It’s a very solid bill, although we couldn’t do everything that people urged us to do.
It’s a tight budget and we’ll have to watch closely to see whether its assumptions hold up.
The following items of local interest were adopted in the FY17 budget: Belmont (amendments offered by Representative Roger and included in the final package): 2000-1000: “and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for energy conservation projects for school and town buildings in Belmont;” 2800-0401: “provided, that not less than $50,000 shall […]
The Governor released his proposed budget on 1/27/16. In this post you will find a comparison of local aid line items for charter school reimbursement and special education “circuit breaker” reimbursement funding since FY13, as well as the Governor’s proposed totals for FY17.
CommonWealth Magazine reports on the ride-sharing bill that ultimately passed the Senate. Fingerprint based background checks were left out of the bill however the Department of Public Utilities could implement them under the regulatory authority granted in this legislation if it is determined that this type of check will benefit public safety.
Does Mass law permit first responders to give basic care to pets in fires, accidents and other emergencies? Could we follow Ohio’s lead (unless we already allow this)? http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cddaaafd650d43189c61cfd996c5c400/new-law-supports-first-responders-who-treat-injured-pets