Friday, March 19, 2010

Where's the online budget?

While we're starting to work on the fiscal budget, why not put last year's online? I believe that was a campaign pledge. Put the budget online and get ideas from the public on areas of improvement or on where to make trade-offs.

Common Cause Massachusetts has recently awarded a ton of local communities for their transparency. Our goal needs to be to win this award NEXT YEAR or we failed.

This maps so well to my conversation with Mr. Phelan (not the feather part). It also maps directly to a campaign pledge from Judy Flanagan Kennedy. I hope this is being worked on in City Hall.


This isn't hard. Just takes a leader to believe it's important. Note to Mayor and Council - It's important! Let's get it done.

Over 50% of MA complies. Lynn does not. Time to stop hiding, let's let it out.

Congrats to the following towns for valuing their citizens. Lynn will join you next year:

Acton, Agawam, Amesbury, Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ashland, Attleboro, Avon, Ayer, Barnstable, Becket, Bedford, Bellingham, Belmont, Billerica, Bolton, Boston, Bourne, Boxborough, Boylston, Braintree, Brewster, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Charlton, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Chilmark, Cohasset, Concord, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dennis, Douglas, Dover, Dracut, Dudley, Dunstable, Duxbury, East Longmeadow, Eastham, Easton, Edgartown, Egremont, Essex, Everett, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Freetown, Gardner, Georgetown, Gill, Gloucester, Grafton, Great Barrington, Groton, Halifax, Hamilton, Harvard, Harwich, Haverhill, Hingham, Holden, Holliston, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Hubbardston, Hudson, Ipswich, Kingston, Lakeville, Lancaster, Lenox, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lowell, Lunenburg, Malden, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marlborough, Marshfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Methuen, Millbury, Milton, Montague, Monterey, Nantucket, Needham, New Bedford, Newburyport, Newton, North Adams, North Andover, North Brookfield, North Reading, Northampton, Northbridge, Northborough, Northfield, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Orleans, Otis, Paxton, Peabody, Pembroke, Pepperell, Plympton, Princeton, Reading, Rockland, Rockport, Salem, Salisbury, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Seekonk, Sharon, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Somerville, South Hadley, Southampton, Southborough, Southwick, Spencer, Springfield, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Sunderland, Sutton, Taunton, Topsfield, Truro, Upton, Uxbridge, Walpole, Waltham, Wareham, Warwick, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Wellfleet, Wenham, West Boylston, West Springfield, Westborough, Westford, Westminster, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilbraham, Williamstown, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn, Worcester, Wrentham, Yarmouth.



  1. the aliens ate it 8)

  2. Hey Corey,

    Thanks for checking out the blog, and I couldn't agree more. Easily one of Kennedy's most notable campaign pledges was to be more transparent. Hasn't happened yet, but I recommend she do it now. It would solve her headline problem in the Item and on the blogs, giving her office something to celebrate, while also keeping a key campaign promise.

    We'll see, I guess.

  3. The one extreme positive is holding City Hall accountable for good service. I love the feedback forms. I use the one online all the time and I always get a response. I hope others are having the same experience.



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