Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his plan to close a $600 million dollar budget gap yesterday, sparing the main local aid accounts and imposing varied cuts against state spending, including the potential for 2000 state layoffs. The Governor was and is faced with a truly unenviable task, and his action with regard to local aid is deeply appreciated. And as we look at what cuts the Governor now has to impose on state government I know that his decision on local aid could not have been made easily. It will be one difficult decision after another, but the Governor has, from the perspective of the localities, stepped up and made a courageous choice. It is easy to criticize, and there will always be plenty of that for a Governor in difficult financial times. But the Governor deserves praise for wisdom and courage this morning, and I offer that without reservation. Thank you Governor Patrick. The Boston Herald listed some of the cuts offered by Governor Patrick.
$277 million in cuts to executive branches, encompassing $35 million for up to 2,000 layoffs; $3.9 million from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, $2.7 million in homeless individuals assistance and $5 million for higher education bonuses for police officers, known as the Quinn Bill. …Applying $106 million from additional departmental revenues, such as $50 million in anticipated tax settlements, $27 million in saved payments to the school building authority and $9 million from developing surplus state land. Using $62 million is federal stimulus funding to prevent cuts to higher education.