Governor Patrick’s budget claims an insult to Fuzzy Math


If you’re going to make stuff up, you might as well go for the gusto.  

That seems to be the animating principle behind the Governor’s self-congratulatory rhetoric about the budget he just signed.

As usual, the numbers just don’t add up. According to the Governor’s press release on the signing of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, FY12 state spending was reduced by $750 million, the largest year-to- year reduction in 20 years. 

This statement is simply not true and – as is often the case when politicians fudge the numbers – it really isn’t very difficult to figure that out. Math and all.  Take a look at the Fiscal Year 2011 projected spending: $30,853,255.  Now compare it to the Fiscal Year 2012 budget’s spending: $30,597,924.  The difference in spending is $255.   Which, unless my math is off, is… less than the $750 million the Governor’s release claimed.  Three times less. 

Of course, even the $255 million figure won’t stand. There are still many factors in play. Fiscal Year 2011 needs to be closed out and final spending and reversions need to be applied to the accounts. When all is said and done, the final 2011 spending figure will narrow the $255 million delta, if not eliminate it completely. READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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