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City Manager O’Brien talks budget at morning forum

Full and original article posted on Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER —  State revenues are rising, reforms are saving money on health insurance and public-private partnerships are restoring services such as the Worcester bookmobile, but both the city and state budgets still face massive structural challenges, officials said this morning.

Speaking at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, at a forum hosted by The Research Bureau, Worcester City Manager Michael V. O’Brien said the city faces a $3.2 million deficit in its fiscal 2013 budget, and all the fat has already been removed.

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