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Jerome Lyle Rappaport

Jerome Lyle Rappaport
Founder and Board Member
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Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics at Harvard University
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Stephen P. Johnson

Stephen P. Johnson
Executive Director of Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
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Greg Massing

Greg Massing
Executive Director for the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts
Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School
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Joseph Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone
Mayor, City of Somerville
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Tim H. Davis

Tim H. Davis
Independent Research Consultant
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Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger
Senior Counsel, Proskauer Rose LLP
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Vivien Li

Vivien Li
Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association
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Guest contributors

Monika Bandyopadhyay
Suffolk University Law Student

David Barron
Harvard Law School and former Deputy Counsel for the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice

Linda Bilmes
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Brandy H.M. Brooks
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

Felicia Cote
Rappaport Fellow, Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Eden
Suffolk University Law School student

Sara Farnum
Student, Suffolk Univ. Law School

Kristin Faucette
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Benjamin Forman
Research Director, MassINC

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday
JD/MBA student at Suffolk University Law School and the Sawyer School of Business

Theodore Kalivas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

David Linhart
Student, Boston University School of Law

Antoniya Owens
Research Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Susan Prosnitz
Senior Advisor, TSA, Washington, DC

Ben Thomas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

Matthew Todaro
Student at Boston College Law School

Alexander von Hoffman
Senior Researcher, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Brett Walker
Student, Boston College Law School

Margarita Warren
Student at Suffolk University Law School

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Harshbarger releases "Top 10 Areas of Concern Surrounding Proposed Casino Bill"

Monday, September 19th, 2011
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Former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, and Citizens for a Stronger Massachusetts, have recently released a special report on the proposed Casino Bill. According to Harshbarger, the bill as currently written invites a potential for abuse and lack of accountability. He claims there are “a plethora of significant legal, drafting, process and policy conflicts, ambiguities, loopholes and details that invite full employment for lawyers, law firms, lobbyists and consultants, and ongoing challenges and litigation at every stage, in addition to the potential for undue influence in the selection and licensing and siting process.”  The report also examines the proposed Gambling Commission and states “Anything less than a fully-established regulatory body devoted to the oversight and control of the gambling industry invites another wave of patronage and corruption scandals, a run-away train of continually expanding gambling, social harms, and criminal activity.” To read the full report, click here.

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Former Rappaport Fellow Organizes Boston's First Food Swap

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
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Lyn Huckabee, former Rappaport Fellow and current attorney at the Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources, was written up in this week's Boston Globe for her efforts in organizing Boston's first Food Swap.

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Can the state pay for a project whose economic benefits are uncertain and whose cost could approach $2 billion?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
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Rappaport Institute's David Luberoff claims there isn’t much evidence that a commuter rail is a major economic tool for cities like Fall River and New Bedford, which are 50 to 60 miles from the regional economic hub in Boston. “The state’s own numbers say that the project will have very few riders and an extremely small impact on employment,” says Luberoff. But does that mean we shouldn’t provide transportation alternatives for the South Coast? And is there a solution to provide the needed alternatives in a more cost effective way?
 
In the most recent issue of Commonwealth Magazine, Gabrielle Gurley's expansive article "Delays in Service" explores the social history and economic future of this frustrating project and whether our current crop of poiticians can keep this dream alive.

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Economists Argue Over Mortgage Interest Deductability

Friday, June 24th, 2011
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The Rappaport Institute's Ed Glaeser recently spoke at an important conference on mortgage interest deductibility. Coverage by Jann Swanson, reporter for the Mortgage Daily News is below:

The Next Generation conference featured three presentations on the topic of the future of the mortgage interest tax deduction (MID). This feature of the tax code allows homeowners to deduct interest paid on one or more mortgages on up to two homes and its elimination is suggested in current attempts to reduce the budget deficit. It is, in fact, the only tax increase to have come under wide discussion.

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Can the state and its communities meet their obligations without raising taxes, cutting services or reneging on benefits?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
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The Conference on Public Employee Pensions on May 11, 2011 at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA included a panel discussion with

  • Jean-Pierre Aubrey, Research Associate, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College; Co-author, “The Impact of Public Pensions on State and Local Budgets,” and several other CRR Working Papers on pension related issues
  • James DelSignore, Worcester City Auditor and Ex-Officio Member of the Worcester Retirement Board
  • Phillip X. Puccia, Executive Director, Public Finance, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and former Executive Director, Springfield Financial Control Board
  • Moderated by David Luberoff, Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard University
Reporters from the Telegram & Gazette and the Worcester Business Journal covered the event. See their stories below:

Expert: Most public pension plans are solvent for the next 20-30 years

Reprinted from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
By Dave Greenslit

WORCESTER — The public pension system cannot be sustained, but it can be fixed. That was the consensus of panelists this morning at a forum sponsored by The Research Bureau and the Rappaport Institute at Harvard's Kennedy School. The discussion was held at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

While the debate over public employee benefits has not been as rancorous in Massachusetts as elsewhere in the country, the state is grappling with the same issues, said moderator David Luberoff, executive director of the institute.

He asked: Can the state and its communities meet their obligations without raising taxes, cutting services or reneging on benefits?

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Collective Bargains: Rebuilding and Repairing Public Sector Labor Relations in Difficult Times

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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Perfect timing for an event co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School. Katie Koch reports for the Harvard Gazette in the following article: "Labor's Love Lost: Local Leaders Mull Ways to Repair Public Unions' Image."

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Academics from US, Canada Look at Large-scale Policy Change

Monday, February 14th, 2011
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Academics from fifteen US and Canadian universities gathered at Suffolk University Law School on February 11 to discuss the challenges of large-scale policy change. The symposium was hosted by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service and the scholarly journal Governance, which is co-edited by Rappaport Professor Alasdair Roberts. "Our aim was to examine how the big ideas that shape policy -- for example, economic globalization -- rise and fall," said Roberts. "We looked at the role of entrepreneurs in selling new ideas, and how old ideas are shaken by crises." Peter Hall, the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, wrote an influential article on policy change that served as the basis for many of the February 11 papers. Hall examined how current ideas about the role of government became established after the turmoil of the 1970s.

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Prosnitz Appointed to Probation Task Force

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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Rappaport Center Executive Director named to Probation Task Force The Supreme Judicial Court has appointed Susan Prosnitz, Executive Director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, to serve on the task force examining the hiring and promotional practices of Probation and other departments of the Massachusetts Judicial Branch. The task force is chaired by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.

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Former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey speaks about political parity at the Rappaport Center
 MA Attorney General Martha Coakley Hearing on Sexual Exploitation Online
Arianna Huffington and Alan Khazei speaking at the Rappaport Center
Statnet panel of current and former heads of local performance management programs including Stephanie Hirsch (far right), former head of SomerStat and Devin Lyons-Quirk, third from right.
Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at the Rappaport Center's Gubernatorial Speakers Series
Mayor Menino attends Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Course for high school students
Triumph of the City: Ed Glaeser talks about his new book on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
HKS Professor Jeffrey Liebman (left) spoke about new ways to spur policy innovation at a State House briefing sponsored by State Representative (and former Rappaport Urban Scholar) Charles Murphy (right).
U.S. Representative Barney Frank speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School, cosponsored by the Rappaport Institute.

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