Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his 2012 budget proposal today, replete with heavy cuts to public safety.
Patrick’s proposal slashes local aid (non-school aid) by $65 million, $45 million cuts to indigent counsel, and reduces the State Police budget by $6.2 million, however, it sets aside $4 million for training a new State Police class.
Quinn Bill funding remains the same at $5 million. The Governor also proposed increased or level funding for several “youth violence prevention programs.”
Patrick also released plans in a press release yesterday for “criminal justice reform” including prisoner re-entry and community supervision.
Patrick’s proposal is only the first step in the budgetary process. The House and Senate will release their own budgets and then agree on a compromise to be sent to the governor’s desk.
The new fiscal year starts on July 1.