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New Report Says Civilian Flagger Reform In Massachusetts Has Not Produced Promised Savings

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A government watchdog group said a decade-old effort in Massachusetts to increase the use of civilian flaggers at road construction sites has not saved much money.

The Pioneer Institute released a report this week that said the  reform law has been effectively undermined by a prevailing wage requirement.  Civilian flaggers in Massachusetts are paid an hourly rate that is 51 percent above the national average.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Greg Sullivan, Pioneer’s Research Director.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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