From the Boston Metro,
"Hello There" September 8, 2003,
is the Beacon Hill Institute?
Beacon Hill Institute is a think tank located in the economics department
of Suffolk University, which engages in economic analysis of public
policy issues. Since 1991, BHI has been developing state-of-the-art
economic models to show how tax changes affect a state's or a city's
What are some of today's leading public policy issues?
the budget crises facing state governments are front and center.
Some states have been eager to raise taxes and fees, but we find
measures that restrain the growth and size of government are better
solutions. The ability of states to attract and retain business
is also a leading issue. The push for health care reform will continue
to occupy the best minds in government.
did you give Gov. Mitt Romney a grade of B+ for his first budget
when BHI released its "report card"?
what he was up against, we think Governor Romney did a pretty good
job in his first six months. Judging from our criteria, Governor
Romney understands the principles of good fiscal policy– efficiency,
tax neutrality, balance, and responsibility. However, we think that
he could have done a better job at limiting the size of government.
There are a number of reasons to believe that Massachusetts voters
want less state government and lower taxes. Just look at last
year’s vote that almost abolished the state income tax.
role do students play at BHI?
offers a hands-on learning opportunity for Suffolk University students.
We also offer internships to students who are interested in public
policy from other colleges in Boston and from across the country.
Students and interns conduct public opinion surveys, compile data
and crunch numbers. One of the rewards of working at BHI is watching
students develop and apply critically important work skills.