The League of Women Voters Forum, moved to the second Friday, February 8, will provide an interesting look at the Massachusetts state budget and its affect on Lexington. How do we, as a Commonwealth, choose to invest our resources to strengthen our communities, support vulnerable residents, and build a vibrant economy?
Luc Schuster, Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, will show, through data prepared by MassBudget, how past tax policy choices have contributed to the state's ongoing fiscal crisis, leading to painful cuts to many programs. Mr. Schuster will also outline how these decisions have affected programs designed to support cities and towns: general local aid and Chapter 70 education aid. A discussion will follow with Senators Michael Barrett and Ken Donnelly and Representative Jay Kaufman about ways the state could improve its revenue system.
This is the fifth in a series of 2012-2013 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9:30 in the Community Meeting Room on the lower level of Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue. The library is easily accessible by Lexpress and from the Minuteman Bikeway. For more information or to carpool, contact the League at 781-862-6435. All League forums are open to the public at no charge.