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Should $40 Million In Unused Snow Budget Go To MBTA Deficit?

Should the money the state hasn't had to spend on snow removal this year go to the MBTA as the Governor proposes, or do you have other ideas for it?

With a winter of record high temperatures at least partially behind us, the state government has only used about $10 million of the $50 million set aside for snow and ice removal, according to a Fox News article.

Governor Deval Patrick has stated on record he'd like to give that money to the MBTA. As he says in this Patriot-Ledger article, "We’ve had a good and calm and relatively snow-free winter so far. If the winter continues as it has been, there will be unspent snow and ice budget. That may be part of the one-year fix."

The fix he is referring to is the MBTA's estimated $161 million projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, but we at Patch are wondering if you see other things that need fixing. Education? Local aid? Small business?

Where do you think the money saved this year should go, and why?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Editorial note: this article and comments section is shared across the Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield Patch.com sites. 

Jeanne E. Craigie February 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Nadine-What I perhaps should have said was --we have little or no new growth--when the formula was established all those years ago .Our Town is not experiencing any change over of homes with young families and our number of school age children is down.In this economy --houses are not turning over. The more children we have that are school age would indeed help us. Also Stoneham has very little buildable land!
Nadine Houston Dalo February 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Oh I see what you meant! I do agree the T is the last place any extra funding should go............The schools, the FD - Why so little building space- Start using Redstone- It's half empty-Sorry- LOL!
Reading girl February 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM
@Nadine..I disagree that a town cannot be harmed by increased population. They are harmed by lack of open space. They are harmed by traffic jams & extra pollution. They are harmed by school overcrowding & on & on. When a town allows every piece of land to be built on the resident lose.
Jeanne E. Craigie February 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM
We have little or no buildable land in Stoneham(House Lots) Unicorn and Pomeworth are Chapter 97 Land and can never be built on. The DCR own all the land in the South of town--it is all conservation land and they control it even though we swend our fire trucks and police there to take care of it-- Fallon Road area-BMRC- and now the North School are the only places that have substantial areas to build. The Town cannot build on Redstone it is privately owned.Even when we redistrict and build a new MS (if it passes) we still have capacity to grow with new students. Hope this helps!
Nadine Houston Dalo February 29, 2012 at 06:54 AM
@Reading girl............I understand that excessive over-population can diminish a town's appeal and desirability, but having so many gas stations on one street (Main St.)can be just as hazardous to the environment. I don't think that all the green space is utilized to the fullest in the town, sadly.(I personally love as much open space as I can get). I think if the problem is money (revenue) then one must think about their options. When I mentioned Redstone it was facetious. I do think in any area you live your priorities should be 1. education, 2. public safety, 3. the infrastructure of the town...........

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