FY2011 Budget Priorities

Below, please see my letter re budget to the House Ways and Means Chair:


Dear Chairman Murphy,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the FY 2011 budget.

I am particularly concerned about local aid — especially Chapter 70 and the special education circuit breaker. I also hope that we are able to move forward on changes in municipal health insurance purchasing, generally in the direction advocated by the Mass Municipal Association.

Additionally, I have identified a list of other accounts that are particularly important to the people that I represent.

Please note that I am not asking for any earmarks at this stage and I would prefer to vote for a budget with no earmarks in it. I especially think that earmarks that name specific organizations (as opposed to program categories) are ill-advised. However, if it appears that we are doing organization earmarks in the budget, I do have a couple I would offer at the amendment stage.

Finally, I have attached documents pertaining to three additional issues that I hope that we will address in the budget vehicle or otherwise over the next couple of months: (1) business practices in legislative operational accounts; (2) House 701, a cost neutral bill facilitating the acquisition of a piece of state property (identical to language which passed both branches in the environmental bond bill last year); (3) a spreadsheet showing that an early retirement incentive for teachers could be cost effective for municipalities even if they have to pay for the increased pension costs.

I look forward to our meeting, now rescheduled to Wednesday, March 10.

Thank you again for the opportunity to comment.

Will B.

Budget Priority List
Business Practices Language
House 701
ERI analysis

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.