Mass. Gov Seeks Reserve Fund for Marathon Costs

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a bill to create a $5 million reserve fund to pay for state costs associated with the Boston Marathon bombing.

The bill would also add $1.5 million to the current budget for the Massachusetts National Guard. In addition to several hundred guardsmen who had already been assigned to the marathon race route on Monday, several hundred more were called up and sent to Boston following the attacks.

The soldiers helped to secure the perimeter of the crime scene and also worked with MBTA officials on enhanced security at stations.

In a letter to state lawmakers, Patrick said the bill would help address “known and unknown costs related to the tragedy.”

Three people were killed and more than 170 wounded by the twin bombs.

  • weasel

    Cut the budget wherever to get what is needed. Emergencies are part of their responsibility. They get paid enough.