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BOSTON: A City in Transition
Managing Change and Retaining Stability in Boston

April 29, 2014
- The Research Bureau issued a Major Report,
BOSTON: A City in Transition - Managing Change and Retaining Financial Stability in Boston.  This report is intended to be a practical resource to help guide the Walsh Administration in understanding the financial, management and development operations of the City and the organizational structure within which they operate.  This report consists of 13 sections - click on the links below to download a pdf of the full report or specific sections.


            Full report>

            Executive Summary>


Chapter 1 - Financial Management

            Financial Health Indicators >

            Where the Money Comes From >

            Where the Money Goes >

            Personnel Management >

            Collective Bargaining >

            A Closer Look at the Property Tax >

            External Funds >

            The Capital Plan >

            Debt Management >

            Development & Management of the Budget >


Chapter 2 - Boston's Organizational Structure            

            Organizational Structure >


Chapter 3 - The Development Process

            Development Process >


Chapter 4 - A Plan of Action

            Conclusions & Recommendations >

            Appendices >

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BMRB in the News:

Walsh should pick civilian for top fire post
Editorial:  Boston Globe, May 10, 2014

The numbers are in: Menino was a great mayor
By Tom Keane | Globe Columnist | May 11, 2014

Watchdog urges outsider for Fire Department commissioner
By Meghan E. Irons | The Boston Globe | May 06, 2014

Editorial: Building by the Book
Boston Herald Editorial | May 3, 2014

Mayor Walsh pushing pay raise for police Commissioner Evans
By Andrew Ryan | The Boston Globe | April 30, 2014

Walsh aims to keep city in top financial health
By Andrew Ryan | The Boston Globe | April 29, 2014

Walsh: Firefighters' 18.8 percent pay hike good deal

WCVB Boston | April 25, 2014





SR14-1 State Senate Should Approve the Education Reform Bill 

MAJOR REPORT:  Boston: A City in Transition - Managing Change and Retaining Financial Stablity, April 2014

SR13-5 Charter Seat Growth Should Drive BPS Reform

SR13-4 The Importance of Economic Development in Boston

SR13-3 Boston Employee Levels Increase in 2012

SR13-2 Boston’s Tax Values Reach Highest Level in Four Years

SR13-1 Boston's New PILOT Program Completes First Year

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