The Boston Globe – Report cites benefits from Mass. green campaign

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Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on the impact that the Green Communities Act will have on Massachusetts’ economy.

WBUR’s Cognoscenti – The Doctor Is In (Your Pocket): When Your Smartphone Takes Care Of You

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WBUR’s Cognoscenti publishes its second post about this semester’s Open Classroom topic: health policy.

Prof. Timothy Hoff Awarded Contract to Write VHA Policy White Paper

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Timothy Hoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Health Care Systems, and Health Policy, and a recognized expert in primary care delivery and health care quality, has been awarded a contract for $114,701 from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to prepare a policy white paper addressing the VHA’s recent introduction of interdisciplinary general mental health teams to care for Veterans with ongoing behavioral health needs.

Why people hate government

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | October 7, 2012

In 1965, according to a national Gallup Poll, 35 percent of Americans considered “big government” to be the biggest threat to the country in the future. Slightly fewer (29%) named “big business” as the biggest threat while just 17 percent put this onus on “big labor.” This was the era of Lyndon Johnson and the federal government’s massive “War on Poverty.”

By 1983, fully 50 percent of those polled listed big government as the biggest threat with only 20 percent naming either business or labor. This was the era of Ronald Reagan and the mantra “Get the Government off my back.” By 2001, at the beginning of George W. Bush’s presidency and “compassionate conservatism,” the Gallup poll revealed that two-thirds (65%) of Americans were most worried about big government. By contrast, less than a quarter (24%) feared big business and only 8 percent now worried about big labor. Read More

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