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In wake of revenue surge, Patrick looking at spending options

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With tax collections running more than half a billion dollars above benchmarks through April, Governor Deval Patrick may reverse some of the $225 million in emergency budget cuts he made in December.

“Yes, we’re looking at that now,” Patrick told State House News Service Friday as he left his office for an event in Waltham with his dog Tobey after a Cabinet meeting.

House Republicans and five House Democrats wrote to the governor Thursday asking him to reverse $24.4 million in cuts made to programs that provide assistance to local cities and towns for special education, school transportation, and other expenses.

“We’re going to or have looked at those, as well, just trying to sort out what works and what’s practical,” Patrick said.

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