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Thursday, May. 17, 2012
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Senate Ways and Means releases FY13 budget proposal

The MBA remains fully engaged in advocating for funding important to the administration of justice.

Yesterday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its $32.2 billion fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Included in the proposal was $561.8 million in funding for the Trial Court, $1.8 million more than the House budget. The Senate budget also included full transferability for the newly appointed court administrator.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was funded at $11 million, $3.5 million below MLAC's requested amount necessary to restore critical legal services for low-income citizens. Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), senate chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, is filing an amendment to add $3.5 million to MLAC's budget.

The Committee for Public Counsel Services account was filed at $162.4 million. The House funded CPCS at $162.2 million. Both branches have refrained from further expanding the ratio of staff counsel to assigned private counsel.

The Senate is set to begin debate on the budget proposal on Wednesday, May 23. Click here to view the budget.

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