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The MBTA's Smart New Program

Rather than big dollar expansion projects, the MBTA’s Key Bus Routes program stands as an example of modest incremental investments that can yield improved service […]

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Why Does Healthcare Require So Much Paperwork?

At Pioneer, we’re advocates for greater usage of high deductible healthcare plans. Putting a high deductible in an insurance plan prompts a change in behavior, […]

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Public Pension Math: The State Police Version

The recent announcement that State Police Superintendent Marian McGovern is going to retire prompted me to look into her compensation and her choices. (Note: I […]

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The Mystery of 38 Studios Demise

First and foremost, the news that 38 Studios has laid off all employees is an economic disaster for Rhode Island and a personal tragedy for […]

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The Jobs-Unfriendly Environment in Massachusetts

I know this can seem like a talking point, but there’s some new data to back up the claim. The Kaufmann Foundation and Thumbtack.com have […]

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The Sad Tale of Roxbury Community College

The Globe‘s Adrian Walker has been all over Roxbury Community College this week, dinging them for failing to properly deliver financial aid to their students, […]

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The Struggles of 38 Studios

The state of Rhode Island is working hard, very hard, to make sure that Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios remains a going concern. It appears the […]

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Massachusetts Health Care Reform in Record Time

The House and Senate are moving through the health care legislation at lightning speed. (Photo via Hamera/Thinkstock.) If you blinked over the past seven days, […]

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In Massachusetts, Manufacturing Still Matters

Way back in 2006, Pioneer was interested in manufacturing. Our Measuring Up study on the cost of doing business in Massachusetts showed that manufacturing was […]

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UMass Law School Gets Provisional Accreditation

I won’t bury the lede: The UMass law school has been recommended for provisional accreditation by the ABA’s Accreditation Committee. The next step will be […]

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Here We Go Again: More Abuses at Housing Authorities

Several months back, the egregious abuses at the Chelsea Housing Authority showed the weaknesses in oversight of municipal housing authorities. The fact that it got […]

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One Way to Ease Ridiculous Toll Hikes

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot. (iStockphoto.) Toll hikes are a tough sell in this area, but what if tolls were optional? And what if you were […]

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Is Dwell Time The Hidden Enemy of Rapid Transit?

Transit riders love to complain about how long certain trips take. Why can’t trains, trolleys, and buses go faster? A lesser known factor making trips […]

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So the State Takes Over the MBTA's Debt …

Multiple voices have suggested during this debate that the state take over the MBTA’s Big Dig Debt. Just yesterday, transportation secretary Richard Davey added his […]

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So the State Takes Over the MBTA's Debt …

Multiple voices have suggested during this debate that the state take over the MBTA’s Big Dig Debt. Just yesterday, transportation secretary Richard Davey added his […]