Not a wrap: Why the legislature should pull back on the film tax credit

MassINC Research Director Ben Forman testified today before the Joint Committee on Revenue regarding the fate of the state’s film tax credit, which grants tax breaks to moviemaking companies that shoot in Massachusetts.  The incentive costs taxpayers approximately  $125 million annually, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering capping the measure. Thank you Chairman Kaufman, Chairman

It’s never easy with the T

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to pull the curtain back on the struggles reporters go through in trying to get information one would normally assume would and should be public. Mike Beaudet over at Fox Undercover WFXT-TV (Channel 25) has a post on his blog about a testy correspondence he had with MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. The

John Gillespie, co-author of “Money for Nothing,” to speak at MassINC forum on the role of corporate boards in the national economic meltdown

Lunch event is the first in new MassINC author series John Gillespie, co-author of “Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions,” will speak and answer questions on his new book on corporate accountability on March 25th. This event, sponsored by  Nutter, McClennen & Fish, is the

Internet moving up as news source

2 Monday, March 1, 2010 Americans get their news from a variety of sources, and the internet is now the third most popular source, behind local and national television news and ahead of local and national newspapers and radio, according to a new study released today by the Pew Research Center. The study is full

Greg Torres: The Ultimate Good Guy

Friday, February 26, 2010 By Jenny Armini and Sarah Magazine, of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus We just got back from the MWPC awards ceremony and have realized that it would take countless hours to figure out exactly how many lives Greg Torres has transformed.  The task is probably impossible because Greg leaves an indelible

The Monitors web first approach

Nearly one year after the newspaper presses stopped rolling at The Christian Science Monitor, editor John Yemma continues to fine-tune the 102-year-old international news outlet’s transformation from a daily into what he calls a “web-first” publication.  “The biggest lesson to me of having a ‘web-first’  newsroom is that you begin to think more like some

Web news: Chicago vs. Boston

From the Knight Digital Media Center last week came this report on a number of news-gathering web operations that have sprouted in Chicago. Having practiced journalism in both Chicago and Boston, I can cite a number of similarities between these two outstanding cities.  They both are driven in large part by those three entertaining pastimes —

BRA responds to pricey records requests

1 Friday, February 19, 2010 The Boston Redevelopment Authority responded to our post about the exorbitant costs of a public records request. The BRA had hit WFXT-TV’s (Channel 25) Fox Undercover unit with a bill for more than $47,000 for information they were seeking during a joint investigation with CommonWealth magazine surrounding the agency’s affordable

No funds for Open Meeting Law enforcement

No one, it appears, is policing public officials to make sure they comply with the state’s Open Meeting Law. Attorney General Martha Coakley, in a presentation to Beacon Hill budget officials earlier this week, said the Legislature transferred enforcement of the state’s Open Meeting Law from the 11 district attorneys to her office. But lawmakers

Full disclosure, at a cost

The highly respected Center for Public Integrity discovered what local reporters have learned about the high cost of public records in Massachusetts. The Center this week released the results of its nearly two-year investigation in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting into state and local spending of Homeland Security funds. This is what they found

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