Governor Patrick Restores Some Cuts

Governor Patrick, after cutting the current budget due to lower than expected tax revenues, is restoring $20.8 million of the $225 million cut as tax revenue begins to rebound. The latest figures show tax revenues $500 million or so above revised benchmarks, with about a month or so left in the fiscal cycle. Of particular note for localities is the Circuit Breaker amount of $11.5 million. Some good news there. The full list is below.

$5.25 million homeless students transportation;
· $1 million for regional school transportation;
· $11.5 million to reimburse for special education costs through the Circuit Breaker;
· $100,000 for micro small business loans;
· $50,000 for assistive technology at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission;
· $135,999 for Vocational Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission;
· $162,500 for Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA);
· $200,000 for the Buy Local Program at the Department of Agriculture;
· $216,980 for Council on Aging (COA) Grants at Elder Affairs (ELD);
· $280,000 for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to hire additional summer staffers;
· $717,554 for rest home rate increases at the Department of Transitional Assistance;
· $1 million for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative program created in last year’s Jobs Bill;
· $53,000 for grants to Visitor Information Bureaus;
· $50,000 for Aid to Incarcerated Mothers; and
· $41,667 for the South Boston Community Health Center.

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