Wednesday, January 24, 2018

In the News: timeliness of MBTA updates; Gov Baker's State of MA speech

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Dedham Police responded to a truck that struck a bridge on East Street by Endicott Rotary Tuesday morning. 
Police responded at approximately 7 a.m. for a report of a Swift truck striking the MBTA Commuter Rail bridge on East Street. The truck became stuck while attempting to drive under the bridge, though it was not badly damaged and the trains were able to safely cross. 
The Dedham Police updated people using Facebook."
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Noteworthy: the article touts the MBTA for keeping folks aware via Twitter. Yet the timeliness of those updates was also captured and is the real issue. The MBTA first tweeted at 9:07 AM for the incident that the police responded to at 7:00 AM. Really?

"Gov. Charlie Baker called for improvements in education, transportation and housing Tuesday in his last state of the state address before seeking a second term in office. 
In the half-hour speech, the Republican said Massachusetts can’t rest on its laurels. 
He said while the state has seen a drop in opioid-related overdose deaths, more needs to be done. 
He also pushed an initiative to create more housing and said the state is working to increase its reliance on renewable energy and improve transportation."

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The Governor's budget will be available today. This provides the first look at the state funding expected to come Franklin's way for local aid, roads, and schools. The state funding amounts to approx. 30% of the Franklin revenue side of the budget.

The full text of Governor Baker's address can be found online

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