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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Paying Attention! Radio Program with Tom Duggan, February 13, 2010

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The Paying Attention Radio Program on WCAP, on AM980 in Lowell airs from 10AM to 1PM.

On today's program we played audio clips of Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua's chief of Staff Lenny Degnan testifying before the Massachusetts House-Senate Ways and Means Committee. The legislature is considering a measure to allow Lawrence to borrow $35Million and deficit spend. The funniest audio you will ever hear as Degnan tells the committee that he is Willie's "best friend" and teaches us a little about how to do math. he tells the committee that next years' budget deficit in Lawrence is $15Million, meaning that the $24.5 Million deficit Lantigua has been spouting is really a 2010 fiscal budget deficit of $9.5Million. Hear Lenny try to negotiate the amount Lawrence might need and laugh along as we dissect what he told the legislature.

State Senator Steve Panagiotakos (D) Lowell, who sits as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means committee called in to talk about this week's hearing for Lawrence's $35 Million loan. Pangiotakos said that he believes there will still be a control board even though Willie Lantigua has stepped down as a State Rep. and discussed Lawrence's financial future.

Lantigua's resignation last night led to some hysterical moments where he attacked the press and continued to assign blame on Mike Sullivan. Marc LaPlante the Lawrence City Councilor called in to discuss the matter and we ended up the show with more clips of Lantigua's AMAZING press conference at Lawrence City Hall on February.

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