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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
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Legislative News

Governor files FY13 budget recommendations

Yesterday, Gov. Deval L. Patrick filed his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013. Recognizing the tremendous cuts already endured by the court system, Patrick recommends level funding for the courts. Further, Patrick recommends removing the Probation Department from the auspices of the court and seeks to place it with parole under the Executive Office of Public Safety. Additionally, in a repeat of his last year's stance on restructuring the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Patrick proposes to further expand the use of public attorneys instead of state contracting with private counsel. Additionally, Patrick recommends enhanced efforts on indigency verification.

Also, Patrick allocates $12 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. That is a $1.5 million bump from FY12 funding levels. You may recall, MLAC received $1 million in supplemental funding last week bringing FY12 funding to $10.5 million.

The House and Senate will take up their own versions of the budget in the spring. The Massachusetts Bar Association will continue to vigorously advocate for full funding for our courts.

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