Deval Patrick’s campaign has announced its latest position paper, this one on the financial problems facing cities and towns. Patrick has been talking a lot about the problems facing cities and towns, and in so doing he has garnered the endorsements of several mayors of important cities, such as Somerville, Cambridge (big surprise), Salem, Taunton, Northampton, and Pittsfield.
The issues facing cities and towns are hugely important. Municipal governments have primary responsibility for many of the issues that most directly affect people’s daily lives – public safety and education, to name the two most obvious. And the financial problems they are facing now threaten the municipalities’ ability to carry out that responsibility in an effective way – yet continuing to raise property taxes through endless Prop. 2-1/2 overrides is not a viable solution. Good for Patrick for addressing this important issue head-on.
Eisenthal, who has forgotten more about municipal finance than most of us will ever know, has more.