Category Archives: State News

The Pension Problem in the States

JP Morgan took a look, back in May, at some metrics with regards to state pension and OPEB liabilities, called “ARC and the Covenants 2.0.” An interesting exercise, with some key data across all 50 states, with a highlight on … Continue reading

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The Fat Lady Sings- Suffolk Bellwether Poll Points to Big Markey Win

Suffolk University and pollster David Paleologos have today released a new statewide poll showing Congressman Ed Markey with a double digit lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez. The new statewide survey has Markey leading by 52% to 42%, which is less … Continue reading

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Privatization Coming to Detroit

Detroit’s long slide into the financial abyss has been a function of local government trying to paper over serious financial problems, and refusing to implement solutions that make financial and operational sense. The economic factors that created some of the … Continue reading

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Chapter 90 Funding: New Tug of War

Yesterday I posted about the budget conference currently under way in Boston between the House and Senate, and listed some of the local aid numbers for Methuen. I mentioned that there was still some controversy over where we would end … Continue reading

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Methuen Local Aid Allocations

Both the Massachusetts House and Senate have passed budgets, with the process of reconciling those documents in the hands of a conference committee. There are some slight differences in the documents, with the below listing the different allocations for local … Continue reading

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Podcast: Steve Kerrigan, Candidate for Lt. Governor

I was very fortunate to have on the Manzi in the Morning Radio Program (980 am WCAP every Wednesday at 10:00 am)Steve Kerrigan, who is a candidate for Lt. Governor. Steve was the first announced candidate for that office, and … Continue reading

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Manzi in the Morning- Michael Widmer Interview

Michael Widmer came on the Manzi in the Morning Program to talk about Transportation Finance, the State budget, unfunded OPEB liabilities, and reform in transportation. Widmer is the President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and he is, in my view, … Continue reading

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