Gov. Patrick Restores Some Funds Cut from Mass. Budget
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is restoring a limited number of budget cuts he ordered several months ago when tax revenues were running below expectations.
Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Friday that nearly $21 million would be reinstated, the bulk of which will go to local school districts.
The governor ordered $225 million in “9-C” cuts in December. Those are reductions that do not require legislative approval.
Tax revenues subsequently rebounded and are now running more than $500 million above the state’s revised revenue benchmarks.
Shor cautioned, however, that much of the increased revenue has come from one-time sources and that the trend may not continue.
Patrick restored $11.5 million to school districts for special education costs and $5 million for expenses related to transporting homeless children.