MMA calls for addition $65m in local aid following Governor’s budget proposal

MASSACHUSETTS – Earlier this week, we reported on Governor Patrick’s budget plan for FY2013 that increases spending and revenues. Aside from a $146 million in Chapter 70 education aid increases, the major local aid accounts for FY2013 have been presented in nearly identical form as the finalized FY2012 budget.

Furthermore, the amount does not include a supplemental $65 million distributed last October as a result of the FY2011 surplus. The Governor’s plan does include language that would distribute up to $65 million in any year-end surplus as early as next October.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association has called on Patrick to include the $65 million in the base local aid amount for FY2013, considering the Governor’s proposal includes “$1.2 billion in revenue growth and proposed new taxes, but spends none of it on municipal aid accounts”.

The MMA is asking residents to contact legislators and ask that the supplement aid be guaranteed for FY2013.

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