BOSTON (WWLP) – The new fiscal year that begins July 1 calls for $36.5 billion. $15-million dollars will be spent moving kids off the wait list and into early education.
“It gives the child an advantage from an education standpoint, but more importantly it also gives the families a little leeway and some people that are in need of additional care for their family can have the opportunity to go out and maybe find a job or improve their education,” said State Representative Michael Finn (D-West Springfield).
$18 million will be dedicated towards combating the state’s severe opiate crisis by providing treatment services to 10,000 people struggling with addiction.
A total of $73 million expected from casino licensing fees and slot parlor revenues have already been incorporated into the fiscal 2015 budget. If voters decide to repeal the state’s gaming law, legislators will have to look for ways to fill that large gap in the budget.
“Cuts. I mean, I think there’s no other way around that. If we don’t have the money in the budget to sustain that we’re going to have to cut and I think pretty much anything is probably on the table at this particular point,” said State Representative Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield).
Both the Massachusetts House and Senate approved the final budget. The Governor has ten days to review the budget. In the meantime, lawmakers have approved a $4.6 billion temporary budget to keep the government up and running through July.