Board of Higher Education launches effort to build support for public colleges and universities

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Richard Freeland, the state’s commissioner of higher education, recently visited the MassINC offices to discuss the Vision Project, a new initiative he has launched to build greater support for public higher education by improving the system’s quality.  The following Q&A provides an overview of the of the Vision Project. Q. During this

Policy groups to explore housing crisis in upcoming forum

Friday, April 23, 2010 Join the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Research Department and its New England Public Policy Center, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government on Wednesday, May 5th for­ Understanding the Housing Collapse: What is to Blame and What Can Be Done?

Ethics complaint against Ethics Commission

Jack Authelet, the retired managing editor of the Foxboro Reporter weekly newspaper, filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission after what he said were inappropriate remarks by a commission representative during a presentation to Foxboro town employees. Here is his complaint and a response from Judge Charles Swartwood, executive director of the ethics commission.

MassChallenge launches startup competition

2 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 I’m not a founder of a startup, nor do I work for one, but whenever I’m around one or more entrepreneurs I get the urge to start my own business.  This is exactly the effect that MassChallenge is trying to capitalize on with the launch of their global startup competition.

Globe’s dominating presence at GOP convention

If the GOP state convention in Worcester over the weekend is any indication, the Globe is still the paper of record for all things local, especially when it comes to politics. The paper launched all ships Saturday in sending five reporters; three columnists, two from Op-Ed and one from the Metro section; at least two

New MassINC report points to concentration of predatory tax and lending practices in Gateway Cities

A new MassINC report on promoting wealth-building in Gateway Cities shows that residents of these economically distressed communities disproportionately turn to high-cost financial services such as pawn shops and check cashing stores as an alternative to more traditional banking options. In the third of its “Going for Growth” series on Gateway City revitalization strategies, MassINC

“Planning for College” event calls for larger consumer role in higher ed

Congressman John Tierney gave the keynote address at MassINC’s recent event at Suffolk University, “College Planning in a Consumer-Focused Higher Education Marketplace.”  The event was a discussion about MassINC’s latest research report, Planning for College: A Consumer Approach to the Higher Education Marketplace, which calls attention to the rising costs and complex financial decisions facing families as

South Coast Rail as economic development

Rail project director Kristina Egan describes corridor’s long-term potential. Kristina Egan leads the Patrick administration’s South Coast Rail project, which in 2008 issued a plan that many have called a model for rational regional land use planning. The plan aligns development patterns with the proposed new rail line. If implemented, this approach could reduce congestion,

Duquette’s ticket absurdity

The ethics charges against former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, detailed in today’s Boston Globe, highlight once again the absurdity of the state’s ticket resale law. Duquette is accused of violating the state’s conflict of interest law by selling Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto two tickets to a Red Sox-Cardinals World Series game at Fenway

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