House 1 – the governor’s budget proposal – has been released and the budget process has officially begun. Governor Patrick’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal was filed yesterday, January 23rd
with the House of Representatives. Governor Patrick has said that his budget focuses on investment in education, innovation and infrastructure. Along with these investments, the governor proposes a reduction of the state sales tax rate and various tax increases.
The budget plays an integral role in how the entire justice system works –the amount of funding the justice system receives directly affects our state courts, our civil legal aid providers, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the District Attorneys’ Offices. As we’ve always said, adequate funding of the entire justice system in Massachusetts is essential to ensure equal and timely access to justice.
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