No Fare! MBTA Tight on Public Records

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The MBTA has been attracting a lot of attention lately on how…

(Massachusetts) Public Records has an Email Problem

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Imagine going to your local bakery and ordering a loaf of…

A Pretty Much Guaranteed Free Ride

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There's no such thing as a free ride. Ask any accountant and…

Massachusetts Financial Disclosures – Weak and Out of Reach

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In the last five years, 250 public servants in Massachusetts…

What Court Documents Show About Compensation at the MBTA vs. Peer Communities

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Introduction As the Baker Administration works with the state…

MassDOT Relocation Proposal Gives Way to More Pressing Issues

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The Baker administration has recently abandoned a proposal to…

A Tale of Two Transparencies

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Recently, we wrote about the redemption of Secretary of State…

The Convention Center Authority’s Inflated Claims

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In the wake of our recent brief, Analyzing the Convention Center…

MBTA Experiencing Severe Delays in Transparency

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This winter the MBTA proved that it is capable of publishing…

6 Ways to Improve Government Transparency

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Mary Connaughton, Pioneer Institute's Director of Government…

The High Cost of Records Requests at the MBTA Hits a New Low

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As we've written about before, in Massachusetts your legal right…

Paid Sick Leave is No Remedy for Small Businesses

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A recent Bank of America survey of Boston’s small business…

When Transparency Redeems: The Unexpected Case of Bill Galvin

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Dear Secretary of State William F. Galvin: On several occasions…

Galvin Wants $70 to Show He Fought For Transparency

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On several occasions, both MuckRock and the Pioneer Institute…

Sunshine Must Return to MBTA This Spring

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What began as a benign winter, accumulating only 2.9 inches before…

When Will Commuter Rail Return to Full Service?

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March 30th can’t come soon enough for commuter rail riders,…

Pioneer’s Transparency Update: Sunshine Week Edition

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To some, it may seem insignificant in that police departments…

Will MBTA Win Back Riders?

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Yesterday the MBTA Board of Directors approved a plan to compensate…

Help Us Sift through the MBTA’s Contract with Keolis

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Last March, French transportation company Keolis won a $2.6 billion…

How an Obscure Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Crippled Public Records Law

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Who's buried in Grant's tomb? What color was Napoleon's white…

Our Transparency Resolutions for 2015

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A new year lies ahead, and with it comes new opportunities to…

What Was Omitted from the Special Advisory Commission Report on Public Officials’ Pay

Data left out of the report of the Special Advisory Commission…

The MBTA’s $23 Million 11th-hour Sweetheart Deal with Gillette Stadium

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$23 million 11th-hour sweetheart deal by the MBTA will stick…

In Massachusetts, Asking Agencies to Do Their Jobs Can Be Expensive

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Despite its name, the Freedom of Information Act can set you…

In Mass, records are available on a “Why-Do-You-Need-To-Know” basis

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Last week, MuckRock journalist Todd Feathers wrote about a recent…

For transparency advocates, with friends like Galvin …

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A report in the Globe last week made public what those who deal…