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The Beacon Hill Institute engages in rigorous economic research and conducts educational programs for the purpose of producing and disseminating readable analyses of current public policy issues to voters, taxpayers, opinion leaders and policy makers.

BHI’s Weekly Dispatch: RomneyCare, Canada Trade, More FairTax Commentary and a Note on Tax Caps

The report everyone’s been talking about can be found here. With its voluminous coverage by the media here. New study finds “Romneycare” cost MA 18,000 jobs: MyFoxBOSTON.com (BOSTON, MA) The landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform (HCR) Law cost the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at least 18,000 jobs since its passage and put a damper on investment and disposable income. These are…

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BHI’s Weekly Dispatch: RomneyCare, Canada Trade, More FairTax Commentary and a Note on Tax Caps

The report everyone’s been talking about can be found here. With its voluminous coverage by the media here. New study finds “Romneycare” cost MA 18,000 jobs: MyFoxBOSTON.com (BOSTON, MA) The landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform (HCR) Law cost the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at least 18,000 jobs since its passage and put a damper on investment and disposable income. These are…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Forbes cites BHI study; Coming up! Conference on Trade between Canada and NE

Writing in Forbes this week, an old friend Merrill Matthews of the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation took note of our recent study on RomneyCare.
Defenders of the plan predicted that comprehensive reform would lower health care spending-just as they did when promoting ObamaCare.  And yet the Boston-based Beacon Hill Institute points out in “The High Price of Massachusetts Health

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Responding to Climate Progress; September confab on New England-Canada Trade

On Think Progress’s tendentious Climate Progress blog, Michael Conathan claims that Beacon Hill Institute’s recent cost-benefit analyses of offshore wind energy in New Jersey are slanted. Conathan alleges that the BHI study “misses the mark on both sides of the ledger by dramatically overstating the costs and underestimating the economic benefits of offshore wind.” It is actually Mr. Conathan that…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Notes on the Verizon strike, local inflation and the President’s visit

In an op-ed in the Boston Business Journal, BHI Executive Director David Tuerck offers some friendly but sobering advice to striking Verizon workers: technology, competition and globalization have changed the rules. The strike is taking place against a backdrop of declining union membership and clout. Union membership has shrunk from 20 percent of all workers in 1983 to 12 percent…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: The FairTax, Economic Forecast for Massachusetts, Debt Ceiling

BHI Executive Director David G. Tuerck testified on Tuesday, July 26, before the House Ways and Means Committee on H.R. 25, commonly known as the FairTax, a proposal to reform the tax system by establishing a national sales tax. Tuerck, who also serves as chairman of the Economics Department at Suffolk University,

outlined the virtues of a national consumption tax…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Taking on the D.C. union proxies on Project Labor Agreements

In June, the House Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, heard testimony from the Beacon Hill Institute about the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 735) now under consideration before the U.S. House of Representatives. The purpose of the bill is to level the playing field among open shop and…

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Massachusetts Health Care Reform drives up insurance costs both public and private

(BOSTON)  The landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform law is responsible for a dramatic increase in health care spending over the period since it was enacted.  The law did not bring about a promised reduction in health care expenditures.  Rather, it permitted the state legislature and governor to expand health insurance coverage to almost all residents, while imposing more than $8…

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Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: Cutting education dollars will not affect student scores

As hard as it may be to believe and, in turn, to convince most voters, the surge in spending on education in Massachusetts is not responsible for its noted student performance. Thus, facing tight budgets and the expiration of federal stimulus dollars and rising health care costs, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could cut more than a billion dollars from education…

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