Here's one government expenditure Republican US Senator Scott Brown probably won't object to: the $7.8 million spent by cities and towns to hold the special election in January.
Brown scored a stunning upset in the race, defeating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley.
State Auditor Joe DeNucci released the figure today, saying that the state should reimburse the communities because the election was an "unfunded state mandate."
DeNucci said about $1.6 million had already been reimbursed and the remainder was contained in a supplemental budget offered by the governor and passed by the House.
"This is a matter of fairness for cities and towns," DeNucci said in a statement. "The special election imposed a significant cost at a time when they could least afford it. I commend Governor Patrick and the Legislature for their commitment to address this important issue."
On the beat
Columnist Shirley Leung says Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh should focus on middle-class housing. Read more