As promised, Patrick restores $383m in state spending

On his first day in office, Gov. Deval L. Patrick restored more than $383 million in spending cuts made by his predecessor, W. Mitt Romney, in November.

Patrick reversed the reductions on Jan. 5.

Warning that legislators relied too heavily on using state reserves to balance the budget, Romney had used his “9C” emergency powers to trim $425 million in spending. The cutbacks included $5 million from the University system’s appropriation and $20.3 million for a final year of pay raises for thousands of University and state college employees dating to 2002.

Romney later restored about $42 million of the cuts.

Shortly before taking office, Patrick said he would restore the remaining cuts because they would have a “serious negative impact” on social services, education and public safety.