daves

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  1. Maybe (0 Replies)

    My main point is that some of Guardia’s supporters depict him as the sole progressive, the candidate of labor, etc. As you state, labor is divided.

  2. Odd (2 Replies)

    I took a look at the web site for the Boston Public Schools. I found these statements:

    Regarding the current budget:

    The proposed Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) general fund budget totals $934,360,000, representing a 6.9% increase from the FY13 appropriation of $873,693,227.

    Regarding the upcoming budget:

    The proposed FY15 budget totals $973.3 million and reflects our commitments to allocate financial resources equitably to schools to meet the needs of students. The proposed budget expands educational opportunities and continues to improve school quality across the city. The figure is approximately $36 million higher than FY14, thanks to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s decision to increase the city appropriation to schools by nearly four percent when other city departments are facing reductions.

    Massive cuts?

  3. Some Folks Didn't Get the Memo (1 Reply)

    I received a flyer from SEIU 1199 endorsing Jason Lewis. So I went to his web site, and saw that he is endorsed by SEIU, several locals of the Laborer’s union, the Mass Teachers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

  4. Where to Focus (2 Replies)

    I admire your goals. I think your focus is wrong.

    If you want to advance the triple aim, you should start with the Department of Public Health and the related healthcare regulatory agencies. DPH has been a mess for years, as shown by the crime lab fiasco and the compounding pharmacy disaster. Under new leadership, DPH is now well positioned to boldly march forward into the 1990s. The Division of Health Care Quality is obsessed with paperwork and administrivia. The Determination of Need program rewards high volume providers with permits to build new facilities, while innovation in care processes and increases in efficiency are ignored.

    Single payer has its virtues, but it is not a magic bullet. You would still need to figure out the best way to pay physicians, hospitals, and other providers, how to set budgets and the like. From a political point of view, I question whether the legislature will have the appetite to tackle another big healthcare bill only two years after Chapter 224. Improvements and adjustments are much more likely to pass and there are many opportunities for incremental improvement in our system that do not involve flipping over the table.

    Vermont has not enacted single payer. Vermont has approved the creation of a plan to create a single payer system. Crucially, the law did not include a funding mechanism to pay for it, and this is still up for debate in Vermont. One of the architects of the plan proposed to fund it with an 11% payroll tax, but that has not yet been enacted. Also, the Vermont plan requires a Medicare and ACA waiver, neither of which have been applied for.

  5. Legally and Otherwise (1 Reply)

    From a legal point of view, there is no question that once the reports exist the reports are public records, and cannot be withheld. If the reports named individuals, then it is likely that they would not be public records.

    I have trouble with the argument that if the methodology is imperfect that the reports should be kept secret. The better remedy is a full explanation of the methodology and its limitations so that the limits of the evaluations can be understood. This also would create pressure to come up with better methods of evaluation. The problem of imperfect measurement comes up in all fields, not just education.

  6. Edited? (1 Reply)

    Was the original post edited since it first went up? I seem to remember it being worded a bit differently this morning.

  7. Please Explain (0 Replies)

    What can the Attorney General do about the soaring cost of college tuition? Is this really going to be his signature issue?

  8. Its hard for me to imagine . . . (0 Replies)

    . . . a bigger insult to the memory of George V. Higgins.

  9. You are Wrong (2 Replies)

    The President should follow the law, not act like a terrorist. Assuming it continues, the shutdown will impact more and more people over time. Federal courts are closed, no SBA loans, DOL offices closed, etc. etc. etc.

    Do I understand you correctly? Community hospitals should go bankrupt? Nursing homes should stop buying food for their residents? The President should announce that he has voluntarily decided that Social Security checks should not be mailed?

    Really?

  10. Don't Have To (1 Reply)

    The City doesn’t have to pay up if it will be bad for other aspects of City government. The City Council can send the Mayor and the union back to the bargaining table.

  11. Not Exactly (0 Replies)

    In can’t be appealed, but its not binding on the appropriating authority of the city or town. The negotiating body, the executive, cannot argue against it, but the appropriating authority can reject it and send both sides back to the bargaining table.

  12. Not a Fan (0 Replies)

    I’m not a fan of this, for several reasons.

    First, the duty of the investment managers of the pension fund is to maintain and grow the assets of the fund in order to pay its debts–pension benefits. While I believe that it might be possible to maintain the return by avoiding investments in energy companies, I think it is exceptionally unwise to inject politics into investment management. The next “logical” step is to require pension managers to invest in money losing alternative energy companies. No thanks.

    Second, I think this tactic will have no impact on global warming. Is it your theory that the consumption of oil, coal, and natural gas is driven by the stock market? Do you really think that this action will make it materially more difficult for oil companies to refine and sell oil? Do you have evidence to back this up? South Africa is a flawed analogy.

    If the demand for carbon fuel could be reduced, then then emissions of CO2 will decline. This “strategy” is irrelevant. If you want to make a symbolic objection to the consumption of fossil fuel, picket a local gas station. Just be careful you don’t get run over.

  13. Agree (1 Reply)

    I agree he’s no Ted Kennedy. That was not my point (and I am not a Grossman supporter in any event).

    You are supposed to start the line with: “I new Ted Kennedy . . .” But then, I’m no Dan Quayle, either.

  14. Right (2 Replies)

    Just like Ted Kennedy. He was rich, so he didn’t care if ordinary people did not have access to healthcare. Excellent point.

  15. More Connector (0 Replies)

    You can buy a Commonwealth Choice policy without going through the Connector.

  16. Connector (1 Reply)

    The Connector does not negotiate Commonwealth Choice premiums. It does negotiate and rebid Commonwealth Care premiums.

  17. Question for Max (0 Replies)

    What was the amendment? Was it the same as S. 514, or something else? Thanks.

  18. Pension Fund and Symbolic Acts (2 Replies)

    The Commonwealth’s pension funds are not a piggy bank for pet projects or a vehicle for symbolic acts. These funds are necessary to meet huge obligations that we have collectively incurred to state and municipal employees, obligations that must be paid.

    I can see the merit in not having our pension funds invest in certain industries: tobacco comes to mind, for example. However, if the legislature starts playing the role of amateur investment manager, the costs to the Commonwealth could be huge. A shortfall in pension returns will require added investment in the funds from general revenues, to the detriment of other programs. This is playing with fire. Massachusetts pension funds are already underfunded. The government has a fiduciary duty to the taxpayers and to the beneficiaries of the pension plans to manage the funds so as to to pay off the obligations in full.

    Biblical quotes are nice (and to some people, inspirational), but they are not a substitute for a well thought out plan. There are more direct and effective ways of dealing with climate change: this bill is a symbolic act, and little more.