Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spilka on Ways and Means.... Town Manager cancels State of the Town speech

Framingham should thank the new Senate Pres Rosenberg for picking Karen Spilka for W&M’s Chair. While I have and will continue to try to understand her thinking, (we’re the same age and grew up on different planets) I do have faith that she will be fair and reasonable in dealing with the budget. The best thing for us is that  Framingham has never really gotten the attention we deserve and now that Karen is there, Framingham has someone that can keep us in mind.

The eagerly awaited State of the Town presentation by the Town Manger was postponed. We learned that by e mail, because the bulk mailing with the notice had some issues and did not go out in time and as we heard from Mr. Halpin, he thought it would be better to roll out the report closer to Town Meeting. I may be wrong, not the first time, but I think by the time of his presentation, all budgets will be in ink and there will be little to no time to vet with the public before TM.  By the time we get to TM, the narrative will be rehearsed and not easily changed. The time to review the ruff budget is now.

DeLeo changes the rules.. ones he made

For those who follow the ugliness of Beacon Hill politics, I'd bet you shake your head and bang the desk over the news of Speaker Deleo's power play for Speaker of the House. In 2009 newly elected Speaker DeLeo championed ethcis reforms and reinstated the 8 year term limit. Now the Speaker is asking to end the term limits for him. What this means for us?... first... it maintains the status quo on the Hill with DeLeo having corralled the all the power. Thats never been good for this State and considering his connections to the Probation scandall and the lack of indictment, one wonders if he will ever be held accountable to anyone for anything, like the last 3 Speakers have.
 The smart money is on DeLeo which means to me that none of the reps have any guts to challenge the Speaker in addressing the corruption, nepotism, waste and fraud and the complete breakdown of such departments as the DPH and DYS. Politics as usual on the Hill doesn't work for Framingham and my rep knows it and could care less.