WHO HAS the power on Beacon Hill? The people who are losing libraries, teachers, and sports programs to deep municipal budget cuts? Or, the business community, which is ducking its responsibility to help close the fiscal gap?
Here's what the current budget battle seems to be coming down to: Governor Deval Patrick v. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi....
Patrick may be breakfasting with chief executives and accepting political donations from them. But at least he's also telling them what they don't want to hear: Massachusetts tax laws need to be changed to ensure tax fairness.
It gets better from there, folks.
I have to leave to get to a wedding in a few minutes, so I can't spend a lot of time on this, but I had to post something about it. Go and read it. Make your friends read it, too. For someone who doesn't know anything about the Municipal Partnership Act or just can't seem to get in the frame of mind to care, it's a compelling piece.