Tag Archives: Massachusetts Budget Crisis

Municipal Relief Commission Takes a Pass

The so called Municipal Relief Commission has issued its report, and after nine months or so of work it has managed, in the area of health care, to actually recommend a system that will take us backwards from the point … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick Hits the Tube Again

Governor Patrick once again takes to You Tube to talk about reform, and his stance that revenues must not come before fundamental change. He makes the case that the Legislature needs to act on reform across a multitude of issues, … Continue reading

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Budgetary Suicide

Here is a clip with Braude and Mike Widmer. A good clip, but please note Widmer’s contention made near the end that the House budget is between $1 billion to $1.5 billion off in revenues. (I have been lowballing that … Continue reading

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Political Fallout

The House vote to hike the sales tax to 6.25 percent is causing some major political ripples on Beacon Hill, with both the Speaker and the Senate President expressing astonishment and outrage that the Governor would be critical of the … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick Takes to the Tube

Governor Deval Patrick cut a You Tube video to make his argument on revenue and reform, and once again threatened to veto a sales tax hike. The Governor now has the high ground on reform, and if he is smart … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick Steps Up

This morning I posted on the potential for a sales tax increase, and in that post I asked where the Governor was, and speculated about the potential for a veto threat from him. He must have read my blog. He … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Talk Moves to Seven Percent

I had done a posting on the financial potential of a one percent hike in the sales tax a couple of days back, and I guess the numbers are not that hard to figure, since the House is now talking … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Increase on the Way?

The media generated talk these days has many focused on the possibility for an increase in the sales tax as a way to forestall some of the major cuts put forward in the House budget. The Globe has run a … Continue reading

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Mayors Respond

Massachusetts Mayors gathered yesterday in Boston under the auspices of the Mayors Association to talk about a response to the unveiling of the House Ways and Means Budget. I was unable to attend the conference, but the video is pretty … Continue reading

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The House Budget Part 1

There is plenty of bad news in the House budget for municipalities, which saw a real decrease in local aid (non education) accounts of 32 percent. That is draconian, and will lead to a real decrease in our ability to … Continue reading

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