April 9, 2021


North Adams Finance Committee Tackling Outdated Fee Structure / iBerkshires.com

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee are back to tackling the city’s lengthy list of fees, some of which have not been updated in decades.


The process had begun more than a year ago but was put on hold during the pandemic and the departure of the the former administrative officer who had done the initial legwork.


Committee Chairwoman Lisa Blackmer said she wanted to ensure that fees properly covered the costs.


“You know something takes X number of hours, even if you put it at the

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Finance Committee To Vet ‘Mansion Tax’

50% of Hartford’s property is not taxable.

HARTFORD, CT  —  The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee is expected to hear hours of public testimony today on a controversial proposal from Senate President Martin Looney to impose a statewide property tax on property assessed at $300,000 or more.

Looney, D-New Haven, has said it’s fair to call it a “mansion tax,” but Republicans have said it’s a tax on the middle class and will drive more people to move out of state. 

“The only positive thing about the property tax — which most people find regressive and burdensome because it’s

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Williamstown Finance Committee Hears from Mount Greylock Officials / iBerkshires.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is in a healthy financial position, but officials are wary of unknowns that could bring new challenges in fiscal 2022.


Those were two of the takeaways from a presentation to the town’s Finance Committee on Wednesday.


Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Manager Joe Bergeron met virtually with the town panel — not to discuss specifics of the FY22 budget the district is formulating but to discuss some of the inputs that help build that budget.



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House Oversight Committee reissues subpoena for Trump financial records

Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Legislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service on Sustainable Financial Footing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2021.

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The House Oversight Committee reissued a subpoena for years of financial records from former President Donald Trump and his businesses as it presses on with investigations into potential conflicts of interest and self dealing.

The renewed push by congressional Democrats to obtain Trump’s financial statements from his longtime accountant Mazars USA follows the Supreme Court’s Feb. 22

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Finance Committee votes to send issue of Red Springs Athletic Complex back to PSRC School Board

LUMBERTON — As other county public schools reopen Monday for in-person instruction, one high school will remain closed because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“At St. Pauls High School there are currently six staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19 and nine staff members that have been determined to be exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing methods. There are currently six students that have tested positive for COVID-19 and 65 students that have been determined to be exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing methods. The boys and girls varsity basketball teams have been quarantined, as well as the

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Finance committee to tackle Evers’ budget in person; public hearings around state in question | Local Government

“So much of government takes place in Madison and even when they do Superior Days and things like that, it’s just not the same,” she said. “I think the best thing about Joint Finance is that it goes all over the state. I think the roadshow is very important. I think it is very important for citizens to feel like they have access to the government.”

The Joint Finance Committee gathers public testimony on the budget during the first stop of its “roadshow” in Janesville in April 2019.

It’s still unclear exactly how the panel will handle balancing

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