Article by Boston Globe Staff appeared on Boston.com
The numbers are in – and they are not pretty.
A business-supported watchdog group today released a spreadsheet to the Globe which provides some details about the $27.6 billion state budget plan for fiscal 2011. That total does not include nearly $700 million in hoped-for federal stimulus money that state lawmakers now say they can no longer count on.
The plan, reached after closed door negotiations between key House and Senate lawmakers, would cut local aid by $42.1 million, according to the analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. State support for local school systems would suffer a $123 million reduction, the spread sheet shows.
Here is a link to the foundation’s spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet compares the actual spending levels from fiscal years 2008 and 2009. The next column for fiscal 2010 first shows the spending level approved by the Legislature followed by a column showing the state’s current budget status. The final spending figure for the 2010 fiscal year is still in flux.
The next two columns show the impact of the proposed extension of the federal stimulus spending package now being fought over in Washington. The first column shows the state budget totals with an infusion of federal money and the second, without federal money.
The proposal would impact every part of state government, including the public safety sector where spending on courts, prisons, prosecutors, and State Police is lowered by a total of $114 million.
Spending on human services – including programs for the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, housing support — drops by nearly $74 million.
However, total spending on health care and pension costs for state employees would increase by a total of $311 million dollars, according to Mass Taxpayer calculations. Much of the growth in health care costs comes because more people are qualifying for Medicaid during the recession.
The House and Senate are both expected to vote on the budget this afternoon before delivering it to Governor Deval Patrick for his consideration.
The numbers from Mass Taxpayers are preliminary and subject to change based on changes to this year’s budget and further analysis of next year’s spending plan.
|Division FY08||FY09||FY10||FY10||FY 11||FY 11|
|Spend||Spend||Original||Estimate||w/ Fed $*||w/o Fed $*|
|Other Public Protection||141.0||145.4||109.2||103.2||103.2||99.5|