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Budget Forum

Posted on: March 25, 2011

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The Northampton City Council/School Committee Conference Committee*
and Yes!Northampton
invite you to a public forum:
Protecting or schools and our city:
What we can do
to close the budget gap
Thursday, March 31
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
JFK Community Room, JFK Middle School
Refreshments will be served
Mayor Clare Higgins, Representative Peter Kocot and Senator Stan Rosenberg will offer information and a Q&A and Yes!Northampton will share its action plan.
With the end of federal stimulus funds and the slow economic recovery,  Massachusetts faces a $1.5 billion budget deficit next fiscal year.  As a result, Northampton will see cuts in local aid while health care costs continue to rise, resulting in even more pressure to cut basic city services.
What can we do? The Coalition for Our Communities, a statewide coalition of labor, health care, education and dozens of other citizen groups, is leading a campaign to pass legislation that will raise $1.2 billion without burdening low and middle-income families.  Our own neighbor, Representative Ellen Story of Amherst, is a co-sponsor of the bill, along with 17 others from across the state.  Come learn about what we can do here in Northampton to win this and other critical revenue for our state and our community.
Questions?  Contact Ward 4 City Councilor Pamela Schwartz at pschwartz77@gmail.com or 586-7113.
We look forward to seeing you there!

* Committee members include:  Councilor Jesse Adams, City Council President David Narkewicz, Councilor Pamela Schwartz and School Committee Representatives Alden Bourne, Downey Meyer and Stephanie Pick.

 

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