Usually, when there's a deficit, the government tries to do something about it. It would be nice if Beacon Hill got the memo. The first thing the leg should do is pass the Municipal Partnership Act, which would directly help cities and towns deal with whatever cuts could be facing them. It would also give them the additional funds they need to help firewall our schools and town services from the scary R word that's been floating around recently (Recession). Next, the state needs to end the unnecessary, unfair and improper tax loopholes that result in companies like Walmart actually costing this state more than we tax them. Then, unfortunately, the hard part begins - addressing health care affordability. However, it would be nice to know that at least we could come to the easy decisions fast, right? After all, the cities, towns and people of Massachusetts depend on it.
It's time to get on the phone to Beacon Hill and do something about it.