Mass. auditor says holidays 'unfunded mandate'

May 25, 2011

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BOSTON—There's a new wrinkle in the long-standing Massachusetts debate over Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has declared that the Suffolk County holidays celebrating local events of the American Revolution are an "unfunded state mandate" for Boston, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop.

Until last year, municipal workers had taken off those days, which critics have dubbed "hack holidays."

The Legislature voted last year to keep the holidays but required both state and municipal offices to be kept open and appropriately staffed. Communities say that forced them to pay employees time-and-a-half to work.

Bump's ruling came after a request from Revere. It doesn't change the current situation but could pave the way for Revere to go to court and seek funding from the state or ask that the holidays be repealed.