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Merrimack Valley

December 3, 2012

Dempsey does not see local aid cuts

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Sen. Stephen Brewer, of Barre, the Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman, told the News Service that cutting the local aid is the “absolute last resort.”

Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez said the administration planned to make an announcement “very soon” about cuts, but did not directly address the question of local aid.

Dempsey would not say how much spending he thinks Patrick should trim from the budget, but suggested taking “strong action” will make it easier months from now for agencies to cope with budget cuts should revenues not rebound.

“The concern I have is how we’re trending. The $250 million could become a much bigger number so I think we need to understand the trends have not been favorable. The uncertainty around the fiscal cliff is obviously problematic and we could lose another $350 million this year and $1 billion heading into next year without a deal,” Dempsey said.

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