Kameron Spaulding and I of the The Berkshire Record interview a special guest: blogger and educator Dan Valenti. A Pittsfield native, Dan now lives in Stockbridge and is outspoken on a number of issues, including Pittsfield city politics and school construction projects such as the proposed $115-million new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, the failed $51 million project for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and a proposed $7.7 million repair for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s Mount Everett building.
But the bulk of our discussion focuses on OPEB, those expensive retirement benefits mandated for state and municipal employees by the state of Massachusetts itself. We have a big story on OPEB and its effect on South County towns this week in The Record. Most town and cities in the state have huge unfunded OPEB liabilities, eating up an increasing portion of municipal budgets and, in some cases, threatening the funding of other town services.
Check out Dan’s lively blog at PlanetValenti.com. And follow him on Twitter @planetvalenti. Dan just joined Twitter, so give him a nudge to start tweeting. He will, no doubt, be great at it once he gets going.
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