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…

A Step Forward on Meaningful Public Records Reform?

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Yesterday’s Boston Globe editorial has it right - the time…

MBTA Scorecards: A Work in (Backwards) Progress?

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Three weeks ago the MBTA announced the long-awaited return of…

September’s Come and Gone – and Where’s Public Records Reform?

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How fitting is it that a bill meant to strengthen our anemic…

How To Tell If The Price Is Right: Fostering Transparency in Healthcare Prices for Massachusetts Consumers

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Notwithstanding a Massachusetts law requiring the clear, prompt…

New MBTA Performance Reports: Work In Progress

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This week, the MBTA began publishing new weekly performance reports…

There’s No Excuse for a ‘No-Excuses’ Contract With Excuses

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Despite a “no-excuses” contract with Keolis Commuter Services…

The Clock is Ticking on Massachusetts Public Record Reform

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From the Green Line extension's woes, to the narrowly dodged…

Boston: The Jaywalking Capital of America?

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If you see someone waiting for a walk signal at a Boston intersection,…

Transparency Needed for Massachusetts Rest Homes

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Extended care facilities provide either temporary or permanent…

Getting Tough on Keolis?

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You rush to feed your kids breakfast; leave your house so fast…

Baker Public Records Announcement a Great Start – So Long as it’s a Start

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These last few weeks have been hectic for transparency advocates…

Problems with Potholes in Boston

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Boston has a pothole problem. Or, more accurately, Boston has…

The Control Board Needs to Insist on Transparency with Keolis

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On July 21, the special panel created to address failures at…

MBTA gets an F for Public Records Law Compliance

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Ten days. That is how long it is supposed to take for a Massachusetts…

Why Are Tuition and Fees Rising at UMass?

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Over the last half-century, college tuition costs have exploded…

Our Letter to the Open Meeting Advisory Commission

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Public trust and citizen engagement is fundamental in a healthy…

For Massachusetts Public Records law, a Little Progress Goes a Long Way

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Earlier this month, Massachusetts transparency advocates celebrated…

An Open Request to the State Ethics Commission

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When the State Ethics Commission was created in 1978 under Section…

Making Financial Disclosures “Available for Public Inspection”

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Chapter 268B, Section 3(d) of Massachusetts General Laws provides…