Boston, MA – Governor Patrick today filed a supplemental budget bill for fiscal year 2012

(FY12) that totals $161.2 million ($131.6 million after accounting for offsetting revenues) to sustain essential state services and programs to preserve public safety and welfare this fiscal year and to provide for unavoidable and unanticipated costs. 

The bill includes $35 million to preserve Adult Day Health services provided by MassHealth for low-income seniors and disabled persons for the remainder of the fiscal year. These costs will be offset with $17.5 million in federal Medicaid reimbursements. 

In addition the bill includes $10 million for a reserve fund to reimburse state agencies for costs incurred responding to the natural disaster, including emergency management, roadwork, debris removal, housing, and aid during and after Tropical Storm Irene. 

Other funding items in the bill include:

  • $39.2 million for programs and services for families in Massachusetts who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.
  • $20.4 million to sustain critical information technology services and programs in support of state programs and agency operations.
  • $20 million in a reserve to be administered by the Secretary of Administration and Finance to offset projected deficiencies at state sheriffs’ offices for the operations of correctional facilities.
  • $9 million for employment opportunities and summer jobs for low-income youths in the Commonwealth.
  • $3.5 million to maintain child care services for low income families.
  • $2 million for programs and services for youthful offenders in the care and custody of the state. 

The Executive Office for Administration and Finance also filed a revised tax revenue forecast for FY12. In a letter filed today Secretary Jay Gonzalez stated that the revised tax revenue estimate is now $21.010 billion. This represents an increase of $395 million from the $20.615 billion revenue estimate assumed in the FY12 General Appropriations Act (GAA) after adjusting for the August 2011 sales tax holiday that was subsequently enacted into law. 

 

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