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Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013
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Budget update: Patrick signs FY2014 budget with numerous amendments and vetoes

Last Friday, July 12, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed the fiscal year 2014 budget with numerous amendments and vetoes -- cutting $435 million in spending from the Legislature's proposal.

Among the amendments sent back by the governor, is one which would change the effective dates of the proposed $30,000 pay raise for Massachusetts' judges. The governor's amendment has the entire raise effective on Jan. 1, 2014. The Legislature approved the same $30,000 increase effective incrementally in three phases beginning on Jan. 1, 2014 and ending July 1, 2015. The Legislature is anticipated to take up overrides of the governor's vetoes in the coming days; however, it is unclear of the pay raise amendment will be overridden.

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