Many states have made promoted government efficiency and effectiveness by setting goals and tracking their progress. Massachusetts tried making a performance structure, but in 2014 it was discontinued. Today, the state lacks a comprehensive structure to track progress.
About Joseph Staruski
Joseph Staruski is a government transparency intern with the Pioneer Institute. He is currently a Master of Public Policy Student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was previously an opinions columnist with the Boston College student Newspaper "The Heights" and an Intern with the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. He has a BA in Philosophy and the Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College. Feel free to reach out via email, linkedin, or write a letter to Pioneer's Office in Boston.
Entries by Joseph Staruski
Hopefully, new leadership will ensure that the system makes the changes necessary to improve public education in Boston. Otherwise, enrollment declines will continue.
Massachusetts has more debt than any New England state. Can we afford to pay it off or will we hand it down to future generations?
New Hampshire collects less than half the amount of taxes per capita as Massachusetts. How do they do it, and which strategy produces better outcomes?
The MBTA is about to lose federal funding at a critical moment when ridership has not yet recovered. Will the state make up the difference?
The economy is doing great, so why are people leaving Massachusetts?
Despite being a major tourist destination, the largest employment sector on Cape Cod is not related to tourism: it is healthcare!
The number of adjunct faculty positions is declining at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
Pandemic recovery and then some! Massachusetts revenues are higher than anyone was expecting, but where is all the money coming from? And what does this mean for the Massachusetts economy?