Problem: Overpriced Textbooks, Solution: Opensource Material

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Last week, NBC news announced that textbooks prices have…

Cash-free, Conductor-free Trains

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In 2012, the MBTA introduced the mTicket app that allows users…

MBTA gets an F for Public Records Law Compliance

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Ten days. That is how long it is supposed to take for a Massachusetts…

Why Are Tuition and Fees Rising at UMass?

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Over the last half-century, college tuition costs have exploded…

Our Letter to the Open Meeting Advisory Commission

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Public trust and citizen engagement is fundamental in a healthy…

Extend Private Transportation Innovation to the Suburbs

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This past year, Boston and Bridj celebrated a transportation…

An Open Request to the State Ethics Commission

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When the State Ethics Commission was created in 1978 under Section…

Making Financial Disclosures “Available for Public Inspection”

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Chapter 268B, Section 3(d) of Massachusetts General Laws provides…

Massachusetts Financial Disclosures – Weak and Out of Reach

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In the last five years, 250 public servants in Massachusetts…

What Court Documents Show About Compensation at the MBTA vs. Peer Communities

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Introduction As the Baker Administration works with the state…

Status Report on the Job Creation Impact of the Life Sciences Act of 2008

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This is the second in a continuing series of status reports published…

Is Keolis Up to the Task?

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The snow has melted from our streets, our fields are filled with…

Galvin Wants $70 to Show He Fought For Transparency

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On several occasions, both MuckRock and the Pioneer Institute…

A highly temporary solution on higher education

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With my older daughter heading off to college next year,…

Why the free fall in support for the Olympics

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Notwithstanding articles that pass the blame off on John Fish,…

The MBTA Commuter Rail’s Cost Structure Is Off the Rails

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Read coverage of this report in The Boston Globe and the Boston…

Time to Fine Keolis

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My train was on time this morning, no T-alerts popped into my…

When Will Commuter Rail Return to Full Service?

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March 30th can’t come soon enough for commuter rail riders,…

How to measure the MBTA’s operational efficiency

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Pioneer has long been interested in the efficiency of the MBTA…

A few thoughts on the new Boston school superintendent

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Recently on Greater Boston, when asked his appraisal of the…

Introducing MassAnalysis: Online tool for comparing communities

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Want to benchmark your community against its peers? Want to bring…

A run through the budget jungle

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There were some protesters outside the press conference where…

Help Us Sift through the MBTA's Contract with Keolis

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Last March, French transportation company Keolis won a $2.6 billion…

Pioneer Institute Privacy Statement

This privacy policy sets out how Pioneer Institute uses and protects…

Why wasn't the T funding snow storm preparation?

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Canceled commuter trains are becoming the norm leading to continued…

How is Keolis Fined for Late Commuter Rail Trains?

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Your toes are numb, the faces around you sullen and the service…

STUDY: MA Public Pension Systems Unprepared for Next Recession

Actuarial assumption adjustments clarify which funds are troubled…

Study: Massachusetts Public Pension Systems Unprepared for Next Recession

Actuarial assumption adjustments clarify which funds are troubled…

How an Obscure Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Crippled Public Records Law

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Who's buried in Grant's tomb? What color was Napoleon's white…

What's driving the state's budget gap?

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With 2015 revenues off by a sliver ($18 million), the state is…