Saturday, July 13, 2013

MassBudget: What the Governor vetoed from the FY14 budget--and what he proposes

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The Governor's Vetoes
Today (7/12/13), the Governor signed into law a budget for FY 2014. He also exercised his authority to veto individual line items within the budget. In this case, there were essentially two types of vetoes: 1) for programs that the Governor would support, but which he feels cannot be funded until a separate transportation revenue bill is passed into law, and 2) for programs that the Governor would not fund at the level specified by the Legislature.

The budget proposal that the legislature passed relied on new revenue from a separate transportation funding bill. That bill, however, was not signed by the Governor. He sent it back to the legislature with an amendment designed to compensate for a funding shortfall that would occur if certain Mass Pike tolls are taken down in 2017. Because he sent it back, however, the revenue specified in that bill is not available to help fund the state budget. The vetoes to transportation and local aid line-items listed in Table 1 would help lower state spending enough to offset this missing revenue. These same line-items would be restored under the Governor's supplemental budget bill, described below (if you cannot see the table below, be sure your email client is set to display images or click here.)

The Governor also vetoed a number of line-items--totaling $18.3 million--whose funding would not be restored in his supplemental budget bill. A full list is available here.

Along with the vetoes he issued today, the Governor filed a supplemental budget bill, which would restore funding for the items in table 1 above, namely those programs that the Governor felt he had to veto because of the unfinished transportation bill. These restorations would only occur when a new transportation funding bill is passed which resolves the potential medium-term funding shortfall.

Also included in the supplemental bill are some funding increases for particular programs. The money to support these increases comes in part from the Governor's other vetoes--those funding reductions which would not be restored with the transportation funding bill (see here)--and also from an expansion of the 5 cents refundable deposit on bottled beverages to cover non-carbonated drinks (if you cannot see the list of new programs below, be sure your email client is set to display images or click here.)

A state budget can include not only funding appropriations but also changes to state law, in what are called "outside sections." The Governor did veto and amend some outside sections (details are included here.)

The vetoes and amendments described above represent just the last step of the FY 2014 budget process. The rest of the details about the state's spending blueprint for the coming year can be found in our BUDGET MONITOR.

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"a solution that meets multiple economic and environmental goals"

Changes in the food waste handling regulations talked of during the anaerobic digestion discussion last month have been formally announced.
If approved, the commercial food waste ban, drawn by the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), would take effect by July 1, 2014. 
Large institutions that dispose of at least one ton of organic waste per week must ship the food that cannot be donated or recycled to an anaerobic digester facility, composting operation or animal-feed operation, according to the proposal. 
Not included in the ban is residential food waste. 
In a statement, Rick Sullivan, the secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said: "Banning commercial food waste and supporting the development of (anaerobic digester) facilities across the commonwealth is critical to achieving our aggressive waste disposal reduction goals."

Read more:

For more about the anaerobic digestion proposal discussed at the Town Council meeting

For more about the anaerobic digestion proposal discussed at the Planning Board meeting

Save the Date! Voices Against Violence 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon!

Save the Date!
October 19, 2013
Downtown Framingham Common 10:00 a.m.

2nd Annual  
 Walk to Break the Silence

Voices Against Violence Picture
Voices Against Violence
Breaking the Silence to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

For more information or to join our planning committee,
Please contact: Mary Gianakis 
Want to be a sponsor for this event? 

Voices Against Violence
300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702
24 hour Hotline
(508) 626-8686 / (800) 593-1125


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Farmers Market - noon to 6:00 PM

on the Town Common, along the High St side.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market
Farmers Market today

4th Annual Run, Walk, or Crawl 5K

Who: You, Your family, Your friends!

What: 4th Annual Run, Walk, or Crawl 5K

Why: Because we will NOT lay down to Cancer!

When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013, 8:00am-11am
Registration: 8:00 AM
Runners: 9:00 AM
Walkers: following runners
Food following the race!

Where: Helen Keller Elementary School, 500 Lincoln St. Franklin, MA

How: Pre-reg $30, register by July 1st for guarantee Tech shirt
others while supplies last, $35 day of race

Registration on line here

Beaver Street RR Crossing Work

Hello.  This is Gary Premo calling with an important traffic alert. 
The Mass Bay Commuter Rail will be rehabilitating the railroad crossing at BEAVER STREET.
The work will be done this Saturday, JULY 13th, between 6:00AM and 6:00PM. 
The BEAVER STREET railroad crossing will be CLOSED to thru traffic between RTE. 140 and GROVE STREET. Please avoid the area and plan accordingly.  Thank you.  Goodbye.

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How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 & Up

How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up

How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up
How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

"a form of vital relief"

Unfunded mandates that drive implementation costs for school districts are finally getting some attention.

Addressing many of the mandates, Ludlow Public Schools Superintendent Todd Gaza said at the hearing, "The new teacher evaluation regulations, bullying legislation, implementation of the Common Core … all require professional development for our teachers in order to meet their requirements. This leaves little time for other professional activities." 
Daniel Gutekanst testified that the grind to put in place all of the mandates actually steals time away from improving classroom learning. 
"The pace of change and reform is grueling and unrelenting," Gutekanst said. "Teachers, school staff and principals are increasingly required to address and attend to mandates and initiatives that leave them little time to personalize learning experiences for children in their charge."

Read more:

Related posts:

Jun 16 - summary of impacts that unfunded mandates will have for the coming school year

The first article in MDN (Jun 29) about the hearing on this bill

Rep Jeff Roy's newsletter describing his co-sponsorship of the legislation (Jul 7)

Shuttle buses replacing Franklin Line from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM on Sat Jul 13, 2013 due to track work

When I saw the notice about Beaver St being closed for track work on Saturday, I expected to hear about what that work would do to the train schedule. The notification has arrived. There will be shuttle bus service between Forge Park and downtown Franklin to avoid the track work on Saturday. If you are going to Boston, simply start from downtown Franklin, don't use Forge Park. You'll avoid the shuttle!

In case you missed the earlier notification on Beaver St

Shuttle buses replacing Franklin Line from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM on Sat Jul 13, 2013 due to track work

Affected stops:
Forge Park / 495

Last updated: Jul 10 2013 7:16 AM
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Senator Karen Spilka's Office Announces Holliston Office Hours

On Friday, July 12th, join Senator Karen Spilka and Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka's District and Constituent Services Director, for district office hours in Holliston. Senator Spilka will be available to update constituents on the latest news and events and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Pejamajo Café
770 Washington Street, Holliston, MA
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Any resident unable to attend or those interested in scheduling an appointment should feel free to contact Senator Spilka's office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.

For more on Senator Karen Spilka visit her entry on the MA Senate page

Concerts on the Common - full schedule 2013

Following is the lineup for the rest of the summer:
July 17 - Franklin School for the Performing Arts' Electric Youth
July 24 - Sharon Band; children's program is Elaine Kessler, story teller
July 31 - Frank Padula; children's program is led by DJ Mike Ruttkowski
Aug. 7 - Ayla Brown, Ambient Entertainment
Aug. 14 - Fab 4 Ever (Beatles music)
In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Benjamin Fraklin Classical Charter Public School across the street from the common.

Set aside Wednesday nights for "family night" on the common. Bring a blanket and chairs, and a picnic dinner.

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Chantal has fallen apart

An update on the Tropical Storm that earlier this week appeared headed for the East Coast. Chantal has fallen apart and is no longer a threat.

remnants of Chantal
remnants of Chantal

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Concerts on the Common: Roy Scott Swing Band



Concerts on the Common
Concerts on the Common

July 10th = Roy Scott Swing Band

Children's Program = Ethan Rossiter and the Jamberries

Attention Franklin: Board and Committee openings

The following Boards/Committees are looking for members:

Conservation Commission - Kathy Celorier-508-520-4929

Finance Committee - Jeff Nutting-508-520-4949-Send letter of interest and resume to Jeff Nutting, 355 E.Central Street

Franklin Cultural Council - Claire Griffin-508-520-8857

Library Board of Directors - Felicia Oti -508-520-4940

Franklin Housing Trust Fund - Maxine Kinhart 508-553-4886

Public Land Use Committee - Beth Dahlstrom 508-553-4852

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the attached form and if you would like more information on the committee, please contact the above.

The Committee application form can be found here:

Updated 7/11/13 - the PDF form was removed from the Committee notification on the Franklin website. You'll need to use the phone numbers to make contact for each of the open positions.

Franklin Library: Advanced "Ductivities"

Advanced "Ductivities"
Franklin Library: Advanced "Ductivities"
Franklin Library

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