Understanding the Governor’s Budget Presentation

The Patrick Administration deserves great credit for its efforts to make its budget as transparent as possible.  Nonetheless, a 46 billion dollar spending program is intrinsically complex, so here are answers to a few questions that I found myself asking as I worked through the presentation. How big is the budget? The financial statement section shows proposed […]

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State budget basics What entities comprise the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? What entities and activities does the legislature budget for annually? What are the major sources of revenue that support budgeted expenditures? What are the major objects of budgeted expenditures? How have the major categories of state spending grown over time? School Building Authority Process State […]