trash fee http://wamc.org en Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries http://wamc.org/post/funding-deal-approved-reopen-three-libraries <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken&nbsp; steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts.&nbsp; But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44369 at http://wamc.org Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget http://wamc.org/post/higher-fees-and-taxes-sought-balance-budget <p>The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1<sup>st</sup>, with a budget that officials describe as &ldquo; austere&rdquo; and &ldquo; bare-bones&rdquo;.&nbsp; It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 42078 at http://wamc.org Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget State Help Sought For City's Finances http://wamc.org/post/state-help-sought-citys-finances <p>The city of Springfield Massachusetts is facing serious financial problems, again. The city&#39;s mayor and members of his finance team met in Boston Monday with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and the State Senate President to appeal for help.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 16:31:07 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38526 at http://wamc.org State Help Sought For City's Finances