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Trump, out of fashion with his supporters, soon enough … and a message from Health Care for All

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Rose is hopeful. Sure, the Republican Tax Debacle destroys half the country – Rose’s half. But there’s a silver lining around the poison cloud! Trump may be impeached, if Dems win the midterms. Certainly, Flynn sang like a canary, implicating Trump’s inner circle. Jared is next. Will Trump pardon him? He won’t be able to, if he’s being impeached!

Don’t believe Trump’s lawyer! This Russia Collusion Obstruction of Justice mess will drag on and on, for months and months!

Where is the rage, America?? We loathed Nixon. Why is Trump still popular with a majority of Republicans? Oh, right. He’s giving them a ton of money. Big gift. HUGE TAX BREAKS via the tax plan. Never mind that he’s sexually assaulted women, shit on the environment, incites racial animosity! It’s all about the dough rae ME!

But fate will have a hand…

All the sordid details will eventually come out, re Trump, Putin and Russia. Trump thinks he’s a big – HUGE! – player on the world stage. Has for years! He broke laws to get what he wanted. Remember what Leona Helmsley, the billionaire hotel magnate’s wife, once told a person, which made the news world-wide? She said she didn’t pay taxes – taxes were for the little people.

I believe Trump thinks American Laws are for the little people. Not for him and his cronies or his class, the obscenely wealthy. I believe Trump directed his underlings pre-Oath-of-Office to connect with Russia: to impact the 2016 presidential election, to work with the Russians to give Putin what he wanted in exchange for Trump’s presidential win. Trump gladly sold American democracy down the river – gladly gave Putin the ability to scuttle our election, and in the future, destroy democracies around the globe, change the world order so he, Putin, can annex more of the former Soviet Union and gain MORE POWER.

ALL this was/is OK with Trump because he doesn’t love my country, America. On the contrary, he admires brutal dictatorships!

Lied? Obstructed justice? Broke law after law???

Trump did it all. He’s got too big an ego to have not committed the sins! Plus, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, he’s a “moron.” An arrogant moron who probably had no idea he was breaking a ton of laws. And didn’t care enough to wonder. Just arrogantly barreled ahead with Putin to get what he wanted: the American Presidency.

And now, to save his ass, Trump handles Putin with kid gloves, bends over backwards for the ruthless, former KGB head because Putin KNOWS, HAS SOMETHING – everything – ON TRUMP.

Things look bleak for Trump in 2020. He won’t be re-elected. His voters will reject him because they will be feeling the pain caused by his Tax Plan. They will realize it’s a bust for them. Also, the Russia Collusion Investigation may still be going on – or its after-taste will still be lingering in voters’ mouths, destroying Trump.

Teen sexual predator, racist, environment-killer. Trump is an immoral, amoral piece of shit who lucked into the Oval Office because a deeply disaffected American working class had no where to turn. So they turned to Trump because he spoke their language in a fake “regular guy” persona – much of it fear-based racial, ethnic prejudices. Plus, he promised them GOOD PAYING JOBS. He exploited people’s pain. He has not and will not deliver. So his supporters will turn to a new savior, a new presidential candidate in 2020. A gal or guy who isn’t going to bull shit them, a candidate who truly cares for them and their families. A person who will see their pain and work to make things so much better. We’re talking half the country here. My half. The half Trump cut the heart out of.

Rose T.

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… and the rubber meets the road. From Boston’s HEALTH CARE FOR ALL:

Statement from Health Care For All’s Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the Senate vote on the tax reform bill and the repeal of the individual mandate

“Health Care For All is extremely disappointed that the U.S. Senate decided to pass a piece of legislation that will have a disastrous impact on low-income and middle-class families in Massachusetts and across the country.

“The tax reform bill that was approved [last week] will provide tax cuts for billionaires and corporations at the expense of millions of Americans who will end up paying more in the long run.

“This is not only a tax bill, but also a sneaky health care bill with a provision to repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

“This version approved by the Senate includes the elimination of the individual mandate, a requirement aimed at ensuring that both healthy and sicker individuals purchase health insurance.

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that axing the mandate will take away coverage from 13 million Americans nationwide, lead to steep premium increases, and destabilize the marketplaces in the long term.

“The good news for people in Massachusetts is that our state law will keep the mandate in place.

“This means that residents in the state will still have to purchase health coverage in order to comply with the law.

“While we are by no-means immune to the consequences of what is happening nationally, Massachusetts is fortunate that over the past decade policymakers here in our state have institutionalized many key provisions to protect coverage and stabilize markets.

“Instead of trying to find a back door to repeal a law that has brought coverage for millions of people in the country, Congress should focus their energy in the reauthorization of the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and needed funding for Community Health Centers.

“172,000 children in MA depend on CHIP to access the health care services they need and the state will run out of resources to provide this coverage in the next few weeks. Other states have already exhausted the funding, putting access to affordable insurance at risk for hundreds of thousands of children nationwide.

“On behalf of consumers across the Commonwealth, we would like to thank Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren for their firm opposition to this piece of legislation.

“Now both chambers need to reconcile language to rewrite the tax code before a final version can be sent to the President’s desk. We know that we have a very committed congressional delegation that understands that this reform can have lasting and damaging consequences for working families.

“That’s why we encourage them to do everything they can to have stop this bill in its tracks. Health Care For All is also asking Massachusetts residents to reach out to friends and family in other states so that they can contact their members of the House Representatives and ask them to reject this tax bill, explain why it is an affront to middle-class families and the importance of keeping the individual mandate in place to make steady progress towards universal health care.”

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Health Care For All (HCFA) is a Massachusetts nonprofit advocacy organization working to create a health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, and culturally competent care to everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us.

We achieve this as leaders in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts.

For more information about HCFA, visit our website at www.hcfama.org. You can also call our free HelpLine (800) 272-4232 if you need help applying for health insurance.

Do more than remember the homeless this Christmas! Give them shelter! And more!

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

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City lights: Worcester’s Theater District

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Homeless couple: Worcester’s Canal District, Green Street

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The woman vomiting

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THE CITY OF WORCESTER SAYS IT WANTS TO HELP THE HOMELESS.

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City Hall

HERE’S THEIR EVENT:

We would like to invite you to join us for our Longest Night Vigil on December 21st, 2017 at 5PM.

December 21st is the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. It is also known as National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. As we pause to remember those who have died while living without a permanent home, we will bring attention to this issue that impacts all of us in our community.

This event will also be an opportunity to come together and make a commitment to continue to work towards a community where no life is lived or lost in homelessness.

HOSTED BY: City of Worcester Department of Health & Human Services; Community Healthlink’s Consumer Advisory Board
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But don’t we need more than feel-good p.r. events like the above? Yes, they raise awareness but, more often than not, they just make the comfortable feel less guilty and selfish during the holiday season, when their stomachs are stuffed, their holiday getaways booked and their Christmas trees wobble from all the presents underneath them.

Don’t we need to literally HELP FOLKS, not symbolically support them? As a civilized community, don’t we need to provide homeless folks SHELTER, food, a clean bed, a place to shower and refresh themselves??? … or they’ll fade away. Some people in our city would like that very much.

As the second-largest city in New England, we tout our “renaissance,” which at this point mostly revolves around high-end restaurants and their chi chi foodies who photograph their meals!! in arrogance – and pointlessness. But doesn’t a first-rate city have … a homeless plan? … A desire to bring more minorities into the work force … a desire to create opportunities for all, not just for the big shots’ families and extended families and pals and their pals? Worcester is still a closed-off place. You see the effects in our city core, in all the poor and minority folks hanging on with three or four shit jobs, an underground catering biz or junk-removal biz or, deadly to our neighborhoods!, a drug biz. A thriving heroin biz, complete with rifles and guns and wasted 15 year olds. And the drug-tragedy infects the neighborhoods, goes ’round and ’round, repeats itself in the next generation. City Manager Ed Augustus, walk around Piedmont, lower Vernon Hill, South Worcester any afternoon and see the broken people! See their drawn and tired faces, their scrawniness or obesity, their kids, hidden in their apartments because their streets are so tough … The despair is heartbreaking!

Our city’s lack of a plan for caring for our homeless people is the most egregious example of our civic heartlessness. We need to do so much more! With the closing of the PIP shelter, and not enough beds for our homeless, and below-freezing temps closing in, the City of Worcester needs to step up! We cannot expect Father Madden, pastor of St. John’s Church on Temple Street, to do it all!

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St. John’s Church on Temple Street

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St. John’s feeds the city’s hungry here, seven days a week

Father Madden is an amazing person! With a smile and a hug, he takes in the homeless on winter nights, feeds the homeless and struggling every day, gives food to the homeless and hungry every day and runs a residential program for folks who would most likely BE homeless. All this on top of his more conventional priestly duties: leading mass, writing sermons, praying at funerals, baptisms, weddings … counseling parishioners, running church groups and even fundraising for the diocese. If city officials worked half as hard to honor the individual as Father John Madden does, Worcester would truly be GREAT! You’d see it in the people’s faces in my neighborhood and throughout our inner city!

We can’t diss the wonderful “Dr. Mattie,” the city’s relatively new health czar! She’s terrific! She’s got brains and heart! She’s recommended the city establish a kind of camp for the homeless, many of whom don’t want to be in buildings/ institutions. The camp would be permanent and have cots, showers, bathrooms, a 24/7 police presence and social workers. Many big American cities have these camps. This would ensure our homeless brothers and sisters are safe, warm, cared for and maybe just maybe primed for job searches!

Of course, the cruel Worcester brigade weighed in. The Turtle Boy bunch, which includes Mike and Coreen Gaffney, local uber bitch and attorney-who-was-formally-reprimanded-by-the-bar-assoc (the City Manager is on the cusp of giving her his blessings and appointing her to a City Board!) Margaret Melican, and dunderhead squawker Paul Collyer threw words around like “hobo” and hobo camp and the cruel jokes began and the public swallowed the stereotypes hook, line and sinker. These savvy assholes stopped an intelligent community conversation around homelessness dead in its tracks. They stopped solutions from being born.

So unlike Boston or Somerville, or other world-class cities where problems like homelessness are confronted in a real and muscular way. These days, besides its millennial scene, Worcester grows its very own ghettos! Remember the late, great Boston Mayor Tom Menino and how on bitterly cold winter nights he’d be out with Boston social workers handing out blankets to the homeless, leading them to the city’s homeless shelters???

That kind of compassion is beyond Augustus and company.

Which is why so much of our urban core is now a wasteland …

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Rose’s neighborhood

… why so many of our homeless people are sick, dying…

… and the city’s homeless event is ultimately a crock of shit.

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Lilac was dumped by her previous owner. … Do we love our homeless dogs more than we love our homeless PEOPLE????

Equity in Education! … and HELP THE ELEPHANTS!

Main South

Dec. 6 at Clark U:

Education policy leader, Paul Reville, to speak about schools, equity

Paul Reville, one of the most important figures in public education in Massachusetts history, will present “Great Schools PLUS: A 21st Century Paradigm for Education and Equity,

At 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6,

Tilton Hall, 950 Main St., at Clark University.

This lecture, which is FREE and open to the public!

It makes the case for a new strategy to bring about the best schools for our children and the societal commitment and supports necessary to achieve both educational excellence and social equity.

Reville’s talk is sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching, and the Hiatt Center for Urban Education.

Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and founding director of the Education Redesign Lab.

He chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank that convened leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

He served nearly five years as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick. He also was a teacher and principal at two urban, alternative high schools.

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From PETA INDIA:

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African AND Indian elephants must be FREE! – R.T.

One of the major reasons people from all over the world travel to India is to experience the unique and renowned wildlife.

But the veil has been lifted on the physical and psychological abuse endured by elephants who are forced to give tourists rides, and it’s tarnishing the country’s reputation.

It’s been revealed that trainers beat elephants with weapons and traumatise these gentle giants with a life of distressing work, violence, neglected injuries, malnourishment, dehydration, and routine chaining. In fact, one foreign tourist recently filed an official cruelty complaint after witnessing trainers assault an elephant for 10 minutes after the suffering animal tried to escape at the Amber Fort near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Even though the majority of Indians are Hindus, who deem elephants sacred and worship Lord Ganesha, in the tourist industry, life for these animals consists of fear and agony. Those whose open wounds cause them pain or whose vision is impaired aren’t even allowed to rest. They’re forced to carry humans on their backs in the oppressive heat by men who threaten them with rods and ankuses (sticks with a sharp metal hook at the end).

Tourists don’t come to India with the intention of harming wildlife, but elephant rides are inherently cruel.

An inspection authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India and conducted by veterinarians and experts from PETA, Animal Rahat, Wildlife SOS, and the Centre for Studies on Elephants at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, revealed that emaciated elephants with painful foot problems were used for rides and housed on hard, concrete floors – and sometimes chained with spiked hobbles. Mahouts even pierced some animals’ sensitive ears and drilled holes into their tusks, maiming them for life.

The inspection also found invalid ownership certificates, in apparent violation of animal-protection laws.

Even though The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, prohibits the capturing of elephants, these sacred animals are torn away from their families in nature, beaten into submission, and made to carry tourists against their will as slaves. Elephants are highly social animals who spend their entire lives with their families in the wild. They can walk up to 50 kilometres per day to forage for food, work together to solve problems, and rely on the wisdom, judgement, and experience of their eldest relatives.

It’s time to protect India’s sacred wildlife and to put an end to inhumane elephant rides!

Sign the petition at the end of the post: TO HELP CLICK HERE!

Worcester Christmas trees galore! Celebrate!

Today!

Friday, December 1

4:30 pm – 9 pm

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Woo Common: Crappy tree, happy people come together to kick off the season of love! pics: R.T.

City of Worcester Festival of Lights

City Hall Common, 455 Main St.

info from the city website:

Festival of Lights is an annual tradition which brings thousands of people to the Worcester Common for a night of affordable family fun.

In addition to the official tree lighting, …

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… several trees throughout the Common and along the streets of downtown are lit up, and many downtown businesses decorate their storefronts.

It is truly an evening of community and civic pride celebrating the beginning of the holiday season in Worcester.

Each year, Festival of Lights welcomes choirs from the Worcester Public Schools, as well as a headlining artist. The City of Worcester is pleased to announce our headliner this year is Jessica Cabral, a Worcester native who was a contestant on Season 15 of American Idol!

Additional performances this year by Sasha the Fire Gypsy, Snow Queen Stilt Walker and LED Light Performers from Cirque DeLight.

Activities include:

Free ice skating on the 12,000 sq. foot public ice skating rink

Christmas carols sung by choirs from the Worcester Public Schools

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Free hot chocolate and face-painting

Get into the spirit of the season with the City of Worcester at the annual Festival of Lights!

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Next week!

Join the Mayor of Green Island, Lorraine Laurie, and Santa’s helper Patty, as they LIGHT UP THE KELLEY SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE!

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Patty and Lorraine with new baubles for the Green Island tree!🎵🎼💜❄

Saturday, December 9
5 p.m.
The Gulf gas station at Kelley Square

Free Refreshments!
Caroling in the ‘hood!
Yipee!

Sam and Jim – always in style!

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This Thanksgiving: Jim, right, at Monte’s March Against Hunger, in Western Mass.

Congressman Jim McGovern: GOP Bill is Giveaway to Trump’s Polluting Friends

Republican Mining Bill Directly Benefits Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Foreign Billionaire Landlord

(editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern slammed yesterday the latest anti-environment bill from House Republicans, H.R. 3905, The MINER Act, which would do irreparable harm to federally-protected land by allowing a foreign company to use a half-century-old lease to mine right next door to the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.

“H.R. 3905 would allow a Chilean mining company, which is facing tens of millions of dollars in fines from the Chilean government for their failure to protect nearby water resources, the ability to mine just upstream of pristine U.S. protected land.

“My colleagues in the majority will claim that this bill will help create jobs, but what about the 22,000 jobs that the local protected land already supports? What will happen to those jobs when the water is so polluted no one can visit the recreational area around the mine? The truth is, this isn’t about jobs, it’s about helping a few rich owners of mining companies line their pockets at the expense of the environment.

“In fact, the recipient of this Republican handout is a subsidiary of the Chilean company Antofagasta, which is controlled by Chilean billionaire Andronico Luksic.

“And get this: Mr. Luksic just happens to be the landlord of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner – President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, and senior advisors to the Trump White House.

“You cannot make this stuff up.

“This is part of a pattern of sketchy deals and questionable business contacts involving the President, his family, and their closest advisors.

“Earlier this month, we learned that President Trump and his family made millions through a hotel in Panama financed by Colombian drug cartels and the Russian mafia!

“We still don’t even know how these new deals will boost President Trump’s income or how his family profits off the presidency – because we’re 312 days into his presidency, and we still haven’t seen his tax returns!

Worse yet, this bill makes these mining leases impossible to overturn – ever – even should the Bureau of Land Management conclude its environmental assessment and rule against further mining in this protected national forest.

“This is a slippery slope. If we continue to allow corporations to pillage our federally protected wilderness areas, then we are opening the door to irreversible damage. What’s next? Clear-cutting in Yellowstone Forest? Oil drilling off the coast of Acadia National Park?

“I beg my Republican friends to drop this assault on our public lands and urge the leadership of this House to bring up the urgent bills and priorities that we need to deal with before adjourning in less than three weeks’ time.”

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Full Text of Congressman McGovern’s Speech:

“This rule brings to the floor legislation that will do irreparable harm to our federally-protected land by allowing a foreign company the ability to use a half-century-old lease to mine right next door to the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.

“H.R. 3905 would allow a Chilean mining company, which is facing tens of millions of dollars in fines from the Chilean government for their failure to protect nearby water resources, the ability to mine just upstream of pristine U.S. protected land.

This is all based on a 50-year-old lease. A lease that didn’t go through any environmental review because NEPA didn’t exist yet! There are Members of this chamber who weren’t even born when this lease was signed.

“My colleagues in the majority will claim that this bill will help create jobs, but what about the 22,000 jobs that the local protected land already supports? What will happen to those jobs when the water is so polluted no one can visit the recreational area around the mine? The truth is, this isn’t about jobs, it’s about helping a few rich owners of mining companies line their pockets at the expense of the environment.

“In fact, the recipient of this Republican handout is a subsidiary of the Chilean company Antofagasta, which is controlled by Chilean billionaire Andronico Luksic.

“And get this…Mr. Luksic just happens to be the landlord of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner – President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, and senior advisors to the Trump White House.

“You cannot make this stuff up.

“This is part of a pattern of sketchy deals and questionable business contacts involving the President, his family, and their closest advisors.

“Earlier this month, we learned that President Trump and his family made millions through a hotel in Panama financed by Colombian drug cartels and the Russian mafia!

“We still don’t even know how these new deals will boost President Trump’s income or how his family profits off the presidency – because we’re 312 days into his presidency, and we still haven’t seen his tax returns!

“Imagine if this were Hillary Clinton. Imagine if this were Barack Obama. Imagine the screams on the other side of the aisle demanding transparency and an open process. But when it comes to covering up all these sketchy deals, on behalf of this president of the United States, silence.

President Trump promised to drain the swamp, but instead he’s created a cesspool. There are so many conflicts of interest; this administration is on a collision course with corruption.

“We have only 6 legislative days left before the government runs out of money, but Speaker Ryan thinks another corporate handout – this time, to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s landlord – is the most pressing issue that needs to be resolved in Congress this week?

“If the Speaker wants some suggestions as to things we ought to focus on this week, I know Democrats in this chamber have a few.

“Democrats think we should be debating a funding bill to avert the coming shut down on December 8th, when the temporary spending bill expires.

Democrats want to debate and pass the Dream Act, ending the turmoil this President has caused by upending the lives of 800,000 young immigrant DREAMers and their families.

“Democrats want to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program – known as CHIP – and Community Health Centers whose authorizations expired two months ago.

“Democrats think we should debate Flood Insurance reauthorization which also expires on December 8th.

“Democrats want to pass additional hurricane relief to help those who are still recovering from devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

“Democrats want to address funding for the Vets Choice program – which is set to run out of money before the end of the year.

“But instead, here we are considering yet another ridiculous, extreme anti-environment bill.

“My friends on the other side of the aisle love talking about returning this country to the way it used to be. I’ve seen the “Make America Great Again” stickers on many of their cars. I can think of no pastime more important, more significant to our national heritage and identity, than our wilderness and protected areas.

“My friends and colleagues who have spent time in the Boundary Waters tell me how stunning it is. They say it’s one of the most beautiful places in our country. And we’re going to risk polluting this national treasure with copper sulfide acid drainage running into the streams that feed the Boundary Waters?

“Worse yet, this bill makes these mining leases impossible to overturn – ever – even should the Bureau of Land Management conclude its environmental assessment and rule against further mining in this protected national forest.

“This is a slippery slope. If we continue to allow corporations to pillage our federally protected wilderness areas, then we are opening the door to irreversible damage. What’s next? Clear-cutting in Yellowstone Forest? Oil drilling off the coast of Acadia National Park?

“I beg my Republican friends to drop this assault on our public lands and urge the leadership of this House to bring up the urgent bills and priorities that we need to deal with before adjourning in less than three weeks’ time.

“I urge my colleagues to oppose this rule, and to oppose efforts that will further degrade our natural resources.”

Rose’s dog-walking pics. Donald Trump defiles our ecosystem:

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pics: R.T.

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Woo Mayor and CM tell Trump to shove his tax plan

Well, sort of … – R.T.

From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Petty and City Manager Augustus Stand Against Provisions in Proposed Federal Tax Reform

Today Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. sent a joint letter to Congressman James P. McGovern, as well as Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, explaining that they have concerns about the proposed federal tax reform bill, specifically language that would have negative effects on the City of Worcester and its residents.

Focusing on the proposed changes to tax-exempt bonds, historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, and low-income housing tax credits, the letter outlines the ways in which these programs benefit the entire city. “These amendments will have a negative impact on the City of Worcester and our ability to continue to provide the vibrant and strong community expected by our residents,” states the letter.

The proposed changes to these programs would affect critical infrastructure financing, private investment, economic activity, and job creation. The letter states further that, “Eliminating incentives that support local government, reduce costs and allow for infrastructure investment is a complete disservice to municipalities and our residents.”

The letter closes with the Mayor and City Manager urging Senators Warren and Markey to maintain these tax benefits.

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The Letter:

The Honorable Edward J. Markey The Honorable Elizabeth Warren
United States Senate United States Senate
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building 317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Markey and Senator Warren:

We are writing in opposition to certain provisions included in the federal tax reform legislation. These amendments will have a negative impact on the City of Worcester and our ability to continue to provide the vibrant and strong community expected by our residents.

Tax-exempt bonds

The elimination of tax-exempt bonds and advance refunding for tax-exempt bonds would have a disastrous impact on the ability of government to finance critical infrastructure projects. These tools are used to construct affordable housing units, schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Advance refunding enables the City of Worcester to lower our borrowing costs, specifically when faced with market conditions similar to those like the Great Recession of 2008. Without the availability of tax exempt bonds and flexible financing, private developers will have limited incentives for investing in less lucrative projects that often benefit our poorest residents and communities. The elimination of or reduction to the flexibility and benefit of tax-exempt bonds will have a far greater negative impact on the issuer of the bonds (state and local governments) than it will on the private market that currently is the recipient of the bonds. Residents of communities like Worcester, specifically those with the highest needs and support from government, will face the brunt of the changes to tax-exempt bonds.

Historic Tax Credits

The elimination of the historic tax credit will have a significant negative impact on the City of Worcester. As a community with aging housing and building stock, maintaining and restoring historic buildings is critical to preserving our cultural history as well as preventing blight and degradation of our community. The Historic Tax Credit is a key tool to our economic development strategies as it incentivizes developers to undertake costly rehabilitation projects and maintain our historic assets. Without the historic tax credit, preservation of these assets is at risk. Historic tax credits are also a “pro-growth” tool that stimulates economic activity, creates jobs and provides additional taxable revenue. The following properties in the City of Worcester have benefitted from historic tax credits. Many of these properties were slated for demolition but instead have been revitalized with a positive reuse and serve as reminders of our past while reinforcing our future.

• Worcester Courthouse

• Central Building (322-332 Main)

• Boys Club – Ionic Ave & Lincoln Square

• Former YWCA (29 High/10 Chatham)

• Abby’s House (52 High)

• Crompton and Knowles

• Wellington Community (Apartment buildings on Wellington, Jaques, and Ethan Allen)

• Paul Revere Insurance Building (18 Chestnut)

• Fire Alarm and Telegraph (230 Park)

• Junction Shops

• Melville Shoe Factory (44 Hammond)

• People’s Block (371-377 Main)

• Hadley Building (653 Main)

• Indian Hill School (155 Ararat)

• Quinsigamond Firehouse (155 Blackstone River)

• Worcester Corset Company (45 Grand)

New Markets Tax Credits and Low Income Housing Tax Credits

Tools like New Markets Tax Credits and Low Income Housing Tax Credits are also essential and must be maintained to attract private developers to rehabilitate underutilized properties in the city, and provide housing opportunities for the poorest among us. The financial feasibility of these projects becomes unattractive to developers without these tax credit tools, especially in distressed, lower-income areas.

Tax reform is a complex and polarizing issue. However there are certain provisions that have withstood previous reform efforts out of the necessity to operate effective and efficient government. Tax-exempt bonds, historic tax credits, new market tax credits and low income housing tax credits impact areas that, if eliminated, would have long-lasting and generational adverse effects on Worcester’s ability to create a thriving, vibrant community. Operating local government during times of rising costs and aging infrastructure is difficult. Eliminating incentives that support local government, reduce costs and allow for infrastructure investment is a complete disservice to municipalities and our residents.

We urge you to maintain these valuable tax benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Edward M. Augustus, Jr. Joseph M. Petty
City Manager, Worcester Mayor, Worcester

Trump – sexual assault. He admitted it – on this tape! … Our Garbage In Chief is a sexual predator, racist, nature/animal-killer, pathological liar and, worst of all, a CYNIC …

Donald Trump isn’t making America great! He’s making America Small and Irrelevant! The working people who handed him his victory are BETRAYED at every turn!

Worst. President. Ever.

– R.T.

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Choose to give and support our veterans!

Today is #GivingTuesday which kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This #GivingTuesday our mission is to help restore our facility in Puerto Rico after the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Many on the island, including our veterans are still without electricity and water. Please consider giving to our veterans this gift giving season.

90% of all Veteran Homestead funds go directly to veteran care, 10% solely to facility maintenance and administration.

Veteran Homestead Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization that provides housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans from across the nation who are elderly, disabled or diagnosed with a terminal illness.

With six unique facilities in New England and Puerto Rico, our team of credentialed professionals serve those who have served in our armed forces, with compassion and dedication without regard to race, religion, or sexual orientation.

All Veteran Homestead programs are drug and alcohol free.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Leslie Lightfoot
Founder/Chairman

VeteranHomestead.org

(They run Worcester County residences, too! – R.T. )

TO DONATE – Click here!

Paul Westerberg!💜💜💜