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…

Public Statement on the New MBTA Union Contract

PIONEER INSTITUTE PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE NEW MBTA UNION CONTRACT Yesterday,…

Is ELD Hiding Its Real Performance?

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The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (ELD) is an agency within…

Our View: Keep the Hotel Subsidy Out of the BCEC Expansion Bill

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Today (Thursday), the Massachusetts State Senate is planning…

WCVB Team 5 Reports on Pioneer’s Analysis of $92M Boston Fire Contract

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Pioneer Institute Executive Director Greg Sullivan appeared on…

Government Transparency: A Step Forward

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Governor Deval Patrick launched the MassResults web page to…

Pioneer’s Transparency Update: “Sunshine Week” Edition

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While sunshine in government operations should be a 365-day calling,…

Step it up, UMASS

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You've come a long way, baby! Or maybe not. It's been 42 years…

The Dog Ate DCF’s Report Card

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It looks like the besieged folks down at the Division of Children…

Is the Commissioner of Education Complying with the Law?

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Twenty years after the passage of the landmark Massachusetts…

Who’s Responsible for the MBTA Retirement Fund

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It cannot have been a particularly merry Christmas for Stephen…

Public Statement Regarding the MBTA’s Lack of Transparency

The future finances of the MBTA’s employees depend on solid…

Open Letter to the Commissioners of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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Gaming Commission's Enhanced Ethics Code On October 24, 2013,…

Gaming the Gaming Commission’s “Enhanced Code of Ethics”?

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The Boston Globe published stories on November 21st and December…

Watertown Police Department stubbornly refuses electronic public records requests

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Despite repeated appeals to reason and official state guidance,…

An anniversary you may have missed

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With the acrimonious standoff in Congress bringing about the…

Lawrence’s Failed Public Pension System

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by Guest Blogger Rohit Chaparala Pioneer’s newest transparency…

When Is a Tax Not a Tax?

When is a tax not a tax? When no one pays it. That’s basically…