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MA gov. sees healthcare consuming 40% of next state budget

Boston Herald, November 17, 2011
Although tax collections are on the rebound, the state's rainy day fund is the third-highest in the nation, and the state has added 48,000 jobs this year, the Patrick administration's top finance official warned municipal leaders this week to expect a "challenging" 2012 budget cycle with nearly 40% of the appropriations expected to be needed for healthcare programs. "We have a big hole to dig ourselves out of and it's going to take years, not months," said Jay Gonzalez, secretary of administration and finance, at a State House meeting with city and town officials. Gonzalez described the Patrick administration as "actively" preparing its budget proposal for fiscal 2013.