https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Misguided-Insurance.png 512 1024 Joshua Archambault https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Joshua Archambault2023-05-12 09:20:092023-05-15 10:04:58Massachusetts’ Misguided Middle-Class Health Insurance Subsidy Expansion
Massachusetts’ Misguided Middle-Class Health Insurance Subsidy Expansion
A proposal on Beacon Hill to expand insurance subsidies up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level, could push the small business insurance market into a death spiral, without reducing the number of uninsured and hurting those with preexisting conditions.
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A Model for Occupational Licensing Reform in the Bay State
Licensing for many professions squeezes the supply of services, artificially inflating prices and creating wage premiums. One study from the Institute for Justice put the wage premium relative to an environment without any occupational licensing at a whopping 22 percent in Massachusetts.
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A History of Rent Control Policy in Massachusetts
While many may only remember the 1994 referendum and the laws…
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Corporate Ownership: A Threat to Housing Affordability?
An increase in corporate ownership of housing has some experts worried about potential consequences of such a shift. One study found a link between LLC ownership and housing stock that is in disrepair, with more rapid deterioration than would be expected if ownership had not changed.
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Sunshine Week 2023: Shining Light on the Workings of Government
Pioneer Institute is proud to join with the media and others—including The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, CommonWealth Magazine, Common Cause, and the ACLU—in marking Sunshine Week, March 12-18.
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The Debate Over Rent Control Re-Emerges Amid Housing Crisis
There is a housing crisis in the Bay State, a fact unlikely to…
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During this festive season, we want to wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday and happy New Year.
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MBTA Safety Overhaul: Retooling Teams For Trustworthy Transit
This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with transit advocate and expert Chris Dempsey about ways in which structural change in the MBTA's safety oversight can be reformed to improve performance, engender greater trust amongst the region’s riders, and reduce transportation congestion in our growing economy.
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Where Are All the Workers?
Labor shortages are front and center once again this holiday…
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Is CHIA’s Drug Cost Data Reliable?
Earlier this year, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) released its Annual Report on the Performance of the Massachusetts Health Care System for 2020. The Massachusetts Legislature relies on CHIA data when considering bills to regulate drug costs and prices. The advocacy group Health Care for All reported that CHIA data showed prescription drug spending grew by 7.7 percent in 2020, more than twice the benchmark - but the most reliable data on prescription drugs indicates that spending in 2020 was essentially flat.
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How did tax hikes work out for Connecticut?
Pioneer Institute's Charlie Chieppo shares data on the economic impact of tax increases in Connecticut - which has the 2nd highest state and local tax burden in the country and ranks 49th in private sector wage and job growth. As Massachusetts considers a proposal to raise income taxes, it is important to learn from the experience of other states. Learn more.
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Jeff Wetzler, Co-founder of Transcend, on Innovation in School Design
This week on “The Learning Curve," Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Jeff Wetzler, co-founder of Transcend, a nonprofit focused on innovation in school design that works with hundreds of school communities in over two dozen states in America.
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How would a tax increase impact the MA economy?
Pioneer's Charlie Chieppo explains how an income tax hike in Massachusetts will impact retirees and small business owners - not just "the super rich."
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Globe columnist Shirley Leung makes our argument on the tax hike amendment
In today's Boston Globe, business columnist Shirley Leung raises important questions about who exactly will be impacted by the tax hike amendment that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot in November. The answer is retirees and small business owners - and we have the data to prove it.
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Is this PBM tactic blocking healthcare access?
Utilization Management (UM) was originally a strategy designed to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of physician prescribing. However, UM has grown exponentially over the last decade, becoming more a tactic for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to manage costs to benefit their bottom line.
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Gargantuan Graduation Gift: Biden Writes Check From Taxpayers To College Grads
This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Dr. Beth Akers, AEI Senior Fellow, about the recent presidential executive order to cancel an estimated $500 billion in outstanding student debt. They explore who benefits, who pays, and the likely effects on tuition and the borrowing habits of future students.
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Public Comment on Allston Multimodal Project
We remain pleased with the decision of MassDOT to concentrate its efforts on the all at-grade option for the throat area of the Allston Multimodal Project as recommend by Pioneer Institute and others. However, we are deeply concerned that the construction will negatively impact commuters coming into Boston from points west.
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MBTA’s Runaway Crisis: Legacy of Neglect Demands Comprehensive Reform
This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Andrew Bagley, Vice President for Policy and Research at Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, about their recent report entitled, The MBTA Crisis is Complicated - Fixing It Will Be Too, diving into the details on why the T is in crisis and what the public must demand of policy makers to get it back on track.
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Massachusetts Needs a Comprehensive Performance Management Framework
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.
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The Realities Behind US Healthcare Spending
Healthcare policy is an all-encompassing term. It plays a role in every individual’s life; how it is curated, developed, and maintained has a significant long-term impact on the quality of life of any given community. It is critical that policymakers consistently adapt and amend healthcare policies in the ever-changing global pricing and affordability environment while providing funding support for optimal quality of care.
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Cures for Patients, Not Health Plan Profits, Make Drugs Valuable
To the astonishment of many observers, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) recently concluded that a $2.1 million gene therapy for a life-threatening blood disorder called beta thalassemia, is priced cost-effectively. The surprise was especially pleasant, given that ICER’s methodology had, in the past, displayed bias against rare disease treatments and undervalued the lives of people living with disabilities.
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School-Age Population Remains Steady, but Boston Struggles With Declining Enrollment
Hopefully, new leadership will ensure that the system makes the changes necessary to improve public education in Boston. Otherwise, enrollment declines will continue.
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Is a Universal Basic Income the Future? You Decide.
With a rising cost of living, higher inflation, and an economy that generates fierce debates about inequality and poverty, many have called for systemic reforms and even more radical changes, including a universal basic income. What is UBI? How does it work? What do researchers think?
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Massachusetts Remains One of the Least Financially Transparent States
In 48 states, elected officials are required to submit annual public financial disclosures. After seven years of tracking these disclosures state by state, Pioneer Institute ranks Massachusetts lowest in terms of the transparency of those financial disclosures.
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Where Are Massachusetts Residents Moving To?
A blog published earlier this month by Pioneer shined a light on Massachusetts’ growing dilemma: More people are leaving the state than coming here. According to Pioneer’s Massachusetts IRA Data Discovery website, Middlesex and Suffolk counties are losing the most residents.
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What’s going on with the economy in Cambridge?
Dubbed the city of squares, Cambridge, a leading innovation center,…
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The Second Largest Public Construction Project in MA is to give Logan International Airport a New Look
According to Pioneer Institute’s MassOpenBooks, the two construction…
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UMass Football Coach is the 7th Highest Paid Employee in the State
Football fans across the country wait in anticipation for the…
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New Report: Massachusetts Maintains Reasonable Debt Relative to GSP
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?
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New Hampshire Tax Burden Dramatically Less than Massachusetts
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?