Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Shifting alliances

Shifting alliances

the american medical Association, the venerable lobby organization for doctors, was for years a reliable Republican-leaning voice on big health care issues. For much of the past decade, however, the organization seemed to be on a drift to the left. First, it endorsed the Patients’ Bill of Rights guaranteeing patient protections against insurance companies. Then(...)

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Was it something we said?

Was it something we said?

massinc is a small nonprofit that does research, hosts civic events, and publishes CommonWealth four times a year. Most people outside of our fairly wonky world have never heard of us. Yet you’d never know that from reading the Boston Herald in June. Over the course of three days, the tabloid ran a series of(...)

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Summer 2012 Correspondence

Democracy is messy, but not a weakness Your Editor’s Note, “Closed-door dem­ocracy” (Spring ’12), was meaningful to me. It’s human nature not to appreciate what we have until we lose it. I’m sure reporters on Beacon Hill don’t have deadline problems now because without debate there aren’t many stories. Democracy’s very design makes it “slow,(...)

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Hold your fire

Hold your fire

David Kennedy, architect of Boston’s successful anti-gang strategy of the 1990s and author of a book describing it, is determined to show that the mayhem of urban gun violence can be stopped

DAVID KENNEDY IS an unlikely figure to be leading the charge on behalf of an innovative policing strategy to combat urban gun violence. For starters, he’s not a cop and has no law enforcement background. Though he’s a full professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, the 54-year-old Kennedy has no formal(...)

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Natural gas: Good news and bad news

Natural gas: Good news and bad news

A growing supply is driving down prices, but the fuel’s dominance is posing challenges

in january 2011, extremely cold temperatures enveloped New England, and demand for natural gas soared. Why does demand for natural gas matter to ISO New England, which operates the regional electricity grid and manages the wholesale electricity markets? Because natural gas has become the dominant fuel used to generate electricity in our region. The story(...)

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Out front on climate change

Out front on climate change

Reducing emissions is a worthy goal, but costs should also be considered

massinc’s recent research report, Rising to the Challenge: Assessing the Massachusetts Response to Climate Change, was billed as “the first independent assessment of state action on climate change.” We, at NAIOP Massachusetts, believe that it missed an opportunity to provide a more complete, non-partisan account. Although it is acceptable to inquire into the progress that(...)

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Changes in laws keep teen drivers safer

Changes in laws keep teen drivers safer

for most teens, obtaining a drivers’ license means newfound freedom and independence. For many decades, it also meant something more sobering: a higher risk than any other age group that they would die on the road. But new statistics indicate that risk is diminishing. Teen driver fatalities have fallen to a record low in Massa­chu­setts(...)

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