Friday, February 28, 2014

Southbridge Town Council: Budge It On Town’s Budget

Ken O’Brien

The gravy train is coming to an end folks!

For those of you who have been asleep for the past four months, we found out that the landfill wasn’t the $100 million bonanza we were originally promised.

For three years I’ve been trying to wake you up to the fact that bemoaning the tax rate when it is set in December is a fruitless exercise. That tax rate is effectively set in May when the Town Council adopts the budget.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Corporations: The Real Welfare Queens

Ken O’Brien

Profitable corporations are supposed to pay a 35 percent federal income tax rate on their U.S. profits. But many corporations pay far less, or nothing at all, because of the many tax loopholes and special breaks they enjoy. A new report by Citizens for Tax Justice documents just how successful many Fortune 500 corporations have been at using these loopholes and special breaks over the past five years.

Conservatives and Tea Partiers constantly bemoan “Obama’s Socialist Welfare State” and cut unemployment benefits, food stamps, fuel assistance, education and other programs that benefit our neediest citizens in an effort to reduce the Federal deficit and the national debt. Simultaneously they turn a blind eye to the true beneficiaries of government largess – the biggest and most profitable corporations. 

Economically Developmentally Disabled

Ken O’Brien

Cassandra Acly
At Monday night’s sparsely-attended Town Council Meeting (only five councilors were present) Director of Economic Planning and Development Cassandra Acly made a presentation about plans to collaborate with the “South County Leadership Team”.

The essence of the presentation was about plans to cooperate with Quinsigamond Community College to develop training programs designed to prepare Southbridge residents to participate in the technologically advanced manufacturing environment of today. She mentioned areas such as education in operating Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment.

She emphasized that she did not want to raise hopes unnecessarily, insofar as such plans were only in the discussion stage at present. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - February 25, 2014


LOCATION: Robert G. MacKinnon Council Chambers, 41 Elm Street  

DATE: Tuesday, February 25, 2014  

TIME: 7:00 PM


     I. Pledge of Allegiance  

    II. Public Input  

    III. Meeting Called to Order  

    IV. Roll Call 

Welcome SlowTowny

Ken O’Brien

Recently I lamented the demise of what was once an active Southbridge blog culture.

It is therefore with no small amount of pleasure that I want to bring to your attention a new local blog. 

I encourage you to visit SlowTowny and to also check out their FaceBook page.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Southbridge Town Council Meeting Agenda - February 24, 2014



February 24, 2014 –7:00 PM



1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept Town Council Meeting Minutes of Monday, February 10, 2014.