massachusetts budget http://wamc.org en Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets http://wamc.org/post/report-blames-pensionsdebts-squeezing-municipal-budgets <p>15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 81352 at http://wamc.org Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget http://wamc.org/post/groups-argue-over-size-and-scope-mass-budget <p></p><p>Discussion over the proper size for Massachusetts’ budget continues as supporters of Governor Deval Patrick’s intention to raise revenues rallied in Boston Tuesday. But House legislators and other groups are advocating for a smaller tax package.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 59801 at http://wamc.org Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget Hearings Begin On Massachusetts State Budget http://wamc.org/post/hearings-begin-massachusetts-state-budget <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts legislators begin a series of public hearings around the state Wednesday on Governor Patrick’s proposed $34.8 billion state budget.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 58131 at http://wamc.org Hearings Begin On Massachusetts State Budget