Monthly Archives: April 2012

Budget Debate Process Explained


There has been some confusion about the the process the House is following this week concerning the use of Room 348.
Step by Step Explanation

1. House Ways and Means Committee released their budget on April 11.

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My Green Record


Renewable Energy

I helped pass the Green Communities Act of 2008, one of the most sweeping and historic commitments to clean energy that any state has made. Among the benefits to the Act are that the state must meet at least 20 percent of its electric load by 2020 through new, renewable generation, and that greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 will be 20 percent lower than 1990 levels.

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FY 13 House Budget Highlights


Support for Cities and Towns

Unrestricted General Local Aid: Local aid is used by cities and towns to support critical municipal services, including police and fire. The state provides separate aid specifically for use to fund schools. Last year, the Legislature allocated $834 million for local aid in the annual budget. A growing economy lead to surplus revenue and the Legislature was able to allocate an additional $65 million in local aid later in the year through a supplemental budget, bringing total local aid up to $899 million. This year, the House budget funds local aid at the full $899 million. Under this budget, Framingham would receive $8.4 million in local aid, an increase of $608,442. Ashland would receive $1.14 million, an increase of $82,702 million.

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SANNICANDRO TO LIVE-BLOG BUDGET DEBATE


Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) will be live-blogging the budget debate for the third consecutive year during the week of April 23 at his website tomworksforus.com and at his Twitter handle @tsannicandro.

“Live-blogging is a great way to bring people closer to the process and give them a chance to see how the legislature works from the inside,” Sannicandro said. “It’s a great way to bring transparency and civic engagement to my constituents. I’ve gotten positive feedback for doing this in the past and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year.”

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The Community College Proposal in the Budget


Here is the Community College Proposal in the House Budget. Please give me your comments.   SECTION 30. Section 21 of chapter 15A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-   There shall be a [...]

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Update from the State House 4/5/12: The Ashland- Medway girls hockey team and the House takes up two bills on public safety


Today, the Ashland- Medway girls hockey team visited the State House. Sen. Karen Spilka, who brought the team to the State House, took them into the Senate Chamber during session and introduced them to her colleagues. Rep. Carolyn Dykema and I got to show them around the House chamber and tell them a [...]

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