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Transparency, To a Point

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Just 99 days after filing the first in a series of requests,…
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No Free Lunch

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What do the recent kerfuffle involving Boloco and Boston’s…
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Do You Believe in Medicaid Miracles?

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The 1980 Miracle on Ice actually happened. For all our sake,…
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R.I.P. to a stellar public servant

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There have been, and will be, hundreds of good things said about…
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A Solid Step to Muni Healthcare Reform

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Pioneer has long been part of a broader chorus calling for reform…
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Tax-exempt only in name

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“Fairness” is one of the most abused words in politics. And…
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Education news from other states

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Last July, while most of the Massachusetts educators were…
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Connector Saving Taxpayer Money

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On this blog-- and in the press-- I have often been critical…
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Permitted to Succeed? Part Three

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My last two blog posts (here and here) have provided some ideas…
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Permitted to Succeed? Part Two

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In response to Mayor Menino’s pledge to create a "one-stop…
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Permitted to Succeed? Part One

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Mayor Menino’s new budget proposal included the intriguing…
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Municipal Healthcare Endgame?

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I would never underestimate the negotiating guile of the major…
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It's not what you say, it's how you cloak it

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It has been said before, but it bears repeating: Control the…
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Siblings and the Boston School Lottery

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If you’ve got young kids in the city, the Boston Public Schools…
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Enter Pioneer's "MuniShare" Municipal Report Contest

As part of Pioneer Institute's annual Better Government Competition, Pioneer is offering two $3,000 awards for the best municipal reports.
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Fix Social Security? Just do what FDR did

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It is time for baby boomers (like me) to stop whining about reform…
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Romney Gets ALL the Credit for RomneyCare?

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Today is the 5th anniversary of the signing of Chapter 58 (health…
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Heres Comes the House Ways & Means Budget

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The Legislature gets its first cut at a response to the Governor's…
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A Defense of the Evergreen Solar Deal?

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Our friends at Commonwealth Magazine have put out an intriguing…
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Labor leader in a glass house

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Talk about throwing stones from a glass house. Robert Haynes,…