Boston Police Suit Could Mean Financial Setback For Cities, Towns

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A dispute over education bonuses for Boston police officers heads to the state Supreme Court this week.

The case was filed by a group of officers who say the city is legally required to pay the bonuses regardless of state funding.

Two years ago, state lawmakers cut most of the funding for the program, which provides pay hikes for officers who get college degrees in criminal justice or law.

A win by the officers could cost Boston $17 million in back-pay and about $10 million more annually.

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