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Archive | February, 2015

Pioneer Institute Hold Conference on Civil Rights, Charter Schools and Teacher Unions

On Thursday Pioneer Institute hosted a discussion on the tensions between charter schools and teacher unions with experts on the Civil Rights movement at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston. Former Senate President Thomas Birmingham, who helped write the state’s landmark 1993 education reform act and recently joined Pioneer as an education fellow, delivered welcoming  Full Article…

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Transforming Healthcare through Transparency: The Pioneer Institute

Pioneer Institute has released the  “Baker’s Dozen: A Common Sense Healthcare Agenda for the Next Governor” – 13 steps they suggest the commonwealth take to reform its healthcare system. One action they suggest is releasing government data. They argue that the state has pressed both insurers and providers to be more transparent about their processes  Full Article…

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Boston Globe: How to Fix the T

Leading transportation expert Charlie Chieppo, in an opinion piece published in the Boston Globe, argued that fixing the T will require reform, restraint, and money, and that “it will be far more difficult than it would have been had state leaders acted when the agency’s problems became apparent more than a decade ago.” His article:  Full Article…

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Gov. Baker targeting MassHealth for series of reforms

On Thursday Gov. Baker stated that he is planning on targeting MassHealth for a series of reforms. The program accounts for about 35 percent of the 36.5 billion dollar state budget. “It’s critical not just for the MassHealth program but for the rest of health and human services and the rest of state government, and  Full Article…

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MassLive: How much welfare fraud is there in Massachusetts?

A recently article, War on Poverty: How much welfare fraud is there in Massachusetts, published by MassLive reports on the state of fraud in the Massachusetts welfare system. A report by the office of Auditor Suzanne Bump, who is in charge of investigating and preventing fraud in public assistance programs through its Bureau of Special  Full Article…

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Proposed Rule Change to Ban Photography During Legislative Session

On Thursday lawmakers will vote on a rule change would ban lawmakers, staffers and guests from taking photographs and videos during legislative sessions inside the House chamber. The proposed rules for the 2015-2016 legislative session also eliminate an eight-year term limit for the speaker of the House. House Democrats are set to meet in an  Full Article…

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