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    Default Two interesting Globe articles: state spending, senior relief

    Recent Boston Globe articles should be of interest to Wayland residents. Registration may be required to read them. Home delivery subscribers can get free access to the archives if necessary.

    Jeff

    1. Romney's plan for senior tax relief (11/20/2005)

    2. Non-education spending of state surplus (11/21/2005)

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    Default FY07 Ad Hoc Budget Advisory Committee

    The Board of Selectmen created the FY07 Ad Hoc Budget Advisory Committee (FY07AHBAC) to explore ways to bridge the coming budget deficit. The committee consists of the chairs of the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the School Committee. A summary of the committee's work is available here.

    http://www.wayland.ma.us/fy07ahbac/index.htm

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    Default What's Going On at the State Level

    Discussion about what's going on at the state level that may affect us here in Wayland

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    Default Town demographic/socioeconomic information?

    Does anyone know of any demographic and/or socioeconomic information that shows a histogram of Wayland residents/families/households by income? This information might help us make the case at the state level that while Wayland may be affluent, it is far from universally affluent.

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    Default Wayland demographic data

    For some slightly outdated statistics, you can use Census data. See
    http://censtats.census.gov/data/MA/0602501773790.pdf

    This has 1999 income data by household and by family (I think the distinction is that families are related to each other - households are people sharing a living group)

    Regards,
    Kim

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    Default Reducing the cost of health insurance

    Wayland's cost of health insurance has been increasing by upwards of $350k to $450k each year for the past few years. Currently we pay over $1m of our $50m town budget to support retiree health care.

    Through federal government insurance and town supplemental plans, retirees can be provided with essentially the same insurance at a much lower cost to the town. If more retirees took advantage of this alternative insurance, the cost of health insurance for the town would be significantly reduced (potentially byhalf of the $1m).

    Payments are made to the federal government programs for this coverage each year. Town employees, through payroll deductions and the town's match costs of these deductions amount to about $700k per year. So, we collectively spend
    $700k for this government subsidy benefit even though many town employee retirees do not take advantage of the lower cost, government subsidized insurance. Instead they continue to get their health insurance from the town's plans.

    The state perpetuates this issue by providing health insurance benefits that are substantially better than benefits provided to private sector employees. Perhaps the public sector benefits should be better for certain reasons, but maybe they advantage the employee too much. The state should be pressed to re-evaluate the health care benefits it provides to our state employees and state representatives and state senators.

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