Jon Keller does a full interview with Gov. Patrick on the WBZ website. They talk National Guard, gay marriage, and Mitt Romney. But the most timely and urgent part revolves around Patrick’s Municipal Partnership Act, with which Keller is plainly in sympathy, giving Patrick every opportunity to ask for the public’s help in pressuring the legislature. It’s not too surprising: For all of Keller’s vinegar, he’s essentially been calling for reforms like what Patrick’s proposed — perhaps only tougher.
Anyway, have you called your Reps and Senators in support of the Municipal Partnership Act? 617-722-2000.
To boil it down, the act would:
- 1. Raise local revenues by:
- Ending the 92-year-old telephone pole tax exemption
- Allow cities and towns to have a small meals and rooms tax: 1-3%
- Allow cities and towns to save money by:
- Allowing employees to join the state’s health insurance pool, which is good care that costs less
- Requiring their underperforming pension funds to join the state system: When local pension funds underperform, the money has to be made up from property tax $.
Just really simple, common sense stuff. Give them flexibility in raising revenue, and don’t make them waste what they’ve got.