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Chapter 40B : Overview of a Failed Policy
The state law that is supposed to promote affordable housing isn’t getting the job done. What are we doing wrong?

How the budget deficit can be solved

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Outside Section 548

SECTION 548
SECTION 548 Outside Section to the FY04 Massachusetts State Budget

Background on Outside Section 548
The Fate of Our Land

>>>> OUR MAILBAG <<<<
Letters to the Editor, Reader’s Thoughts

What is a healthy community?
What is your vision of a “healthy community”?

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Deval Scorecard
Deval Scorecard A community activist surveys the good and bad of Governor Deval Patrick’s first weeks in office.

Preventing Tobacco Deaths: It’s Time to Act
What would happen if a group of unprincipled conspirators were to launch an assault upon the people of Massachusetts that resulted in 9000 fatalities? One would hope that the Governor would take immediate action and that our legislators would move promptly to provide all resources needed to defend our citizens. The very last thing we would expect would be for the Governor to look the other way and our legislators to establish financial relationships with the assailants and modify the state budget to weaken our defenses.

Surplus Land Yields New Park, Affordable Housing
Surplus Land Yields New Park, Affordable Housing

Legislature Paves Way for Questionable Property Seizures
Legislature Paves Way for Questionable Property Seizures

Senate Acts on Surplus Land Bill
Senate Acts on Surplus Land Bill

Resolution Opposes Expedited Permitting
Resolution Opposes Expedited Permitting

Closed-door meetings with economic development agency violated open meeting laws
Closed-door meetings with economic development agency violated open meeting laws, judge rules.

Troubling Direction on Health Care
Troubling Direction on Health Care

Bill aims to speed development permits
Bill aims to speed development permits

Developer seeks wildlife land in no-bid deal
Developer seeks wildlife land in no-bid deal

Many Ideas for Reforming Chapter 40B
This year at least 33 bills have been filed to make changes in the state’s 40B affordable housing law. Most seek to curb its abuses and make it more effective. A few would give even more power to developers.

SENATOR PROPOSES REFORM OF HOUSING LAW
Sen. Richard Moore wants to reform the Chapter 40B housing law to prevent developers from inflicting potentially harmful development on communities while making excessive profits.

LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL PASSES HOUSE, STALLS IN SENATE
LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL PASSES HOUSE, STALLS IN SENATE

COMMUNITY GROUPS OPPOSE SURPLUS LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL
COMMUNITY GROUPS OPPOSE SURPLUS LAND PRIVATIZATION BILL

The Politics of Pork
The Politics of Pork Thanks to the recently passed economic stimulus bill, the pubic will help foot the bill for a project of developer Arthur Winn.

Expedited Permitting Favors Developers Over Communities
Expedited Permitting Favors Developers Over Communities Local controls would be undermined by “expedited permitting” schemes.

Urgent Community Needs Take Back Seat to Corporate Handouts
Urgent Community Needs Take Back Seat to Corporate Handouts INVEST IN HEALTHY ECONOMY – NOT CORPORATE SUBSIDIES

Towns press Healey on sharing the wealth:
Towns press Healey on sharing the wealth: Want state surplus used for local aid

H4278 Opens the Door to Biolabs
H4278 Opens the Door to Biolabs

Keep community process in place for surplus lands
Last year saw the fulfillment of the three-town effort that led to the disposition of the Metropolitan State Hospital property, yielding more than 250 acres of open space and the present redevelopment of the Lexington portion into apartments, including almost 100 units of affordable housing.

State land auctions frustrate officials
State land auctions frustrate officials

Pignatelli fights bill on state land sales
Pignatelli fights bill on state land sales

Speaker puts surplus land debate aside for now
Speaker puts surplus land debate aside for now

GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL
GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL

Chapter 7 Saved!
Chapter 7 Saved!

Press release for immediate release/GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL
Press release for immediate release/GRASSROOTS BACKLASH STOPS SURPLUS LANDS BILL

House abandons controversial land legislation
House abandons controversial land legislation

Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.
PRESS RELEASE//FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // CONTACT: Jill Stein 617-852-4727 // July 21, 2005 Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.

Press Release: Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Publ
Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands.

Westport and Hanover Selectmen ask Legislature for Due Process
Westport and Hanover Selectmen ask Legislature for Due Process

New Bills Threaten Surplus Lands and Community Rights
New Bills Threaten Surplus Lands and Community Rights

Waltham lauds end of &#039fast-track’ land sales
Waltham lauds end of &#039fast-track’ land sales

SALES OF SURPLUS LAND REVERT TO OLD METHOD
SALES OF SURPLUS LAND REVERT TO OLD METHOD

Rushed Public Land Sales to End!
Rushed Public Land Sales to End!

WALTHAM ASKS FOR A VOICE
WALTHAM ASKS FOR A VOICE

MCHC Calls for Rejection of Budget Amendment on Surplus Land
MCHC Calls for Rejection of Budget Amendment on Surplus Land

SENATE WOULD EXTEND EXPEDITED SURPLUSING OF STATE LANDS TO 2008
SENATE WOULD EXTEND EXPEDITED SURPLUSING OF STATE LANDS TO 2008

COMMITTEE SEEKS TO CONTINUE EXPEDITED SALES OF STATE LANDS.
COMMITTEE SEEKS TO CONTINUE EXPEDITED SALES OF STATE LANDS. BUT CITIZENS SAY THIS DISEMPOWERS COMMUNITIES.

The Letter the Globe Would Not Print
The Letter the Globe Would Not Print

FLOOR AMENDMENT 790FY06 BUDGET
FLOOR AMENDMENT 790 FY06 BUDGET

FLOOR AMENDMENT 1266 FY06 BUDGET
FLOOR AMENDMENT 1266 FY06 BUDGET

Effort to Extend Surplusing Law Underway
Effort to Extend Surplusing Law Underway

RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:
RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND: A COMMUNITY-BASED, SMART GROWTH PLAN

RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND:
RESTORING COMMUNITY RIGHTS TO SURPLUS LAND: A COMMUNITY-BASED, SMART GROWTH PLAN

Sample Letter/Our Land, Our Communities
Our Land, Our Communities

Privatization of Eminent Domain and Privatization of Taxes: The Story of Chapt
Privatization of Eminent Domain and Privatization of Taxes: The Story of Chapter 40Q

Land issue matter of balance: Some question process, underline need for localc
Land issue matter of balance: Some question process, underline need for local community oversight

CITIZEN GROUP RIPS NEW FAST-TRACK PERMITTING PROPOSAL
CITIZEN GROUP RIPS NEW FAST-TRACK PERMITTING PROPOSAL

Speaker DiMasi Unveils New Privatization Plan for State Lands
Businesses to get land, infrastructure and tax breaks.

DIMASI TO SEEK TAX BREAKS FOR JOB CREATION
DIMASI TO SEEK TAX BREAKS FOR JOB CREATION

Taking Back Our Future – A Workshop on Just and Sustainable Development
Taking Back Our Future – A Workshop on Just and Sustainable Development

Affordable Housing Supply in Jeopardy
Affordable Housing Supply in Jeopardy

The Land Question
The Land Question

Opposition to Fast Track Auctions Gains Momentum
Outside Sections and the (Un)Democratic Process

Williamsburg land undecided
Williamsburg land undecided

Williamsburg objects to state surplus land saleResidents, officials request au
Williamsburg objects to state surplus land sale Residents, officials request auction delay at hearing

The “Give Us Your Poor” Project Thinks Out of the Box about Homelessness

“Let’s do an inventory of what we’ve got right now.” Taking his cue from the movie, Apollo 13, Give Us Your Poor project director, John McGah issued that challenge to the 90 people who braved a recent icy Saturday to attend “Out of the Box: A Community Action Forum to End Homelessness in Greater Boston” held at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Land USe
Land Use

Land Use
Land Use

Grafton board rues state plan to auction land
Grafton board rues state plan to auction land Former state hospital parcel

Press Release/GROUP DEPLORES UNDEMOCRATIC “COVERT ACTION” BY HOUSE ON SURPLUS LA
Press Release/GROUP DEPLORES UNDEMOCRATIC “COVERT ACTION” BY HOUSE ON SURPLUS LANDS

Why does the Legislature hide business?
Why does the Legislature hide business?

Photos from the Big Rally
Our photo gallery from the April 30 rally

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Photos of April 30 rally

Quotes from the News
They said it!

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Lot 1 Public Hearing – June 13
ALERT FROM CITIZENS FOR LEXINGTON CONSERVATION Lot 1 Public Hearing – June 13

Who Decides?
Who Decides?

Write or Call Your Legislators & Gov. Romney
Write or Call Your Legislators & Gov. Romney

>>>> EVENTS <<<<
Upcoming events of special interest.

Where Does the Money Come From?
How does MCHC pay its bills?

Write a Letter!
Letters to the editor have an impact!

APRIL 30 STATE HOUSE RALLY
Monster rally to “Stop the Cuts – Raise the Revenue”

PUBLICATIONS
Free Publications and Action Material

Links to Other Sites
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MCHC Volunteer Opportunities
Join your fellow citizens working to save our communities

Fair Budget Coalition
Working together for a fair solution to the budget crisis

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