Friday, January 30, 2009

9 C cuts from the State Budget

If you have a few minutes to look over the Governor’s 9C budget cuts for 09, I think you will find some very interesting information on how much is being spent now, how much he will cut now and how much will have to be cut in the future. While, I’ve read that Obama will give our State a bucket of money, the Governor will still need to cut expenses, which in all likelihood means more local aid cuts somewhere down the short road. Don’t shoot the messenger… I just thought many of you should have a front row seat to the numbers.

Pay some attention to the costs of our elected officials and see what the other budget summary numbers are for public safety and the Judiciary.
It’s a massive amount of info… and I find myself going back and looking at separate accounts. Did you know the State gets Fed funding to eradicate cannabis, to the tune of 39 million dollars? I’ll bet Obama doesn’t fund this type of nonsense any more. Look at the perks our Reps get for just driving to Beacon Hill. Look at the Da’s office and the Sheriffs Department.


At January 31, 2009 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

This stuff is way over my head. Tell us what it says Jim? You understand this stuff much more than most of us do!

At January 31, 2009 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Edward said...

They make this stuff impossible to follow on purpose. They don't want any of us regular people to understand this, because if we did understand, we would see that they are screwing us 6 ways to Sunday. Jim, can you break this down to layman's terms for us? We need to know where the cuts are being made so we can decide if we agree with them, not that they will listen to us even if we don't. But at least we would have a chance. And why the heck isn't Richardson holding a meeting explaining this to her constituents? Too busy spending our money I guess to be bothered listening to any of us!

At February 1, 2009 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Help said...

Anyone watching the morning news shows? $500 tax break? THey've got to be kidding! I sure won't be using that for a shopping trip to Walmart. $500 is nothing when I am so far in debt I can't see the light at the end of this tunnel. What is the purpose of this suppose to be anyway?

At February 1, 2009 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all absurd! What do we do about it though?

At February 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


The 9C cuts for this year are inevitable but the whole 9C package is depending on the bail out monies from the Feds, approval of the State House on things like the meal tax, soda tax, etc.

Framingham will loose 1.2 million this year, which will hurt central services this year. But what's even more problematic, is next years budget 2010. Overrides are out of the equation, in my opinion, for the next two years.. they will never fly in an election year.

This week the Senate will debate and probably cut some of the "good ideas" that are proposed by Obama for more tax cuts, mortgage help and job creation.

This is what CNN is reporting this morning about what the Senate wants out of the bail out package.

Bottom line, if Deval gets his bucket of money, then we are in somewhat better shape this year, but as I see it, next year could be devastating for us all.

The Governor Has to be forceful in his attempt to make our lives a little better. The new corrupt Speaker will be at center stage with his own agenda, which will not likely help Metro West. Increased taxes, toll hikes, gas tax increase, and the required redrawing of legislative districts, etc, will only divert our attention to the lack of meaningful ethics reform that should come before the house, before any other business is conducted, but as you and I know, that is un likely.

I know this news sucks... I'm as pissed off as all of you.. perhaps even more. The key to the answer to most if not ALL of our problems lies locked in at the State House. We will never be free, until we take the tate House back from those who completely disregard our pleas for justice and fairness.

We can't fire them, we can't shoot them and we can't stop them this year, but we can in 2010. Until then, you and I will have to do whatever we can to fight the injustice. This blog is intended to do such and I welcome, any and all idea's you have to get the job done.

At February 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stimulus package covers a multitude of items but does it address the most pressing issues like job creation? Don’ t know about the rest of you, but from my point of view, if I had a decent paying job, then I could handle all the rest of the issues. Sure, my mortgage is upside down, I owe more than it is worth, and it is a bitch to write that check every month, but I am willing to suck it up and do that since I am the one that bought it in the first place, and now I have to deal with the fact it is worth less. And if I have a job, I can pay for my heat, and catch up on my credit cards. Is my credit ruined, yes, but hey, I can’t afford to buy anything new for several years anyway, so I can deal with that if there is some program to help me recover my credit in a year or two. Right now, I need a job. So I really don’t care about you stimulating the economy unless the result of that stimulus is that I can get a job and make a decent living and support my family. I have been out of work for almost 4 months now, and my wife has been supportive and loving, but I am sick of sitting home while she goes to work. I apply for every single job I see that I am even remotely qualified for, and I have not heard back from even one of them. I am talking over 160 resumes I have sent out. I don’t see an end in sight here, and my unemployment is going to run out at some point, what happens then? I am willing to do any job I can get for any pay they will give me, but I can’t find anything. I never, ever imagined it being this bad, even with all the news reports. The first month I sort of coasted, not in a panic, the second month I sent resumes out every single day, but the third month I was up nights worrying about how we will survive, and now I am really in a panic. So you know what, I don’t really care about the problems in the banking industry, and I don’t give a damm about Framingham’s budget cuts. I need a job, and that is all I care about.

At February 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

You are correct Jim that there is not much we can do as far as getting the current state government to change or be responsive. But we can educate the voters and show them what is happening. This blog is a great tool and is helping. We need more things like this. The hell with the corrupt MA politicians. Jim is doing something positive and useful with this blog. How about the rest of us? The time to show the MA politicos how we feel will be at election time and I hope we all remember this and vote accordingly next time around!

At February 2, 2009 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Rich said...

This is a good source for information, I agree, but what about being a solution? Sometimes you are offering solutions here Mr. Pillsbury, like the foreclosure information and the heating programs, but a lot of time, the people responding are just complaining. To all of you writing in, if you want to complain about something, fine, but if you don’t like it, then offer a suggestion or a solution to fix the problem! In my day, when we were against the war in Viet Nam, we did something to stop it. That is the kind of action we need to see again, but most of us that led those protests are too old to do that again. Can’t you younger people take on some of that now? People like Mr. Pillsbury, they have the experience and the ideas, but we still need people to act on these ideas to gain any success.

At February 2, 2009 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Junior said...

I am new to this blog, just hit on it today. First, great source of information. Second, you need to get more exposure. And third, geez, so much going on here, how can you all keep up with it? It took me almost 2 hours just to read it all. I agree with what people say about needing to get these elected officials out of office in the next election, but who the hell are we going to elect? Pillsbury, you ran according to this blog, but lost. Are you planning to take them on again next time?

At February 3, 2009 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Friend said...

Jim do you have any idea of when this bailout money will actually trickle down to make a difference in the lives of the everyday guy? I mean, I am one of the lucky ones who still has a job. My wife lost hers a few months back, but she was getting ready to retire early anyway. I pay my bills on time and although I don’t have much savings, I am not swimming in debt. Still have a few years left to work and try to rebuild that retirement account. I went to get a car loan last week and was turned down. I have great credit, but with only one income in my family, they said it was considered “high risk” and no one would finance me. I can’t believe this. When is this credit freeze going to loosen up some?

At February 3, 2009 at 12:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know anything about the recycle program here in Framingham? I am new to this area, and I only got one recycle bin, and no explanation of what should go into it. And when they picked up my trash today seems everything in the bin went into the same garbage truck. How is that recycling? I think they are just sending it all to the same landfill the rest of the trash goes to but they want us to think the town is being environmentally responsible. Great blog by the way

At February 3, 2009 at 12:29 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


I believe very soon, the younger crowd will rise up and take to the streets in civil disobedience. Those of us who participated in the anti war movement have the spirit, but not the legs, is true, but our children, who are now adults with their own families are not aware of the success of past generations and have had life pretty easy up to this point. Wanting and getting most everything they want, because we gave it to them, but that was then and now is their reality and I firmly believe, they will become more aware and figure out, they are the key to positive change.

At February 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


There's a void in the decimating of honest, un biased, relevant information to the working person. I write in this blog, mostly out of a deep frustration with the local biased media and our corrupt self serving political representatives who ignore the will of the voter. I have fought the good fight for decades, only to be disappointed with the outcome, doing it their way. I'm angry with the system that promotes ignorance, fraud, lies, cover up's and blatant disrespect for all who think differently than those who we have elected.
I will run in 2010 and part of my goal will be to have 150 or so common, working, non connected real people run for State Rep in 2010 from across the State and take back our house from those who have blatantly, blindly and boldly made the mess, both fiscally and morally, that we are now dealing with

At February 3, 2009 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


CNN money is reporting today that the nearly 1 trillion dollar bail out package will likely be voted on this week. As you can well imagine,both sides of the isle are getting their licks in and it would not surprise me, the final figure would be more. The car companies will have to do more to get car loans into wanting buyers.. I'd say, next month. There will be all kinds of monies available for various people at various stages in life. Tax breaks, no tax on un employment bennies, lots of work for trades people for road and infrastructure repair, etc, etc. Some we all agree with.. some we may not. But what choice do we have? I'd hold off on the car purchase until next month or two.

At February 3, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


Welcome to Framingham.

We have a great recycling center in Town.
Costs 10.00 for a permit, if you want to drop off at their place.

And for you home recycling question:

You would need to get a recycle bin from the Town, there are two sizes. The big yellow 30 gallon one is most usefull, from the recycle center. It's 10 bucks also.

Thanks for recycling


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