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You can search the state budget with this tool

Posted April 5, 2010 01:39 PM
Just in time for Beacon Hill’s annual budget debate, a nonprofit group is launching an online tool to help people track budget items without flipping through thousands of pages.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center’s newly revamped Budget Browser tool allows policy wonks, reporters, activists, or the merely curious to search state budget information from fiscal year 2001 through the current fiscal year.

The typically unwieldy budgets can be searched by line item or by categories such as health care, education, and public safety. You can adjust for inflation, compare  the governor's budget to those proposed by the Legislature, and track programs through the years, even if their line items have changed.

At a time when the state is expected to face another series of grim budget choices, the Budget and Policy Center says the tool is intended to help people get involved in the debate by giving them access to the spending data they care about. 
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