NEWBURYPORT DAILY NEWS: Hill Sees Hope For Triton Budget

The Newburyport Daily News covers Rep. Hill's efforts to ensure the Triton Regional School district is adequately funded.

Legislators see hope for Triton budget
By Jim Sullivan

While little cause for optimism seems to have been found in the Triton Regional School District budget this winter, three members of the Statehouse's Triton delegation say the future may not be so gloomy after all.

State Reps. Jim Kelcourse, R-Amesbury; Brad Hill, R-Ipswich; and Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury; and Sens. Kathleen O'Connor Ives, D-Newburyport; and Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester; represent the three towns — Rowley, Newbury and Salisbury— that make up the district.

Hill, who has represented Rowley since 1999, said language included in the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 would earmark 14 percent of the revenue from casinos and put it into a fund to supplement education.

He said help is on the way with the Plainridge Park Casino operating, the MGM Springfield coming online soon and the Wynn Casino in Everett due to be completed next year.

"These dollars haven't been available over the past 20 years, now they are," Hill said. "Those revenue dollars are specific. It is a part of the legislation that this money will go toward education. But I will argue to my colleagues that shouldn't just be 14 percent, it should be 20."