Category Archive for 'Legislation'

The House of Representatives is getting ready to vote tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 14) on whether or not to give Gov. Patrick expanded powers — known as 9C powers — to cut this year’s budget. The governor is asking for the power to cut local aid and aid to schools (Chapter 70), among other areas. We […]

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SOS urges you to vote “No” on Question 1, the Nov. 4 ballot question that would eliminate the state income tax. Times are hard enough, and eliminating the state income tax will make things worse by wiping out more than $12 billion in revenue, or nearly 40 percent of the state budget. Question One will […]

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On Monday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community House, SOS will hear from two important regional organizers. Susan Beckmann, chairwoman of the Manchester-Essex Regional School Committee, will explain the newly formed North Shore Coalition for School Funding, a group comprised of five local school committee chairs. Ms. Beckmann will describe the group’s short- […]

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On Monday, October 27, at 7:30 pm at the High School Auditorium during a Special Town Meeting Hamilton citizens will be asked to vote on a Citizen’s Petition that would limit real estate taxes for seniors 65 and older. In the Citizen’s Petition, if the combined total income of the property owner(s) and their spouses […]

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Tomorrow, Oct. 15, is the last day to register for the state and presidential election on Nov. 4, 2008. The Town Hall in Wenham is open until 7:00 p.m. tonight and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Town Hall in Hamilton will be open until 7:00 p.m. today and 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. It takes just minutes to […]

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On Nov. 4, Election Day, Massachusetts voters won’t just be choosing a new president. We’ll also be asked to decide whether we want to abolish our state income tax. While the prospect of having extra cash during these tight times is appealing, budget experts tell us the effect of this enormous amount of lost revenue […]

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SOS has been working hard for a long time now to get the Commonwealth to funnel more of our tax money back to our own towns and school system. That’s why we’re excited that State Rep. Brad Hill and Senator Bruce Tarr are inviting all citizens to a multi-town forum on school funding, looking particularly […]

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