Wednesday, April 27, 2011

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Adoption of Local Aid Amendment

BOSTON—House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the adoption of the Local Aid amendment:

I am pleased that the House has afforded local municipalities the opportunity to alleviate the financial burden of the past three fiscal years. As proposed, the Local Aid amendment seeks to allow half of the Commonwealth’s reversions, or $65 million, whichever is less, to be distributed to municipalities. Distributed using the Lottery formula, the money seeks to aide cities and towns with this one-time funding. In a time where Local Aid has been consistently cut, I am glad that the members of the House were able to come to a consensus that puts the needs of municipalities first and foremost.