Fiscal Year 2016 Approaches…

Fiscal years run from July 1 of one year to June 31 of the subsequent year. In this frame, fiscal year 2016 runs from July 1, 2015 to June 31, 2016 — and early budgeting is beginning.

Governor Baker released his FY2016 budget proposal (code named House 1) on March 4 and here is a link to proposed local aid estimates and the budget proposal itself.

House 1 increases Chapter 70 funding (for public education) by $105.3 million or 3.6% higher than the FY2015 level, increases Unrestricted General Government Aid (for any municipal use) by $34 million or 3.6% higher than FY2015, and maintains FY2015 funding for most of other state programs (including regional school transportation, anti-gang grants, and library aid).

Statewide, we have a $1.5 billion deficit and the Governor wants to curb spending, increase state employee contributions to health insurance, offer a tax amnesty plan, and eliminate 4,500 state jobs through an early retirement program.

This is a spreadsheet showing FY2016 budget proposals.In response to the House 1 numbers, Mayor Holaday emailed this spreadsheet to your local elected officials. Please click it to zoom.

If the state legislature does not support the Governor’s plans to decrease the statewide deficit, then it’s likely our amount of local aid will decrease from House 1. I suggest contacting Senator Ives and Rep. Kelcourse and suggesting House 1 numbers be maintained during budget discussions.

However the tide turns on Beacon Hill, the School Committee is beginning discussion of their budget and the City Council will receive the Mayor’s FY2016 proposed budget in late April or early May.

Newburyport Streets: March 1 Photos

In the wake of several snowstorms and in advance of another one coming tonight, I decided to drive around parts of the city and take pictures — from the driver’s seat — of selected streets and intersections. It’s one for thing for a constituent to tell me so-and-so street is good or bad. It’s something else to see it for myself.

Scroll down and see different streetscapes from my perspective. I purposefully zigged and zagged, trying to capture interior ways and views that neighborhood residents would typically only see.

Otis Place
Otis Place

Garden Street
Garden Street

Looking left onto Warren from Munroe
Looking left onto Warren from Munroe

Walnut Street
Walnut Street

Howard Street
Howard Street

Looking left onto Forrester from Howard
Looking left onto Forrester from Howard

Looking left onto High from Cutting
Looking left onto High from Cutting Drive

Cushing Avenue
Cushing Ave

Truman Way
Truman Way

Stickney Avenue, facing Low
Stickney Ave, facing Low

East Boylston Street
East Boylston Street

Looking left onto High from Federal
Looking left onto High from Federal

Union Street
Union Street

Middle Street
Middle Street