local aid http://wamc.org en Massachusetts House Panel Issues State Budget Recommendation http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-house-panel-issues-state-budget-recommendation <p>The &nbsp;Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a $33.8 billion state budget that boosts spending on higher education and local aid.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The proposed budget is $ 1 billion less than what Governor Deval Patrick recommended. Committee vice-chair &nbsp;Democrat Stephen Kulik of Worthington says the only new taxes are the ones approved by the full house earlier this week for transportation.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:32:20 +0000 Paul Tuthill 61925 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts House Panel Issues State Budget Recommendation Springfield Will Save Millions In Energy Costs After Online Auction http://wamc.org/post/springfield-will-save-millions-energy-costs-after-online-auction <p>People shopping for a bargain typically turn to the internet and the same is true for at least one cash strapped city in western Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The city of Springfield is projected to save more than $2.6 million dollars on its electric bill in the next fiscal year after participating in an online auction to purchase electricity. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the new energy contract on Friday. He said it was an impressive accomplishment that comes as the city is facing potentially deep budget cuts.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 59456 at http://wamc.org Springfield Will Save Millions In Energy Costs After Online Auction Fiscal Cliff Impact Would Be Dire On Massachusetts Budget http://wamc.org/post/fiscal-cliff-impact-would-be-dire-massachusetts-budget <p>The Patrick Administration’s top budget official warns failure to avert the “fiscal cliff” in Washington will seriously harm the Massachusetts state budget.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p><p></p><p> If the country goes over the so-called “ fiscal cliff” Massachusetts could lose $300 million in tax revenue this fiscal year and $1 billion dollars next year. It would also cost the state $200 million in federal funding that helps pay for a variety of programs according to the Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 53370 at http://wamc.org Fiscal Cliff Impact Would Be Dire On Massachusetts Budget Record Profit For Lottery Means More Local Aid Possible http://wamc.org/post/record-profit-lottery-means-more-local-aid-possible <p>The Massachusetts State Lottery this week reported record sales and net profit. It means more money should be available for future distribution to cash strapped cities and towns across the state.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 43953 at http://wamc.org Record Profit For Lottery Means More Local Aid Possible Springfield Budget Review Begins http://wamc.org/post/springfield-budget-review-begins <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With just two weeks until the new fiscal year, the City Council in Springfield Massachusetts will start holding hearings on a proposed budget that cuts municipal services while calling for higher fees and taxes.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield City Councilor Timothy Rooke, who chairs the finance committee, says the administration has not squeezed enough savings from city government.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40937 at http://wamc.org Springfield Budget Review Begins Springfield Budget Calls For Job Cuts, Library Closings,Higher Fees http://wamc.org/post/springfield-budget-calls-job-cuts-library-closingshigher-fees <p><font size="2">&nbsp; The city of Springfield Massachusetts will reduce its municipal<br /> workforce and cut some city services under a budget recommended by the<br /> mayor. At the same time, the city council is being asked to raise almost<br /> $3 million in fees and taxes to avoid even deeper cuts. WAMC&#39;s Pioneer<br /> Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A grim faced Mayor Domenic Sarno announced a<a href="http://www3.springfield-ma.gov/finance/index.php?id=budget"> recommended budget</a> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:59:07 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40926 at http://wamc.org Springfield Budget Calls For Job Cuts, Library Closings,Higher Fees Mayor's Budget Expected To Result In Layoffs, Cutbacks http://wamc.org/post/mayors-budget-expected-result-layoffs-cutbacks <p><font size="2">The next state budget in Massachusetts is likely to include the<br /> first increase in local aid in four years. But, it appears it won&#39;t be<br /> enough to avert layoffs and service cuts in the state&#39;s third largest<br /> city.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Massachusetts House and Senate leaders made local aid increases<br /> a priority for the next state budget.&nbsp; The House and Senate have passed Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:51:38 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40792 at http://wamc.org Mayor's Budget Expected To Result In Layoffs, Cutbacks 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 Fee Hikes Proposed To Close Budget Gap http://wamc.org/post/fee-hikes-proposed-close-budget-gap <p><font size="2">&nbsp; Faced with a major decrease in property tax collections and no<br /> expected increase in state aid, budget writers in Springfield<br /> Massachusetts are proposing scores of fee hikes. But the city&#39;s top<br /> finance officer says it still won&#39;t be&nbsp; enough to avoid budget cuts.<br /> WAMC&#39;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..<br /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fees for everything from a dog license to a building permit to<br /> weekly trash collections would increase in Springfield under a plan Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 36496 at http://wamc.org Fee Hikes Proposed To Close Budget Gap