Tag Archives: Pioneer Institute

MassCityStats.org: a new webiste on municipal performance

What better way to ensure that a municipality uses tax payer dollars responsibly than measuring its performance and benchmark it with the results of similar municipalities across the state? Pioneer Institute, through its Middle Cities Initiative, has released a new website at www.MassCityStats.org MassCityStats gives people access to data on public safety, education, fiscal management and economic development for 14…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(Please welcome the Pioneer Institute to RMG!   – promoted by Garrett Quinn) Massachusetts again this year is facing an extremely difficult budget situation.  Most analysts estimate the structural deficit that we are facing to be in the area of $3 billion.  Last year, the Governor and the Legislature dealt with immediate budget shortfalls by making cuts, some of them…

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Pioneer Institute’s Open Books

Massachusetts isn’t exactly known for transparency and efficiency, especially when it comes to state government. Every try to read the state budget? It’s like death by a thousand paper cuts or mouse clicks if carpal tunnel syndrome is your thing. You can find basic numbers like total departmental spending fairly easily but when you try to break that number down…

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9C “Cuts”

(Hire 2,000 new employees, then lay off 1,000 of them 20 months later. “Cuts” in Massachusetts indeed…. – promoted by Cool Cal) …and by “cuts” he means “long-term borrowings to fund short terms desires”.  Via pioneer institute blog: Michael Travaglini, executive director of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, slammed the pension funding changes, saying, “It doesn’t represent any…

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Pay attention to Deval Patrick’s corporate giveway

James Sturgios of the Pioneer Institute delivers a blow to the Governor’s public assistance to the biotech industry. Governor Patrick and the legislature believes they can pick winners in a volatile sector. Good luck to them. But they should be honest about using taxpayers’ money in what according to Sturgios, is a fiscal shell game.
During his campaign, Patrick said…

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