The Herald’s has done a fine job pointing out one of the dumb things we do as a state — provide massive subsidies for little-used local airports that have no relevance to the transportation needs of the state. Check out pg. 17 of this chart just to see how little usage many of these airports get. Many of these airports are home to a handful of privately-owned planes and certainly provide a service for those people, but the Herald correctly asks why the vast majority of commercial air travelers should be taxed to pay for it. The Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission is the state agency charged with the task of maintaining these smaller airports. And they have no compunction about these […]
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https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png00Steve Poftakhttps://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.pngSteve Poftak2007-04-22 01:16:132012-11-29 22:49:13A Plea For Slightly Less Integrated Transportation Planning
Sometimes smart people cannot learn. We are smart people in Massachusetts. We all know that. Jim Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, is a smart and also capable guy. And he’s done a great job with the bad hand he was dealt. We have two convention centers and the market isn’t big enough to fill them. Jim R’s worked hard to fill the convention centers with events, any events, including meetings of law firms and boat and flower shows. There are some big shows, but still far too many events where people drive in and out of town, leaving in their wake not enough spending and too much traffic. Room nights is the coin of the realm […]
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https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png00Scott W. Graveshttps://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.pngScott W. Graves2007-04-21 08:10:562012-10-11 18:45:26More Drapes? Enough with the drapes!
Remember the early days: “We strongly believe that good governance means taking the best ideas from the best people, no matter what their Party.” Ehh, maybe not so much anymore: [The Governor’s informal group of advisors] agreed on a major priority: to crack the whip on the administration’s lagging efforts to replace Republican-appointed government managers with a team loyal to Patrick. Hey, he’s the Governor, he gets to pick his own team. But his major priority? Not sure that’s what the Administration needs to focus on right now.
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https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png00Steve Poftakhttps://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.pngSteve Poftak2007-04-20 11:44:242012-11-29 22:49:13What a Difference 100 Days Makes……
As winter turns to spring, or the day of it, anyway, we can expect before summer arrives, I would like to turn my attention to nature. The winter moth was introduced to North America from Europe and has now spread over much of the northeastern United States and Canada. Like the gypsy moth, the winter moth loves to eat trees, but not just shade trees. No, the winter moth likes fruit too, particularly, I understand, apples and crabapples. Now this may not seem like all that big a deal. Unless, of course, you own or work in an orchard and depend on apples for your living. I suppose then it would be a very big deal. The reason I bring […]
A brilliant author has crafted a masterwork on school choice, entitled School Choice That Works For Boston in this week’s Dorchester Reporter. Oh, that was me, wasn’t it? I’ve been interested in this issue from a policy and a personal perspective for awhile. The lottery system for Boston’s district public schools has long been a source of controversy. It was so complex (and flawed) that it spawned a series of analyses by economists from Harvard, MIT, BC, and Columbia. They are not for the faint of heart but you can find them here, here, here, here, and here. A blue ribbon panel came in and made some fixes, as well as generating a lot of feedback and data. But the […]
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https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png00Steve Poftakhttps://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.pngSteve Poftak2007-04-19 09:35:482012-11-29 22:49:13School Choice in Boston