Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Plan violates separation of powers provisions

Plan violates separation of powers provisions

The touted savings are overstated, and the plan conflicts with constitutional separation of powers principles

the committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) board and management staff have no quarrel, and in fact are in agreement, with the overall point made by Secretary  Gonzalez. Read the argument here. We feel that legal services to the indigent, required by law to be provided by CPCS, should be supplied in the most efficient and(...)

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Public sector pay: reasonable or excessive?

Public sector pay: reasonable or excessive?

gov. scott walker’s victory in curbing collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public sector workers casts a spotlight on the issue of disparities between public and private sector compensation. The same issue—whether public sector workers are getting overly generous pay and benefits—is simmering here in Massa­chusetts, particularly with the state facing huge budget challenges this year.(...)

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Schools set aside funds for special ed increases

Brookline Public Schools are scrambling to close a nearly $1.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year beginning in July, yet the School Committee is nevertheless setting aside $400,000 in case the city’s cost for private special education rises. Public school systems that cannot accommodate certain special needs students internally often pay to send them(...)

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The next great thing

The next great thing

despite the economic woes in the country, investment in research and development continues to expand in all public, private, and nonprofit sectors, according to federal statistics. Nowhere is that impact felt greater than in Massa­chu­setts, where more money is spent on business research and development than in any other state in the country except California,(...)

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Hollywood stars not paying taxes?

Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars may be shortchanging Massachusetts on their taxes. A brief reference at the end of the state Revenue Department’s latest report on the film tax credit says the agency received no income taxes on residual payments to actors and directors who shot movies in Massachusetts between 2006 and 2009. There was(...)

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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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Urban (love) affairs

Urban (love) affairs

Ed Glaeser explains why cities are the hub of economic innovation—and our best hope for saving the planet

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier By Edward Glaeser New York, The Penguin Press, 352 pages REVIEWED BY JOHN SCHNEIDER cities have always been my hometown. I’ve lived in five of them during my lifetime. The only house I have ever owned is in a city.(...)

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