|Suburban Coalition Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 2015
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Sustaining Vibrant Communities Throughout the Commonwealth
Occasionally, delays can open up new opportunities. By postponing our meeting from February 11 to March 12, we are better able to respond to the many changes on Beacon Hill that have occurred since the first of the year. Our meeting will have more information and more impact.
The focus of our meeting remains Local Aid and Chapter 70. In a time when local aid to municipalities has declined precipitously and Chapter 70 has failed to keep pace with rising costs and increased mandates, it’s time to ask some challenging questions: Is it important to continue to have one of the best education systems in the nation? Is important to sustain vibrant communities throughout the state? And, if we fail to work together to sustain these, what are the economic consequences for the Commonwealth?
We are pleased thatSenator Karen Spilka, the new Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means has accepted our invitation to speak at our meeting. As Chair of Ways & Means, Senator Spilka also has a seat on the Foundation Budget Review Commission. She is a former member of the Ashland School Committee and is very familiar with the many challenges faced by local officials as well as the imperative of working together to meet these challenges.
Senator Jamie Eldridge will also be part of our panel. Senator Eldridge has been a supporter of the Coalition’s work. He has long been active in helping to support local communities. We are very pleased to have him join us.
In addition, we have invited a member of Governor Baker’s new Community Compact Cabinet to join our panel. According to the Governor, one objective of the Cabinet is to "pave the way for better and brighter opportunities for our communities and our schools." If you missed the announcement, here it is:
http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/exec-order-to-strengthen-municipal-partnerships-signed.html. We are hopeful we will be able to start a dialogue that brings the concerns and ideas of Coalition municipalities to the table.
The Massachusetts Association of School Committees is co-sponsoring our meeting, bringing additional voices to this very important discussion.
Join the conversation on March 12. Our meeting will start with a reception for our speakers and members of the Legislature in attendance. In addition to a panel discussion, we will provide you with the data and tools to speak with your legislator on the importance of adequate and realistic changes to the Foundation Budget and the imperative of strong support of municipalities to sustain vibrant communities throughout the state.
Please RSVP to dorothypresser. All local officials and interested citizens are welcome to attend, so please feel free to pass this invitation along.
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The Suburban Coalition is a statewide organization of local officials that advocates for the resources, funding and support at the state level to sustain vibrant communities throughout the Commonwealth. We work to ensure that every municipality has the resources to provide high-quality essential services of life safety, education and infrastructure maintenance to its citizens. We provide input to the state about local services, state funding and state regulations. By speaking with one voice, we can address mutual problems more effectively at the state level. The Suburban Coalition is the only statewide organization that brings together Selectmen, School Committees and Finance Committees and other local officials to jointly advocate for our communities. For more information, visit suburbancoalition.org.
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