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Will they return the money?

Today’s New York Times reports that the ethanol boom, among other reasons, is driving up the price of farmland, particularly in corn-growing areas of states like Iowa. Good thing we’ve subsidized agriculture to the tune of $164.7 billion from 1995 to 2005. Click here to get the searchable database of farm subsidies by almost every imaginable category. And to address the story’s point more directly, farmers in Iowa have received corn subsidies of $9.9 billion during the same period.

Pioneer has a new Home Page

In our continuing effort to bring more and more information to you, our online readers, we have just unveiled our new home page. New features include Mass Media – links to articles of note in local media outlets, both those that reference Pioneer and those that do not (We are aware, sometimes painfully, that it is not a Pioneercentric universe.); direct links to our research centers, including their snazzy new logos; and our rotating quotes feature – each time you return to the home page you should see a different quote from such disparate sources as Frederick Douglass, F.A. Hayek and the Massachusetts Constitution. And, if you’ve been to our website recently, you may have noticed the donate button, not […]

I love New England too, but this is ridiculous.

I’m a born and bred New Englander, but I find it odd that the leaders of two major European powers choose to vacation here. President Sarkozy’s stay in Wolfeboro, NH has been well-chronicled. But the UK’s Gordon Brown is a regular on Cape Cod (at least until this year). Maybe a coast of Maine getaway for Andrea Merkel is in the works?

The Cash Incentive Saftey Initiative: City of Gallup, New Mexico

Roe Paper No. 9 2007 Author(s): Eric Honeyfield — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: The City of Gallup, NM, like many governmental bodies that employ field crews, suffered from an ever-increasing number of worker’s compensation claims and associated annual increases in worker’s compensation insurance premiums. The implementation of the Cash Incentive Safety Initiative has both improved the health of employees and reduced costs associated with absent and injured workers. As explained below, there is real potential for similar programs to benefit municipal and state governments nationwide. [wpdm_package id=96]

Save the Longfellow!!

Our Legacy of Neglect: The Longfellow Bridge and the Cost of Deferred Maintenance Pioneer released its latest research report, Our Legacy of Neglect: The Longfellow Bridge and the Cost of Deferred Maintenance, yesterday. Take a look at the website we put together to launch the paper at In particular, you should click on the link for the photo-rich presentation — a slide show of beautiful photos by Pioneer’s own Peter Begley. The paper itself details the Commonwealth’s neglect of the bridge – there have only been two maintenance projects of any scale on the bridge in its 100 year history. But, the Longfellow is just a small part of a much larger story: the extent to which we’ve neglected […]