This Week at Pioneer

Happy Holidays, RMG! As we count our blessings and think about resolutions for the next year, let’s make it a priority to help ensure that every child in Massachusetts has a shot at a quality education.

Children in the needy communities of Springfield and Lowell have an opportunity to attend new charter schools next year IF Secretary Reville and the Board of Education vote this February to approve pending applications for new charters in those cities, run by SABIS (recognized by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report). Read our op-eds urging them to approve these applications, here:

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In the beleaguered city of Lawrence, 10 percent of K-12 students drop out each year, and only 30- 40 percent perform above standard in math and reading. They need help – but the state’s planned takeover isn’t necessarily the answer. Read Jim Stergios’ op-ed in the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune offering four real reforms that give Lawrence’s kids and parents hope and a voice.    

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Why was the state so eager to invest in Evergreen Solar and the solar industry in general? The Patrick administration hasn’t been eager to answer that question. But MassDevelopment has released almost a thousand pages that shed light on why warning signs were ignored. Read our summary and analysis here:

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What will 2012 look like for health care? Read this blog post by Pioneer’s Health Care Policy Director Josh Archambault:

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Single payer is a “political nightmare” according to the Boston Herald, citing testimony Josh submitted to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on a bill that would set up a government-controlled, single-payer health insurance system. Read the Herald’s take and Josh’s testimony:

http://www.bostonherald.com/ne…

Testimony: http://pioneerinstitute.org/pd…

Check out this Worcester Telegram & Gazette story about Senator Scott Brown’s efforts to help new businesses, in which Pioneer Research Director Steve Poftak was quoted:

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Steve weighed in on the payroll tax debate, in this MetroWest Daily News piece:

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Very special thanks to Garrett Quinn of WRKO, who hosted Pioneer’s Jim Stergios on his show, Radio Circus, on Saturday (show airs 1-3pm). If you missed it, here’s the link:

http://audio.wrko.com/a/498765…  

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Make the Pioneer Blog a regular stop on your daily tour of the latest news and analysis on state and national health care policy. This week, get the scoop on what’s going on inside the Massachusetts Connector with Josh Archambault’s four-part series describing what he learned at the annual retreat.

The Connector Supports President Obama’s Reelection? http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Obamacare Means Big Changes for Romneycare http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…  

Will the ACA Bankrupt the Mass Connector? http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Will Mass Set up a Basic Health Plan under ACA? http://www.pioneerinstitute.or…

Check out the photo gallery from Pioneer’s Members’ Breakfast: “He-Said, She-Said: PACs, Political Ads & Election 2011” featuring national political strategists Steve Grand and Linda Moore Forbes: http://www.facebook.com/media/…

Steve Grand is a key advisor to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads group and will play a major role in the Presidential and Congressional races this coming election. Linda Moore Forbes is a veteran of Democratic presidential campaigns since 1988, and served in the Clinton White House. They shared their expertise, opinions and predictions on the role of outside groups in political races, the science behind effective campaign ads, the pros and cons of political action committees and outside influence; and how public perception will be shaped during the 2012 election cycle. We hold events like this throughout the year for our members  –  you can become a member today by clicking here: http://pioneerinstitute.org/ge…

Why did Evergreen Solar backers miss the Chinese threat? Get the real story behind the state’s decision-making on investing taxpayer dollars in specific industries.

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Speaking of rewarding specific industries, Steve Poftak makes the case that MA should end the film tax credit. Read here: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.co…

Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have full-time online schools, educating 200,000 students nationwide – a number that is growing by about 25 percent each year. So when is Massachusetts going to get on board? Check out our latest op-ed in today’s Worcester Telegram & Gazette: “Virtual schools are in session” http://www.telegram.com/articl…

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Game on: Watch Steve Poftak on Keller at Large for his take on a proposed casino and convention complex in Foxboro that has some Boston politicos on defense.

Treasurer Steve Grossman announced the rollout of a new state spending site that was the centerpiece of his campaign last year. Jim Stergios commended the Treasurer for bringing transparency to state government, calling this a “great first step” in the state’s efforts to catch up with other states on public accountability.

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As the article points out, Pioneer was there first (three years ago), and our site didn’t cost the taxpayers $1.8 million. Just sayin’. MassOpenBooks is your source for data on state employees’ salaries, state retirees’ pensions, and every payment made by every state agency. http://massopenbooks.org/  

Is a Good Job Hard to Find? Steve Poftak discussed that topic earlier this week on the Callie Crossley Show with Paul Osterman: professor of human resources and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Co-author of Good Jobs America:  Making Work Better for Everyone; and Russ Davis: executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. Listen here:

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Sure, the Bay State has a consistently lower unemployment rate than the nation, but are we creating jobs?  Pioneer Senior Fellow John Friar weighs in:

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According to a study mentioned in the Boston Herald, an estimated $1.2 trillion in health care spending is wasted every year. Pioneer’s Josh Archambault quoted: “With increasing health care costs, employees are being asked to pay a greater percentage of their insurance and also of their medical bills,” so they are looking for services that help them get better deals.  

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Steve Poftak writes in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about the new Tax Expenditure Commission: “One of the commission’s top priorities should be to get government out of the business of picking winners and losers and return to letting the market decide which businesses should prosper.”

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In case you missed our event, “Virtual Schools, Actual Learning: Digital Education in America” with Julie Young of Florida Virtual School and former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, we’ll make video available soon. In the meantime, please check out our photo album as well as the press release and new research on the digital learning landscape across the country and within Massachusetts.

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