It appears that surpluses in FY11 state budget line items have been sufficient to allow for a planned distribution of additional local aid to cities and towns.
The Governor has signed the budget, making no spending changes and relatively few changes in “outside sections.” He did send back the municipal health care reform provisions with four narrow changes.
The final budget comes in at the high side of expectations as to local aid.
There are several items of local concern in the Senate Ways and Means Draft Budget released yesterday.
I’ll be reporting on budget issues to the Belmont town meeting on May 9.
Many state agencies have taken very deep cuts, but local aid, health and human services programs have largely been protected.