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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
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Governor files FY14 budget recommendations

Yesterday, Gov. Deval L. Patrick filed his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick recommends funding the Trial Court at $577 million, which is less that the $589 million maintenance request by the court. The Massachusetts Bar Association will cosponsor a Court Advocacy Day on Thursday, Feb. 14  at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase of the State House. To view the budget proposal, click here.

A supplemental budget also filed yesterday by Patrick contains a newly created commission which would study Court Realignment and Judicial Salaries. The commission will be comprised of legislative, bar and court leadership and must report back within six months. The language establishing the commission specifically asks for a recommendation on 15 courts that could close in the next 10 years.

The supplemental budget proposal also included a section establishing a standing commission to study the criminal justice system. To see the supplemental budget, click here.

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation budget recommendation was $15.5 million, a $3.5 million increase over fiscal year 2013 funding. Walk to the Hill for Legal Services will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall of the State House.

Patrick also recommends funding the Committee for Public Counsel Services at $189 million, $6.1 million below their maintenance request. The governor does not recommend any structural changes.

The House and Senate will take up their own versions of the budget in the spring.

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