With the other excitement going on in state government yesterday, this news-nugget, here reported on by Edward Fitzpatrick of the Projo, flew in a bit under-the-radar…
Construction of the proposed $71-million Blackstone Valley Courthouse will be postponed for a year and commence in fiscal year 2010, Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams said yesterday during his annual State of the Judiciary address.
Williams reminded legislators they approved borrowing money for a new courthouse, and he reminded them of reasons for the project….But the state is facing a projected budget deficit of $150 million in the current fiscal year and a projected deficit of nearly $400 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
So, “in recognition of the hardship we all face,” Williams said he has spoken to House Speaker William J. Murphy and Senate President Joseph A. Montalbano about deferring the project for a year. “And the governor has indicated his support for construction if we wait another year,” he said. “Therefore, all have agreed to postpone the construction until fiscal year 2010.”