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Massachusetts economy threatened by changing demographics, report warns

A new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation urges state lawmakers to address the high cost of housing and the reliability of public transportation in order to counter demographic shifts that threaten the future of the state's economy.

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation urges aggressive action to reverse the trends

Demographics pose a problem for the health of the Massachusetts economy.

The state’s population is aging. The number of people in the workforce is declining.

While policy makers may not be able to do anything to increase the birth rate, there are steps to take to encourage young adults to stay in Massachusetts, or perhaps move here. That is the message to state legislators in a new report from the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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