Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Governor Baker Files Budget Bill

Governor Baker has filed a FY 2017 budget proposal today that honors a commitment to our state’s highest priorities while providing the fiscal discipline that comes from appropriations that match expected revenues, a healthy deposit into the Stabilization Fund, and avoiding tax increases.

More specifically, key appropriations in the budget proposal include an increase of 4.3% for unrestricted local aid, adding 600 needed employees at the Department of Children and Families and the expansion of efforts to combat the opioid crisis through treatment services.

Not only does this budget continue the long-term process of reducing and eliminating structural budget gaps, it also lays the foundation for continuing economic growth and employment opportunities through support for meaningful workforce training programs.

Senate Republicans are committed to working through the budget process in the days ahead with our legislative colleagues and the Baker-Polito Administration to build on the great start the Governor has given us today toward delivering a balanced budget that makes progress on so many fronts.

You can read the budget bill by clicking this link - Baker Budget for FY 2017