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These reports analyze government operations and recommend potential for higher effectiveness and efficiency. They also measure government performance over time striving to improve fiscal and managerial responsibility.

Choosing a Better Voting System

Ranked choice voting, or RCV, is a system that allows voters to indicate a preference not just for their first choice for an office, but for their second and third choices, and so on. Much like runoff elections, the system ensures that no one wins without more than 50 percent of the final vote.

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Bureau Brief—Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Removal

From 1872 to 1932, trash removal in Worcester was the responsibility of over 8,000 pigs eating 10 tons of trash per day at the nation’s largest municipal piggery. Smell complaints ultimately forced the city to shut down the piggery and build an incinerator.

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Bureau Brief—Non-Profits and Municipal Authority

Non-profit organizations are recognized as important elements in a community’s social, cultural, educational, and civic framework. As such, they are given unique rights under both Federal and State law. These rights exempt them from certain municipal regulations and obligations. Our latest Bureau Brief – Non-Profits and Municipal Authority reviews a non-profit’s exceptional status when it comes to local control.

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