Senate Ways and Means Budget Released.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee released its budget draft for Fiscal 2014 today. It shaves total formula local aid  overall just slightly, but some communities that have historically been shortchanged, notably Watertown, do a little better.  In addition to making adjustments in the main local aid accounts it fully funds the special education circuit […]

Fiscal 2014 Local Aid Numbers

The table below compares the main formula local aid quantities from the several pending versions of the FY14 budget to the FY13 budget. Note that the two categories of general government aid presented in the Governor’s budget are combined into a single line item total. For more background on Chapter 70 school aid issues, please […]

End the secrecy of the MBTA pension system

It’s time to open up the books of the MBTA pension system. The MBTA derives two-thirds of its $1.9 billion budget from state and local taxes.  It contributes $71 million per year to pay pensions for its workers.  Historically, MBTA pensions have been very generous, although the legislature reformed the system in 2009 as to new […]

Window Safety Reminder for the Warmer Months; Un Aviso: Seguridad Para Ventanas

 See the full-sized poster. Mira el poster de tamaño natural. This information is also provided in Spanish below./Esta información también se proporciona abajo. Warmer weather is approaching and with it a greater risk of injury to children due to falls from windows. The Boston Public Health Commission’s Injury Prevention Program has a Kids Can’t Fly campaign […]

H421, An Act relative to comprehensive health education in schools

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Education. TO:          Joint Committee on Education  FROM:    Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:          H421, An Act relative to comprehensive health education in schools  DATE:     May 9, 2013  I am writing with regard to H421, An Act relative to comprehensive health education in schools.  Many […]