Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Governor Deval Patrick's plan focuses on investments in transportation and education while calling for an income tax increase coupled with a lower sales tax.
In submitting his $34.8 billion budget to the Legislature Wednesday, Patrick said the proposed income tax hike is part of a comprehensive package aimed at investing in the state's infrastructure and in driving growth. The proposal asks for an increase in the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent coupled with a reduction in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. It also doubles personal exemptions. Despite the proposed income tax hike, Patrick says that low and modest-income workers will pay less in taxes under his proposal, and only the "more fortunate see a larger increase." "I do not submit this proposal lightly. I understand that many households in Massachusetts continue to struggle from the impact of the Great …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Melrose would see an approximate $640K increase in local aid next year under both the Senate Ways and Means budget proposal and the final House budget approved earlier this month.
Melrose would receive a net $646,613 boost in local aid from the state over last year in the Senate Ways & Means budget proposal that the Senate is scheduled to take up this week. That increase roughly matches the local aid boost approved in the state House of Representatives final budget, which allocates an additional $642,138 for the city in local aid. Both the House budget and the Senate Ways and Means budget include more than $300,000 in local aid funding for Melrose than what was included in Gov. Deval Patrick's budget proposal for fiscal 2013. The additional funding is included in the unrestricted government aid line item; the city's Chapter 70 education funding would remain the same as the governor's budget. Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The city would receive more local aid as a supplemental boost given to cities and towns last fall is included in the House Ways and Means proposal from the get-go.
Melrose would receive a $623,138 boost in local aid over last year's state budget in the House Ways and Means fiscal 2013 proposal that the House began debating yesterday. The city's local aid figure in the House's initial budget proposal for next year is also approximately $306,000 more than what was included in Gov. Deval Patrick's budget proposal for fiscal 2013. The additional funding is included in the unrestricted government aid line item; the city's Chapter 70 education funding would remain the same as the governor's budget. Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, explained that the increase over the governor's budget comes from $65 million in local aid that Patrick made contingent upon state revenues, as was done this past year. Last October…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Vote, and then see what your neighbors think.
Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a 50-cent increase to the cigarette tax, the imposition of the 6.25 percent sales tax on candy and soda and the expansion of the state's bottle deposit law to raise money for the state budget, according to an article on Boston.com. Deval said, according to the report, that he hopes the proposals will not only raise $260 million but also encourage Massachusetts residents to eat healthier. In light of this news, Melrose Patch wanted to take the community's pulse on these issues.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Most of the increase comes in the form of Chapter 70 education funding.
Melrose would receive a net increase of $336,633 in local aid from the state under the fiscal 2013 budget proposal filed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday. The local aid bump would be the first since fiscal 2009 and would be welcomed by City Hall officials, who've seen Melrose's local aid cut by almost $3 million over the past three years. This current fiscal year has the city's lowest local aid level in a decade. Melrose's net local aid—receipts minus state assessments by fiscal year: Most of the local aid boost in Patrick's proposal comes in the form of Chapter 70 education funding, with Melrose slated to receiving $349,359 more in Chapter 70 money than last year, for a total of $7.67 million. According to the Boston Globe, Patrick's …
Friday, October 21, 2011
The state budget passed this summer included a clause that would send any unspent state funds at the end of fiscal 2011 back to cities and towns.
Melrose will receive an additional $300,000 in local aid this fiscal year, the city's state delegation has announced, a move expected due to a clause included in the fiscal 2012 Massachusetts budget passed earlier this summer that sends unspent state funds back to cities and towns. Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, said that the Legislature "did kind of anticipate this" when passing the fiscal 2012 budget, which included $65 million in local aid cuts, but also the proposal to send unspent funds back to municipalities. "The comptroller essentially has to certify that’s what’s left over, then we will push out the money," Brodeur said. The Legislature approved the move in a supplemental spending bill that passed last week and closed the books on …