Showing posts with label share. Show all posts
Showing posts with label share. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) with reference points on shared streets and shared use paths

With our input sought for the Complete Streets Discussion tonight, here are a couple of pieces of background info on the program and its related programs. Agenda document with participation info for the discussion found here =>

Reference 1
There are 846 miles of shared use paths in Massachusetts. Learn more about MassDOT's shared use path investments in the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Update #SharedUsePaths

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There are 846 miles of shared use paths in Ma
There are 846 miles of shared use paths in MA

Reference 2

The @MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement. Prioritizing space for dining, parks and visual arts promotes economic development and quality of life in communities all across MA. #BuildBackBetter #mapoli
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@MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement.
@MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

MassBudget: Low-income taxpayers pay higher share in "upside down" Massachusetts system, new study shows

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.
Oct. 25, 2018

Low-income taxpayers pay higher share in "upside down" Massachusetts system, new study shows
Taxes pay for the essential services and programs that everyone uses, from fire protection and health inspectors to roads and schools. But in Massachusetts, those with the lowest income pay the largest share of their incomes in state and local taxes.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) finds in its new paper, Who Pays? Low and Middle Earners in Massachusetts Pay Larger Share of their Incomes in Taxes, that in the Commonwealth's "upside down" tax system those with the lowest incomes pay 10 percent of their earnings in state and local taxes, while those with the highest incomes pay 6.8 percent. 
MassBudget: Low-income taxpayers pay higher share in "upside down" Massachusetts system, new study shows
This "upside down" tax system also has lopsided effects when it comes to race. Because historic and systemic barriers have blocked Black and Latinx people from access to quality education, high-paying jobs, and other opportunities, these taxpayers are more likely to be low-income and therefore tend to pay a larger portion of their earnings in state and local taxes.
Finally, the report finds that other states with overall fairer tax systems tend to tax their top earners at significantly higher income tax rates than their other taxpayers. States that succeed in collecting a greater share of income from the top 1 percent of earners are using a top tax rate, similar to the proposed "millionaire's tax". These states include California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. While Massachusetts was set to vote this year on a higher income tax rate on income over $1 million, a ruling from state's Supreme Judicial Court struck it from the ballot.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The 'Free Little Library' - Franklin

Franklin is already known for having the first public library in the US. We now also have a "Free Little Library." From a reader I received an email with this information to share:
I did want to share our Free Little Library, pictured below. It's an Amish-made cranberry box. We put books in it for people to take, and people come by and leave theirs. We've seen all types of books, from poetry to murder mysteries to classic lit -- and today's gem: the Supreme Court Reporter from 1939. 
There's lots about the organization here: and people can search for boxes all over the world using their locator.
free little library - Franklin
free little library - Franklin

Supreme Court Reporter - 1939 edition
Supreme Court Reporter - 1939 edition

Where is the little free library in Franklin?
366 Lincoln Street

While Lincoln St is being re-done, it may not be as easy to visit until it is re-paved but it still might be worth a stop to get a book and leave a book.

Note: This email had arrived during the week before the 4th so the Supreme Court Reporter may not be there now (but it might also come back sometime too!).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

5 for Wednesday - investment

Time for something a little different today. I have this drive to learn something new everyday, to share something in a meaningful way with someone and to laugh. The more I can do of each of these three things, each day, the more successful the day is for me. Christopher S Penn started #the5 awhile ago. I picked up on it because it fit with what I was already doing (learning, sharing, laughing). I extended Chris' #the5 by creating Twitter Bingo. This mixes a game I played growing up with the new world of Twitter.

So that much said, here is #the5 for today. These are five articles I found of interest in a quick read this morning. I was able to connect them all with the theme of investment.
“Learning the tools is much easier, because no one can help you lead.”  goodness from   
Liz Strauss tells a good story about Hunter S Thompson and suggests a rewording of one of his sentences to make her point.

"These people believed in you, now tell them what you are doing with their investment"    
Geoff Livingston previews the findings of a study on non-profit fund raising that will be discussed in a webinar. The findings have good info to help reinforce some of what we'll be doing at the Franklin Food Pantry.

“Anything, everything, is not only possible, it’s probable.  No one person has more value than another"  
Deb Brown writes a summary of what she saw and heard at the 140 Conference last week in NYC. The quote is from a talk by Ann Curry.

"People don’t internalize depressing images; they tune them out"  goodness from  
Tom Asacker shares his insights on the new FDA anti-smoking ad campaign. I think he is spot on!

"For too many elders, a cut as small as five or ten dollars makes a negative difference in their lives"  
Ronni Bennett shares her views on the AARP position statement about Social Security that was announced last Friday. If the AARP position has truly changed, this could be a big deal!

When something matters to you, you end up spending time and money.
When either time or money is short, you end up prioritizing, making choices.
When making choices, you should consider the big picture and where these choices fit.
You should also recognize that you are not alone, someone else maybe making the same choices.
Maybe you can learn from with they are doing, maybe you and they can do it better together than either of you could do it alone.

You can get to this point of collaboration, cooperation by starting with conversation.
Overtime the conversation can build a relationship, can build some understanding, and some trust.

What do you think?

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Common Craft on Photo Sharing

Continuing the Web 2.0 series on new technologies and how to use them, the wonderful folks at Common Craft have this explanation on photo sharing:


PS - You may have noticed that most of the photos I post here are from my Flickr account. You can also click through to see the full slide show of all my Franklin photos by clicking on any one of the photos. I also use a little widget in the right column to scroll through the photo collection.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Senior Center: path to Oak St/Horace Mann

One of the better things I noticed about the new Senior Center, is that the fence previously dividing the property from the next door Oak Street Elementary, Horance Mann Middle and the Early Childhood Development Center School complex was taken down and enhanced with a path way.

A bridge for the generation gap!

Two critical populations for Franklin now have a way to connect. Let's encourage both the seniors and the schools to make good use of this path.