This Week at Pioneer

Pioneer’s Josh Archambault debates Brian Rosman, director of research at Health Care For All, on RadioBoston. Click one of the links!

http://radioboston.wbur.org/20…

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2…

Check out photos of today’s Pioneer event, “The Morality of Capitalism,” featuring Tom G. Palmer of Atlas Network (Missed it? Video link coming soon):

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Read today’s op-ed by Pioneer friends Andrew Flamang, New England director of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), and Joe Williams, DFER’s national executive director, highlighting a charter school success story right in New Bedford:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com…

Former Weymouth Mayor David Madden gets a pension boost of $33,558 because he worked a brief, no-show job as fire chief after stepping down as mayor. Pioneer’s Steve Poftak weighs in.

http://www.bostonherald.com/ne…  

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Steve Poftak has this crazy notion that the Mass. Dept. of Transportation should tell us how they’re doing before anyone floats a gas tax hike. He even designed a report card template they could use – check it out and tell us what you think:

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

Steve’s also got some creepy (ghoulish? frightening?) news about unemployment trends across the Bay State and the growing gap between metro Boston and the rest: “It’s worse than you think!”

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Watch Jim Stergios and Barry Bluestone, Dean, Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, give very different takes on the role of government at the school’s Open Classroom forum.

http://youtu.be/onNhM0jC41Q

http://youtu.be/NFgqENRVGSs

Join the digital learning revolution! A report card was just released that compares all 50 states in implementing virtual learning programs. Click the link below to read about how Massachusetts is doing – and what’s holding us back. In addition to upcoming research and an event on the digital learning, Pioneer is bringing online education innovator Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy, to Boston next month.  

http://campaign.r20.constantco…  

Don’t forget to check out MassOpenBooks, your source for data on state employees’ salaries, state retirees’ pensions, and every payment made by every state agency. This new and improved version includes better graphics and analysis tools. http://massopenbooks.org/  

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On October 26th, join Pioneer and Atlas Economic Research Foundation for a free luncheon on “The Morality of Capitalism,” featuring Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Tom G. Palmer. Palmer is the editor of a new book, The Morality of Capitalism, that includes contributions from a wide range of scholars, economists, and entrepreneurs to make the case that the free market system is the most effective means of ensuring a just, prosperous, and cooperative society. (Certain people need to be reminded about this!) If you are interested in learning more details about this event, please contact Brian Patterson at bpatterson at pioneerinstitute.org. Here’s more info about the book: http://studentsforliberty.org/…

Steve Poftak has a few questions for Occupy Boston. If you are so concerned about the role of money in politics here in Massachusetts, why are you cozying up to unions (16 of the top 20 Mass. PAC donors in 2010)?

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

And, what’s your long-term strategy here? When can the public have its Greenway back (without “having to walk on muddy, wet cardboard and pallets between tightly packed tents”)?

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

A big challenge facing educators today is how to integrate technology into the classroom, so that we can remain globally competitive in this digital age. One person who has mastered this problem and is truly revolutionizing the way kids learn difficult material is Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization that has produced 2,500 popular instructional videos, viewed 50 million times by students from around the world. Pioneer is thrilled to announce that Sal Khan is the honoree at our 14th annual Lovett C. Peters Lecture in Public Policy, an invitation-only event to be held Nov. 16th. Khan’s been included on FORTUNE’s annual “40 Under 40” list of business’s rising stars, Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, and he spoke at Bill Gates’ invitation at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) conference earlier this year. We can’t wait to welcome him (back) to Boston.

Check out this clip from his TED appearance in March:

Did you know that the City of Boston issues 1.35 million parking tickets per year but wants to see that number jump another 200,000?

Read it here: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

Don’t forget to check out MassOpenBooks, your source for data on state employees’ salaries, state retirees’ pensions, and every payment made by every state agency. This new and improved version includes better graphics and analysis tools. http://massopenbooks.org/  

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The Milford Daily news reported that over the last three years, MassHealth added nearly 100,000 new clients and spending increased by $2 billion, for a record $10.4 billion last year. Pioneer’s Josh Archambault talked with both the Daily News and WBUR about this troubling trend and the Governor’s plan to contain costs, calling the Patrick Admin.’s projected savings “unrealistic.” On WBUR, Josh said, “We need to have a serious conversation about how we deliver our public insurance, because it means less money for education and less money for public safety. It’s going all into MassHealth at this point.”

http://www.wbur.org/2011/10/03…

http://www.milforddailynews.co…

Read Pioneer’s testimony in support of HB 2492, to put reasonable limits on collective bargaining in the public sector:

http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

Read Jim Stergios’ commentary on why HB 1671, a bill to expand collective bargaining to 20,000 childcare personnel, will increase costs and reduce access to quality child care options.  

http://boston.com/community/bl…

Did you know that the highest paid person in the Massachusetts legislature in 2010 was a Senator making over $110k? Visit MassOpenBooks, your resource for data on how the state is spending your money – access info on state employees’ salaries, state retirees’ pensions, and every payment made by every state agency. The new and improved version includes better graphics and analysis tools. http://massopenbooks.org/  

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