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Only lobbying will bring more Lotto money, state rep says

Posted by Lisa Kocian November 21, 2007 09:38 AM


State Rep. Karyn Polito has urged local politicians to lobby for her measure to return more money to cities and towns.

Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican, told Shrewsbury's selectmen earlier this week that her late-file bill to return $450 million in lottery money to municipalities needs a lot of help to get out of the House Rules Committee. In the House of Representative, bills filed late must go through the rules committee before going on through the legislative process, she said.

Lottery money is supposed to go to cities and towns but the state always keeps some in reserve. That is unfair, Polito said, particularly when the state has a stabilization fund balance of $2.2 billion.

For Shrewsbury, the measure would mean about $1.5 million back if approved.

-- Lisa Kocian

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