MassBenchmarks - Winter 2015
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.
• Adam Clayton-Matthews and Robert Nakosteen
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 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