The ink was barely dry on Cambridge Health Alliance’s break-even budget for the coming year when $2.3 million in expected revenue for the financially challenged health care system was placed in doubt because of a gubernatorial veto.
The Cambridge Health Alliance’s proposed budget for the next 12 months forecasts little or no growth in visits to its hospitals and doctors and anticipates ending the year barely in the black: a gain of $500,000. It’s a major departure from budgets in recent years.
The green line extension is moving forward with a scaled-back, less expensive plan to bring light rail through Medford and Somerville, the project’s interim management team said, likely leading to a fall request for up to $25 million in aid from Cambridge.
Fears of an attack on public schools and scary encounters with potentially violent people in city buildings have given rise to a municipal “building security enhancement project” with a starting price tag of $2.1 million.
Efforts to prevent cuts to a program that helps lower-income people pay medical bills have failed, potentially affecting patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance and other hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and underinsured people.
A bid for $25 million in state funding for infrastructure such as roads and a dedicated sewer connection comes at a crucial time for future development in the NorthPoint neighborhood off East Cambridge.
City councillors agreed to explore publicly funded “clean elections” in a Monday vote, a potential step toward ending the ugliness of recent municipal election seasons and a cause for division and suspicion among residents and officials.
Public housing officials are encountering unpleasant, expensive surprises as they modernize and rebuild hundreds of apartments with a goal of preserving low-income housing for decades. In some cases, the unexpected discoveries have exhausted contingency funds.
If lawmakers don’t block a bid by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to shrink the program, some lower-income patients and the hospitals that serve them – including Cambridge Health Alliance – could face heavier financial burdens.
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.