The main event, of course, is Wednesday at noon when Governor Patrick’s budget will be released here. The claim is for unheard-of levels of transparency: there will be easy comparisons to last year’s spending; the file will be searchable online and downloadable as a spreadsheet; etc. Very promising.
‘Til then, you can watch the Gov’s budget address here. And for you readers out there, I’ve pasted in the whole thing (as prepared for delivery) after the flip.
Finally, here are a couple of cheat-sheets prepared by the administration that give useful summary information
(apologies for the lousy quality — the originals use color which I can’t scan very well, so I had to manually add a couple of labels that were illegible on the scans) [UPDATE: better scans have been uploaded].
2-pager on the status of FY 2007 (including the source of the $1.3 billion structural deficit) and where we stand looking ahead to FY 2008.
2-pager summarizing how they resolved the deficit, and what the high points of the budget will be. Interesting true fact: the Governor’s proposed budget is only 4% higher than last year’s General Appropriations Act (GAA) as enacted, and less than 1% above last year’s total spending (including supplementals). Not exactly a spending spree.