UMass Amherst Athletics’ Spending: Costing the Taxpayer Money

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College sports have long been a major and growing attraction…

How Legislators’ Late Session Scramble affects Government Transparency

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Now that there has been sufficient time for experts and the media…

What do Property Taxes Mean for your Town?

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Earlier this year, the Boston Globe published an article comparing…

Community Policing: A Success Story?

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Boston, the city on a hill, has always been defined by its history,…

Opioid Usage in Massachusetts: A Painful and Tragic Trend

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In March, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to substance…

Casino Revenue Projections: A Roll of the Dice?

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As the Wynn Resort Casino breaks ground in Everett tomorrow,…

Newly Proposed Theater Tax Credit All-Too Familiar

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As Pioneer reported earlier this summer, there have been questions…

Pool Time and Part-Time

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It’s official; we’re in a heat wave. Earlier this month,…

The Mysterious World of NCAA Apparel Contracts

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The world of collegiate athletics is, besides great entertainment,…

Pioneer Institute Public Statement to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board

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Earlier this week, Fox 25 News reported that Michael Mulhern,…

Public Records Reform: Our Take

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The public records bill that was signed into law by Governor…

Remembering Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson’s passing marks the loss of a good friend…

Judicial Branch Holds Transparency in Contempt

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In yet another Massachusetts public records milestone, the Center…

MBTA Transparency Is Now ‘Back on Track’

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Today, the MBTA released its long-anticipated performance dashboard,…

Sunshine Week 2016: Highlights from Pioneer’s Government Transparency Team

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Each Sunshine Week, Pioneer shares highlights of its government…

Dropping Public Records Law Exemption is a Clear Win for Governor Baker

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Currently, there are only two states that exempt the office of…

Benchmarking Tools For Municipal Officials – Budget Season Edition

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Understanding how your community performs relative to its peers…

What the Brian Joyce Saga Says about Government Transparency in Massachusetts

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One state senator’s dirty laundry may be catching up with him.…

How Responsive Are Massachusetts State Agencies?

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According to Massachusetts public records law, an agency has…

MBTA commuter rail should release on-time data from every station every day

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As Pioneer has pointed out numerous times in the past, the MBTA…

MBTA Management Discussions: Where Did They Go?

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The government works for the people. As with any employee, the…

Thoughts on Transparency: Full Disclosure of Gasoline Taxes

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One of Pioneer Institute’s ongoing goals is to promote government…

MBTA Performance Transparency: A Whole New Meaning to Deferred Maintenance

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Governments need to adapt to the evolving needs of constituents,…

Our Government Transparency Resolutions for 2016

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While it's possible that 2016 will see an historic surge…

Two States, Two Bills, Two Different Takes on Transparency

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This week, Florida State Representative Greg Steube and Senator…

Document Request Reveals Which Commuter Rail Trains Are Frequently Delayed

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There is a unique relationship between the MBTA and its riders…

Massachusetts Needs Its Own CBO

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State Senator Jamie Eldridge is on to something.  The State…