Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets
15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.