I don’t like the practice of just pasting Patrick’s press releases here … but here you go.
BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick today unveiled the newest addition to the www.devalpatrick.com Web site, one that directly engages his statewide grassroots organization in the debate over the Municipal Partnership Act (MPA).
Through the Web site and the efforts of the Committee, Massachusetts citizens can learn more about how the MPA will directly benefit them, simply by using the site’s interactive map. The map specifies how much additional state aid each city and town might receive if the MPA’s telecom provision is enacted. Visitors are also urged to take action via the Web site by submitting written testimony to their legislators and/or sending a letter to their local newspaper about the critical issue of property tax relief.
Well, this is an innovative way to use the web to engage John and Jane Q. Public. I suspect there will be a lot of scrutiny of the data and assumptions, as there should be. But it’s interesting that Patrick’s organization just puts the figures out there, in an easy way for anyone to access — and then provides ways to immediately get involved. Pretty nifty.
For the record, from closing the telephone pole loophole, my town of Medford would get $317,679. Boston gets over $15 million. Pittsfield gets $584,812. Lowell gets $759,337. Etc.