Needham Letters: Support “Act to Invest in Our Communities”

Needham volunteers have been organizing in support of “An Act to Invest in Our Communities” — and their work is paying off! The latest — two letters to the editor were printed in the local paper!

Letter to the Needham Times, February 14, 2012


My husband and I bought our house in Needham in 1984, so we are truly long-time residents. I appreciate the quality of life we have in this community and realize that this requires investment — of both time and money.

Over the years since we moved here, local aid has been steadily decreasing. This is a serious threat to maintaining schools, infrastructure and employment opportunities within the town.

The Act to Invest in Our Communities, a Massachusetts bill sponsored by Rep. Jim O’Day and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, represents a good beginning to address the revenue problem we and other towns are experiencing. I also understand that Mike Rush, one of the two state senators for Needham, has recently announced his support for AIOC. This is clearly ‘the right thing to do’ and I hope that other Massachusetts legislators representing Needham will lend their support to the bill.

Karen Walker

Letter to the Needham Times, February 21, 2013


Needham is justifiably proud of its fine schools and services and these fine schools and services come at a high price. As state aid to cities and towns has continued to decrease over the years, the burden on local real estate taxes has become significant.

At last however, we have an opportunity to address this issue in our state legislature. Representative Jim O’Day and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are sponsoring a bill, The Act to Invest in Our Communities, that could assist Massachusetts towns in dealing with this chronic problem of yearly budget crises. Needham senator Mike Rush supports The Act to Invest in Our Communities.Let’s hope that Needham’s other legislative representatives and, in fact, the entire Massachusetts legislature, will support a bill that is so important and, frankly, long overdue.

Richard Derby

Find out more and start organizing in your town in support of Our Communities!

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