This Week at Pioneer

Massachusetts is about to lose hundreds of millions in federal stimulus money this Friday. To find out why, read today’s op-ed in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette by Pioneer’s Health Policy Director, Josh Archambault: http://www.telegram.com/articl…

When was the last time you had nine drinks? Pioneer Research Director Steve Poftak wants to know why each guest at the non-profit Merrimack Education Center’s 2008 annual meeting Friday dinner averaged 8.8 drinks at the event. Read more: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…  

Mary Z. Connaughton joined Pioneer’s staff this week as Director of Administration & Finance. She shared her thoughts on the MEC mess last week on Jeff Katz’s Rush Radio 1200 program. Listen to the clip here:

http://www.talk1200.com/cc-com…

Charter schools got a big boost this year when 16 were approved here in February. However, charters face an uphill battle trying to find facilities for their expanded enrollment. This week, Pioneer published a really great resource for new and expanding charters facing that challenge. Check it out here:

http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

Health insurance costs have risen annually by 15% over the past five years for Massachusetts’ small businesses, which historically create two-thirds of all new jobs in the state. Pioneer released a report last week designed to help them control spending –  Business Solutions to the Health Care Crunch: Innovations in Health Care Insurance Plan Design

Read it here: http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

Don’t miss this chance to get discounted tickets (until July 15th) to Pioneer’s biggest event of the year – the Better Government Awards Dinner, featuring Texas Governor Rick Perry, on September 13th, 2011.  Here’s the link to purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/jlLCuG

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Why is Massachusetts the most expensive state in the nation for health insurance? To find out, read this op-ed in the Boston Business Journal, by Pioneer’s Health Policy Director, Josh Archambault: http://www.bizjournals.com/bos…

What would you do with $1.5 billion?: Pioneer Research Director Steve Poftak asks some key questions about expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Read them here: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

In 2010, this administration signed An Act Relative to the Achievement Gap designed to improve academic performance among minority students – why, then, has it cut nearly $4 million in funding from a program that has proven successful at doing just that? Read the Globe story here:

http://articles.boston.com/201…

Don’t miss this chance to get discounted tickets to Pioneer’s biggest event of the year – the Better Government Awards Dinner, featuring Texas Governor Rick Perry, on September 13th, 2011.  Here’s the link to purchase tickets: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin…

And here’s the link for more details:

http://pioneerinstitute.org/pr…

We hope that you’ll visit us at: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…  

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Don’t miss this chance to get discounted tickets to Pioneer’s biggest event of the year – the Better Government Awards Dinner, featuring Texas Governor Rick Perry, on September 13th, 2011.  Here’s the link to purchase tickets: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin…

And here’s the link for more details:

http://pioneerinstitute.org/pr…

South Shore jobs outlook: Jim Stergios and Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, have an op-ed in today’s Patriot Ledger on how to improve the business climate. Click here to read the piece:

http://www.patriotledger.com/o…  

Pioneer recently released new research on one of the factors contributing to job loss in the Bay State – the declining size of firms.

Click here for a WBZ news clip: http://boston.cbslocal.com/201…

Here for the press release: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Here for the full report: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Jim Stergios and Charlie Chieppo continue their campaign to prevent new charter schools from getting the Reville/Chester treatment during the approval process (remember Gloucester?). Read about it here:

Lowell Sun: http://www.lowellsun.com/edito…

New Bedford Standard-Times: http://www.southcoasttoday.com…

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: http://www.telegram.com/articl…

Providence Journal: http://www.projo.com/opinion/c…

Gloucester Times: http://www.gloucestertimes.com…

Check out Pioneer Research Director Steve Poftak’s blog on Boston Magazine online – recently, he’s been looking at how to gauge the success of the Convention Center and whether or not it should expand: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

Josh Archambault, Pioneer’s Health Care Policy Director, looks at why Massachusetts has lagged behind the rest of the country in the adoption of health savings accounts (HSAs)

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

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The ‘Beeb’ Visits Beantown: On Friday, Pioneer Executive Director Jim Stergios discussed the recent jobs report and Massachusetts economic outlook with the BBC’s Mark Mardell. Watch the clip:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/busi…

Speaking of jobs, Pioneer just released new research on one of the factors contributing to job loss in the Bay State – the declining size of firms.

Click here for the press release: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Here for the full report: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Here for coverage in the Boston Business Journal: here: http://www.bizjournals.com/bos… and here: http://www.bizjournals.com/bos…

And the Lawrence Eagle Tribune: http://www.eagletribune.com/op…

Pioneer announced that Texas Governor Rick Perry will headline our 20th annual Better Government Competition, and we congratulate Belmont Representative Will Brownsberger, the winner of this year’s contest, who submitted a proposal on pension reform. Visit our website to learn more about the selection process, runners up, and awards dinner. More information to follow.

http://pioneerinstitute.org/pr…

Josh Archambault, Pioneer’s Health Care Policy Director, had an op-ed in the Lowell Sun on MassHealth, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program.

http://www.lowellsun.com/edito…

Check out Jim Stergios’ Rock the Schoolhouse series on Boston.com, where he continues his in-depth look at a true success story, Chelsea’s Phoenix Charter Academy.

http://boston.com/community/bl…  

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Pioneer is pleased to announce that Mary Z. Connaughton will become our new Director of Administration and Finance. Click here for the press release:

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

If it’s Sunday, it’s Money Matters – in case you missed it, check out this clip of Pioneer’s Health Care Policy Director, Josh Archambault, discussing health care reform with host Chuck Nilosek. The show airs every Sunday at 11:30 am on Fox 25.

http://blip.tv/money-matters-w…

Josh also had op-eds in the MetroWest Daily on MassHealth, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program. This is a timely topic because the program consumes 30% of the state’s budget, which the House and Senate are focusing on right now.

http://www.metrowestdailynews….

Read Jim Stergios and Charlie Chieppo in today’s Worcester Telegram & Gazette, on the many flaws in the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s charter school approval process:

http://www.telegram.com/articl…

Last week, Jim kicked off a boston.com blog series on the Phoenix Charter School in Chelsea, which includes video clips of his interview session with the school’s director, Beth Anderson.

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Read Steve Poftak on why we should support the House proposal for municipal insurance reform:

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

And Jim Stergios’ blog on the impact of the House and Senate proposals on funding for schools:

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

And our press release:

http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

We hope that you’ll visit us at: http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…  

And consider becoming more involved in our important work by:

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