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Let the handwringing begin…

CVS has sought state permission to open MinuteClinics in a number of its retail stores. Minute Clinics provide a limited array of medical services (think simple illnesses, like ear infections and strep throat and vaccinations) at set prices or through insurance. They operate in 19 states and offer an interesting alternative — transparent pricing, convenient locations, and no hassles with doctor’s appointments or emergency rooms. Not to sound like a shill for the company — there are some questions about how these clinics would affect continuity of care (i.e. its better to have a single point of contact for medical services who has an overview of your entire medical record) and screening for more sophisticated diagnoses (e.g. a case of […]

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]