New state budget includes casino revenue

Includes spending for substance abuse treatment, DCF

Massachusetts  State House in Boston on Beacon Street
Massachusetts State House in Boston on Beacon Street

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick has signed a $36.5 billion state budget, which calls for increased spending on child welfare and substance abuse prevention.

The budget, signed Friday morning, includes an additional $50 million to help reduce the caseload for social workers at the Department and Children and Families and $18 million to address the state’s growing opioid abuse problem.

The budget factors-in about $73 million in projected casino licensing and slot parlor revenues, despite a November ballot question that seeks repeal of the state’s 2011 casino gambling law.

“With this budget, spending under our administration continues to grow at a slower rate than previous administrations, while at the same time enabling us to invest in education, innovation, infrastructure, and create jobs and expand opportunity,” Patrick said.

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