Paul DeBole

Assistant professor of political science, LaSell College

Stories by Paul DeBole

Nonprofits deserve a lot more scrutiny

Nonprofits deserve a lot more scrutiny

Current tax policy may make sense, but let’s investigate

THE ISSUE ARISES every so often, like a phoenix from the flames, especially around budget time.  This year was no different.  How do we, and how should we, tax nonprofit entities? Are nonprofit entities paying their fair share? Are nonprofit entities truly nonprofit? Before we answer that question, we need to take a closer look(...)

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It’s time for some spring cleaning

It’s time for some spring cleaning

Lots of state laws are outdated, should go

I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT HAPPENED, but I have become a real neatness freak in my old age and I have a clean garage to prove it.  Gone are old hoses, half-empty bottles of brake fluid, and spray cans of 1980s-era carburetor cleaner.  But my recent case of “neatomania” does not stop with my garage.(...)

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Eminent domain reform needed in Massachusetts

Eminent domain reform needed in Massachusetts

Power should be limited, particularly at local level

UNDER OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, there are various powers that are absolute and from which there are no appeal.  One example of such a power would be the president’s pardon or executive clemency power.  A president can, theoretically, pardon anyone for a federal crime for any reason or for no reason.  Another example, a little(...)

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Don’t award third casino license

Don’t award third casino license

Defer decision a year until smoke clears

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION (MGC) has already awarded the state’s sole category 2 (slot parlor) license; and, two of the three category 1 (resort-style casino) licenses, with one remaining to be awarded.  However, given the current gaming climate in Massachusetts, should the Commission award the remaining license?  The answer to that question should to be(...)

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