Friday, May 15, 2020

I'll bet the Mayor is sorry now

As news is slowly creeping out that the City has begun laying off employee's. I hear tell it's two DPW workers.  I wonder if there will be any high paying employee's or any division heads who will have their salaries cut by 10 or 20 percent. Meanwhile, the highest paid employee's (cops) will continue to take every advantage of the city.

But this post is about the tax and host community revenue that we are not getting, thanks to, among others, Gov Charlie Baker, the Mayor's marijuana swat team, Dennis Giombetti's Marijuana Task Force and the gutless city council who just brushed off the entire industry coming to Framingham. 

Mass Live did a comprehensive piece on how much the State and the Cities are loosing because of Baker's non-essential status pot shops fall under. 

https://www.masslive.com/marijuana/2020/05/with-no-recreational-marijuana-sales-during-coronavirus-pandemic-and-thousands-more-medical-patients-state-and-municipalities-to-see-impact-on-tax-revenue.html

Mayors from Amesbury, Greenfield, Lowell, Lynn, Marlboro, Newton, and Northampton.
have signed a letter to Baker pleading to let the pot shops open. The letter urges the governor to give the adult-use marijuana industry the opportunity to return to the fold and to contribute much needed revenue to municipalities in the state.


https://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/2020/05/14/fitchburg-mayor-joins-others-in-signing-letter-calling-for-marijuana-retailers-to-open/

11 Comments:

At May 18, 2020 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he will allow them to open in the first wave he announces today. Why didn’t Framingham sign onto that letter? Has anyone asked the mayor that question?

 
At May 18, 2020 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

The Mayor has been against retail pot shops (and the will of the voters) from the getgo...just look at who was on the Mayor's marijuana swat team.

Looks like retail pot shops can open on May 25th for curbside pick-up only. But that won't help Framingham revenues any time soon.

 
At May 18, 2020 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So were only 2 people laid off in the entire city?

 
At May 18, 2020 at 1:45 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

yes two so far... but I think there will be many more this week. I wouldn't be surprised to see Loring Arena closed for the rest of this year, a bunch of teacher aids and a whole lot of capital being cut.

 
At May 19, 2020 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read today 13 layoffs and 5 furloughs. Anyone know what the difference is?

 
At May 19, 2020 at 4:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor is doing a zoom meeting st 5 today. Look forward to jims post here about what she says

 
At May 19, 2020 at 7:34 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

furloughs would indicate it's temporary.. short period of time

layoffs are more permanent.

the meeting was just a rehash of what the Governor announced yesterday. Jim Synder from Park & Rec was there along with Adam Barnosky from the licensing board and Sam Wong.
The moderator blocked the number of people watching. I asked why the meeting was not on Gov TV or Facebook but got no answer.
The only thing I got out of it was that the recycle center will open soon.

 
At May 19, 2020 at 8:04 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

here's the meeting
https://www.youtube.com/embed/tD36TV3aK4k

 
At May 19, 2020 at 8:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they talk at all about layoffs or pay cuts for the top earners? And what about not allowing overtime which could save the city millions

 
At May 20, 2020 at 9:03 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

nothing about layoff's or reducing OT spending

 
At May 20, 2020 at 4:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that does not seem like a very informative meeting

 

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