Patrick targets local aid to help cover budget gap
Says $540m shortfall makes cuts necessary
Governor Deval Patrick announced an array of state budget cuts to help cover a $540 million shortfall Tuesday, including a further reduction in the money local communities use to pay teachers and firefighters. Patrick said the midyear budget gap was a direct result of the economic uncertainty caused by failed “fiscal cliff” negotiations, which could trigger federal spending cuts and tax increases at the start of the new year. The cuts in the $32.5 billion budget are expected to have a direct impact on residents.