Category Archives: Municipal Finance

Seabrook Earns Big Money Through Public Auctions

The Seabrook Board of Selectmen have created centralized purchasing by policy, which has led to savings in procurement across the enterprise. As part of this major reform the Board abolished the position of Projects Clerk, and created the position of … Continue reading

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Ideological Prisons: Detroit

I am back, after a brief respite. The unfolding story in Detroit has been of great interest to me, and although there is far to go before the final resolution the chorus of those on both sides of the political … Continue reading

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More on Government from Eric Schnurer

The Atlantic has been running a series of posts by governmental efficiency expert Eric Schnurer, which started with the thought provoking piece entitled “Government Should Run Like a Business—but Not in the Way You Think”. I did my own post … Continue reading

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Manzi in the Morning-Rep. Linda Dean Campbell Interview

State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell comes on the show to talk about the state budget, transportation finance, and some new legislation she is sponsoring. My thanks to Rep. Campbell for taking the time to come on the show. http://yourlisten.com/swf/Player.swf?id=16996240

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Manzi in the Morning-Chairman Sean Fountain Interview

Methuen City Council Chairman Sean Fountain came on the show on WCAP 980 am to talk about the newly passed municipal budget, the solicitor search, and the position of Director of Public Health. My thanks to Chairman Sean Fountain for … Continue reading

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Privatization Coming to Detroit

Detroit’s long slide into the financial abyss has been a function of local government trying to paper over serious financial problems, and refusing to implement solutions that make financial and operational sense. The economic factors that created some of the … Continue reading

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Government as a Business- Schnurer Part Two

Eric Schnurer has posted the second installment of his series on government, with a focus on governments “competing like business.” I talked about Schnurer’s first piece on this blog last week. Let us look at the new installment Schnurer starts … Continue reading

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