NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick reversed some of the cuts he made last December.
Last Friday, Governor Patrick announced his administration restored $21 million in spending after tax collections through the month of April turned out better than expected. The extra cash came more than a month before the end of the fiscal year, June 30th.
"There's an old tendency in state government to move money around right before the end of the fiscal year. I work at UMass and that stuff goes on all the time it's like a shell game," said David Lenson of Amherst.
The money makes up less than 10% of the $225 million cut in December. Nearly half is going toward reimbursing special education cuts. And $5.25 million will go toward busing homeless children to school.
"I'm a former educator so I'm going to be prejudiced in that direction. The job of government is to provide services that people can't provide on their own. So if there's extra money and services need to be provided I'm all for it," said Richard Glashow in Northampton on Monday.
The state's Secretary of Administration and Finance says the move will give towns and cities more flexibility.
"There isn't anything we cut that's going to be popular. You cannot grow government faster than you grow private enterprise. Investing in education and that spending is like an investment or saving account for the future," said Blaine Glasmann of Arizona.
The Northampton School Department is facing a $1.4 million dollar gap. Northampton's School Department Business Manager told 22News the state cut $35,000 from the department back in December. Other than restoring those cuts, they are not aware of more money coming into the city.
The full list of reversed spending includes:
$5.25 million for homeless students transportation
$1 million for regional school transportation
$11.5 million to reimburse for special education costs through the Circuit Breaker
$100,000 for micro small business loans
$50,000 for assistive technology at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
$135,999 for Vocational Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
$162,500 for Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA)
$200,000 for the Buy Local Program at the Department of Agriculture
$216,980 for the Council on Aging (COA) Grants at Elder Affairs
$280,000 for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to hire additional summer staffers
$717,554 for rest home rate increases at the Department of Transitional Assistance
$1 million for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative program created in last year's Jobs Bill
$53,000 for grants to Visitor Information Bureaus
$50,000 for Aid to Incarcerated Mothers
$41,667 for the South Boston Community Health Center