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Talk is good

Talk is good

the country is hurtling toward the edge of a fiscal cliff, and nobody in Washington seems inclined to pull back. Indeed, no one in Washington seems inclined to do much of anything. The 112th Congress is likely to be one of the least productive in history. According to the New York Times, Congress passed 173(...)

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Closed-door government

Closed-door government

the machinery of government, whether it’s a regulatory proceeding or the route a bill takes to become law, is de­signed to give members of the public the chance to voice their opinions, to let them evaluate the positions taken by their elected officials, and to give elected officials the chance to reach consensus through the(...)

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Take my wife…please

Take my wife…please

CommonWealth is a pretty serious publication, one that’s not known for its sense of humor. But recently we tried our hand at comedy, hosting a 15th anniversary celebration called “Serious Fun” at the Kennedy Library that featured politicians and members of the media doing live and taped bits. Many of my colleagues in the news(...)

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American Dream: More than a bumper sticker

American Dream: More than a bumper sticker

In 1996, the first issue of CommonWealth magazine featured a cover story on the changing economics of middle-class life in Massachusetts. The story focused on Heritage Road in Billerica, where the residents were doing reasonably well but having some doubts about the promise of the American Dream. As then-editor Dave Denison reported, the families on(...)

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15 years and counting

15 years and counting

In 1996, the first issue of CommonWealth magazine featured a cover story on the changing economics of middle-class life in Massachusetts. The story focused on Heritage Road in Billerica, where the residents were doing reasonably well but having some doubts about the promise of the American Dream. Fifteen years later, CommonWealth is operating in a(...)

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Public records makeover

Public records makeover

CommonWealth long has focused on the need for greater transparency in government. We’ve highlighted the needless secrecy surrounding the recipients of state tax credits and the shortcomings of the financial disclosure forms filed by government officials. We’ve even had some success in addressing those issues. The state plans to start identifying the recipients of certain(...)

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Public or private?

Public or private?

gov. deval patrick clearly doesn’t think much of the judiciary’s management skills. He’s filed legislation calling for a professional manager, instead of a judge, to oversee the trial court. He wants to move the patronage-plagued Probation Department out of the judicial branch and into the executive branch. And he wants to abolish the judiciary’s Committee(...)

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An overdue cost-benefit analysis

when gov. deval Patrick signed sweeping energy legislation into law two years ago, the headline in the Boston Globe the next day was: “State starts a green era.” The story was strikingly positive, reflecting none of the uncertainty that has come to characterize energy policy in the United States. It simply laid out what the(...)

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