Dear Pioneer Friends,
The New Year is around the corner, a time when we all reflect on the year past. Pioneer’s team is reflecting on our 2019 successes – from launching a new education podcast to providing legal research on a U.S. Supreme Court school choice case, creating a tool to explore the state’s economy, and growing our community and vastly expanding our reach.
What sets Pioneer apart is the fact that we get a lot done. Please know that none of our accomplishments would have been possible without your support.
So, just what did your support help us get done this year? Before the clock strikes 12:00 on December 31st, here are 12 great reasons to make a contribution or deepen your commitment to the Institute:
- Renowned national political commentator George Will recognized Pioneer’s essential role in keeping our state and country “dynamic” and safeguarding “a market society of spontaneous order, as opposed to a government-centered society.”
- Pioneer’s work was critical to expanding the high-performing Alma Del Mar charter public school in New Bedford against the vociferous protests of special interests.
- The Institute continues to help grow the MBTA’s Perq program, saving commuters and employers money while increasing the T’s revenue.
- PioneerLegal has submitted important amici briefs, coordinated the legal work of other state entities, and driven media focus on the Supreme Court case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. This case could make quality private school options available to hundreds of thousands of families stuck in underperforming public schools.
- The Institute supported efforts of advocacy groups to change federal regulations and increase price transparency at hospitals nationwide.
- Pioneer is a leading voice in opposition to Massachusetts’ job-killing graduated income tax proposal.
- Pioneer’s report on how the state Department of Public Health cut required funding for nurses in parochial schools led to a recommitment by the Legislature and Governor to fully fund the program.
- Pioneer’s research team continues to work collaboratively with transportation experts and officials to speed capital program upgrades and identify common sense solutions to #FixTheT.
- Following a Pioneer report, the federal education department has called on the Massachusetts department to reimburse private schools up to $120 million for withheld federal disability funds.
- In the coming years, our annual Better Government Competition will be revamped into a hack-a-thon, engaging students from local universities in a competition to generate new, innovative approaches to our public policy challenges.
- Just two weeks ago, we launched MassEconomix, a first-of-its-kind data tool that provides the most up-to-date information and trends in the Massachusetts economy, tracking companies by location, industry, employee counts, and more!
- Finally, we are issuing a bold five-year strategic plan in January, with new legal and advocacy capacities, a presence in D.C., and a laser focus on the four issues we need to get right: education, healthcare, transportation/housing, and continued economic opportunity. We are excited to share our vision with you!
Thank you for a great and impactful year. As George Will noted, “It is in institutes like Pioneer that the future of America is going to be decided.” Please recommit to Pioneer’s vision of an innovative, ever-improving society based on rational engagement with the public.
I’d appreciate your continued support by December 31st to bring a strong finish to 2019! And, looking ahead, please share this message with friends who also care about the future of the Commonwealth and the country!
A very happy New Year to you and yours!