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Governor Patrick, cutbacks and the saga in Salem

Posted by Your Town  January 11, 2008 03:39 PM

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As the city of Salem roils over layout notices, and other towns struggle with tight budgets, Gov. Deval Patrick told municipal leaders Friday that he feels their pain.

Patrick said he understands that they are experiencing tight fiscal times. He offered a solution, and he blamed the Legislature for not passing it.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which represents the state's 351 cities and towns, he offered some of his harshest criticism yet of the Legislature as he urged local officials to lobby their state representatives to act on his municipal relief bill.

"So far not one of the revenue options has been heard for a vote in the Legislature. Not one!" he said, shouting into the microphone. "That is not acceptable. It ought not be acceptable to you, and you have to show up and make that point!"

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