Like the Celtics, Gateway City legislators are working to finish strong

The Gateway Cities Journal

As the Celtics quietly steeled themselves for the final stage of the banner 18 quest, legislative activity on Beacon Hill reached a crescendo this week. The budget process moved to conference committee, the housing bond bill got its first floor votes, and the joint committee on economic development reported out a redraft of the Governor’s economic development

Summer preview: a sales tax holiday worth celebrating

The Gateway Cities Journal

Last week, the Gateway City Innovation Institute’s Andre Leroux joined a panel of leaders appearing before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies to testify in support of House Bill 228/Senate Bill 130, the Downtown Vitality Act (DTVA). The hearing was called to review omnibus economic development legislation filed by Gov. Healey in

24 Gateway City mayors and managers write to state legislators for An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership

  May 7, 2024 Representative Jerry Parisella, Co-Chair Senator Barry Finegold, Co-Chair Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02133 Re: H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership Dear Chairs Parisella and Finegold, and members of the Committee, We, the undersigned mayors and managers of Gateway municipalities,

Andre Leroux offers testimony to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

On H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership

May 7, 2024 Representative Jerry Parisella, Co-Chair Senator Barry Finegold, Co-Chair Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02133 Re: H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership Dear Chairs Parisella and Finegold, and members of the Committee, On behalf of MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and our

Will April showers bring May flowers?

The Gateway Cities Journal

April rained federal money down on Massachusetts. Three new funding opportunities are especially promising for Gateway Cities: Solar for All. Massachusetts recently received $156 million from this Inflation Reduction Act program to help low-income communities install solar. Solar for All provides zero interest loans for residential projects, as well as financing for public housing authorities

MassINC Matters: The March/April Round-Up

The latest from our research, journalism, and polling

While March and April flew by faster than Marcel Hug’s record-setting Boston Marathon race, our second MassINC Matters newsletter is packed with updates and insights from the past two months. The entries underscore our collective effort to drive positive change across the Commonwealth, including the launch of the Greg Torres Senior Fellows Program, an exciting

New MPG Poll: Fare-free SRTA pilot off to strong start on South Coast

Two-thirds of South Coast residents support extending free buses past June

It’s only been a few months since the Southeast Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) began piloting fare-free transit service, but South Coast residents seem to like what they are seeing. Two-thirds of residents support continuing fare free service after the pilot ends in June. And fare-free buses top residents’ wish list of the SRTA improvements, followed

Musings on the House budget, the SOA, families, and the state’s long-term fiscal health

The Gateway Cities Journal

Baseball at Fenway, runners arriving for the Marathon, with these sure signals that Beacon Hill is moving into full budgeting mode, out came the eagerly anticipated FY 2025 budget from the House Ways and Means committee last Wednesday. The bill gives us a first glimpse at how the legislature will respond to the state’s declining

Rep. Roy’s a Champion for Gateway City Students

The Gateway Cities Journal

Hundreds of students from Gateway Cities across the commonwealth descended on the State House last Wednesday for Early College Day. The power of so many students giving voice to the life-changing opportunities that they have received was moving. For Lt. Governor Driscoll—whose leadership has been integral to the initiative’s growth and success—it must have been

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