As a former mayor of Worcester, Lt. Governor Murray understands the needs and challenges cities and towns face. With this experience, Lt. Governor Murray works closely with municipal managers on local issues as Chair of the Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet and Chair of the Local Government Advisory Commission. Lt. Governor Murray also served as Chair of the Regionalization Advisory Commission.
In January 2012, Lt. Governor Murray previewed the Administration's budget investments at Massachusetts Municipal Association and announced $5.2 billion dollars state funding to cities and towns , including a $145 million increase in K-12 Chapter 70 education aid – the highest level in history – which will be included in the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal.