Category: Special Reports

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What If Boston Adopts the CPA?

Boston’s voters will decide on November 8th whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) which would result in a 1% surcharge on real property tax bills less exemptions. In our Special Report released today, we provide useful information to enable voters to make an informed decision. Our intent is not to support or oppose the CPA. Full Report>

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Next Teachers’ Contract Must Be About Reform

Public education in Boston is at a crossroads and the outcome of the BTU/BPS contract negotiations will go a long way in determining the future of Boston’s Schools. At stake is the ability of the BPS to be more competitive with charter schools in improving student achievement. This contract can be the vehicle to put the BPS on a more level playing field by increasing teacher quality and extending learning time. Read our latest Special Report>

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City of Boston Adopts Balanced FY17 Budget

Boston’s FY17 budget has been set at $2.975B, an increase of $118.0M or 4.1%. Spending for employees is budgeted at $2.010B or 68% of the budget and represents 78% of the total operational budget increase. Since the Mayor’s original submission in April, $4.68 million more has been added to the BPS budget. Grant funds total $322.7M and the City’s five-year capital plan totals $1.91B, with borrowing expected to increase by 11%. Full Report>

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Workforce Decreased in 2015

June 9, 2016 – During the second year of the Walsh Administration employee levels dropped 159 to 16,956. This decline occurred proportionally across the City. The three largest departments (School, Police, and Fire) represent 78% of the city workforce and account for 73% of the citywide decrease. This drop comes after three consecutive years of an increasing workforce (+943) Read Full Report>