Tuesday night, State Representative Dan Webster broke the bad news to Hanson selectmen that state unemployment is unlikely to decrease in the next few months.
According to Webster, economists have projected job growth estimates as low as .1%:
“Job growth in Massachusetts will be extremely slow for the next 12 to 18 months and they are not expecting job growth to get beyond .9%.”
He also advised selectmen to expect a cut in local aid for fiscal year 2013. Webster explained Beacon Hill is currently crafting the state budget and that cuts will need to be made, again:
“We have been warned by the Secretary of Administration and Finance, Jay Gonzalez, that all discretionary spending, and he specifically identified local aid to cities and towns, is on the table.”
Last year, Hanson’s local aid dropped by 5%. According to Webster, local aid is “inappropriately” cut first.