Budget Transparency

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Governor Patrick    FY09 House 2 Budget Recommendation:
    Issues in Brief

    Deval L. Patrick, Governor
    Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor



While a budget worth $28 billion is bound to include a myriad of details, we have made a concerted effort to make those details more understandable, and to provide additional context for understanding the numbers. Such a focus is referred to as "budget transparency" - letting the public understand what their tax dollars are funding. The gains that were realized in the Governor's first budget were enhanced and expanded upon in this second budget.

Details Behind the Budget

An example of an graph within the online budget.  This one shows spending summarized by Government Area.

This chart shows the FY2009 Budgetary Recommendation of those government areas that are greater than 5% of the total spending in FY09 in a pie chart.  48% of the total is Health and Human Services, 22% is Education, 15% is Independents, and the remaining 15% are all government areas that are less than 5% of the total.

Understandable Budget

Historical Context

An example of chart summarizing spending in the 6 categories - Wages, Benefits, Operating, Public Assistance, Local Aid and Debt Service.

Additional Information

The introductory graph to the Tax Expenditure Budget displaying summarized personal, corporate and sales tax exemptions.

Ongoing Efforts

This chart displays a sample page from the Budget Tracking Tool. Landing page from mass.gov/budget.

Prepared by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance • Rooms 373 & 272 • State House
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