From the Globe today: If Mayor Menino's proposed budget is accepted by the Boston City Council, not only will the city lose its mounted police and park ranger units, but 26 positions would be cut from the central Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library (17 assistants, 5 managers and 4 librarians).
The city would also lay off 123 employees of the police department and 364 school workers, including 212 teachers/and paraprofessional aides. Officials say they hope that the arrival of federal stimulus money and further union concessions might forestall some of the layoffs, including those of 67 police officers.
Final passage of a Boston budget is expected by 1 July.
It's a good thing we got Pack back, we all needed a cheerful story these days. All this doom and gloom is getting hard to take.