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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Erik Rousseau is the administrator of the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority. His career in transit began a decade ago as a bus operator. Before joining SRTA in 2011, he worked for transit systems in Atlanta, Hartford, and Poughkeepsie. In 2012, he received Mass Transit Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Award.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
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While addressing the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus yesterday, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash reiterated the Baker Administration’s desire to work alongside urban communities that have strong leadership and the capacity to get things done on the ground. The Secretary also outlined some ideas for the economic development blueprint that the Administration plans to releases before the end of the year.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MassINC is proud to present this in-depth look at community-wide systems to support the social and emotional development of Gateway City students.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Over the past eight months, state programs focused on Gateway Cities have endured an onslaught of bruising cuts as both the Patrick and Baker administrations slashed state funding to fill a sizable hole in the budget. While the fiscal crisis may be coming to an end, many of the resources Gateway Cities have seen over the last several years have been reduced or eliminated altogether.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

While the new approach the state has adopted to track low-income student enrollment does not change the share of the state’s low-income students served by Gateway City districts in the aggregate, it does lead to some significant changes between these urban district. On average, those with higher levels of English Language Learners tend to lose share. The greatest decreases are in Revere, Everett, Brockton, Lynn, and Chelsea.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Since Massachusetts passed education reform in 1993, theshare of Gateway City students who are low-income has risen from less than halfto two-thirds. This concentration of poverty in Gateway City school districtsmeans nearly every student in these urban centers now attends a school wheremore than 40 percent of the students are poor—a threshold social scientists suggesthas negative repercussions.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Tuesday's State House hearing on mandatory minimums showed signs of the beginning of a robust dialogue at the state legislative level on comprehensive criminal justice reform.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

As the debate on repealing mandatory minimums unfolds, a key question is how do residents in communities most impacted by crime feel about a change in course? To gain this perspective, MassINC’s2014 poll included a sample of 10 communities representing half of all releases from state prisons. Residents in these high-release areas were more likely to favor full judicial discretion in sentencing (51 percent vs 39 percent in all other areas); fewer than one in 10 supported mandatory minimum sentences. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Recent focus on corrections reform has drawn attention to the state’s relatively low incarceration rate. In national data, Massachusetts’s incarceration rate appears slightly low because more offenders are held in county jails and fewer are held in state prison facilities. Adjusting for this policy is difficult. The federal government has not released  state jail population estimates since 2006

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