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Brewer touts new 'conservative and humane' budget



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Stephen Brewer. (click for larger version)
May 19, 2011
The Senate Committee on Ways and Means, led by Chairman Stephen Brewer (D-Barre), announced Tuesday, May 17, its budget recommendations for fiscal 2012.

The $28.61 billion budget includes reductions or level funding for more than 400 line items, while prioritizing maintenance of services that help individuals who desperately need them.

The Committee's recommended budget does not include the elimination of adult day health services, and it funds programs that benefit early intervention programs. Moreover, increased state support for veterans, domestic violence prevention programs, and sexual assault prevention programs was also recommended.

"We worked long and hard to create a fair and balanced budget for this fiscal year," Brewer said. "What we have produced is a spending plan that is both conservative and humane."

Also receiving full funding in this budget is the state's Early Intervention program, which saves the state millions of dollars by providing developmentally delayed children with treatment at an early age and often obviating the future need for special education.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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