Monday, January 17, 2011

The Budget and Capital Spending

While we wait to hear how many Town employee's will be cut next year to plug the almost 7 million dollar deficit, department heads have asked for 24 million in capital requests. Our CFO has said that the Town should be able to take on 2/3rds of that, which begins July 1.

So we will close a school or two, lay off 200 employee's or so, pay millions in lawsuits, overtime, outrageous health care benefits and millions more for un-funded mandates.... and still borrow 16 million dollars..... I'm at a loss to understand the logic.

The new jobs outlook is at best, bleak. Foreclosures this year will outpace last year. A few thousand residents more than last year from Framingham will be unemployed. Property values and home prices will continue to fall this year and our schools will be decimated by budget cuts and lower local aid from Beacon Hill.

The question is, are the Town leaders that out of touch with reality?

MLK Day

In our lifetime we have witnessed much tragedy that has helped shape our country today. There are a few moments in that time that will forever live in our minds, no matter what color or political persuasion. And in the case of MLK, anyone old enough to remember what he stood for and the results of his bravery will acknowledge why we pay our respects to a man who helped change our country for the better.

Crime and DNA testing

In a piece from the MWDN over the weekend a resident from Milford had her home broken into. The thief cut his hand breaking a window and left a bloody paper towel behind. The paper towel was given to the State Police Crime lab immediately and 2 1/2 years later, a match was discovered. The homeowner had written everything off and had moved on. Many items stolen were not priceless but had great value to the family.

Violent crimes take precedent based on the statute of limitations for the 67 lab technicians working at the crime lab... which make sense. But there are approximately 11,000 samples to be filed into the 85,000 profiles already on record, with 5,800 forensic cases.

While 3 million dollars was spent on State Police overtime last year on details, thousands of unresolved cases wait for the crime lab to test samples.

More emphasis and money should be put on solving violent crime through technology and less time sitting in a car at work sites.