Right now somebody is thinking of something worse
You know a lot of folk are pessimistic about our chances of winning public support for a balanced solution to our current budget crisis and are facing the new year like this delightful Dave Grandlund Larry King/Father Time cartoon:
Still when it come to economic health, we're doing better than most states according to the new report bhy the Mass Budget and Policy Center.
The years ahead will pose enormous fiscal and economic challenges for Massachusetts and for the nation. Policymakers and citizens engaged in policy debates will face very difficult choices. But as hard as the choices we face are, we in Massachusetts also have very significant advantages that can serve as the foundation of a strong and vibrant state economy as our national economy recovers.
In the face of a 1.5 Billion dollar structural deficit, how do we leverage our strenghs to make sure we don't undermine the public infrastuctures that educate our children, keep our water and air clean, our homes and families safe,our bridges and roads repaired, and help our business community to thrive.
We have an adult discussion of taxes that's what we do. We all work together to build public support for a balanced solution that includes new revenues. We've done it before and we can do it again.
Please join us for a special Insider Budget Briefing that will bring together a panel of heroes from key players in the successful of the 2001/2002 Revenue Campaign:
- Political Leadership: Former Senate President, Tom Birmingham
- Policy Experts: Former General Counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Professor Peter D. Enrich
- Community Organizers: Former Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor, Harris Gruman
Our guests will discuss the wins and losses of that successful revenue effort as we examine our options in building a more balanced, stable, and adequate method of funding our state.
Please join us on Wednesday, January 19th from 3:30-5:30pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at SEIU 615 at 26 West Street, near the Boston Common [map].
Admission is $10, and will include a light supper and take-home materials. Please RSVP by Friday, January 14th to Carmen Arce-Bowen.
Crossposted at Public Events at ONE Massachusetts