MassINC Poll: Economic anxieties persist among Bay State residents despite growing economy

Consumer sentiment numbers, among other findings, in the MPG Quarterly Trend Monitor BOSTON—Despite strong statewide economic growth in the first quarter, Massachusetts residents are still anxious about their economic prospects and confidence in the recovery has slipped, according to a new statewide poll released today by The MassINC Polling Group (MPG).  The numbers are part of

MassINC names Lauren Louison Chief Operating Officer

MassINC, the non-partisan public policy think tank and publisher of CommonWealth magazine, today announced it has named Lauren Louison Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the organization’s public policy, research and civic engagement agendas.  Ms. Louison previously held the position of Vice President of Strategy and Development at MassINC where she focused on fundraising and strategic planning. “Lauren

Health care players debate global payments

The future of the state’s health care reimbursement structure was the topic of discussion last week at a MassINC/CommonWealth magazine forum held at full capacity at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. Entitled “Global Payments: The Next Chapter in Health Care Reform?,” the event was moderated by Charlie Baker, former gubernatorial candidate and health insurance plan executive,

CommonWealth magazine and MassINC receive $1 million gift

BOSTON—MassINC today announced that its award-winning civic journal, CommonWealth magazine, will receive $1 million from an anonymous donor.  The gift is in celebration of MassINC’s 15th anniversary and long-standing contribution to non-partisan reporting on politics and policy in Massachusetts.  MassINC must match the initial $500,000 gift in order to receive the full $1 million. Today’s

Longtime MassINC board member headlines Globe op-ed page

New England Regional Council of Carpenters executive secretary-treasurer and long-standing MassINC board member Mark Erlich penned an op-ed in yesterday’s Boston Globe on economic inequality and the middle class.  In it, he points to the protests in Wisconsin as an example of a shifting of blame for national economic decline from Wall Street to public

Poll: Gateway Cities grade their schools

About half of the voters polled in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities give their community’s public schools a grade of A (12 percent) or B (37 percent); 83 percent give them a C or higher, according to a new poll conducted by the MassINC Polling Group.  Just 12 percent gave the schools a D or F. These positive

CommonWealth releases Winter issue

The winter issue of CommonWealth is in the mail and available online. The cover story focuses on Kingston, a South Shore town that is discovering that going green – with the help of hefty subsidies paid by utility customers – is not only good for the environment but good for the town’s bottom line. CommonWealth’s

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