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  • In April, Senator Brownsberger presented a letter to Town Meeting regarding the Belmont Housing Authority's application for Community Preservation Act funds to help pay for an electrical upgrade at one of its properties. The Belmont Board of Selectmen responded expressing concern that the state is providing insufficient financial support for the local housing authority. Here is Senator Brownsberger's subsequent letter to the Selectmen, which agrees with their concern.
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  • The Boston Globe reports on the upcoming vote on the sales tax holiday that, "a growing chorus of legislators and budget watchdogs from across the political spectrum is voicing sharp skepticism about the summer sales tax holiday, a decadelong Massachusetts tradition popular with consumers." Senator Brownsberger plans to vote against the holiday and is quoted as saying on his website, "[h]olidays are festive and I am not by nature a grinch.”
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  • IT WAS APPARENT TO ME FROM THE VERY START: WHEN EVERSOURCE WAS PERMITTED TO TAKE OVER OUR UTILITY, I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE AN INCREASE IN MY ELECTRIC BILL. BUT WHEN MY RECENT BILL ARRIVED IT EXCEEDED ALL OF MY PREDICTIONS. THE UTILITY INDUSTRY IS GOBBLING UP ALL PRODUCTION, AND BORROWING LOTS OF MONEY TO DO SO.
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  • Since 2004 (except in the 2009 recession year), the legislature has voted a sales tax holiday weekend in August. I've historically voted in favor of these holidays. However, I'm giving it a second thought this year. They just don't work the way we think they should, as I explain in this post. What are your thoughts?
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Will Brownsberger
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2d Suffolk and Middlesex District