Government Accountability

Government Accountability

At an old munitions site, hikers get no warning of newfound...

A 130-acre tract of conservation land south of Boston remains largely open to public use without posted warnings despite new risks of unexploded munitions...

New laws leave voters to navigate maze of requirements

Since the last presidential election in 2012, states passed dozens of new voting requirements, particularly regarding photo IDs.

Gaming commission deals blow to Brockton horse racing plans

Horse racing in Massachusetts continues to be fraught with in-fighting.

State horse fund, facing long odds, can’t find enough purses to...

It seemed like a sure bet for the Sport of Kings: A tax on casinos aimed solely at reviving Massachusetts horse racing. Five years after...

Years of budget cuts disarm Massachusetts in environmental fight

Massachusetts has made deep cuts to environmental agency budgets in recent years, leaving many state parks unstaffed and much of its surface water untested for bacteria.

Commentary: Public records law unfulfilled, not ‘unfunded’

This week is Sunshine Week, a time each year when advocates for public accountability assess progress toward prying open the government, and chart what progress remains. In Massachusetts, the list of needed fixes is long.

Boston police cast a veil on warrants, uses for cellphone trackers

Months after NECIR uncovered that Boston police use cellphone trackers in investigations, the department still has not answered basic questions. The BPD refuses to provide examples or a log of cases where they deployed the trackers.

Driving Schools at head of long line for RMV road tests

A cornerstone of Massachusetts law is equal access to public services. But the Registry of Motor Vehicles has interpreted that access in a way that favors people willing to pay extra. A form of pay-to-play for road tests has evolved in recent years, severely limiting the average citizen's ability to secure coveted appointments in a timely manner, an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

#WaitingToDrive: Share your Massachusetts RMV experience

Did you pay for a driving school time slot? How long did you have to wait? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook using #WaitingToDrive.