To Sign or Not to Sign? Considerations for University Athletics Contracts

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Collegiate sports continue to grow as an enormous commercial…

Managing Growth in Malden & Somerville: A Tale of Two Cities

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The influx of new residents into Boston and its surrounding communities…

The Crazy World of College Presidential Salaries Part 2: A Deeper Look

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Part 1 of this blog series on MA state colleges and universities…

How Does MA Allocate Money to Its Community Colleges?

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State funding for community colleges is widely considered to…

Welcome to the Crazy World of College Presidential Salaries - Part 1

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In a world of skyrocketing college tuition and student debt,…

Community College Presidential Pay Raises Not Necessarily Based on Merit

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Last year saw some of the highest recorded salaries for presidents…

Spending on Students: How Does Groton Compare?

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Massachusetts is known for the strength of its K-12 education. …

How You Can Audit Massachusetts' Pension Boards

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Just recently Kathy Curran led an investigation into Massachusetts…

Groton’s Tax Base Dilemma

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Among 15 peer municipalities, Groton’s commercial tax yield…

So you want to know something about pensions?

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Now anyone can become a local pension system expert...  A…

Finance Committee & Town Meeting Members: Benchmarking Tools for the FY2018 Budget Season

Understanding how your community performs relative to its peers…

Sunshine Week 2017: Highlights from Pioneer's Government Transparency Team

It's Sunshine Week once again! While it may fall close to spring…

Cursive and Historical Literacy: A Real World Example

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In the age of computers and modern convenience, the relevancy…

The Clock is Ticking.......

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The clock is ticking towards December 30, 2017.  As part of…

Achieving a Sustainable and Transparent Healthcare System

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As the Legislative Special Commission on Provider Price Variation…

Auditing the New Transparency Law: Where are the Records Access Officers?

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With the advent of the Baker administration, Massachusetts transparency…

Our Government Transparency Resolutions for 2017

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Although transparency was the expression of choice on Beacon…

A look at Massachusetts updated public records legislation

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 A version of this article appeared on MuckRock. In September,…

UMass Amherst Athletics' Spending: Costing the Taxpayer Money

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College sports have long been a major and growing attraction…

How Legislators’ Late Session Scramble affects Government Transparency

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Now that there has been sufficient time for experts and the media…

What do Property Taxes Mean for your Town?

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Earlier this year, the Boston Globe published an article comparing…

Community Policing: A Success Story?

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Boston, the city on a hill, has always been defined by its history,…

Opioid Usage in Massachusetts: A Painful and Tragic Trend

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In March, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to substance…

Casino Revenue Projections: A Roll of the Dice?

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As the Wynn Resort Casino breaks ground in Everett tomorrow,…

Newly Proposed Theater Tax Credit All-Too Familiar

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As Pioneer reported earlier this summer, there have been questions…

Pool Time and Part-Time

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It’s official; we’re in a heat wave. Earlier this month,…

The Mysterious World of NCAA Apparel Contracts

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The world of collegiate athletics is, besides great entertainment,…