The number of Boston city-funded employees increased by 809 or 5.0% over the past two years (January 2012 to January 2014). Over the last year from January 2013 to January 2014, city-funded positions increased by 450 or 2.7% to 16,982. Payroll reductions in 2009, 2010 and 2011 due to the economic downturn resulted in a net five-year employee decrease of 296 or 1.7%. Additionally, in the first five months of the Walsh Administration, employee levels decreased by 118, due mainly to the restructuring of services in the Boston Public Schools and the timing of public safety classes and retirements. Full Report>
Boston Municipal Research Bureau
As Boston enters a new period with the first new Mayor in twenty years, we have prepared a unique and comprehensive examination of Boston’s financial management, its development process and its organizational structure at the end of the Menino Administration.
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Mayor Walsh released a comprehensive housing plan for Boston that projects changing needs by housing sector and recommends policy action through 2030. The plan outlines objectives to produce 53,000 new units of housing, a 20% increase. To meet the housing goals, an annual housing budget of $51 million is recommended, which would require an additional $20 million in new housing funds each year. Half that goal is estimated to come from the Community Preservation Act, but Boston voters would have to approve a 1% property tax surcharge. Read more>
Boston schools show a slight overall improvement in performance, but still an unacceptable number of underperforming schools remain.