https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/City-Hall.jpg 3726 2484 John Friar https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png John Friar2008-01-01 14:34:022020-07-27 14:35:59New Business Creation and The Urban Economy
Policymakers have long grappled with the challenge of revitalizing cities whose economies have declined as manufacturing jobs moved elsewhere. Older industrial cities’ economic woes have compounded other problems, including municipal budget crises, struggling schools, high crime rates, and persistent poverty.
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The Longfellow Bridge, connecting Boston and Cambridge, is in bad shape, due not only to its age and the ravages of our weather, but also to a troubling and persistent lack of maintenance. Fixing the bridge, in effect paying the bill for our unwillingness to maintain it, is estimated to cost at least $180 million, with the potential for cost overruns reaching into the hundreds of millions.
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This paper offers an analysis of the relative merits of price and non-price approaches to water conservation. As economists, we emphasize the strong empirical evidence that using prices to manage water demand is more cost-effective than implementing non-price conservation programs.
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Restrictive regulations have undermined the market’s ability to meet demand, such that homebuyers have dramatically bid up the prices of a limited supply of housing over the last 25 years.
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This paper will focus on programs that subsidize the building or rehabilitation of units for owner occupancy, as opposed to the development of rental properties. Most weak market neighborhoods already feature a high proportion of renters and high rates of vacancy.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Copy-of-credit-card-15.png 512 1024 Ken Ardon https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Ken Ardon2006-05-01 10:00:512020-07-15 10:06:47Leaving Money on the Table: The 106 Pension Systems of Massachusetts Public Employee Benefits Series: Part 2
The focus of this paper is the choice that local retirement boards have of managing their own investors or investing all or a portion of their assets in PRIT. Most local boards choose to retain control of their investments. In 2004, 55 out of the 104 local systems invested entirely on their own, 29 had some assets invested in PRIT or the PRIT segmentation program, and only 20 invested entirely with PRIT.
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The state’s involvement with indoor skating arenas can be divided into distinct phases. Each phase offers lessons, not only about the evolution of competitive contracting, but also about the role of the private sector in the provision of public amenities.
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Worcester Municipal City Guide
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Taunton Municipal City Guide
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Springfield Municipal City Guide
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Quincy Municipal City Guide
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New Bedford Municipal City Guide
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Lowell Municipal City Guide
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Lawrence Municipal City Guide
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Fitchburg Municipal City Guide
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Brockton Municipal City Guide
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Boston (Spanish) Municipal City Guide
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Boston (English) Municipal City Guide
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The Pacheco Law was enacted by the Massachusetts legislature in 1993. The law, now M.G.L. ch. 7 sections 52-55, set up a series of tests that a state agency must pass before it can award a contract to a private company to perform services that had been previously performed by state employees.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Copy-of-credit-card-9.png 512 1024 Michael Malamut https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Michael Malamut2000-12-01 15:54:002020-07-13 16:02:11The Power to Take: The Use of Eminent Domain in Massachusetts
This study is the first to analyze concrete data to determine patterns in the use of eminent domain. The analysis includes a survey of law review articles, practitioners’ manuals, and reported Massachusetts opinions; structured interviews with legal practitioners; and a review of Massachusetts eminent domain statutes, especially in comparison to the 1974 Model Eminent Domain Code.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Copy-of-credit-card-11.png 512 1024 Jonathan Walters https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Jonathan Walters2000-09-01 16:06:502020-07-13 16:13:48Toward a High-Performance Workplace: Fixing Civil Service in Massachusetts
The civil service system in Massachusetts is no longer up to the important task of helping government recruit and hire the most talented personnel. When the system was created in 1884, the Commonwealth was at the forefront of the battle against patronage in government hiring. Over the course of a century, Massachusetts has fallen well behind the leaders in public sector personnel administration practice.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/BCEC.jpg 1413 2125 Heywood Sanders https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Heywood Sanders1999-11-01 10:57:452020-07-15 11:00:45Flawed Forecasts: A Critical Look at Convention Center Feasibility Studies
An increasing number of American cities are pursuing an economic development strategy aimed at boosting convention and visitor activities. From Boston to Atlanta, San Antonio to San Francisco, cities are mounting massive construction projects to provide new or expanded convention center space.
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The study then looks at potential savings from implementing alternative delivery methods that employ a quality- and price-based selection process, and found that the three other states have indeed benefited from their experiments with A+B Bidding and Partnering.