- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is proposing that state aid to cities and towns be tied directly to growth in state revenues.

Baker outlined a plan Tuesday he said would guarantee against any future reductions in local aid.

If elected, Baker promised local aid in the first year of his administration would increase by at least 75 percent of the rate of overall growth in state revenue, and increase to 100 percent in each subsequent year.

Baker said cities and towns should have predictable funding from the state and never be held “hostage by Beacon Hill.”

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley said Tuesday all the candidates have talked about the need to make sure the state is fair with distribution of local aid.

She said if elected she would also want to hear from municipal officials.

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