State House lawmakers Thursday passed an $18 billion midyear budget to carry the state through the end of the fiscal year June 30. The plan included the restoration of a popular meals program for seniors. Additional money, about $14 million, for hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients. And the plan also eliminates six state-funded crime victim’s advocates and closes two youth detention centers.
Money for meals on wheels is on the chopping block this year as lawmakers work on the state budget. More than a hundred senior citizens rallied at the state capitol against cuts to meal and service programs.