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…

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…