JOINT COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS FY 2011 BUDGET HEARINGS

The full schedule of 2010’s Ways and Means budget hearings can be found here. The hearings are open to the public and each focuses on specific state agencis.  The hearings will be held over the next month, culminating with a public hearing on March 5th in the Gardner Auditorum of the State House.  All hearings will begin at 10 a.m.

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One Response to “JOINT COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS FY 2011 BUDGET HEARINGS”

  1. masspolitics Says:

    Sean,

    You’re one of our best legislators. Thanks for everything you do.

    I’m concerned about the legislature’s proposed 4% cut to local aid. This will hit Arlington hard. We will probably lose many teachers if this happens.

    Last year local aid was cut by %12 while the state budget was cut by just 4%. Funding was restored to many things – like the courts – before restoring local aid. This year our town may be hit by more devastating local aid cuts.

    The governor has proposed a budget that leaves local aid level funded. I know the legislature has had some doubts about some of the assumptions in the governor’s bill, if we really need more cuts they should come out of state level programs.

    Yet there are places where the state could find the money if it had the political will.

    Why was the legislature unable to do anything about ‘hack holidays’ – special holidays that only state workers get. If we have to work all year, bear higher taxes, and have services cut – then all state workers should be required to at least work the same number of days the rest of us do.

    Or why has nothing been done about the health insurance for municipal workers. Wasn’t there an effort to give town greater ability to transfer their workers onto GIC insurance? Wouldn’t that save a lot of money. That bill hasn’t made it out of committee.

    There is a resolution to level fund local aid. Are you signed on to that?

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