Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Report: Demystifying General Local Aid in Massachusetts

Be sure to check out the interactive portion of this report. You can input one of the MA communities and find out how much has changed from 2008 to 2012. For Franklin the report shows:

In Fiscal Year 2012, Franklin received $2,089,973 in general local aid from the state. Four years earlier, in FY2008—prior to the onset of the state fiscal crisis—it received $3,284,276(adjusted for inflation). 
That's a cut of 36%, which amounts to $37 per person.

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Demystifying General Local Aid in Massachusetts 
The money that the state provides to cities and towns for police and fire protection, parks, and other core local services is called General Local Aid. 

This morning, Lt. Governor Tim Murray announced the administration's plans to continue funding general local aid at the current level--the level to which it has been reduced after four years of deep cuts.

Our new factsheet, Demystifying General Local Aid in Massachusetts, describes:
  • The history of general local aid and options for reform.
  • The various formulas that have determined how general local aid is distributed.
  • The dramatic cuts--roughly 1/3 of all funds--which have been made to general local aid since the onset of the Great Recession.
We have also included an online tool which allows you to track the amount of general local aid going to each municipality in the Commonwealth--as well as the amount that has been cut.

MassBudget provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies--with particular attention to the effects on low- and moderate-income people.

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