Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week announced his plans to fill a $195 million fiscal 2010 budget gap due to increased state spending.

Caseload increases in the MassHealth program and costs incurred from the special U.S. Senate election in January, among other expenditures, created a mid-year deficit of $195 million to $295 million. The Executive Office for Administration and Finance anticipates various government agencies will absorb $100 million of savings internally, leaving a $195 million shortfall.

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