Thursday, January 21, 2010

More cuts on the way

The days of wine and roses are long gone in these economic times. Towns like Natick are talking about laying off cops and in Framingham, the school budget for 2011 is 10 million dollars short. It's unclear if the reorganization of schools will help with the deficit, retirements may be slim help, but the overall problem lies in the lucrative contracts that the unions have gotten, with the help of the party loyalists who get their support from the very same people.

This year and perhaps for the next few years, a more reasonable approach should be reached by all parties, including all the teacher unions, cops and fireman in this State. Gone are the days when money just flowed into our coffers and it's way past time, the so called leaders of this Town, get with the program and stop giving in to the entitlement crowd. Lay offs should start with the assistant to the Town Manager, a few lieutenants from police and fire departments before any more time passes. I will not put up with reckless spending on law suits, police overtime for details, overstaffed fire houses and mismanaged road projects. And in case the ruling eleite try an overide or more tax increases, I say... forgetaboutit.

8 Comments:

At January 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Michael said...

I am with you on all of this Jim. Time to start the cuts where they should have been done already. Lets see if any of those so called ruling elite are listening to us.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Derek said...

Forgetaboutit is right! No more taxes as long as their is wasted money in the budget. You have got to cut, so do it. Our pockets are not as deep as you seem to think they are people. Curb your spending instead of deepening your reach into my money. I ain't given you any more. Enough is enough. And if you don't like it, fine with me, we will elect someone who listens in November.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Angry in Framingham said...

Unions have their purposes but if the union is not willing to negotiate when things are as bad as they are all over now, then you have to wonder about the mentality of the guys doing the negotiation. Come on people, wake up! The world is a different place than it was 5 yrs ago when union guys were making money hand over fist. They thought it would last forever. Nothing last for ever dummies. It is a new world out there and new rules so get with the program or the cuts will be done by someone other than you.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM , Blogger B. Murray said...

I didn't even know we had an assistant town manger so obviously they are not doing much. But there are lots of those type of positions. Lets get rid of all of them, and then see where we stand on the shortgfall issues.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Help said...

The ruling elite are about to be not so elite. Brown is just the first. I think we have seen the tide turn unless Brown messes things up really badly we should see a turnover in many of those elites in the next year or two.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Blogger SoxFan said...

Arent they out of options at this point on things to cut? Seems that at some point these cops and firefighters and teachers are going to have to take some of the hits that the rest of us have already taken. You would think they would prefer to be the ones to decide where that happens by negotiating instead of leaving it up to the politicians to do that for them.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 8:30 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Last night Deval promised no cuts in education funding and in this election year, he's smart to do so. BUT... unemployment rose last month here in Mass to over 9%, revenues are still slow to increase at the State level and there's still problems with Towns and Cities picking up the tab for the Quinn Bill, an under funded mandate. And in his speech, he is very short on any details on job creation or cutting spending.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Junior said...

What the hell can be left to cut? And didn't Patrick say last night no more cuts in local aid to towns/cities, so not sure that these Union guys think they have to do anything at this point. Unemployment is up which does not make for a good feeling for those of us out of work but no talk about what they plan to do about that. I hear some saying that the unemployment rate could stay over 9% for the next 5 yrs. How will that 9% survive?

 

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