Feb 14

House Preserves $9M in Local Aid

BOSTON – State Representative John W. Scibak joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in approving a $115 million supplemental budget that stops the Governor from taking 1% from the $899 million unrestricted general government aid account, thus preserving $9 million. “I commend my colleagues in the House for voting to preserve these monies that have proven essential in this economic downturn,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “Aware of the widespread concern amongst constituents and state officials alike, we will once again look to maintain local aid as a top priority as the FY ‘14 budget-balancing process begins.” “Particularly during tough economic times, we have to do all we can to protect the vital programs funded through local aid,” said Chairman Brian S. Dempsey of the House Ways and Means Committee. “We understand how essential this funding is for our communities. Local aid is a priority and, with this vote, the House continues to prove that fact.” “We applaud the members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for standing with their cities and towns and preserving $9 million in essential local aid,” said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “Communities use these funds to pay for police and fire protection, schools, public works and much more, and this vote by the House is very good news for local citizens and taxpayers all across the state.”