Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Deval's proposed budget cuts.. Will Beacon Hill buy it?

Gov. Deval Patrick slashed state funding for cities and towns, cut 900 state jobs and axed $1 billion in health care spending in a bare bones $30.5 billion budget he unveiled today that one fiscal watchdog said is the most brutal in state history.

Patrick’s cuts also include:

• $65 million in local aid, which the governor spared last year during his tough re-election battle

• $45 million in a proposal to reform the state’s public defense system for people who can’t afford it.

• $23 million on emergency homeless shelters

Patrick didn’t include taxes on cigarettes, candy or soda like he has in previous budgets, but he did include the bottle bill which would charge consumers extra as an incentive to recycle. That initiative is expected to bring in $20 million.

Pull up the entire budget:

Beacon Hill is costing us 58 million dollars. Are they worth it?


At January 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Interested reader said...

Budget cuts like these are going to hurt. We need the selectmen in Framingham to make good, tough, and fiscally responsible decisions for this town. Their record does not indicate the sitting members currently running for re-election have made those decisions in the past. Why would you expect them to make them now? We need to vote them out.

At January 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger blog addict said...

I have not been able to post here for the last few days. Glad to see that option is now back. My questions is, how much say do the residents of Framingham have in where these deep cuts are going to be made? How do we make sure our voices are heard?

At January 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Always looking said...

Beacon Hill does not buy anything that is for the good of the rest of the residents of the state, so why expect that pattern of behavior to stop at this point? They are screw ups and they are screwing the rest of us. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

At February 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

BA... we are all slaves to what Beacon Hill and Deval give us. That in turn dictates how much the CFO has to play with.... then it boils down to TM to approve or not.

One thing is for sure... none of the cuts will be welcomed and each department will make their case in front of TM.


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