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January 19, 2010

Pioneer Institute Announces 19th Annual Better Government Competition
 
BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is pleased to promote an exciting opportunity for Commonwealth residents to get involved in improving how their state and local governments work.
 
Pioneer Institute, a non-profit public policy research group, is sponsoring the 19th Better Government Competition (BGC), which annually seeks ideas from individuals about how to improve government efficiency and effectiveness.  The BSG provides an unrivaled opportunity for citizen involvement in the development of government policy.  Implementation of winning ideas from previous competitions has saved Massachusetts taxpayers more than $500 Million.
 
The theme of the 2010 competition is Governing in Times of Crisis and its focus is budget management and savings.  The Pioneer Institute seeks innovative ideas for reform that would lessen the strain on state and local budgets by reengineering or outsourcing existing programs, implementing new policies with minimal or non-existent incremental costs, eliminating non-core or duplicative programs, or creating durable mechanisms to avoid future fiscal crisis.
 
In order to improve the efficiency of state and local budgets and strengthen our economy for both businesses and individuals, Pioneer needs the involvement of concerned Massachusetts citizens.  Entries may describe proven programs that have been recently implemented, or innovations not yet undertaken.  Pioneer encourages entries that will enhance state, county and municipal government operations.
 
The winner will receive a $10,000 prize presented at the BGC Awards Dinner in June 2010.  Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 prize for their proposals to improve government.
 
“Making state government run more efficiently has been the primary focus of the Massachusetts Senate this legislative session.  Policymakers should always be vigilant and protective of scarce public resources.  I hope my constituents engage in this conversation and submit their ideas to Pioneer’s competition,” said Downing.
 
“Getting the citizens of the Commonwealth more involved in thinking about the work of government and public service is a core piece of what Pioneer is about,” said Jim Stergios, Executive Director of Pioneer Institute.  “We greatly appreciate Senator Downing working with us to broaden our ability to attract good ideas from his district.”
 
For more information about the BGC go to www.pioneerinstitute.org/bgc or call (617) 723-2277 x207. 
 
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