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The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s board of directors has voted to oppose a ballot question regulating nurse staffing ratios that is projected to cost
more than $1.3 billion in the first year and would require Massachusetts hospitals to hire thousands of new nurses in a matter of weeks.
The ballot question, proposed by a Massachusetts nurses’ union which represents less than a quarter of nurses in the Commonwealth, will go before voters
statewide on Nov. 6.The proposal would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or specific needs of their patients, adhere
to rigid nurse staffing ratios within