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Must the Budget Always be Balanced at the Risk of the Public’s Health & Safety?

Every year it is the same thing, the Governor and Legislature begin the budget dialog with ominous warnings to citizens that we are in for more gut-wrenching times. Budget analysts are already projecting a $1 billion revenue shortfall for fiscal year 2013, so the proverbial writing on the wall is not pretty.

Budgets need balancing and citizens get this.  The Governor and Legislature have faced a monumental task in balancing the budget during an economic recession that has hurt so many families in this Commonwealth.  However, this relentless chipping away at resources designed to maintain the public’s health and safety must come to an end.

MOSES Member, Rob Sousa, Prepared for ‘All Hazards’

When disaster strikes – natural or manmade – it’s a sure bet that Spencer resident and Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists member Rob Sousa played a key role in keeping you safe .  An all hazards planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Sousa understands the importance of planning.  He is charged with maintaining the Electronic Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, or eCEMP, a web-based program that helps the Emergency Management Directors in each of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns develop their plans for implementation in the event of natural and other disasters.

Sousa shares, “MEMA uses an all hazards approach, be it natural, such as snow and flooding events, or man-made, like the MWRA Water Emergency in May of 2010 that affected drinking water for several days in 30+ communities within the Boston area.”

Boat ramp project celebrated in Brookfield

Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary, led a delegation of state officials yesterday as they, local officials and area sportsmen and women celebrated completion of the boating access reconstruction project at South Pond.

Work on the Dick and Paula Woodard Fishermen’s Access Area on South Pond, also known as Lake Quacumquasit, was completed at a cost of $135,000.

(This story originally ran in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, December 2011.)

Driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in Framingham case

The Maine man who killed a MassDOT worker on Rte. 9 while he was driving drunk in Framingham in 2010 changed his plea to guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court.

Jury selection in Jeremy Gardner's trial was scheduled to begin today, but instead he pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him - vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor (subsequent offense), leaving the scene of an accident that caused death, and leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage.

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