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

MBTA Advisory Board and MassINC to host National Transit Summit in May

MassINC, together with the MBTA Advisory Board, will host “Next Stop: A National Summit on the Future of Transit,” on May 18th at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.   The National Transit Summit, featuring Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and the transit chiefs of the nation’s largest systems, brings together practitioners and policymakers, environmentalists and

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