Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Preliminary Analysis: The Governor's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Vetoes

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Preliminary Analysis:
The Governor's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Vetoes 

July 11, 2011 

Presented with a budget that implemented a fourth year of budget cuts across state government, Governor Patrick today signed that document without using his line-item veto authority to impose any additional cuts.   

In signing the budget, the Governor highlighted several reform initiatives in the budget, including: changes in the indigent defense system that aim to save money by shifting some cases from privately contracted lawyers to public defenders; an initiative to try to place homeless families more quickly in permanent housing rather than shelter; and the creation of a new office of Performance, Accountability and Transparency.

The Governor vetoed several outside sections and returned a number of them with proposed amendments.  Outside sections are parts of the budget that don't appropriate money.  This preliminary analysis of the Governor's vetoes briefly describes outside sections the Governor vetoed and amendments he proposed to other outside sections.

The report is available at www.massbudget.org or by clicking here.    

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