Weary Massachusetts officials brace for aid cuts (Boston Globe)

December 5, 2012 – From struggling cities like Brockton to comfortable suburbs like Walpole, Governor Deval ­Patrick’s proposal to cut un­restricted local aid by $9 million has hit municipal officials like a cold blast of winter weather. Added to targeted cuts of $28.7 million for local services ranging from special education to school transportation, Patrick’s proposal to trim unrestricted local aid, which can be used for any ­expense, is leaving many cities and towns with a frustrated sense of “been there, done that, why me” weariness. “We don’t really have a choice whether or not we accept it,” said Jim Johnson, assistant town admin­istrator in Walpole. “It’s one of those types of things.”

Link to Full Article: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/12/05/governor-deval-patrick-proposal-cut-local-aid-worries-cash-strapped-cities-and-towns/6ZKNUsbO6pVZBaoVa7TbMN/story.html

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