College for sale?

Friday, May 7, 2010 By Ben Forman and Samantha Vidal MassINC’s recent report, Planning for College: A Consumer Approach to the Higher Education Marketplace, described the challenges families face getting the most from their investment in a college degree and argued for more transparency and consumer protection. This week Frontline took a critical look at

Salem mayor says health care impasse may require ballot solution

Thursday, May 6, 2010 By Gabrielle Gurley Unless more immediate steps are taken to rein in accelerating health care and pension costs, municipal officials will continue to triage community services to pay for employee benefits, local municipal leaders and policymakers warned a Boston Foundation forum audience Wednesday. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem said cities and

MassINC at the GOP Convention

Monday, May 3, 2010 By Christina Prignano MassINC staffers were out in full force last month at the Republican Nominating Convention, held at the DCU Center in Worcester where we collected business cards and handed out issues of CommonWealth magazine. We spent the morning speaking to candidates and delegates from across the state about how

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?

New Jersey offers new model for economic development reform

2 Tuesday, April 6, 2010 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has taken dramatic steps to reform state economic development incentives mirroring recommendations described in a 2008 MassINC policy brief. Governor Christie’s budget proposal cuts $30 million in inefficient business tax credits, and eliminates the New Jersey film tax credit. From the savings, $22 million are

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

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

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