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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker swore in members of the 2015 Local Government Advisory Commission at the State House meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, including MASC President Patrick Francomano and Past President Ann Marie Cugno(pictured) as well as (not pictured) President-Elect Jake Oliveira and Vice President Patrick Murphy.
Following brief introductions, the Governor announced some of the details of the H.1 budget that is being released on March 4, including proposed increases in state aid and unrestricted local aid to cities and towns. In the Governor’s budget, Chapter 70 school aid would see a $105 million increase, while unrestricted local aid would increase by $34 million to $980 million.
During a comment period that followed, MASC President Francomano noted that no mention was made of any action to restore the "9C" cuts made earlier this year to regional school transportation, special education and reimbursements to school districts that host charter schools. The accounts are tantamount to local aid, he said, adding that charter schools did not receive 9C cuts. "We don't mind being on a level playing field, but keep us on a level playing field." MASC President Elect Jake Oliveira of Ludlow also raised concerns about spending stemming from an economic development bill that passed last year, which Governor Baker halted. (MASC will release its analysis of the full budget when details are available.)