By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Franklin Legislative Delegation took part in last night’s Town Council Meeting…providing input on what’s happening at the Statehouse, as we move into the next Fiscal Year and answered questions from residents who called in remotely. Senate President Karen Spilka says legislators are working well together, as estimates now say the drop in state revenue will total between $5 and $7 Billion and some good news, no cuts are expected in local aid for this month, wrapping up the current Fiscal Year. State Representative Jeffrey Roy saying local aid remains a priority he mentioned Controllo Mask Manufacturing in Franklin receiving $1.8 Million from the State for it's facility, resulting in some new hires. State Senator Rebecca Rausch received the most attention from residents calling in, criticizing the Community Immunity Act she’s sponsoring, which aims to centralize immunization with the Department
of Public Health, not individual schools or communities and have the DPH set an immunization schedule for all schools, child care and summer camps and shift managing medical or religious exemptions from the local level to the DPH. About six Franklin residents called in to voice their opposition and to ask Senator Rausch about the bill resulting in callers being frustrated about vaccinations, funding and about having a target on their backs, should this bill pass. Several callers also criticized members of the Council and Representative Roy and Senator Rausch for attending a rally at the Franklin Town Common Tuesday night where 1,000 people were allowed to gather during this COVID-19 pandemic, with one caller saying a businessman was cited for having more than ten-people at one location.