Apparently, the convenient fiction that the cities and towns are responsible for their own fiscal plight makes it easy for the Masters of Beacon Hill to play this kind of shell game. But as one mayor points out
“It’s a tremendous gesture, but the money doesn’t exist,” said Mayor Scott W. Lang of New Bedford, who says he would have to lay off six current employees to make it work for the city’s 1,721 retirees. “I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever of bumping that to meet the inflationary needs, but there’s no funding. Without the funding it’s illusory.”
The broad theme that has emerged since the Weld administration (obligingly taken up by the Democratic legislature) is, Enough of this local-aid stuff, you go raise your property taxes. Progressives should think long and hard about the implications of a tax structure where communities end up strictly stratified by wealth.
The next step, apparently, is the legislature funding its noble ideas with renewed pressure on the property tax.
Go ahead, read the story and tell us what you think.
Update: Fixed a bad link.