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Mayor Announces $1.8 Billion Capital Plan

Mayor Thomas Menino speaks about his five-year capital plan for the city of Boston at a press conference held Friday, May 17, 2013 outside Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Also pictured are District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina (second from right) and Spaulding President David E. Storto (far right).

The mayor last week announced a plan to invest $ 1.8 billion over the next five years in capital projects across the city, including $ 1.6 million for a new park near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

At a press conference held Friday, May 17 outside the recently opened hospital, Mayor Thomas Menino discussed some of the 341 projects included in the city’s five-year capital plan for fiscal years 2014-2018—projects that will improve and maintain the city’s roads, buildings, technology and play spaces.

The five-year capital plan will “create 460 construction jobs in FY2014” and will “transform city neighborhoods, learning, recreation and streets,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

“Our city draws its strength from its neighborhoods, and this year’s capital plan will make our neighborhoods better for all of the families that live in our city,” Menino said. “The park here at Spaulding reflects my commitment to build a city that works for all of our people, not just some of our people.” read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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Senate Releases $34 Billion Budget Proposal

The Massachusetts State House.

The Massachusetts State Senate Ways & Means Committee released a budget proposal Wednesday just shy of $ 34 billion for fiscal year 2014 that falls short of several of Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget recommendations.

According to the Boston Globe, the Senate $ 33.92 billion budget would increase spending by 4.4 percent as opposed to Patrick’s budget that hikes spending by 6.9 percent.

The Senate budget is roughly in line in terms of spending with the proposed $ 33.8 billion House budget proposed last month.

The Globe reported that the Senate budget increases spending for elderly services and special education but does not reach Patrick’s recommendations for expanding transportation and providing universal childcare access.

Committee Chairman Sen. Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre) told the Globe their differences with Patrick’s budget are “not in the direction, but in the extent.” read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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Will Patrick’s $1.9 Billion Tax Hike Pass?

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick’s still bullish about his budget proposal, which will raise $ 1.9 billion in new revenue through an increase in the income tax, decrease in the sales tax, and various other changes to taxes, fees and deductions. But the men and women who have to pass the bill don’t sound as eager to support a package many see as a politically-damaging measure.

The Boston Herald quotes several Beacon Hill legislators who sounded notes of caution to outright opposition to the budget. Those quoted cited the 1990 election losses in the wake of an income tax increase, pressure on small businesses and the higher price of gas as reasons they were skeptical. And the governor’s new web tools touting proposed transportation and education projects in specific political districts hasn’t done much to warm the waters, according to the Herald.

What do you think? Is the governor’s budget dead on arrival, or does he have a shot at getting it passed? Would you pass this budget if you were a state senator? Does the state need the additional revenue or should it learn to live with the money it already collects? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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