Sunday, July 23, 2017

Food and music, a good combination - 3rd Annual Cultural Festival - Saturday, July 29

Food and music is always a good combination. Saturday afternoon, July 29, a variety of Franklin restaurants will be under the outdoor tent at THE BLACK BOX. You can sample their offerings and enjoy the musical entertainment as it alternates between the indoor and outdoor stages. 

Central Pizza,  The Curry House, Joe's American Bar and Grill and Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub are scheduled to offer a sample of their best for sale. The price will vary.

Food and music, a good combination - 3rd Annual Cultural Festival - Saturday, July 29
Food and music, a good combination - 3rd Annual Cultural Festival - Saturday, July 29
This highlights the culinary arts that are found within the proposed Franklin Cultural District. Come for the food, stay for the music!


The full Saturday schedule can be found here
http://www.franklinculturaldistrict.org/2017/07/closing-day-3rd-annual-franklin.html
* note the schedule is subject to change

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out the webpage http://buff.ly/2tUhSCL or follow the Festival on Twitter http://buff.ly/2tqlid1

To help financially support the Festival please visit: http://buff.ly/2tqGcZh.

The tri-fold flyer with the full schedule can be downloaded here http://buff.ly/2tUdZO0


MassBudget: Explaining the FY 2018 budget




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Analyzing the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget



At this point in the process, the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) state budget looks a lot like the FY 2017 budget. As MassBudget's new Budget Monitor, "Analyzing the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget" explains, the proposed total bottom line is lower than that of the FY 2017 budget, after adjusting for inflation, and we see essentially status-quo funding levels in each major category.

Over the coming weeks and into the fall the Legislature will decide on whether to override the Governor's vetoes and whether to accept changes he has proposed or advance new proposals in response to his suggested changes.

One major area of the budget remains in limbo: MassHealth, the Commonwealth's Medicaid program that comprises about a quarter of state spending. (While MassHealth is about 40 percent of the total budget, much of the cost of the program is paid by the federal government.) At the beginning of the budget process, the Governor identified a major challenge facing the MassHealth program: cost shifting from private sector employers onto the state MassHealth program as a result of more private sector employees not receiving health care from their employers.

To address this cost shifting and help to stabilize the finances of the state MassHealth program, the Governor proposed an assessment on employers that don't meet certain thresholds for providing health insurance for their employees. That assessment would have raised $300 million in revenue in the first year and $600 million or more in future years. The budget enacted by the Legislature included a modified version of the employer assessment recommended by the Governor, but not new changes to MassHealth or the commercial health insurance market he proposed.

When signing the budget, the Governor used his authority to send back sections with proposed amendments to ask the Legislature to hold hearings on and adopt his proposed changes to MassHealth along with the employer assessment.

The budget uses a conservative revenue estimate for FY 2018, $749 million below the original estimate. It relies, however, on significant amounts of temporary revenue and savings to achieve balance. 

This Budget Monitor describes the funding levels and major initiatives in each area of the budget.  It also provides comparisons to earlier versions this year, FY 2017 funding levels, and historic funding levels back to 2001 where relevant. For more comprehensive data on historic spending levels for each line item and category of the budget, see MassBudget's Budget Browser. For additional detail on programs in the state budget that affect children see our Children's Budget

Click here to read the full Budget Monitor, "Analyzing the State Budget for FY 2018," or click below on individual sections:

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Early Education funding down 23% since 2001
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"having a ticket is critical to boarding or riding the trains"

From the Boston Globe, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Frustrated by the loss of tens of millions of dollars in uncollected fares, the MBTA will soon require passengers to show their tickets before boarding commuter rail trains at North Station. 
The modest and decidedly low-tech approach will begin in a few weeks, and is the first of several fare-collection initiatives that will affect virtually all commuter rail, subway, and bus riders. 
Commuter rail fares are currently collected by conductors during the trip. The MBTA estimates it loses as much as $30 million a year when collectors run out of time — or give up trying — to check tickets."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/21/mbta-readies-new-system-for-verifying-passengers-payment/5Ic9pBMl3vOAQp2SmT6ytO/story.html

This MBTA train on July 13 should have gone to Forge Park and then returned to Franklin Dean before going to Boston on schedule. It never made it to Forge Park, left Franklin/Dean late and arrived in Boston late.
This MBTA train on July 13 should have gone to Forge Park and then returned to Franklin Dean before going to Boston on schedule. It never made it to Forge Park, left Franklin/Dean late and arrived in Boston late.


Editorial Note: 
As a long time rider from the Franklin/Dean station to Boston's South Station, the T has a mighty challenge at hand. While I absolutely agree ticket revenue is key, it goes hand in hand with a quality delivery of their service which has been lacking. It may very well be a chicken and egg thing (as it what comes first? revenue or service) but I would posit that in the competitive world service comes first. The T is in a non-competitive world and we suffer for it.

For all the improvements that have been made, faulty equipment, and a sorely lacking communication system (that provides timely and accurate info), never mind substandard on-time delivery remain as the top problems, and they are all interrelated. You'd think that by now with all the practice they have (slipped schedules, troublesome equipment, etc.) that the communications would have improved. One could only wish it had.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

In the News: Cultural Festival opens this week

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Pirates, robots, opera and food are all part of the Cultural Festival which is back this year for a third time. 
The four-day event is sponsored by Franklin Cultural District Committee, and funded by donations. The festival will feature multiple performances by the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), as well as other displays and music. 
From Wednesday, July 26, to Saturday, July 29, downtown will be host to the all-day events that will span from the Town Common to the high school."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/entertainmentlife/20170721/franklins-annual-cultural-festival-returns-this-week

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out the webpage http://buff.ly/2tUhSCL or follow the Festival on Twitter http://buff.ly/2tqlid1

To help financially support the Festival please visit: http://buff.ly/2tqGcZh.

The tri-fold flyer with the full schedule can be downloaded here http://buff.ly/2tUdZO0

the Town Common stage will be busy Wed-Thu-Fri with performances during the 3rd Annual Cultural Festival
the Town Common stage will be busy Wed-Thu-Fri with
performances during the 3rd Annual Cultural Festival

#shopFranklin Family Movie Night on the Town Common - Aug 26

Hold the date for the 2nd annual #shopFranklin Family Movie Night on the Town Common, Saturday, August 26th. With a rain date: Sunday August 27.

The sequel to the movie show last year is queued for viewing this time!

#shopFranklin Family Movie Night on the Town Common - Aug 26
#shopFranklin Family Movie Night on the Town Common - Aug 26

Hold the date, additional details will be forth coming.  (Event will likely start around 7 or so with the movie to begin at dark about 9 or so)


Let's Laugh Today, Laughter Yoga - July 28, 5:00 PM

Farmer's Market, musical performances, end of the week, what better to do than to set aside some time to relax and laugh. Let's Laugh Today, Laughter Yoga is scheduled for the 3rd Franklin Cultural Festival on Friday, July 28th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 

Remember to bring a lawn chair and water to drink. 

Let's Laugh Today, Laughter Yoga will resume their 'normal schedule' on the first Wednesday in September. 

www.letslaughtoday.com

Laughter Yoga at the 2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival
Let's Laugh Today, Laughter Yoga at the 3nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival
2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival: July 27 - July 30
3nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival: July 26 - July 29

The full Saturday schedule can be found here
http://www.franklinculturaldistrict.org/2017/07/day-3-3rd-annual-franklin-cultural.html
* note the schedule is subject to change

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out the webpage http://buff.ly/2tUhSCL or follow the Festival on Twitter http://buff.ly/2tqlid1

To help financially support the Festival please visit: http://buff.ly/2tqGcZh.

The tri-fold flyer with the full schedule can be downloaded here http://buff.ly/2tUdZO0