From struggling cities like Brockton to comfortable suburbs like Walpole, Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to cut unrestricted local aid by $9 million has hit municipal officials like a cold blast of winter weather. Added to targeted cuts of $28.7 million for local services ranging from special education to school transportation, Patrick’s proposal to trim unrestricted local aid -- which can be used for any expense -- is leaving many cities and towns with a frustrated sense of been-there, done-that, why-me weariness.
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