and political debate.


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Voter's Views on Sales Tax Provide Food for Thought

RAM recently conducted public opinion polls by Princeton Research Associates to determine the views of voters and consumers in the Commonwealth about the state sales tax and about the fairness alternatives. The results are interesting. Following are the highlights.

  • 95% of the voters view the retail sector as important for our economy.
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Free e-Training for Members

RAM is pleased to offer social media and e-commerce training to retailers throughout the state of Massachusetts. The training is free for employers and employees whose organization pays into the state Workforce Development Fund. All for-profit employers with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.  Some nonprofit organizations with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund, but others do not.

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RAM Responds to Health Care Tax Proposal -- Focus First on Reducing Health Care Costs

Employers should not be asked to pay more until the state takes meaningful steps to reduce health care costs, to lower small business premiums, to address issues of provider price variation, and to reign in unnecessary provider and hospital spending. 

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Contact your Legislators & Governor Baker Regarding the Proposed Employer Health Care Tax

All RAM members are encouraged to review your plans and policies and run the numbers to see what, if any, tax penalty you would owe under this troubling proposal.  Please download our online calculator to determine whether your company will be subject to the assessment.   Share that information with us, with your legislators, and with the Governor’s office.  RAM is working with others in the employer community to vigorously this new tax, but your input is critical. 

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