MA Governmental and Non-Governmental Reports

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Good Jobs First
This article discusses the basics of industrial revenue bonds, which are often used by public authorities to provide financing for private businesses.
Public Authorities and Private Firms as Providers of Public Goods
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Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/1994
Author: Clayton P. Gillette (Reason Foundation)
This report from the Reason Foundation suggests two primary policy implications: “First, public authorities should be made more accountable, perhaps by removing the immunities they currently enjoy. Second, and more fundamentally, the decision to have public authorities provide major infrastructure should be reconsidered, since private firms can often perform these same public functions, while not suffering from the institutional disadvantages of public authorities.”
Report of the Quasi-Public Authority Compensation Review Commission
Category: MA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/01/2009
Synopsis:

The Commission to Review Compensation Packages of Senior Officials at Quasi-public Agencies concludes that these agencies are a largely unregulated government sector, frequently deficient in adequate process, mostly deficient in adequate transparency, and universally deficient in oversight. The Commission also found that generally speaking, compensation packages for senior quasi personnel pass a reasonableness standard in the context of each of their industries, but further concludes that there are significant “outlier” features of some compensation packages which the Commission considers inappropriate. The Commission urges the Governor to propose and establish standards for process, transparency, and oversight in the belief that if these standards are left unattended, the process may lead to additional outlier features (such as those identified in this report) and to the further loss of public confidence in the Commonwealth’s quasipublic agencies (often referred to as “quasis”). The Commission further concludes that the center of responsibility for curing the first two of these inadequacies lies with the boards of directors of the quasi-public agencies. These agencies have been structured precisely for the purpose of giving them unique independence and authority under their boards. Their boards have the supreme responsibility and accountability for compliance with the highest standards of process and transparency. The Governor and Legislature will need to take the leadership role in correcting the third inadequacy, in oversight.

State Authorities: Public Finances and Public Responsibility
Category: MA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: General Court of Massachusetts, Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Authorities: The Fourth Branch of Government
Category: MA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: General Court of Massachusetts, Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Funding for the MBTA: The Silent Crisis
Category: MA
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: General Court of Massachusetts, Senate Ways and Means Committee
The Ideal Deal: How Local Governments Can Get More for Their Economic Development Dollar (March 2007)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Rachel Weber (University of Illinois at Chicago) and David Santacroce (University of Michigan Law School) (Good Jobs First)
This report contends that if economic development agencies intend to continue offering incentives, they should do so in a smarter manner. Topics discussed include valuation of public costs and benefits, performance standards, disclosure and oversight, and contract enforcement.
Transportation Funding & Financing: Municipal/Public Bond Issues
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance
This website provides information about transportation findings. Topics include toll-backed revenue bonds; fare box revenue bonds; and general obligation bonds.
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