… And What Happened to Lifting Mandates for Cities and Towns?
Here was one good attempt at relief – an amendment to the budget submitted by Rep John Loughlin.
Chapter 45-13 of the General Laws entitled “State Aid” is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
45-13-1.3. Relief from unfunded mandates. – Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, contained in the appropriations for the support of the state for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, any general or public law, rule or regulation, the general assembly hereby relieves the school committee of any city or town from any unfunded mandates with the exception of those mandates pertaining to transportation, transportation safety and fire safety.
Killed, though the twenty one in favor was a tantalizingly respectable outcome. [Thanks to Rep John Loughlin for the info.] Below for the record are the twenty one representatives who voted to put the best fiscal interest of their districts ahead of other considerations.
Let’s see, other mandates considered. Leaving the deployment of bus monitors to local discretion: sent back to committee.
Anything else? Nothing that passed, in any case. [Standing by to correct if this is wrong.] Even Providence Mayor David Cicilline testified in favor of such measures! It is an absurd and irresponsible proposition to mandate certain operating conditions without simultaneously supplying the funds to implement them. At least the $9,000,000 loss generated by grayhound racing has slot revenue to cover it. The General Assembly has also ordered cities and towns to continue operating at a loss … but in this case, without providing a revenue source to cover those losses.