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Whether it’s focused on a plan to contain health care costs, the latest education proposal, or the governor's race now getting underway, freewheeling debate and discussion of pressing issues is vital to civic life in Massachusetts.  Informed and well-mannered, but strongly argued, debate is what we hope to capture on the Conversations page. Visit here to follow the debate – and to join it by weighing in with your own take on issues of the day.

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Civic Sense

Civic Sense unique RealTalk program is geared toward a new generation of leaders.  Through lively lectures, panel discussions, and after-work cocktail receptions, RealTalk offers a forum for civic-minded citizens in their 20s and 30s to meet each other and learn about key public policy issues.

7 13 About half of young people see college as necessary and accessible. Do you feel as though a college degree is essential for you to be successful on your career path? Do feel pressure to attain higher degrees? Do you worry about whether the cost of a professional degree outweighs the benefit?
by: MassINC Associate Board
at: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:42 AM
Education Event: Learning for Growth
1 0 What strategies would be most effective for Gateway City students and, in particular, the challenge of helping students address the impediments in their lives that become obstacles to attendance and achievement?
by: MassINC
at: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 3:02 PM
Family Financial Skills

The Family Financial Skills Forum provides an opportunity for people to comment on how to help families navigate the complex financial decisions that are tied to major milestones in American life.  From paying for college to buying a home, middle class families shoulder dramatically more risk and responsibility than ever before.

1 3 How can we make the higher education marketplace more consumer friendly
by: anthony
at: Thursday, August 12, 2010 1:41 PM
Government Accountability
4 1 Post your thoughts on the Cape Wind debate here.
by: John Gatti J.
at: Monday, August 16, 2010 9:00 PM
Issues Resource: Election 2010

MassINC’s Issues Resource page is a source of independent, credible information about the issues surrounding the 2010 Massachusetts election.

1 0 What election issue is most important this season?
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at: Monday, September 27, 2010 11:48 AM
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