This Week at Pioneer: Better Government Competition

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Enter Pioneer’s 2012 Better Government Competition for your chance to win $10,000! As RMGers, you all spend a lot of time thinking about how to fix the problems created by Washington. If you share Pioneer’s belief that the federal government has too much control over a number of roles that should be done by the states, then we want your ideas for this year’s theme – federal programs that can be devolved to the states across the following policy areas: education, healthcare, Regulations, Urban Redevelopment, Transportation, Interstate Commerce, Banking and Finance, and any others you can think of.
Click here to learn more about the contest and three easy ways to enter!

Today, Mass. Education Commissioner Mitch Chester names a state receiver to take over the Lawrence Public Schools. Pioneer’s Jim Stergios says what Lawrence parents & kids really need is greater access to options with a proven track record of success, like charter schools, voc-techs, and private-school choice. Read his op-eds in: Lawrence Eagle Tribune and Lowell Sun

With each passing day, more questions arise about the true impact of ObamaCare. Pioneer’s Health Care Policy Director Josh Archambault digs deeper into the details for us. Read his commentary on the new $26.7 billion Medicaid waiver agreement between Massachusetts and the federal government – he finds some surprising details about where that money is going. A Deeper Dive Into The New Medicaid Waiver And, check out this piece: Hospitals struggling to provide care for patients without health coverage and juggling high debts hope the Affordable Care Act will alleviate problems

Steve Poftak has long been calling for MBTA improvements. Read his latest, “What Germany Can Teach the MBTA”…
And “Your Money or Your Bus: A breakdown of the MBTA’s latest proposals”…

Also seen in Red Mass Group, North Reading Patch and Lynnfield Patch