State Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, commends Patrick for starting a conversation on the need to address the problem.
“We’re a little behind where we need to be,” he said.
But a little behind becomes a much bigger problem, he indicated, if Washington fails to adequately address the impact of ending the Bush tax cuts and tax increases under President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
“These cuts are nothing if Congress doesn’t solve the fiscal cliff,” Keenan said.
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt doesn’t offer a remedy, but said, “Any type of cut in local aid would be a concern on our part. ... In this economic climate, it’s something to be worried about.”
There’s a certain irony to all this, according to Marquis. The Danvers town manager notes that lately many of the economic indicators in his town were pointing upward, including building starts, excise tax and restaurant receipts. “We’re seeing signs in Danvers of an improving economy,” he said.