Governor Patrick’s budget proposal unveiled- cuts to local aid, and State Police

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.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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