The loss of artists in Cambridge has reached a crisis point, say city councillors trying to grant resident artists a one-point advantage in the formula to apply for rentals in lower-income inclusionary housing – but the conversation has been temporarily set aside.
A statewide effort for more charter schools was opposed Tuesday by the School Committee in a 5-2 vote, an item brought up after being tabled from the previous meeting – as were policies on standardized tests ending this week and sexual harassment at school.
The city manager had a warning Monday for city councillors: “What I was told is that if this goes down, Lechmere Station won’t happen at all,” referring to the over budget green line extension light rail project.
Cambridge is expected to contribute $25 million to construction of the green line light rail extension and Somerville is projected to put in $50 million to close a funding gap that has threatened to shut down the project entirely.
A massive municipal budget of $574.6 million is projected for the coming fiscal year, 4.8 percent and $26.3 million bigger than the current adopted budget, and it comes with an expected bump of 6.2 percent in property tax.
A coalition of legislators, advocates for poor people and immigrants, and hospitals, including Cambridge Health Alliance, is trying to block an initiative affecting thousands of low- and moderate-income patients, disqualifying some and limiting benefits for others.
There is a fiscal crisis looming over Massachusetts’ state prisons and county jails. The inmate population is aging, and the cost of providing health care to older inmates, particularly those who are suffering from terminal ailments, is beginning to strain budgets.
A move to get professional lobbyists to register and disclose their work in Cambridge was complicated by lingering anger from the past election, with the Cambridge Residents Alliance citizens group getting compared to the NRA by city councillor Craig Kelley.
Once it was health insurers that tried to restrict the doctors and hospitals their members could use. Now it is the doctors and hospitals that are increasingly trying to steer patients to providers within their networks. Cambridge Health Alliance is no exception.
The school department won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award last year from the United States-Canada Government Finance Officers Association. This is a well-deserved award.