The Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets gave our bill to acquire the Belmont Uplands a hearing yesterday and the hearing accomplished our initial goal: to make the proposal visible on the radar screen of capital planners in the legislature.
Years of inadequate maintenance funding have degraded state owned public housing, and the physical conditions are notably worse in state funded housing than in federal, private-subsidized or locally-funded housing.
I write to share a wonderful moment in the long march of human wisdom and to thank you again for electing me to play a part in it.
The House budget is similar to the Governor’s budget – lean, with no radical changes in program priorities. However, it makes a more generous allocation to local education aid (while using a different formula for Chapter 70) and it draws on reserves rather than assuming an increase in corporate taxes through loophole closing.
Link to collection of Belmont Town Financial Documents.
The resolution will provide a substantially greater increase in Chapter 70
Aid than the Governor’s budget — $220 milliion instead of $200 million.