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Latest Issue of MassBenchmarks Released

The Summer 2024 issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy, while highlighting significant policy challenges facing our state. This issue, in particular, explores the high cost of living in Massachusetts — an ongoing concern that poses risks to the overall competitiveness of the Commonwealth. The first feature article investigates the role that investors play in residential housing markets, while offering several policy recommendations to reduce real estate speculation. The second feature examines the costs and benefits of a proposed program to provide direct financial assistance to eligible families with young children to help them cover childcare and preschool expenses. A final section describes the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s strategic vision for a more economically competitive and livable Massachusetts.

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