SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A state lawmaker is proposing to increase state police funding by $100,000 for more patrols in Springfield.

The proposal by state Sen. James T. Welch, a West Springfield Democrat, calls for the money to be allocated during the summer or when the state police commander believes it's necessary.

The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/14G6DrI ) that Welch, whose district includes about half of Springfield, including parts of the downtown, says more police patrols will help people feel safer when visiting downtown.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/