A program of the Economic and Public Policy Research Group at the UMass Donahue Institute
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MassBenchmarks Journal

2015 volume 17 issue 2

Image Zakim Bridge on journal cover.Transportation in Massachusetts: Economic Impacts, Finance, and Investment Choices
Emphasizing alternative sources of reinvestment, this survey explores the Massachusetts transportation infrastructure’s financing, recent history, and role in the state’s economy.
• Marc Cutler and Branner Stewart

State of the State Economy: Economic Currents
Massachusetts’ continued economic expansion is attributable to the state’s high-performing economic engine, driven by a vibrant technology sector and dependable education and health sectors.
• Alan Clayton-Matthews and Robert Nakosteen

State Highway Funding in New England: The Road to Greater Fiscal Sustainability
To secure more sustainable highway funding, policymakers should revisit the gas tax, which has diminishing value owing to inflation and more efficient vehicles.
• Jennifer Weiner and Darcy Saas

Endnotes: Fixing Our Transportation System Is Important for the Entire Commonwealth: A View from 495/Metrowest
Reforms that are bringing systematic financial evaluation and management to the MBTA and all capital transportation projects are critical ingredients in renewing the state’s transportation infrastructure.
• Paul Matthews

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