Charles Chieppo is a policy expert, author and commentator on a variety of issues including public finance, transportation, and good government. From 2003 to 2005, Chieppo served as policy director in Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration and Finance where he led the Romney administration's successful effort to reform the commonwealth's public construction laws, helped develop and enact a new charter school funding formula, and worked on a variety of public employee labor issues such as pension reform and easing state restrictions against privatization. Previously, he directed the Shamie Center for Better Government at Pioneer Institute. While employed by Pioneer, Chieppo served on the MBTA's Blue Ribbon Committee on Forward Funding and has written and commented extensively on T and other transportation issues. He was a contributor to "MBTA Capital Spending Derailed by Expansion," by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation with Pioneer Institute, which won the Government Research Association's "Most Distinguished Research" award.
Chieppo appears regularly on WGBH television’s Greater Boston, WGBH’s Boston Public Radio and WBUR’s RadioBoston. For several years, Chieppo's columns appeared regularly in The Boston Herald. Other media outlets publishing his work include The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Education Next, USA TODAY, Washington Times, Providence Journal, Nashville Tennessean, CommonWealth magazine, and Governing.
Chieppo is a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication and Vanderbilt University Law School. Charles Chieppo launched Chieppo Strategies LLC in 2006.
By threatening to withhold mass transit funds, Washington is preventing California from realizing savings from its pension reforms. It isn't the first time special interest legislation has stood in the way of cheaper government.
Merit-based hiring systems in government are more than a century old, and some of them make managing the public workforce absurdly difficult and complicated. They need to be updated for the modern era.
Some police and firefighters are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension payouts, draining the city's finances and helping to shrink the public-safety workforce. Pension benefits need to be tied to contributions.