Governor’s budget, FY2009

In a nutshell, the Governor’s budget honors the commitments made two years ago to continued growth in Chapter 70, including bringing all communities up to at least 17.5% of the foundation budget over a five year period.  It level funds additional assistance and it cuts lottery aid by 13.3%.  The budget proposes to replace the 13.3% lottery aid cut with casino revenue.

So, the real challenge will be to bring lottery funding up to level, given
that few in the legislature have an appetite to assume the possiblity of
casino revenue in this budget.  People tend to feel that it is one time
revenue and it is speculative — regardless of their views on the ultimate
casino question.

The administration has done a nice putting the budget online at:
http://www.mass.gov/bb/h1/fy2009h1/bal2_09/hdefault.htm

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.