Governor files FY15 budget recommendations

Issue February 2014

Gov. Deval L. Patrick filed his budget recommendations for the fiscal year 2015 on Jan. 22. Patrick recommends funding the Trial Court at $617.5 million, which is slightly more than the Trial Court's maintenance request of $615.1. The additional funding would cover the costs of expanding specialty courts and the judicial compensation increase that was enacted last year.

Patrick's Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) budget recommendation was $14 million. While it is a $1 million increase over fiscal year 2014 funding, it is $3 million below MLAC's current $17 million request for civil legal aid.

The House and Senate will take up their own versions of the budget in April and May respectively.