New state budget includes casino revenue

Includes spending for substance abuse treatment, DCF

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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