Sunday, January 31, 2016

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Feb 3, 2016


– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.


– Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.





  1. Bill Board Discussion
  2. Recreation Department Update
  3. Mandatory Alcohol Awareness Training
  4. Master Plan Update
  5. Pond Street Discussion







- Pending or threatened litigation
1. Proposed Excelon expansion of Medway electric generating facility pending before Energy Facilities Siting Board.
2. Proposed Spectra gas transmission line through Franklin.

happy new year sign at the Recreation Dept earlier in January
happy new year sign at the Recreation Dept earlier in January

The documents released for this agenda can be found here

Capital plan, change to food service and calendar key items from School Committee meeting

The capital plan, a change to the food service, and approval of the school calendar for next year were key items from the School Committee meeting held Jan 26.  A discussion on a change to the winter breaks for future calendars led to a subcommittee being formed to look at the pros/cons of the change.

  • Schools Capital Plan

The School Dept capital plan was discussed at the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Jan 26. Franklin uses 'free cash' to funds the big ticket items not covered by the operating budget. The amount of 'free cash' varies year to year. The other primary draw on 'free cash' is to fund the potential shortfall in the snow/ice budget. If we have an easy winter, there is less needed. If the winter is a tough one (like 2015), then Franklin will wait until after snow removal bills are covered to see how much 'free cash' is available for capital items.

As part of the overall budget planning process, the capital budget items rise to discussion first. They are reviewed by the School Committee, then the Finance Committee and ultimately the Town Council. Last year, some of the capital items were approved for budgeting and some were held pending the final numbers on the winter snow removal bills. We'll see what happens this time around.

The full list of the items on the School Dept wish list for capital can be found here along with my notes on the discussion.

  • Food service changes

In the discussion items section of the meeting, Whitson's will be replaced as the schools food service provider. The School District will hire their own food director and bring the service inhouse. The administrative and service fees paid to Whitson's will cover the personnel cost of the new director and provide a 'wash' budget wise. An interesting move as five years ago when Whitsons was brought in, the argument was the requirements were too onerous to keep up with. Now apparently, the realization is that the fees are too onerous and the requirements something that can be handled.

  • School Calendar

With no discussion, the vote to accept the calendar for 2016-2017 was complete and the food service discussion started. At the end of the food service discussion they went back to the calendar at the request of one member and spent a good deal off time talking about potential changes to future calendars and ultimately set up to form a subcommittee to look into it more fully. The key change being looked at the is the change from two winter breaks to one. Although it was mentioned again that 37 years ago, the one winter break was tried and didn't work. 

Excuse me but 37 years ago, things were just a little bit different in Franklin. The discussion merits a new look, layout the pros and cons and decide. The communications and change management for the calendar proposal would be as critical to the new calendar as the decision itself. 

Stay tuned for future updates on the discussion for possible changes to the 2017-2018 calendar.

The official calendar for the 2016-2017 school year can be found here

  • All State Music Festival

Seven members of FHS were selected to be part of the All State music, this is the largest representation ever for the school.

Ian Carla - Drums - All State Jazz Band 
Cameron Crawley - Tuba - All State BandMatt Dao - Trumpet - All State Band 
Chris Cheri - viola - All State OrchestraKatelyn Davenport - viola - All State OrchestraAbigail Gleason - viola - All State OrchestraDominic Narducci - cello - All State Orchestra

The performance by the All State groups will be held on March 12th at Symphony Hall in Boston

Franklin School Committee
Franklin School Committee

  • Meeting notes

All the notes reported live during the meeting can be found here

FHS girls take Hockomock League Indoor Championships, boys 5th

With 5 first place finishes, the FHS girls indoor track team lead the way take 1st in the Hockomock League Championships in the meet at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday. The FHS boys team finished 5th


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

1. Franklin – 97
2. Mansfield – 77.75
3. North Attleborough – 67
4. Taunton – 61
5. Oliver Ames – 56.75
6. Sharon – 34
7. King Philip – 33.75
8. Foxboro – 30.75
9. Canton – 20
10. Milford – 14
11. Stoughton – 13
12. Attleboro – 2

55M Dash
1. Jessica Kroushl, Franklin – 7.44

1. Halle Atkinson, Franklin – 42.28

4. Meghan Doherty, Franklin – 1:40.73

3. Brittany Robinson, Franklin – 3:07.21

1 Mile
1. Nicole Clermont, Franklin – 5:20.35

2 Mile
3. Sabrina Roche, Franklin – 12:04.58

55M Hurdles
4. Beth Neal, Franklin – 9.42

4×200 Relay
3. Franklin – 1:47.99

4×400 Relay
2. Franklin – 4:11.81

4×800 Relay
1. Franklin – 10:08.99

High Jump
1. Beth Neal, Franklin – 5-00.00


1. Mansfield – 121.50
2. Taunton – 73
3. North Attleboro – 60
4. Franklin – 59
5. Sharon – 44
6. King Philip – 41.50
7. Attleboro – 34
7. Stoughton – 34
9. Oliver Ames – 21
10. Foxboro – 7
10. Canton – 7
12. Milford – 6

4. Luke Gordon, Franklin – 37.36

1. Alec Hurd, Franklin – 1:27.20
4. Dominic Giardini, Franklin – 1:27.78

1 Mile
4. Ryan Spelman, Franklin – 4:33.31

4×400 Relay
4. Franklin – 3:42.99

4×800 Relay
2. Franklin – 8:47.44

High Jump
5. Luke Gordon, Franklin – 5-10.00

Long Jump
3. Chris Chieng, Franklin – 20-03.00

The FHS results are a subset of that published on Hockomock Sports

The full meet results can be found here

FHS wrestling takes 3rd in Hockomock League Championships

"For the second straight year, North Attleboro picked up a dominating win at the Hockomock League Championships, topping the tournament with an impressive 254 points. 
Oliver Ames finished second with 183, Franklin was third with 171, Sharon had 161 to finish fourth and Foxboro rounded out the top five with 155 points."
"Franklin finished third overall, sent four wrestlers to the finals and had two overall champions. Jordan Carlucci started things off with a second period pin at 106 for the Panthers and John Miller had a 3-2 win at 220. Mike Racca finished second at 113 and Nick Narducci was runner up at 126. The Panthers were helped along by their depth as well with TJ Remillard (120) and Evan Hernandez (195) getting third place finishes and Ed Cropper (160) finishing fourth at 160."
Hockomock Sports photo
Hockomock Sports photo

Continue reading the full meet summary

Additional photos from the Wrestling Championships can be found here

FHS hockey ties Canton 0-0


  • Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 0 – Final 

– Nick Jasinski made 15 saves for the Panthers and Justin Slocum made 25 saves for the Bulldogs.

Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski (31) denies Canton forward Matt Lazaro (9) in the second period on Saturday. (Josh Perry/
Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski (31) denies Canton forward Matt Lazaro (9) in the second period on Saturday. (Josh Perry/

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of Hockomock Sports provides the in depth article on the game:

The top two teams in the Hockomock have been struggling to score goals consistently this season and on Saturday afternoon at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink Canton and Franklin continued to find offense hard to come by in a scoreless tie that provided plenty of excitement despite the puck never finding the back of the net. 
“I joked with Coach Spillane in the line, if that doesn’t sum up both of our seasons right there then I don’t know what does,” said Canton coach Brian Shuman. “We’re both struggling to put the puck in the net.” 
“Ironically that was one of the most wide open Franklin-Canton games. We both had plenty of chances.” 
Franklin coach Chris Spillane agreed with those sentiments. All season he has talked about the need for players to step up on the offensive side and that continued against the Bulldogs. 
“Canton has the same disease as Franklin, can’t put the puck in the net,” he laughed. “Both teams had really good opportunities and maybe credit the goaltenders, they stepped up and made stops when they had to but yeah it was a game with very few quality, wow that should’ve been a goal.”

Continue reading the article online

In the News: Franklin school safety, internet purchase safe zones

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

Two local schools are testing out a system that will allow officials more control over who is allowed in the buildings and to keep track of visitors once they're inside. 
The system - currently being tested at Franklin High School and Gerald E. Parmenter Elementary School - has been in place since October. 
Once visitors are buzzed into the school, they're greeted by a school employee who asks them about their reason for entering and scans their license. 
"We make sure the license matches, put where they're going into the computer and it prints out a badge," said Erica Demers, who mans the desk at Parmenter. "We put a sticker on the badge, and it fades after a while, so people can't reuse them."

Parmenter School sign announcing PCC meeting on Feb 5
Parmenter School sign announcing PCC meeting on Feb 5

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Looking for a safe place to meet someone after arranging to buy an item online but you don't want to get ripped off, robbed or worse? Area police departments are now offering a safe location for those transactions. 
The locations are called Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPEL) or Safe Trade Stations and are an easy spot to meet after making a deal on local “yard sale” groups on Facebook, local buying and selling apps such as “Close5” and “OfferUp,” or the ever-popular “Craigslist.” 
Rather than meet up with a worst-case scenario such as Philip Markoff, “The Craigslist Killer” who, in 2009, was charged with robbing and killing Boston-area victims he met on Craigslist, buyers and sellers can meet in a well-lit, video-recorded spot.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The Safe Trade Station website mentioned in the article needs to get updated for the MA locations also referenced in the article.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

FHS boys and girls basketball teams top North Attleboro

Via Hockomock Sports, we share the results of Hockomock League action for the FHS basketball teams.

Boys Basketball

  • North Attleboro, 57 @ Franklin, 60 – Final 

– Tim Prunier hit two free throws down the stretch to stretch the Panthers’ lead to three as Franklin outlasted North Attleboro. The Rocketeers trailed by nine at halftime but rallied to get a 45-44 lead heading into the final period. Prunier finished with a team-best 18 points while freshman Jay Dieterle added 13 points and sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points. North junior Brent Doherty also had 18 points, Kyle McCarthy scored a career-high 13 points in his first start and Mario Bresko added 11 points.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Basketball

  • Franklin, 63 @ North Attleboro, 47 – Final 

– Franklin broke open a three-point game at the half with a 20-5 run in the third quarter. Carli Koffinke was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13, while Aubrie Kutil added a double-double with 11 points. Lauren Rudolph for Franklin and Olivia Adiletto eight. Emily Peters scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a losing effort.

For other results on Friday around the Hockomock League

LEAPING into Kindergarten - Feb 29

LEAPING into Kindergarten: An informational program for Franklin Public School families with children eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall of 2016 (5 years old by August 31st):

Date: Monday, February 29th Time: 6:30-7:30pm; Q andA session from 7:30-8:00pm
Location: Horace Mann Auditorium (224 Oak Street)

Members of the Franklin school community, including kindergarten teachers, principals, a school nurse, and the Director of Student Services, will provide helpful information to families on:

  • Kindergarten Registration: the timeline and the process
  • Health Information: immunizations, allergies, medical accommodations
  • Safety: efforts the Franklin public schools is taking to ensure safety in our schools
  • Teaching and Learning: the kindergarten day and our approach to learning
  • Kindergarten Screening: what it is and what it is not
  • Kindergarten Orientation: helping you and your child feel welcome
  • Transportation: the big yellow school bus

entrance to Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium
entrance to Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium

For more information, please contact Kelty Kelley, ECDC Principal

Kelty Kelley, Principal

F. X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center
224 Oak Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-541-8166
Fax: 508-541-8254

Franklin Food Elves Bring in Record Donations – Again!

The Franklin Food Elves did it again! The final donation numbers are in, and the Elves are pleased to announce that the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign has collected more than four tons (or 8,001 pounds) of goods, and more than $11,000 for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
These numbers beat last year’s record totals by more than 1,500 pounds of food, and nearly $3,000. The success was due to the hard work of more than 120 Food Elves, along with tremendous support from the community and local businesses. The Food Elves, increasing by 35 elves this year, has grown every year in popularity among local elementary, middle and high school students.  
Campaign volunteers sort through donations collected in the drive. Photo courtesy of Bob Teixeira
Photo courtesy of Bob Teixeira
As the Food Elves canvassed local neighborhoods for food and monetary donations, Franklin businesses did their part by placing donation bins at their locations and pledging cash donations to support the cause. 
Those businesses included Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Dean Bank, Dean College, Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, Jane’s Frames, Keefe Insurance Agency, Murphy Business, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, SELF Aesthetics and Therapeutic Specialists, Medical Spa and The Adirondack Club. 
“We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we received this year from the Franklin Food Elves, member businesses of the Franklin Downtown Partnership, and our community,” said Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Thanks to the hard work of the Food Elves, we will be able to continue helping our families who are struggling to put food on their tables.” 
For the first time, the Food Elves gave residents the option of making monetary donations in addition to, or in lieu of, food. Monetary gifts allow the Pantry to supplement food donations with more nutritious and fresh food, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats. 
“The response was incredible,” said Lynch. “Not only did we break all records in the amount of food we received, we are able to supplement the nonperishable donations with fresh, protein-rich and nutritious foods. We could not be more grateful.”
For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign, please contact the Food Elves at For more information about the Franklin Food Pantry, or a list of its current needs, visit

Franklin Newcomers and Friends February Meeting Information - Feb 10

Please join the Franklin Newcomers and Friends for our version of Antique Roadshow, starring Lydia Kirchthurn, a Newcomers alum. We'll be upstairs in a private room at Restaurant "3" at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 10.
Franklin Newcomers
Franklin Newcomers

Lydia Kirchthurn is an old soul, and she has always loved antiques and the stories behind them. So in 2005 when she left her career in education to raise her children she started her new adventures with antiques. First she started buying antiques at yard sales and thrift stores and selling them on EBAY. Then she started selling her friend's antiques on EBAY, then whole houses of antiques, eventually working at a high end auction house run by an Antique Roadshow Alum. While at the auction house she realized that her passion for antiques and their stories included something unexpected - a connection to the spirits of the people who owned them.

In 2014 Lydia left the Auction business and enrolled in the Rhys Thomas School of Energy Medicine where she is currently studying and honing her unique gift. Now she is uniting her worlds and offering unique antique appraisals and communication with the spirits attached to them.

If you have a small, antique, family heirloom, feel free to bring it. Lydia will examine as many pieces as she can to reveal their value and possibly a story! Something personal, like jewelry, would be best.

As always, we welcome all to join us. Heavy appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

In the News: Exelon hearings end, bone marrow drive

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

Stop Medway Peaker Plant
A state board’s hearings on whether Exelon should be allowed to construct a 200-megawatt expansion at its existing Summer Street facility in Medway ended this week after nearly two months of hearings. 
The hearings began on Dec. 8 and ended on Thursday. The nine-member Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), charged with permitting energy projects that meet state and federal environmental regulations, heard hours of testimony that covered technology, pollution, environmental worries and proposed water use.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

A bone marrow drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Franklin YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road in honor of Jennifer Felicetti. 
Felicetti is a mother, wife and friend with a passion for life. This past Christmas Eve, she was admitted to her local hospital, unaware that her life was about to take a drastic turn. A few days later, Felicetti was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. While she is currently undergoing aggressive treatment, her doctors believe her best shot will likely be a bone marrow transplant. With no matching donor in her family, Felicetti will be forced to enter the nerve-wracking search for an unrelated donor.
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/29/16 - THU 2/4/16

FRIDAY 1/29/16
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at the Franklin Art Center
7pm   BFCCPS presents the ‘High School Musical - On Stage!’ at Horace Mann MS

SATURDAY 1/30/16
9-11:30am   Parent/8th Grade Student Orientation at the FHS
10am-4pm   Seminar: Learn to be a process server. Email: for more info.
2pm   BFCCPS presents the ‘High School Musical - On Stage!’ at Horace Mann MS
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffehouse: No Fuss and Feathers, FUSF Meetinghouse

SUNDAY 1/31/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club
9am-12pm   Bulldog Youth Baseball Camp at Dean College
1-4pm   Beer vs. Wine Fundraiser at Pour Richard’s to benefit the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee
1pm   Free Family Event at The Black Box: Sunday Afternoon Blues featuring Mark Poniatowski and Friends

MONDAY 2/1/16
7pm   Helping Your Kids Navigate Social Media and Cyberbullying: parent education evening at BFCCPS, free and open to public

TUESDAY 2/2/16
1-2:30pm   Open House at Y World of Tots at Franklin YMCA
7pm   Franklin Graden Club Meeting - presentation on multi-season shade gardens by Paul Steen, Franklin Senior Center
7pm   S.A.F.E. Coallition Event: Author Robert Putnam (Bowling Alone and Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis) at FHS

6-9pm   Women’s Success Network Meeting at Lake Pearl in Wrentham

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

FHS alumni athletes in the news

FHS Panthers
One of the periodic publications of Hockomock Sports is their look at how Hockomock alumni are doing on the college campuses. The recent "Campus Report" mentions FHS grads Sam Bohmiller, Chris Rodgers, Marcus Giese, and Alicia Kutil.

You can read the "Campus Report" here

A Constituency That Matters - Live Webinar February 3, 2016

Facing Addiction
 Vote for Recovery
Facing Addiction, along with MAP Health Management and TPAS (Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services) will host a webinar called VOTE FOR RECOVERY 2016! February 3 for recovery advocates and others who work in addiction prevention or treatment.

This free event will take a look at recent trends in the field as well as examine the path to improving the fight against addiction. Participants will learn about the results of a recent omnibus survey conducted by MAP and The Mellman Group, a national research firm. The survey asked 1,007 Americans over the age of 18 about the prevalence of substance use disorder and their opinions about addiction.

The hour-long webinar will conclude with panel of advocates and experts, including Greg Williams, who will participate in a Q and A session.

Addiction is one of the nation's largest epidemics, killing more than 125,000 people and costing $650 billion per year. We need to raise awareness, ramp up advocacy and develop rigorous, strategic plans of action for reducing its multifaceted impact.

To register for the online event:
  1. Go to this link
  2. Click "Register"
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit".
You will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

Facing Addiction Team

Facing Addiction Inc. ·
Facing Addiction a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state, and local non-profit organizations.
Facing Addiction

MassBudget: Info on Proposed Corporate Tax Break Expansion

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

The Single Sales Factor Tax Break: Has It Worked? 

The Governor's budget proposal will reportedly include the expansion of a corporate tax break called Single Sales Factor apportionment. The Single Sales Factor Tax Break: Has It Worked? describes how this tax break works, the evidence on whether it is effective, and its cost. Massachusetts has been providing this tax break to manufacturing companies, defense contractors, and mutual fund companies since the 1990s. There is no evidence that it has had a positive effect on job creation or the strength of our state economy. Studies of states with Single Sales Factor have found that this costly tax break for manufacturers has not led them to retain more manufacturing jobs. The Governor's proposal to expand this tax break would extend it to all multi-state corporations.

The existing Single Sales Factor tax break costs the state over $200 million a year. The proposed expansion, when fully phased in, is estimated to cost an additional $67 million. While the Governor's budget reportedly proposes paying for part of this cost by reforming the state's film tax credit, ultimately the proposal to spend $67 million to expand this tax credit should be weighed against other potential investments such as making college more affordable, expanding access to early education, improving our schools, or fixing our transportation infrastructure.

For the full factsheet click HERE.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

FHS Class of 2017 selling pom pom beanie caps to raise money

Starting this week and from now until 1/31, Franklin High School Class of 2017 is holding a fundraiser to raise money for the upcoming prom in April.

Class officers and representatives have opened up a school store online (click here to access) that sells pom pom beanie hats for $18.00. The class of 2017 urges students to buy fast, as the page closes down this upcoming Sunday.

FHS pom pom beanie cap
FHS pom pom beanie cap

“With the winter season being here, we thought it would be a great idea to sell cozy hats that will also strengthen school spirit- not to mention the proceeds will also go to helping fund this year’s prom” says FHS junior Maddie Derby, the student who came up with the idea to sell the hats.

“We hope people will buy the hats as it will help to make prom better!” says Derby.

The hats fit anyone and everyone! Not only can FHS students buy them, but anyone in the Town of Franklin who just want to sport some cool winter gear.

Make sure to buy a hat to help support FHS Class of ‘17!

Valentine Chocolate & Wine Tasting - February 9

Franklin Public Schools         Lifelong Learning Institute
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning 

Valentine Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Tuesday, February 9
Dear Friends:

Just in time for Valentine's Day - Chocolate and wine pairings ..... bring your sweetheart, your BFF, your neighbor, and join the good folks from the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors on Tuesday, February 9 from 7:00 to 9:00pm for an evening you won't soon forget!

Explore the world of decadent chocolate and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. There is simply nothing better. The Sugar Shoppe's, Courtney Nappa, and Franklin Liquor's, Mark Lenzi, will show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.
And, a portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store, working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless moms and kids in joint community efforts.
Note: Participants must be over 21 years of age
Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central St.                                                              Cost: $40
For More Information and To Register
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FPS- Life Long Learning | 355 East Central Street | Franklin | MA | 02038

FHS boys hockey,wrestling, and girls swim teams post wins on Wednesday

It was mostly Franklin vs. Attleboro on Wednesday with the boys hockey team taking a 13-0 win, the boys swim team dropping a 100-53 meet and the girls swim team winning 100-63. The wrestling team beat St John's Prep. The girls hockey team lost 3-2 to Westwood. All results via Hockomock Sports.

Boys Hockey

  • Franklin, 13 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 

– Ryan Hohmann netted his first career hat trick and seniors Jake Downie and Alex Bissanti each scored a pair of goals. Tyler Oakes, Jack Chaffee, Sean Hedvig, Luke Downie and Jeremy Miller each scored once for the Panthers.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Hockey

  • Franklin, 2 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final


  • Franklin, 48 @ St. John’s Prep, 18 – Final

Boys Swimming

  • Attleboro, 100 @ Franklin, 53 – Final

Girls Swimming

  • Attleboro, 63 @ Franklin, 100 – Final

For all the Hockomock League results on Wednesday

MassBudget: An Early Take on the Governor's FY 2017 Budget

The budget season gets into full swing with the release of the Governor's budget. As Franklin is dependent upon the state for approx 30% of the revenue side of the budget, we'll continue to follow the state budget closely until it is approved later this year.

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

An Early Take on the Governor's FY 2017 Budget 

Today the Governor released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, kicking off an important process of determining what we as a Commonwealth hope to do together through our government this year, and detailing how we will pay for those things. While it includes some positive elements -- like strengthening the Department of Children and Families -- this proposal continues a pattern that has been in place since the state cut taxes by over $3 billion between 1998 and 2002: deep budget cuts in bad times and very little progress in good times. We continue to put off making the kinds of long-term investments in our people and our transportation systems that would make life better for Massachusetts families and improve the long-term strength of our state economy (for more context, read our FY 2017 Budget Preview).

Keep an eye out later next week for our full Budget Monitor, which will analyze the Governor's proposals in much greater depth. For now, here are a few highlights. The Governor proposes:
  • Scaling-back the Film Tax Credit, which has proven to be an inefficient strategy for creating jobs. Department of Revenue research has shown that the cost for each job created by this tax credit exceeds $100,000 a year (more detail HERE). With revenue from this change, the Governor would fund the following two initiatives (although these likely total more than the projected savings from the FTC):
    • Expanding a corporate tax break called Single Sales Factor, costing over $60 million once fully phased-in (more detail HERE). Massachusetts has been providing this tax break to manufacturing companies, defense contractors, and mutual fund companies since the 1990s. There is no evidence that it has had a positive effect on job creation or the strength of our state economy. The Governor proposes extending this tax break to all multi-state corporations.
    • Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, costing $25 million annually once phased-in over five years. The administration projects that this initiative would support an additional 1,500 affordable rental units.
  • Supporting a multi-faceted approach to the opioid addiction epidemic, including targeted funding for prevention and treatment, as well as funding for law enforcement. The budget proposal directs close to $9 million more to public health programs targeting substance abuse treatment and recovery programs, and funding for an additional 150 adult residential recovery opioid treatment beds. The budget also directs funding to law enforcement agencies especially in the so-called Gateway Cities, such as Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Fitchburg, and Lynn, in order to help police disrupt the trafficking and distribution of heroin.
  • Reducing funding for the state Department of Revenue's Office of Tax Administration by more than 15 percent. This is likely related to staff reductions connected to last year's early retirement initiative. The danger of reducing the capacity of this office is that it could significantly harm the state's ability to combat tax evasion, particularly by those with the resources to engage in complex efforts to avoid paying the taxes they owe. Increased tax evasion could reduce the revenue available to fund education, local aid, and other core government services.
  • Supporting additional social workers in the Department of Children and Families. To decrease the caseloads of social workers so they can better meet the needs of children and families, the Governor's budget increases funding for the social workers account by $19.6 million (9.6 percent). The budget also continues the operational reforms in the area offices and increases funding for oversight and supervision.
  • Increasing General Local Aid by 4.3 percent, tracking the rate of growth of state revenue. Even after this modest increase, local aid funding will still be about 40 percent lower than it was in FY 2001, adjusted for inflation.
  • Changing the Charter School Reimbursement formula and providing an increase of $20.5 million. Under the Governor's redesigned formula, all sending districts would receive 100 percent tuition reimbursement in the first year of a charter tuition increase. In the second and third years after an increase in total tuition, aid would predominantly go to urban districts sending higher proportions of students to charter schools. Unlike under the current formula, no districts would receive any reimbursements in years 4 through 6.
  • Increasing Chapter 70 Education Aid by 1.6 percent, or $72.1 million. This proposal largely runs the existing formula using updated enrollment and inflation numbers. It includes a new method of estimating the number of low-income students in each district, driven by changes to the national school meals program (more detail HERE).
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