Hanson: State Sen. Kennedy visits town and Selectman Egan revisits a difficult year

Thursday night State Senator Tom Kennedy visited the town of Hanson and described some of the state’s accomplishments for 2011 through the difficult economic climate, “We’ve been able to hold the line on educational cuts, hold the line on social programs and increase the amount of money for local aid and road projects. All that’s serving the average person, the middle class to the finest, I believe.”

With the casino bill on Governor Patrick’s desk, Senator Kennedy stated that Massachusetts is not only doing well financially, but we’re one of the leading states, “Our revenues are growing, we’ve dedicated a good chunk of that to local aid, the other portion has gone to the rainy day fund. And that’s again being fiscally responsible and our state is the top 3rd state in the country with the largest amount of money in the reserve fund.”

Because of the recent re-districting, Senator Kennedy has picked up Plympton as part of his second Plymouth and Bristol district. He said he is looking forward to getting to know the town and for an exciting 2012 election year. Kennedy will be running for his third term as State Senator.

Hanson Selectman Jim Egan also gave an overview of the year but at the town level, “Well it’s been very difficult for me as a selectman, we had to make some difficult choices, the budget process of course is painful. We’ve lost our town planner, our conservation agent, some of our planning board members. It’s getting really difficult to operate the town properly without those professional people in place.”

This past year, Hanson had to cut 20% of their salary budget and hours. Egan explained that luckily there are other town employees to partially fulfill the responsibilities of the vacant positions. However he is hopeful for 2012, “I think it will be better than last year in terms of the fiscal year. The next fiscal year will, I think, be easier mostly because of some of the things we had to do so how free cash situation is a little bit stronger.”

Selectman Egan also mentioned that Hanson is looking at the Maquan Elementary School with the Mass School Building Authority for a possible remodel.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.