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Massachusetts Cities And Towns Seek More State Aid

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The Massachusetts Municipal Association is calling for an increase in local aid equal to the growth rate in state revenues.

   Under the revenue sharing plan, as the Massachusetts Municipal Association calls it, unrestricted local aid to cities and towns would increase by just under 4 percent, or $35 million dollars.  That is about $4 million more than the local aid increase proposed by Governor Patrick in his state budget. Association executive director Geoffrey Beckwith says  local aid has been slashed 32 percent since 2008 resulting in a greater  and greater reliance on property taxes.

   The MMA also wants an increase in state funding to cities and towns for road repairs.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.