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CENTER FOR STUDY OF ECONOMICS
February 24, 2011

I know of no other organization that offers the passion and perspective that guides the work of the Center for the Study of Economics. Unique in the service it provides, CSE combines pragmatism with vision in its goal of helping municipalities use existing tools to achieve sustainable communities. Director Josh Vincent really cares about social and economic justice. He understands how to nurture a vibrant commercial climate while also providing affordable housing, protecting the environment, and rewarding home owners for investment in the kinds of improvements that make us all want to call the community in question “home.” Under the intelligent stewardship of Josh Vincent, CSE is unusual in its willingness to educate, to answer questions, and to guide municipalities to smart growth. The Center for the Study of Economics has the answers public servants are seeking, especially in this time of budget shortfalls. Director Vincent has responded, without charge, to all the questions I, as a volunteer member of my town’s Fiscal Resources Task Force, have asked him. I hope we are able to find a way to fund his expenses so that we can proceed with further study of our tax code.

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I forwarded the questions the Fiscal Resources Task Force in Arlington, MA had about how changes in our property tax structure might be employed to stimulate smart commercial growth while also increasing the fairness of our tax code.

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I wish they had a source of funding that would cover the expenses of CSE employees so that they could visit the communities they serve and directly observe areas where improvements could be made.

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Client Served & I served as the liason between my community's Fiscal Resources Task Force and CSE.

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