Press Statement

Press Statement Statement from Auditor Bump on Legislature Passing FY2013 Budget

Bump commends legislature for providing funding in response to mandate determination.
6/28/2012
  • Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump
  • Division of Local Mandates

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Mike Wessler, Communications Director

Boston — Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today released the following statement:

I applaud both the House and Senate for relieving our local schools of a burdensome unfunded mandate amidst an extremely difficult budget process. Their 2013 budget will completely reimburse school systems affected last year by a state program related to busing and educating homeless school children.

In October I made the determination that the state’s embrace of the federal McKinney-Vento homeless transportation program requires school systems to incur new costs outside their historic responsibility.  Through legal analysis we found both the cost of transporting a homeless child to another school district and the cost of educating a child who does not reside in the school district to be an unfunded mandate.

In February we were able to calculate that the FY2012 McKinney-Vento burden on cities and towns will amount to $11.3 million, and that 33 communities will spend more than $100,000 to meet this state requirement.  The costs incurred are largely unpredictable and have the potential of forcing schools to cut teachers and enlarge class sizes in tight budget conditions. 

I commend Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray for their responsiveness, foresight, and respect for the local mandates process.  I urge Governor Deval Patrick to approve this appropriation in the final budget.  This funding will not just relieve the Commonwealth of a legal obligation, but it will also improve our schools.

Media Contact

Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump 

The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better.

Division of Local Mandates 

DLM responds to requests from local government leaders to determine if a state law is an unfunded mandate on municipalities. In addition, we serve as a source of information on issues harming municipal budgets, and provide recommendations to address those issues.

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