• As a sign of its commitment to an improved partnership with cities and towns, the Baker-Polito Administration:

    • Intends to be a reliable partner on local aid.
    • Pledges to work with our partners in the Legislature toward earlier local aid formula funding levels.
    • Will work to make available technical assistance opportunities for cities and towns as they work toward best practices.
    • Will not propose any new unfunded state mandates, and we will look at existing mandates with a goal toward making it easier to manage municipal governments.
    • Will give special attention, in its review of state regulations, to those that affect the ability of municipalities to govern themselves.
    • Pledges to work closely with municipal leaders to expand opportunities to add municipal voices to those state boards and commissions that impact local governments.
    • Will introduce incentives for municipalities that sign Compacts in existing and proposed state grant opportunities, including proposals for technical assistance grants available only to compact communities.
    • Will identify ways to expedite state reviews that can often slow down economic development opportunities or hinder other municipal interests.