Tuesday June 26, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray is preparing to release a new report on the economic benefits of Massachusetts' military bases to the state.

Murray is heading up the administration's efforts to save the state's six military bases from federal cuts.

The threat of cuts caused Murray to sign an executive order in February creating the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force charged with crafting a strong case to protect the bases.

The release of the report Tuesday comes a day after a new study found that federal defense and homeland security contracts added $33.9 billion to the New England economy in 2011.

The study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute said that translated into an 85 percent increase from eight years ago.


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