FY'11 Budget Update
You may recall that at the time that this year's fiscal budget needed to be finalized, Massachusetts had not received approximately $600 million in federal funding that had been anticipated and therefore Governor Patrick needed to make additional cuts to the budget including more cuts to the environmental budget.
This week the U.S. Senate finally voted on legislation that would provide $655 million to the Commonwealth in health care and education funding. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to return to session next week to take up this legislation and Congressman Barney Frank has expressed optimism that the House will pass the bill as well.
With these funds available, the Governor may file a supplemental budget to restore some funding and we hope that some of the cuts to the environmental budget can be restored. It is unclear whether the legislature, which is no longer in formal session, can take up a supplemental budget in informal session or whether legislative leaders would need to call them back for a special session.
We will keep you posted.