Baker's budget to offer modest hikes for cities, towns

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BOSTON >> Gov. Charlie Baker is giving local officials a preview of what he plans to offer cities in towns in his state budget proposal next week.

Baker spoke Friday at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. The address came on the heels of Thursday night's state of the state address, in which the Republican promised to boost local aid accounts.

Baker said his budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 will include a more than $42 million increase in unrestricted local aid, or money that cities and towns can use for any municipal purpose. That would represent about a 4.3 percent increase from the current year.

The governor said the spending plan will also include an additional $72 million in education aid that is earmarked for public schools.


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