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30 minutes | 7 days ago
Hubwonk Ep. 55: Fair Share Amendment: Weighing Costs & Benefits For Massachusetts' Economy
Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Executive Director Jim Stergios about HR86, the so-called Fair Share Amendment, to tax Massachusetts household income above $1 million. They discuss its promises, its costs, and the effects of similar legislation in other states.
33 minutes | 14 days ago
Hubwonk Ep. 54: Talking Out of School: SCOTUS Takes Up Campus Boundaries on Social Media Universe
Hubwonk Host Joe Selvaggi talks with constitutional scholar and CATO Institute Research Fellow Thomas Berry about the recently heard U.S. Supreme Court case, Mahanoy Public School District v. B.L., and its implications for free speech, school control, and the integration of social media into the rubric of first amendment protections.
35 minutes | 22 days ago
Hubwonk Ep. 53: Preparing For Disaster: Health Readiness Expert’s Performance Review
Hubwonk Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Emergency Preparedness expert Dr. Paul Biddinger about how experts plan for disasters, and what went right and wrong in this pandemic.
37 minutes | a month ago
Hubwonk Ep. 52: Post-Pandemic Possibilities: Writer Ramesh Ponnuru Offers Insight On What Comes Next
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Bloomberg Opinion writer and National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru about the national zeitgeist in a post-Covid, post-President Trump future.
26 minutes | a month ago
Hubwonk Ep. 51: Grading Education in a Pandemic: Survey on Schooling in a Pandemic
Joe Selvaggi discusses a recently released survey from Pioneer Institute and Emerson Polling, "Massachusetts Residents’ Perceptions of K-12 Education During the Covid-19 Pandemic," with Emerson's lead analyst, Isabel Holloway, and Pioneer Institute’s Charlie Chieppo.
38 minutes | a month ago
Hubwonk Ep. 50: Doctor Heal Thyself: Insider's Prescription For Healthcare Reform
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Dr. Martin Makary about how to reduce healthcare prices. Dr. Martin Makary is a surgical oncologist and chief of the Johns Hopkins Islet Transplant Center. He is a clinical lead for the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and serves as Executive Director of Improving Wisely, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project to lower health care costs in the U.S. by creating measures of appropriateness in health care. Dr. Makary’s research focuses on the creation and evaluation of new health care innovations. He is the creator of the Surgery Checklist, publishing its first description and later served on the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives committee. He led the W.H.O. workgroup to create global measures of surgical quality. Dr. Makary has published over 200 scientific articles, including the first description of “frailty” impacting surgical outcomes, the original studies on safety culture measurement in hospitals, and an evaluation of the Orphan Drug Act. He is a leading voice for physicians, writing in The Wall Street Journal, and is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Unaccountable about patient safety and physician-led transparency efforts in health care. Dr. Makary is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Center For Surgical Outcomes Research and Clinical Trials and is the recipient of numerous grants to evaluate the effectiveness of new surgical technology and new interventions in health care. He serves jointly as a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of health policy & management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has pioneered new pancreas operations at Johns Hopkins, including the laparoscopic Whipple procedure. He performed the first series of laparoscopic islet auto-transplantation and other laparoscopic operations in field of surgery. Dr. Makary is among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the United States. He is the recipient of the National Pancreas Foundation Nobility in Science Award. Dr. Makary is a graduate of Bucknell, Thomas Jefferson and Harvard University. He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 49: Travesty of Justice: Massachusetts Drug War Collapses on Lab Scandal
Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute senior legal fellow Jim McKenna about Massachusetts' drug prosecution cases resting on evidence produced by badly mismanaged drug testing labs, and the implications for those convicted on erroneous, tainted, or fabricated evidence.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 48: Struggling For Sunshine: Transparency's Power To Keep Leaders Accountable
Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute's Mary Z. Connaughton about the value of transparency and Pioneer’s extensive work to provide greater access to legislative and policy information to hold elected officials accountable and build trust in our state government.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 47: Traffic Strikes Back: New Transportation Strategies for Post-Pandemic Prosperity
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Chris Dempsey, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, about road and mass transit innovations that could address traffic challenges in a high-growth, post-pandemic economy. Guest: Chris Dempsey is Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. He was formerly Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In that role, he co-founded the MBTA’s open-data program, which was named Innovation of the Year by WTS-Massachusetts in 2010. Chris has also worked as a consultant at Bain & Co., on a number of local and statewide political campaigns including that of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and at a transportation technology startup that provides mobile ticketing for transit systems in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A., 2005) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A, 2012). Chris has taught transportation policy at the graduate level at Northeastern University. In 2015, Chris was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine for his volunteer work leading No Boston Olympics.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 46: Post-Pandemic Prospects: Tech Leaders' Prescription for Preserving a Healthy Economy
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Chris Anderson, President of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, about the reasons why Massachusetts has a thriving tech sector, what challenges his members have faced in the pandemic, and what he sees as the most prudent path toward future prosperity in the commonwealth. Guest: Christopher R. Anderson is president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc. Before becoming president in January 2001, he served as vice president and general counsel for the Council. In January 2006, Mr. Anderson was appointed to serve as a member of the state Board of Education (BOE), the nine-member panel that oversees state K-12 education policy. From November 2006 through August 2007, he served as Chairman of the BOE, an appointment designated by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Mr. Anderson graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, MA. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 45: Digesting Digital Medicine: Healthcare Benefits When Smart Pills Track When Taken
Host Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s Bill Smith talk with Valerie Sullivan, President and CEO of EtectRX about the health care costs of improperly taking prescriptions and the promise of smart pills to signal and track medicines when ingested.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 44: Patient-centered Model Outshines Insurance-centered Healthcare during Pandemic
Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute Senior Fellow Josh Archambault about his newest research paper entitled, "Direct Health Care Agreements: A New Option For Patient-Centered Care That Costs Less and Reduces Provider Burn-out" and how this emerging service model provided its patients with comprehensive health service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 43: Wealth Migration Trends: Remote Work Technology Empowers Workers to Live Anywhere
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Andrew Mikula about his recent research into migration trends of high-income individuals, how pandemic-related technologies may accelerate that movement, and what challenges these changes present for policy makers. Guest: Andrew Mikula is Economic Research Analyst at Pioneer Institute. Mr. Mikula was previously a Lovett & Ruth Peters Economic Opportunity Fellow at Pioneer Institute and studied economics at Bates College.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Hubwonk 42: Interstate Legal Skirmish: NH Takes MA Telecommuter Tax to the Supreme Court
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with legal school and George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin about the details, the merits, and the likely implications of the Supreme Court case, New Hampshire v Massachusetts, on state taxation power, federalism, and the power to vote with one’s feet.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 41: Connecticut’s Painful Journey: Wealth Squandered, Lessons Learned, Promise Explored
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s President and CEO, Chris DiPentima, about what policy makers can learn from Connecticut’s journey from the wealthiest state in the nation, to one with more than a decade of negative job growth.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Hubwonk 40: Intrepid Restauranteurs Endure: Failure is Not on the Menu
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Massachusetts Restaurant Association President and CEO Bob Luz about the devastating effects of the pandemic and lockdowns on restaurants. They discuss the industry's creative strategy for survival, plans for reaching beyond the crisis, and the many positive improvements for this vital sector that employs 10% of the workforce in the commonwealth.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 39: California Tax Experiment: Policy Makers Receive Valuable Economics Lesson
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Stanford University Economics Professor Joshua Rauh about his research on the reaction of Californians to a tax increase, from his report, "The Behavioral Response to State Income Taxation of High Earners, Evidence from California." Prof. Rauh shares how his research offers tax policy makers insight into the likely effects of similar increases in their own states, including here in Massachusetts. Guest: Joshua Rauh, originally from Newton, MA., is a Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Rauh’s research on state and local pension systems in the United States has received national media coverage in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and The Economist. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and an editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance and the Review of Corporate Finance Studies. He holds a BA degree in economics, magna cum laude with distinction, from Yale University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Hubwonk Episode 38: Social Unrest Network: The Disruptive Power of Information For Leadership
Joe Selvaggi talks with Martin Gurri, former CIA analyst and author of "Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium," about the wave of populism sparked by the disruptive force of the internet from Occupy to riots on Capitol Hill. Mr. Gurri shares his views on the connection between massive, broad information consumption and the new view toward elites.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 37: Unemployment Insurance Rescue: Seeking Relief to Catalyze COVID Recovery
Joe Selvaggi talks with John Regan, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, about the impact of higher UI rates on employers and what legislators can do to help mitigate the pain.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Hubwonk Ep. 36: Police Reform Law: Finding Balance While Seeking Justice
Join Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi and his conversation with former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis who shares his views on the features and controversies of the police reform bill on Beacon Hill.
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