Summer 2009

Summer 2009

A new prescription

before the year is out, Congress and the Obama administration will try to do for the entire nation what only one state, Massachusetts, has been able to do for its residents: pass a law that attempts universal health insurance coverage. On its face, the Bay State’s success — more than 430,000 newly insured residents since(...)

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Free labor market

Free labor market

INTRO TEXT when caroline huang remembers her first job out of graduate school, tension creeps into her soft-spoken voice even now, almost 20 years later. The speech recognition scientist went to work for a Massachusetts software company in 1991, and inside two years, she was eager to move. “It was very stressful,” says Huang, of(...)

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Logged in

Logged in

The Census Bureau reported in June that the number of Americans over the age of 3 living in households with Internet access inched past the two-thirds mark, to 67.1 percent, as of November 2007. But as the map below shows, regional differences persisted: In New Hampshire, having access to the Web was almost as common(...)

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Untouchable turf

Untouchable turf

You know that municipal governments are in dire financial straits when they start looking to tax-exempt properties — schools, hospitals, and other nonprofit institutions — for new revenue. Many colleges and universities make voluntary payments in lieu of taxes (known as PILOT agreements) to their host communities, but that doesn’t always satisfy local officials. Remarks(...)

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No magic bullet

No magic bullet

gov. patrick, the Boston Globe, MassINC, the Boston Foundation, the business community, and President Obama are all supporting charter schools as a key step toward school improvement, but a careful look at the data suggests that these schools offer no magic bullet for school improvement. In general, charter schools (and Boston pilot schools) perform no(...)

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Statistically significant

Statistically significant

Illustrations by Travis Foster follow the money to beacon hill Legislative elections nearly always go to the candidate with more money, and the candidate with more money is almost always an incumbent. That’s the upshot of the 71-page report released in June by the state’s Office of Campaign & Political Finance. According to the report,(...)

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