Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ok.. it's here, the new budget proposals from DeLeo

House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) unveiled a stark $27.44 billion budget riddled with deep cuts today, eliminating budgetary sacred cows such as the Quinn bill, and slashing local aid by 25 percent.

“I think today will put it all into perspective,” DeLeo said about the bare-bones budget. “This is a severe budget based on severe times.”

House Ways and Means Chair Charles Murphy (D-Burlington) said he made $1.8 billion in cuts and used about $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funding to close a $3.6 billion budget deficit. The rest of the gap was filled with additional federal money and by withholding payments to the rainy day fund.

Ok budget fans, this is what the State House is presenting. You can see the entire package at

They will dip into the rainy day fund and use some stimulus money to keep education, snow removal and legal fees for public defenders in. It's my semi educated guess, they will enact all the increases in taxes, gas, tolls, candy, alcohol, etc, etc, by July 4th, just to cover the short fall this year. Which would mean, from now on.

It just sleighs me, DeLeo would not have cut the salaries of the State House reps now.

Hang on.. it's going to be a very bumpy ride for Framingham and every other Town and City who has spent to much in the past.


At April 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM , Blogger SoxFan said...

How do you get this stuff up here so fast Jim? I see it here before I even hear the news. Don't know how you do it, but keep it up. Very useful information. And I hope you can stay on top of how the budget cuts are going to impact us here in Framingham specifically. These types of cuts have got to hit us at the town level. What are we losing, and what are we keeping that maybe us as residents think we could do without. Is anyone even asking us? Who do we go to in town government to voice those ideas?

At April 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Sox... Minute by minute.. things are happening around us, but we are to busy to know.

Dinsky resigned today as School Board chief... I can't wait to hear why. He is the one party loyalist who has promoted the financial expansion of our school budget for 16 years.

It's not going to effect us until July I believe. Schools will run as they are this year, but next is up the air now. The projects are just projections and without deeper spending cuts in other area's in the budget, Framingham, like each and every Town and City, will have to live with the shortfalls and either a) find ways to create revenue, like tax increases, service fee's, an override, big scary reductions in Town services and yes.. the schools will not look like they do today...

Pam is lock step with DeLeo, Karen could care less now that she is women of the year... Pam wants the Dem Party Platform to adopt voting rights and ss numbers for licence's.

The BOS here will have to do some real imaginative thinking, which is hard for the ideologue's who have shown little in effective creative thinking. Look at what we may end up spending in the lawsuit with SMOC...

Nothing is in stone by the by.... this is just the first round, fired at those who will fire back with equal force, but not with the right ammunition. Keep in mind, much of this talk is propaganda for their side, the spin which is what makes us crazy. By Friday, there will be a host of new proposals from Deval perhaps or maybe the minority leader, but certainly not us. So much is not being talked about.. and that's the way they want it.

The market continues to show miniscule increases, millions are still being paid to company exce's, bail out money is being paid back, firefighters storm the State House demanding stimulus money in the name of public safety and their jobs. Toll collectors, mean spirited and managerially impotent, highly paid Mass employees stick it to us this past Sunday on the Pike.

They are making the case to be replaced in 2010, because at this point, none of them will do anything that does not belief themselves or their supporters, we know it... have known it for decades.. and have done nothing to stop it. Our only weapon against this legislative terrorism, is our vote.

At April 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Derek said...

Legislative terrorsim. I like that term, and it really does describe the situation well. We need to keep all this stuff in front of the public, educate them about the shennanigans going on all around the MA political system. How can you live here and not know about this stuf? Coakly, DeMassi, Deleo, Cahill, Bulger, Kennedy, Patrick, they all are cut from the same cloth. Some have done this state some good, but that was never their primary goal. They all were, and continue to be, looking out for themselves. People have got to stay informed and come election time in 2010, people have to use their votes to make a difference. Don’t waste that one vote which could make a difference. But it will be a really, really tough nut to crack. Replacing 5-10 reps at the state house will not be enough to turn the politics as usual mentality around. We need to replace more than half of them if we want to really make a difference. I think Framingham is ready to vote Richardson out, but what about other communities? Is their representation by their reps as poor and unbeleivable as what we have with Richardson?

At April 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Severe budget in severe times. Is he just figuring that out? Quinn bill should have gone when budget cuts started, long before we cut people's jobs. Why didn't that happen? THey keep looking to federal stimulus money to bail us out, but they forget that federal stimulus money is coming out of the taxpayers pocket also. How about cutting and doing a balanced budget instead of looking to some other source to bail us out? Isn't that how it works? It sure is how it works at my house, I don't have the money, then I don't get the goods or services, no one is bailing me out when I come up short.

At April 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Frank makes a good point here... the bailout is not going to happen each year for the rest of our lives. The State will have to face the financial facts at some point without raising more taxes.

Cut the salaries of the legislature, tolls on the North and South of the city, along with cutting every program that is politically motivated at the State level, then I will support a gas tax increase, but until then, I will not.

At April 16, 2009 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


Last Sunday on the Pike made believers out of many who live west of the City. And it's my impression that Deval, The House and Senate will increase every tax and toll by July 4th and most people will be absolutely livid. As the States economy worsens in tax revenue next year, more and more inelegant regular people will want to do something in 2010 other than vote and run for elected office.


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