Mass. Senate OK’s $125M more in local, school aid

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has joined lawmakers in the House in approving an additional $125 million in local assistance for cities and towns.

The proposal would send another $25 million to communities in unrestricted aid and an extra $100 million in school assistance.

House lawmakers approved the measure Wednesday. Senators joined them Thursday.

Local aid and school aid are two of the biggest line items for cities and towns included in the annual state budget.

Municipal leaders routinely complain that uncertainty about local aid numbers makes it harder for them to pass their own budgets. Many of those local budgets need to be written before the final state budget is approved.

The state budget is supposed to be signed by the governor by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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