Is $200K the new magic number?

Sunday’s (March 28) Boston Globe had a sobering story that 13 private colleges in Massachusetts will charge at least $50,000 in tuition, room and board, and fees next year.  That’s $200,000 for four years of college and, no matter how you cut it, that’s a lot of money. No surprise that the story resonates.  On

Economic development reform bill missing key transparency provisions

Senate President Therese Murray’s economic development bill scheduled for debate this Thursday includes a number of smart ideas. Topping the list are proposals to make state economic development spending more effective by: Forming a performance management office to evaluate state economic development investments; Requiring new administrations to develop a statewide economic development strategy; and Establishing a

Source 2.0: Using Twitter to connect with reporters

2 Thursday, March 25, 2010 For business leaders, being quoted frequently in the media is money in the bank: it builds credibility and shows that objective, outsider observers value what they have to say. To become a go-to source, prospective pundits—as in the past—must have good subject matter expertise, the ability to speak in soundbites,

Actions try to speak louder than words

It’s not always the titans of media that carry the fight for the First Amendment. Often, some of the most principled defenders of free speech are those whose names we may never hear or remember. For every Judith Miller there is a Susan Fitzgerald, whose David vs. Goliath battle with the Southborough Board of Selectmen

Two-part Globe series spotlights MassINC research

A two-part Boston Globe series examining the state’s economic development investments in revitalizing cities brings to light problems exposed in a 2008 MassINC study, Going for Growth: Promoting Business Investment in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. The Globe details how the state’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) –designed to spur investment in older urban areas with legitimate

Family Financial Skills forum will focus on higher ed marketplace

On April 12th, Congressman John Tierney – a senior member of the House subcommittee on Higher Education – will join leaders representing colleges, student loan lenders, and private organizations aiding college-bound families at a MassINC forum examining current and future efforts to make the higher education marketplace more consumer friendly.  The event will be held

Knowing what you’re paying for

Thursday, March 18, 2010 The new state initiative to ensure more accountability in the public higher education system was a breath of fresh air to those of us at MassINC who have been arguing for years that the system needs to focus more on outcomes. The “Vision Project”, announced at the March 16th meeting of

MassINC names Ben Forman as new Research Director

BOSTON—Massachusetts’ leading non-partisan public policy organization has named Benjamin Forman Director of Research. An expert in urban affairs and economic development, Forman brings scholarship and integrity to a research agenda well known for its accuracy and objectivity. “We are fortunate to have someone of Ben’s integrity, intelligence, and diligence join our team as we examine

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