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The Estuaries Project: Massachusetts Estuaries Project

Roe Paper No. 11 2007 Author(s): — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: The Massachusetts Estuaries Project, through the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), supports the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the development and implementation of policies to protect nitrogen-sensitive coastal embayments. The Project collects data and develops models to manage and restore the 89 embayment systems that comprise the coastline of southeastern Massachusetts. The Project encompasses new technologies, regulatory approaches and funding mechanisms to reduce the costs of conducting estuarine restoration. [wpdm_package id=98]

The Electronic Grants System for Education: Michigan Department of Education

Roe Paper No. 10 2007 Author(s): Michigan Department of Education — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: The Michigan Electronic Grants System (MEGS) is an initiative that permits online education grant applications to feed directly into the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) system. By removing a time-consuming step from the application process, MEGS has improved performance and slashed administrative costs without any additional state funds. A similar program could benefit both the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) and the grant applicants who hope to put state funds to work. [wpdm_package id=97]

Consolidating Off-Road Vehicle Registration

Roe Paper No. 8 2007 Author(s): — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: Massachusetts suffers from a wastefully duplicative system for registering motor vehicles. There are separate registration sites and bureaucracies for on-road and off-road vehicles. The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) registers cars, busses, trucks, motorcycles and all other on-road vehicles. The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs’ (EOEA) Registration and Titling Bureau registers off-road vehicles—boats, snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs). [wpdm_package id=95]

The Bid-to-Goal Program: San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater Department

Roe Paper No. 7 2007 Author(s): — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: Bid-to-Goal is a program originally developed by the City of San Diego’s Metropolitan Wastewater Department (MWWD), in conjunction with consulting firm Henningson, Durham and Richardson (HDR), in 1997 as an “optimization strategy” to more cost-effectively implement large public works initiatives. By means of a binding pact between the city and public sector employees, the MWWD had hoped to create a hybrid dynamic that incorporates the most desirable features of both public and private sector contracting. [wpdm_package id=94]

A Reform of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Roe Paper No. 6 2007 Author(s): — Publication date: 2007-07-01 Category: Better Government Abstract: The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents has implemented numerous reforms that have improved the safety of workplaces throughout the state since Governor Mitt Romney’s election in 2002. In the process, the DIA has reduced the number companies that do not adhere to the state’s worker compensation laws.