Monthly Archives: February 2010

Changing The Rules of the Road: National Transportation Reform

TweetOver the past half century, Congress has created a new national transportation funding bill every six years or so.  Originally, the primary role of the Highway Trust Fund was to send federal gas tax money to the states to subsidize … Continue reading

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Why the Public Sector Can’t Be Run “Like A Business”

TweetThe public sector can certainly benefit from the adoption of many business practices, from a focus on customer service to more efficient work flow, from TQM to greater transparency.  But no matter how important these practices may be, no matter … Continue reading

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Making Government Work (Better)

TweetNo matter what our concern, each of us has a stake in having government operate effectively and accountably, respecting legal rights while being creative and fast-acting enough to deal with public issues. Some people say this means that government should … Continue reading

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High Status Bus Rides — Does Bus Rapid Transit Make Sense for Us?

TweetImagine that you wanted to invent a better public mass transit system.  Like a railroad it would run on an exclusive right-of-way, have weather-protected stations where people with already-bought tickets could wait, and multiple cars with comfortable accommodations.  Like a … Continue reading

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Celebrity Culture, Reality TV, Political Anger – and Scott Brown’s Election

TweetRepublicans are claiming that Scott Brown’s election was an affirmation of their conservative ideology.  But it is unlikely that the majority of Massachusetts voters have so radically changed their values and views.  It is more likely that his election was … Continue reading

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