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State budget, facing major cuts, to be presented in JP next week

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 14, 2010 02:27 PM

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Details about the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be presented at a public forum at English High School in Jamaica Plain next week.

The state’s budget chief said today that significant cuts may be necessary. After state leaders avoided questions for months about plans to plug a major gap in the FY 2012 budget, the budget chief said today the Commonwealth will have to reduce spending by between $1 billion and $1.5 billion next fiscal year to make up for slowed revenue, used-up federal stimulus funds, and increasing demand for state services.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 23, state Education Secretary Paul Reville will lead the event that will include an opportunity for public feedback about funding priorities for FY 2012, officials said. The forum will be about the state’s general budget with a focus on Reville’s specialty – education.

All of Governor Deval Patrick’s cabinet secretaries will host at least two forums to discuss the budget in general, and each secretary will talk specifically about budget matters related to their given areas of focus, said Jonathan Palumbo, spokesman for the state executive education office.

“The suggestions received will help inform the development of the state’s FY12 budget,” said a release from Reville’s office Tuesday announcing the forum, which will come two days after the presentation is made at a public forum at Worcester State University’s student center.

The Worcester meeting will be held Dec. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., said the announcement.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.

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