State Budgets 2012: Massachusetts



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened January 4, 2012 
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Annual

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Budget News and Information: 2012



4/11/12: Mass. House panel to unveil proposed budget plan

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to detail the plan Wednesday at the Statehouse. Gov. Deval Patrick proposed his version of the $32.3 billion budget in January. Patrick’s plan would raise state spending by less than 3 percent while cutting about 400 jobs in the executive branch.

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3/20/12: Patrick says DeLeo tax position complicates local aid resolution

While House and Senate leaders have not ruled out a local aid resolution this budget cycle, Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday said he thought House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s opposition to raising new revenue was making it more difficult to give local officials an early answer on local aid funding levels.

Read More: Norwell Mariner

3/20/12: Panel to urge fewer tax breaks

A group of state leaders has concluded that Massachusetts needs to overhaul its tax system to eliminate many breaks that siphon billions of dollars from public coffers, setting the stage for a debate over how the state should encourage economic growth.

Read More: Boston Globe

3/19/12: Mass. lawyers, judges lobby for more court funding

Lawyers and judges warned lawmakers on Monday that budget constraints on the state's judiciary are imperiling the delivery of justice and compromising security in its courts. Robert Mulligan, chief justice for administration and management, said a 17 percent reduction in court staff over the past four years has made it nearly impossible for the court system to keep pace with its caseload, but he said closing courthouses was "not on the table right now."

Read More: Boston Globe

3/19/12: Massachusetts digs in on health-care cost control

If you want to know what the future of health policy looks like, it’s worth keeping an eye on two Massachusetts story lines unfolding right now, both of which could say a lot about our ability — or lack thereof — to get health-care costs under control. The first has to do with an increasingly heated debate over the state’s health spending budget. In an opening gambit, two major Massachusetts groups have suggested the state aim to have its health-care costs grow 2 percent slower than the rest of its economy.

Read More: Washington Post

3/7/12: DeLeo says House bill will try to cut health cost in half

Long-awaited state legislation to control health care costs will aim to cut annual increases in half, to about 3.7 percent, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Tuesday in a speech to business leaders in which he provided few other details. 

Read More: Boston Globe

3/6/12: Speaker puts Mass. budget gap at $500K to $1B 

House Speaker Robert DeLeo is estimating that the state faces a budget gap of between $500 million and $1 billion in the next fiscal year, but he's sticking to his no-new-tax pledge.

Read More: Boston Globe

3/1/12: Clark: Education funding is top priority for state budget 

Budget season is upon us on Beacon Hill.  As we plunge into the budget debate for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins July 1, we again face a constrained fiscal environment. While the Massachusetts economy is recovering and our unemployment rate is improving, we still face significant challenges: Getting people back to work in good-paying jobs, growing local businesses, and supporting our schools, cities and towns as they work to provide vital services. 

Read More: Boston Globe

2/18/12: Massachusetts lawmakers criticize Governor Patrick’s budget plan

Legislators showed their unhappiness with Gov. Deval Patrick’s plans to raise taxes on some food items and close a Taunton mental care facility as hearings on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion began Friday.

Read More: Patriot Ledger


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6/9/11: Mass. Senate passes overhaul of budget process

The Massachusetts Senate has given unanimous approval to an overhaul of the way state determines how taxpayers money is spent.

Read More: Boston Herald


5/27/11: Mass. Senate OKs $30.5 billion state budget

The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of the state budget for the next fiscal year on Thursday night.

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3/15/11: Planned funding cuts raise worries

Advocates on Monday protested Gov. Deval L. Patrick's plans to cut money for agencies that help disabled people obtain housing, health care and transportation.

Read More: The Republican

3/14/11: Patrick admin postpones cuts opposed by elderly, disabled

More than $10 million in proposed cuts to programs that serve the elderly and developmentally disabled adults – slated to take effect this week – have been postponed indefinitely, Patrick administration officials announced Monday

Read More: Boston Herald

 3/14/11: Lawyers balk at Gov. Patrick’s budget proposal

The governor's budget proposal to restructure the Committee for Public Counsel Services, which provides legal defense for poor people, has drawn an outcry of criticism from attorneys around the state.

Read More: Metro West Daily News  

2/25/11: Legislators Dig into Gov. Patrick's Budget

It has been a month since Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sent a 30 point five billion dollar proposed state budget to the legislature. Members of the House and Senate are now digging into the details. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has an update.

Read more: WAMC - Northeast Public Radio