Gov. Baker considering mid-year budget cuts

The new fiscal year begins July 1

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The three most powerful lawmakers in Massachusetts sat down for their weekly leadership meeting on Monday. Governor Charlie Baker told 22News after the meeting that he’s looking into mid-year spending cuts to solve yet another budget gap.

“We’re doing everything we can make sure that we don’t, we don’t hit services that people depend on and we’re going to stay away from cities and towns,” said Governor Baker.

This comes as top state leaders prepare to craft a whole new budget for the fiscal year that begins July first. They’re trying to figure out exactly how much the state will collect in taxes and how to spend that money.

Even with all the financial uncertainty, both the Governor and House Speaker said they’re hoping to help the middle class. They won’t be proposing any new fees or taxes this year.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo told 22News, “To try to ask them to bear a further financial burden through taxes or fees would just be a little bit too much for them.”

Governor Baker signed a $38 billion dollar state budget into law in July with a focus on combating the deadly heroin and prescription drug epidemic. He’s expected to release his new spending proposal by the end of the month.

The Governor will reveal his spending priorities when he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address on Thursday, January 21.

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