- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts cities and towns could be getting an additional $125 million in local assistance under a plan approved by House lawmakers.

The proposal would send another $25 million to communities in unrestricted aid and an extra $100 million in school assistance.

House lawmakers approved the measure Wednesday after rejecting a Republican proposal which would have set higher local aid numbers.

Local aid and school aid are two of the biggest line items for cities and towns in the annual state budget.

Municipal leaders routinely complain that uncertainty about local aid makes it harder for them to pass their own budgets, which can occur before the state budget is approved.

The state budget is supposed to be approved by the end of the fiscal year, June 30.

The Senate could take up the aid proposal Thursday.

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