Patrick unveils budget - Metro US

Patrick unveils budget

Unveiling his $30.5 billion budget yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick also proposed a $570 million spending reduction — the biggest cut in 20 years. Here’s a breakdown:

» $65 million to local aid
» $45 million for counsel to indigent persons
» $23 million for spending on emergency homeless shelters
» $16.4 million for Department of Mental Health hospitals
» $15 million for the Employment Services Program
» $14 million for family respite services at the Department of Development Disability Services
» $11.5 million for the clothing allowance paid to families receiving TAFDC
» $8 million for Early Intervention services at the Department of Public Health
» $6.6 million for group care services provide by the Department of Children and Families
» $6.2 million for the state police
» $5.9 million for health promotion activities at DPH
» 2 percent cut to all constitutional officers’ administrative budgets, including the governor’s office

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