Looks like public universities in my home state of Massachusetts will be spared the spending-cut axe:

Gov. Deval L. Patrick said today he will not cut local aid to cities and towns or money for higher education, but will impose $352 million in spending cuts across state agencies and prepare plans to lay off as many as 2,000 state workers.

The state is still in bad shape, of course, and this news will be thin comfort to those affected by the layoffs and spending cuts.

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.