Middlesex County has more than 9,000 federal employees, most of whom work in defense.
Friday, March 1
The numbers here show the federal employees in Massachusetts by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While much has been made written on how the current sequestration battle in Washington could affect the national economy, these numbers are meant to give readers a sense of the sequestration at the local level. No one knows for certain what the sequestration cuts, some $85 billion, will mean exactly. Even if the March 1 federal cuts are enacted, the full effects would not be felt immediately. The government is required to…
State legislators met with local Newton residents Tuesday night to discuss key issues on Beacon Hill.
As the fiscal year deadline approaches, local legislators Tuesday night remained open and optimistic about completing a fiscal 2012 budget and achieving new legislation in the coming year. State Senator Cindy Creem as well as State Representatives Kay Khan and Ruth Balser met with a group of local constituents at the Newton Senior Center last night to provide an update about key issues on Beacon Hill. But before the Newton Democrats could get to the issues, each noted that the state budget has not yet been passed. With the fiscal year ending tomorrow, June 30, the legislators said they are busy working on a budget that will pass through both the House and the Senate successfully. Khan said that it has been an extremely “austere and …