Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Back in the saddle again

Mass is getting 22 million for energy saving projects. This is a portion of the 54.9 million in US Department of Energy's State Energy Program. This money will fund solar projects and energy saving measures for public buildings around the State. The Sate has received 5.5 million for administration costs and will get another 27.5 million if the State can meet certain goals.

Which leads me to write, the Sate budget is in serious peril for 2010 and like every other State getting stimulus money, budgets have to be balanced before any money is released. Just look at Calif and there 24 billion dollar deficit. Mass is not there, but we have a more problems facing us in the near future. Funding two zoos, closing some registry offices, health care and how to fund it have people up in arms. The typical response from our elected eleite is nothing short of disgraceful. Deval is not closing his Washington DC office, despite what the legislator has mandated.

On a brighter note, Sal DiMassi's pension is on hold, the 252 million dollar payment to the creditors for the big dig dept has been put off because the legislator has written into law, that 100 million dollars from the new sales tax increase will go directly to the big dig dept.


At July 23, 2009 at 1:20 AM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

100 Million from the sales tax hike going to the big dig? Are you really saying that is what they are doing? How long are we going to be paying for this mess? This is another toll story, the tolls were suppose to be short term, to pay for certain things, and then eliminated. Now they have another project we will be paying for forever. When are they going to start asking us where we want our tax dollars to go? Our money, shouldn't we have a say in how it is spent?

At July 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

FR... yeah that's the rub to allegedly keep them from making toll increases. The sales tax increase was sold as a stop gap measure for all that ails us. And the creditors who grade our credit worthiness insisted on guarantees that the 100 million from sales tax revenue would go specifically toward big dig debt.

And in the end, by late summer or fall, a toll increase and or gas tax increase will have to be made to make up for the shortfalls in revenue.


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