June 13, 2002

Phil Primack (Freelance writer, Boston)

This panel discussion with guests Bob Ciolek, former budget director for the City of Boston, Harold Hestnes, former chairman of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation provided an overview of the arguments for and against switching Massachusetts to a two-year budgeting cycle to develop more coordinated long-term planning and overcome delays in the budgetary process on Beacon Hill. Phil Primack, journalist and author of a five-page briefing on the topic, moderated the discussion.