When Mayor Thomas Menino unwrapped last yearâ€™s city budget, he touted its stability and a host of reconstruction projects.
This year, not so much. If anything, this yearâ€™s city budget is highly unstable as state revenues continue to plunge and policymakers have yet to see a bottom. The stateâ€™s House of Representatives was set to unveil this week a fiscal 2010 budget even more austere than the governorâ€™s version, with deeper cuts in services and none of the tax increases both Governor Deval Patrick and Menino have pushed for. Read more
Children running around naked and washing themselves in puddles in dirt roads, outside homes made of aluminum siding and cinderblocks. Those were some of the images that remain stuck in state Rep. Marty Walsh's mind after his five-day trip to Haiti last month. Read more