Friday, October 30, 2009

Local Aid not cut... in the newest of Deval's rescue plans

To close the 600 million dollar gap in the budget, Deval has left local aid alone.. for now, but I can't imagine this will hold for next year.

62 million from the Stimulus money will go to higher education. 27 million less for school building construction. The two hack holidays are on the chopping block as well as 5 million from the Quinn Bill, which I believe would still leave 15 million. Look for this to not be funded at all very soon. Also cut is prescription advantage, the program for seniors to buy drugs, was cut by 5.6 million. There are many more cuts but Deval needs legislative approval for expanded budget cutting powers. And while all this bad news is hitting all of us, the legislature has not taken much of any hit at all. 1000 more state jobs will be cut if unions don't make some concessions. If the legislature is not mandated to take at least 2 days a week furlough for the rest of this year and all of next I'd be very surprised. They have anointed themselves free from worry about their pay checks.

And here in Framingham, some municipal workers are getting raises, and the two biggest unions, cops and fire have yet to be dealt with. All the meals and hotel taxes won't fix our problems.


At October 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM , Blogger J. Price said...

Raises for municipal workers? What the hell is that about? Not saying that town workers do not deserve to be paid, they do a great job for the most part. But come on people, in this economy, anyone getting a raise begs the question where is the money coming from.

At October 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

How do we make the point that the legislators salaries should be cut the same as everyone elses? Are they that protected that the option of taking money out of their pocket does not even get considered? Can we raise the question to them publically so they have to respond? Pillsbury, what do we do here?

At October 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

Are you saying in this age of health care reform on a federal level the state of MA is cutting funding for people in need to get their prescriptions filled? Is Patrick completely clueless about the goings on of his supposed friend in DC?

At October 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Did I read this right, they cut 5.6 mil a fund to pay for necessary medications for seniors and left 15 mil so cops can go to school to learn out to balance their checkbook or something just as useless? So our emergency room expenses will go up because people can not afford their medications so they get much sicker and need to be hospitalized, but the cops keep going to school. In what universe does that make sense?

At November 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

The level of frustration is rising faster than they had thought. The party loyalist who support those in power, are made promises for their votes. The question is, does Deval and Beacon Hill, really think cutting prescription advantage will be better for votes than cutting the Quinn Bill funding?

I say... and perhaps you also, no freaking way and their are more seniors and pre seniors than their are cops in this State.


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