The State We’re In: Mason Square Banking Desert

The Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield is already known as a food desert, meaning the area lacks a grocery store or supermarket for residents to shop at. Mason Square is now in danger of becoming a banking desert as well. TD Bank announced plans to close its Mason Square brand—the neighborhood’s only full-service bank—at the end of January. State Rep. Bud Williams and State Senator Jim Welch have asked the federal government to block the move. Both legislators say the move will cause financial hardship for residents, many of whom are already living at or below the poverty line. Williams and Welch sat down with Carrie Saldo to discuss the potential banking desert and other political headlines on The State We’re In.