Unfunded State Mandates Costing Cities and Towns

Source: Ray Hershel, WGGB, February 7, 2012

State Auditor Suzanne Bump releases the results of a statewide survey showing that unfunded state mandates are costing cities and towns more and more money. Those costs total more than 11-million dollars this fiscal year.

Massachusetts participates in a federal program in which cities and towns are required to provide transportation and education of homeless children after they are placed in a different community for temporary housing.

For example if a student in one community is left homeless and moved into a motel in another city or town then both communities share the cost of transporting that student to school.

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