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By Michael P. Norton

FEB. 12, 2018...Months after credit rating analysts raised state debt as an area of concern, the House and Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker are on track to add more than $3.5 billion in borrowing authorizations to the mix, advancing legislation officials say is needed to address state assets in disrepair, invest in public higher education campuses, and fund local improvements in Massachusetts communities.

"We have some trial court building across the Commonwealth that are literally falling apart," Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka said on Thursday before the Senate unanimously approved a state capital facilities bond bill that adds to the state's already significant long-term debt obligations.

Spilka mentioned a court building in her district - an aide later identified it as Framingham District Court - where the real wall is separating from the rest of the building. "It's very old," the Ashland senator said, highlighting a characteristic of many state and municipal buildings.

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