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  • casinos | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Posts tagged casinos Featured Good grass roots organizing always beats money no matter how much Dukakis said in an interview by admin on Jan 19 2012 No Comments And he s absolutely right This Globe story describes the pressure that the volunteer town officials face as big money out of town casino developers move in to get

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?tag=casinos (2016-02-09)
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  • Sen Pat Jehlen on the need for t-a-x-e-s to fix the MBTA | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    x e s to fix the MBTA by admin on Mar 14 2012 11 56 am No Comments So Senator Pat Jehlen actually used the word in a State House News Video In an election year In the face of solemn promises from Legislative Leaders that there will be no new taxes not to forstall threatened service cuts and fare increases that seem to be inevitable So says the Transportation Secretary and the MBTA Acting General Manager in the Globe on Tuesday March 13 In a letter to T riders Tuesday state Transportation Secretary Richard A Davey and MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis thanked customers for feedback in a series of public hearings over the proposal that ended Monday night But they warned that more service cuts or fare increases may be needed one year from now The system we have today we cannot afford and the system we want is well beyond reach the letter said Unfortunately without a new dedicated revenue source we know we will be back in this very place next year This is your system the letter concluded Long after we re gone customers will still have a need and desire for a public

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=702 (2016-02-09)
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  • Which Leaves on this Tree will Fall This Spring? | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    down into every single line item to determine the appropriate dollar amount that we can afford this particular year Dempsey said he is against using the state s 1 3 billion rainy day fund aggressively in the upcoming fiscal year calling the governor s proposal to drain 400 million from the account a healthy number I think the challenge that we have is managing expectations he said There s a sense because our unemployment numbers are coming down There s a sense because our revenues in February for instance were pretty good that things are better than they appear We ve got to be careful Asked about local aid to cities and towns one of the largest most closely watched accounts Dempsey said House and Senate leaders are considering declaring their intentions with a resolution in the next week or two Cities and towns typically request that legislators indicate their intentions on local aid by mid March to aid municipal leaders with their budget planning process Challanging indeed Especially for the poor the elderly the disabled and every single city and town in the Commonwealth You ve seen the tree image before ONE Massachusetts uses it to illustrate how our Government funds and supports the important programs that keep our Commonwealth healthy and strong It s part of a Plain Talk power point to illustrate in part at least how our Public Structures get funded by the taxes we all pay Here is an example of how to put public structures into context Here we see how revenue and budget decisions have positive and negative affects on the health of our entire state Interactions of public money and services are seen in this illustration as one Massachusetts ecosystem Note that the leaves on this tree services like public schools and

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=669 (2016-02-09)
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  • Not just the Disabled are Worried about the MBTA’s Ride — Reading about Interest Rate Swaps | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    nursing home in a power wheelchair Now she goes out a few times a week to see friends attend meetings visit the library using The Ride the MBTA s door to door service for the disabled But changes in the service that have been proposed as part of the T s broader deficit cutting plan would drive up the 4 round trip cost for Shaw and thousands of others to between 6 and 24 prices that some say would keep them homebound Christopher Hart director of transportation projects for Boston s Institute for Human Centered Design an organization promoting better infrastructure and product design for people of all abilities has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair He also serves on the state s Transportation Advisory Committee Hart 34 uses the bus and subway system for most trips from his Hyde Park home But even with the investments the T has made barriers remain for many impassable sidewalks unfamiliar turf leaving The Ride as the only option It really won t hit until the baby boomers start giving up driving Hart said You can see the tidal wave It s gray it s white it s balding and it s coming Meanwhile some folk are combing through Joe DeNucci s 2008 repor t on something called interest swaps that cost the MBTA some 55 million DeNUCCI SAYS RISKY DEBT PRACTICE RESULTS IN INCREASED COST TO MBTA State Auditor Joe DeNucci reported today that an investment practice intended to help save money actually resulted in a 55 million increase in borrowing interest costs to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MBTA According to DeNucci s report the MBTA in an effort to reduce annual debt service costs decided to utilize interest rate swaps to try to offset the impact of rising interest

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=655 (2016-02-09)
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  • Meet the Your MBTA Heroes | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    the Your MBTA Heroes by admin on Mar 2 2012 9 10 pm No Comments Oh to be young and bold again Susan Blair from the Globe did a terrific job with this series of photos The super group was created not by a nuclear accident or super serum but by an organization from Roxbury called the Alternatives for Community Environment According group it aims to empower low income communities

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=644 (2016-02-09)
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  • Outstanding! 2000 Young People Rally for Summer Jobs | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    of finding summer employment during their teenage years But it s not so for today s teens especially without the help of city officials who employ young people in city work crews or match them with corporate partners Today scores of Boston teens from the Dorchester based Youth Jobs Coalition are scheduled to demonstrate for summer jobs in the Financial District They are targeting Fidelity Investments which last year employed only a handful of teens through the city s summer jobs program according to city officials Other financial services firms including State Street Liberty Mutual Bank of America and John Hancock hired more from the city program And then they did extensive outreach to various local media that included an official data packed Report that documented the situation and suggested some specific solutions We have explained 6 reasons of the value of youth jobs and the consequences to youth communities and the economy when so many youth lack jobs We have talked about companies that have stepped up to provide jobs We have spotlighted that it is a major problem that when just looking at Boston employers we find 86 of 590 larger employers are not hiring youth and we have named some of these companies Some institutions in the health care sector must step up and hire youth too We ve shown that the state has done some funding to help and needs to do more while the City of Boston has done a lot and the federal government is now doing 0 in funding for youth jobs Some of the media coverage included interviews with students in the Lynn Item and some great videos First one called Youth Jobs Rally from the State House News then see Univision and Chanel 22 from Springfield Fox news did one too

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=621 (2016-02-09)
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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Strengthening the Next Generation of Activists for Social Change
    Rushing and Sarah Ann Shaw Featured Uncategorized The most fun message training ever by admin on Jun 27 2012 No Comments What kind of story do you tell So far the most fun on site coaching event is a very lively interactive message development session which helps volunteer activists and professional advocates learn how to turn a Chicken Little story that people ignore into a Little Train that Could story that makes people want to Featured Trainings What Does it Take to Promote Positive Change in Our Communities by admin on Jun 13 2012 No Comments Answer One person or organization willing to be a part of a greater network fueled by a common vision for the right solution Individuals organizations communities learning from each other drawing from a comprehensive library of public policy resources and organizing tools Leadership Academy Training Programs Be part of the Academy s Featured Resources Do you have Real Clout by admin on Mar 30 2012 No Comments There s no secret for how to win the policy change you re looking for just a series of planning and organizing activities that add up to a campaign Start by learning how the policy making process works the Real Clout textbook was written to serve as a how to manual for community activists who Latest entries Uncategorized Your Amendment is Filed What s Next 1 by admin on Apr 19 2012 No Comments Congratulations You got through the first step finding sponsors to file your amendments Here is where you can find them all neatly numbered with a list of cosponsors Now remember there is still time to get more cosponsors Reps can go down to the Clerks office and sign on to co sponsor your amendment until just Featured Trainings From Freedom House to Present Day Parents on the March June 19 by admin on Apr 18 2012 No Comments The Academy s Organizing for Change series continues in June with a powerful presentation that will inspire and support today s parents and organizers who are standing up for quality education in Boston Join some of the local leaders who worked with Otto and Muriel Snowden founders of the Freedom House in the 50 s and 60 s and parents who are Featured What House Leadership is Doing on April Vacation Week CW Mag s Study by admin on Apr 14 2012 No Comments They are poring over the amendments to the House Ways and Means Budget that s what they re doing Thanks to the Globe for this nice picture of Speaker Bob DeLeo and Chairman of HW M Brian Dempsey doing the poring A very well researched article in Commonwealth Magazine documents the so called drop off in legislative Featured Post Clinton s Welfare Reform It s getting worser and worser by admin on Apr 12 2012 No Comments Last week this article on the lack of support for the poor during this recession My take on it was the states would push

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  • macedonia | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    and confidently participate in public life and influence the advancement of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos macedonia by admin on Jan 16 2012 6 16 pm No Comments What do you think Name required Email required Website Click here to cancel reply Find

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