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Even the casual observer has probably heard that Massachusetts…

Should Boston want to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters?

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Amazon is the kind of company whose mere presence is enough to…

Is local government in Massachusetts too pervasive?

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In a country as culturally and politically diverse as the United…

Troop F Gets an A: State Auditor Overlooks DSP Corruption, Neglects Audits

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The Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA’s) website describes…

“Isn’t Everything Online and Free?” The Exclusivity of MA Law Libraries

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There are 15 Trial Court Law Libraries in Massachusetts to service…
the Boston skyline overlaid with money.

Which State Employees Make More than the Boss?

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In 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections had 20 employees…

Why Did the Department of Corrections Pay a Chef $166,762 last year?

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Pioneer Institute’s MassOpenBooks transparency tool shows an…

True Transparency Needed for SFI's

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Pioneer has long called for the Statements of Financial Interests…

The role of old industrial districts in residential suburbs

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The City of Waltham was once an aging mill town. Its flagship…

How does the Commonwealth Pay for Roads?

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Maintaining, safe, efficient public infrastructure challenges…

Which Cape Cod Town has the Best Summertime Revenue Take?

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The towns of the Cape and Islands have economies built around…

Public Works Expenditures Across All 26 Gateway Cities

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Using MassAnalysis.com, a free government transparency tool provided…

The Link Between Police Spending and Crime in Gateway Cities

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Massachusetts “Gateway Cities” were defined in a 2007 Massachusetts…

2016 MBTA Bus Maintenance Costs up 27% Since 2011

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Last spring, Pioneer reported on the MBTA’s out of control…

Top 10 Government Transparency Resolutions for 2018

We hear the word transparency a lot these days. Whether it's…

Beacon Hill Needs to Get This Right - Right Now

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No one said it better than Justice Louis Brandeis. “Sunshine…

Everett on the Rise

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This year, the City of Everett is celebrating its 125th anniversary.…

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…