The Effective Use of Property Tax Incentives
for Economic Development
by Daphne A. Kenyon, Adam H. Langley, and Bethany P. Paquin, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
To make property-tax incentives for business more effective, do not approve every request, target use of incentives, avoid incentive wars, cooperate with surrounding localities, and conduct regular evaluations
Preserving Small Rental Buildings
by Sarah Berke, Joan Carty, and Barbara McCormick
Smart investment in small two- to four-unit buildings—for renewed owner occupancy or nonprofit ownership and anagement—stabilizes neighborhoods and provides affordable housing.
Lots of Flavors, Not All Delicious
by Claire Greene, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Some consumers use prepaid cards like cash; others, in place of a bank account. It pays to be alert to hidden fees.
Mapping New England:
Average Acute Inpatient Charges
by Kaili Mauricio, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
As the Dartmouth Atlas project discovered years ago, medical costs have a lot to do with geography. We map by New England county some new data on varying charges to Medicare.
Disability, Unemployment, and Poverty
by David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion
For too long, disability has been linked to poverty and a lack of workforce participation. Today, a growing recognition that this is a major social issue is leading to solutions.
The New Community Investment Tax Credit
by Joseph Kriesberg, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
A new law will enable community development corporations in Massachusetts to attract partners and financial supporters and increase the scale of their impact.
Community Development Lending: Patience,
Collaboration, Tolerance for Risk
by Anthony Poore, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
A Boston Fed initiative shows how mutually beneficial opportunities can result when community banks, nonprofits, and municipal leaders get to know one another face to face.
Alternatives to Youth Incarceration
by Annie Salsich, Vera Institute of Justice
Practitioners and policymakers across the country are recognizing that alternatives to youth incarceration can yield better outcomes not only for youth and communities, but also for taxpayers.
Keeping the Community Healthy
by Peg Underhill, Capital Link
Community health centers offer a model for health-care delivery that improves patient access and generates significant economic benefits.
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